NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Giulia Paolucci Auva'a: My name is Giulia. I'm 27 and I was born and raised in Italy. I am the mom of a two-year-old boy and my husband is in the military—we get to travel a lot and I love it! I enjoy reading, cooking and going out.

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

GPA: I hate to admit it now, but I used to wish that I had straight hair! There were very few products for curly hair, if any, when I was younger. When I was thirteen, I decided that I wanted short hair. The haircut didn't go very well, so I put my hair in a ponytail every day and didn't cut it again until I was sixteen. Finally I found a good stylist and she gave me a great cut. I started wearing my hair loose and curly! 

NC: What is your current routine?

GPA: I wash my hair once or twice a week and always let it air dry. Right now, I am using Mizani True Textures Curl Balance Shampoo and Herbal Essences Hydralicious Conditioner. I always wash my hair upside down because it really makes a difference in terms of volume. Then I rinse my hair and use a leave-in conditioner...lots of it! Mixed Chicks or Garnier Fructis Curl Cream both work well for me. 

Unfortunately, here in Europe, we don't have many of the brands available in the United States. I once tried Curly Sexy Hair and it was SO good for my hair! 

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

GPA: I usually wake up and just go with whatever my hair decides to look like! If it's too frizzy, I will wet it and use some leave-in conditioner and if my curls are having a really bad day, I'll put my hair up in a top knot.

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

GPA: Bobby pins! I keep them everywhere—in the bathroom, in my purse, in my car, in coat pockets, etc. A good leave-in conditioner is also a must. I can't live without Garnier Fructis Curl Calm Down Cream.

NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear with your curls?

GPA: I usually wear my hair loose. I love the added volume of a side part and side-swept hair. My go-to on a bad hair day is the top knot. It's easy and so cute!

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

GPA: I put my hair in a loose bun on top of my head or I put it in two braids, depending on the look I'm going for.

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

GPA: I got a lot of compliments after I stopped wearing my hair in a ponytail all the time! But a lot of people asked me why I didn't straighten my hair or why I couldn't get it to be less voluminous. Crazy, right? 

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NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

GPA: Getting compliments on what I think is a bad hair day! Curly hair can get crazy but with some TLC, it can also be beautiful and fun.

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

GPA: Growing up, I was very self-conscious about my curls! I didn't know what to do with my hair, and it made me feel different in a way, but I have learned to embrace the uniqueness of my curls. Now I love that I don't have to do much in the morning...I'm just ready to start my day!

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

GPA: Curls are gorgeous and so are you! Love your curly hair and it will show you love in return.

NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!

GPA: I am waiting to be reunited with my husband. He is in the military and is currently stationed in a different country. He has been gone for fifteen months and my son and I miss him very much, but in a couple of weeks we will be back together! I'm so excited. We plan to enjoy Italy, his next duty station, and do some traveling around Europe.

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