Heat tools damaged Jacquellyn's curls... AND her daughter's! Here's what she did about it.

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Jacquelynn Williams: My name is Jacquelynn Williams. I live in Toledo, Ohio, where I was born and raised. I am happily married and I have four great kids.

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

JW: I started embracing my curls about two years ago after I had a horrible experience with heat damage. I actually damaged my daughter’s hair too, with a brand new shiny flat iron that was way too hot. I always thought I was more attractive with my hair straight and for some reason I thought it was much easier to spend four hours straightening my hair instead of learning how to deal with it curly. It has always been extremely long and heavy, so wearing it straight was a lot easier for some reason. But once I damaged it, I vowed not to let heat touch my head. For the most part, I have stuck to it. I had to cut about five inches off of my hair and off of my daughter's hair. It was a very humbling and horrific experience. 

NC: What's your current routine?

JW: Every other day I co-wash my hair. Then on Saturday, I will go ahead and shampoo and condition it. It’s pretty simple. With four kids, I don’t have a lot of time to spend on my hair. 

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

JW: I will wash my hair twice and then condition it. If I don’t feel like fooling around with other products, I will just leave the conditioner in my hair…it tends to tame the curls just as well once they are dry. I flip my hair upside down and comb through it really well and put it in a loose bun to air dry. Usually this takes the whole day; and once I take it down, the curls are perfect and it isn’t frizzy. I can go two days after that without having to restyle it.