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What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?

As a curly kid, I was teased about my hair a lot. I never liked it. Growing up with curly hair was tough and it was super difficult. Also, there was nearly ZERO representation of curly hair. This made me long for luscious straight hair as the showed on the advertisements of shampoos and products. I loathed washing my hair because I felt t was a lost cause. It would get tangled again, there was no happiness that came out of a washday and it was a lot of work. I wanted to straighten my hair so badly, but my mother never allowed it, and I was really mad at her - until about 5 years ago! But I'm so glad about how she silently helped me embrace my hair by saying, "Straightening isn't needed, because your hair is just special."

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I have always been curly. I moved places in 2016, and the change in water and hair products was a huge blow on my hair. I was losing a lot of hair and I completely lost my curl pattern. The density of my hair also was very less. I could see small bald spots appearing on my head and was terrified about being bald forever. I figured it was time to change my hair routine and give some tender loving care to my hair, this was in May 2018. It's been a year since I started the CG Method, well almost(May 10, 2018) and I have never looked back!

What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?

The most empowering moment is the boost in my self-confidence after I started the CG method. The CG method has helped me with patience, confidence and also helped me help others. It's a huge change in how I look at myself and present myself to the outer world.

I use a satin bonnet to protect my curls at night.

Who is your curl crush?

Elizabeth (@honestlizhere), Lal (@curlygallal), Cynthia (@curlycyn_), sara (@sara_by_the_sea), Sally (@hispaneek), Chissy (@chrissycurls_), Uzma ( @curly_uz), Leslie (@leslie.joanny)

What's your curly girl essential you can't live without?

Leave in and gel!

What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you’d like to share?

My current hair regimen is:

  1. Shampoo
  2. Conditioner
  3. Deep Conditioner
  4. Leave in / Cream
  5. Gel

My favorite product lines are Cantu, Breahni, Cachos Brazil Haircare, Righteous Roots oil, Mysoigne. They have never failed to give me an amazing washday!

What has been the most challenging moment of your natural hair journey so far?

Learning how to be patient while constantly doubting myself when the results were not good. I was super worried when I didn't see the results in 1/2 washes. I have learned that there are both good and bad hair days. And it's more important to have healthy hair than hair that someone approves of.

Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?

Deep conditioning has helped my hair a lot to heal faster and help it retain the right amount of moisture.

What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?

Love your self and embrace your curls, however they are! You don't need to change yourself for the world!!