Sarah Odon: My name is Sarah. I am 23 years old, and I am from Reunion Island which is a small French island near Madagascar. I have been traveling a lot for the past few years and I am currently working in Dubai!
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?
SO: I actually had my hair straight for 3 years doing all sort of permanent treatments such as the Japanese straightening and the Brazilian blowout. Needless to say that these treatments are expensive on the long term and hard to keep up with. So in 2012 I decided to go natural, I cut the remaining straight ends (about 5 inches!!) and tried to “embrace” my curls even though I truly wanted to go back to straight sometimes.
NC: What’s your current routine?
SO: My routine remains the same but the products change very often as I love to try new products. I usually wash my hair once to twice a week (the night prior I would apply pure coconut oil to all over my hair and sleep with it).
I dry it with a synthetic towel. If you want to reduce frizz invest in a synthetic towel, your hair will thank you and surprisingly it’s very affordable.
After that I detangle with a wide comb brush (but if I am feeling lazy I would use a normal brush) and then it usually goes in this order:
1. Cream or leave-in : because I put a good quantity of leave-in I always look for products that have good quality/price ratio. The ones I found good are:
- Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-in
- One 'n Only Argan Oil Curl Cream
- Curls Goddess Curl Gel
2. Mousse : I put a small quantity of mousse because it usually contains alcohol and can really dry your hair, but I find that it can also give a nice definition to the curl when you “crunch” it to your hair.
3. Serum: the final touch that makes all the difference in my opinion. The serum will leave my hair shiny and with no frizz (which I hate so much by the way!). One or two pumps and you are good to go!
After that I let it air dry, I never never never use a blow dryer and even in winter (call me crazy!) I also used to let it air dry.