The Woes of Having Curly Hair

Me & My Curls

Having been given the gift of curly hair from the very beginning of my life (I didn’t grow hair until age 4 but it was curly nonetheless), I consider myself an expert in the field. I thought I would make a small list of problems that arise when you are a member of The Curly Hair Club. This list is for members to relate to and for non members to learn from:

  1. Everyone thinks curly hair is an invitation to touch your hair. I don’t know what you are looking to find in this endeavor, but my hair is coarse and tangled 97% of the time and you will probably get caught in there. What I would give to have silky hair someone could run their fingers through…

2. Hats look funny. The realization that most hats cannot be worn with curly hair hit very hard in middle school when ice skating in cute hat, glove, and scarf sets was a popular past time. It is also frustrating now in college when I want to wear a baseball cap to support my university but end up embarrassing it with how ridiculous I look.

3.HAIRCUTS. There are literally not enough terms for trying to explain how to cut your curly hair to a hair dresser. Some hair dressers don’t even try to cut curly hair because of the pressure associated with it.

4.PRODUCTS. We’ve tried them all. Even if you find one that works, eventually it stops working, like everything else. One wrong move involving mousse and/or hairspray and you are going to the 1982 prom.

5. When people who have wavy hair claim they have curly hair. Do you look like Shirley Temple when you let your hair dry naturally? If not, I’m sorry, but you don’t qualify for The Curly Hair Club.

The rain came and murdered those curls on the left…

6. CAUGHT IN HEAT OR RAIN OR BOTH. Curly hair in the elements= the troll doll effect. Any ringlets once had are now turned to frizz…RIP.

7. You can’t express frustration with your hair without being showered in compliments. “You’re hair is BEAUTIFUL.”  “I would give ANYTHING to have curly hair.” “You are SO lucky.”

Maybe we are.

-Anna Bekavac

Member of The Curly Hair Club & Women’s Center Staff

PS. Do you have more to say about the body and features you were given? Would you like to participate in discussions and workshops on body positivity with fellow Ohio women?

Come to the Women’s Center this Thursday, October 15, for Love Your Body Day! Main events:

12pm: “The M Word: Representation and the Maternal in Contemporary Art”presented by Dr. Jennie Klein

2pm: “Love your Body, Nourish your Self” with Selena Baker

4pm: “Strip Away the Shame” Burlesque Workshop led by local burlesque performer, Clementine

Also don’t miss our on our Fat Activism Panel next Tuesday at 7pm in Ellis 111!

Hope to see you there!


About Ohio U Women's Center

The Ohio University Women’s Center serves and responds to the needs of OU women students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. Founded in 2007, the center is dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming campus climate for all members of the community through programs, resources, referrals, advocacy, and education. Located in Baker University Center 403.
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