I have always embraced my curls. It wasn't much of a choice for me. Hours at the mirror, buckets of styling goop and a stiff "made up" look. Or wake up, look in the mirror and walk out the door. I didn't spend much time on the decision. I also think I look weird with straight hair.
However, I have noticed a curly hair backlash of late. Specifically among the hipsters and their side swept bangs brandishing an armory of flat irons. Don't get me wrong, I think it is mostly a cute look. I think most people pull it off really well and good for them.
But recently on a couple of occasions I have seen people perfectly lovely curly hair try to emulate this look with poor results. Listen, I have straightened my hair on only a hand-full of occasions and the only time this has been successful was with a specific stylist (see here) . Most stylist screw it up - too poufy. And home attempts, let us not even tread there. Some hair, without the most talented of interventions, should probably just be left to it's own devices.
What set me off today was wandering across a comment on a flickr page of someone I don't even know - it was one of those narcissistic, poseur self portraits - that began "I don't even like curly hair, but..."
Have people who have told me they were envious of my curly hair been lying to me all this time? What is not to like about curly hair? Because it is not in fashion?
Really it is none of my business. People can do whatever they want with their hair. I am sure there are people who enjoy their time at the flat iron. And I am sure there are curly-headed people who genuinely feel like a straight-haired person on the inside. It must be a rough row to hoe for them.
But I don't know. It just bugs. It seems like another level of fakery that just isn't necessary.
Probably I am just smug because I have been having a particularly excellent hair month.
also, I am trying once again to be more diligent about blogging, but we'll see.