My hair isn't even that curly (some days I'm more of a wavy), but when I was little, some children at school called me Zulu because of my hair. I was the only one whose hair wasn't completely straight, and that, in combination with my rather full lips, prompted them to call me that. At first I didn't even understand it; I thought of Zulu's as proud warriors and didn't understand that it was meant as an insult!

My grandma, who had straight hair herself, never understood my hair. She was always complaining that it looked too frizzy and always wanted to brush and comb it in order to make it look 'better'. I can remember that it always hurt so much when she tried to comb it, and now I know that all that brushing actually caused frizz!