The #AsianCurls Challenge

In response to the viral #DontRush and #PassTheBrush social media challenges (co-created by Toluwalase Asolo + her 7 girlfriends), members of the API Curls community participated in this viral sensation, but with an Asian Curls twist!

Three collaborations resulted from this brilliant viral trend. Check them out below and don’t forget to follow these individuals who are helping bring greater representation of our community to the forefront!

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Asian Curls Challenge #1

This is the first video collaboration and was originally published the week of April 20, 2020.

Check out the individuals featured in this video on Instagram:

Fee, @fee_michelle

“I was asked to participate in this challenge and accepted because I loved the idea these ladies wanted to showcase , which was a different representation of Asian women with wavy to curly hair and I was honored to throw my Blasian twist on it 😉 so thank you to my Asian sisters from all over the globe 🌎 and I literally mean all over the globe ! We got Indonesia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Japan, UK, and USA in the house!” – Fee

Karla, @ikalrambutku

“Growing up as a wavy-haired Asian in Indonesia wasn’t easy. My wavy hair was considered messy and unprofessional. We, who were born with textured hair were socialized to hate it, and they pushed us to straighten it. Thank God, my parents loved my hair, but the other people around me, from my family members to my neighbors, pushed me so hard to straighten it. It was very hurtful and the wound is hard to bind.

But I’m so grateful to find so many curly/wavy Asians here through a growing community of Asian women who are embracing our natural hair.” – Karla

Karen, @livewellbasics

Jade, @mermaidjxde

Rosie, @rosiechuong

Sandy, @thatkoreancurlygirl

“Asians can have naturally curly or wavy hair too! Those of us born with textured hair were socialized to hate it and to straighten it from an early age. But there is a growing community of women of Asian descent who are embracing our naturally curly hair!” – Sandy

Sumi, @sumireyu

Asian Curls Challenge #2

This video is the second collaboration to take place and was originally published on the week of May 2, 2020.

Check out the individuals featured in this video on Instagram:

Bliss, @blissywaves

“I searched the internet desperate to find anyone from my background with similar hair type but the resources were severely lacking.

I made my Instagram profile in order to change that and in doing so I was able to discover that there are actually a lot of Asians with all types of beautiful curly hair. If there’s anyone who feels that they don’t belong due to the texture of their hair I want to take this opportunity to show that we’re out here! And we’re thriving!” – Bliss

Archi, @curlyarchi

“I struggled throughout my life trying to make peace with my hair.” – Archi

Zina, @curly.zina

@jaswaves

  • Since publishing this video, JasWaves has taken a social media hiatus

Lala, @ohlala.keriting

“For me personally, growing up as an Asian with curly hair was not easy. I was mocked and bullied by my friends and family throughout my childhood until I decided to start straightening my hair when I went to junior high school.

That was just a temporary relief. And every time my curls started to grow back, I started to worry again and again that those people will bully me again!

Until last year, I decided to stop listening to those people and embrace my curls and be the new Lala you know today.” – Lala

Stephanie, @keriting.s

“This healthy hair journey is not just a journey, but a transformation to accept myself 100%. To remind myself every time that it’s okay to be different. This great challenge and collaboration remind me of that fact again.” – Stephanie

Asian Curls Challenge #3

This video is the third installment of the #AsianCurls Challenge. This video was originally published on the week of May 20, 2020.

Check out the individuals featured in this video on Instagram:

Feyonce, @feyoncep

“Being an Asian wavy I honestly thought I was alone, but to discover that so many other beautiful Asian women share my struggles is relieving and heartening. Let’s all celebrate and embrace what makes us us✨” – Feyonce

Khara, @lovemyasiancurls

“I am a mother and just want to encourage my daughters to embrace their curls. I want to point out all the brainwashing and the marketing targeting women’s insecurities with frizz, and bring awareness that with better #haircare education that women can display their true beauty without destroying their hair with heat and relaxers. It’s really all about being positive and proud of who we really are.” – Khara

Priveena, @pri_enka

Victoria, @wavycurlytori

“I’m so thankful to have discovered the Curly Girl Method and the Asian Curly Community – it’s taught me to love what I have and how to care for it! Thank you to this group of amazing women for going on this journey with me 🥰 💗” – Victoria

Ria, @xriajoy


Are you someone who identifies as Asian with naturally curly hair? Use #AsianCurlsChallenge to join in on the fun!

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The #AsianCurls Challenge

In response to the viral #DontRush and #PassTheBrush social media challenges (co-created by Toluwalase Asolo + her 7 girlfriends), members of the API Curls community