Gisela Garcia: Hi my name is Gisela. I'm twenty five years old and expecting my first baby, a girl, in January 2014.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?
GG: I always enjoyed my curls although I definitely had days when I wished I had straight hair. I really started embracing my curls in my teens, when I was able to experiment with different hair products and styles.
NC: What's your current routine?GG: I try to keep it simple with a shampoo and conditioner for curls. I just started using L'Oréal Paris EverCurl products right after I shower; I use it twist sections with my fingers and define my curls. Then I let my hair air dry. My hair is soft and frizz-free, which I love. I don't like to use a hair dryer because I feel that it damages my hair.
NC: From start to finish on a curly day, what's your process?GG: I wash my hair and comb it while it's still wet. Then I put my products in, usually with my hair flipped forward. I use my hands to scrunch and make a tighter curl, or I twist sections for a looser curl. GG: I usually leave my hair loose to show off my curls, or I'll put it in a ponytail.
NC: What are your must-have products and tools?GG: I use a pin brush to comb my hair, but most of time time I use my fingers to style my hair. I always have a hair tie on hand. I've been experimenting with a few new products and recently fell in love with the L'Oréal Paris EverCurl line.
NC: What about your hair stylist?GG: I usually go to my stylist once or twice a year for a trim. I usually like my hair long. Benito Barron at SoHo in Holland, MI is the one to go to...he knows how to work with my curls and always does an amazing job!
NC: Did you big chop or transition and for how long? If you've always been natural, did you ever have any curly girl insecurities?
GG: I've always had long hair and wanted a change, but I was scared because sometimes my hair can get big. I also have a round face, so I didn't know if short hair would look good on me and I didn't know how I would style it. One day, I just went for it and trusted my hair stylist…he did an amazing job! I was surprised that it was so easy to style and my curls seem to be defined more.GG: My hair is easier to style and since I usually leave my hair down, I just wash it and put in product. Then I'm good to go! The compliments are also great.
NC: How do you think having curly hair impacts your life?GG: It only takes me a few minutes to get ready, which makes my day a lot easier and I have plenty of time to do other things!
NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?
GG: I know it's hard to find the right products for your curls (certainly took me awhile), but don't give up! It wasn't a next-day thing for me, but once you find the right products and routine, you'll love your natural hair!
NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!
GG: I am currently six months pregnant with my first child (a girl) and I cannot wait for a new chapter in my life! I'm not going to lie…I hope she has curls like mine so I can show them off!