What was it like for you growing up with textured hair?
When I was younger, I wasn't too fond of having textured hair because at that time it was painful when my hair had to be combed or styled & I blamed that on having thick natural hair. Also, I remember softer & straighter hair textures being publicized as "good hair" & easier to manage. Hence why I got a relaxer for the first time at 11.
What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?
I realized that I didn't even know what my natural curl pattern looked like or even get to enjoy it because I associated it with pain. It was 3-4 years after my first relaxer when I chose to transition back to my natural hair & I am so happy I did!
What has been the most empowering moment of your natural hair journey so far?
The most empowering part of my natural hair journey so far would definitely have to be, receiving positive messages from others stating that just by embracing my natural hair & sharing the love I have for it publicly helped give them the confidence & push they needed to embrace theirs!
Being able to share my knowledge & experiences with others to help make their journey easier & more enjoyable is an amazing feeling & accomplishment to me!
How do you protect your curls at night?
At night I put my hair into a loose pineapple & tie a satin scarf around my head.
Who is your curl crush?
My curl crush is @halfricanbeaute.
What's your curly girl essential you can't live without?
If I could only choose one hair product to use for the rest of my life I would definitely choose conditioner! It can be used as: a regular conditioner, a deep conditioner & even a leave in! I've tried it all those ways before & its great!
What is your current hair regimen? Any favorite products you’d like to share?
I wash my hair every week, which consists of:
Shampooing, Conditioning & Deep Conditioning. Then, I always apply my leave in conditioner in sections & style however I choose to that day.
My Favorite Products:
What has been the most challenging moment of your natural hair journey so far?
Learning to have patience with my natural hair. I'm usually a very patient person, but having patience for my natural hair is on a WHOLE other level. It can be super tiring & stressful sometimes, but is worth it when you see the outcome !
Are there any techniques or methods that have made a huge impact on your hair health?
Low manipulation protective styles & stimulating scalp massages are amazing! Also being stress free & happy definitely boosted my hair health. I think once your healthy mentally everything else just does what it needs to.
What's your advice to women who are still struggling with loving their natural texture?
My advice would be to take lots of pictures! Try new styles that may be outside of your comfort zone & also find styles that you're comfortable with to mix things up. You are in control of your hair! Have fun, enjoy every stage of your natural hair journey. Once you've taken that stance to freely embrace, love & be confident with what you were naturally blessed no matter what, you will probably wished you did it sooner!
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