I believe that there was some truth to it, as drastic as my mother made it sound. When I actually discovered I could wear my hair out, I went a little crazy. As I mentioned before, I really tried hard to like wash-n-gos, I put curl-enhancing products in my hair all without understanding my hair. One thing I always went back to were what naturals have called "protective styles" which for me were dozens of box braids or twists. I was amazed to learn however that a lot of naturals hate protective styling because they felt it was unprofessional or childlike. Sure, I used to wear childlike styles, but I found as a teenager that the very tiny boxbraids was an easy way for me to wear my hair "down."
Boxbraids as a teen, with gold-hi-lights