We all remember Leona Lewis as the towering, straight-haired winner of ‘The X Factor’ who actually went on to be a success (unlike many, many previous winners who fell by the wayside).
The mixed-race star had been using irons and chemicals on her naturally curly locks since she was just 20 years old. That’s before a terrifying health scare left her unable to.
“Gradually I started wearing my hair straight too, especially on photo shoots, where a lot of stylists didn’t know what to do with curly hair,” she wrote in an essay for Glamour.
However, just over a year ago, Leona started feeling unusually tired all the time, and experiencing pains in her neck and throat.
“It was a pretty hard time, and after a bunch of tests, I found out I had an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s disease, which affects mostly women.”
Hashimoto’s disease is a condition that leads to chronic thyroid damage. Sufferers of the disease can experience symptoms such as chronic fatigue, increased sensitivity to the cold, muscle aches and weight gain.
Leona continued: “When my symptoms were the most severe, I could hear my body telling me that I needed to slow down. I also started to feel tired during performances.
“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.”
“Having an illness really made me take a long, hard look at how I can reduce the toxins I come into contact with daily,” she concluded.
“I started using natural skin care and hair products (this inspired me to create a safe beauty brand for women, which I’m working on now), but I still had hesitations about wearing my hair curly at first.”
Now, however, she’s found her groove with it, often wearing her mane just as it is, or pulling it back into a low bun.
We have to admit, we’re loving the natural look on Leona. Curls are beautiful! Wear them with pride.