- That you need to straighten out those "beadi-bees" around your hairline.
- A smooth hairline is a more polished look.
- Your hair looks soooo nappy.
- You need to gel down your edges.
- Everyone is staring at your "nigga" naps. (Sorry for any wording offense here.)
Well, you get the picture . . . my curl pattern is no where near the beautiful Spanish wet and wavy or the Brazilian or the Malaysian or the Indonesia curl patterns. Many "weave" wearers do not naturally grow this type of hair, but they love to wear the exotic look of other cultures.
With most of my hair clientele being chemically straightened or mechanically straightened, I am constantly teaming up with the hair demons to keep my clientele corporate American polished with a Spanish, Brazilian, or a European flair. This is how I make my living.
I do not come from a support group of natural hair women. I also know that as my locks grow longer and longer, they should draw attention away from my hairline. I am waiting to really feel like "I own" my hair in its infinite beauty and uniqueness.
As stated in a previous article about resistant hair, my hair around my hairline does not want to hold straight without some heavy duty protein gel, and I refuse to get that gel all built up in my locks.
The compromise is to wear my locks styled where the edges are covered with the length of my locks.
I did not realize that I have been breed with a self-hatred because my curl pattern is not considered "pretty" by European and corporate American standards.
I can only hope that as I gain more length the beauty of the uniqueness of my tightly coiled hair will intrigue people into accepting it as beautiful because it is mine.