Then what am I?
Because I swear my hair is suspiciously Very UN-Asian-like.
Admittedly, I am--by no means--an expert on Asian hair (or on anyone's hair for that matter). Even my self-proclaimed 'expertise' in dealing with my own hair is rather dubious at times. However, I do possess a not-always-favorable-and-experienced opinion on this unruly mass momentarily restrained by several clips to a somewhat respectable entanglement.
Oh wait, did I say unruly in that run-on sentence? I meant curly.
Yeah, that's right. I'm this five-foot-nine Chinese girl with naturally curly hair.
Which right now isn't its natural black, but a dark reddish-brown. You see that picture (taken in March 2007)
on the side bar? It’s me…but with straightened hair. So, don’t be fooled.
Yours truly really is that tall Asian girl afflicted with curly hair, for life.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are many days when I appreciate (and yes, even feel some kind of lucky to have) these curls…
This is NOT one of those days.
Before I was introduced to Charles Darwin way back in elementary science, I was this blissfully ignorant kid who thought my wisps of curling tendrils were due to my mom's permed hair (haha!). Seeing every other Asian girl (this includes my younger sister) with naturally straight and thick hair, I didn't know how else to accept mine. Even the years after evolutionary biology shot down my naïve theory, I still don't know how to explain it. Everyone in my immediate and extended family is Chinese (last I checked).
By middle school, I went through a phase of denial and repeatedly blew-dry my hair straight, inadvertently damning it to a hideously frizzy mass (the memory so scars me that to this day I refuse to touch a hair-dryer). I went on to become a big fan of the ponytail and wore the messy bun practically every day, a style my mom claimed made me look like a spinster and my dad teasingly dubbed as "Bird's Nest Head." It wasn't until high school that I started embracing the truth, but then I was introduced to the oh-so wonderful ceramic straightener by my college roommate.
However, I'm not a morning person and I’ll be honest…I’m naturally lazy and do not like spending more than 15 minutes on hair and make-up whenever possible. And!!!! I found that after straightening my hair and showering, my hair curled even more!
I kid you not.
Oi. When you can’t beat ‘em…better off loving those personal quirks.
Gotta say though, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed baffling many a hairstylist in my young life.