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Diana Martha

NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

DM: The best things about being curly are the simplicity, versatility and the FUN factor!  Yes, the techniques can be more complicated, but the actual styling itself takes less than five minutes. And it doesn’t have to be perfect — in fact, it often looks better when it is tousled!

NC: How do you think having curly hair impacts your everyday life?

DM: I grew up very self-conscious about my hair; curly hair really does make you stand out, to the point where strangers would come up to me and start touching my hair out of the blue! I don’t mind their curiosity anymore, but sometimes the way it’s done is offensive and rude. I also think that sometimes people view curls as less “polished/professional.”

NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?

DM: I think people who don't like their curly hair just have no idea how to manage it. It’s not easy at first, but just like with anything worthwhile, keep trying until you find what works. On NaturallyCurly.com, I was able to read a lot of articles about curly hair and I heard about products that others with similar curl patterns used.

NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!

DM: My life is currently in a transitional period! Things didn’t go as planned when I finished grad school, as far as finding meaningful employment goes, so I launched myself into entrepreneurship. I’ve currently got a lot on my plate with running two businesses in the beauty/wellness field and fashion field. I still have strong social work ties, and I always seek opportunities to give back to my community, whether it’s helping others achieve success, teaching belly dancing, or volunteering my creative skills, etc.

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