I grew up knowing that the way I looked was making me stand out.
My mother and sister are both white, we lived in a predominantly white area and I was one of the 3 black pupils at school.
Knowing that I was different was frustrating to me; as a kid you just want to look like everyone else and fit in.
Even though my mother struggled a lot with my hair, she always prevented me from straightening or blow drying it. When I got older and found a part-time job at a hair salon, all the things she tried to keep me away from were within easy reach.
Many insecure women use makeup as a mask, but for me, hair straightening it was!
Everything changed when I decided to travel on my own for 6 months.
Having not straightened my hair for such a long time, I decided to try keeping it up for the rest of the year. It was hard to abandon such ritual but I finally succeeded to embrace my natural hair.
Seeing women who look ‘like me’ in the media didn't even contribute to my hair acceptance journey. The few mixed-race and black girls with natural hair you see in ads are tokens.
They aren't representing us. They aren't successful ways to showcase the diversity of the world we live in.
The black community is definitely leading the way in regards to better representation, but the mainstream media landscape continues to struggle.
Showcasing a TV programme focused on natural hair or black beauty at 1 am once in a while isn’t valuable to any of us.
They will have to work harder than that!