As a young curly girl, I felt quite isolated as I didn’t grow up surrounded by people looking like me.
My mum is black, my dad is white, and neither of them really knew what to do with my hair.
Growing up in Birmingham, in a predominantly white area didn’t help either as all my friends had straight hair, in addition to all the dolls I could find in shops, or people I could see on TV.
Because I couldn't see myself represented I started to see myself as some sort of alien.
When TV programme ‘Sister Sister’ came out I finally had the opportunity to identify with someone and also believe that I could be pretty too.
We are witnessing an evolution in regards to curly hair representation but I believe that social media are playing a major role in this. I am glad younger generations can now see more women wearing their natural hair proudly.
This is impactful, maybe even more than brands using curly haired tokens from time to time.
However, it’s crazy that in 2018 you still can’t enter a high street salon without being turned down simply because they are not trained to do their job on your hair type.
The idea that having straight hair is an easy option is still omnipresent in people’s minds.
Learning about your curly hair is a long journey but you’ll understand why it's worth it as soon as you’ll see the result.