Published originally for Allure here.
Curls have always gotten a bad rap—just ask Allure contributor Judith Newman, who recently defended the naturally curly in the age of the Brazilian Blowout.
Being a curly girl myself, I know it’s not the easiest texture to tame—check my shower full of moisturizing conditioners and anti-frizz masks if you want proof. Still, I think curls can look gorgeous. So why does bouncy straight hair and soft waves always seem to triumph? I recently got a cut with a top New York City stylist, and what did he do to my hair? He forced my curls into pin-straight submission, armed with a Mason Pearson hair brush and an industrial blow-dryer.
We are not necessarily the most loved or coveted texture out there—think of any shampoo or hair-color commercial you’ve seen lately where the straight-haired model “shakes her head, and a glossy curtain of light-reflecting hair swooshes behind her. Let me reiterate the sound effect: That’s swoosh, not boing,” says Newman.
But I’ve come to terms with my lack of swoosh. In high school, I would flat iron the life out of my curls every single day, leaving it dull and damaged. I switched back to my naturally curly texture out of sheer laziness in college, and after seeing how confident curly-headed Sarah Jessica Parker was in Sex and the City, I really never looked back. Not a grandiose tale, but the lazy girl approach works for me.
How did you come to accept your curls? Or do you still prefer straightening?
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