I was looking on Pinterest one time to find new products to use on my hair. Soooooo many pins kept popping up of how to to care of your natural curls but every single picture was of girls with curling iron curls in their hair! Why wasn't there actual naturally curly haired girls on those pins? Can we not find them?
**edit: More recent searches of the same thing have begun to turn up actual natural curly heads so GO PINTEREST! :)**
I was looking for black makeup artist on Instagram (they are few and far in between). I like seeing products on darker skin so that I have an idea of how colors will look on me. The majority of artists that I found had straight hair in EVERY picture. I'm not hating on straightening your hair but why not ever show your natural hair? Is it because you are ashamed of it? Is it because you just don't like it? Is it because you feel prettier with straight hair? I genuinely want to know.
I had my hair natural the other day at school and I was in the bathroom washing my hands. The girl standing next to me said she liked my hair. I said thank you and thought that was the end of it. She kept looking at me and continued with "I don't have enough guts to wear my hair natural like that. I just straighten it." I told her that I think if more girls wore their hair curly she wouldn't feel that way. She went on to say, "When I do wear it curly people tell me its pretty. Then I decide not to straighten it but I just end up putting it in a ponytail." I thought, "here we are in college and this girl is telling me about how she doesn't have guts to wear her HAIR curly." It should not take guts to wear your hair in it's natural state. It should not even be a thing. But it is. I encouraged her as best I could that curly hair is so pretty and that it's nothing to feel you need to hide over and then I left. This isn't an uncommon thing either. The amount of people like this is astounding.
I dance at my church and lately when there is a performance on stage I have been wearing my hair curly. I have thought back to when I saw people on stages or in a leadership role of any kind. I always felt those girls never looked the same as me. My hope is that if there is a little girl in the audience that may be feeling like she isn't pretty because she doesn't have straight hair she will see girl dancing on a stage who has the same hair as her. And maybe when she sees that she will begin to reevaluate the idea that straight hair is best and maybe she will begin to see the advantage she has. I know it's very possible that had I seen way more curly hair growing up I would have come to that conclusion a lot sooner.
I know this entire post was about hair, and I know to some it seems very silly. But for a girl who grew up with a very large amount of insecurities, hair was not silly. Hair was a HUGE deal. With that being said I am going to leave you with a (very long) perfect picture description of life as a curly head!
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