Gabrielle NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Gabrielle Dixson: Hi! My name is Gabrielle Dixson. I am eighteen and I am a senior at Salmen High School in Slidell, Louisiana. I would describe myself as a quiet girl with a loud mind.

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

GD: After looking at old photos of me and seeing how pretty my hair was when I was a kid, before I started getting relaxers at age seven, I decided to embrace my curls. That was almost two years ago, at the end of my sophomore year. Now I love my type 3C curls!

NC: What's your current routine?

GD: I wash my hair once a week and co-wash it once a week. I like testing different brands of shampoo and conditioner on my hair to find out which ones work best for me. Right now I am using Bioinfusion Curl Nourishment Shampoo and Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Replenishing Conditioner. I use Cantu Shea Butter as a leave-in conditioner and I use olive oil to seal in moisture.

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

GD: My favorite hairstyles are wash and gos because they are easy and quick! I also use flexi rods and do twist outs on my hair.

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

GD: I must have my Cantu Shea Butter and my olive oil. I would be lost without them!  

NC: Do you color your hair?

GD: I would say that coloring my hair is my guilty pleasure. Right now, my hair is a brownish-red. I get it colored professionally at a salon. 

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

GD: At night, I simply sleep with my lovely cheetah-print satin scarf! 

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

GD: Most people asked, "Are you sure you want to go natural?" I had a lot of pressure...people told me to continue getting relaxers because, "you aren't going to know how to take care of your natural hair." Transitioning was definitely the hardest part of the journey. People would ask, "When are you getting another relaxer?"

NC: Did you big chop or transition? For how long?

GD: I transitioned for a year. It was difficult, but totally worth it in the end!

GabrielleNC: What is the best thing about being curly?

GD: The best thing about being curly is the fact that it is very versatile! I can wear it straight, then wash it, and the next day it is back to being curly! And I love that, for some reason, I feel so fierce with my curly hair! 

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

GD: Having curly hair is an exciting and unique gift...rock what you've got! And remember that not everyone understands natural hair. You will be criticized occasionally; don't let it discourage you. Curly girls have more fun!  

NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!

GD: I just got finished interning at a dental office. Now I am just concentrating on doing my best in school and making it through life as an average teenager!

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