I often get a compliment about my hair, followed by an insult.
Except the insult isn’t directed at me.
It usually goes like this: “wow I love your hair, it’s so pretty! I could never wear mine like that, it’s so frizzy and gross.”
Why have we turned “frizz” into a bad word?
ALL curlies experience some degree of frizz. That’s just life. But if we listen to what the media and many hair care companies tell us, that is Very Bad!
TAME that frizz. Buy this product for your UNMANAGEABLE hair. Smooth your UNRULY locks.
What if we instead told curlies that frizz is just a curl waiting to happen, as Lorraine Massey likes to say? That frizz is often caused by excessive heat styling, which hair companies make us feel like we should keep doing so that our hair is “sleek” and “smooth”?
What if hair products for straightening were advertised with an emphasis on “switch up your style” rather than “fix your hair”? And what if we educated curlies on how to care for their hair, instead of trying to fit them into a box?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately – how the media has an effect on how we perceive our hair. I’ll be working on more posts on this topic and hope to share soon. In the meantime, I want to be more consistent with sharing photos that highlight my frizz, because a) there is nothing wrong with it and b) it’s beautiful. This frizz was brought to you by a day of running around in the sun – I felt happy and full. My hair looked the way it did because I was having a good time, enjoying myself and getting a little sweaty in the process.
Remember – your hair is beautiful, and that includes your frizz! ✨
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