NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Angela Delyani: My name is Angela Delyani. I live in southern New Hampshire. I am an independent CAbi (Carol Anderson by invitation) Consultant and a CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad litem).
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?
AD: My hair was actually stick-straight until puberty. It went from curly to wavy and back to curly over the years. Then it finally settled and it has been curly for nineteen years!
NC: What is your current routine?
AD: No-poo wash every third day or so, co-wash or pineapple for second (and sometimes third) day hair. I always air dry, even in the coldest weather. My curls only get heat in the dome-dryer at the salon.
NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process?
AD: On a wash day, I wash (paying special attention to my scalp), rinse and then add conditioner. I leave the conditioner in until I finish my shower and then rinse most of it out. Once I'm out of the shower, I wrap my head in a microfiber towel. When I take the towel off, I flip my head over and run gel through my curls from roots to ends. Then I scrunch with more gel. Finally, I flip my head up, put my curls in place and let them air dry.
I try not to touch my hair much during the day, but sometimes I'll flip it over and give it a shake and a little Mist-er Right if it needs a boost.
NC: What are your must-have products and tools?AD: DevaCurl products, my microfiber towel and a soft scrunchie.
NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear with your curls?
AD: I don't deviate much from my "standard" style, but I'd like to learn/practice mixing it up sometimes.
NC: What about your hair stylists?
AD: I inspired my current stylist, Cathy Kimpton, owner of Merlin's Ultimate Images to become a DevaCurl trained stylist! I love the way she cuts my hair.
NC: Did you ever have any insecurities about your curly hair?
AD: I struggled when my hair was in its wavy phases — I was never quite sure what to do with it back then. I tried to go all-one-length curly at one point, but looked like Roseanne Rosannadanna! Layers are the only way to go for my curls
NC: What is the best thing about being curly?AD: Curls are so easy to care for and style! And I get lots of compliments. I'm so grateful that the curls are natural — I know how lucky I am!
NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?
AD: Give them a chance — if you’re just learning how to take care of them, it’s going to take some time for them to respond to the new routine. Don't give up too quickly!
NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!
AD: CASA/GAL is the most important role in my life. I know I make a difference in the lives of the children I work with. I am also a fairly new CAbi consultant and I love sharing Carol's designs with women — it's a lot of fun! Finally, I consider myself a "professional aunt." I love the time that I get to spend with my nieces and nephews.