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What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?

It was a real hassle to be honest. My grandma would usually do my hair and although she finessed a pigtail look, she didn't exactly know what products to use in my hair when it was curly. I think because of that my mom made it a habit to take me to the salon every two weeks. Straight hair was just 'easier' to deal with. Don't even get me started on how hard it was to keep it sleek and straight on a rainy day! A total nightmare.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I decided to go natural back in 2011 because I was TIYAD. Tired of having to flat iron my hair every morning, tired of spending $40 at the salon and tired of the overall maintenance that came with going against my natural texture. My scalp was so dry that it would take 3-4 weeks for my natural oils to come through!

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What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?

Definitely when I cut all my hair off March 2018 I had let myself be defined by my giant afro that I didn't know who I was outside of my hair. Truth is, I thought my hair was what made me beautiful. If I didn't get any compliments on it I felt less than and I couldn't live like that anymore. I've never had my hair this short so it’s nice to experience the growing process. Every month it looks different and now I feel like people see me in a different way as well!

How do you maintain your color? Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?

I bleached my hair twice last year and keep my hair healthy by deep conditioning 2-3 times a week. I'm currently using the Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Strong Roots Red Pimento Moisture Retention Deep Conditioner and add JBCO to ensure I seal in all of that moisture with the steam from the shower.

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What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you’d like to share?

My favorite styling combo right now is the Palmer's Natural Fusions Style Hold and The Good Stuff Frizz Control Oil. It’s the perfect combination for soft, yet defined curls!

What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?

My advice would be to find other women in the natural community! Whether you find them online or in person, it's important to develop that system of support so that you don't feel alone in your hair journey. Plus, this way you get to pick their brains about their favorite hair products and protective styles!

Have you done a big chop? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!