Nora (shalimarcat on YouTube) shares her curly hair secrets.

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Nora Huber: My name is Nora (also known as shalimarcat). I’m 22 years old and I’m a medical student and YouTuber from Switzerland! My hair is a mixture of 2c and 3a curls, coarse and fine and really prone to frizz!

NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?

NH: I have always had a love/hate relationship with my hair…like a lot of other curlies, I suppose! I tried to go natural three times without success, and it was only a year ago that I fully accepted myself as a curly girl. Before, I only felt pretty when my hair was straight because everyone I knew and looked up to had straight hair. One day I realized that the only person I had to measure myself against was just… me! At that time I started to love myself for being me, and my hair was suddenly gorgeous! 

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

NH: I’m a bit of an experimenter with my products, but I have a basic routine that I truly LOVE: I haven't used shampoo for two years, and I clean my hair with the As I Am Coconut Cleansing Conditioner. I use another conditioner to detangle my hair (the Darcy's Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Moisturizing Conditioner in the winter, and the Jessicurl Aloeba in the summer) first with my fingers, than with my tangle teazer. I rinse out the 60% of the conditioner, scrunch my hair to remove excess water, and with my hair parted in two sections, I apply my leave-in (I’m truly in love with the Kinky-Curly Knot Today). I rake, shake, and scrunch, and I repeat those steps with my styler (I adore the Kinky-Curly Curling Custard). I let my curls air dry in the summer, but I diffuse in the winter because 23 inches of hair is a LOT!