Anyone ever assume your race because of your curls?

Hey guys! I hope no one takes this question the wrong way, as there always seems to be someone who does take it the wrong way.

I've gotten the Hispanic comment a lot because I love the sun, have got brown eyes, and I've got dark curly hair, although I'm not sure what type it is. Let's just say it's crrrazy.

So has anyone ever assumed or wondered what race you are because of your curls?
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  • CelticCurlsCelticCurls Registered Users Posts: 558
    Well, people have often assumed I'm either Jewish, or more often, Greek. As you might guess from my forum name, I'm actually Scots-Irish. :lol: People usually have the good grace to look sheepish after I correct them.
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  • JuicyTubeJuicyTube Registered Users Posts: 2,369
    People often think I'm puerto rican, filippina, even native american, but I'm half black and half white. :?
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  • curlyincollegecurlyincollege Registered Users Posts: 175 Curl Neophyte
    I have blue eyes but dark curls; I once had a random man come up to me in the gym and start speaking Spanish, asking me if I was Hispanic. He looked pretty surprised when I told him that I'm actually Jewish.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Registered Users Posts: 15,402 Curl Neophyte
    No one has ever assumed I'm white because of my curls.
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  • tooj68tooj68 Registered Users Posts: 471
    OK, I ALWAYS have Greek people ask me if I'm Greek, then when I tell them I am not, they always say "WOW, you LOOK Greek. " as if I really AM Greek, but I just don't know it...


    I 've also been told I look Puerto Rican, Dominican, and East Indian.

    Truth is: I am 100% Sicilian baby!!


    Sometimes random people come up to me speaking Spanish and I tell them I don't speak Spanish. They then apologize and I just say, as Tony Soprano would say:


    "Ahhh, fuhgeddaboutit!" :wink:
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  • MagooMagoo Registered Users Posts: 2,173 Curl Neophyte
    I'm Hispanic but I've been asked if I'm Jewish quite a few times.
    I'm not sure if it's just because of my curly hair though because I also have Middle Eastern looking like features. :)
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  • zeldagoblinzeldagoblin Registered Users Posts: 575
    Not personally, but my sister has very thick straight-ish hair, and she plaits it into a very long braid. She also has olive skin, which tans very quickly, and she has often been mistaken as being Indian. She even had some racial abuse at school because of it.

    I have been asked a couple of times if I'm of Celtic origin. I'm not sure why, I always thought Celtic was more redheads that brunettes, but my skin is very pale, so maybe thats it. Or maybe its my love of Whiskey :lol:
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  • eastcoastwaveseastcoastwaves Registered Users Posts: 54
    I have brown eyes, dark long hair and I tan very easily, but my complexion other than in summer is not dark at all. I've heard about everything, from Native to Greek, Lebanese, etc. I don't think it's because if my hair though, as I'm just a wavy. I don't mind, I am quite a mix, french, european, some african american 2 generations back on my father's side. I think it's cool that I can look so ethnic. :D
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  • FearnotsomuchFearnotsomuch Registered Users Posts: 368
    Well... people ask me if I'm italian, but I doubt it is because of my curls.

    ...Too bad I am italian!
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  • CurlieGlamourGirlieCurlieGlamourGirlie Registered Users Posts: 1,198
    I've been taken for:

    Hispanic
    Jewish
    Greek
    Middle Eastern
    Italian


    I'm 3/4 Italian, 1/4 Spanish!
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Registered Users Posts: 17,502 Curl Neophyte
    No one has ever assumed I'm white because of my curls.

    :lol::lol::lol:

    I usually get Irish. I'm so pasty that it doesn't matter what my hair does; my skin is pasty.

