NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Brittney Key: Hello! My name is Brittney and I’m fourteen years old (turning fifteen in October). I’m African American and Cuban and I have Type 3C curls. 

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

BK: I have always had curly hair but I didn’t start embracing it until recently. 

NC: What's your current routine? 

BK: In order to keep my hair in tact, I use my SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner. I detangle with Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep. Then I deep condition with either SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque or Queen Helene Cholesterol (a product I’ve been using since I was little). Then I style with the SheaMoisture curly hair products and seal with either an oil or eco styler gel.

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

BK: In the morning, I undo my braids or whatever I had going on the night before, spritz my curls with water, add some leave-in and style with whatever I feel like that day. If I’m lazy, I’ll just add some leave-in and throw my hair up into a high bun.

NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear?

BK: I love my high buns. They are so easy and depending on how you style a high bun it, it can be a pretty updo or a great hairstyle for the gym. My high bun fakes more hair when you have short or medium length hair. I also like slicking back half of my hair and rocking a one-sided look. It’s funky, fun, and different.

NC: What are your must-have products and tools?

BK: I can’t live without my Eco-Style Gel (my fave of the moment is the olive oil), bobby pins, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, a comb, and leave-in conditioner. My hair would look like a bird’s nest without these products! 

NC: What about your hair stylist?

BK: I only go to the hair salon when I get my hair straightened—I go to Dominican Doobie Salons. Lately, I’ve just been rocking my curls. 

NC: What do you do at nighttime for your hair?

BK: Lately I’ve been braiding my hair and pinning it up, then covering it with a scarf. If I’m too tired, I put it in a ponytail. If I don’t do anything at all, I look pretty scary in the morning!

NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?

BK: My family wasn’t really into it and my friends weren't so supportive either. Everyone said that they liked my hair straight better. But now that I know what I’m doing, everyone loves my hair! 

NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

BK: I love being different and being the girl with the big, curly hair! I have something about me that others don’t expect. People always ask, “Is that your natural hair?” I love seeing their reactions when I say that it’s all-natural!

NC: How do you think having curly hair has impacted your everyday life?

BK: Everything is easy and fuss-free. When my hair is straight, it requires a lot of maintenance that is tiresome and annoying.

NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?

BK: Be yourself...don't be like everyone else with pin-straight hair! Love your curls because they make you, YOU.

NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects.

BK: I am focusing on my YouTube videos. I plan to make more natural hair videos. 

You can find Brittney on Twitter, on Instagram, or on YouTube.