Natural hair is part of who you are -- and don't let anyone tell you it isn't. Much like accepting and subsequently owning your own, individual personality, natural hair is a key component of what makes you, you.

Don't get that wrong, though. Just because your natural texture is a part of the story that makes you unique doesn't mean that it is so easy to accept, or even to love. Learning to shine through your own personality, rather than mimicking those you see on TV or in pop culture, can take years -- and some never truly master it.

The same is true for your natural hair. After years of Disney princesses with long, straight hair or Herbal Essences commercials showing you the best, albeit most pleasurable, way to shampoo, it comes as no surprise to anyone in the natural hair community that sometimes, your texture can get you down.

But that need not be the case. Luckily, there are a few habits to slowly incorporate into your life that can ensure even on those bad hair days (of which even our straight hair sisters have) you feel no less confident about your curls.

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