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April 19, 2016 4:08 PM EDT

Ilana Glazer’s character on Broad City may be as confident as they come, but the actress says she wasn’t always able to channel Ilana’s self-assuredness. Growing up, Glazer says she experienced her fair share of bullying because of her hair. “People would make fun of my fluffy, cotton-candy curls because everyone I grew up with had silk curtains of hair,” Glazer told Allure. “Even now, people think curls represent a joke, like, ‘She’s the wacky one!’—which I don’t believe is always true, at least not for most people.”

Glazer says her foray into comedy allowed her to see her hair in a new light. “As soon as I started doing improv and stand-up, my self-confidence changed,” she said. “I started to see my frizzy hair as a strength, not a weakness.”

As evident from Broad City, Glazer now embraces her hair. “It’s all love now,” she said. “I think my curls are dope, and I want to nourish them, not change them into something else.”

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