Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Curly Hairstyles for Black Women

Esperanza Spalding
As a black woman, learning to embrace my curly hair after wearing it straight for the majority of my life has been enlightening. My hair is naturally curly, but I've mainly straightened it by the use of pressing combs. There would often be times when I would dread having to do my hair. The whole process of washing, sitting under the dryer, and pressing/ straightening, would consume my whole day.
After some research, I decided to take the plunge.

The very first time I decided to wear my hair curly, I didn't like the results. I had imagined super defined, voluminous curls. In my eyes, my hair didn't turn out the way I liked. So, back to straight hair.

While suffering from a toothache, I decided that I would wash my hair, style it in some twists, let it dry, and see what would happen. I didn't feel like spending two hours with a hot iron close to my scalp. Hallelujah! My curls were beautiful!

I can admit that it has been a journey, which so far, has been rewarding. Yes, I do have great hair days, and some days where creativity is my best friend.

Bottom line - find what works for you.

Below are some images of my favorite curly hairstyles.

Viola Davis
Jill Scott
Kelly Rowland


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