What was it like growing up with curly hair?
Growing up with curly hair was....interesting for me. There were stages were I loved my hair and then times I couldn't stand my hair. I would always want my hair to be straight or braided. Either way I couldn't stand doing my hair, especially in the mornings before school. I used to straighten and braid my hair at least twice a month. I know.....that's a lot of heat damage! I'd give up on brushing because it seemed so difficult and tiring to me so I thought "why not just have it out of the way and straighten it?". I now realize that doing that to my hair was a TERRIBLE idea!
What made me embrace my curls?
Well, during my first two years of high school I started getting more interested in my hair. I wanted to dye it, try new styles and grow it out. At the time my hair was long, but then I dyed it and it ended up causing damage to my hair, so before Junior year I got my hair cut. I cut it short (shoulder length). After I cut an inch and a half off, I started following @curlyjourn and @jasmeannnn on Instagram and followed their techniques, I also started looking on Pinterest for ways to grow healthy hair and maintain good hair which helped a lot.
What have I learned from my natural hair journey?
I've learned that curly hair is the new meaning of beautiful and that I have to accept my hair because it's part of me and I can't and won't change that part of me. It's what makes me unique and different from others. There's also so much you can do with curly hair, you can do the same things to your hair that you would do with straight hair so why bother damaging your hair?
What's my curly girl essential?
Leave in conditioner for sure, my hair becomes fizzy and dry if I don't apply leave in
What's some advice I have for those who are struggling with loving their natural hair?
Don't give up on your hair because at some point in time, you'll regret not taking care of it. Growing and maintaining good hair isn't just about eating right and using the right products, it's about loving it and embracing it. No matter if you have 3b hair or 4c, don't give up on it. It's part of you, it's what makes YOU unique.
What curly hair products do I use? And what's my routine?
First, while my hair is still wet, I apply the Cantu Leave In Conditioner, this helps a lot with my hair because it's really think and helps put moisture back into my hair. Then, I brush my hair with a Tangle Teezer Brush to help detangle my hair. After that, I apply the Shea Moisture Strengthen and Restore Smoothie to my hair and rake it through my hair for even distribution. After I'm done with that, I section my hair into 2 parts and take the DevaCurl B'Leave In and rake a quarter sized amount into both sections on my hair and scrunch up the ends to give my hair more bounce. Finally, I take my Denman Brush and brush sections of my hair that need more definition and then apply the Ultra Defining Gel into my hair by smoothing it and scrunching it on hair to "freeze" the curls into place. After I'm done air drying or defusing my hair, I apply the OGX Coconut Milk Serum by the same method I use for applying gel, this helps had shine to my hair and keeps it frizz-free and nourished.
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