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Ana of Curly EssenceNC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural? 

Ana: In general the decision was well accepted. There will always be people who prefer me with straight hair, but those opinions don’t influence me at all. I say that “in general” the decision was well received because it wasn’t accepted by my mother and I think I understand the reason.

My mom has the typical Indian hair, the hair I always wanted and never had, and seeing me with my natural hair which at one time of my life I "despised" is tricky (I suppose).

She will never understand, and maybe if I had her hair I wouldn’t be able to understand my daughter either. 

NC: Did you big chop or transition? For how long?

Ana: I think in my case, it wasn’t necessary to do the big chop. I cut a few tips of my hair that were visibly damaged and that was without doubt the best decision I could have made! I have now been natural for almost two years. 

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