What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?
From an early age It wasn’t a great experience. I was bullied as a kid for being a petite girl with long big curly hair. I was always getting called names. I would go to the bathroom when my hair got too puffy to soak it in water & make it flat but it only made it worse. I didn’t know how to take care of my hair. My mother would do anything to make me feel better by styling it but at the time we didn’t know much about working with curls or any products as we do now. After the teasing & bullying I went into a deep depression & had low self-esteem. I went to a salon & cut my hair into a pixie cut. Ever since I flat ironed and even relaxed my hair from middle-high school, I didn’t want to deal with it anymore.
What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?
I went to a beauty school to get my hair done. There I realized my passion for hair. I enrolled into the same school the next day & I met a teacher who I spoke to regarding my curls. She taught me how to diffuse & how to train my curls. I started learning more about the CGM & what products to stay away from. I soaked in all the information I could from books & from YouTube. I never touched a relaxer again & I found my confidence through my curls.
What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?
To be able to help others like me through my platform. Giving advice to younger girls to embrace their curls gives me such joy. I stand for not letting anyone put others down & to embrace your differences. Once you work on the inside the outside will flourish.
How do you protect your curls at night?
I sleep with my hair in a pineapple, with a silk bonnet over & a silk pillow case just in case!
Who is your curl crush?
What's your curly girl essential you can't live without?
I’d say my pick but I use my hands more for volume, so I have to say my silk bonnet. It helps wonders to keep my wash & go lasting through the week!
What is your current hair regimen?
Any favorite products you’d like to share? I'm a LCGO kinda girl. (Leave In, Cream, Gel, Oil) I make sure to distribute the products evenly then I use my denman brush to shape my curls & finger coil the curls that frame my face. I diffuse on low heat then apply oil to break the gel cast. I separate clumps, pick my roots then all done! I’m currently loving Camille Rose products especially the famous Curl Maker & Moisture Milk.
What has been the most challenging moment of your natural hair journey so far?
The most challenging would have to be going blonde. You don’t see many platinum blonde curly girls. I knew the color I wanted & it took a very long time to achieve without damage & keeping my curls. Thanks to olaplex, trims, deep conditioning & taking my time, I was able to achieve this!
Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?
Trimming every 3 months, deep conditioning every week & scalp massaging have done wonders for my hair. It’s all about caring for it.
What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?
I would tell them staying consistent will help you achieve the results you want. Watch youtube videos & don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember who you are. Your hair is a part of you. If I can do it, you can too.