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‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham Gets Teary-Eyed Talking About Feeling All Alone To Care For Her Hair In Quarantine

There’s no doubt that when the pandemic struck and it was revealed that the best way to keep healthy was to quarantine, millions of black women panicked. After all, in a world where haircare for Black women has long been a low priority in the beauty industry, so many of us are either only just learning how to take care of our hair or have been thrust into the throes of our curls thanks to not being able to see our stylists in quarantine.

“Vampire Diaries” actress Kat Graham says she knows the deal.

Speaking about her experiences with her hair, Graham admitted she has been getting her hair done professionally since she was 9 years old.

“My mom couldn’t really do my hair [growing up] so she’d just drop me off at the hair salon,” she explained in a video for Vogue before going on to share that since the start of the pandemic she’s had to learn how to do her own hair.

For the past four months, Graham explained that she’s been cautious of not using direct heat on her hair and that it’s been “really therapeutic for me to wear my hair really, really big.” The star explains that this particularly gratifying because “Afro hair is not something that Hollywood has ever necessarily embraced.”

After years of straightening her hair with chemicals and having to wear wigs for roles, Graham said she didn’t know what she was doing at the start of quarantine.

Fortunately, her hairstylist Rachel Lee gave Graham Cantu’s Avocado Leave-In Conditioner to help keep things in shape. “It’s almost like she knew I was going to be on my own. And I’ve never had to be on my own with my hair before,” Graham explained tearfully. “This was the product that really helped me figure out that my hair will work with me if I don’t give up on it.”

Graham explained that she styles her curls with Briogeo Curl Cream and uses oils like Manuka, Argan, and Black Rice. She also makes her own creation of Mustard Seed oil and Jamaican Black Castor.

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