We were brought up thinking that straight hair is better. In fact, there were a whole lot of things we thought was better…fairer skin, pointy noses, light eyes…but I digress.
I grew up with my mother doing my hair right up until matric! Yes, matric. She would put it in rollers over the weekend and we would sit for ONE HOUR under a standing hair dryer to dry it. Every few months, we’d get our hair straightened, frizzy was not an optional hairstyle.
When I left home to go and study at UCT, my mum suggested I cut my hair short because it would be easier to manage and learn to blow dry at that length. The problem was that I didn’t have the foggiest clue how to blow dry my hair…so I went equipped with a bag of rollers (I didn’t know how to roll my hair either!) and a hairdryer, and basically ended up wearing a bandanna over my mushroom shaped bob for most of my first year.
I’m not sure when it happened, or rather how it happened, but one day I decided to go au natural and it ended up looking quite nice. Over the years, I’ve worn my hair frizzy quite a lot, but it’s only been over the past year or so that I’ve really embraced my natural hair. I still like to blow dry it myself and have mastered the art, but blow drying my hair every second day is just not good for my hair. Having said that, it literally takes about 20minutes and I’m out of there, so it’s really not a hassle, but still!
Tomorrow, I’ve been asked to take part in a video that they are filming at work and now I’m faced with the dilemna once again…straight or curly hair?!?!