Moving to New York inspired Chelsea to go natural and begin her curly hair journey.

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Chelsea March: My name is Chelsea March. I was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. I moved to New York City when I was 18 years old to pursue an education in fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology. 

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

CM: There was always a routine involving my hair; I had to go to the hair salon to get my hair permed and then braided up starting when I was about five or six years old. The day at the salon was just what it sounds like: I would literally spend the entire day in the salon chair and it was an extremely uncomfortable process. 

When I started college in a New York City, I began to see many women embracing their natural hair. It was the first time I had ever seen natural hair in my life because where I came from everyone, and I mean everyone, permed their hair. Towards the end of my sophomore year, a friend of mine who had been natural for a few years inspired me to go natural. She looked so effortlessly beautiful. She did not shudder at the sight of rain or wind in fear that it would ruin her hair. I decided to let my roots just grow out. After a few months of letting my natural roots grow out I went to a friend who was a hairstylist and asked her to cut my hair as short as possible. She was continually asking me, “Are you sure you want to cut off your hair?” I affirmed yes. When she spun my chair around she did not cut it as short as I wanted it so the next morning, I got scissors out and took the job into my own hands, and on the morning of December 12, 2011, I became natural. That was the morning I feel like I truly became myself.

NC: What's your current routine? 

CM: I only use 100% all natural products on my hair. I believe that it's the best way to keep your hair as healthy as possible. I wash my hair once a week with Terressentials Hair Wash. I moisturize with SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque and seal it with Naptural85’s Hair and Body Oil.

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

CM: I try to keep it pretty simple. I spritz my hair with a little bit of water, apply about a quarter-sized amount of SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque to my hair starting with my ends and spreading that around my hair. Then I seal it with my natural oil mixture.