If you’ve been a part of the curly community for some time now, it’s likely you’ve come across one of our favorite curly girls, Felicia Dickerson aka @hif3licia. She is a ray of light that shares a wealth of knowledge on how to care for curly hair, top styling tips for definition and volume and the best methods for creating a healthy hair regimen. Keep reading as she shares more about her hair journey in our exclusive series, Texture Tales.
What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?
When I was in elementary school my mom had no idea what to do with my hair because her hair is more thin and wavy so she kept it in a ponytail with one long HEAVY braid. I used to get headaches and my classmates didn’t like getting smacked in line!
What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?
I was lucky to have an older sister with a very similar hair texture to inspire me to embrace my curls. My sisters passion for curls was contagious and made me realize my curls were a blessing not a burden.
What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?
The most empowering moment for me was being invited to the Devachan salon for a Devacut and to have a meet and greet to meet some of the curlies I’ve been able to help through my content. Before she passed away my sister discovered Devacurl and the Devacut and we made plans to go to a Devachan salon one day. We never made it together, so to not only be able to go, but to have an event was really a dream and I could feel my sisters happiness.
How do you maintain your color? Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?
To maintain my color I deep condition regularly, avoid heat, avoid drying ingredients, and I use Olaplex! I also love incorporating DIY recipes into my routine! I have a really helpful video on my YouTube.
Top tips for volume?
My best tips for volume are to rinse with your head flipped over, avoid applying products close to your roots, use light-weight products, scrunch your products in, flip your head from side to side while styling and drying, and pick your roots!
What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you’d like to share?
My routine tends to switch due to the weather, what look I'm going for, or how my hair is feeling, but some of my current faves are Innersense Organics I Create Volume Lotion & their Quiet Calm Curl Control, Bounce Curl Gel after using DevaCurl’s Super stretch, and I’m loving the Not Your Mother’s Curl Talk line!
What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?
Don’t be so critical of yourself. Don’t get caught up comparing yourself to others. Take pics of the process so you can look back and see how far you’ve come. If you’ve been trying something and it’s not working for you don’t be afraid to experiment with ways to make a routine or product work for you!
How did switching your diet play a role in your natural hair journey?
I feel like switching my diet has helped with the overall health of my hair and has helped play a role in my fast growth!
How do you practice self-care?
I make sure to take time for myself. I make sure to look back at accomplishments I’ve made to keep me positive and I love using essential oils to relax and meditate.