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    Hey Fam!

    Once upon a time I was a permie...I used to wear the wrap style with bangs...no matter what style it was I had to have bangs. I freaked out when I did not have them. I felt so ugly...so vile...I thought my forehead was so big and I did everything I could to hide it. Family members would tell me I had a big forehead as well.

    Well my Sistahz...today...I realized that since I have gone natural...the forehead has not control my life. I dont freak out over having an exposed forehead. 99% of Natural hairstyles do not cover it anywayz. And I am free!!! Free from forehead bondage.

    Did anyone else here feel insecure about their forehead at one point in time or another? Does anyone still feel strangely about it?? I know it is a wierd post but...itz true.

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    Yes! I suffered from 4-head phobias I have a big round head (think basketball ) Once I went natural, I got over it pretty quick. Wearing natural styles forces you to anyway. Every once in a while I will try and force hair over my 4 head, buit it usually ends up looking goofy.

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    I never had this "problem," but I guess something about having your hair slicked to your scalp (while permed) makes things like your 4-head and ears seem more prominent. Apparently, nice sized foreheads must be the norm because a lot of people have them - it's just that we weren't complementing our natural beauty with unnatural hair all those years.

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    Former forehead phobia over here checking in. I hardly ever wore a hair style with out some kind of hair in my face when I had perm.

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    I never had this "problem," but I guess something...

    Yes, that is on point. That permed hair does just slick down, and would of course bring out that forehead and those pointed earz...the fro brings out my face so much better, heck, even the little twists I have in right now brings out my face. You are right tonit, the permz are not for us. Period.

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    I used to have forehead-phobia. My kids talked about my forehead all the time. I realize now my head looked so big because I was losing my hairline. When I did the BC i was in awe of the amount of hair I had lost around my hairline. Now that my hair is thriving in its natural state my kids don't even tease me about my big head. They told me it doesn't look as big anymore.

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    I don't have a problem with more forehead, but in my permie days I did tend to have my hair in my face more. Now, I always have my hair pulled back.

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    omg....ur story sounds so much like mine!

    I gave up trying to cover my forehead about 2 years ago though. As soon as I left home and came to college, I began to feel less insecure about it. And going natural has completely made me feel comfortable with my head shape.
    The years of shame are undone...and now it seems so stupid to me that people would make fun of something like that.

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    I used to have a complex about my forehead. I wore bangs for years for that reason. It took my boyfriend at the time (now my dh) to convince me that I didn't need to hide behind those bangs. I admit, when I did the big chop the concern about my forehead came up again! I'm cool with it now....except when I try to find a hat. Are they making hats smaller now? Lol!

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    you mean ... THE Forehead? I had mentioned this in an earlier thread. No matter what the my permed style from chin length bob, ponytail, past shoulder length had to have some wispy bangs. Not they covered the Forehead, but it did seem to "help". Now? forget about it, it is forehead all the way!!

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    Former forehead phobian here! I thought I was the only one, and let me tell you, my forehead has its own area code, but now it's so lovely and like you said, my styles don't cover it anyway so I proudly let it shine!!

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    Another big 5-head chick signing in. lol. Well, since I wear hijab (the headress for the Muslima) I don't have to worry about it showin,' tho I still have a lil bit of issues w/ it....

    gerardocastillo4

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    Yes I once was afraid to show my forehead because people use to tease me but my mother would tell me that my forehead was beautiful, she boost my confidence. I now love my forehead, my fiance loves my forehead, I have also passed the forehead on to my children. As a mother I make sure that my children have the same confidence. To this day I have family members that comment on my forehead but I smile and say "I love my forehead because I love myself"

    PINKYSWIFE30

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    My grandma started mine. All it took was one crazy comment. I always had bangs, but I got over it a while before I went natural. I rarely wore my hair straight back though. I always had a part in it and hair coming forward.

    Cipepinee

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    my problem is a bit different but i feel you anyway. my forhead is *small* like a low hairline. and is a weird shape where is comes close to meeting the outside ends of my eyebrow (within an inch). it doesn't look right with most styles without bangs but its not going to stop me from doing the big chop!!

    hugs.
    vreddgriffithw189.

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    another big forehead here. i used to have bangs all the time too but guess what - no more. i don't even care cuz i am too busy loving the naps!!!

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    I always wore bangs until I was 14 and started modeling. I had to wear my hair pulled back in 1. It took a while but I finally gave in to what I considered a "funny hairline" and all is well.

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    Hey Fam! Once upon a time I...

