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

Growing up with textured hair wasn't really an issue until Middle School. My mom, who had her cosmetology license at the time, managed my hair before then. I begged her for a relaxer when I was about 12 because it was around the time that I began to do my hair myself, and I wanted it to be straight.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally coily hair?

I actually unintentionally transitioned in high-school after learning to do my own sew-ins. By my senior year, I had a full head of natural hair that I didn't quite know how to take care of. I was a "straight natural" until about my sophomore year of college when I big chopped. I finally began to rock my hair naturally in June of 2018 when I got a nice DevaCut and golden Pintura Highlights.

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

The most empowering moment of my hair journey was a couple of months after I'd started my hair blog on Instagram. One of my best friends (hey, Tee!) told me that they'd showed my page to their baby sister who has a kinkier texture, and that ignited her desire to wear her hair naturally. It definitely touches my heart to make an impact on the kids.

How do you protect your curls at night?

I usually just toss a bonnet, silk, or satin cap on before going to bed, and it varies depending on the style.

Who is your curl crush?

I have severalllll curl crushes, but my ultimate curl crush is @shanilla26 on IG and YouTube! She has such a full, voluminous, healthy fro and two daughters with equally beautiful hair.

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

The SheaMoisture JBCO leave-in is my ultimate curly girl essential. I've used it for years now, and it never fails to leave my hair soft and moisturized after a nice wash.

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

I currently wash & deep-condition my hair 1-2x's per week depending on how well I've been sticking to my workout regimen. I switch between different low-manipulation styles (twist-outs, wash and go's, mini-twists, etc.). I really love using any cheap conditioner with great slip to detangle my hair before I start the washing process.

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

The most challenging moment of my natural hair journey was my big chop. I just needed to figure my hair out, but that period only lasted for about a week or two.

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

I do have colored hair, so weekly deep conditioning treatments and monthly protein treatments have changed the game for me. My hair feels strong and looks great, and I haven't had to deal with the dreaded chemical damage that some naturals have faced. (whew)

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

Learning how to handle your hair is a huge part of learning to love it. Some people may have a difficult time loving their own hair because they're just not sure what works for them yet. I would advise those who are struggling with loving their own texture to focus on finding a realistic routine that works for them (not anyone else) and to look towards those with similar hair for inspiration that's attainable. You'll never be happy if you focus on wanting something that you can't have, so you might as well love what you do have! Remember that every curl and coil is beautiful in its own unique way!