These Curly Chicas Taught Me How to Embrace My Natural Hair
I LOVE every single piece of bouncy hair on my head and wouldn’t trade my ‘fro for the world. It wasn’t always like that, though. It took patience, research and a great dose of inspiration to truly fall in love with my natural hair. I owe much of the appreciation for my awesome hair to these curly chicas and their spot-on tips.
“Find a natural hair salon.” – Vilma Peguero
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When you need your wisdom teeth removed, you don’t go to a philosopher, do you? Same logic applies to hair. Black Latina Negra Bella co-founder Dania Peguero would had never begun her natural hair care journey if it hadn’t been for the salon experts who taught her how!
“Give your hair some loving.” – Alba Ramos
Having beautiful, healthy, shiny-looking curls takes time and love. But it is totally worth it. Sun Kiss Alba was the first person to share with me the basics of curly hair care, and I’m pretty sure you’ll love her videos, too! She covers everything from maintenance and cleansing to cute hairstyles, just for curly hair.
“YOU ARE NOT ALONE.” – Carolina Contreras
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Miss Rizos isn’t just a beauty blogger, she’s an activist who works day and night to educate women from all over the globe on how to care for their pajones (she heads up a natural hair salon in Santo Domingo), as well as how to embrace who they are, culturally and racially, with absolute pride. Not always an easy task, but definitely a rewarding one.
“Clap your hair.” – Ona Diaz-Santin
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Wait, what? Yeah, clapping your hands with your hair between you palms after styling and when your hair is fully dry is Ona’s, a.k.a. The Hair Saint’s, secret for bouncier, fuller, lovelier curls. This woman is a true curly hair magician!
“Use your fingers.” – Bianca Alexa
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Ditch your comb! It’ll only mess with your natural hair structure. Your very own fingers are actually your best friends for detangling and styling your curls.
“Forget shampoo.” – Rocio Mora
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If you must shampoo your hair, go for a paraben-and-silicon-alcohol-free option. Better yet, stick with natural hair products and ditch your shampoo altogether. Let conditioners and deep scalp managers take care of your cleansing and moisturizing needs without stripping your beautiful hair of its natural, protective oils.
“Chop it.” – Mel Burgos
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We curly chicas can sometimes feel like our hair just isn’t growing fast enough, which makes us super afraid of cutting it. The thing is, the only way to keeping curls healthy, in shape–and YES, longer–is by trimming it every every eight weeks or so.
“Mix and match.” – Ada Rojas
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Lose your fear of natural products; your hair will forever be grateful! Also, because each chica’s curls are created differently, it’s best to experiment with different hair product cocktails until you find the ones that work the best for you.
Here’s to great hair days, every day!
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Are there any other curly hair tips that’ve worked wonders for you? Share, share, share!