What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?
From as early as I can remember, hair has always been a struggle. I had no clue how to take care of it, and even though she tried, neither did my mother. I got teased tremendously about my big frizzy hair and it had a negative effect on me as a young girl. I got tired of trying to figure out what to do with my hair so I turned to a flat iron. I started straightening my hair everyday so I would no longer be teased. Little did I know, I was damaging my hair. I kept smashing my hair until it had severe heat damage.
What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?
I got tired of straightening my hair to fit into society standards of the norm. I started seeing other girls on the internet reviving their curls, and I thought to myself, I can do that too!
What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?
The most empowering moment has been inspiring others. I love when others tell me that they started their natural hair journey because of me.
How do you protect your curls at night?
I use a silk bonnet and I sleep on a silk pillowcase, just in case my bonnet slips off.
Who is your curl crush?
I would have to say Chelli’s Curls because she was one of the curly girls who I first started watching when I decided to go natural.
What's your curly girl essential you can't live without?
I don’t think I could live without my pick. I don't feel right without volume. I used to do everything possible to make my hair flat, but now I wear my “frizzy” hair proudly!
What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you’d like to share?
I love a good wash and go. My hair regimen consists of deep conditioning, then shampooing, then applying styling products. Once the products are applied, I use my denman brush to help define my curls. To dry, I use a diffuser on medium. Once my curls are dry, I separate my curls with my hands and use a pick to create volume.
What has been the most challenging moment of your natural hair journey so far?
The most challenging part has been to have the patience and understanding that healthy hair won’t come back overnight. I had to get comfortable rocking my damaged natural hair because I knew what my goal was.
Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?
Deep conditioning saved my hair! I deep conditioner about every five days or so and it does wonders for my hair.
Read more: Dos & Don'ts of Deep Conditioning
What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?
I would tell them to be confident in who they are no matter what their hair looks like. Patience is the key. There will be days where frustration hits, but the goal has to be kept in mind. Staying consistent in your regimen is the key to seeing results in the long run.