Having curly hair is a gift. We do not always feel that way--just ask a curly on wash day--but no matter where you are on your own curly hair journey, try to view your curls as a gift and I am sure you won’t regret it.

Embracing my curls has helped me to be at ease with myself. However, I'll admit that that took quite a while.

For the greater part of my life, I didn’t like my curls. I would have traded them for straight hair--and also less hair--without thinking about it twice. I did not know how to care for my curls, nor did I like their volume.

Growing up, I just wanted to be like everybody else.

Weren't we all trying to fit in and at the age of 16? I just stayed away from anything that made me feel different, including my hair. I started straightening my curls and although the straightening process itself was quite annoying, I didn’t mind putting my curls through it. That is, until I noticed my hair looking straw-like and then I knew I had to change my way of thinking about my curly hair. Looking back now, I think it’s funny how I feared even that smallest drop of rain...

Actually learning how to wash and style my curls really changed the way I think about them. I realized that my curls are a part of me that I need to accept. I needed to like them. It took a long time to appreciate my curls--the process didn't happen overnight. It only started once I found the right products and techniques that worked for them.

Having positive thoughts about my curls was a real game changer.

Instead of obsessing over a strand of hair that would not curl properly, I chose to see my curls as something that made me unique and different from everybody else. I like being called The Curly One--there aren’t that many curlies in Switzerland.

We tend to be too hard on ourselves. Think about it--you wouldn't stare at another curlies’ hair in judgement, would you? You shouldn’t be doing that when it comes to your curls. Instead, stay positive!

What do you like about your curls?

What better question to ask than what you like about your curls? So, think of at least three things you love about your curls and share them in a comment below!

I’ll go first: I really like that my hair is voluminous, I like being referred to as the curly one in a group, and I love how hairstyles stay in place better with curly hair.