    I don't get other ethnicities or races guessed, but I do get asked if I have a mix in general because some just aren't used to seeing white women wear their hair curly. I think that plenty of white chicks have curls (maybe not to my extent, but still...) but they chose not to wear them for whatever reasons that deal with the whole straight hair is better thing.
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  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Registered Users Posts: 5,136 Curl Connoisseur
    I consider my identity to be multiracial because I always referred to myself as mixed race when people asked. I'm mostly Spanish, French, Native American and black. I think I usually look like someone from Latin America, South Asia, the Middle East or someone of mixed descent. Most people assume that I am from India, Brazil, the Middle East or East Africa. I think this has more to do with my face, small frame and skin color. But I went through a phase where my hair was severely damaged and people would say some of the strangest things to me, such as "You have to some black in you with hair like that." "Why is your hair so weird? Are you part black?" I don't think that people mean to be hateful, but it always seems strange that people forget that you're a person and not a display. (I know that everyone is not like this; some are just curious. :-))
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  • keikokkeikok Banned Banned Users Posts: 585
    I'm asian and from what i've gathered, when you're asian...you're asian, no matter what your hair looks like no one thinks you're anything but asian.
  • modegrrlmodegrrl Registered Users Posts: 279 Curl Connoisseur
    I've been asked at different times if I was Egyptian, Greek, Italian, Mexican (mixed), or eastern European, but never because of my hair. At those times I was wearing it straight. I think it has to do with my ability to tan easily, the fact that I lived under the CA sun, which was conducive to tanning, and my long nose. I think the Egyptian comment came at a time in summer when my hair lightened and my skin darkened, and they were about the same shade level. Plus, I have somewhat almond-shaped eyes.
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  • holly8holly8 Registered Users Posts: 632
    modegrrl- love your eyes!! i have big eyes too but i don`t know what shape it is,there`s a girl in my class who has green or blue eyes not sure,she has blond nice curly hair bet 2A-3B its always in one like a bun because her eyes are big(its a bit like my shape) i`m always assuming that she has different mixtures(ethnics) in her.When my hair was permed a white guy talk to me in brasilian ,protuguse,spanish?? i`m not sure ,and he was a stranger i just smiled at him i didn`t know what to do,an african guy talk to me in his native tounge ,a guy ask if i was haitian and i`ve meet people who always want to know my background,because i said east indian as one of my backgrounds to a guy he smiles and said ''Paki'',i think he`s arabic ,he didn`t mean it in a bad way.I had a partner who`s arabic ajnd he wasn`t satisfy when i just told him where my parents are from,he ask for my background so i didn`t know what he mean,i usually don`t understand if people ask for my background.

    multicultcurly-when my hair is healthy my mom says ''you have good hair'' which is wrong because she said it in a different sence.when its dry i get rude comments which are bad insults,i won`t say all of them but one of them was ''you and that fake hair of yours''(my hair isn`t fake),she always uses them to get to me when we are not agreeing,she would also say''haha now you look black'' because my hair is all dry up.she`s jery curled so she probley thinks her hair is better than mines.
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  • kdcreighkdcreigh Registered Users Posts: 736
    Since I've started wearing my hair natural, people sometimes think that I am a Black Latina. :?

    I think it's because African American women, generally speaking, don't wear their hair natural in my neighborhood.
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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Registered Users Posts: 5,000
    I'm biracial (black and white) and people nearly always assume I'm Latina. But I don't think it's just because of my hair.
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  • RednaturalcurlsRednaturalcurls Registered Users Posts: 1,814 Curl Neophyte
    Ipeople would say some of the strangest things to me, such as "You have to some black in you with hair like that." "Why is your hair so weird? Are you part black?" I don't think that people mean to be hateful, but it always seems strange that people forget that you're a person and not a display. (I know that everyone is not like this; some are just curious. :-))

    I used to get that all the time when my hair was much curlier and I am the palest white girl you have ever seen plus I have red hair. Why do they assume that only black people have hair like that?

    For whatever reason my curl has loosened up some over the last couple years so I don't get that comment much anymore.
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  • keikokkeikok Banned Banned Users Posts: 585
    It's interesting that so many people say they get called latina when the indegenous people of Mexico, central, and south america have some of the straightest hair around.
  • unique1193unique1193 Registered Users Posts: 328
    tooj68 wrote:
    Sometimes random people come up to me speaking Spanish and I tell them I don't speak Spanish.

    Omg me too! Its pretty often too. lol.
    In addition to that, I also get mistaken for mediterreanean, when actually Im Jewish (Russian).

