Personal Narrative: My Hair Journey

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Hair Journey
Something so simple as the hairs that grow on my head has had a significant impact on my life. No, this is not a story about my hair making me want to become a hairstylist; my hair had a different impact on me. An impact that allowed me to find my true self and realizing the things that make me different and special.
I grew up living in the town of Lansdale going to schools in the North Penn School District. In all of the schools that I went to, the students were predominantly white. Ever since elementary school, I realized I wasn’t like most of my peers. I knew I didn’t look like most of them, I knew the world was filled with all kinds of diversity. However, it seemed like my peers always felt the need to remind me of my difference
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More black women stopped using relaxers and reverting back to their natural hair. I didn’t have a relaxer at the time but the movement showed me the beauty in natural black hair. I started looking up youtube videos about natural hairstyles, products, and tutorials. Soon after, I knew almost everything to know about natural hair. I knew what type of hair I had and what were the best products to use. The only thing left was to actually do it to my own hair. I figured out the best thing to do was a “No Heat Challenge”. This meant staying away from straightening my hair for a few months. So after gaining enough courage and confiding in a good friend in 9th grade, I finally decided to do it. On Saturday, I went with my mom to get the products I 've already done my research on. Then that Sunday night, I began the process I washed my hair and twisted it for the next day. I showed up to school that Monday with my hair in its natural state as a fro. Of course I was nervous on how people would react but that was surpassed with my excitement of the beginning of my new hair journey. I got some of the old comments on my hair from my peers but I used that as a chance to educate. So when I was asked “how I got my hair like that?” I explained how, I even referred the videos I watched. I began to realize that I should never hide the things that make different and
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