I haven't done one of these posts in a long time, but since my trip to Boston was cancelled due to TWO FEET OF SNOW they were getting, I'm home, and I need something to do. Here it goes.
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None of the girls ever wanted to play with my hair. In second grade, I sat, listening to the teacher read a story to our class, and each girl seemed to be paired up--quietly braiding, brushing with their fingers the hair of another. Even I was paired up--with a blonde, straight-haired girl. I ran my little fingers through her glossy hair--smiling at its texture. When it came time to switch, the girl told me, "You can't play with your hair--it's too curly."
Let's talk "Curls." Do you have them? I do, and I used to hate them. I've grown to love my curls more over the years, but still had yet to master my hair--until yesterday.
I've written about curly hair before, and the societal issues with it. Today, I read a piece in the New York Times by Judith Newman discussing her own feelings with having curly hair, and how it has affected her in her day-to-day life. The article is interesting, albeit a tad depressing, since it appears Newman really wants curly hair to be "popular" again (why this is important is beyond me). Anyway, in the article, Newman quotes Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker", Patti Stanger. And, well, Stanger is straight-up talking shit about us women with curly locks. She states:
Curly hair is like redheads—they just don’t get a lot of play... I don’t know why. I just know that to be a dream girl you need straight, long, silky, humidity-resistant hair. Also, I think curly hair reminds them of—well, let’s be polite here. Let’s just say a pterodactyl nest.
Oh really, Patti? REALLY? Not only does Stanger insult curly-haired women, but she also manages to insult redheads. Since when does straight hair = "dream girl"? Do we live in a fucking Disney cartoon? This language also exhibits some pretty strong racism and ethnocentrism. I guess it's only fitting, since Stanger is in the business of "helping" women dress/act the "correct" way to snag a man. Because, you know, what women do and wear is all for men.
Fuck you, Patti.
I tend to only get my hair cut once a year, partly due to lack of funds and partly because I’m lazy. So, I made an appointment for my “yearly” cut a few days ago, and they got me in yesterday. I had been to this particular hair salon the year before, but saw a different stylist. I enjoyed the simple cut they gave me last year, so I knew it would be a good fit. I walked in there, feeling like my curls looked so scraggly and gross (probably because it had been a year since my hair had been cut), and the whole time the woman was cutting my hair, she gave me shit for not getting in sooner. I laughed it off, but really, dude? I’m a fucking grad student—I don’t have 50 to 60 dollars to spare that often, and if I do, I’m not going to spend it at a hair salon most likely. Anyway, besides the stylist constantly berating me about how long ago my last cut had been, I was enjoying the experience.