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  • Koukla72Koukla72 Registered Users Posts: 1,680
    Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys. :(
  • CelticCurlsCelticCurls Registered Users Posts: 558
    Not personally, but my sister has very thick straight-ish hair, and she plaits it into a very long braid. She also has olive skin, which tans very quickly, and she has often been mistaken as being Indian. She even had some racial abuse at school because of it.

    I have been asked a couple of times if I'm of Celtic origin. I'm not sure why, I always thought Celtic was more redheads that brunettes, but my skin is very pale, so maybe thats it. Or maybe its my love of Whiskey :lol:

    Wow, Zelda, that saddens me about your sister. When I was growing up (in the 4 Corners region of the Southwest) we all envied a Navajo friend whose long straight hair was like shining heavy silk.

    Re: your coloring. Have you heard the term 'black Irish'? It's actually a more common Celtic coloring than red hair. My grandmother had it: milky pale skin, almost-black hair, & deep blue eyes. Catherine Zeta-Jones has that type of coloring, and Jennifer Connelly, & Andie MacDowell.
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  • foreverconfusedforeverconfused Registered Users Posts: 25
    Sorry for the delayed response :oops:

    As I'd mentioned earlier, I do get the Hispanic comment a lot. The thing is, not many people have the slightest idea what I am (thanks to my multiracial background - i won't go into that, lol. it's confusing) but just assume, based on stereotypes and two possibly three features, that I am Hispanic, that being the dark hair, brown eyes, and tanned skin.

    I've also gotten the Greek one, but not as often as Hispanic.
  • BrilligBrillig Registered Users Posts: 8
    My mom is egyptian/nubian and my dad is irish/cherokee and italian, but because of my hair, I've gotten asked if I was:

    Malaysian
    Samoan
    Hawaiian
    Half black/half white (this is most the most common)
    Mexican
    Cuban
    Black

    When I had my hair straight, I've been asked if
    greek, jewish or italian.
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  • DARUL35DARUL35 Registered Users Posts: 51
    Hello to everyone. I posted something the other day but I don't know
    where it went. Many people that I know and myself as well, have been
    through this same thing. There are people in this world that assume
    they already know what you are without even asking you. I myself am
    a mixed race, multiracial person. When someone makes the assumption
    that they already know what I am, I try my best to answer them; and
    very nicely. When I tell them what I am, they look, no, they STARE at
    me like they are crazy!!!

    It doesn't bother me when they assume they know what I am because
    I just think to myself that these people must don't know that there are
    millions of people in the world of different races and with all kinds of
    hair types.

    Here's a true and short story:

    My friend went with her fiance to the county clerks office to register
    for a marriage license. The county clerk asked the fiance where he
    was from. The clerk did not ask my friend where she was from or
    anything. The clerk just checked the box with the letter "B" for Black.
    My friend didn't realize this until she saw the paperwork later that
    day. She then told her fiance about the mistake that the clerk made.

    She told him to go and have it corrected. The fiance says it was no
    big deal. My friend asks him what if the clerk did not ask him where
    he was from and just put on the paper Philipian, how would he feel?

    The fiance is Chinese and my friend is Puerto Rican with curly hair
    and tan skin. The point is is that the county clerk just assumed that
    my friend was Black. She didn't even ask her.

    I suppose it's because we all have certain features about us and
    people already have their minds made up that they know what
    we are. But you know what? We know who and what we are.
    Nobody can tell us any different because we know who are parents
    are, right?

    Also. I must say this. I do not believe in the one drop of black blood rule
    that was applied to people that have black blood.
    Because to me, if one of the parents are black and the other parent is
    greek for example, then you are black and greek; not just black. Why?
    You cannot be one and not the other. What about the greek part of you?
    That greek part of you happens to be your parent as well.

    I have people in my family that are full Italian, Black Indian, full blood
    Native American Indians, Irish, Black Irish, Egyptian and so on....

    And oh my goodness, please don't upset the Italian and Irish
    side of my family. LOL.

