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How would you best describe your hair?

Naturally Curly

What is your hair type?


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

Growing up with textured hair, my mom quickly learned how to style my hair when I was little. But as I grew older I hated that my hair was curly and big and all my friends had straight, silky hair. In middle school and high school I straightened and colored my hair so often it became damaged.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

When I realized that my curls made me different and they were beautiful! I wanted to start wearing my hair curly everyday, I slowly transitioned from straightening it everyday. Also, there became more and more affordable hair products to help with wearing my hair natural.

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

Everyone always told me to embrace my curls! It was me who was hesitant. When I did the big chop, it was a dramatic change but everyone loved it.

How did you transition to wearing your natural texture?

I just initially just stopped straightening it. But kept coloring it, which still didn’t help the curls. Once I did the big chop my curls really flourished. I started using Deva Curl and no other products, I noticed a dramatic difference. My hair is HEALTHY & shiny and I absolutely love my curls now.

What is your current hair regimen?

I strictly use Deva Curl products and if I do feel edgy and want to venture off with another brand I make sure there are no silicones, parabens or sulfates in the products. I wash my hair once a week or every 10 days using the No Poo, and I style with Deva Curl styling cream and styling gel.

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

I haven’t colored or straightened it since the big chop and my goal is to keep it that way.

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

If you’re wanting to cut your hair, JUST DO IT. Hair grows back. I saw a quote once “straighten your hair, be happy for a day. Embrace your curls, be happy for life.” And it’s true! Love what you were born with.

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