Meet Alex Portelli, a junior at Boston College and a fan of the Deva Cut.

Alex Portelli and her sister

Alex and her sister—two fabulous curly girls!

NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

AP: I think being able to embrace curls shows a sense of self-confidence. I always love when I see girls showing off their curls, when the norm today is to have straight hair. I like how having curls makes you different.

NC: Does having curly hair affect your everyday life?

AP: My curls make it easier for people remember or recognize me. Not many girls have hair like I do. Just today I had someone call out my name from across a parking lot and I had no idea who they were, but they recognized me from my curls. Having curls makes me stand out without having to try, which has both perks and downsides. My curly hair also helps to identify me. My freshman year, my roommate and I had the same first name, so our floor began referring to me as curly-haired Alex to differentiate us.

NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?

AP: So many girls comment to me how they would love to have pretty curls. I think no matter the extent of your curls, anyone can embrace their beauty with the right products and attitude. I love having curls and find that sometimes, they are easier to maintain than straight hair!

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