Meet Cassidy Blackwell, our 4A Texture Perspective writer.
Texture Perspective is a new series of discussions involving the perspectives of four different women of different hair textures and types. We invite you to meet them and join in the discussion, interacting with these ladies and the rest of the NaturallyCurly community by commenting. If you missed Texture Perspective yesterday, be sure to go back and meet Tracey and Quinn. Now meet another one of the four Texture Perspective ladies, Cassidy.
Cassidy Blackwell: 4A
NaturallyCurly: Please, introduce yourself! Where are you from? Where do you live?
Cassidy Blackwell: I'm the Global Editor of this really awesome website called NaturallyCurly. Have you heard of it? You should definitely check it out. I was born and raised in Minnesota, schooled in St. Louis and live in San Francisco. Oh, and my name is Cassidy Blackwell. Amigos call me Cass, my Nana calls me Quesadilla, and the NC.com fam calls me CB3. Nice to meet you.
NC: What's your curl story? Have you always loved your hair? Did you just start embracing your curls? Why?
CB: I have actually ALWAYS loved my hair. Even when I had a relaxer. I had some great stylists, and my hair always looked damn good #ifisaysomyself. I never had any breakage and always had long, thick healthy hair. However, one fateful and sunny day I just got sick and tired of the chemical burns, the $150 styling sessions and having to spend 5 hours in a salon. My hair was healthy, but my body and wallet were not, so I decided to give up my beautiful straightened tresses and swooped bangs in favor of what was then the great unknown.
I've been rocking my natural curls ever since doing the big chop in 2009. At first, my hair was a bit touch and go. Very dry. Zero to no definition. Kind of helmet-like. So shrunken that it was practically growing back into my follicles. Then I figured out my unique texture and how to make it look good and I've loved it ever since! You should also know that my hair is named Lola. She is a showgirl. And whatever she wants, she certainly gets, which mainly consists of regular deep conditioners and fun haircuts.
NC: What's your approach to curly hair?
CB: Two words: Laissez-faire. I keep my hair well-conditioned and moisturized, and other than that, I just style in wash'n'gos. The more I try to alter my curl pattern or mix it up with creative protective styling, the more frizz, breakage and damage I see. Turns out that I've got fine hair and a fragile curl pattern, so I have to keep manipulation to a minimum.