In elementary school, my brother and I were the ONLY black kids.
Like any one else this made me feel different, it was hard to feel the same as everybody when my skin was so much darker and my hair so much more kinky.
Eventually, I was began to feel comfortable. I didn't pay attention to skin colors as much, I was just a kid like everyone else. Yet, I still hated my hair.All of my friends had beautiful straight hair or loose curls and I had a frizz ball.
My feelings about my hair continued through high school. People were constantly asking to feel my hair and then would proceed to tell me how rough it is. As you can probably guess, this only made me hate my hair more. Now that I was older my mom would let me get a relaxer to make my hair straight like all of my friends.
I continued to get relaxers although it was expensive and a pain to get those chemicals every month.
This past year, the views about myself and beauty have had a major change.
I've gone natural! WOO.
No more icky chemicals for me.
I've grown to love my hair in it's natural form kinky curls and all.
There is such a big community of curly ladies going natural and always great new tips on how to style your hair.
If any of you have some self acceptance stories I'd love to read them :)