Meet Jessica Fortin, a Boston College student who keeps her curly routine surprisingly simple.

NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?

JF: I received a lot of compliments, which encouraged me to keep wearing my hair curly! It was so different for me, and I didn't like how my hair looked at first, but my friends and family would always tell me how beautiful my hair looked. I disagreed with them, but I eventually became comfortable wearing my hair curly.

NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

JF: The best thing is that it's so simple to achieve a unique look! I do very little to my hair and I still feel that I achieve a look that differs from everyone else's.

NC: How do you thing having curly hair impacts your life?

JF: It is so easy! I don't have to worry about the risk of straightening my hair and then getting caught in the rain/snow/humidity, which usually results in some kind of afro. It's much easier to embrace my curls and if the weather isn't ideal, I just go with it.

NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?

JF: Embrace your curls! Many of my friends with straight hair always say that they wish they could have curly hair like mine. Having curly hair gives you the option to go straight when you want, but you can also do so much with your natural curl!

NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!

JF: I am currently studying abroad in Parma, Italy. I plan on traveling around Europe for the semester until I return home to Michigan for the summer, and then I'll be back at Boston College for my senior year in the fall!

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