Why is curly hair considered bad?

erikaxelectrik7erikaxelectrik7 Registered Users Posts: 90
If any of you have been on Yahoo Answers and visited the Beauty & Style section, you've probably noticed the "Am I Pretty?/What Can I Improve On?" questions.

I've just noticed that whenever the girl has curly hair, 99% of the time...the first thing people say is "straighten your hair". Someone posted a video of a girl with curls kind of like this http://www.hairstyleschat.com/images/styles-for-curly-hair.jpg

and EVERYONE said "ew she has bad hair...she needs to flat iron it" or something like that.

What gets me is that everyone always considers curly hair a BAD thing unless it's some kind of, barely curly, made-with-a-curling-iron, kind of wavy hair like this http://www.hairstyles-haircuts.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/curly-hair-520x769.jpg

UGH. It drives me crazy...especially since most people don't have naturally straight hair in the first place! Most people at least have some sort of wave or curl to their hair. So why is curly hair considered so bad?


  • NalliaNallia Registered Users Posts: 2,979
    I would kill to have my hair look like that first picture!
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Registered Users Posts: 5,000
    I agree with Nallia- those curls are to die for!

    I don't know why some people dislike curly hair. I can only guess that maybe they come from somewhere where curls aren't common, the curlies they have met don't know how to take care of their hair, or they're succeptible to the whims of fashion.

    Considering the fact that most of the posts I've read on Yahoo Answers seem to have been written by 13 year-olds, I'm guessing fashion and possibly lack of exposure has a lot to do with it.

    But this is definitely not the case for everyone everywhere. I've received far more compliments than grief about my hair (well, once I learned how to take care of it!).
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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Registered Users Posts: 3,397
    A number of people consider kinky/curly hair to be "wild" and "uncontrollable." I wouldn't take anything said in the Yahoo answers site seriously though since as someone else said, it seems that mostly high schoolers post on there.
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  • CopaseticCopasetic Registered Users Posts: 222
    I've noticed this too. I have friends with stick straight hair who flat iron it to get it even straighter. I don't get it.
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  • KurleeEdnaKurleeEdna Registered Users Posts: 714
    Nallia wrote: »
    I would kill to have my hair look like that first picture!
    Bad hair... really? Then mine must be truly atrocious!

    Could it be that many people with curly hair simply don't know how to take care of it? All everyone sees is a dry, frizzy puffball, so, the only solution they see is to flatiron, thus making it drier and falling into that sad cycle of damaged hair.

    Though I do see more and more people sporting their natural curls in the media, there is still that notion that your hair must be straight in order for you to be attractive to others.

    I dunno...:dontknow:

    I've only flatironed my 3C-4A curls twice in the last year, and sure, I can get my hair to look nice. But when I look in the mirror, it's like... "Who is that woman, and who or what is she trying to be?" So, if God thought I looked better with 20,000 tiny Slinkies on my head, then it must be true. He know's what He's doing!
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  • cakj99cakj99 Registered Users Posts: 575
    i'd say a lot of it has to do with trends also. if you are old enough to remember the 80s, perms and big hair were IN then. history repeats itself, we'll get our turn again. :lol:
  • NalliaNallia Registered Users Posts: 2,979
    *LC* wrote: »
    i'd say a lot of it has to do with trends also. if you are old enough to remember the 80s, perms and big hair were IN then. history repeats itself, we'll get our turn again. :lol:
    It does. If current clothing styles are any indication curly hair may be coming back sooner than some think. ;)
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  • soulsalsasoulsalsa Registered Users Posts: 119
    Definitely check the history of hair, quite interesting... just about a century ago most notely the Victorian era and afterwards, long curly hair was in and so was big to create those chignons and updos you see. It was actually created by hot irons and yes hairpieces too. Extensions have existed back to the Egyptians! Even through this century, the 1900's, 10's, 20's, 30's, 40's, 80's. Before that, the trends have flipped backwards and forwards again with many variations.

    Check out these sites if you can, you can see and read the influences that a majority of women put themselves through to create the looks we often see in past paintings and photographs. Can't attest to accuracy though...


    Of course there is culture, social perception, and personal preference that factor in as well. Many of us have had to re-learn what beauty is. There's nothing wrong with trying out trends as long as you keep in mind that what you have is just as beautiful. That doesn't mean you have to follow the trends either, gotta appreciate individuality. But even that can seem superficial as if we were all to have no sight in this world, it would be easier to see the true beauty of our souls that radiates. This outer shell though we should love it we shouldn't love it too much, it's all about a balance that we should always strive at as we are by no means perfect.

    And if someone really believes that a physical attribute is something to prevent from being friends or more, try not to take it too personal. Some people never learn and some may need time to re-learn themselves. Life can be too nice to let other people spoil it for you.

    Okay I have to stop watching my sappy idealist movies. Hehe :happy7:
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  • FairlyCurlyFairlyCurly Registered Users Posts: 839
    Three words: cultural imperialism, racism
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  • IshiIshi Registered Users Posts: 3
    coz it fluffs up like a mushroom T__T and looks totally messy [im fed up ppl saying ''hey... did u comb ur hair??? :O''

  • IshiIshi Registered Users Posts: 3
    looks like no one writes hea....

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