When I was a kid, I hated my curly hair. In the Philippines, curly hair is often teased and frowned upon, so most girls aim for long, straight, shampoo-commercial hair. Ask any parlor what their top-selling service is, and you will hear, “hair straightening, relaxing, or rebonding.” I, too, wasted thousands of pesos on botched hair straightening jobs.
When I started training as fashion and beauty editor in Summit Media back in 2005, the editors of Cosmopolitan and Preview introduced me to celebrity hairstylists Jude Hipolito and Rose Velasco, who taught me to embrace and style my curls. Soon I became one of the most active curly-haired talents in the local modeling industry, and as I juggled that with my career in lifestyle journalism, I earned the moniker, “curl ambassador.”
In a society dominated by straight-haired celebrities and hair-straightening products, my aim is to influence naturally curly-haired Filipinas to love their curls. This section of my blog is dedicated to the beauty articles and projects that help me spread #CurlPower. Put down that straightening iron, ladies. It’s time to flaunt those curls!