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Is It the Hair, or What You're Doing With It?



Is It the Hair, or What You're Doing With It?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.14

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    Argghh, bill-Melody, funky, salon, straighten, stylist, hate, dryer, natural, especially, naturally, blonde, curler, curly, works, waves
     content words:    On Saturday, More Bad Hair Days, For Cassandra


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Is It the Hair, or What You're Doing With It?
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "Argghh! I hate my hair!" Christy said to her friend Cassandra. She was looking in the mirror while she pulled a round brush through her long brown hair.
 
2     "I think your hair is beautiful," said Cassandra. "It's long and straight. Mine is wavy and curly, and I wish I could straighten it."
 
3     "And I wish I had your curls!" Christy laughed. "I guess neither one of us likes the hair we've got!"
 
4     Cassandra smiled. "I suppose you are right. I just can't seem to get control of my hair. It sticks out when I let it air dry, but it doesn't cooperate when I use the blow dryer either!"
 
5     "I understand," said Christy. "Even when I put curlers in my hair, it doesn't hold a curl. Then it looks funky the rest of the day. It goes in all sorts of directions and is frizzy."
 
6     The girls continued to work with their brushes and curling irons. Christy's big sister, Jessica, walked in. She had long, flowing blonde hair that always looked nice.
 
7     "Jessica, your hair always looks so nice. How do you avoid 'bad hair days?'" Cassandra asked.
 
8     Jessica grinned. "I finally learned to enjoy the hair I have. I wash it and let it air dry, sometimes touching it up with a curler. I also began going to a talented hair stylist who taught me what products to use and gave me a cut that works for me."
 
9     Cassandra and Christy looked at each other. Maybe they were trying too hard to make their hair something it wasn't.

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