Curly haired mom Giulia shares her naturally curly journey and her favorite hair routine.

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Giulia Paolucci Auva'a: My name is Giulia. I'm 27 and I was born and raised in Italy. I am the mom of a two-year-old boy and my husband is in the military—we get to travel a lot and I love it! I enjoy reading, cooking and going out.

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

GPA: I hate to admit it now, but I used to wish that I had straight hair! There were very few products for curly hair, if any, when I was younger. When I was thirteen, I decided that I wanted short hair. The haircut didn't go very well, so I put my hair in a ponytail every day and didn't cut it again until I was sixteen. Finally I found a good stylist and she gave me a great cut. I started wearing my hair loose and curly! 

NC: What is your current routine?

GPA: I wash my hair once or twice a week and always let it air dry. Right now, I am using Mizani True Textures Curl Balance Shampoo and Herbal Essences Hydralicious Conditioner. I always wash my hair upside down because it really makes a difference in terms of volume. Then I rinse my hair and use a leave-in conditioner...lots of it! Mixed Chicks or Garnier Fructis Curl Cream both work well for me. 

Unfortunately, here in Europe, we don't have many of the brands available in the United States. I once tried Curly Sexy Hair and it was SO good for my hair! 

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

GPA: I usually wake up and just go with whatever my hair decides to look like! If it's too frizzy, I will wet it and use some leave-in conditioner and if my curls are having a really bad day, I'll put my hair up in a top knot.

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