Are you old enough to remember when Nicole Kidman’s hair was actually curly? How about when Kerri Russell rocked a curly do? And whatever happened to Andie MacDowell’s famous curls? Or Juliana Margulies? These ladies used to be my curly hair icons. And now… just a bunch of limp noodles. Albeit, gorgeous ones.
Normally, I’m not one to out people. And if I had the kind of money these women spend on hair stylists and fancy Japanese thermal relaxers, I’m sure I would have dabbled with straight hair, too. Like most curly-haired women, I spent the majority of my life in a love-hate relationship with my curls. And though I’ve been tempted to join the hair majority, my hair’s way too kinky to be straightened by a mere blow-out, flat iron, or keratin treatment. Even the highly toxic African-American hair relaxers I used back in college never made my hair anything other than wavy at best.
So, I understand how annoying it is to not be able to try out the latest hairstyles. I’m in my 40’s now, and I still feel phantom pangs of jealousy over my inability to pull off feathered bangs in seventh grade.
But because I had no other choice, I ultimately learned to love and accept my crazy corkscrew hair for what it is. Which is kind of what life’s all about, right?
So today, I call on all the celebrity frizz-heads of America and make this plea: let your curls out of the closet and wear them with pride. Seriously, ladies—do you want the only role model for a whole generation of curly-haired girls to be Kenny G.?
Curl Power. We’re here, we hate humidity. Get used to it.