Therese Tully

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!

Therese Tully: Hi, my name is Therese Tully. Born and raised in Mendham, NJ. I am a junior at Boston College and an aspiring writer. Though I’m the youngest of eight kids, I am the only one with red curly hair!

NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls, or have you always enjoyed and embraced your curls?

TT: Though I love my curls now, they have caused me a lot of pain in the past. Let’s just say fifth grade wasn’t my year. It was a dark time before I had discovered the power of conditioner and when my hair routine involved slicking my hair back into a tight ponytail and then combing it out. Yes, you read that correctly. I still shudder at the thought. Luckily, with the help of a fellow curly girl sister-in-law and lots of shine serum, my curls and I have become good friends. Diane von Furstenburg claims that the decision to stop straightening her hair and embracing her natural curl changed her life. I really relate to that, and have come to love the crazy imperfection of my curls.

NC: What is your current routine or regimen?

TT: My routine is super simple and pared down. I am extremely lazy when it comes to my hair. I think a good cut is important, and I get mine done almost every time I get home from college, because I trust no one but Clarissa with my hair! I also don’t wash my hair everyday because it is so dry and I hate to strip it of its natural oils. Other than that, my hair is pretty low maintenance.

NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what’s your process?

TT: It begins in the shower. If it’s a shampooing day, I do that first and then use lots and lots of conditioner. I let that sit in my hair while I do everything else, giving it the optimum amount of time to soak in. Next, I rinse my hair with cold water, because I read somewhere that it makes it shiny — it seems to work! Out of the shower, I throw a towel on my head as I moisturize to let it soak up some of the water, though I have been told this is a curly haired sin! Afterwards I finger comb it and apply tons of shine serum. Next, I scrunch with conditioner, the same kind I used in the shower and I usually finish off with a layer of hairspray. What can I say…I’m a Jersey girl!

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