I know exactly how you feel. I'm mixed, so I always felt like an outcast when I was younger. When I was around the white or hispanic crowd, I always wanted my hair to be as straight or wavy & flowy like theirs. I hated how course/dry/curly my hair was. && when I hung out with the black crowd, I still felt bad about my hair because I would constantly get told that I need to relax my hair.
But when I went to college and lived on campus, I opened up my mind more and realized that I needed to stop wanting what others have and accept what I was born with. Going natural was on of the best choices I ever made. I had times during my transitioning where I just wanted to give in because I hated dealing with my 2 textures. && when I cut my hair off I literally cried because my hair has always been long and now it was super short. But it was ALL worth it. I could care less what people say about my hair now because I love it.
I think it's great that you're staying natural, and hopefully over time you'll embrace your hair regardless of what others think. All hair is beautiful!