Meet Raquel Ford, a 25 year old curly and mother of two living in Brooklyn, NY.
NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Raquel Ford: My name is Raquel Ford. I'm 25 and a mother to two beautiful children and I live in Brooklyn, NY. I enjoy reading, writing, eating and enjoying time with my family.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?
RF: I was on a different social networking site, babycenter.com. I would log on and see threads about haircare, routines, and naturalists. I was curious as to what this "natural haircare" topic was all about. After reading many posts and watching YouTube videos, I realized it was a journey that I wanted to embark on, but I didn't know how. I was so accustomed to relaxers — I'd had them since age six or seven — so if I went four months without a relaxer, my roots were very difficult to work with. I always went back to using a relaxer, but I felt the urge to stop.
NC: What is your current routine?
RF: I twist my hair at least once a week. I also co-wash the majority of the time, when I allow my hair to be worked out. I love wash-n-gos.
NC: From start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process?
RF: On a wash-n-go day, I co-wash with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner. I leave the conditioner in my hair until right before I get out of the shower, when I rinse with cool water. Then I immediately add a leave-in conditioner (I'm currently using Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream). I follow that with Tropic Isle Jamaican Coconut Black Castor Oil or, on occasion, Ampro Pro Styl Olive Oil Gel.