Meet Molly Geipel, a curly junior English and Psychology major studying abroad in London.

NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?

MG: I've gotten nothing but positive reactions to my hair since going natural!

NC: Did you ever have any curly girl insecurities?

MG: In my junior year of high school, I got sick and tired of dealing with my unruly hair all the time and I cut it all off. I had a pixie cut for about a year before I grew it out again. It was liberating to not have to mess with the unpredictability and unmanageability of curls for a while, but I missed their distinctiveness! I've proudly kept my hair long and curly ever since.

NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

MG: It's unique! And I think it's ultimately more versatile. I can straighten my hair fairly easily, but people with really straight hair often have a lot of trouble curling their hair.

NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?

MG: Don't fight them and don't be shy about looking different! Your curls will make you stand out and they will be the envy of straight-haired girls everywhere, I promise. I wasted a lot of time trying to disguise my would have been better spent embracing them and learning how to work with them!

NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!

MG: I'm studying abroad in London for the semester. This summer, I'm hoping to come home to a publishing internship and/or to working in a local cupcake shop!

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