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

The beauty of hair lies within its ability to be versatile. The way our hair transforms and evolves over time is an inevitable part of growth. Just like any other part of our bodies we must learn to love our hair. My textured hair journey started off like many; I didn't understand how to care for it and I definitely didn't understand what my hair needed but the more time I spent with my hair, the more I learned about what 'she' could do. I learned to appreciate her uniqueness and fullness. I even learned what products she liked and didn't respond well to. Overall, my natural hair became a reflection of me. For me it became more than just curls and cute hairstyles but a political statement that I have arrived at the most sacred phase of self love.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I think the moment I realized that my natural hair wasn't a challenge but a treasure is the moment I began to embrace my God given pattern. What really advanced my relationship with my hair was being surrounded by amazing women of color who understood my maintenance struggles but still encouraged me to learn how to care for my hair. The more time I spent with my hair I was taught patience and perseverance which by the way are two great character traits to possess in life!

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What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?

My big chop was such a reinvigorating moment! It taught me that starting over doesn't just mean THE END of a chapter but the BEGINNING of something new and fresh!

How do you protect your curls at night?

It depends on how my hair is styled! My go to style is a wash n go so to preserve my curls, I either gather my hair into a puff or part my hair into jumbo twists and sleep with a silk bonnet or scarf.

Who is your curl crush?

Glamtwinz!!!! We share the same hometown and their hair is so gorgeous. I'll never be able to achieve a drop like theirs!

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What's your curly girl essential you can't live without?

I can't live without a deep conditioner, holding gel, or a sturdy detangling brush.

What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you’d like to share?

My regimen depends on my mood. Sometimes I like to switch it up. Right now my favorite product is EDEN Bodyworks Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo.

What has been the most challenging moment of your natural hair journey so far?

I rarely straighten my hair but when I do it's because it's time for a trim. I always find it challenging to straighten my hair because I'm always so afraid that it won't revert back to my natural curl pattern. I know I'm not the only natural who says that prayer before applying shampoo to wash the straight aways (lol).

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Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?

Understanding that water is just as vital to hair health as it is for our body's health.

What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?

  1. Don't expect your hair to look like your favorite bloggers hair! Learn to embrace your natural texture and love on it at every stage.
  2. Speak NICE to your hair, it responds to positive vibrations!
  3. Sisterhood is the solution to all of our beauty challenges! I often attend natural hair events and I am so inspired by how liberated everyone is rocking their natural hair.
  4. You are not alone. The moment you begin to research and learn about your hair and curl pattern is the moment you'll realize that women all over the world share similar struggles.