Laura

Due to the overwhelming success of our Curly Cocktails™ , NaturallyCurly decided to expand the collection. We wanted to make sure that we listened to what you wanted. So we turned to our curly community to help us in our quest to create the perfect mixtures to complete our bar offerings.

Laura, did not want her last name used, won our contest last fall to create a new cocktail with her Pina Curlada for 3b hair. Newly natural Michelle Seabrooks helped us with our 3c offering.

Laura is a self-proclaimed product junkie who will try anything on her short, layered 3a/b ringlets. One day, she pulled together a bunch of products she had around her apartment and began experimenting. The result was the PiƱa Curlada: Quiet Calm Curl Control, Alagio Crazy Curl Curl Enhancer Balm, Devacurl Set it Free and a Curl-ease microfiber towel.

"I ended up having quite the hair day!" she says. "This combo gave me a unique look, with great, natural-looking definition."

Many of our readers begged us to come up with a 3c cocktail for them, and Seabrooks was up to the task.

Michelle Seabrooks

"Like so many women who have grown out their relaxers, I struggled with how to take care of my new kinky curls," Seabrooks says. "I became a self-proclaimed product junkie, and through trial and error, I found products that work for me."

Seabrooks relaxed her hair for 27 years before going natural.

"I grew up in the generation of 'good hair/bad hair'," recalls Seabrooks. "I finally understood that there's no such thing as good or bad hair. It's just hair, and it doesn't have to be bone straight to be beautiful."

In September 2006, she began her transition to natural hair, and she hasn't looked back. She describes her hair as 3c, with 4a tendencies. She spent weeks selecting the perfect combination of products for the Curlarita, using her own experience as well as the those of other 3cs on CurlTalk.

"The one thing my hair craves is moisture, moisture and more moisture" she says.

The Curlarita reflects that. A leave-in conditioner is a must for her, and that's why she included Kinky-Curly Knot Today leave-in conditioner. For colder, drier months, she likes to use a moisturizing pomade, and included Wild Woozle Pomade in her cocktail. Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Creme, she says, is her "Holy Grail" product, providing curl definition and moisture as well as light hold without stiffness or stickiness. Long Lovely Locks Coco Light, which she describes as a "moisturizing dew," smooths her hair and calms frizz. She uses Blended Beauty's Kick for Curls for second-day hair and to boost her curls throughout the day while adding moisture.

"Natural hair is beautiful hair," Seabrooks says. "With the right products and styling techniques, there's no reason all natural curlies shouldn't feel comfortable and content with the beautiful curls they were given."

Each cocktail includes a recipe card, shower comb and a swizzle stick, all packaged in a chic box. Check out our other yummy assortments to complement your curl type: Cosmocurlitan, Curl & Tonic, Curlaccino, Curltini and Hot Buttered Curls as well as our kid cocktails, the Curly Temple and Curly Bubbly.