Learning to care for my hair was a long process, but I progressively became one of these girls crazy about hot oil and deep-conditioning treatments!
The main problem with curly-haired women is that many of us don’t know how to ‘handle’ it. With social media, girls now have a better understanding of the way they can style their hair and internet continues to be a great source of knowledge and empowerment.
The way I perceived my hair changed quite recently, I assume it is linked to the fact that the media are getting more black people involved.
I will always remember the day when Solange Knowles started rocking her afro. It was seen as different, but she was making such hairstyle accepted, or at least made people think about it.
I was still relaxing my hair at the time and her entering the mainstream like a storm made me accept the fact that my hair is naturally close to hers, and that I should accept it, just like she did.
Younger, I suffered a lot from having curly hair. I was 7 years old when I asked my mum to let me go to school with my natural afro. It was my hair at home so why couldn’t it be at school too, where I used to have it braided most of the time?
The result of this decision was awful to me… I sat down in the front row, the teacher looked at me and said: ‘’just go at the back, no one can see because of your hair, it’s too much hair’’. Everyone laughed and I cried.
I couldn’t imagine that I would one day love my hair the way it is. But now I just love curls, volume and the versatility linked to it! I am embracing myself and am happy to do so!