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Dianne Austin

Dianne is the co-founder of Natural Haircare News and Coils To Locs.com. She's been blogging about natural hair ever since she made the decision to break free of the creamy crack in 2012.
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Natural Hair Curl Pattern Envy - Loving The Hair You HaveWhen I was a little girl, I envied one of my classmates’ lunches.  He always packed the most delicious looking tuna sandwiches!

You see, tuna sandwiches were my favorite lunch at that time.  And my sandwich always tasted so good!  But, my classmate Jacques’ tuna fish sandwiches – also his favorite – always looked like tuna sandwich perfection!

The bread was always thick and soft looking; almost as if it were homemade.  The tuna was spread on thick and plentiful.  His mom probably used the solid white tuna; not the chunk light tuna that was in my sandwich.

I’m not sure, but I’m guessing that Jacques’ sandwich was made with real mayonnaise – Hellman’s no doubt!  Mine were made with Miracle Whip, a family favorite.  And his sandwiches never looked smashed.  My sandwiches were almost always smashed by my big orange or apple.  It looked like an oil soaked pancake.

Don’t get me wrong. I loved my tuna fish sandwiches!  I asked my mother to make it for me almost every day during that period.   But no matter how delicious my own sandwich was, Jacques’ sandwiches always looked more scrumptious, so I thought that his sandwiches had to taste better.

What does tuna sandwiches have to do with curl pattern envy?  Well, the grass always looks a whole lot greener on the other side of the fence.

Whether we are comparing our lifestyle to our neighbors, our jobs to that of our colleagues, or our tuna fish sandwiches to someone else’s lunch, in comparison, we oftentimes don’t fully appreciate the kinks and curls that we have; even though we truly love our hair.

Whether your natural hair is the epitome of 4c kinky curly, or 3a and loosely curled, we need to step back, look at our hair with a new appreciation, and embrace the true god given beauty of our crowning glory.

Author:  Dianne Shaddock

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