Sherene before being styled by Monica "Queen" Carruthers of U R Curly.Sherene before being styled by Monica "Queen" Carruthers of U R Curly.

NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself! Where are you from?

Sherene Roach: My name is Sherene Roach. I currently reside in Port Orange, Florida, south of Daytona Beach.

NC: Tell us a little about your hair story, please!

SR: My hair story began when I got tired of the long waiting time at the salon and the one-too-many hair nightmares that I had experienced over the years. About five years ago, I decided that I wanted to make a change. I refused to get another chemical treatment on my hair. During my transition, I wore braids, weaves and wigs. In between styles, I would wash and condition my own hair. All was good but I wanted to wear my hair naturally.

A friend told me about a salon that did nautral hair, so I tried it out. I got a blowout and it looked nice but I didn't realize the damage it had done to my hair. I remember combing my hair and watching long strands of my hair fall out. I stopped going there and had a friend put braids in it until I figured out what to do with it. While she was braiding at my hair, she saw so much damage. I was talking to her about my hair dilemma and she said that she was going to a salon that had a cosmetologist that specializes in natural hair. Well, once burnt, twice shy — and yet, she convined me to see the cosmetologist. I was impressed. She educated me about natural hair and gave me some very good advice. She didn't try to sell me anything. She just told me how to care for my hair. Since I have been seeing her, my hair has gotten healthy and stronger. Recently, I have started to wear my natural hair with pride because it is healthy and it reflects who I am uniquely. I love it!

NC: Tell us about your experience as a VIC at the NaturallyCurly Pool Party! What was your experience like? Any highlights?

SR: I enjoyed being a VIC at NaturallyCurly Pool Party. It was fun and I was able to meet with fellow curlies and admire the different looks that they wore. The highlight for me was when Ms. Monica "Queen" Carruthers styled my hair. It was an awesome experience. I loved my look and others did too.

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Sherene after being styled by Monica "Queen" Carruthers of U R Curly.Sherene after being styled by Monica "Queen" Carruthers of U R Curly.

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

SR: I only recently started embracing my curls, because before, I was unable to style and care for my natural hair properly.

NC: What is your current routine or regimen?

SR: I wash and condition my hair weekly. Then I twist it and let it air dry. To twist, I use Design Essentials Natural Defining Cream Gel or Natural Curl Stretching Cream. Because I like the feel and look that I got from using U R Curly Tight Curl Enhancer, I will be using that product as well. I also apply a daily conditioner (I use Design Essentials Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion) and I see my stylist for deep conditioning and styling.

NC: What are your favorite hair styles to wear with your curls?

SR: Twists.

NC: What are your must-have products and tools?

SR: The Design Essentials Natural line, the U R Curly line and the PhytoSpecific line.

NC: What is the best thing about being curly?

SR: Being unique and feeling good about how you look.

NC: What impact has going natural had on your life?

SR: At first, I thought that it was going to be a big deal but it wasn't. Going natural actually boosted my confidence.

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

SR: Be patient and know that with proper care, your hair will be glorious.

NC: Tell us about your life and what you are up to!

SR: I currently work in a pediatric office and I am planning to attend school for Oriental medicine.

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