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A mixed race woman brought to tears over her afro hair has recorded a moving diary showcasing how she learned to love her natural beauty – with the support of six million strangers.

Hannah Connaughton, from Stockport, says she has always been insecure about her curly locks after being bullied at school.

Following years of straightening her hair, the 21-year-old had grown so insecure of her heat-damaged tresses, she would get upset and struggled not to “feel ugly”.

She decided to start a video diary on TikTok, where she bravely opened up about her insecurities and asked for advice, hoping to get a few tips on good products.

But the video struck a chord with black and mixed race women around the world who were struggling with the same insecurities – and even celebrities.

Soon a staggering six million people had watched the video, where Hannah was inundated with support, tips, free products and encouragement.

The outpouring gave her the confidence to try stylish wigs, and eventually, go to a specialist textured hair salon.

Despite initially vowing not to cut it, within a couple of weeks, she plucked up the courage to cut off the majority of her locks.

Her new short do – and confident Hannah – is a far cry from her first video, when she struggled to even wear her hair down.



Hannah as a child

“I have been straightening and bleaching my natural hair or wearing extensions since I was around 14 when I first became self-conscious about it,” the film and media student said.

“Because I look white, my hair was one of the only things about my appearance that made me look visually mixed race, so it stood out.

“People at school would call me a poodle or ask to touch it.”

She continued: “When I asked for advice on TikTok because my hair was so damaged, I was overwhelmed by people’s responses and support – and I realised I’m not alone, and so many other people relate to my story.



Hannah in extensions

“I even had Amber Gill send me a haircare package because she understood my experience – which made me realise, celebrity or not, every mixed and black woman has experiences like mine.”

Hannah, whose mum’s family originated from St Kitts in the West Indies, started her hair confessional videos on April 12 before having her hair cut on April 27.

Now, she says she’s come to realise that she should embrace who she is.

“So many people were telling me to cut my hair short to let my curls grow naturally, and eventually I finally plucked up the courage to book an appointment and started to get really excited to see my hair grow long and curly, like it used to be,” Hannah said.



Hannah after the chop – embracing her natural look

“I got the chop and I was so nervous, but it was such an exciting and liberating experience and I’ve had nothing but support and people telling me they’re proud I finally did it.

“Over the past weeks, I’ve grown so much more confident and realised I should embrace who I am – there is a huge community out there of people like me, and I feel like I fit in and belong for the first time.

“I want any girl that feels the same way I felt to see they’re not alone and their natural hair is beautiful – self love is the most empowering thing you can do, so try to embrace it.

“It’s taken 21 years but now I’ve learnt to love that side of myself – and I see that black is beautiful.”

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