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

Growing up with textured hair made me feel unique. A lot of people in my family do not have my hair texture. My cousins I grew up with had more of a wavy texture. In school, a lot of the girls had relaxers in their hair or always had some sort of protective style. I always thought my hair was a lot of work and I used to only like how it looked when it was wet.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

When I was in 8th grade, I started watching youtube videos on how some girls were styling their curls/transitioning videos and I thought to myself, "this looks so beautiful, I want to start my own journey too." Ever since the youtube videos, I have been embracing my curls and putting more effort into my hair.

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

The most empowering moment of my natural hair journey is when I cut my hair almost near my shoulders so I could manage my hair on my own and transition to a more healthy curl pattern. When I cut my hair, I also gave away my flat iron and didn't use heat in my hair for over a year!

How do you protect your curls at night?

I sleep with a satin pillowcase and I put my hair up using either a satin scrunchie or scarf.

Who is your curl crush?

I have so many! But one of my curl crushes would have to be Yara Shahidi!

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

A curly girl essential that I can't live without would have to be my eco styler gel. I literally use it every day!

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

My current hair regimen would have to be; Cowashing using my all time favorite, As I am Coconut Co-wash. Then styling with the Curls bamboo protein treatment and avocado mousse from their Green Collection!

Hydrathermals protein leave-in conditioner curl defining ge As I Am Leave-in Conditioner Curling Jelly

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

At first, the most challenging moment was staying away from heat and staying consistent with my hair journey.

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

I feel like me getting trims every few months really made a difference with my hair. Also, doing deep treatments in my hair weekly.

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

Loving your natural hair doesn't happen overnight, you have to have a lot of patience. Loving your natural texture will bring you such an overload of confidence in yourself! Every hair type is beautiful, own it!