High school volleyball player Adele Aviles talkes about why she stopped straightening her hair.

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Adele Aviles: My name is Adele. I'm fifteen and about to start my sophomore year of high school in Austin, TX.

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

AA: When I was in fifth grade, I straightened my hair almost every day. My hair was always shoulder-length and I thought it looked better straight. I kept that routine up for a bit, but it was a huge hassle. Eventually I decided to grow my hair out and I started to wear it natural more often. By the time I started eighth grade, my hair was longer and super wavy!

NC: What is your current regimen?

AA: I wash and condition my hair at night, usually after coming home from practice. I started testing different curly hair products, and now I'm hooked on Tigi Bedhead Hi-Def Curls Shampoo and Conditioner. After showering, I comb and towel-dry my hair. While my hair is still damp, I apply DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam. I usually let my hair air-dry.

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

AA: When I go to sleep with my hair wet, I put it in a single braid. But if I take an earlier shower and my hair has time to air-dry, I twist my hair into two bologna curls. In the morning, I shake out the curls and it looks like I just stepped out of the salon!

NC: What about your hair stylists?

AA: I usually go to get my hair cut at Visible Changes. It’s not too complicated—I usually just ask for a trim and long layers.

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