Yesterday while I was trolling the web, I came across the afro perm. The afro perm is hugely popular amongst the Asian community- specifically in Japan and Korea (Not so much in China). Being that New York City is a cultural melting pot, I've often seen several Asian men and women with curly or coarse hair- even dreads (many may not know but there is also a HUGE Asian presence in the Caribbean). So, it isn't new to me- just amazing! I had no idea how the look was achieved but I see now that they actually use relaxers. The perm reverses the effect that it would normally give (coily=straight, but in this case straight=coily).
My previous job was at a Chinese owned company where most of the women had curly perms; giving them a loose, wavy texture. Whenever I wore my curls they were literally in awe- I would often get compliments and asked questions ("how did you do that?", "does it take a long time?"). I would have to explain to them that this is my natural hair pattern and that I actually have to put in work to get it straight. Many of them didn't know that.
So you see, most people want what they don't naturally have and that's FINE. So many individuals try to attack it as a political or racial issue but that isn't necessarily the case. To me it's all about being creative, VERSATILE, unique---> YOU.
What do you think? Do you choose to wear your hair straight because of some outside influence or because thats how you felt that day?