The Green-Eyed Monster: A Letter to People with Straight Hair

I just got my hair cut and I loved it…when it was wet. When it dried, when the humidity settled in, I wore a beautifully highlighted but not so cool Afro. As much as I love Afros on other women, which we’ll talk about in another post, on another day, I don’t like an afro on me. I don’t look cool or sensational in mine like the boys from Unlocking the Truth or stunning like Beyonce.

Taking the world by storm and Unlocking the Truth.
Taking the world by storm and Unlocking the Truth.

So, I’m jealous, too jealous, of all of you straight-haired wonder beings out there. You foreign creatures who need not straight iron but only do it if you feel a stray hair is out of place.

Too abate my jealousy, I became the unofficial stylist in my various groups as I was growing up. I was the girl with the frizzy hair who braided all the other girls’ hair.

I needed to feel the soft silk in my fingers and imagine it was mine. All mine!

My eyes are green, literally, and I truly felt like a Green-Eyed Monster. I wanted their hair. When my grandmother told me that it was the crust from the bread that made my hair curly, I ritualistically broke it off my sandwiches and waited for my hair to uncurl. But, alas, it never happened.

Yes, it was that bad. And, as much as I’d like to say I’ve gotten over it. I really haven’t.

So, I’m going to spend a ridiculous amount of money and get the keratin treatment everyone’s raving about. I will hopefully say goodbye to my curly hair and have a glorious go at straight hair heaven.

Inspired by the Daily Post Challenge.

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Published by Lisa Chesser

I'm a writer, editor, award-winning educator, and marketing professional who hopes to rally everyone around one single mantra: Be brave, smart, and bold. As an educator, I love to remind students to dream in the midst of politics gone mad! Thus, I am also a dreamer.

6 thoughts on “The Green-Eyed Monster: A Letter to People with Straight Hair

  1. Love this post. Because I have curly hair too. I used to have straight hair as a kid and it gets curlier (and frizzier) as I get older. I have to use a hot iron. I wish I could use styling products to tame it or take out the frizz but I can’t use anything with fragrance in it. And they all have fragrance! Ugh, I can so sympathize with you.


    1. What’s really crazy is that last night we went out and at every turn, I saw enormous curly hair and Afros. It was so shockingly ironic because they all looked so gorgeous that I decided to keep my curly hair.


  2. My hair is straight as a board and I’ve always wished for curly hair. When I was a kid, I switched schools for grade 6, and made my mom braid my hair every night for a couple of years so that my new classmates would think I had curly hair. The grass is always greener, I guess…


  3. Straight hair here! My mother used to give me perms so I would have curls. And I have to use a curling iron daily just to get a curve in my hair! I am sure yours is lovely – enjoy it! Thanks for the recent visit and like.


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