My hair is part of me and genuinely reflects how dynamic and changing I can be.
This love for my loose curls only started recently though. When I was younger, my mother would always make me brush it, not realising what an awful idea it was. In her opinion, curls needed to be tamed and having your natural hair out without having it brushed was just unacceptable because not presentable.
Like any other curly haired girl, I was called names like ‘sheep’ or ‘poodle’ at school, which led me to dislike my curls and glorify straight hair for many years.
I am happy to say that everything changed when I understood how my hair worked, and how it should be taken care of.
There is a big issue linked to ‘hair education’. So many of my friends discovered at 30 that they had curly hair. It sounds crazy but it happens more than we think.
However I am happy to see a change in the way people see curly hair. I don’t experience the same struggles than before when I am going to the hairdresser for instance. Many years earlier, they would almost feel offended when I was refusing a blow-dry, now they just deal with it.
It’s always good to explore different hairstyles as long as you are not doing this to hide what you naturally have on your head or who you really are. Life is so much easier once you embrace yourself.