truth about indian women with curly hair.

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Wow! I came across this thread by chance while doing a search on Indian people with curly hair. Sometimes I like to see examples of a look on someone with similar coloring.

I have to agree with the majority of sentiments expressed here. I am actually an Indian from an Indian diasporic country where curly hair receives ambivalent attitudes. On one hand, it's liked but then at the same time everyone brushes it out to a huge pouf and then criticizes you for having icky hair!

I have noticed that a lot of Indian women prefer their hair straight. They use flat irons to get all the waves out and then cut it short to make the maintenance easier. As my name says, I am a curly in the Midwest. Chock full of people with Northern European ancestry, aka straight haired people.

Curly hair definitely gets a lot of attention here, but it's not the nice kind. People are often surprised by how curly my hair is because they expect Indian girls to have straight hair. I've been asked why I don't blow out my hair and what's wrong with having straight hair. One time a hair rep asked me why I didn't want to straighten my hair, as if I acted like I was refusing to take my meds at an asylum!

Indians by and large don't really laud curly hair in the same way other women do. I've met a lot of women who fawned over my hair because it's long and has lots of volume. On a societal level-- curly hair represents a lot of things that don't match Indian culture. Curly hair is somewhat sexual, is viewed as rebellious, and nonconformist. I don't know about any of you ladies, but I know as an Indian raised by traditional immigrant parents, I was not raised to be sexual, rebellious, or nonconformist! (Even though I sort of am a little bit of all 3. Heh)

My method for hair care is simple. I have been no-poo for several years, I use an old t-shirt to blot my hair when it's wet, use a wide tooth comb for combing it out when it's damp, and limit my use of heat. The main time I use heat is when I want to really get my curls to look tighter, and the heat use is less than 5 minutes. I mostly use the cool setting or air dry. My hair products are low in protein, silicone, preservatives, and no alcohol. I also drink lots of water, take vitamins (recommended for other issues from dr., but the "side effect" on my hair is noticeable), walk as much as I can, and limit how much hard use I put on my hair. I braid it a lot at night and refrain from using a hair tie at the ends, as that can lead to split ends.
I just started researching about curly hair yesterday. I m 26 years old. For twenty three years of my life I lived with dry frizzy hair n used to b jealous of all curly girls. Never realised that my hair were actually curls which just needed care. Finally got rebonding done twice. Last time was 4 years ago. Now my curls r back and they look better. I have never been able to find any good sulphate free shampoo or silicone free conditioner here in India. By the way I m type 3B, medium width, low porosity and high density. I tried The Body Shop Banana conditioner n shampoo and didnt like them much. Currently I m using Himalaya Anti Dandruff shampoo which I think is free from sulfates. I use Dove Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner which has silicones. Although I have researched quite a bit on CG method, plopping etc I havent followed them yet.

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Well if that works..i guess we can have the same hair style as they do..it is always good to have a change..i mean i really have a great hair and it is not just i am bragging about that but we could give it a try.
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All the views expressed here about Indians hating curly hair r old. Curly hair is in now. All my straight haired frds r now curling their hair.
Im brand new to this site but I just want to say Im Indian and have curly hair.. very frizzy but im hoping I can fix that soon i have thick waist length hair recently cut. Indian hair is very beautiful when straight can become very silky and smooth plus very shiny however a different story for me when curly lol!
New to the CG method just wondering is anyone here from the uk? Could do with help with finding cg friendly products
I have 2c/3a hair I think
Eshamia, 2c/3a curly hair can be easy to manage once you learn about what kind of hair you have. Ever tried testing to see if it's porous? Porosity can really affect the type of care you give it.

I learned my 3a hair needs moisture in order to style well, and I have to be mindful of when it's humid or rainy out. As I've gotten older, the porosity has also changed.
Hi, I'm writing here in behalf of a friend. She's from Latin America and went to live to India two years ago. She always straightened her hair with chemical products but now she wants to have her natural hair. Her hair is naturally curly and she's having problems in finding products to take care of her hair. I would really appreciate if anyone could help me with this, since she's having a bad time with her friends as this type of hair is new for them. Is there any site where she can purchase online that is safe? Or a store or brand of products that you girls recommend. Thank you so much in advance.
I can't imagine what are you saying!!!The curly hair is very annoying ,Iused everything I know to make my 4 yrs old daughter hair straight but its useless ,could anybody help me?please
Hi there I'm a cg veteran and wanted to say I'm indian and I have curly hair! I definitely went through my fair share of trial and error as well as being awkard. My entire family has straight hair and the rare long lost relative that may have it usually hates it. However, its become a huge part of me.

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Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
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Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
I can't imagine what are you saying!!!The curly hair is very annoying ,Iused everything I know to make my 4 yrs old daughter hair straight but its useless ,could anybody help me?please
Originally Posted by Nonna
The best help you can get is someone to tell you you should stop trying to make her into something she is not and learn to work with her natural texture. I'm not sure what methods you are using to straighten her hair but I highly doubt they are appropriate for a 4 year old. And she doesnt need to hear your negatives comments about her hair which could do serious damage to her self esteem. Some women here are still dealing with being told as children we had bad hair. It doesn't matter if you don't like curly hair. It's not your hair.
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Hi, I have a question to ask.

I am really sad to hear that lighter skin is considered more 'beautiful' in India. Is it because of a lingering British effect, or something else?
Originally Posted by nomilknogluten
No...it's more that people with darker skin spend more time in the sun, aka farmers. People with lighter skin spend more time indoors, with desk jobs that are higher paying and "higher class."

That's where that comes from :\
Originally Posted by wowohwow
What's funny about that concept to me is...if it wasn't for the "dark skinned farmers" the "light skinned higher class" ppl wouldn't have the luxury of eating!

