Oh I bet it's easier to do that in NYC, but in the Midwest (where I am from, hence my username), people are expected to be more homogeneous. It sucks because I'd rather just be myself but there are times where I'm willing to make a compromise.
I haven't read this whole thread yet, but I'm also Indian and I live in California. I am still trying to figure out which products to use in my hair and how to get my hair frizz-free and feeling good. I have type 3B curls....I'm going to Mumbai this summer (during monsoon also) and
I want to find a way to make my curls look decent during monsoon season...but im worried that this will be impossible lol. I also dont know where to buy curly hair products in mumbai....does anyone have ideas?
Another curly haired woman of South Indian origin. Most of my family are curly haired and sadly straighten their hair. I'm glad to read so many other women's hair tips and experiences. I normally resort to advice for mixed race hair and have been on the hunt for advice for curly Indian hair. I hope some of the products mentioned are available in Europe. I've just joined and I think I'm a 3A, not quite sure.
Ah I know how you feel, Korean with naturally curly hair and it doesn't look like one of those professional silky soft styled one's either. My dad was the one who got me to originally get it chemically straightened at some Korean salon in Atlanta.
I know if this thead is probably dead, but I only just discovered it. 3a with fine hair here who lives in Bangalore and I've been finding it hard to get products that work for me, still searching for something I can stick to. I was underwhelmed by the TBS Rainforest range, don't feel like it did much for me, also they're way over-priced. If anyone has suggestions for silicone free conditioners especially that I can get here and aren't too pricey I would love to hear them. Thanks
Oh how I remember as a child that feeling of my mom combing out the tangles in my super, duper curly/kinky/nappy hair, before oiling and braiding it. It hurt her arms, it hurt my head, it just hurt. so much. The reason I'm "sorta" type 3C is that the individual strands of my hair don't stay together. I never wore it loose until I reached junior high, and shortly after that I discovered the curling iron-- which I still use to this day to straighten my hair. I don't wear my naturally curly hair outside the house, ever. I hope one day I can feel confident and comfortable enough to do that.
Oh wow. I'm glad I stumbled onto this thread! I was born in India but I've lived in the US/UK since I was two years old. Honestly, we are from South India and everyone used to oil their hair, and I bet half of them had textured hair, but the standard of beauty was smooth, braided hair. Even now, smooth thick lustrous Bollywood hair is the standard of beauty. Add some silky waves - even better - but forget curls or ringlets! I think keralites seem to understand curls better as they do tend to wear it curly, but I have seen more than my fair share of huge bushy poufs in a ponytail holder. You know what I'm talking about.. I have an urge to tell them about the CG method For folks in India, if you can't find appropriate cleanser and conditioner, you could try using baking soda and vinegar and so on, assuming they are readily available. I don't know! I use apple cider vinegar as a clarifier once in a while, and it works well. My hair doesn't do well with coconut oil, but I imagine you could use some sort of oil (not too much lol) as a leave-in. My hair needs gel to avoid frizzing up, but I wonder if you could use aloe vera or something like that. I've never done this, but I've read about it.
I had curly hair as a baby and my mom used to oil it, but it still looked curly. It straightened out somewhat during childhood but had a tendency for frizz. My poor mom had no idea how to manage it so I spent my childhood with oiled hair put up in a half pony tail. I always resented her for doing that to me, especially as I look back at old photos, but I realize now that she had no clue how to manage textured hair! On shampoo days my hair got so big and poufy (think Sai Baba) that we didn't know what to do with it! I remember crying as my mom tried to comb out all the knots and calm it down.
My hair became silky (though it used to puff up after a shampoo) in high school and I actually used curlers to add loose curls. Not only that, in college I got perms! I had no idea I already HAD curly hair - it was just frizzy lol
I WISH we had know about the curly girl method. It has been liberating to work with my hair instead of straightening it daily, and now I love it! I truly had NO idea I had curls. All I saw was frizz with some random curls on certain days. Now I have overall curl. The best part? I welcome humidity! Bring it on. My hair looks BETTER in humid environments now. I no longer dread rainy days. Who would have guessed?
For anyone who is afraid to take the plunge, just do it. It might take some time to adjust and figure out what works for you, so don't give up easily. Once you figure it out, it's easy. Best of all is self acceptance. I really do love it! I'm passing this message on to my daughter, who is fortunate to have beachy waves, though they have been getting frizzier. I'm trying to convert her to the CG method, but she doesn't want to do all the steps yet
I've recently learned about hair from different sources . And I started observing people's hair around me , you guys have been saying majority is of straight hair , well no that's not the truth about Indian hair .I only saw few people with curly hair majority was of wavy hair , but I saw a lot of curly heads .
The order goes like this:
People with straight hair < people with curly hair< people with wavy hair
Almost everyone in India thinks either their hair can be extremely curly or stick straight they don't know about different textures . I , myself thought the same before gathering knowledge about hair.
If you are from India then you know the custom of brushing, oiling , again brushing then finally braiding . It's not a bad thing but brushing every type of hair is not a right thing to do , curly hair when brushed out converts into a a
horrible poofy triangle mess .
I have a friend circle of 15 people and only one of them have straight hair ( stick straight hair no waves at all ) and 3 of us have curly hair and the rest have wavy hair .
I am encouraging my friends to embrace their natural texture of hair whatever it is either straight or curly or wavy .
Many of my friends who have wavy hair didn't know they had wavy hair until recently they all were thinking they have straight hair because they didn't knew about different textures .
Sadly one of my friend who had curly hair when she was born but they have now became wavy because they were treated like they were straight . It's a little sad and she is in love with straight hair but she's learning to embrace her natural texture which I think suits her . People just need knowledge about hair here to understand that there are not only two textures in the world there are three .
My family is bangladeshi and 70% including the men have curly hair. Im the only one that actually leaves it curly..my cousins all straighten and my moms generation just does the brush thing so it looks wavy. Most south asians in my opinion have curly hair, just as much as straight at least. It usually looks wavy though..a lot just brush, oil and/or braid it.
Of course my mom hated my hair..i think she's finally just okay with it. I love it..I straightened it a few times in college and i looked like a generic indian chic, didnt care for it lol. My curly hair is one of my best features.
I totally get it! I am Indian and have curly hair as well. No one knew how to deal with it, people always looked at it with such disdain, like it was some kind of curse. I think my curl pattern is a mix of 3A and 3B
I'm south Indian and have 3b hair but used have 3c hair before I used to straiten and ruin my hair, its still recovering from the damage and is slowly recovering to 3c. Anyway there is a few girls I know who have curly hair but they always straighten it or there mom brush it out so much and then braid it when they were little and they still do that. When I go back to India there is nothing I can do with my hair its so puffy and big and turns into a big afro. Then everyone in my village makes fun of me and thinks my hair is fake. Being Indian with curly hair the struggle is real.😥😥
A few years ago I read about a group of people in India known as Siddi. They are Indians with Subsaharan African roots and most of the pictures I have seen of them they have curly or kinky hair. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddi
The asian media is to blame too. They never show women with curly hair on-screen. Most women are shown to have straight or slightly wavy hair. No naturally curly haired women are shown! That changes the perception of whats beautiful, whats not
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