Amandla Stenberg has incredible natural curls, but the star admits that she didn't always love her hair the way that she does now. In fact, in a new interview, she admitted that she once did everything she could imagine to try to straighten her hair.
"I got Keratin treatments, and then I had bangs that I straightened every day. It was awful. It was like frying the front part of my hair off," the actress told Glamour. "I was basically doing anything to make it look straight, and then I came to the realization that I — because of the internet honestly, because of seeing people on the internet post pictures with their natural hair, I realized like, 'Oh, wait, this is actually so cool. Why have I been fighting this component of myself for so long?'"
Of course, like all of us, Amandla still sometimes feels insecure about her appearance – and that extends to her hair.
"I still have moments once in a while where I feel the need to conform, but that's also not really my — those are not my original ideas, like I don't really feel that inside," she shared. "It's just when you look around and you see people with straight hair in media, you kind of feel the need to fit in, so it's kind of a constant battle loving my hair. It's something that I'm continuously working on."
"I hope [that the Black Girl Magic movement becomes] more inclusive of girls who haven't gone natural and still have straight hair, wear weaves, I hope it's inclusive of all kind of different representations of blackness instead of one that's become more mainstream, that's become more acceptable," she added.
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