Straight hair

My hair hasn't been straight in over 6 months, but I went and got a rollerset for some pictures tomorrow and I'm really loving my hair right now. I never realized how hung up I was on having straight hair until now, especially after all the compliments I received today because of it. Even my mom said, you sure you want to cut all that off? All this makes me sorta second guess my decision to chop soon and I wonder if I'll feel just as pretty as I do with my hair straightened.

I've always heard from other transitioners they felt like straight hair wasn't really who they were. While I never felt like I was betraying something within me by straightening, I do worry about feeling attractive without straight hair.

How do you resist feeling differently about yourself with curly versus straight hair?
Fotki!
Last relaxer: Feb. 2008
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Jan. 2009
Speckla
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You can still straigtening after you BC but good curls are harder to achieve on still relaxed hair.

I stopped relaxing because I like curls much better than straight. I haven't straightened since April of last year and don't miss it. Everyone's going to feel differently and I go by what pictures look like. My face looks better with curls.
I've always heard from other transitioners they felt like straight hair wasn't really who they were. While I never felt like I was betraying something within me by straightening, I do worry about feeling attractive without straight hair.

How do you resist feeling differently about yourself with curly versus straight hair?
Originally Posted by mixeded
I'm like you. I like both straight and curly hair and don't feel as if it would be wrong for me to prefer one over the other. One of the number of reasons I decided to start transitioning to natural is that I am attracted to the idea versatility. Curly, than straight, then back to curly just by washing my hair? That's what's up! I do like wearing MY hair as opposed to weaves or using chemicals to change it (disclaimer: nothing against either!! ). I feel like me when I can just wash it as I like or change it as I like. HOW I decide to style it is different. Either way, I feel like me as long as I'm being myself!

As for whether or not I feel differently about myself depending on the style.... hmm, I feel attractive (sometimes!) both ways but in different ways. Its like wearing make-up; When I don't wear make-up I feel like I'm beautiful or attractive because of who I am. Because I'm not afraid to be raw, unique and just me (I think there are a lot of people who are ). When I wear make-up I still think I'm beautiful but its a little bit of a superficial kinda beauty. However, not artificial. C'mon we all look in magazines and even if we know things are loaded with make-up, weaves, and airbrushing, they can still be beautiful. I like that but without the plastic or extra hair. That's how I feel about curly vs. straight. So Idk... Whatever makes you feel good about yourself, regardless of what anyone else thinks, is best. That's attractive to me.

So I wouldn't resist feeling feeling anything in particular. If it feels good goooo with that feeling. You shouldn't have loyalty to one particular style over another, imo. Just keep it healthy.

Last edited by nettabelle; 01-03-2009 at 01:37 PM. Reason: oops, forgot...
Thank you Speckla and nettabelle, both very good points. I guess getting over the stigma of straight vs. curly hair on a personal level is the important thing for me. To really trust in the versatility of natural hair (as opposed to condemning either curly or straight hair) is the way to go.
Fotki!
Last relaxer: Feb. 2008
Big Chop:
Jan. 2009

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