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Elizabeth Rhodes as a young girl with her mother

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

ER: I follow my stylist's recommendation on a curly day. I shampoo and condition with no-poo products. Then, as my hair dries, I twist each curl around a finger, working around my head. It's a great commute activity, and my hair makes ringlets that stay as long as I don't comb or touch them. By day's end they've drooped or wandered, so I usually have it in a band behind my head. When I put it up, I like to style it with a Topsy Tail.

NC: What about your hair stylists?

ER: I live in Boston but rely on Karen Ricci in the Wellesley Color Studio for great cuts. If I get a cut elsewhere, I always ask for a specialist in curly hair.

NC: What are you favorite hair styles to wear with your curls?

ER: A french braid with a few curls pulled out around my head.

NC: What are your must-have products?

ER: Time is the only product I need. I haven't found it in a store yet, but when somebody does, please let me know.

NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

ER: Curly hair, which is fiercely persistent, is nature's way of reminding us to accept things we can't change and learn to work with and even benefit from them. I need that reminder myself; do you?

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