Meet Char Sillimon, a curly Beachbody coach from the curl-challenging climate of Florida.
NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Char Sillimon: Hi, my name is Char Sillimon, and I am 32 years old. I currently live in Orlando, FL.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls, or have you always enjoyed and embraced your curls?
CS: I started embracing my curls in high school after I saw the damaging effects that relaxers had on my hair. I still blow dried and straightened my hair with flat irons, but I didn't use relaxers anymore. It would be a little over a decade before I started to realize that the products I was using were still doing damage to my hair.
NC: What is your current routine?
CS: I wash my hair once a week, with a co-wash at mid-week since I workout everyday. I also try to deep condition once a week, but I still haven't found my holy grail DC, so I don't always deep condition.
NC: From start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process?
CS: I have a very detailed process, but it's not difficult. First, I wash and condition my hair in the shower. Once I get out, I section my hair, spraying each section with water as I go to make sure my hair has enough moisture — I don't want to damage it as I style! Then I put a leave-in conditioner in my hair and detangle with a wide-toothed comb. Once I finish detangling a section, I seal that section with a natural oil blend, and then put gel in the section to hold the definition of my curls and keep the frizzies away. I repeat that process on each section of my hair, and when I am done, I pineapple my hair and put on a satin cap before I go to sleep, since I usually prep my hair the night before.
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