Zendaya Didn't Always Love This Part Of Her Look

by Kali Borovic

Zendaya is like the spokeswoman of self-love. If you could put confidence in a bottle and sell it, her picture would be slapped on the front. That makes what I'm about to tell you all the more inspiring. Zendaya hated her hair when she was younger, according to Cosmo. She really is just like the rest of us! And looking at where she is in her hair journey today, I'd say there's hope for everyone.

Odds are you've had your fair share of hair frustrations over the years, and you're definitely not alone. It turns out that even Zendaya had a problem with her curly hair, and she now embraces her natural locks like a champ. According to PeopleStyle, she used to be upset because her hair didn't look like everyone else's, which, oddly enough, is what I love most about her look.

“Growing up, I wasn’t very confident in my curls,” Zendaya told PeopleStyle. “It wasn’t like the hair that girls around me had. 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.”

Almost everyone goes through a stage in life where their natural hair isn't appealing to them — even Disney stars. Zendaya has come a long way as far as hair confidence goes. She went from hating her look to fully embracing it. I'd say that's a serious win. The star even has some advice to all the people out there who might be struggling as well.

“There is nobody out there that is completely, 100 percent satisfied with every portion of themselves,” she told PeopleStyle. “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.”

Well said! It's all about being comfortable in your own skin, which the face of Cover Girl clearly knows a thing or two about.

Her hair journey might not have been completely filled with self-love, but it definitely has a happy ending. Today the star is all about changing her style, and I'm so glad that YouTube taught her everything it did. Just look at how far she's come with her hair confidence over the years!

1. Tamed Curls

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The Disney star might not have completely embraced her curls at a young age, but she did rock them well.

2. Pin Straight

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While she was on Disney Chanel, she mainly stuck to pin straight styles.

3. Short & Choppy

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This is the closest we saw to a curly 'do from Zendaya when she was younger.

4. Textured Updo

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She finally started trying out more mature styles in 2012, but not many of them incorporated her curly hair.

5. Structured Waves

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Easing into a curlier look, she spent much of 2013 rocking more structured waves.

6. Naturally Curly

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In 2014, Zendaya finally started to break out of her beauty shell and try more natural styles.

7. Short Bob

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She's done literally everything when it comes to hair looks.

8. Dreadlocks

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The star got some criticism for her 2015 Oscars look, but she didn't let the haters get her down, proving she'd developed some serious confidence.

9. Slicked Back Topknot

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She even mastered the slicked back top knot, along with many other elegant up 'dos.

10. Cornrows

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She never rocks the same look twice.

11. Bangs

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Proving that she really is the queen of hair, she even pulled off bangs with her choppy lob.

Zendaya's a true hair-spiration for all!