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Zendaya: 'I'm finally confident in my curls'

Published 21/01/2016

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Zendaya

Zendaya learned how to manage her hair by watching YouTube videos.

Zendaya used to be afraid to experiment with her hair until she found the confidence to embrace her natural curls.

The 19-year-old is known for taking fashion risks on the red carpet, but when it came to her hair, the star admits it took a while to be as bold.

"Growing up, I wasn't very confident in my curls," she confessed to People magazine. "When I was younger, I was afraid to experiment with my look because I was worried about what people thought, but as I've gotten older and become more confident in myself, I just don't care."

One of the things Zendaya struggled with as a youngster was growing up with no role models or friends who looked like her.

"It wasn't like the hair that girls around me had," she continued. "And nobody really knew what to do with my hair. My mom is white and my dad is black - they have two very different hair types. So we learned how to manage my hair together, and I also watched YouTube videos to find easy styles to do. Obviously you want what you can't have, so I wanted different hair than what I had, and it wasn't until I got older that I learned you don't know what you've got until it's gone."

In recent months, Zendaya has sported everything from dreadlocks to a super short do as well as her natural curls, and while her confidence has grown, the star admits she is only human and still has a crisis of confidence from time to time.

"There is nobody out there that is completely, 100 per cent satisfied with every portion of themselves," she said. "And as you grow up, or as you grow older, you have to learn about yourself and you have to become more familiar with yourself."

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