What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?
Like most girls who grew up with curly hair, I always wanted it to be straight. Friends and family would always make comments on how I look so nice with straight hair or how I needed to brush my hair… My mom loved my curls so she never bought me a straightener and whenever a friend of mine would straighten it she would be devastated. Since flat ironing it wasn't really an option I would just just products into it to weigh it down. It was always super flat but I liked it because it looked longer.
What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?
A really good friend of mine with super beautiful, long, blond hair said, "You know, anyone can have long hair, but not everyone can have curly hair.” After that, I stopped focusing on having hair I didn't have and started learning about how to take care of my own hair. Since then I have found the curly hair community and have loved being part of it.
What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?
When I was part of a curly exclusive photo shoot. I always felt like my hair had to be straightened in order to look good in pictures.
How do you protect your curls at night?
Pineapple with a scrunchie!
Who is your curl crush?
What's your curly girl essential you can't live without?
What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you’d like to share?
I wash once of twice a week and use Innersense Color Awakening Hair Bath and condition with DevaCurl Decadence conditioner. Right after rinsing, I apply my Innersense Quiet Curl Cream and DevaCurl Arc Angel gel to my soaking wet hair with praying hands. I then use a t shirt to scrunch out extra water and apply root clips to give my hair some lift. I wait a little to let it air dry and then I defuse with the Curl Co diffuser with my head upside-down. Once it’s dry, I remove root clips and shake and scrunch. If I feel like I need extra hold, I will smooth some extra arc angel over and add some deva curl hairspray.
What has been the most challenging moment of your natural hair journey so far?
When I see all these other women with super thick and long hair I sometimes feel like my hair isn’t that great, but I just have to keep reminding myself that my curls are great in their own way!
Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?
Using Olaplex treatments on my hair every other week has been a huge help for my hair health!
What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?
Look for women who has a familiar texture to yours and learn how they style and take care of their hair. While I love and admire all curl types I would often feel like my hair wasn’t good enough when comparing to some women with different texture to mine. Take a lot of pictures along the way and become your own curl crush!