NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Hope Bidinger: My name is Hope. I am the personal style blogger of Simply Hope, and I also work at a cupcake shop in Keller, TX.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls, or have you always enjoyed and embraced your curls?
HB: I had stick straight hair until the age of eleven, and it took me a couple years to really like my hair for what it is. I stopped straightening my hair as often and started wearing it natural in high school.
NC: What is your current routine and regimen?
HB: After showering, I use a de-tangler and with a wide-tooth comb, I gently comb through my damp hair. Then, I put John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum and Pantene Curl Defining Mousse to enhance my curls. I always let my hair air dry, either in braids or just down.
HB: Since I always wash my hair at night, I will sometimes go over my curls with a curling iron in the morning. It enhances my curls, as sleeping on my wet hair can sometimes make them limp. Sometimes I straighten my banks and pull them back in a small bouffant.
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NC: What about your hair stylists?
HB: If I could have someone professionally do my hair on a day-to-day basis that would be amazing! I don't really go to the salon anymore; I just cut my ends myself or I have my mom help me. I also style my hair by myself with the help of bobby pins and hairspray (John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Dreams Curl Perfecting Spray).
NC: What are you favorite hair styles to wear with your curls?
HB: I absolutely love hairstyles inspired by the 50s, and having natural curls really helps with achieving that look! I also love fishtail braids and messy buns.
NC: What are your must-have products and tools?
HB: Anything John Frieda. I find that his products work best with my hair! And if I didn't comb my hair it would be in knots all the time. I also don't think I could live without bobby pins since I use them on a day-to-day basis!
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NC: What do you do at nighttime for your hair?
HB: When it's wet, I follow my normal routine, and when it is dry, I usually just wear it down or in a loose bun. Sometimes I wear braids on the side of my head. I also wear a do-rag so that they don’t get messed up!
NC: What is the best thing about being curly?
HB: The best thing about having curly hair is really the versatility! If I want my hair straight one day, I can easily straighten it. And for curly days, I just need to wash it. Also, since my hair is thicker, the hairstyles I try usually don't fall out during the day.
NC: How do you think having curly hair has impacted your everyday life?
HB: Being curly makes my hair routine a bit longer than a girl with stick straight hair. I put different products in my hair so that I can reach it's ultimate potential. Some people come up to me and say, "Your hair is so fun"or "Man, I love your curls." Those comments are always a plus!
NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?
HB: Make the best of what you've got and flaunt it! There are so many curly hair products and tricks to making your natural hair look really good, so don't be afraid to try something new.
NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects. Tell us about your life and what you are up to!
HB: I am currently looking into college, as I will be a senior in high school this upcoming year. Other than that I am still blogging, doing photography, hip-hop dancing, working and looking into cool fashion opportunities from fashion magazines and websites.
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