People have a lot of opinions about curly hair. This can be seriously annoying for those with curly hair, as they often spend a lot of time managing those comments. However, it isn't your job to educate people on curly hair, unless you want to! If you feel like you struggle with what to do or say when people have comments about your curls, you aren't alone! Here's how to deal with comments about your curls. Give these tips a try, and don't forget to let us know your snappy comebacks.
How To Deal With Comments About Your Curls
It's really easy to get ruffled when people have comments about your curls. Whether it's a boss, a friend, or a stranger, it's important to stay calm when you can. Of course, this can be easier said than done! Take a deep breath, steady your nerves, and tell them you don't appreciate their comment.
If your assertion doesn't work right away, don't be afraid to follow up. Remind the person that you already told them you didn't like their comment, and it doesn't need to be repeated. If it's a friend or relative, don't hesitate to tell them you're not going to continue discussing your hair (or anything about your body!) with them. Stick to your guns! You have a right to be safe and comfortable around friends and loved ones.
If you're finding yourself the recipient of comments by supervisor, repeat the same. After, begin documenting any instances in which comments are made. If your supervisor persists, you can absolutely bring your concerns to their supervisor, or your company's HR department.
If you feel up to it, you can spend some time educating people who have thoughts or comments about your curls. Refer them to blogs, news articles, or YouTube videos. Having a few facts or talking points prepared prior to any of these conversations taking place will make you feel more confident and prepared. At the end of the day, remember that education is something you can choose or choose not to do. You don't owe anyone your time or an explanation on how you decide to wear your hair.