NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Chamallie Forrest: My name is Chamallie and I am a wife, a mommy to three little ones, and a beauty vlogger.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?
CF: I have always embraced and loved my curly hair!
NC: What is your current routine?CF: I keep it simple because I don't like to abuse my hair with products as I've done in the past. I shampoo, condition and deep condition. I cowash twice a week and the rest of the time it's shampoo and conditioner with a deep conditioning treatment once a week.
NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process?CF: I shampoo and then apply my conditioner and brush it through. I do not use a wide tooth comb like most curly girls, as I find that it does not get every single hair. I use a large nylon bristle brush to distribute the conditioner, clip my hair up for the remainder of my shower, and finally rinse. I do not dry with a towel. I apply a dime sized amount of the conditioner I've just used in the shower as a leave-in and brush through my hair once again. I then part my hair with a comb, rake my fingers through to separate the curls and scrunch with a soft cotton t-shirt until my hair is no longer dripping. I always air dry.
NC: What are your must-have products and tools?
CF: I need a deep conditioner and my brush to properly detangle. I am loving all Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy products. I have tried five different formulas so far and they are fantastic! I plan on trying the rest of the product line as well.
NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear with your curls?CF: I love to let my hair be wild and free. About 90% of the time my curls are loose, but I will put it in a ponytail once in a blue moon.
NC: What do you do at nighttime for your hair?CF: I massage my scalp with Pura D'or Argan Oil and then distribute it from root to tip.
NC: What is the best thing about being curly?
CF: Being a Guyanese woman, my curls definitely set me apart. Most of the women from my country have straight hair. I don't know how I got so lucky. I love the constant compliments and the best ones are when people think I use a curling iron!
NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?
CF: My favorite phrase…DON'T FIGHT THE FRIZZ! A little bit of frizz is healthy. Don't kill yourself trying to tame every single bit you find. Embrace your beautiful curls and stop relaxing/straightening them.I also HATE to see that wet crunchy look because too much gel/mousse/hairspray is used. My hair has it's moments and I embrace every part of it. Curl patterns from wavy to kinky-curly can be unruly and unpredictable but always beautiful. I prefer my hair to have more volume which usually means more frizz but I love it.
NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!
CF: I have a fan page on Facebook that focuses on health, beauty and female empowerment that I am working on growing each day. I also just ventured out into the world of YouTube and I am working very hard on getting more exposure and growing my channel by getting more subscribers. I just created a new fitness/weight loss support group as well. I am also working on my very own website where I will incorporate all the things that keep me busy such as being a wife, mom, interior decorator and beauty blogger/vlogger. I wear a lot of hats but each venture is equally as important because I'm equally passionate about all of them.You can find me on Facebook or on YouTube!