In the sixth grade, I learned how to straighten my own hair. By the time I was a junior in high school, I found myself straightening my hair every single day. It came to the point where many people didn’t even know I had naturally curly hair. I believed straight hair was easier to manage and looked nicer than my natural hair. I now realize how damaging this actually is. In a way, I feel like I was trying to hide my ethnicity by straightening my hair. Since then, I have learned to love my natural hair. Through research and using the correct products, I began to embrace my ethnic hair.
Both of my parents are Colombian. My dad has straight hair and my mom has curly hair. This left me with loose curls. Whenever I would wear my hair curly, I wouldn’t like the outcome. This is because I would use the wrong products. I would use things such as a mousse, which was not intended for curly hair. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that my friends introduced me to products intended for ethnic hair. I felt that by straightening my hair I was hiding who I really was. Because of my friends, I became more aware of who I am and decided to wear my hair curly more often and I haven’t looked back since.
I am currently using Coconut Curling Cream by Cantu Shea Moisture. This can be found in the “ethnic hair” section of the grocery store. I get mine from Walmart. While my hair is still damp, I take a quarter size amount of product into my hand. I spread it in my hand and then I scrunch it all over my hair. It is important to switch up the product once in a while so your hair doesn’t become too accustomed to the product. DevaCurl Styling Cream is excellent as well as Sacha Inchi Rescue & Repair Curl Defining Smoothie by Shea Moisture. In addition to the right styling product, finding a shampoo and conditioner intended for ethnic hair helps as well. SuperFruit Conditioner by Shea Moisture does wonders. More along the line, I plan to get a DevaCut, which is when your hair is cut dry and a treatment is put into your hair to help nourish and define the curls.
Each day, I love my hair more and more. It feels much healthier than before and it just took finding the right products.
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