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Leona Lewis won't straighten her curls ever again 

Singer Leona Lewis has decided to stop straightening her hair after a battle with Hashimoto's disease made her evaluate her beauty routine.

Leona Lewis won't straighten her hair again after health issues prompted her to change her beauty regime.

The British singer broke into the music scene in 2006 when she won the third series of The X Factor, garnering interest not only for her strong voice but also her glamorous outfits.

But Leona has now revealed that following a battle with Hashimoto's disease, a chronic condition which attacks the thyroid, that she has overhauled her entire life, including her beauty routine.

"When my symptoms were the most severe, I could hear my body telling me that I needed to slow down," she wrote in an essay for, adding that she was experiencing symptoms of chronic fatigue. "I began taking medication but also turned to Ayurveda (my mum is a master herbalist) to help heal my body naturally. I just got to a point where I wanted to start over physically and emotionally. I started eating better and I stopped straightening my hair."

The 32-year-old opted to clear out her bathroom cabinets and swap everything for natural skin and haircare products. While it took time for Leona to stop using straightening products and flat irons on her hair, she is now used to the look after spending time working on signature styles that make her feel just as "polished" as when she wore her tresses poker straight.

"Sometimes I like to tie it back in a super clean low bun. It was a rediscovery for me that curly hair is actually so versatile. If someone said, 'I want to blow-dry your hair straight now,' I would be like, 'No way!' I'd look like an alien. It just wouldn't be me," she said.

The Bleeding Love singer is also keen to encourage other girls and women with naturally curly or wavy hair to embrace their look. In fact, the star feels quite upset when a friend's daughter with curly locks wanted to change her look.

"She is so beautiful, but she doesn't see that, and it reminded me of myself when I was younger. I didn't see the beauty in my natural state, but now I do," she shared.

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