NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Brianna DeBoise: My name is Brianna DeBoise and I am from Western Massachusetts, now living in Los Angeles. I work as an Educational Recruiter for MKC Beauty Academy, a Makeup and Hairstyling school.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?
BD: I started truly embracing my curls after I did the last relaxing treatment I would ever do in my hair, a Brazilian Blowout. I loved the outcome at first because it was new to me. However, after about a year of it not coming out, I missed my curls and cut my length from the middle of my back to the middle of my ears! I also shaved one side off all together.
NC: What is your current routine?
BD: I use either DevaCurl Low-Poo or No-Poo to wash my hair, then condition with DevaCurl One Condition. After the shower, dabbing my hair dry with a paper towel, I comb through my hair with my fingers and apply DevaCurl Light Defining Gel. I spritz my hair with a little Aussie Sprunch Hair Spray and blow dry with the DevaFuser.
NC: What are your must-have products and tools?
NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear with your curls?
BD: Most of the time I wear it down. I have one side shaved off, so it's hard to have a different style, but sometimes I will wear it up in a small bun.
NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?
BD: I have gotten compliments on my curls since I was a little girl, but I didn't get it until they were gone. People that I met in the time that my hair had the Brazilian in it are shocked at my curls now. They can't believe I would try to get rid of them in the first place!
NC: Did you big chop or transition and for how long? If you've always been natural, did you ever have any curly girl insecurities?
BD: I am a bi-racial child and my mother tried everything to relax my hair or find the right product and since their wasn't a large selection of curly products out then like there are now, we just didn't know what to do! I have some crazy hair school pictures.
NC: What is the best thing about being curly?
BD: I like being unique and most of my friends either have straight hair or have curly hair and like to straighten it, so I am always, "the one with the curly hair."
NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?
BD: Most people think curly hair looks good on other people and not on themselves. I think it is really about finding the right product for your hair. All curls are different. After to talking to lots of other curly girls, I found that they just hadn't found the right combination of products and were never educated on how to manage their hair. Since I have made the drastic change, about a year ago, I have only straightened my hair once and I didn't feel like myself.
NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!
BD: I love the beauty industry and to be able to help people following their dreams to become a Makeup Artist is a rewarding job. I am enjoying the California lifestyle and I love to help fellow curly girls to embrace their curls, especially the young girls who are just like I was!