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In this episode, Angela Styles shares the tips that she has learned on her journey to embracing her natural hair. She tells us why she celebrates natural hair and we talk all things acceptance and self-love. When you truly understand and love who you are, anything is possible.
Angela is a professional celebrity hair stylist and the author of her children’s book, Hair, which chronicles a young African American girl’s hair journey and highlights the beauty of Black hair. She works at The Talk on CBS and has a salon in West Hollywood, where she spends her weekends. Angela is on a journey to inspire and educate women and men to embrace their natural beauty all over the world.
- Angela grew up in a supportive home – her mother always encouraged and supported her.
- She was told she was talented and loved, and this gave her confidence from an early age to believe in herself and the things she wanted to do.
- While attending college, Angela decided she wanted to be a hairstylist. With her mother’s blessing, she quickly shifted her focus.
Loving Your Natural Self
- Learn to love the hair you’re born with!
- To find out who you are, strip away all the extras.
- Once Angela cut off her hair, she began to understand the natural hair journey. After that, she found she needed less and less to feel confident.
- Once you strip away all the extras, see who is still around and sticks by your side.
Keeping the Confidence
- Loving yourself is an ongoing process.
- Understand and accept your identity from the start – Don’t wait until your 30 or 40 to love yourself.
- Be the light that attracts people – be the person who lifts people up, and always be happy with who you are at your core.
- Angela spent 2 years creating the book, Hair; she used her life experiences to contribute to the book.
This was my way of spreading the knowledge that I’ve gained over the years, as well as just my love and my genuine appreciation for having textured hair being of African American descent and celebrating why curly hair is so amazing. (2:33)
Basically speak to all of that, and encourage people of any age but primarily children, to really understand and accept their identity from the start. (4:24)
The foundation of whatever you do starts with loving yourself. (5:53)
When you actually do start to see yourself without all those additions, and then you get really comfortable with it, to the point that you don’t want anything else. (10:24)
It’s better to test people and put people with certain situations so you can see faster versus wasting 3 years with someone who isn’t your friend. (19:01)
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