Meet graduate student and NaturallyCurly follower Deborah Williams.
DW: When I was younger, my go-to hairstyle was a ponytail because my mom and I didn’t know what else to do with it. We tried different things, but the stylists in my area didn’t know how to handle my curls. I even remember being turned away by a stylist because she “didn’t know how she could help me.” That was seriously traumatizing for a thirteen-year-old girl, but I eventually got over it. Then, when I was a junior in high school, I was eager for a more mature look and chopped it all off for a pixie cut (with little sideburns and all). I started growing out my hair in college, and that’s when I really started to embrace my curls. For the first time I HAD to learn how to manage my hair. I started to experiment with products, and for the first time I understood how to wear my hair long and free without a hair tie. NC: What is your current routine/regimen? DW: I wash my hair every 2-3 days depending on what I have going on and how my hair is holding up, and I condition every time I get my hair wet. When it comes to styling, I apply a healthy amount of Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-In Conditioner throughout my hair. Then I section it off and apply Ouidad Climate Control Gel using the rake and shake technique. I always finish it off with John Frieda Frizz-Ease Firm Hold Hold Hairspray. NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear with your curls? DW: I usually wear my hair down and out, especially if I want to feel “put together.” But a ponytail is my default hairstyle when I’m working out or feeling lazy. I still struggle with finding variety in hairstyles, especially for more formal events. Thankfully, my best friend hired an awesome hair stylist for her wedding, Gina Castillo, and she whipped up an amazing updo that was simple, elegant and just perfect for the occasion. Read More: Real Texture Talk: Therese Tully