I can’t recall the moment my hair was no longer an enemy of mine, fighting against it with an arsenal of straightening products and hot irons. But I do remember the years of insecurity and constant of comparison of my fuzzy locks and my friends’ straight hair. No one really knew what to do with my hair and it left me hating my curls. Once I discovered the straightening iron in high school, I felt like it solved my problems. I could finally blend in and pretend I was someone different.
I kept my hair straight hair facade through college, until I slowly gained confidence in myself and embraced what I was born with. Once I did that, I experimented with products and styles and finally realized having a different style was a good thing. I no longer wanted to blend in and look like everyone else, I just wanted to be myself. It was exhausting and I was tired of trying so hard.
It’s a lifelong process to accept yourself as you are, but so many things changed in my life once I embraced the curl. It’s around the time I started this blog and decided to just own it and love my hair. Sure, it’s thick, coarse and curly, but it’s how my friends spot me in a crowded room and for a low maintenance girls, I don’t need to wash it often and when I do, it air dries after I apply moisturizing. Wash and go! So many benefits!
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I love that Dove is focusing on women to embrace their natural curls. I watched this video they released featuring little girls who wished they had straight hair. It’s an emotional video to watch if you’ve experienced the same thing and I relate to these girls. I hope that little girls (and boys!) grow to love their hair sooner than I did and cut back on the comparison and see the good in what they were born with.
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