I just found that interesting.



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2yrs 7 months post relaxer/2 years and 11 months natural

Cleanse: SM Moisture Retention or Suave Naturals shampoos
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals, L'Oreal EverCreme or EverCurl
RO/Detangler: Tresseme Naturals, GVPCB
Leave-In: SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie, TN, GVPCB
Styler: EcoStyler, GF Pure Clean gel, KCCC

Just discovering my hair likes protein!

I can't imagine what are you saying!!!The curly hair is very annoying ,Iused everything I know to make my 4 yrs old daughter hair straight but its useless ,could anybody help me?please
Originally Posted by Nonna
Ma'am...she was BORN that way! You as a mother should learn to find your daughter beautiful in every way. You sound angry that her hair is curly...if you believe in God...you need to take that up with him. I bet her curls are BEAUTIFUL!!

All it takes is for you to open your mind a little...and educate yourself on how to care for her hair. AND her self esteem. What if someone told you your nose was so annoying and you need to fix it...how would you feel? How do you think she feels? That's just mean.

Im sorry...but i grew up w/a mom like you and i had very low self esteem and i didnt feel better about myself until i left home,..and now she misses me. Don't let that happen to u and your daughter!


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2yrs 7 months post relaxer/2 years and 11 months natural

Cleanse: SM Moisture Retention or Suave Naturals shampoos
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals, L'Oreal EverCreme or EverCurl
RO/Detangler: Tresseme Naturals, GVPCB
Leave-In: SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie, TN, GVPCB
Styler: EcoStyler, GF Pure Clean gel, KCCC

Just discovering my hair likes protein!

I have naturally curly hair and I am asian indian. My parents were both born in Punjab. I grew up with barely any hair and when I was 1 kapow! Curls. Hes full of ringlets. My mom did the whole little kid detangler thing and would put some baby oil in it to tame the frizz. As I got older she braided it. In 6th grade I cut my hair and my cousin explained to me how I needed to straighten it. I hated my natural hair for years. And now I couldn't imagine myself without it. I'm the only cg in my family. My cousin from India just moved in with me and the first thing I did when she came was throw away her shampoo. She doesn't go crazy pj on me but I have made her cg I believe (:

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Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
Beast's Favorite Things:
Shea Moisture
Kinky Curly
Curl Junkie
Natural Stuff
BC #2: 10/2/13
2c/3a/3b w/ loose botticellis, whirls and curls,
Coarse, High Porosity;CG since 2007
I totally get it...
I've lost count of the number of times I've walked into a salon and been advised to get my hair rebonded... :/
But I think times are changing now - natural is in again!
I have natural ringlets and the last time I went to a parlour, the guy actually complimented them! XD

Yeah there is definitely a craze about oil in India... I personally don't like the smell at all and only use it an hour or so before washing my hair. I don't think it's been traditionally used for straightening hair though - it's probably just for nourishing the roots. And plaits are just neat and don't get messed up when children play.
Indian as in Native American, or Indian as in from India? I'm a little bit of both.
Most of us are of Indian ancestry as in from India.

To be honest, I don't think curly hair is really back. The current trend is wavy hair, which is actually distinguished from curly hair. The "beachy" look with relaxed waves is what is popular, not spirals, tights ringlets, or even afros.
An Indian woman told me that straight hair looks more professional...smh!
My hair is "exotic, beautiful and free",,,yeah, that be ME!!!
3B/C - Easy to straighten, [no heat ever/no protect. styling].

Low Porosity/Medium Density
Mid Width/BSL-stretched/
BC - 12/2012

I am a "Co-Wash/Finger Comb Lady!

Scalp Cleanser - SM ABS Purification Hair Masque
Co-wash - Tresemme Naturals
Leave In - SM CH Curl Smoothie
Hydration - SM CH CurlStyle Milk
Styler - SM CH Gel Souffle
Deep Conditioner - LS Organic Cholesterol

I've heard that one before! I am sad to say, in the past I used to straighten my hair for interviews for the same reason. When I wore my hair up, regardless of texture, it wasn't a problem. That bypassed the whole issue or whatever they consider it to be!

I would like to think any kind of hair that looks unkempt, unwashed, and sloppy would be more unprofessional. Sheesh.
Frankly, I could care less what is "in" or acceptable because I have always felt that if I like it, and I wear it then it is "in" for me!!!

I am from NY, [which is the fashion capitol of the US], and I have always started trends. I would wear styles that females would criticize then a week later I would see them attempting to "rock it"...

I have never "fit in" and have learned to love it like that. I decided to wear my hair natural, [didn't know it was curly and beautiful], and lost some friends of other nationalities who feigned friendship when my hair was straight, [had to be fake because no matter what I do with my hair, I am still the same person].

One co-worker told me when I did the BC she didn't like it however now she is beginning to like my hair, [she has curly hair that she hates]. I stood up and politely made a disclosure statement..."I do not wear my hair, clothes, etc. in any style in an attempt to please women, not "into women", so I would appreciate it if people would keep their comments to themselves". I haven't had any problems since. HA!!!
My hair is "exotic, beautiful and free",,,yeah, that be ME!!!
3B/C - Easy to straighten, [no heat ever/no protect. styling].

Low Porosity/Medium Density
Mid Width/BSL-stretched/
BC - 12/2012

I am a "Co-Wash/Finger Comb Lady!

Scalp Cleanser - SM ABS Purification Hair Masque
Co-wash - Tresemme Naturals
Leave In - SM CH Curl Smoothie
Hydration - SM CH CurlStyle Milk
Styler - SM CH Gel Souffle
Deep Conditioner - LS Organic Cholesterol

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