A blended race girl who was bullied and referred to as ‘poodle’ due to her Afro hair has racked up over six million views on a shifting TikTok diary displaying how she discovered to like her curls.
Hannah Connaughton, 21, from Stockport, Better Manchester, who describes herself as ‘visually white’ however ‘has an Afro, defined she has all the time been insecure about her curly locks and was bullied at college.
The movie and media scholar stated after years of straightening her hair, she had grown so insecure about her warmth broken tresses that she would get upset and struggled to not ‘really feel ugly’.
She recorded a video diary on TikTok, bravely opening up about her insecurities and asking for recommendation within the hope of receiving a number of recommendations on good merchandise.
However the video struck a chord with individuals throughout the globe who’ve been battling insecurities, together with celebrities, and Hannah was inundated with assist, suggestions, free merchandise and encouragement as over six million individuals seen the diary.
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Hannah Connaughton, 21, (pictured most lately) from Stockport, Better Manchester, has gone viral on TikTok after documenting how she discovered to like her curls
Hannah, who was bullied in class, stated she spent years straightening her hair and struggled to not ‘really feel ugly’. Pictured: Hannah carrying extensions
Hannah defined she’s battled insecurities as a result of she’s ‘visually white’ however ‘has an Afro’. Pictured: Hannah as a toddler
The outpouring gave her the boldness to strive beautiful wigs and to finally go to a specialist textured hair salon.
Hannah’s authentic video posted on April 12 racked up over six million views with many individuals encouraging her to chop it brief – and after initially being hesitant, she lastly received the chop.
She described the expertise as ‘thrilling and liberating’ and says she has since obtained ‘nothing however assist’ after sharing her information together with her TikTok followers.
Newly assured Hannah who has a brief 100 per cent curly do, is a far cry from her first video, when she struggled to even put on her hair down.
Hannah shared her expertise on TikTok within the hopes of receiving recommendation about good merchandise for her hair. Pictured left: Hannah with extensions, proper: Hannah’s blonde Afro
Hannah obtained a flood of assist from all over the world, with many individuals advising her to chop her warmth broken locks. Pictured: Hannah’s Afro
Her collective video diaries of her transformation have clocked up a staggering eight million views.
Hannah stated: ‘I’ve been straightening and bleaching my pure hair or carrying extensions since I used to be round 14 after I first grew to become self-conscious about it.
‘As a result of I look white, my hair was one of many solely issues about my look that made me look visually blended race, so it stood out – individuals at college would name me a poodle or ask to the touch it.
Hannah (pictured) stated lastly chopping her hair was ‘thrilling and liberating’, after straightening and bleaching her hair for the reason that age of 14
Hannah (pictured) stated she realised each blended and black girl can relate to her expertise, after receiving a hair care package deal from Amber Gill
‘After I requested for recommendation on TikTok as a result of my hair was so broken, I used to be overwhelmed by individuals’s responses and assist – and I realised I am not alone, and so many different individuals relate to my story.
‘I even had Amber Gill ship me a hair care package deal as a result of she understood my expertise – which made me realise, superstar or not, each blended and black girl has experiences like mine.
‘So many individuals have been telling me to chop my hair brief to let my curls develop naturally, and finally I lastly plucked up the braveness to ebook an appointment and began to get actually excited to see my hair develop lengthy and curly, prefer it was.
Hannah (pictured) stated she was overwhelmed by the assist she obtained from viewers on TikTok and realised she just isn’t alone
Hannah stated she has grown extra assured and has discovered a neighborhood that she matches in. Pictured: Hannah carrying extensions
Hannah (pictured) is advising different ladies to view their pure hair as stunning, saying ‘self love is probably the most empowering factor you are able to do’
‘I received the chop and I used to be so nervous, but it surely was such an thrilling and liberating expertise and I’ve had nothing however assist and folks telling me they’re proud I lastly did it.’
She continued: ‘Over the previous weeks, I’ve grown a lot extra assured and realised I ought to embrace who I’m – there’s a large neighborhood on the market of individuals like me, and I really feel like I slot in and belong for the primary time.
‘I would like any woman that feels the identical method I felt to see they don’t seem to be alone and their pure hair is gorgeous – self love is probably the most empowering factor you are able to do, so attempt to embrace it.
Hannah (pictured) has obtained assist and recommendation from celebrities together with Skai Jakcson, Mahalia and Amber Gill
‘It is taken 21 years however now I’ve learnt to like that aspect of myself – and I see that black is gorgeous.’
Hannah, whose mom’s household originated from St Kitts within the West Indies, began her hair confessional movies on April 12, and had her hair lower on April 27.
She stated years of bleaching and straightening her hair in addition to carrying extensions had left her pure curls broken.
She has been inundated with supportive messages and recommendation from fellow TikTok customers – and even celebrities similar to actress Skai Jackson, singer Mahalia and Love Island winner Amber Gill.