For women, hair is important. It influences our moods (“I’m having a bad hair day!”) and when our tresses cooperate we feel unstoppable. It’s almost like it has magical powers.
Unfortunately, hair texture also stirs up insecurities. Sadly, most women are unsatisfied with their hair type.
Take me, for example. I would have traded anything to have straight hair instead of my curly locks. That’s until I almost lost my curls all together.
During spring 2012, my hair was so damaged it would not curl. And it freaked me out! It is true what they say: “you don’t know what you’re missing until it’s gone.” In this case, I missed my curls!
I am not alone in this hair battle. Just like I now embrace my natural locks, so do many other women. Nefertiti Bridges, 29, is now in love with her natural African-American hair. “It’s healthier and exactly the way it is supposed to be,” she said. “I love the endless number of styles I can put my hair in and how thick and curly it is, especially after a treatment.”
Was she always this proud of her roots? Not at all.
“I used to be ashamed of it because I didn’t look like my friends’ hair. I was terrified to cut off my permed hair and start over,” Bridges admitted.
Luckily, she now embrace its uniqueness, adding that it makes her feel as if she is not conforming to what society and mainstream media deems as beautiful.
“‘Going natural’ was an empowering and freeing experience. It gave me the freedom to be unique, bold, creative, and beautiful ME.”
What about Latinas? Are we celebrating our curly locks? After some time, Candice, 22, does. “When I was younger my hair use to make me feel so insecure and ‘unpretty,'” she said. But with age came wisdom and acceptance.
“I’ve come to love my hair and its essence. From the frizz to the split ends, it’s all me and I’m proud of it. It’s all natural now. No chemicals or treatments. It’s raw and uncut just like me.”
And lastly, there are those Latinas that have straight hair. Yes, they exist! And sometimes they also struggle with loving their hair.
“The only downside (to my straight hair) is that it hates to be curled and doesn’t like up-do’s,” Inez Gomez, 28, shared.
On the flip side, it’s low maintenance.
“I love the fact that I can come out of the shower, add some products and brush it out and be done,” Gomez gushed. “I don’t spend tons of money on hair products and it doesn’t need to be cut for months.”
So, let’s appreciate what you have, shall we? If you have straight, sleek hair, be grateful for less frizz. Curly-haired ladies have that bounce and volume so many women would kill for. Embrace the hair that your mama gave you and work it.
Kattya Servellon is a 23-year-old lifestyle and relationship blogger and beauty guru living the life in NYC. Get to know her on her blog, ByKattya.