Welcome to my new Curly Girl column on Multiracial Media! I am so excited to share my experiences as a Blasian woman in Asia. I am of African American and South Korean heritage and have lived in Singapore for 3 years. I have also previously lived in Seoul and have traveled extensively in Asia.
I have been a curly girl rocking natural hair for almost 16 years. I was the first person I knew who had ever decided to go natural. I had been growing out my hair for months. On September 22, 2001, I finally did the “big chop”. As those of you who have gone through the process of transitioning from relaxed hair to natural hair, the experience of cutting off your chemically processed hair is a huge decision, so the date was absolutely seared into my memory. It was a traumatic time.
Raised by an Asian mom, my knowledge of how to do my hair was very limited. As a child, I had natural hair until I was 11, but it was always a very short fro. Even when I had relaxer, my hair know-how was just passing. My hair never quite looked right. Choosing to go natural as an adult, I was completely taking my haircare into my own hands for the first time.
Since then I have truly learned that our hair is a living, growing entity. We need to be mindful of its needs and take special care of it. Natural hair is a responsibility, but it brings such joy. It’s vibrant and can be a reflection of who we are as beautiful people of color.
This is what I look like today.
What I Will Discuss in Future Curly Girl Pieces
Through this column, I will share my experiences using different types of products and techniques with my naturally curly hair over the years, as well as my challenges in taking care of my unique hair type in Asia. I look forward to opening a dialogue with the multiracial community about mixed race hair care.
If there is anything you would like to learn more about or any questions you need answers to, please let me know in the comments below or on Facebook, and I will do my best to address your interests.
A little about me. I am Blasian behind the “Blasians Defined” blog. I am a proud Louisianan, although my studies and career have led me to live in 10 different states and 3 countries. My husband and I live in the island city-state of Singapore. I am Biracial (Black and Korean).