There’s nothing wrong with my hair!

Deborah King
Bolingbrook, IL

I was 7 years old the first time I had my hair straightened with a hot comb. For the next 25 years, my world revolved around the maintenance and condition of my hair. Moving to another city, the first order of business was to find a hair dresser. The never ending quest for the perfect straightening product led to a quest for conditioning and repair products. At 35 I stopped straightening and the women in my family went crazy. My natural hair was a mess! “Nobody wants to look at that! You’ll never get a job looking like a lazy n*****!” I wore synthetic braids for the next 10 years. My mother eventually said she wished she was brave enough to go natural. At 46, I am now TOTALLY natural. No plastic, no chemistry, no blow drying. Just tight natural locks.

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  • Rich Perez

    Good for you:-). I hope more people read your story and are inspired to be who they are without any reservations.

  • EC

    As I was getting my hair cut today, a junior high girl I know by sight was getting her hair straightened. I’m a teacher. She’s black and I’m white.
    A couple black friends of mine have recently gone natural and I think it’s gorgeous.
    I wanted to tell the student that her hair is beautiful as is, no straightening required. I feel like because I’m white and my hair is as straight as a ruler that I can’t have an opinion on this and encourage women of color to embrace their locks.

 

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