NaturallyCurly: When did you start embracing your curls?
Sarah: Prior to the beginning of high school, my hair was constantly up in a bun or a braid. I was around 14 when I started learning how to style and care for my curly hair. Beyond learning the techniques, I also had to accept my hair for what it was…voluminous, temperamental, and very curly! Learning to wear my curls also helped my adolescent self to gain confidence. When people started complimenting my hair it was unsettling at first because of my introverted and shy nature, but eventually it grew into a source of self-esteem for me.
What's your daily hair routine?
Sarah: I wash and style my hair every two to three days. In the shower, I use a light conditioner to scrub my scalp and then I apply a thicker conditioner before detangling my curls. I rinse most of my conditioner out and then apply my styling products, which include my Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper and a gel. I like to smooth and scrunch all of my products on for very clumpy curls, and I avoid combing after the shower. Lastly, I scrunch some of the water out of my hair with a cotton cloth, finger twirl unruly pieces, and then put my hair up into a t-shirt turban (aka a plop). I leave my plop on for about 15 minutes and air dry afterwards. On the days when I don’t have to bother with washing my hair, I spritz my hair with a water/leave in mixture and apply a cream or butter product. I smooth down any frizz, finger twirl some curls, and then walk out the door.