I think the strangest thing in my wavy (curly) hair journey is that I don’t remember having wavy/curly hair as a child. My hair was what people typically think Asian hair is: fine, straight, black.
Looking back at old photos, my hair had very very tiny waves, but would disappear if I brushed it out. And in those same photos, my mom had beautiful, voluminous wavy hair that to this day, she tries everything in her power to get rid of.
Throughout high school into college, straight hair was the style! I always straightened my hair. I had a pesky little clump that always coiled and I would spend more time on it to straighten it out. Until 2013.
In 2013, my hair fell out. ALL OF IT! I found out I have an autoimmune disease called Alopecia, which made me lose all my head hair. It was a devastating time. However, when my hair grew back, I vowed to never use heat on it ever again.
Through college into grad school, I had this poofy, untamed hair. My mom called it “a lion’s mane.”
Many people thought my hair was unkempt, dry, and frizzy. My professor once commented on my hair, calling it “coarse, dry, and unconditioned.”
Video: Cherilyn, @cherilynyee_
One day, on a camping trip in 2019, I washed my hair and my friend noticed my hair would become wavy when it was wet. She sent me a Reddit link about Asians with curly hair. She encouraged me to try CGM [curly girl method]. This was a game changer because I always thought Asian hair was fine, straight hair.
Ever since then, I spent the past year and a half using CGM and I couldn’t be more happier with my hair. I still have a long way to go, but I love how far I’ve come!