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How would you best describe your hair?

Naturally Curly

What is your hair type?

3a

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

I always grew up slicking my hair in a ponytail or straightening it for hours. I remember pulling a chair into my mom's room every night and she would straighten my hair for me because I wasn’t able to do it by myself. One of the biggest things I remember is a point when someone I cared for told me they liked my hair better straight than curly and I took it to heart. I straightened my hair from that point on.

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What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I started dating my now husband almost 6 years ago and he always begged for me to wear it curly. I never did.

I don’t know what it has been about turning 25, but I feel like I am truly trying to find myself. And I’ve learned that I have found myself through my natural hair. It has been such a freeing experience. Instead of focusing all my energy on how others see me and how others define beauty, I am defining my beauty myself. And I love it. And my husband loves it too :)

How have your family, friends and co-workers reacted? What was your response to them?

Wonderfully! It seems silly, this curly hair journey. But it really has been such an incredible journey. I have learned more about myself, my spirituality, and love for friends and family. I think everyone around me can see the change in me, not only on the outside, but on the inside as well.

How did you transition to wearing your natural texture?

I started the CG Method, but honestly the biggest game changer for me was getting off my hormonal birth control. It seems like a crazy idea but I noticed that I had lost A LOT of curl and couldn’t figure out what happened. I then realized that the time I started losing my curl, was when I started the pill. You hear about people losing curl during pregnancy, but never from birth control. I started doing research and I found others had the same problem. Once I got off the pill, I could almost instantly see a difference in my hair!

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What is your current hair regimen?

Currently I am loving Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo and daily Conditioner. I then use As I Am Leave-in conditioner. I switch up my stylers, but the one I can always go back to and know I will have a good hair day is Curl Keeper Original!

Are there any techniques or methods that have made a big impact on the way your hair looks?

The biggest thing I’ve had to learn is to keep my hands out of my hair until it’s completely dry. I’m a tad controlling so I just want to fix every last piece sometimes and touch my hair way too much. Learning to let go and let it dry has impacted my frizz so much!

Any advice you’d like to give other women who may be in the transition phase or need some encouragement in their hair journey?

Stick with it. You will learn so much about not only your hair, but yourself. You will truly begin to see yourself naturally as beautiful, and I think that’s the best part of this journey. Don’t give up!

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