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Curley Corner

Getting in Touch with Your Curly Roots is Not Always Easy

Destiny Johnson | 2/27/2017, 2:33 p.m.
Learning about how to take care of my natural hair has always been an individual journey. Around my teenage years, ...

Learning about how to take care of my natural hair has always been an individual journey. Around my teenage years, I noticed that I had a unique hair type. My mother, grandmother and brothers did not have the same curl pattern that I did. My father’s hair was characterized by loose, jet black waves that could grow in spirals if long. My mother had tightly curled hair that carried more of a sheen than a shine if worn natural.

As a child, I was not allowed to wear my hair natural due to its thickness and inability to be tossed into two ponytails while my mom rushed to get to work. I remember asking my mom if I could wear my hair like “Scary Spice” from a girl group named The Spice Girls. The singer had voluminous, springy curls all over her head. I hoped that my natural hair would in some way mimic hers if my mother would let me skip the blow drying and pressing for once. I remember being told that I “didn’t have hair like her” which made me believe that my hair was too difficult to manage.

As a college student, I began to straighten my hair less often. I was surprised that my hair had such beautiful spirals at all. My hair could be twisted, braided and worn down with ease. Although it was very thick and took a lot of elbow grease to put it in a simple bun, I loved the versatility of my hair.

My hair was a lot like my mother’s with its tight, frizzy coils. However, I can comb my hair back and see defined waves just like my father. My curls are uniquely mine and do not totally fit into any category. I no longer try to force my hair to look like someone else’s. I have become comfortable with my own texture while embracing the beauty that I have always had.

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