Since I was 6, I wanted straight hair
Most of my friends were white, pretty, and had long straight hair.
Since my mother has very fair skin, I assumed my hair should look just like theirs
So, I asked my mom to straighten my coils so I could be "pretty"
Fast forward to 2017, I was 19 when I started to wear my natural curls
My crush told me that I looked better with my "short, straight hair" instead of my "natural curls".
So, I stopped straightening it and got a new crush
Because the way I felt about myself was more important than how a guy felt about me.
I thought my curly hair would make me look younger
So, I bought a boy's Batman shirt from H&M
And embraced my young genes and childish ways.
I finally felt comfortable as me.
I no longer felt pretty, I felt beautiful.