I decided with...the condition of my hair deteriorating that [transitioning] was the right choice for me. And it happened to be at a time when curly hair and natural hair were becoming more accepted in the industry...
When it comes to work in the modeling industry, there's no shortage in the need for a curly or coily haired woman. Ebonee Davis, whose face has graced the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Teen Vogue, and VS Pink, proves this to be true.
While the native New Yorker can thank her hair for having a part in a budding fashion career, Davis insists her decision to transition back to natural hair is purely for goals of achieving healthy hair rather than a certain "look" to entice brands.
In an interview with MC2 Models and PopSugar, Ebonee explains her personal hair journey:
I got a Keratin treatment last year. My last one was April, 2015. I only got two, about 6 weeks apart. It was fine the first time and for the grow out — but then my hair started getting thin and damaged.
I was working out more, so I was sweating. And when I would sweat my hair would be dead — puffy, wavy, and I'd have to go over it with heat again.
I knew if I wanted to work out, I'd have to put more heat on my hair. For me, working out is more important than trying to maintain a hairstyle that my hair doesn't naturally fall into.
So I decided with that in mind and the condition of my hair deteriorating that it was the right choice for me. And it happened to be at a time when curly hair and natural hair were becoming more accepted in the industry, or in beauty nationwide.
It was a combination of things that happened at the right time that came together and helped me make that decision...
Although many brands are beginning to book models that look like Ebonee Davis in order to fulfill a diverse representation of ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds, this beauty wants to be clear that her own decision for returning to natural was not seeded in the same motive.
She notes, however, that it certainly hasn't hurt her clientele--and she's not mad about it.