I recently was watching an important television documentary episode of "Millionaire Matchmaker" "where she told a prospective girlfriend or wife of picky and not attractive loser millionaire that she usually doesn't pick curly haired women. Oh because we are too exotic. I get it!
I'm not taking what the matchmaker says to heart. Like no curly haired woman will ever get a boyfriend or married, WRONG. But it does shed light on the topic of Curly Hair and how society forces us to straighten or out of control, crazy awesome locks.
I am obsessed with Mad Men and shrieked during Season 3 when Don Draper told his current mistress, Sally's teacher that he loved her curly hair. "Nobody wears it curly anymore". The ironic thing was this mistress was crazy and I hated her.
Of course I can relate to Carrie Bradshaw because we are blessed with waves that change with humidity. Not that my hair at all resembles Sarah Jessica Parker's curls but she's famous and wears it curly! Carrie likened her hair to that of a wild horse (you might vomited a little just then), you can't tame it. She also pulled out a Barbara Streisand comparison from The Way We WTere. I personally loved to hate Babs' do in A Star is Born. It was bozo fro meets 80's mullet set in the 70's. FAIL! I did love A Star is Born and memorized the soundtrack in middle school.
Are curly haired people not taken professionally? Is my hair going to actually hurt me in a job interview?
"Lauren you are so qualified for the job/role but we aren't hiring/casting you because we don't believe this position/character would have wavy hair" - Jerk Casting Director/Jerk Boss
"But we can straighten it" - I plead
"it's too late" -Asshole Casting Director/Asshole Boss
What's with the scare tactics that curly hair will prevent you from getting a gig or job. Can they not use their pea brain imaginations to picture what I would look like with straight boring hair? I think back in the "olden days" Shakespearean heroines and villains didn't straighten their hair with $150 chi or irons. They didn't have magazines telling them how to do their hair. They had royalty, which probably consisted of lots of cool do's with braids and crowns.
Maybe they view us as lazy? Just because we let our hair naturally dry. Keeping our hair healthy and air drying versus frying the shit out of it daily is what will get me a job.
I keep my hair curly because it suits my personality and I feel like a freak with straight hair. A. I don't straighten it right B.Only my hair gal Angela straightens it right. So once every few months my hair is straightened by a pro.
My hair is like me: I little out there, sometimes crazy verging on multi personalities, fun, bubbly and awesome.