How the curly movement is changing the perception that wearing short hair is unappealing. I remember growing up in the Dominican Republic and seeing how the older girls around me, after their 15th birthday, would have their hair relaxed and go from having short curly hair to long straight hair. This was sort of a right of passage. Being stripped back of their curly hair meant that they were now beautiful women with long hair. Which is more attractive, right? Even if they didn’t have their hair chemically relaxed, they would have it straightened until there were no curls left.
As things evolve and the Curly Hair Movement continues to pick up momentum in the Latino Community, wearing our hair short is becoming more acceptable. While speaking with my friends who decided to big chop their hair, I hear the struggles they faced. Besides going through this huge change, those around them were not shy about expressing their dislike.
I also experienced negative comments for cutting my straight hair and wearing it short and curly. The good news is that as more girls decide to cut off their damaged hair, we continue to change the narrative. Being part of this movement means we have autonomy over our decisions.
If you receive negative feedback from those around you, I encourage you to own your decision to cut off your hair. Your confidence is contagious and your courage and strength to break the mold will have a bigger impact than you can even imagine!
For Curly Tips, help with your transition and all things curly you can find me on YouTube as Jiolka D and on Instagram @jiolkad. Free the fro!
By Jiolka Peralta