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Old 05-19-2007, 11:55 PM   #1
 
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There are still loads and loads of people who prefer the straight look to curly hair. I think the hair pics below are gorgeous (maybe not on me, lol) but many people may tend to disagree with me. I personally think that curly hair looks better than straight hair when properly cared for, but again, thanks to societal standards, that's pretty much bullcrap in everyone else's eyes.



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Old 05-20-2007, 10:53 AM   #2
 
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Super-straight hair is the current fad, and like all fads it will come to an end. Actually if you look back in history, curls were prized for centuries. Just look at some old statues and paintings. Don't worry, curls will have their day in the spotlight again.
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Old 05-20-2007, 12:10 PM   #3
 
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Don't let that get to you! I don't ever let the fascination with straightening hair bother me or break me. I'm a curly; God made me this way, and no one can make me change that. Some people may think that straight is it but believe me there are many women I know who have straight hair or wear it short who wish they had curls. A lot of people think that straight hair is 'sophisticated' on women, but there is nothing more sophisticated than a woman who is confident and happy with her appearance.
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Old 05-21-2007, 09:57 AM   #4
 
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Here is a successful author who has great curly hair

www.jodipicoult.com
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Old 05-21-2007, 10:41 AM   #5
 
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I think most the curl haters are jealous. Sure there's alot of people who say straighten, but for every straighten comment I hear 2 saying they wish they had curls. I don't think my son has had a day in his life where he didn't have one person express jealousy even on his worse hair days.
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A lot of people think that straight hair is 'sophisticated' on women, but there is nothing more sophisticated than a woman who is confident and happy with her appearance.
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Old 05-21-2007, 06:55 PM   #7
 
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I really enjoy Jodi Picoult's books and her hair is gorgeous! She did a book signing at a local store, but a store clerk told me you need to arrive three hours early and get a numbered bracelet to get an autograph.

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Old 05-21-2007, 08:57 PM   #8
 
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.... but again, thanks to societal standards, that's pretty much bullcrap in everyone else's eyes.
Hmmmm....I disagree with the line I quoted above.

I've noticed that over the past couple of years that more and more curly haired people/models are showing up in print ads, commercials, and other media.

In fact, this is the most acceptance and indeed promotion of curly hair I've ever seen. There are also more products available specifically for curly hair than ever before. This is a GREAT time to be a curly!!!
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Old 05-21-2007, 11:06 PM   #9
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I think that now a lot of people are wearing there hair the way it is. That means less straight haired people are curling and less curly haired people are straightening. There are ALWAYS a few people who think straight hair is ideal, but thats just the subtle form of racism that we carry around.

I have noticed that for many African American women this is an excellent time to transfer from relaxed to natural
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Old 05-22-2007, 02:27 AM   #10
 
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I once rang a salon where a former hairdresser worked. I phoned for an appointment and explained I had naturally curly hair, and would like it cut into some shape.
The girl who took the call flat out said to me "oh we dont really work with curly hair, we're more into cutting straight hair and colouring"

whilst i appreciate that they just didnt book me in and have a hack at it, but didnt I just feel like the lepar of the Hairdressing world!
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Old 05-22-2007, 06:12 AM   #11
 
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I`m not crazy about straight hair anymore,i love my curls i`m obsess with getting perfect curl definition and taking good care of my hair.My commitment to my hair shouldn`t bother anyone like my mom she thinks i`m obsess with hair because i`m always concern about my hair.
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:30 AM   #12
 
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Have you seen the new TresSemme commercial where the girl with frizzy curly hair comes in to have her hair fixed? She ends up with it straight. My husband even made the comment that he would have like to have seen it "fixed" curly.









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I wonder how most men feel about curly hair. I had a guy tell me he was attracted to a girl that always had her hair straightened. When he saw her with her natural curly hair he said he didn't feel attracted anymore.
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Old 05-22-2007, 09:42 AM   #14
 
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I wonder how most men feel about curly hair. I had a guy tell me he was attracted to a girl that always had her hair straightened. When he saw her with her natural curly hair he said he didn't feel attracted anymore.

I work with a guy like this. He has told me that my husband likes my hair better straight but won't tell me the truth. Uh...yeah...right. My husband doesn't even talk to this guy.

My husband has always said he thinks a naturally curly girl looks better with her hair curly.
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Here is a successful author who has great curly hair

www.jodipicoult.com
I met her at a local book signing. She got a kick out of meeting other curlies there. She uses Ouidad's Climate Control Gel.

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Old 05-22-2007, 10:13 AM   #16
 
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That is too cool, RCC!
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Have you seen the new TresSemme where the girl with frizzy curly hair comes in to have her hair fixed? She ends up with it straight. My husband even made the comment that he would have like to have seen it "fixed" curly.
OMG I was watching that ad with my sister and at the beginning we were all excited and said, "I wonder what he'll do" and then he straightens her hair and we were so dissapointed.

RCC-That picture is so cute.
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I agree with another poster, who said that they thought that curly hair was becoming more in style. I think that this is especially true for women of color.

When I was growing up, on TV I never saw African-American actresses with natural or curly hair. The rarity was when Lisa Bonet had dreadlocks on "The Cosby Show". Now, it's more common too see women with Afros, curly hair, etc. on television and in print ads.

I think the fact that there are SO many new products for curly hair is proof that curly hair is becoming more mainstream. I think that over all the tendency of this society still leans towards straight hair, but I do feel that one day us curlies will be equally appreciated!
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I kind of agree with both sides of the issue. While I feel that there still is a "stigma" about curly hair among some out there, I also feel that I see more and more ads with curly haired women, esp. African American women wearing their hair natural.

And as far as guys liking curly or straight hair, my husband once commented that I get more "looks" from guys when my hair is curly.
Luckily he's not the jealous type!
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RCC, thanks for posting the picture with Jodi Picoult. I think she's from my area (near Princeton, NJ) so the store would have been mobbed. I'm glad you got to meet her. I had just finished "Nineteen Minutes" a few days before the Virginia Tech shootings. I feel so badly for the families of the victims.

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