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Gerlin Santos cuts Lisney Santiago's hair at Laura Om Studio in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday. Santos left her curls natural four years ago and is the only one in her family who quit straightening her hair. For Santiago, 21, leaving her curls has given confidence. "It even gives me more security in myself; it makes me unique. I like it," Santiago says. Erika P. Rodriguez for NPR hide caption

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After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican Women Embrace Their Natural Curly Hair

When Hurricane Maria cut off access to electricity and water on the Caribbean island and U.S. territory, some women started to change how they styled their hair.

People are living in homes where roofs, windows, even walls are missing, using blue tarps to keep the elements at bay. Greg Allen/NPR hide caption

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Virgin Islands Still Recovering From 2017 Hurricanes As New Season Begins

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Gerlin Santos cuts Lisney Santiago's hair at Laura Om Studio in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday. Santos left her curls natural four years ago and is the only one in her family who quit straightening her hair. For Santiago, 21, leaving her curls has given confidence. "It even gives me more security in myself; it makes me unique. I like it," Santiago says. Erika P. Rodriguez for NPR hide caption

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After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican Women Embrace Their Natural, Curly Hair

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