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Even though we usually see Ciara rocking some dramatic length with the help of extensions and wigs, the 33-year-old singer has some serious length of her own that she’s proud to show off.

The star rocked these seriously cute pigtails over the weekend:

But after taking them down, she wanted to let fans see what she’s really working with.

“Alright you guys, I just took my hair down from my two pigtails, and I’m so proud because my hair is growing,” she said in a video of herself holding up her natural hair to display the length. “Yay! I’ll tell you guys the secrets later [laughs].”

This is a pretty big deal for the singer because, as she explained in the video’s caption, she was worried her hair would remain damaged for the long term after past experiences with relaxers. Who can’t relate?

“The first time I got a relaxer when I was young, it took out my hair. I was devastated,” she wrote. “I never thought my hair would grow back. So proud.”

Ciara is more comfortable in her skin (and with her hair) than ever. She has a new label called Beauty Marks Entertainment, and an upcoming album also called Beauty Marks (May 10). To celebrate these new opportunities, and taking the idea of “beauty marks” seriously, she’s been showing us what she looks like behind the big hair and makeup more and more lately.

Just last week she took out her extensions and showed off a fresh face for fans.

“No makeup. No extensions. Vulnerable. My Beauty Marks and all,” she wrote. “The real me.. and I love it. Finally embracing myself fully! It feels good.”

In a recent interview with W, Ciara talked about what it’s taken for her to obtain more confidence in her body and beauty as she’s stepped into the spotlight.

“I haven’t always been confident,” she said. “I’ve definitely had to have self talks because before I was grown up, I was one of those girls where my body developed a bit behind. I was really tall, very muscular. I used to walk with my back hunched over a bit because I was so insecure about being tall. My confidence, as far as me accepting myself physically, kind of happened later for me.”

“Once I got older, I realized it’s actually cool to embrace all of these things that I thought were flaws,” she added. “When you get more comfortable, you realize that none of that stuff is changing, so the last thing you want to do is walk around being worried about it. Embrace what you have—that is part of loving yourself, and understanding the power of loving yourself is game-changing. Once I did that, my confidence level went up tremendously. It’s the best feeling when you’re not overthinking about yourself, whether it’s the small mark I have on my face—which I think is a birthmark, to tell the truth. But that’s a part of who I am. When I look at a lot of women that I admire, I love how they’re confident. There’s something so sexy about confidence, and I think you kind of grow into that.”

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