I feel like my curls make me look but also feel different. It adds this little ‘plus’ and enables me to have a less serious, formal look.
I don’t wear very colorful clothes so I believe my hair is something that helps me stand out.
I never had anything against my curly hair but I used to relax it anyway, without really knowing why I was doing it. The fear not to fit in, maybe?
As a young girl, I knew that curly hair wasn’t seen as a beauty standard, wasn’t seen as the norm. Straight hair on the other side was a prefered characteristic, or should I call it a must-have?
Even though I was relaxing my hair, I kept associating curls with kindness and softness, some of the greatest personality traits I believe a human can have.
My parents never told me that I had great hair, but never told me the opposite either.
However, I was seeing my mother straightening hers all the time, as in Lebanon, having curly hair isn’t well perceived.
My mother not saying anything about my hair seems like a neutral action, but seeing her altering her hair nature every single day kept sending me mixed messages. Should I accept my natural hair? Should I not?
Noticing more women rocking their curls helped me a lot in my hair acceptance journey. Progressively, I started to think that me too, could look good with my natural curly hair…