Curly Hair Conundrums

Curly-haired women often feel like they're living in a flat-ironed, staight-haired world. Cristen and Caroline untangle the science of curly hair and get to the root of the cultural stereotypes regarding ringlets.

Episode sources:

"26 Things People With Curly Hair Are Tired of Hearing" by Rega Jha. Buzzfeed. Nov. 25, 2013.

"A Hair Mystery: Curly Hair Gone Straight" by Jessica Goldstein. NPR. March 19, 2009.

"Can a Professional Woman Go Curly?" by Megan Mcardle. The Atlantic. Aug. 19, 2011.

"Can Having Curly Hair Hurt Your Career?" by Meredith Lepore. The Grindstone. July 30, 2012.

"Curly Girl: More Than Just Hair...It's an Attitude" by Lorraine Massey. Workman Publishing. 2001.

"'Curly hair gene' discovered by scientists." The Telegraph. Dec. 07, 2009.

"Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History" by Victoria Sherrow. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2006.

"For Appearance' Sake: The Historical Encyclopedia of Good Looks, Beauty, and Grooming" by Victoria Sherrow. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2001.

"Hollywood Misperception: Curly Hair = Messy Life" by Naturally Curly. Naturally Curly. Sept. 03, 2008.

"In Defense of Curly Hair" by Judith Newman. The New York Times. Aug. 07, 2011.

"Is Your Hair Holding You Back?" by Emily Hebert. Elle. April 29, 2010.

"Natural Hair and Professionalism, An Oxymoron?" by Marcia Wade Talbert. Curly Nikki. March 01, 2011.

"Rapunzel's Daughters: What Women's Hair Tells Us About Women's Lives" by Rose Weitz. Macmillan. 2005.

"Straight Hair Is Knottier Than Curly Hair" by Christie Nicholson. Scientific American. March 13, 2008.

"The lost art of curl maintenance" by Rachel Mendleson. Macleans. March 22, 2010.

"The Mane Conflict: Hair Curly or Straight?" Taryn Brill. ABC News. Aug. 12, 2008.

"The Physic of Curly Hair" by Jeffrey Kluger. TIME. Feb. 13, 2014.

"Why Humidity Makes Your Hair Curl" by Joseph Stromberg. Smithsonian. April 12, 2013.

Academic insights:

"The Hair Dilemma: Conform to Mainstream Expectations or Emphasize Racial Identity" by Ashleigh Shelby Rosette and Tracy L. Dumas. Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. 2007.

"Worldwide diversity of hair curliness: a new method of assessment" by G. Loussouarn et al. International Journal of Dermatology. October 2007.

Topics in this Podcast: Hair, Beauty, curly hair, natural hair, best of 2014 body image