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How would you best describe your hair?

Naturally Curly

What is your hair type?

Not sure. (Btw, Sylvina is a 3c)

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

Difficult! I didn't know anyone with hair like mine, as my hair has like 3 different textures. I tried to hide it it as a teen, so I constantly straightened out my hair. Even for my job interview, I straightened out my hair because I knew they wouldn't hire me if they saw my naturally huge hair. My boss later confessed she wouldn't have hired me if she would have known my hair was naturally curly.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

It happened after a breakup. My ex-boyfriend always said he liked my hair straight better. When we broke up, I knew I needed to break bondages, including the "straight hair bondage." So I decided to just try it out and go natural. It's been 5 years now!

How have your family, friends and co-workers reacted? What was your response to them?

They were quite surprised, but very supportive. Everyone but me loved my natural hair. So their sweet comments help me to embrace who I was during my journey.

How did you transition to wearing your natural texture?

I just let my hair do whatever it needed to do. But I found myself braiding my bangs constantly because they were so straight.

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What is your current hair regimen?

I do not shampoo my hair whatsoever. I use an ultra moisturizing cleansing conditioner from Devacurl once a week, and then I use the associated conditioner, but I do not rinse it out. Next, I use the Devacurl coconut cream, followed by the Arcangel gel. Finally, I let it air-dry completely.

Are there any techniques or methods that have made a big impact on the way your hair looks?

Massaging my roots really helps. Also, I curl random strands of hair when it's still wet to add definition. Every now and then I braid my hair when it's wet and release them in the morning when my hair is dry. Also, I never use heat! I only ever air dry my hair.

Any advice you’d like to give other women who may be in the transition phase or need some encouragement in their hair journey?

Patience and time will heal your hair. Avoid heat as much as possible. Be sure to find a curly hair certified stylist to help you find the right products for your hair! And make sure they never cut your hair when it's wet! Only get your hair cut when it's dry!

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