Nicole Gomez is a curl specialist and the owner of the salon Curls Amoré Studio in Orlando, Florida.
What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?
Growing up in a small town in Florida a lot of my classmates and friends had straight hair. I never really understood what products to use or how to maintain them. I was made fun of for my hair looking too “puffy.”
What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?
Five years into being a hairstylist I remember getting clients with curly hair and having no idea how to cut or style. At the time I wasn’t embracing my curls. I went through a phase where I cut my hair into a pixie cut. As that grew out I started seeing my natural hair again. Mind you I’ve been straightening my hair since middle school because it was easy . As my curls grew out I was more interested in learning about them and teaching my clients as well.
What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?
The most empowering moment was being able to walk around in my most authentic self. Staying true to who you are and embracing what you were given.
What is your curl pattern?
How do you protect your curls at night?
At night my favorite thing to use is a buff. My hair is well protected and makes refreshing days a breeze.
Who is your curl crush?
@faithincurls Jarely.. She has the most beautiful curls and really inspired me to start this journey with my hair.
What's your curly girl essential you can't live without?
My hair pick! I love volume! Everywhere I go it comes with me.
What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you'd like to share?
Innersence organic has been my go to lately. Quite calm curl control and I create volume.
What has been the most challenging moment of your natural hair journey so far?
All the phases of the big Chop, Learning what products works best for me, and how to get a good technique down. It was constant trial and error.
Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?
Doing more deep conditioning treatments. With having colored hair it makes a differently to keep your hair hydrated as much as possible.
What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?
Trust the process and embrace the journey. The best feeling is being 100% yourself.
You can follow Nicole at @curlsamore on Instagram.