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

I was constantly straightening into submission. I hated my curly hair and I was ashamed of frizz and the mess. I thought I should have silky hair that I could "run my fingers through" in order to be attractive. 

 

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I was tired of straightening it every day and I was seeing how damaged and unhealthy my hair was becoming. I wanted to wear my hair natural and start taking care of it.

 

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

Learning to love myself. It has given me so much more confidence to wear my naturally curly hair.

 

How do you protect your curls at night?

I "pineapple" it with a satin scrunchie or silk/satin pillowcase. 

 

Who is your curl crush?

Spisha (Ayesha Malik)

 

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

Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel and Shea Moisture masks!

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

Co-wash: Deva Curl No-Poo

Conditioner Favorites: Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture, Sauve Coconut Conditioner (Silicone-free and so cheap, it has great slip) and Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Mask

Cream: Deva Curl Super Cream

Gel: Deva Curl Ultra Defining Gel or the Kinky Curly Curling Custard



I use the praying hands' method for all products of soaking wet hair, then scrunch until hair is no longer dripping, then air dry to diffuse (on low heat)

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

Finding a good hairstylist to cut my hair properly!

 

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

Minimal to no heat, no terry cloth/rubbing, combing hair in the shower when soaked in conditioner

 

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

Don't give up. It gets better. A bad hair cut will grow. Keep learning and experimenting, love yourself.