As a child, I was one of many girls of color who were told that thick, curly hair was deemed unprofessional, undesirable and unmanageable by the people around me, and television wasn’t any different. Most shows’ representation was a specific hair type on a specific kind of person—something that made me feel invisible to the world. It was like anything outside the “standard” was categorized as a challenge or not a real moneymaker. That is until I found Sister, Sister.
In the early seasons, Tia and Tamera Mowry graced our screens with their thick, curly hair in every episode. Of course, at the time, I didn’t appreciate it and was actually excited when they went to college and straightened their hair for the remainder of the series—I know, I know.
But fast-forward to my twenties and I’ve finally embraced my curls and have been wearing them natural going on three years now. Yes, thank you, it does feel as good as it looks. But looking back on the show that shaped my childhood in more ways than one and provided positive women of color characters, I wish I’d appreciated what they were doing at the time. The girls sported so many styles and accessories that paved the way for iconic natural looks for years to come—they were one of the first shows to highlight a hair type that wasn’t being widely accepted, and I believe if I had appreciated it earlier in life (or if more people around me had referenced the impact the show really made for us curly girls), I would’ve started my journey way sooner.
Now, just like anyone else on their natural hair journey, I’m constantly searching the earth for inspiration for how to wear my hair. As I continue to get to know my curls in all their unprocessed glory, I thought I’d use my quest for the perfect go-to look as an opportunity to pay tribute to the show that opened my eyes to how beautiful curls can be—and upgrade my style as a bonus.
The challenge: Could I channel the Mowry twins’ effortless curly confidence for a full workweek and maybe even find my new signature look? It’s all below.