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What is your hair type?

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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. 

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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!

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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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