Health & beauty
Being Curly in a Straight World
Posted 08/12/11 at 09:29PM by Audrey Fine
Recently, Judith Newman penned a piece in the "New York Times" about being curly in a straight world.
Ms. Newman points out that lots of curly girls pass for straight (it is not possible, she writes, that all news anchors have naturally straight hair). For some reason, Newman notes, straight hair is generally perceived as more attractive, more respectable, more refined, more business-like, and on and on.
I only wish she had gone even further in illustrating how pervasive the bias against curly hair is. Off the top of my (curly) head:
1. Sandy in Grease.
Want to achieve a super trampy look that signals to your loser greaser boyfriend that you're leaving the whole good girl thing behind? Go super curly (and wear spandex).
Rapunzel has magical, long (straight) hair. Her evil witch of a stepmother is curly, curly, curly.
3. Katy Perry's "TGIF" Video.
The awkward teen alter ego of Russell Brand's wife has glasses, head gear, and -- horrors -- really bad frizzy hair!
4. Glenn Close.
On "Damages," Glenn Close plays a brilliant lawyer with straight hair. In "Fatal Attraction?" Curly. Super curly.
5. Juliana Margulies.
On "The Good Wife," she is putting the pieces of her life together and improbably handling (and winning) trials as a first year associate with (impossibly) straight hair.
On "ER", one of curly-headed Nurse Hathaway's first scenes finds her being wheeled into the emergency room after trying to kill herself. Her hair is as unstable as she is.
I've come to terms with my curly hair. But I've got my fingers crossed that my daughter's hair stays straight. And if it doesn't? Well, at least she'll have my lifetime of curl wrangling knowledge at her disposal, along with way better products than were available when I was a teenager.
See? Rachel makes her case. (She's a lawyer.) Are you curly? How do you feel about your ringlets? And, be honest. Do you feel sexier or prettier after a blowout?
P.S. If you want a really cute style for your curly hair, try doing these pin curls.
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