A curly amongst the straight: High school

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I was just like you for my first three years of high school. Now I'm a senior and I've vowed to let my curls show!

The best thing I ever did for myself was go to the first day if school natural. Everyone was surprised that I didn't have relaxed hair, which is what they thought my straightened hair was. I felt powerful because I was different. I'm inspired by your story of course and I hope others are as well.

Also if you want to keep contact, PM me! High school curly q's gotta stick together!
I was always self conscious about wearing my hair "different". I remember being in daycare when I was 3 or 4 yrs old and being completely embarrassed that my mom had put pigtails in my hair, when I never wore it like that any other day. I felt like I had to hide it.

Now being all grown up and an adult, I look back at how I was and could just smack myself. When you get out of high school and into the "real world", people could really care less what you look like. It's better to embrace your natural-ness early on and be confident in who you are! People may pick on it, because it's different and sticks out. I truly admire people who can do that, because God knows these people poking the fun sure don't have the courage to do the same.

Rock on young curlies!
People may pick on it, because it's different and sticks out.
Originally Posted by poxyfairyplume
Very true. Also, some pick on curlies because they are jealous.
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Hm. I can't say I've ever had the experience of being mocked for my hair... the worst I've got, really, is people telling me that I have a lot of it. Which is entirely true. I try to keep my hair somewhat short because it's ridiculously thick. Most of the other girls in my school don't seem to have a problem with curling; there are several I can think of with curly hair, though most of them use products and curling irons to achieve it.

I remember once instance in sixth grade where the girls were talking about how long it took them to do their hair in the morning, and they all said things like an hour, 45 minutes, etc. Then out of the blue someone turned to me and asked how long it took me. I said five minutes, they balked, and it was only then that I realized: everyone in my grade thought I ironed this stuff.
Pardon the intrusion. My teen years are behind me, but I just had to pop in and say I am sorry you girls have been going through this. I've read so many stories like these in the (almost) 2 years I have been on the board and for the most part I still find it strange. This was a non issue in my high school days. Most people coveted curls and got perms (which I see was mentioned in the thread above, and it's about time). Mostly, no one cared what type of hair you had and I never cared what anyone thought about mine. I can not recall giving what people thought about my hair a second thought. ETA: And we didn't even have anything for frizz the majority of my years in HS! Frizz Ease was invented in 1989 but it took a few more years to hit store shelves in my small town (I finally gave up and googled that). I loved it, and considering that it's on my head, that's all that matters. There was no pressure to change myself to be like everyone else. I can not think of anything more humdrum.

Be you. Don't worry about the rest.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 09-13-2013 at 03:07 AM.
I know that in the 80s there was somewhat of a slant toward perms and "big hair", but I still think level of acceptance would have depended on how those curls looked (esp.: just how curly/tight/frizzy the curls were), as well as on what part of the country you lived in and how conservative or liberal a particular community was, etc.

With all those variables in mind, I would expect that in most cases there'd be mixed reviews re: the feedback curly-haired people have received (just like today), regardless of the milieu/venue. That's why it doesn't at all phase me when negative experiences are shared here. What is does do is sadden and sometimes anger me.
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I know that in the 80s there was somewhat of a slant toward perms and "big hair", but I still think level of acceptance would have depended on how those curls looked (esp.: just how curly/tight/frizzy the curls were), as well as on what part of the country you lived in and how conservative or liberal a particular community was, etc.

With all those variables in mind, I would expect that in most cases there'd be mixed reviews re: the feedback curly-haired people have received (just like today), regardless of the milieu/venue. That's why it doesn't at all phase me when negative experiences are shared here. What is does do is sadden and sometimes anger me.
Originally Posted by Korkscrew
I think it's also fair to say that negative experiences being shared here don't phase most of us because we are in a group (notably these forums) that has a shared journey. Most of us struggled with the idea of being curly so we straightened, cut very short, etc. Then we reached an epiphany to where the older we get, the less we care what others think. However, Korkscrew, it can also sadden and anger us on some level as well.
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