It can be really hard to learn to love the hair you were born with, especially if it comes with any sort of challenges or, even worse, that other people make fun of you for having a different texture or style than they do. Well, Alessia Cara knows it all too well. In an extremely honest and inspiring new essay for Glamour's Lipstick, the singer opened up about the personal journey she's been on with her curls – and how she learned to love her natural look at a time when she was struggling with it the most.
"Having a mom as a hairdresser was really awesome: I was always her test dummy. I’ve had every style, every color you could imagine," Alessia said. "But I have always struggled with my hair one way or another. There were times when I just wanted to look like everyone else because people would make comments like, ‘Oh, your hair is so frizzy.’"
"So, I started straightening my hair. And maybe that was the reason for it... In late elementary school, early high school, I started losing my hair in chunks in the shower. It was one of the scariest things. It got to the point where it was visibly gone," she shared. "I struggled with that a lot, especially going into high school. You have so many pressures—what people are going to think of you—and I was going into it losing all my hair. I had, like, nothing left."
Alessia explained that it just kept getting worse.
"It was patches of missing hair that people would point out, because people are mean in high school," she said. "I was constantly looking for hairstyles to hide the bald spots. And I didn’t know why it was happening. I just kept thinking, ‘Why am I so young and having to deal with this?’ I didn’t want people to look at me, I didn’t want people to get too close. Even now, I struggle with it; sometimes, you can see that my hair is missing in some spots. I have just learned how to accept it."
"Being in the public eye, you’re always worried about what angle people are going to take pictures of you at. I don’t really care anymore. I just let my hair dry naturally; I don’t hide it," Alessia continued. "I am stubborn enough to know not to change myself. I read things about my hair all the time. But I love my curls now."
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