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NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Ana Iris Santos Batista: My name is Ana Iris Santos Batista. I'm 18 years old and I'm Dominican. NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?

Ana: Being Dominican means going to the salon every weekend to get your hair straightened and relaxing your hair as a pre-teen or even as a child. Needless to say, Dominicans do not embrace curls and do not particularly like them. I always wanted straight hair because it was what I was told was pretty and manageable. It wasn't until a few years ago that I realized I loved my curls.  NC: What's your current routine?

Ana: I don't have a routine. I'd like to have one, but I just haven't found something that I'd like to do every day or a product that I'd like to use on a regular basis. On top of that, I'm extremely lazy when it comes to my hair. I know for a fact that I wouldn't have the energy or motivation to do the necessary for my hair...Every. Single. Day.  NC: From start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process?

Ana: On wash day, I shampoo and condition my hair. I use my fingers to detangle before coming my hair with a regular comb. After I wash the conditioner out, I use a leave-in to make sure that my hair stays moisturized. Sometimes I also add an oil to seal the moisture in, and then I plop my hair. If my hair has already been washed and styled, I just refresh my curls with water or a mixture of water and leave-in conditioner. 

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Your hair is gorgeous! I have hair that is very similar to yours and just as big and crazy and curly. I´ve only every seen long curly haired people with thin hair and loose curls. I have thick hair and tight curls but I've been wanting to let it grow waist length. (with no stretching) I wasn't sure what it would look like but now I know, that it looks beautiful. I´m definitely growing it out now!

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