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

Back in the day it was very hard for me. My mom was the owner of a hair salon and she raised me to neglect my natural texture. I always found myself hiding my hair with relaxers and hairstyles such as braids and buns. It wasn't until 2015 that I finally decided to embrace my hair and texture.

What made you decide to embrace your naturally curly hair?

I constantly felt the need to fulfill a standard that my family had prepared for me. Not knowing myself made me start to question my decisions. One day I just decided to let my hair down and cut away all that hurtful past.

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

My big chop was a moment that marked my life forever. That moment was of pure freedom. As the scissor did its job I felt all the pain falling to the ground along with my processed hair. I can't put into words the relief I felt.

How do you protect your curls at night?

I always do a scalp massage with any oils. Righteous Roots and Aunt Jackie's are two of my favorites. With these massages I promote hair growth and also tame any previous frizz. After that I wear my satin hat or just use my satin pillowcase.

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Who is your curl crush?

I spent lots of time on YouTube learning about techniques and DIYs. That's how I found Jewellianna Palencia also known as JewJewbee on social media. She's always had these juice and moisturized curls. I really enjoy her hair tips.

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

I can't leave my house without my afro pick. Humidity is one of my main problems when I go out so I just fluff my hair and make my afro even bigger. Also if I apply too much product my hair tends to weigh down.

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

After a long time I finally got to understand my hair and the L.O.C method is my favorite. With this I can seal the moisture and my curls last longer. Carol's Daughter Coco Créme collection is my current go-to for extreme moisture.

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

At the beginning it was very hard for me to understand the needs of my hair. I made tons of research and asked around to other curly friends. Curly hair terms can be very confusing but after awhile you get used to it.

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

Twist outs are one of my favorite techniques when I feel like giving my hair a different pattern. Also it works as a protective style preventing breakage and keeping my ends sealed.

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

I always tell ladies to be gentle with themselves. Going natural is a long process of self acceptance and self love. I compare us women to flowers; not for the gentle side but for the beautiful process of blossoming. Changes take time, so just wait for the right moment and go for it.

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