NaturallyCurly's new editorial intern talks about her natural hair journey.

Claire Aviles

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Claire Aviles: My name is Claire. I'm twenty, a junior at Boston College and currently working as an editorial intern at NaturallyCurly!

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

CA: I went through a bout of straightening my hair but I quickly grew tired of it. It just took too much time out of my day! I started wearing my hair curly before my freshman year in high school and around the same time, I discovered NaturallyCurly. Now I'm a proud type 3A and I check my "Frizz Forecast" almost daily. I love my curly hair!

NC: What is your current routine and regimen?

CA: My hair care routine is very low-key. I've found that too much product only weighs my curls down, so I try to keep it simple. I switch up my shampoo and conditioner periodically. Right now I'm trying Elucence's Volume Clarifying Shampoo and Moisture Balancing Conditioner. I also switch between Paul Mitchell The Cream and Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum, especially during the summer. Both products keep my hair smooth and soft.

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

CA: I usually wash and condition my hair at night. I comb my hair with a wide-tooth comb in the shower, while my conditioner is still in and then rinse. After patting the excess water out of my hair, I'll use my fingers to comb a leave-in product into my curls. I almost always let my hair air dry.

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