While we’re encouraged to cultivate an attitude of gratitude year-round to increase happiness, improve health, and attract abundance, Thanksgiving is a great time to get started. We asked eight of our favorite curly-hair stylists and influencers on Instagram to share what they were grateful for in 2018, including their favorite curly-hair products. Feast on the following!


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“2018 has been an exciting year! It’s taught me to love myself, and all that I come with. Growing up, I never liked my curly hair. After two long years of growing my natural hair out, I can finally see my hair’s full potential. I’m incredibly thankful that I can do what I love every day and that I can make people love their hair in its natural state as well.”

Holy Grail:

DevaCurl has something for everyone. Whatever your curls need, DevaCurl has it. It has shown me what my hair is capable of. This company also offers so much education for curly hair, which is important. They have truly made me a better stylist."


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“This year opened my eyes to what I was blind to and closed doors that had to be closed. This year showed me new opportunities: I started my own business doing curly hair treatments. I found my true self after feeling lost for so long. It showed me who I really am, and what I am capable of. I am so thankful for 2018.”

Holy Grail:

SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-In-1 Renewal System Hair Masque


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“2018 has been a blessed year filled with substantial growth. But more than anything, I'm grateful for the hugs and smiles I receive after each curl transformation.”

Holy Grail:

Malibu Hard Water Wellness Shampoo is gentle on all textures and helps to prevent dryness caused by hard or softened water. Replenishes moisture to hair.”


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“2018 will be a year to remember, filled with many events that will forever impact my life. No matter what, I am grateful, and will always be grateful, for my family and the unity we have. Because despite everything, we have each other.”

Holy Grail:

Rizos Curls Refresh & Detangle Spray


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“I’m grateful for my family and their support as always, but also for my career. I just graduated from cosmetology school in March, and this whole year I have been blessed with nothing but incredible and unforgettable experiences. I’ve gotten lots of networking opportunities, continuing education with top stylists such as Leysa Carrillo, and am enjoying my work life with my co-workers and clients at BabyBangz Natural Hair Salon in New Orleans. This year has been full of blessings, and I’m looking forward to more opportunities in 2019.”

Holy Grail:

Ecoco Eco Styler Curl & Wave Styling Gel


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“I'm grateful for the support and love my family and friends give me. I started the curly journey this year as a stylist, and it has given me more confidence and love for what I do.”

Holy Grail:

Ouidad Vitalcurl Define & Shine Styling Gel-Cream is light, but still gives you that hold and definition you want to see in your curls.”


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“I'm so grateful for the health and happiness of my little family: me, my husband, and our Chihuahua. I have an amazing job that I love, in a city that I adore. I'm grateful for my family, and that they live nearby. My sister-in-law had a baby boy this year, and my sister is pregnant with a little girl! 2018 has been blessed.”

Holy Grail:

Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel took my hair from stringy waves to full-on curls. I can use it in the summer, winter, and in high or low dew points! It helps my curls clump and keeps their definition.”


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“I have been extremely grateful for my supportive family and friends, who have empowered me to develop further in this profession. This year I had the opportunity to work on a fashion show and have my work published. In particular, I am extremely grateful for my clients, who have enabled me to work with different communities and diverse hair types other than what I am familiar with.”

Holy Grail:

L'Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Gray Concealer Spray is an inexpensive and easy way to cover up and fix grey hair and small areas of bald patches. This product has given me more styling options when working with clients.”

For more on gratitude, check out another NaturallyCurly article: How Gratitude Became My Best Weapon.

What people, experiences, or products were you grateful for in 2018? Please share them in the comments section below. Happy Thanksgiving!