What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?
Growing up with textured hair was uncomfortable. My hair was seen as unruly and wild when it was out in its natural state. No one around me or in my community wore their hair in its natural state. Everyone during that time period glorified having straight hair. Not to mention this was a time when getting your hair chemically straightened was popular. Overall, growing up having my hair slicked down and neatly tucked away was the best way for me to feel comfortable.
What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?
For starters, my mother started relaxing my hair when I was about 11 years old. As I got older, I can honestly say I did not know how to manage my hair nor knew what my natural texture was because my hair was constantly in a straightened state. When it come down to it, I was honestly tired of having to rely on chemical treatments and heat to maintain my hair.
What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?
The most empowering moment of my natural hair journey was when I let go of all the heat and chemically damaged hair. I felt empowered and like a brand new woman.
How do you protect your curls at night?
To protect my curls at night, I always make sure to sleep with my satin lined bonnet on while sleeping on a satin/silk pillowcase.
Who is your curl crush?
My curl crush is any curly girl that embraces their healthy natural hair.
What’s your curly girl essential you can’t live without?
Some of my curly girl essentials are my satin lined bonnet, hair pick, hair oil and most imprtantly water.
What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you’d like to share?
My hair regimen includes giving my hair what it needs. Sometimes my hair requires more moisture and other times it requires a protein treatment. Often times, my hair requires low manipulation such as protective hairstyles. Depending on how my hair feels and looks, I like to switch up my hairstyles and products. One of my brands to use is Miche Beauty, specifically the hydrating and twisting butter.
What has been the most challenging moment of your natural hair journey so far?
One of the most challenging moments of my journey was transitioning and getting to know my hair after the damage was cut. While transitioning, I needed to figure out what styles looked nice and which styles masked both hair textures. After transitioning, I needed to get to know my hair and figure out what kind of products and ingredients it liked and what it didn’t like.
Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?
Wearing a satin/silk bonnet when I am home and going to bed has been a method that has made a huge impact. It has maintained the health of my hair while also keeping it hair moisturized for a longer period of time. Deep conditioning weekly, using products without harmful or harsh ingredients and not applying heat unless I am using a heat cap to deep condition have also made a great impact on the health of my hair.
What’s your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?
Work on loving yourself wholeheartedly and loving your natural texture will soon follow. Embrace your crown because not only is it yours but it is what makes you unique. You are beautiful and so is your natural texture.