Remember Frieda? She was the character in Peanuts best known for her naturally curly hair. She delighted in reminding others about it every chance she could.
Which brings me to hair again. At lunch with a college friend we talked about our hair in summer. She swims in a pool, despite her colorist’s chiding her about the dulling effects of chlorine. She mentioned how so many women she knows don’t want to exercise because of their hair. Whether recently colored, straightened, curled, or cut, women it seems, don’t want to get their hair wet, sweat under a helmet, or sun visor.
Here’s my letter:
Dear Mrs. Obama: (this is how you’re supposed to address FLOTUS)
You are a world fashion icon. Every woman over 30 admires your choice in clothes, ability to mix high end designers with off the rack togs, and your ease at blending fabrics and textures.
You always look perfect. Tall, slim, and fit. Your arms alone inspire others to lift weights.
Which brings me to why I’m writing. Your hair. I know you spend hours having it straightened and styled. And the results are gorgeous, no question.
But if you’re really committed to health and fitness, you need to show others, particularly women, that natural hair is equally as beautiful.
I taught African American students for 20 years and know how much time and money they sat in salons having their hair done. Think about how some of that time could be spent outside exercising. One only needs to see Chris Rock’s film “Good Hair” to witness the hair rituals and regiments imposed on children from young ages.
If we’re truly to become a fitter nation, we need to relax about our hair. It could start with you.
For the record: I have naturally curly hair. In the summer it’s mostly pulled back or on top of my head. Uncolored, untreated. My cycling girlfriends keep their hair natural; we love helmet head hair!
Cyclingrandma (Lisa Winkler)
So, should I send it?
(my other hair post: https://cyclingrandma.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/summer-frizz-a…-haired-lament/)