Remember the Peanuts character Frieda who was ever so proud of her “naturally curly hair” and was always quick to show it off?

Well, I had naturally curly hair as a kid too but was far from proud of it.

You see, proper haircutting techniques for curly hair didn’t exist in the 1970s and 80s.

Also, now it’s common knowledge that a brush should NEVER touch curly or wavy hair – it should only be combed and only when wet.

But back then that wasn’t exactly common knowledge and oh did it show. If I had known about not brushing curly hair, I might have actually been able to have a social life and been spared a lot of teasing.

Anyway, because of that, I got a kick out of this post by Seventeen Magazine Project (an 18-year-old recently spent 30 days following the advice in Seventeen Magazine and blogged about it).

She’s started a campaign for teens to send in photos of themselves holding signs with messages directed at the mass media.

A girl with naturally curly hair sent in her photo, which was in reaction to a recent Seventeen Magazine article about “how to make your hair behave” if you have “thick waves, curls and poufy hair.”

Yay! Take that, mass media.

One of my teen daughters has naturally curly hair and, to my great relief, is routinely praised by her peers for it and never teased. This is because I’ve done at least one thing right in raising her – kept her away from brushes.

She’s also kept herself away from Seventeen Magazine and, after looking at this photo and giving it a thumbs up, said “why read those magazines when there are books?” Excellent question.

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