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Leona Lewis reveals how a terrifying health scare stopped her straightening her naturally curly hair for good

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Credits: Splash News © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Splash News Leona Lewis has opened up about the terrifying health scare that stopped her straightening her hair.

The 32 year old began straightening her naturally curly hair shortly after signing her first record deal when she was just 20.

But now, she refuses to put straightening irons anywhere near her thick mane.

"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 .

But about a year and a half ago, after straightening her hair for years, Leona began experiencing symptoms of chronic fatigue, along with 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," she wrote.

The condition leads to chronic thyroid damage with symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, increased sensitivity to cold, and muscle aches.

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"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," she wrote.

"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."

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"Having an really made me take a long, hard look at how I can reduce the toxins I come into contact with daily," she said.

"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."

But now she's found the style "so versatile" and often puts it back in a "super clean low bun."

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