My mom has had short hair for my entire life, so I didn’t have anyone to teach me how to style my hair. For school pictures and special occasions, she would have my babysitter curl and style my hair. The rest of the time it pretty much just did what it wanted and I remember once, in Grade 3, a teacher actually told me I needed to brush my shoulder-length hair more because it was so tangled.
In elementary school, I had bangs and hair that was at least shoulder length in the back and sometimes longer. In high school I said goodbye to the bangs and grew out my hair to a simple one-length style with a centre part. But no matter how my hair was cut, I struggled with finding ways to style it.