NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Alessandra Christiani: My name is Alessandra Christiani. I am a sophomore at Boston College and I am studying accounting and finance.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls, or have you always enjoyed and embraced your curls?AC: I actually had poker-straight hair until I was fourteen. I hated the change in my hair and I fought it until my senior year of high school when I realized that I should just play up my natural 2B waves!
NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process?
AC: I switch up my shampoo and conditioner, although I love Pantene. I co-wash every night, and only use shampoo twice a week. While in the shower, I comb through my hair before rinsing out my conditioner. Instead of drying my hair with a towel, I use a T-shirt to eliminate frizziness. I also use Garnier Fructis Leave-In Conditioning Cream to smooth my hair. When my hair is partially dry, I scrunch my curls using Garnier Fructis Extra Strong Curl Scrunch Gel to further define my curls. I usually sleep on my partially wet hair, and wake up ready to start my day.NC:
AC: I typically wear my hair down, although I frequently sport a half up, half down look. Usually, I braid the front pieces of my hair back into a clip or a full ponytail. I love experimenting with a variety of braids, including French, Dutch, fishtail, and mermaid braids.
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NC: What about your hair stylists?
AC: Whenever I need a haircut, I fly home and make an appointment at the Paul Mitchell School. Although it tends to take a bit of time, I get a salon-quality hair cut for less than $15. The stylists know how to work with my coarse, thick, curly hair.
NC: What are your must-have products and tools?AC:
NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?AC:
NC: What do you do at nighttime for your hair?
AC: At night, I usually tie my semi-wet curls up in a ponytail. I am always extra careful to keep the ponytail loose to avoid unattractive marks on my hair in the morning.
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NC: What is the best thing about being curly?AC:
NC: Does having curly hair affect your everyday life?AC: Having c
NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?AC:
NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects. Tell us about your life and what you are up to!AC: I work as a marketing director for a start-up company called Jebbit. I am very passionate about business, and I also allot time to service groups on campus. Read More: Real Texture Talk: Penny Gabrielsen