New to NaturallyCurly.com is CurlyTeen Scene, a column especially for curly teens. Julia Rizzo is a teenager living in Central New York. When not writing, she enjoys acting, reading and snow skiing. She has loved writing as long as she can remember, and plans to pursue a career in English. She hopes her column will provide encouragement and inspire girls to love their curly hair.
I look over my shoulder, trying to ascertain just who is pulling gently on my hair. I’m in homeroom, and the guy who sits next to me gives me a sheepish grin. I must have given him a quizzical look because he says, “I like your curls, they’re so bouncy.”
It’s comments like that that make me love being naturally curly.
Other friends, both guys and girls, have echoed this sentiment.
Unfortunately, some girls don’t think their wonderful hair is something to be proud of, but rather an obstacle that hinders them.
This e-mail came from Danielle, who feels like her hair is more burdensome then beautiful. She writes: 'How do you deal with guys when they flirt with you? Do guys like your curly hair a lot better than girls with straight hair? I would like to know so I can attract attention from cute guys, because all I get is nerds.'
Although I’d love to think guys like curly hair over straight, I’ve talked to my own guy friends, and they came to a consensus. They told me that it’s not a girl’s hair they are attracted to; it’s her confidence and her personality.
I agree, because I know when someone enters a room, the first thing I see isn’t what kind of hair they have! When you love who you are, this inner confidence shows on the outside. So feeling confident can be a great way to get noticed! And I try to be careful of who I judge as a “nerd”.
I know I don’t want guys, and people in general, to judge me by my curly hair or any other part of my appearance. So I return the favor and try not to label them.
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