    You guys know what I mean. LOL.
  • holly8holly8 Registered Users Posts: 632
    DARUL35 wrote:
    Hello to everyone. I posted something the other day but I don't know
    where it went. Many people that I know and myself as well, have been
    through this same thing. There are people in this world that assume
    they already know what you are without even asking you. I myself am
    a mixed race, multiracial person. When someone makes the assumption
    that they already know what I am, I try my best to answer them; and
    very nicely. When I tell them what I am, they look, no, they STARE at
    me like they are crazy!!!

    It doesn't bother me when they assume they know what I am because
    I just think to myself that these people must don't know that there are
    millions of people in the world of different races and with all kinds of
    hair types.

    Here's a true and short story:

    My friend went with her fiance to the county clerks office to register
    for a marriage license. The county clerk asked the fiance where he
    was from. The clerk did not ask my friend where she was from or
    anything. The clerk just checked the box with the letter "B" for Black.
    My friend didn't realize this until she saw the paperwork later that
    day. She then told her fiance about the mistake that the clerk made.

    She told him to go and have it corrected. The fiance says it was no
    big deal. My friend asks him what if the clerk did not ask him where
    he was from and just put on the paper Philipian, how would he feel?

    The fiance is Chinese and my friend is Puerto Rican with curly hair
    and tan skin. The point is is that the county clerk just assumed that
    my friend was Black. She didn't even ask her.

    I suppose it's because we all have certain features about us and
    people already have their minds made up that they know what
    we are. But you know what? We know who and what we are.
    Nobody can tell us any different because we know who are parents
    are, right?

    Also. I must say this. I do not believe in the one drop of black blood rule
    that was applied to people that have black blood.
    Because to me, if one of the parents are black and the other parent is
    greek for example, then you are black and greek; not just black. Why?
    You cannot be one and not the other. What about the greek part of you?
    That greek part of you happens to be your parent as well.


    I have people in my family that are full Italian, Black Indian, full blood
    Native American Indians, Irish, Black Irish, Egyptian and so on....

    And oh my goodness, please don't upset the Italian and Irish
    side of my family. LOL.

    You guys know what I mean. LOL.

    yah rightly said :D.I`m multi-racial too i know what my parents are so no one can tell me that i`m only black .End to ODR.Love your whole story.
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    Mission: to obtain healthy hair every day!!

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  • Gemini13Gemini13 Registered Users Posts: 5,000
    DARUL35 wrote:
    There are people in this world that assume
    they already know what you are without even asking you. I myself am
    a mixed race, multiracial person. When someone makes the assumption
    that they already know what I am, I try my best to answer them; and
    very nicely. When I tell them what I am, they look, no, they STARE at
    me like they are crazy!!!

    Oh, that's the best. Some people just don't get it, it's like some of them really think you're lying to them or something. :roll: "You're half black? Is your black parent half white?" Not very good at math huh? lol Or people who look at me like I have two heads when I tell them I don't speak Spanish. Geez.
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  • KaiaKaia Registered Users Posts: 8,815 Curl Connoisseur
    No one has ever assumed I'm white because of my curls.

    :lol:

    I've never had that problem either, but I'm pretty darn pale, so it'd be hard to get confused.
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  • CurlyQTPieCurlyQTPie Registered Users Posts: 447
    People think tend to think I'm from some type of Spanish speaking country. I have gotten Brazilian, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican and Lebanese. When I was in France people assumed I was from St. Maarten or Martinique or one of the Carribean islands.

    I was once on a layover in Guadalajara and a man came up to me speaking to me in Spanish. He kept asking me if I was Cuban and I kept telling him that I was not and he insisted that I was.
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  • MaloryMalory Registered Users Posts: 379 Curl Neophyte
    DARUL35 wrote:
    My friend went with her fiance to the county clerks office to register
    for a marriage license. The county clerk asked the fiance where he
    was from. The clerk did not ask my friend where she was from or
    anything. The clerk just checked the box with the letter "B" for Black.
    My friend didn't realize this until she saw the paperwork later that
    day. She then told her fiance about the mistake that the clerk made.

    I am amazed that your friend had to provide her race/ethnic background to get her marriage license. (I was married in England; where was she married?)

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