NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Ana Iris Santos Batista: My name is Ana Iris Santos Batista. I’m 18 years old and I’m Dominican.

NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?

Ana: Being Dominican means going to the salon every weekend to get your hair straightened and relaxing your hair as a pre-teen or even as a child. Needless to say, Dominicans do not embrace curls and do not particularly like them. I always wanted straight hair because it was what I was told was pretty and manageable. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized I loved my curls. 

NC: What’s your current routine?

Ana: I don’t have a routine. I’d like to have one, but I just haven’t found something that I’d like to do every day or a product that I’d like to use on a regular basis. On top of that, I’m extremely lazy when it comes to my hair. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have the energy or motivation to do the necessary for my hair…Every. Single. Day. 

NC: From start to finish, on a curly day, what’s your process?

Ana: On wash day, I shampoo and condition my hair. I use my fingers to detangle before coming my hair with a regular comb. After I wash the conditioner out, I use a leave-in to make sure that my hair stays moisturized. Sometimes I also add an oil to seal the moisture in, and then I plop my hair. If my hair has already been washed and styled, I just refresh my curls with water or a mixture of water and leave-in conditioner.