Texture Tales Sue Shares Her Natural Hair Journey to Embracing her Kinky Hair

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What is your hair type?

4a

What has been the most empowering moment of your journey so far? Most challenging?

The most empowering moment was when I wore my natural hair for my wedding day! I had so many doubts because I was transitioning and I wasn’t where I wanted to be. A lot of people asked what I was going to do, but I decided to be myself and wear it the way it was. I didn’t want to change it. It took me a long time to get there and I’m so glad I did! Seeing my wedding photos and seeing my hair — the way it was — reminded me that I stayed true to myself and I decided to embrace it and I felt beautiful. It was a breaking point for me.

How do you prefer to protect your curls at night, bonnet, scarf or satin pillowcase?

The first 3-4 days after I wash my hair, I do a pineapple and I also have a satin pillowcase. This helps me a lot to avoid frizz. I refresh my hair the next day with a mix of water and styling cream. My hair is very curly and I don’t retain a lot of definition after the fourth day, so I usually put it in a pineapple until my next wash day. 

Texture Tales Sue Shares Her Natural Hair Journey to Embracing her Kinky Hair

Who is your curl crush?

There are so many beautiful girls embracing their hair and I would have to say my first curl crush was @analidialopess. She is a Brazilian blogger and even though all of her tutorials are in Portuguese, I’ve learned so much just watching and following during my transition year. I also love @joyjah — her healthy curls and length is amazing!!

What’s your curly girl essential?

It’s hard to choose one product, but it would have to be a leave-in conditioner. My hair is dry, so I have to apply a lot of moisture now that I live in Texas. I have to put extra juice in my hair and my favorite leave-in is the
Pomegranate & Honey Leave-In Conditioner
from Mielle Organics. It smells so amazing and it leaves my hair very moisturized.

Do you prefer to shampoo or co-wash?

Co-wash all the way! But I use shampoo once a month to get that extra squeaky clean feeling!

Texture Tales Sue Shares Her Natural Hair Journey to Embracing her Kinky Hair

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

I love trying new natural hair products and it all depends on how my hair feels. During the summertime, I use more gels to style my hair because it dries faster and I like big hair in the summer. During the cooler months, I apply styling creams just to give my hair a break and protect it from the cold. These are the products I apply when I wash my hair:

I deep condition my hair for 15 minutes, then I use a co wash-conditioner — styling cream — gel to seal it all! That’s basically what I apply most of the time. As for stylers, I love Camille Rose Curl Maker — it never fails! I always get so much definition and my curls last longer. I also love Ouidad Climate & Control Gel

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