Teenage Girls Talk About Hair, Self-image, and Being an Individual

We're wrapping up Hair Week and for our final segment, Eye Opener's Laila Muhammad sat down with more than a dozen teenage girls in the Dallas, TX area to find out how their hair affects their self-image.

After sharing her own story, Laila wanted to talk to students about their experiences with how hair affects their identity.

"Raise your hand if you have natural hair," Laila asked one group five high schoolers.

Three raised their hands.

Kaylan, a 10th grader with a full head of naturally curly hair, said she went natural after damaging her hair from straightening it and using too many products. That's when Kaylan's mom urged her to wear her hair natural.

Charlisse wore a curly weave last year, but has it natural now so she can grow it out.

Jayla, a 9th grader sporting long crochet braids, believes that you have to be confident in what you want to wear, whether you're wearing a weave or going natural.

She also added that everyone always wants to touch her hair and ask if it's real hair.

"It's just a protective hair style, because my hair is natural under it," said Jayla.

Laila asked Isabella, a 7th grade student, about how important hair is for junior high aged girls.

"I think it's just more your image like as what other people look at you as," said Isabella. "I think you just want to look your best for when you're in Junior High or anywhere."

"It's good to be supportive of our friends just cause it makes us feel less insecure at junior high," added 8th grade student Jordan.

Most of the girls Laila spoke with agreed that hair is a big deal to them. A lot of their style influences come from big celebrities and social media, namely Twitter and Snapchat.

Despite the constant onslaught of pop culture , these young women know what it means to be an individual.

"There's this standard that they make, that they try and create, that you should look like or be like and you don't have to follow that," said Jayla.

"You can just be you. Don't die a copy, you were born an original."

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