What started at as a Google group to support a friend who cut all of her hair off would eventually blossom into the company we know today as the Curly Girl Collective. Three-fifths of the collective recently sat down for an interview with Madame Noire’s “In This Room” where they spoke candidly about hair envy, self-esteem, and CURLFEST.

“I had a girl come up to me and say, ‘I went to CURLFEST for the first time last year and I didn’t like my hair before I went to CURLFEST,” said Tracey Coleman.

Stories like that ring a familiar tune for the friends and business partners who admit they have similar stories of self-esteem issues connected to their hair.

“I remember being in kindergarten and being in line with my friend who may have been Hispanic or Caucasian and wishing that my hair was long down my back or playing with dolls that didn’t look like me and wishing that my hair looked like the doll’s hair,” shared Charrise Higgins.

“Hair envy is real,” added Simone Nair. “Comparing ourselves is something that may be a struggle for a very long time before you walk out into the world and actually feeling confident and beautiful.”

Speaking of hair envy, Coleman went on to share the story of the time she became fixated on one woman’s ‘fro and set out on a hair journey to achieve a similar look. It took approximately one year before she realized it wasn’t happening.

“There was a girl and she had this huge textured ‘fro and I was like, ‘I want my hair to be just like that. That’s my goal.’ I put her picture up in my bathroom for at least a year like that is my hair goal and I’m gonna get there. It took a while for me to realize that that’s not me.”

Watch their full interview and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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