Glo is a comedian in New York City with big, gorgeous curls—that her family struggles to understand. In her Dominican family, curly hair is seen as “just a phase” that most women grow out of, and start straightening their hair.
But Glo also notes that part of the disdain for natural curls comes from internalized racism engrained in the culture. According to Glo, curly hair is seen as “black hair” and therefore not as good as straighter “white hair.”
When Glo was in elementary school, a teacher told her that her hair looked like a Brillo pad. Then her white classmates called her “Brillo pad” for the rest of the year. She could have gone out of her way to straighten her hair, but instead she embraced her difference. With a smile, Glo has learned to overcome the sometimes cruel words hurled at her mane.
“I’m curly-haired, and I love it!” she says. We love it too!
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