Styling one's hair is one of the many fun ways to express oneself. One of the biggest hair debates is whether one should straighten their natural hair or not. It has been made an issue and is often looked at as right versus wrong. There's so much info on how to straighten your hair, how to prevent heat damage, the ethics of straightening one's hair, etc., but there's not much info on helping someone decide if they should straighten their hair based on themselves as an individual and what they want and are/aren't okay with as a result of altering their hair with heat. Today I'll be discussing these topics and breaking down the pros and cons of straightening your natural hair to help you decide if this beauty routine is something fit for you.
Let's start positive and talk pros. There are many pros of straightening your hair. These benefits include: having an easier and more accurate way to trim your ends, being able to switch up your style/look, seeing your hair's actual length, taking a break from washing your hair (depending on how long you keep it straight), easier ways to style your hair, no tangling, etc..
Cons of straightening your hair include: Heat damage if you don't know how to prep, take care of, and/or straighten your hair, change of curl pattern, not being able to wash your hair as often, hair drying out, etc..
What to know before straightening your hair:
Don't straighten your hair because someone told you you should or because of society. You'll regret it. Straighten your hair because it's what you want first.
People may love your hair straight. Whether it's your significant other, friends, or family, people may love the way your hair looks straight. They may love your natural hair texture as well as when it's straight. They may even prefer it straight. These are just some things to keep in mind. Are you okay with these possibilities if you straighten your hair?
People may not like your hair straight. Your significant other, friends, or family may not like your straight hair and prefer it natural. These are also just some things to keep in mind. Are you okay with these possibilities if you straighten your hair?
Everyone's hair is different, so be sure to research how to protect your hair type from heat damage. Invest in the proper tools (heat protectant, blow dryer, flat iron, etc.) to ensure that you're straightening your hair properly and effectively.
How do I feel about straightening my natural hair?
This December, I'll be 3 years natural. When I big chopped my hair, it was to my scalp. My hair was about a half inch. A few months ago, I had to cut quite a few knotted pieces out of my hair as I learned that there was a lot I was doing wrong with my hair. I am taking really good care of my hair now, and I recently decided that I wanted to start straightening my hair about 1-2 times a month. When I had a relaxer, my hair was damaged and I could barely get it to grow past my ears. My hair is so much healthier now that I'm natural, and upon straightening it, it is just past shoulder length already after cutting/trimming it. I debated on whether I'd straighten my natural hair for the longest time, but I'm so happy I did, and I'm excited to include it in my beauty routine from time to time. I love my curls, but I also love my hair when it's straight. I love that my hair is so versatile, and I love styling it in different ways.
My natural hair is very coily/kinky, aka, type 4 hair, and these videos helped me upon straightening my natural hair. I don't follow this process to a T, but I find it very informative, and it helped me a lot.
I will also link these videos to the resource page under this blog page for you to access.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post and/or that it helped you in some way.
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins
Today I want to talk about a fashion rule that I break all the time and that you can too. That rule is that you can't (or shouldn't) wear leggings as pants.
I'd first like to tell you why you can indeed wear leggings as pants. You can wear leggings as pants just because you want to wear them as pants (if that's what you want). I've personally never seen why wearing leggings as pants is a problem unless you're trying to wear them to the office or if you're in school and it's against your dress code, etc.. Now if you just want to wear your leggings out when you're going grocery shopping, to brunch, date night, etc., go for it!
I think that many people who are opposed to leggings as pants are simply uncomfortable with leggings, and what I mean by that is the way that they look on other people. Leggings are form fitting and a sexier piece of clothing, but they're still clothes. Honestly, there's not much of a difference between tight fitting jeans and leggings. Hey, we even have jeggings as well as leggings that look like jeans, so they're all pretty similar. Of course, wearing leggings is inappropriate for certain environments, but if you're just wanting to wear them in your day to day life, do it!
Now, if you're going to wear leggings as pants, here are some tips on how to do it and look unbelievably stylish while being comfortable at the same time.
If you're looking for a more modest look, wear a tunic, oversized sweater, shirt, hoodie or top, or dress over your leggings. This will keep your butt covered and keep you modest. If you're comfortable with your leggings showing your figure, you can wear a bodysuit with them for a chic, sexy, and comfortable outfit, opt for a crop top or cropped hoodie (fitted or loose) for casual and cool girl vibes, or wear a regular sweater or shirt with them and rock them as regular pants. Shoe options can include chic tennis shoes, fun fashion sneakers, pumps, ankle boots, over the knee boots, riding boots, etc.. In other words, almost anything goes with leggings.
Thank you for reading, and I hope this post helped you in some way or that you enjoyed it. Also, starting next Friday, a new blog post will be up on December & Rose every Friday at 12PM EST, so mark your calendars so you don't miss new posts. Topics will range from any of the topics I blog about. Follow me on Twitter @_RNelle for updates.
R'Nelle CyRe' Collins