I grew up in a "natural" home. I caught a lot of flak from other black people for it...to the point I didn't have any black friends. I didn't get why it worth completely ostracizing me for it. So I've always had natural hair. I tried a relaxer when I was 19 and then I cut my hair boy short. It was very short lived.
I think because of my experience I still don't "embrace". I grew up in a home where it was normal, but when I moved to a black neighborhood, from a white neighborhood, other people made me feel bad about it, even though I didn't at first.
I refuse to wear a hairstyle that doesn't allow me work out, swim, travel to remote place, or be comfortable outside in the rain or snow...it's just not worth it. And heaven forbid I get my hair professionally done all the time and wear weaves and what not I can't afford. Yeah, I don't feel as pretty and that sucks, but my vanity isn't worth my life.