Meet Analise Kandasammy, a social entrepreneur and curly from Guyana.
NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Analise Kandasammy: I am Analise Kandasammy, a social entrepreneur with a caring heart, strategist, change maker, team player, sports lover, arts enthusiast and an avid bookworm. I am originally from Guyana, but I now reside in Trinidad and Tobago. In both countries, my mix is known as a "dougla."
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?
AK: I started to embrace my curls about two years ago, when I realized there were products out there that were meant for me! As any curly girl would tell you, it’s easier to pass the bar exam than find the products which are just suited for your hair type.
I went to NYC, and my aunt (who is also a curly girl) saw all the products that I was then using in my hair. She was horrified and threw all of them into the trash. True story! She immediately started handing me bottles of Mixed Chicks, Ouidad and Carol’s Daughter. I experimented with the various products and then found a combination that worked for me. Now different products work depending on whether I am in a temperate or tropical climate, but that is another test in itself!
NC: What is your current routine?
AK: Every morning, I wet my hair, even if it's just to dampen it, and then apply product. I don't use too much product because it weighs my hair down. Most mornings I use a dollop of the Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner. I comb it through my hair and then scrunch to style. I've found the only gel which doesn't strip my hair is Pantene Curly Hair Series Gel — I use about two dollops of this to define my curls.
On days when my hair frizzes a bit and needs definition, I use Jane Carter Solutions Curl Defining Cream. When I have enough product but my hair looks like it has lost its sheen and gets frizzy, I use Ouidad Botanical Boost — three sprays, scrunching, and I'm ready to go!