Let me first declare that I, for one, didn’t decide to let go of my relaxed hair back in 2006 because of any kind of movement going on. I did it because I joined an African dance troupe in college (shoutout to African Rhythms at UPENN), had rigorous dance practice on a regular basis, and couldn’t deal with maintaining straight hair at Philly hairstylist prices.
Anyway, fast forward to five years later and everywhere you turn, there are girls chopping off their relaxers and rocking their curls. Hell, even I decided (after regretfully relaxing it last year) to chop mine off again and start from scratch. I think it’s great that there are so many resources out there now for people who want to do it. But I didn’t realize there were so many strong viewpoints about who could “rightfully” participate in this movement.
I’m curious to know: Should there be such a thing as CURL-ism? Like racism, it separates people based on a physical feature – the texture, shape and size of their CURLS. Can’t we all just get along?
Guest blog submitted by Love Brown Sugar