READING, Pa. — It’s obvious when you meet Cory Varona Corniel and Nicol Varona that they are sisters by their uncanny resemblance. But what you might not realize is that it wasn’t until they moved to the United States that they were able to fully embrace their naturally curly hair.
The two sisters, both alumni of Penn State Berks, have started a "Curly Sisterhood," along with their longtime friend Jiolka Peralta. Through Curly Sisterhood, these three Dominican-American women use social media to inform and educate others about how to take care of their naturally curly hair.
But Curly Sisterhood is about much more than hair: The founders want their "curly sisters" to embrace their heritage and natural beauty and not feel pressured to follow the societal archetype of what is attractive – namely sleek, straight hair.
According to Cory, the "curly movement" started in early 2000s when haircare companies began creating "natural" products and targeting advertising to women with curly hair from various cultures and ethnicities. She adds that nearly 75 percent of the population has some sort of texture to their hair. “Women of every nationality and race have curly hair,” states Cory
Nicol explains that the Curly Sisterhood is part of an international grassroots movement started by people who want to feel comfortable in their own skin. Its members range from women with tight coils who live in Brazil to those with soft waves who live in Portugual, and everyone in between.