Meet Molly Geipel, a curly junior English and Psychology major studying abroad in London.
Molly Geipel: My name is Molly. I am a junior English and Psychology major at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and I'm currently studying abroad in London! NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls? MG: I didn't start embracing my curls until high school. Before that, I didn't know how to manage them, so they were a mess! For a long time, I just ignored them altogether and worked a ponytail every day. Then in middle school, I tried everything I could to disguise them, which led to a rather fraught relationship with my flat iron. I learned to work with my curls instead of against them in high school, and we've been on good terms ever since! NC: What is your current routine? MG: My routine is really simple. My hair is thick and coarse in addition to being curly, so I use a good quality shampoo to keep it healthy and soft. Right now, my favorite is Redken All Soft. NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process? MG: I usually wash my hair at night, giving it plenty of time to dry before bed. I find that my hair takes time to "set" after drying and usually looks and feels better after a few hours than it does immediately after drying. After washing my hair, I'll sometimes use a leave-in conditioner, especially if my hair has been feeling dry. Otherwise, I just quickly comb through it with my fingers and let it air dry. MORE: Real Texture Talk: Maeve Kennedy Gormly