Last week there was an article in the New York Times about curly hair. I am always drawn to articles about curly hair, because, well, I have curly hair and if you have curly hair, then you know what I mean. Curly hair is not technically considered an affliction. Afflictions are really bad. They are not life-and-death situations but they can complicate your daily existence. So, curly hair girls will mostly agree that if afflictions are things that complicate your daily existence, then having curly hair is an affliction.
Before you go all bonkers on me in the comments and start writing things about real afflictions and things like wars overseas and how can I write about curly hair being a problem when people are dying and I’m so insensitive, please realize that I know that having curly hair is not that big of a deal and I understand its position on the hard-knocks totem pole. But you probably have straight hair.
The article talked about trend-setting curly girls in enviable positions embracing their curls, spurning blowouts, going au naturel. The New York Times said curly hair is “modern” and “now cool.” Oh, thank you New York Times. It’s nice to know that I am now modern and cool. Or at least that my hair is. Thank goodness my days of being outdated and not cool are finally over.
Most curly girls are aware that there are very few curly role models out there. Most of the time you see an actress or a model with curly hair, her hair was blown straight and then curled. I know this because I asked my hairdresser. Do you know how long that takes? The other problem with curly hair in the media is that it’s usually a “before” look—before the main character becomes pretty, confident, and self-actualized. Think Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman or Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries.