Remarks on my wavy hair started in secondary school.
I knew these were jokes but it became so repetitive that I started to believe that my hair was too visible, too textured to be nice. That’s when I became an adept of the Brazilian straightening technique. For 7 years, I saw this technique as a revenge on the straight hair I always wanted but never had.
It’s when I realised how dependent I was that I progressively decided to start my natural hair journey.
Social media played a strong role in this process. I grew up being inspired by girls who were at the core of a massive natural hair movement! If they succeeded to accept their hair, why couldn’t I?
However, I don’t feel like there is a big improvement in regards to the representation of curly haired women.
One of my friends recently told me that she kept straightening her hair before going to job interviews, convinced that her curls would be seen negatively in the workplace. If she feels that she has to do it, I am convinced that it’s because this pressure still exists!
There is a process to hair acceptance and we shouldn’t be ashamed of our past actions as every single mistake we made should be seen as part of the journey.
I don’t regret having straightened my hair – it’s because of this that I am now able to like my curly hair as it is, more than ever before.