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

Growing up with textured hair was really fun for me. I started styling my hair at 10 years old, and I've always felt it was a satisfying form of self-expression. My mother allowed me to do my own styles, and that sort of creative freedom with hair is exciting when you're young.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I've always embraced my natural hair... Although (I won't lie) it can be a pain in the butt at times, for me the benefits are worth it. My hair is mine, and I'm proud of it.

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

The most empowering moments of my natural hair journey have come through watching the natural hair community grow — seeing so many girls and women embrace an aspect of themselves and drawing inspiration from that. It's a beautiful thing.

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How do you protect your curls at night?

I generally tie my hair up into a high bun and sleep in my Mane Choice bonnet.

Who is your curl crush?

Who isn't my curl crush?! I love all of them. Every single one for different reasons (e.g.; styling techniques, natural remedies, tips, product knowledge etc.)

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

I'd have to say a pick. Picks are MAGICAL creatures.

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

I am currently loving the Uncle Funky's Daughter line. I've been using it for a month now and the products are amazing.

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

Being patient. With styling, growth, and change I have to remind myself what the journey is about and that each moment is one to enjoy.

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

Maintaining a healthy hair routine is the key to optimal hair health. Regularly deep conditioning hair, learning how to retain moisture, getting regular trims, seeking professional advice for color and chemical changes to the hair, etc. Staying on top of these habits, you thereby set your hair health up for success.

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

My advice is "Do what you want." I don't interfere. I think everyone's timing is different and I don't judge women for whatever it is that they do with their hair. I think it's a woman's choice to do whatever it is that she wants to do with her hair. It's her freedom.

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