Embracing My Natural Hair Journey: A Story of Self-Discovery

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The beauty of hair is the stories it tells, the secrets it hides and the history it holds. Today we sit with content creator, Maya Moulton, and speak to her about her hair journey and the personal feelings she had with embracing her natural hair. 

Introduction: All About Maya

Hi Love Club! My name is Maya Moulton, I'm a 25-year-old content creator based in Toronto who's niche is fashion. I am currently navigating the twists and turns of my natural hair journey. When I reflect on my relationship with my hair, it's a whirlwind of emotions - some pleasant, some not so much. I am so excited to delve into the depths of what hair means to me and how it has shaped my identity.

What Hair Means to Me

When I think of my hair, many things come to mind. Some words that sum up my feelings and thoughts about my hair include curly, puffy, short, and versatile. There's a constant tug-of-war between embracing its natural state and wishing it were longer or straighter. I've spent countless hours straightening it, yearning to fit into societal standards that once deemed curly hair as less desirable. However, times have changed, and so have perceptions - yet, the journey to self-acceptance remains ongoing.


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My Story

I've had my fair share of embarrassing moments with my natural hair. One particular memory stands out from my elementary school days when a classmate compared  my hair to a lion's mane. The sting of those words lingered, leading me down a path of trying to alter my hair to conform to what I believed was acceptable. Chemical treatments and heat styling became my go-to, all in a desperate attempt to fit in and avoid the stares and whispers that accompanied my natural curls.

Overcoming Insecurities

But as I embarked on my journey to self-acceptance, a pivotal moment arose - one that centered around my niece. I realized that I didn't want her to grow up feeling ashamed of her natural hair, just as I had. Her innocent admiration for my curls sparked a shift in perspective. I began to embrace my natural hair, not for anyone else, but for myself. It was a journey of learning to love the reflection staring back at me in the mirror, regardless of societal norms or perceptions.

Embracing Unapologetic Authenticity

As I reflect on my journey, one thing becomes abundantly clear - the importance of being unapologetically you. It's a mantra I now live by, embracing my curls with pride and confidence. Whether they're styled to perfection or left wild and free, my hair is a reflection of who I am - unique, beautiful, and deserving of love and acceptance.


So here's to embracing the curls, the coils, and everything in between. May we wear them as a crown, a testament to our journey of self-love and acceptance. Remember, beauty is not defined by societal standards but by the confidence and authenticity with which we carry ourselves. So go forth, dear reader, and be unapologetically you. No one can tell you otherwise.

With love and curls,


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