So, in case you don't know... I have curly hair. Tremendously curly--Botticelli curls. I've grown to love it, however, I still am always trying new products--always looking for that ONE that I can't live without--the "holy grail" of curly hair products.
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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'm wearing my hair in pigtails today. I'm 25. I do this from time to time, but I started wondering today... is there a societal age limit for certain hair styles? Obviously, I would like to think the answer is "No, fuck that!" But I wonder... I've often told my mom (who is a youthful-looking 60) that she should wear her hair in pigtails, and her response is generally, "What?! No way! I'm too old for that!"