Article Written By: Lilly Workneh
Amandla Stenberg admits that the journey to accepting her natural hair hasn't constantly been simple.
In an interview for the September problem of Glamour magazine, the 17-year-old starlet opened up about her relationship with her hair and why learning how to love her locks has been a "continuous battle."
" I have actually gone through a lot of different hair stages," Stenberg informed the magazine before describing a few of the different styles she's rocked. "My first stage was when I was younger, and I believed my hair was too big, so I constantly kept it in this giant poof on top of my head. I wasn't that fantastic at doing ponytails, and so it was constantly actually unpleasant."
Stenberg said it wasn't until she underwent puberty and pressure in middle school that she started making her hair smaller and straighter. She stated she attempted to tame her hair through Keratin treatments and by applying constant heat to help preserve her bangs.
" It was terrible. It was like frying the front part of my hair off," Stenberg confessed. She stated that her change of mind eventually happened thanks to positive pictures of women of color who were pictured happily embracing their natural hair.
" I came to the realization that I-- because of the Internet truthfully, because of seeing individuals on the Internet post pictures with their natural hair, I realized like, 'Oh, wait, this is in fact so cool. Why have I been combating this element of myself for so long?'" she said.
Overall, she sees her hair journey as being one that has actually been absolutely rewarding.
" I sliced it all off and slowly grew it back in its natural state, and now I love it," she said. It's simply when you look around and you see individuals with straight hair in media, you kind of feel the requirement to fit in, so it's kind of a continuous fight loving my hair.