    Hey Girl, I feel your pain. I have the forehead, too. My family refers to it as "That Smith Head". And those of us who have been cursed with it, never, ever hears the end of it. I often get comments like "you don't need to wear your hair pulled back!!!!" and "Don't be wearin' those ponytails". I have always considered my self unattractive because of my big forehead.....even thought I looked masculine like Frankenstein or something. But I must say that I visited your black planet page and you are so cute!!!! In fact, my youngest son kind of EvigmaKigmbles you and you can consider that a compliment because he has "The Smith Forehead" and he is just the most adorable little boy with big brown eyes and long eyelashes. So I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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    Yes....had to get over it. I can not change it so might as well embrace it

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    Girl please! I was a big forehead junkie girl. I used to have to have a bang or my trusty swoop. But even a little before I went natural I came to terms with the fact that my forehead is big, and it is, but I didn't want to be like others breaking out from all the products dripping off their hair onto their foreheads and I didn't always like the feeling of hair on my face so i had to let that sucka go.

    Now that I'm natural I cant really hide behind it so I'm good. But I'm happy you came to that realization.!

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    My daughter has a prominent forehead but it's never been an issue,thank GOD. I've always told her how beautiful she was and I never said anything and if kids at school ever said anything about it she never let on. She rocks her baby locs with much confidence! I am soo proud of her!

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    I have a big forehead myself my sisters and cousines use to tease me about it. I use to be so self conscious as I got older and people teased me I didn't care or pay them any attention.

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    Yes, I too once had a fear of the fo' head. I was teased when I was younger and all that, would never wear my hair off of my face.

    One day a couple of years ago, someone challenged me to think about the labels that others had put on me and the names that I'd been called and how I let those names put limits on me. This happened at the right time, because I was just beginning to think about going natural. I gave it some thought and realized that I did not have to consider my forehead or anything else about me to be a negative, just because other said it was.

    The rest is history, and I've been beautifully rocking a TWA for 2 years!!

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    Another big forehead checking in. ALWAYS had to have hair in my face. Then I started wearing cornrows that didn't cover my forehead. Then I did the big chop and am now oh so comfortable with my head now. Funny how so many of us had this complex!

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    Yes...I know what you mean. My forehead is as big as they come. It did not deter me from going natural though. I have just learned to deal with it.

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    I don't necessarily have a big forehead, but I'm happy reading this thread, knowing that sistas are overcoming the big forehead complex.

    Recently I was reading an anthology centered around Black folks and their hair called Tenderheaded. In it, Susan Taylor (from Essence)
    has a story about how she overcame her forehead complex after shaving her hair bald during a time when people tried to 'out-fro' one another.

    You can check it out here:
    Page 1
    (It starts at the very bottom)
    Page 2
    (Most of the story is on the second page).

    nwhiwh

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    I was self-concious about my forehead also, seeing as how people are always reminding me that it's big. When I was a permie, I had swoop after swoop, and when I cut half of my permed hair off, I had some of my hair cut into some bangs.

    Now that I'm natural and can't hide my forehead anyways, I just learned to love and embrace my forehead, cuz this is the way God made me and I can't change it, so why Stress about something you can't change? Now I'm more confident about my hairtipsforme, because my hair fits just fine on my head!

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    This is a funny thread...well at least I can laugh now. I have been told my forehead was big all my life. When I was in elementary school it really used to bother me. I remember taking a profile picture for one of my homeroom classes and we had a contest to see who could identify the most people by viewing only silhouettes of these profiles. Of course, you can imagine the childhood jokes that ensued upon everyone being able to guess mine...

    Anyway, my Mom always said I had a baby doll forehead, which softened the blow a little bit. When my sister came along, she got the "baby doll" forehead too. My grandmother used to tease that it was what made me so smart. I tried bangs all my life but have always liked my hair back. So, going natural was no different; I still wear my hair out of my face.

    Also, I have a model friend who pointed out that many models have larger foreheads...something about stark, distinct features. So, walk proudly.

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    I had forehead problem. Well I just got a big head. Got it from my grandma..my dad...
    When I was younger, my mom had cut me a bang..so dang, she must feel like my forehead is large and needs to be covered. That is where my forehead phobia began. I always had a bang and cried when my mom tried to do my hair without including it..I literally cried because I felt so ugly. i was like mom, you gave me this bang! You felt like my forehead was big so now I feel like my forehead is big and needs to be hidden. One day in high school I said this is ridiculous and pulled my hair all the way back and looked at myself in the mirror and felt like I'm pretty cute and the forehead is beautiful. Now that I am going natural a lot of my styles are off my face of course. Back in May, my friend put cornrows in my hair going straight back at first while she was doing it I was trying to figure out a way she could cornrow and make my head not seem so large, but afterwards I was glad with all that forehead showin'. I never got so many compliments on how pretty I was in my life! So now, the phobia is gone. Bump a forehead. In some parts of the world, the higher the forehead the better. :P

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    I love my 5-head, it looks regal with a high puff- x

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