Mahisha Dellinger (center) poses with two models during a TV taping.
In this occasional series, we have asked prominent industry professionals to tell us about their hair and what it was like growing up with curly hair.
In this Mahisha Dellinger, the multi-ethnic founder of the CURLS hair-care line shares her personal and professional experiences working with naturally curly hair.
Q: What kind of texture do you have? Describe your hair.
A: I have type 3b hair that's not very frizz-prone, but is prone to dryness.
Q: How did you feel about your hair growing up?
A: I tortured my hair growing up. I am surprised that I had any hair at all! Because straight hair was considered the "ideal standard," I felt that I needed to change my texture to belong. I, like most curlies, spent a good portion of my youth relaxing, straightening, coloring and removing the curl pattern from my hair.