NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Kelsey Morrison: My name is Kelsey and I'm 26 (almost 27). I live in San Francisco, CA but I was raised in Rye, NY.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls, or have you always been curly?
KM: When I was a little girl, my mom would comb my hair after a bath to get all the tangles out. My mom has curly hair too, so she knew what she was doing. One time, when I was three-years-old, my mother left me with my grandmother (who had four sons) at the beach for the week, and when she picked me up, my hair was in one big knot in the back of my head. She took me to a salon where they basically cut a lot of it out. When I was in my middle school/awkward phase, I would brush out all my curls creating a nest of frizz. I finally started to embrace my curls and experiment with different hair products when I was a freshman in high school.
NC: What is your current routine/regimen?
KM: I believe the key to keeping curly hair fresh is to use a combination of different products throughout the week. Never use the same product two days in a row because your hair will get used to it and stop working the way you want it to. Right now I am switching around between John Frieda's Sheer Blond shampoo and conditioner and TRESemme Flawless Curls shampoo and conditioner.
When I feel my hair is particularly dry, I use Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition shampoo and conditioner (my boyfriend's favorite, so I keep it in the shower). I always leave the conditioner in for a few minutes before combing through my hair to get all the tangles out (while the conditioner is still in).
Post-shower I use a mousse, like TRESemme Flawless Curls or Rusk CurlSilk Texture Control Mousse. I sometimes use a creme like Bumble and bumble Curl Conscious Defining Creme, but recently it's made my hair more oily so I use it less. Either way, I scrunch it through my hair using an old t-shirt, and let it air dry. I finish it off with John Frieda's Secret Weapon serum and wear it down. It sounds like a lot, but it's actually pretty low maintenance!
NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what’s your process?
KM: I don't always wash my hair in the morning if I think my hair looks good enough to get through the day. If that's the case, I give it a little spritz of Tigi Catwalk Fast-Fixx and walk out the door. If I decide to wash my hair, I do the routine in above.
NC: What about your hair stylists?
KM: I love my stylist! I see her twice a year for a highlights and a trim. She uses a lot of Bumble and bumble products on my hair, and usually I have her blow dry and straighten it with a little wave at the bottom.
NC: What are you favorite hair styles to wear with your curls?
KM: Down. I always wear my hair down. I used to wear it half up, half down a lot, but I stopped doing that.
NC: What are your must-have products and tools?
KM: TRESemme Flawless Curls mousse, John Frieda Secret Weapon serum and Tigi Catwalk Fast-Fixx. When I decide to do my hair straight (very rarely), I love using the comb attachment on my blow-dryer, then I finish it off with a ceramic flat iron.
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NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to embrace your curls or have you always worn your hair curly?
KM: I get more of a reaction when I go straight because it rarely happens! I've been curly my whole life, so that's what people are used to seeing.
NC: What do you do at night time for your hair?
KM: Wear it down and sleep on my stomach or side. If it's really hot, I'll put it up in a bun.
NC: What is the best thing about being curly?
KM: It's versatile, fun to style, and people love to play with your hair!
NC: How do you think having curly hair has impacted your everyday life?
KM: I probably spend too much time playing with my hair, especially when I'm bored or reading something. There is one strand on the left of my face that I play with so much that it becomes straight.
NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?
KM: Be sure to comb out the tangles in the shower, otherwise you'll end up with a painful mess!
NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects. Tell us about your life and what you are up to!
KM: I'm looking forward to getting my hair cut and highlighted!
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