Curly hair guru and author Lorraine Massey, founder (and former) co-owner of Devachan Salon & Departure Lounge as well as the popular No Poo hair care line, preaches to the naturally curly to embrace their ringlets rather than quell them.
Lorraine was interviewed for the September 2, 2008 issue of The New York Observer by Sara Vilkomerson.
The interview featured the issue of straightening Actress Meg Ryan's simulated naturally curled tresses (Meg has naturally wavy strands) in the film, "The Woman"
Of course this also presents the idea that having curly hair was holding her back.
"This whole pathetic straightening religion ... it's modern-day slavery," said Ms. Massey.
The always passionate and outspoken classically trained hairdresser is determined to promote the Love Your Curls Movement.
She said: "everyone is trying to hide from their heritage-it's anthropological. It goes very deep."
Ms. Massey was also completely livid over a previous run-in with the producers for Bravo's Tim Gunn's "Guide to Style", which provided makeovers to the fashion-challenged.
The producers asked her to participate in the hair makeovers.
She agreed on the condition that for the final "reveal" they wouldn't straighten the participant's hair, something they ended up doing anyway.
"They just don't understand my view on this," Ms. Massey said. "My whole philosophy is to not to perpetuate the same crap over and over again."
Shari Harbinger, the (former) VP of education for Devachan, agreed: "Hollywood is reacting, but Hollywood is also enabling this vicious cycle. Lorraine and I often refer to the drug addict and the drug dealer scenario."
"Hollywood will embrace this truth when the people that are behind it get it and then do what they can to reeducate the union stylists and designers," said Devachan's Ms. Harbinger.
"This is something that we at Deva want to get involved with. It's almost like the Democratic convention. We have to first undo years of lies, and then reeducate, motivate and guide them to the truth."
The truth is that "curlies can have ‘neat' and refined curls if the people who tend to them know what they are doing. And this will in fact significantly change the perception from a false belief to a new understanding of the beauty of curly hair."
A long time hair industry leader, Harbinger originally joined Devachan Salon where she partnered with existing co-founder to help develop the DevaCurl brand. Her expertise and leadership abilities helped build the brand that DevaCurl became.
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