What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?
I've always had really big frizzy hair so in the morning before school, I would wake my mom up to style my hair because I didn't know how to myself. She'd always do a ponytail or braids, but my hair was never left out. One day I decided to do my own hair and I just left it out and let it do it's own thing. People would always try to touch my hair and would make comments like "your hair looks weird" "why does it look like that?" "why does it look so big?" Having curly hair was something I began to dislike because of all the unwanted attention I would get.
What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?
I became tired of straightening my hair all the time. I also didn't like that because of the fact that I applied so much heat to my hair, when I would want to wear my curly hair, my curls didn't look how I wanted them to. That was when I told myself it's time to begin this transition. I was also inspired by alot of the curly haired women around me and how much confidence they showed in being natural.
What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?
My most empowering moment of my natural hair journey would have to be when I cut my hair. My hair wasn't even touching the back of my neck after my first big chop and I absolutely loved it. I always heard people talk about how women should have long hair and they shouldn't cut it because it doesn't look "feminine", but I felt absolutely beautiful. I always had really long hair growing up so it felt good to get rid of all the damage I had done to my hair and completely start over.
How do you protect your curls at night?
I always wrap my hair up at night with a satin-lined head-wear from @wovenroyal. One of the reasons why I love this head wrap so much is because it prevents my hair from going flat over night which makes day 2,3,and 4 hair easier to maintain. The head wrap can also be used 5 different ways which I think is game changer for us curly haired women.
Who is your curl crush?
My curl crush is and has always been @sunkissalba! I have definitely binged watched all her youtube videos at some point because she's so amazing. Alot of the things I know now about curly hair and certain regimes I do, I learned from watching her videos.
What's your curly girl essential you can't live without?
My curly girl essential I can't live without would definitely have to be my diffuser. I take my diffuser with me literally everywhere I go, I may not even know if I'm going to use it, but I still take it with me anyways.
What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you’d like to share?
My hair regimen usually depends on what style I'm going for, the weather, or if my hair needs some deep treatment so it is always changing. Some products I absolutely love and recommend is the Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Nutrient Butter Masque it's a great deep conditioning mask. Rizos Curls has a Curly Hair Define bundle set that I always use and I can never go wrong with DevaCurl Arc Angel Gel.
What has been the most challenging moment of your natural hair journey so far?
The most challenging moment of my natural hair journey was learning to appreciate my hair through the process. I would get really impatient and I wanted to see results immediately and that is never the case. Slowly, but surely I was able to just let my hair do it's own thing through my transition and in the end the wait was worth it.
Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?
I have to say that your diet is so important to hair health. How you are in the inside is definitely going to reflect on the outside and I have seen a big difference not only in my hair. but skin as well once I cut out certain foods and drinks. As for techniques, styling your hair when it's really wet is the best time to style it. I love the results after because my curls are really defined and I get little to no frizz.
What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?
Don't compare your hair journey to someone else's. The best thing about curly hair is that all textures aren't the same, our hair is unique in it's own way and that's what makes it beautiful. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new products or techniques, if one way doesn't work for you, try another. Through your transition you will learn so much not only about your hair, but about yourself and in the end you'll be able look back at pictures and be proud of how far you've come.