Shannon Almoar: My name is Shannon. I am a 20-year-old junior at Hofstra University, where I am studying Broadcast Journalism!
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?
SA: I started embracing my curls on June 11, 2012. On that day, after seven months of transitioning, I did my big chop. My hair was relaxed from a young age, so I never really knew what it felt like to rock my natural hair and I really wanted to see what God blessed me with.
NC: What's your current routine?
SA: I think my current routine is pretty simple. I use virgin coconut oil to pre-poo my hair and I only shampoo my hair once a month. Normally, I use Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Shampoo. To co-wash I use the Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Conditioner, or the Body Envy Conditioner (both smell AMAZING). Sometime I will add Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Leave-In, but not every time. I wash my hair in sections because it's pretty thick, and then I pat my hair dry with a cotton t-shirt. Once my hair is to my liking in terms of dampness, I will add Carol’s Daughter Marguerite’s Magic Restorative Hairdress. After that, depending on the style I want, I will use SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Gel Soufflé. I let my hair air dry and the next day I’ll either comb it out into a fro, wear it in a high puff or, if I choose the day before, I will blow it out on low heat for a more stretched and longer-lasting fro!