Beauty

An Open Letter To Girls With Curly Hair

Candymag.com Correspondent Rizzi declares her love for girls with wavy and curly manes.
photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures (Brave)

Hey, gorgeous!

How are you feeling? Before you read this letter, can you please smile? A little bit wider, please. There you go! You have such a stunning smile! Now, how about running your hands through your pretty hair? Not feeling it? Why?

I know. Maybe you think your hair isn't pretty enough. It isn't like the ones you see in shampoo commercials: long, straight and uber shiny.

You probably imagined it multiple times, have you? Straight smooth hair in place of your curly hard-to-manage hair.

But why? I think your hair looks absolutely fine the way it is.

Maybe it's a little bit hard to manage but refuse the urge to tie it up every single day in a bun or a ponytail. Sure, sometimes, it makes you look like a giant frizz ball. Sometimes, it just won't behave and you find yourself reaching for the iron to straighten your hair. You've tried all those products that promise straight hair but nothing ever works. Sometimes, you just want to get your hair straightened like almost every girl in school. You even tried it once but after a few months, your hair started growing out and poof, curly hair once again.

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You see, honey, nothing ever works because you keep going against what you really have. Embrace your curly hair. It's beautiful the way it is. It's what makes you YOU.

Start loving your curly hair and treating it the way it deserves. Use shampoo that's for curly hair. Take the time you use to straighten you hair on put it in moisturizing it instead. Only use a wide-toothed comb and find a stylist who knows how to handle curly hair. Stop forcing it stick straight, because that will just damage it more.

Now, keep that winning smile and do a hair flip. Surely, you'll get more compliments. Plus, your hair will love the extra TLC!

Don't be afraid to show off your well-cared-for, curly hair. Let your hair down and believe that your natural hair looks on you best.

Candy wink and kisses,
Rizzi

P.S. No, I'm not saying your straight-haired friend should reach for the curling iron right away. You both have equally admirable manes.

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Rizzi Ponti
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Rizzi has an obsession for poofy skirts and all things magical. She believes in running free in the world, going after dreams even if it means sacrificing much-needed sleep, and in serving God with all she has. Also, that chocolate ice cream and hugs can do wonders.
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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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