How to Curl Uber-Straight Hair

I’ve finally figured it out.

My hair is naturally so straight I didn’t even take a flat iron when I left the country for 1.5 years, knowing I would never use it. I love this about my hair – I basically do nothing to style it. It’s convenient most days. But then there are those formal occasions when I want curly hair, and this used to always frustrate me. When my hair was long, it would take up to 2 hours just to curl it. Yikes! Here’s how I’ve learned to actually curl my normally un-cooperative hair.

1. Good curling iron.

I think this was always my #1 problem; a stinky curling iron. If you read my post about turning 21, you know that I finally got a new curling wand. I wasn’t about to invest in an expensive one, however, so I did some research to see what inexpensive ones work well. I’m really happy with the one I got! There are a lot of similar, middle-of-the-road, inexpensive ones that I’m sure are great too.

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This is the Conair YOU CURL.

2. Mousse/Curling Product

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I’m no hair styling products guru, since I normally just don’t use any. I got some inexpensive mousse when I got my curling wand and it works great.

I thought I would have more points here, but that’s about it. Wash your hair, put some mousse in, blow dry, and then curl. Easy as that! I go layer by layer with small piecesfor tight curls, or just grab big pieces for loose waves. Done and done.

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my natural hair
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…and curly woohoo!!!

Ever since I figured this out, I have had my hair curly several times a week and I absolutely love it. The end.

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Mozart is Cooler than You Thought

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Guys. I’ve always only listened to classical music while I study. But last week I saw the play Amadeus, and it made me extremely curious about my pal Wolfgang. Was everything in the play (similar to the movie based off it) true and historical? What made his music so great? Why is he considered such a genius and why is his music so widely known today, more so than so many other composers of his time? I nerded out big time this weekend and did some serious research.

Okay, so by “serious research” I mean I read the Wikipedia article about him. (Which is really interesting by the way). I also read the article about the play, which explains that it isn’t entirely true. Some things about the music he composed, who he married, that he had two sons, and that he actually liked potty humor (I was blown away by this — so unexpected) are true. It seems that he wasn’t quite as ridiculous and childish as portrayed in the film and play, however.

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I hope to do further research in the future, with all my free time (ha, ha).

But one of the COOLEST things about Mozart is that he composed this sonata:

Based on studies performed by the British Epilepsy Organization, listening to it reduces the number of seizures in people with epilepsy. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!

Can’t. Even. Seriously. This guy is such a genius. I’m sure he didn’t intend to do that with his music, but I love the fact that his music helps peoples’ brains. I have been listening to Mozart and other classical composers for the last few days as I study and I already feel smarter.

Okay, I guess I should acknowledge one thing: there is no evidence that Mozart actually makes you smarter. His as well as other classical composers’ works may facilitate temporary improved spacial reasoning, but won’t turn you into genius. The fact that I pretty much bombed my history midterm on Saturday are evidence of that…

Doesn’t matter, though. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will forever be considered a cool guy.

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