Denise of Curly EssenceNaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Denise: Hello, my name is Denise. I am 23 years old and from Lisbon, Portugal (but born in Angola”>. My passions are music, film, and food…and more recently, my curly hair! 

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

Denise: My mom took care of my hair when I was younger, but then I grew up and blew it! I am no different from other curly girls…my friends had straight hair, and I thought that was beautiful, even though people encouraged me to let my curls breathe. I didn’t think that the “afro-curly look” was pretty on me. 

My natural movement didn’t start until last year when I met my Curly Essence partner, Ana. I finally met someone who shared all the same issues and stories. If only we had met sooner :”>

NC: What’s your current routine?

Denise: I am still very new to all this, so every wash and go is a new experience. Right now I am limiting my product craziness because I was a true product junkie. And with my fine fine hair, I only need two products to do the trick! I shampoo each time I wash my hair—three times a week—use conditioner, and comb my hair in the shower. Then I style it and just let it air dry! 

Claire Aviles

Claire Aviles is a graduate from Boston College, where she earned a BA in English with minors in Economics and in Music. She is the Marketing Events Coordinator at a software company in Boston and has been contributing to NaturallyCurly for over two years.

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