Elyse shares her low maintenance curly hair routine, and the journey she took to get there!

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Elyse Caceres: My names Elyse Caceres. I am 24 years old and I’m currently working as a Project Coordinator for a facilities company in New Jersey.

NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?

EC: It started in 2008. I used to drench my hair in mousse and hairspray, and one day decided I needed a change. It took a very long while, I will admit. I didn’t know about this lovely website when I started and I don’t have too many curly girls in my life, so it did take a lot of trial and error. 

NC: What is your current routine?

EC: My routine is pretty low maintenance. I wash my hair every other day and my shampoo and conditioner consist of sulfate-free, paraben-free, and color-safe products. Twice a week I use a deep conditioning mask. On a monthly basis, I like to do a scalp scrub to release build-up on my scalp. For that I use ‘Sugar in the Raw,' olive oil and coconut oil. 

NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process?

EC: I wash (or just wet my hair if I don’t need to clean it) and style it with a leave-in conditioner and curl activator. To dry my hair, I use a hair blower and diffuser. The hair blower has both negative and positive ions…the positive ions open the cuticles allowing quicker dry time and allowing any treatments in my hair to be better absorbed. The negative ions are what I use on a daily basis. They close the cuticle for less frizz. I love it! 

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