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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at RIT chapter.

It seems that everyday I feel like I’m having a bad hair day. My hair is super thick, curly, frizzy, and honestly just a lot to deal with on the daily. However, over the years and as annoying as it is, I have learned to love it. 


For years, hairdressers and friends and family have always told me to never touch my hair- straighten it, dye it, etc. They constantly reminded me that people would kill to have a curl pattern or volume like mine. I, like most people, wanted what I didn’t have. And that was straight, thin, easy to style hair.


But, as I got older, and my friends started to experiment with different styles and colors, I started to love my hair. Maybe they were all right after all. Sometimes embracing what we do have can be the best thing we can do to achieve positive self esteem. So, I decided to do just that.


My best friend advised me that I needed to start using all natural products in my hair, and use heat very sparingly, if any. This was during a time that I was straightening it a lot, and using many chemicals for quick, easy fixes. Then, a friend’s mom who also has similar hair to me, introduced to me all natural products. 


It was a game-changer! I did invest in Bumble & Bumble for a bit, but then I found Love, Beauty, and Planet, which can be found at drugstores. These are just two brands of many that I love. The trick is to use sulfate-free, paraben-free, and phosphate-free products. I promise–it will make such a difference in your hair.


Since making the transition, my hair has been so much easier to manage; though I still get frustrated. However, I brush it less, keeping my curls intact, and it is a lot healthier than what it was when I was using chemicals on it often. I rarely straighten it, and when I do, it is simply to feel a little fancier on a night out. I am so glad that I made such a small transition in basic self-care. It boosted my confidence, and allowed me to be proud of something that not everybody has. I love all types of hair, but I am no longer  “jealous” or wishing that I had others’ hair type. So the point of this–embrace what you have, because it is beautiful, just like you. :) xo

Hi! My name is Maggie Passamonte. I am from Long Island, NY. I have always enjoyed writing. I was the editor-in-chief of my school newspaper in high school. I absolutely loved it, and have been longing to find writing opportunities on campus. I was so thrilled when I was given the Her Campus opportunity. I am passionate about many topics such as music, politics, feminism, sorority life, philanthropy, sign language/Deaf culture (I am an ASL major!), the list goes on! I love being able to share my ideas and collaborate with my fellow peers. Happy reading!
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