NaturallyCurly's editorial intern, Amanda talks about how she cares for her coily hair.

Amanda Starghill

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Amanda Starghill: Greetings! I am Amanda Starghill and I am a junior at the University of Houston studying integrated communications.

NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls, or have you always enjoyed and embraced your curls?

AS: My last relaxer was in April 2010 and I did a big chop almost a year later in February 2011. I have been natural for 17 months.

NC: What is your current routine/regimen?

AS: My current regimen consists of moisturizing daily and detangling and deep conditioning weekly. Here are the products I use:

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

AS: I wear stretched styles 99 percent of the time for multiple reasons.

  1. They lessen the potential of single-strand knots (ssks)
  2. It decreases the wash time by 50% because my hair is less tangled
  3. I have more variety with stretched styles.

I hate wasting a good deep conditioner to release shed hair. That's good stuff going down the drain, you know? My wash process is as follows:

1. I section my hair with 4-5 duckbill clips

2. I apply detangler or co-wash conditioner and finger-detangle by section

3. I apply my deep conditioner

4. I sit under a hooded dryer for 15-30 minutes.

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