Love-love. The only way for me to describe the relationship I have with my hair. I literally have the most versatile hair in the world, what should I complain about?
It wasn’t always the case though as when I went natural, I realised that my hair was attracting a lot of attention. My hair became a thing, a real topic of discussion and I used to perceive this very negatively.
But now I really embrace it and I am open to discussing it with people who are curious and keen to know more about it.
My mum was a hairdresser so as a kid I never had a negative perception of my hair and neither did the people around me, even though I’ve been to a predominantly white school.
I never felt conscious of it but I always wondered how my school friends could have their hair moving in the wind and not me.
As a kid I never watched any Disney movies, my parents didn’t allow it until I was 12. Now a grown woman, I understand how strategic this decision was. It was simply a way to avoid having their daughter questioning the way she looked and wondering why her hair wasn’t as long and silky as the blond princesses on TV.
I really feel like the media are playing a negative role in terms of curly representation. It impacts the confidence of many of us but we need to move past that. Thankfully, platforms like Youtube are helping many women to understand their natural hair better and actually talk about it.
Understanding your hair is key, it will definitely help you love and embrace it!