We get a lot of messages here at Deva HQ, most of them contain fabulous hair, but many are filled with transformation stories. Stories that are not just about hair, but about how your hair can make you feel. A few months ago, Camille K(@missclk_) messaged us, sharing her incredible curls and her powerful journey. As a teenager, she struggled severely with an eating disorder that drastically affected her health. Her journey to recover and to love herself, along with her curls, was too incredible to not be shared.
At the age of 13, I was diagnosed with Anorexia nervosa.
I was so weak, that I couldn’t even stand up to wash my own hair. My mum would wash it in the bath for me, while I sat there listless.
I suffered from severe malnutrition, and my hair had fallen out so much that I was left with thin, brittle tresses. My once luscious, thick, ringlet curls were just non-existent. I lost all my confidence and hope. I felt completely trapped in my own mind.
I began believing I would feel this way forever, but I didn’t want to. I was desperate to love myself the way I was.
Two years into my recovery, I started to realize how my eating disorder had taken over everything. And I realized how so many young girls around me were changing themselves to be something that they’re not, instead of embracing what they were blessed with.
After three long term hospital visits, I decided to do something different and focus on what made me special – my curls. I turned my focus from my weight, to my hair.
I tried to look at food as a way to nourish my curls.
As I reached a healthy weight, I became quite overwhelmed. I had been so used to seeing my body in an unhealthy way, that accepting the new me was difficult. I had no self-confidence, but I was determined to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I wanted to love my natural body and my natural hair.
And so I began my curl journey.
I looked at, what felt like, EVERY curly hair tutorial under the sun. One day, I came across Brit (@bwatuwant). I saw her curly fro and fell in love instantly. It was through her that I discovered DevaCurl. I spent hours researching the products.
I watched so many tutorials, and even found out that my favorite blogger, Jasmine (@jasmeannnn), and my favorite makeup artist, Kay Lani (@viva_glam_kay) also used DevaCurl. It felt like a sign – like the brand was made for me. Since that day, I’ve never looked back. I’ve finally found a hair regime that never lets me down.
Somehow my natural hair journey has brought back so much confidence in me… it’s brought me back, in a way I never imagined it could. I know it’s crazy to think that hair could do that, but honestly, I never thought I would love anything in myself again.
My curls always make me feel beautiful and I can’t believe how far I’ve come.
We can’t thank Camille enough for sharing her incredible story. Everyday we strive to celebrate journeys just like hers. Please feel free to share your love and support in the comments, or even your own story, if you feel comfortable.