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

Growing up with textured hair was an interesting experience for me. There were positive and negative experiences. Then, there was my opinion of my hair which changed over time.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally coily hair?

After begging my mom to get a relaxer which she rejected countless times. I decided to research ways to grow and take care of my natural hair. At the time there wasn’ much research, but I figured everything out by trial and error. The desire to get a relaxer slowly diminished.

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

The most empowering moment was when I cut about 20 inches of my hair off to start another hair journey. I wanted to let go of the attachment of having long hair for the majority of my life. It was so liberating and it shifted my mindset for the better. I wanted to let dead weight go and that’s what my hair felt like at the time.

How do you protect your curls at night?

I sleep on a satin pillow case the majority of the time or a bonnet , depends on the style I’m wearing at the time.

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Who is your curl crush?

Since the big chop, I’ll say myself. I want to get back to my previous length and beyond just for the fun of it.

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

I would say a spray bottle with water. When I don’t have one, styling can be hectic.

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

I usually wash my hair once a week. Shampoo and condition or shampoo and Deep condition. Apply leave in conditioner or moisturizer and twist my hair. Twists are my go-to styles along with low manipulation styles. I’ll fluctuate between twists and out styles such as wash n go's etc. I have a lot of favorites too many to mention because I’ve tried a lot of products, but these are my holy grails: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey and Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Shampoo, Natural Oasis Honey and Jajoba Styling Creme, Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Repair Masque and SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk

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

Retaining moisture and breakage because of how fragile and thin my strands are.

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

Regular trimming sessions has been very beneficial for my hair type. Also, working with my hair in sections.

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

You have to own it , love and appreciate your texture first before you expect anyone else to do the same. Once you do , nothing anyone else says matters. We are all unique and different. Embrace it!

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