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@kandidkinks

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

I wore my hair natural until I was 9 years-old. I felt like getting a relaxer would make me look more mature and beautiful. I wasn't taught to believe that natural hair was beautiful.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally coily hair?

I decided when I finished high school that I was tired of spending money at the beauty salon. I felt like whatever grew out of my hair must be good enough since it was the hair I was meant to have.

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

Seeing other women with textures like mine embracing and loving their hair as a result of me doing the same. It has made me want to go harder, and I see how beautiful we all really are.

How do you protect your curls at night?

I wear a satin bonnet or satin head scarf depending on the style.

@kandidkinks

Who is your curl crush?

Ambrosia Malbrough.

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

Denman or Paddle Brush

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

I style my hair weekly. I wash, deep condition, and twist it up using the LOC Method. It helps me retain moisture and length. My favorite products would be anything from Camille Rose at the moment, but that always changes.

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

That would have to be learning which products work for me, and embracing my shrinkage. I still struggle with the shrinkage part!

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

LOC method for sure. Which stands for liquid, oil, cream. Applying oil directly after rinsing my conditioner to seal in the moisture from the water and applying a creamy leave in and twisting butter have helped my hair flourish!

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

It takes time, but it's a wonderful journey! No matter your texture or length, use this journey to deepen your love with yourself as well as your texture. Don't let societal norms make you feel less than, because you are far from it! Consume positive content with people whose hair texture resembles your own so you don't experience hair envy. We are all different for a reason, embrace it! It's beautiful!

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