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ChristineCurly 03-11-2012 01:38 PM

Have you ever seen that video curly vs straight?
Many years ago, I saw a video in which they set up situations where they would send a woman with curly on a job interview and then get opinions of her from the interviewers. Then, they sent the same person in with straight hair, same with dating. Does anyone remember ever seeing this? I can't seem to find it anywhere.


SaraNoH 03-16-2012 10:56 AM

sounds like something Dateline would produce on What Would You Do?

But wouldn't they notice when the same girl came in? Unless they had completely different interviewers and totally changed how she looked...

ChristineCurly 03-17-2012 12:05 PM

Check this out. I just read this on a blog:
First impressions count. Many closet curlies are married to a flat iron because they think men prefer the smooth, straight look over curls or kinks. And when you can maneuver your mane in either direction, you have the option of changing your visual impression when meeting someone new.
But should you? And would it really make a difference?
To find out, I embarked on an unscientific social experiment. Newly single in New York City, I joined a popular online dating service and posted two profiles. They were identical in every way—except one. The first profile included a picture of my hair flat-ironed straight. For the other, my hair was naturally curly. After one month showcasing the straight profile and the next month curly, more than twice as many men responded to the straight look.

More Details:
  • The straight profile was viewed 1,606 times for the month, while the curly one received 1,063 views during the month it was posted
  • The flat-ironed look 181 [COLOR=#0072BC ! important][COLOR=#0072BC ! important]emails[/COLOR][/COLOR], compared with 60 for the curly profile
  • On the flirtatious side, the stick-straight profile received 120 winks, while curly locks caught winks from 60 men
  • In about 10 percent of the dates, hair made a difference, while confidence was the driving factor in the remainder of the connections

ChristineCurly 03-17-2012 12:10 PM

OK, here's another video:
Curly or Straight? | Video - ABC News

xocandii 03-18-2012 08:04 AM

Thanks for posting that video! It was very interesting. I'm one who always likes to straighten out my curls but I'll have to keep that in mind for going for a job interview xD.

breathe 03-18-2012 10:42 PM

This is all very interesting.

vikkivma 03-20-2012 09:53 AM

I'm really glad I watched this -- I might have a round of interviews coming up, and I didn't want them to interfere with CG, but the last time I was job-hunting, I blow-dried my curls straight ever morning because I thought I had to. I hated it.

Ironically, the notes I got back from the first couple of interviews was that I seemed to shy and self-conscious. Maybe if I'd gone in with my curls, I would have felt more myself.

ByeByeBlowDry 03-27-2012 06:38 PM

Thanks for your posts, ChristineCurly.

After decades of fighting my 3A hair, I went to a curl-specialist stylist 3 weeks ago and have been "natural" ever since. To be perfectly candid, I love the ease of going curly but felt much prettier with straighter hair. As I watched the video, my heart sank from the men's and kids' negative responses because they confirmed what I have long believed: curly hair is frequently perceived as inferior to straight hair.

vikkivma 03-28-2012 08:57 AM

I do think the tide is changing. The ABC video was from 3-4 years ago and I know that that blog post was from at least 2-3 years ago (but probably a little more).

It's hard to know for certain, but I think curly hair is making a comeback. Take the year's biggest movie, The Hunger Games: even though Katniss is supposed to have dead-straight hair, they gave the actress natural-looking waves for her "makeover." Rue had natural hair, even though disappointingly the girl had hers' realxed in real life (the actress, not the character). Even "Glimmer" -- the blonde girl meant to be a major object of affection for the lead and pompous male had curly/wavy hair for her interviews. And these were meant to be moments where these characters looked their absolute best.

If you take a look at this promotional image, only "Foxface" seems to have less-than-2b/c hair, but it's still a far cry from dead-straight:

The Hunger Games

And, again, these actors and actresses are meant to be up-and-coming stars in one of the biggest franchises of the next few years.

I also seem to see waves and curls more and more in fashion magazine and beauty spreads. This is all anecdotal, but I wouldn't be surprised if flat-ironed hair isn't becoming a little passe because it is so unnatural-looking.

Flat-out curls might still be a ways off, but I do think that we're definitely coming past the flat-iron years and back into a place of a little more wave-and-curl acceptance when it comes to attractiveness.

GroYoFro 03-31-2012 05:06 PM

viva le curl!:mrgreen:

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