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

It was very difficult because my hair was at a weird stage where it was big and puffy, but wasn’t necessarily curly. For the most part I always straightened it with a flat iron because I didn’t wanna deal with my natural hair.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly/coily/wavy hair?

My mom was my curly hair inspiration growing up. She has the most beautiful bouncy curls I’ve ever seen. I wanted curls just like her and I know I had them in me deep down somewhere.

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

Finding curly girl method groups and researching so much advice has helped so much. My hair is now my most noticeable and most complimented feature, so it lets me know all the experimenting and patience was all worth it in the end!

How do you protect your curls at night?

I wear a silk bonnet at night to protect my curls.

Who is your curl crush?

@curlsandblondies (Sanne) on Instagram. Not only is she so informative, she is just so wise, raw and genuine when it comes to her curly hair journey. Her curls are absolutely gorgeous!

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

Shea moisture curl enhancing smoothie! Ever since I found out about this product I can’t live without it!

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

Jamaican black castor oil! It strengthens your hair, prevents breakage and promotes hair growth. I recommend it to everyone when including it in my curly hair routine.

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

When I did a big chop to get rid of the blonde in my hair. Having it very short was difficult for me but it was so worth it to have fresh new curls.

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

Finger coiling has definitely made a huge impact on my curls when styling. It removes any frizz and makes my hair last for 2 or even 3 more days without having to re-style.

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

It is A LOT of work and it takes dedication, patience and experimenting but it’s so worth it in the end! I wouldn’t go back even if you paid me.