Throughout elementary school, mami would spend hours blow drying my unbelievably thick hair while cramped in the bathroom.
Around middle school, we eventually added the straightener to the routine separating the layers from top to bottom, left and right sides.
Thick, voluptuous, sleek hair was my pride and joy as I received numerous compliments regarding how every hair had its place, how voluminously it bounced.
While covid quarantine kept me too afraid of the hair salon summer of 2020, I let my mom put scissors to my head and then let her diffuse my hair after placing product in it.
Discovery of naturally curly hair: liberating, beautiful, untamed, me.