The Struggle: Hair

The Struggle is REAL.

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Mary McKinney, Life and Opinion Editor

Your type of hair, the weather, hair products, brushes, bobby pins, hair ties. The struggle is real.

Each type of hair has a struggle. Your hair could be thick which means you could probably suffocate because of your hair. Your hair could be fine which means within ten minutes of styling, you are back to where you started. Your hair could be curly which means it refuses to be tamed and you’re capable of picking up radio waves. You also could have straight hair which means you should just stop now.

“No matter how much I brush my hair the curls always seem to end up knotted,” said senior Krispin DeCamp.

Regardless of hair type, hundreds of dollars are spent on hair ties and bobby pins which seem to disappear days later. Brand new hair dryers have blown up when used for the first time. Hair brushes have been broken or even lost in your hair. Shopping carts full of hair products have been purchased, only to find out they don’t deliver as promised.

Some turn to using products which are non-traditional. Language arts teacher Ms. Mary Hannah Sanders states that she not only uses a pick immediately after conditioning her hair, she wraps her hair in a t-shirt instead of a towel to reduce the frizz after washing it. Sanders also uses a curling mousse to help reduce frizz and must use detangler while brushing her hair.

The weather is hard to deal with because you never know when Mother Nature decides that it’s time to have all four seasons in two days, especially since we live in Ohio.

“I’m not really sure how to describe my hair, it truly has a mind of its own. All I know is that if I try to style it I need to make sure the weather conditions will allow it. Basically, NO humidity, NO wind and NO surprise downpours. We do live in Ohio so I always have to be prepared for anything,” said senior Caitlin Cuesta.

Eventually, you stop styling your hair at all because it is a fight to get it to cooperate. Either your hair won’t do what you want it to, or it won’t stay. And, let’s not forget that halfway through the day, you want to change what you’ve done with your hair and you can’t because you don’t have a brush, a hair tie, a bobby pin, or a torch.

“My hair is never the same. You can always tell how stressed I am by how big my hair gets. Plus if it is windy or rainy I’m done for the day,” said Ms. Theresa Rotuno.

The struggle is real. However, when someone tells you they like your hair, just smile, say thank you, and move on.