Markele hh

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How would you best describe your hair?

Naturally Coily

What is your hair type?

3c / 4a

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

For me, I was never fully satisfied with the way my hair was. I would always try to make it look the total opposite of what it really looked like. I never saw people that looked like me where I lived and because of that I always thought I was weird. I felt as if I had this hair that was uncontrollable. So I decided to bleach and straighten my hair as much as possible just to look like everyone else, not realizing that being different is the best thing EVER! Now I embrace it and I'm glad I did because I wouldn't be where I am now! Loving my hair and encouraging others to do the same!

What made you decide to embrace your naturally coily hair?

I kind of got tired of the heat damage look. I started to embrace my hair when I finally seen very influential curly girls embrace their natural hair. I would always imagine and think like if that could only be me!

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

Since I've always been natural there wasn't really a reaction to me wearing my natural hair. My family and friends are very accepting of anything that I do especially when it comes to me being myself.

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How did you transition to wearing your natural texture?

I've always been natural but I definitely had to let go and grow my hair out and trim it as it grew since my hair was so severely damaged due to bleach and using heat almost everyday.

What is your current hair regimen?

My current hair regimen is pretty simple. I mostly stick to:

- Shampoo + conditioning once a week - Deep conditioning once a week - Trimming my ends every 4 weeks - Protective styling during the summer

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

Leaving my hair alone and letting it be free. Not feeling like I always have to do something to it has been key to my hair growth. Plus drinking tons of water and deep conditioning! Also using products that my hair LOVES! Its always important to pay attention to how your hair reacts to certain products.

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

Getting your hair back to its natural state takes time and patience. I know sometimes it can get overwhelming throughout all the different stages of you transitioning. But trust me, its worth the wait! Take care of your hair the best way you can by giving it what it needs which is MOISTURE! Our hair is like a plant, it needs protection and moisture. You can't expect your hair to grow without it.

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