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Old 07-06-2013, 08:19 AM   #11
Firefox7275
 
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Originally Posted by wavydaze View Post
I started writing a really long essay.

Basically what I was writing was that curly hair is sociologically charged in a way that wavy hair (talking more 2b/2a here) is not. I respect that part of the natural movement and sites like nc.com function as a safe space for exploration, communal learning, as well as self-acceptance and empowerment for those with tighter curl patterns, patterns that are not frequently accepted, represented nor idealized in mainstream media (unlike 2a beach waves).

This is part of the reason why there isn't so much "wavy content" on this site. I respect that.

Another reason is because I don't think people with wavy hair really realize that their hair can actually benefit so much from "curly hair care." It is naturallycurly and not naturallywavy after all. The distinctions between wavy and curly are too hard in mainstream thinking anyway IMO, which actually leads back to curly hair being sociologically charged.

I'm all for more wavy content on this site! I just wanted to get that out there... it was buggin me. Us looser wavies aren't underprivileged in any way in the big picture as long as the mainstream idealizes our pattern (which it does and has for decades).
I am in the 2s and don't have what anyone would describe as beach waves. I literally did not know I have 2c ringlets at the front until my late thirties, neither did my own mother, nor one single hair stylist. By the time I found the CG method I'd ponytailed my 'bad hair' 24/7 for the best part of a decade. The last layered cut I had to 'work with' my waves looked like Farrah Fawcett back in the seventies literally within five minutes of leaving the salon, every other time they have tried to flat iron it. I never received complements on my hair before CG despite you claiming society idealises it.

Artificial waves are currently valued natural waves are not, largely through ignorance. The vast majority of people with natural waves start out disliking them or not even knowing they exist - often describing their hair in the most unflattering terms as 'straight' yet kinky, wonky, messy, frizzy, fluffy, poofy, unmanageable, ugly or horrible. Many of us spent years or even decades brushing, flat ironing, BKT-ing, ponytail/ bunning or curly perming our hair into submission.

Clearly there is not the political and historical undercurrents with caucasian wavy hair as there is with African kinky-coily hair in the west, I hope no wavy would want to subtract from the natural hair movement just add to it. I know my hair type is in the minority in the wavy-curly community, I'd just like some content but recognise that it's up to us to push for and provide that.

Just as many African American ladies have put themselves out there to provide information for other 3s and 4s, start up small businesses supplying rich products with high quality ingredients. We can admire, learn from and be inspired by our curlier sisters, I support them by recommending their blogs, videos, articles and products. But I also recognise that techniques and products that help kinky-coilys to weigh down and stretch out their curls are the very opposite of what many wavies need.

There is a difference between substantially less wavy content - which is logical since there seem to be fewer active 2s than 3s and 4s - and absolutely no new content in a couple of years. I would be totally happy if a new NC wavy blogger or YouTube vlogger had hair that wasn't like mine, because I have porous hair and some 2c sections I can take more away from the curlier girls than a 2a/b with fine thin hair.
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG, growing out mechanical and chemical damage = breakage and very high porosity. Past armpit length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut
Treatments: Komaza Matani, coconut oil, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss ultimate volume, Inecto argan
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Boots Essentials gel
Experimenting with: going back to basics

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