Watch NaturallyCurly's Senior Account Manager as she faces the shears for a good cause.
Nicole BinnickerNaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself! Nicole Binnicker: I'm the Senior Account Manager at TextureMedia, Inc. I work with all of the brands that want to bring awareness of their product lines to our community. NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls, or have you always enjoyed and embraced your curls? NB: I started wearing my hair curly when I became pregnant, which was a little over two years now. I realized I wouldn't have time to dry and straighten my hair every day anymore, so decided it was now or never to start loving my natural curls. NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls? NB: Aside from the fact that I get a lot of compliments on my curls, letting my hair dry naturally is a huge time saver! MORE: 4 Tips for Drying Curly Hair
Before the CutNC: How long is your hair? NB: 28 inches. NC: How long has your hair been growing out? Do you do anything special to get it to grow? Vitamins, treatments, etc? Was your goal to grow your hair out? NB: I started growing it out in November 2010. I think it grows faster with less breakage now that I'm not drying or straightening it every day. It grew quickly on pre-natals, and now I just take a multivitamin and magnesium, but not for hair growth specifically. My goal wasn't really to grow my hair out, but I do like it long now that it is this way. MORE: Hair Growth Chart
Hair GrowthNC: What's your hair type? NB: Between 2a-2b NC: Did pregnancy impact your hair growth? NB: Absolutely. The pre-natals obviously helped it grow. It also got thicker and curlier while I was pregnant. NC: What was/is your regimen as an extra long haired wavy? NB: I wash my hair every other day with a shampoo and usually follow up with a conditioner. I comb my hair out while in the shower with my conditioner still in, then I use some sort of styling product as a leave-in. Sometimes it's just an oil, sometimes a creme or creme-gel mixed with oil. I let my hair dry naturally, usually overnight. I try not to touch it too much again after that until my next wash. MORE: Healthy Hair Diet for Hair Growth
Products and ToolsNC: What are your must-have products and tools? NB: I love oils, specifically that are on the lighter side. NC: What are your challenges with your long wavy hair? NB: I think the biggest challenge is that I have to use more product than average. NC: How does your hair impact the way you feel? NB: It depends on if I feel like I'm having a good hair day or not. MORE: Top Wavy Hair Products
About the CutNC: What is making you want to change you look? NB: I am just ready for a change, and I figured that if I could do some good while making a change, cutting my hair is a good option. NC: Why did you choose to donate to Wigs for Kids? NB: After doing some research, this organization seemed like a good fit. The American Cancer Society recommends them as one of the best places to donate your hair for cancer patients, so I figured that was a pretty good endorsement. MORE: 6 Curly Hair Products for the Cause
Wigs for KidsNC: What's that process? How can others do it? What are the requirements? What is the stylist doing to ensure you can donate? Cutting it in a ponytail? NB: Yes, you are required to cut it in a ponytail and you have to be willing to give up 12 inches! All the details can be found on their site, wigsforkids.org. MORE: Tips for Cutting Curly Hair Your Stylist Can’t Live Without
Cutting TechniquesNC: What other aspects to your cut is the stylist doing after the donation part is over? Layers to add body? wet cut? dry cut? NB: He cut my ponytail off dry. Then he did a wet cut. He added layers throughout to help give more bounce and to frame my face, while keeping in mind that I wanted it long enough to pull back. He also layered it to ensure that it would look good drying naturally, if I diffuse it, or blow it out. NC: Is your goal to get more waves and curls? If so, how and what techniques is the stylist achieve that. NB: It wasn't necessarily my goal, but taking as much weight off as we did, it was kind of a given that my curls would spring up some more. MORE: Twist-Cutting Technique
After the CutNC: How long is your hair, now? NB: He cut off 14 inches, so I have 14 left. NC: How does it feel to have shorter hair? What was your immediate reaction? NB: My head felt so much lighter! NC: Do you see much more curl pattern? NB: I think I've probably moved up to a 2b. MORE: Real Texture Talk: Paloma’s Curly Bob
Nicole's Hair RegimenNC: What was or is your regimen as a now medium length wavy hair? NB: Not much different from before, considering I will still probably let it air dry most of the time. However, I do like how it looks diffused, with much more curl and volume, so I will try to make the time to do that a bit more often. NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what’s your process? What are your must-have products and tools now with your shorter hair? NB: Zotos diffuser when I want to style my hair more — I got the one Allen Ruiz used on my hair. I also use a curling iron. Allen Ruiz had a great point, that most curlies don't generally use a curling iron to finish off their look, but that it really can help put a few curls in the right place, define the curls around your face a bit more, etc. MORE: A Curly Hair Transformation
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