Although I enjoy compliments as much as the next person, when it comes to the awe of my curly locks, I question where the interest and aesthetic appeal stem from.
  1. Just a feeling...
    I have this nagging feeling that I really only receive compliments on my hair because of the recent popularity of the "mixed chick curly hair" or "natural" look. If this look wasn't constantly fed to us on TV or in advertisements or on tumblr would people still stop me on the street to compliment my "s" curls?
  2. Where ya ass was at?
    I get complimented on my hair probably every day. But where were y'all back in 2013 when I was first starting to fully embrace keeping my hair curly? Ironic how the people who desperately wanted me to straighten it in 2013, absolutely "LOVE" my hair now.
  3. The evolution
    Honestly, my hair looks significantly better than it did in 2013, but give me a break, I was rockin it with Kinky Curly curling custard. Shea Moisture wasn't a widespread phenomenon back then. And now (because I take obsessive good care of it) my hair is much longer and healthier than it was. So there are legitimate reasons to admire my hair. Unfortunately, I get the uneasy sense that if we weren't bombarded with "natural" hair images in the media, I wouldn't be complimented at all.
  4. To clarify:
    None of this is meant to discourage anyone from genuinely appreciating my hair type, or any one else's for that matter. I simply wish people were more aware of why they're impressed/intrigued by something. Are your aesthetic interests your own, or are they routed in the repetitive undertones found in the media? Just food for thot...