When people think of Asian hair, it’s usually long and straight seen in countries like Japan and Korea. In the Philippines, most people havenaturally thick, wavy or curly hair—a far cry from the Asian stereotype, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
That said, there are some who think that this type of hair isn’t “ideal.” Society has taught us to think that straight hair is the beauty standard that we should strive for. Anything outside of that is considered “unappealing,” which is why many people get their hairrebonded.
A similar case is when African-Americans get hair treatments because they’rediscriminated for flaunting their natural hair. But when others get afros or braids, they are praised and are considered trendsetters.
There are several bad stereotypes connected to natural Filipino hair, as well as other hairstyles that they go for. Here are some of them:
Wavy and curly
What society thinks: It’s unruly and difficult to fix
What society thinks: It looks more beautiful than wavy hair; some think it’s boring because it lacks volume
Short hair or shaved
What society thinks:It looks too masculine—a woman shouldn’t wear their hair like this
What society thinks: It stands out too much and it looks weird
The reality is that Filipinos are diverse—from skin tones down to the hair types. Most of the time, we learn these beauty stereotypes through the media because we see models and actresses look a certain way.
While it’s okay to choose the type of hairstyle you want to rock, people shouldn’t be placed in a box based on what they look like. All types of hair are beautiful and whatever you do with it is your choice.
Whether you want to keep it naturally wavy or straight is totally up to you. Thinking of getting your hair straightened, permed or colored? Go for it. Does getting a pixie cut make you more comfortable? If yes, then don’t let others’ opinions on short hair stop you. What you choose to do with your hair is part of your self-expression as a person and a strong Filipina.
Just remember this phrase daily when someone puts you down: It’s #MyHairMySay.