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Dominican Hair Don’t Care

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Straight, long, silky hair has been considered “better” by many — and that opinion has perpetuated the belief that anything different is not beautiful.

One woman in Santo Domingo is changing that. Carolina Contreras, 29, opened her Miss Rizos salon after her blog — where she talked about skipping the chemicals that made her hair straight and maintaining naturally curly — became so popular.

“I would walk down the street and women would stop me and ask me how I got my hair like that,” she said before opening her salon.

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Lucky for many because now she has clientele traveling from all over to get their hair done by her. And it’s not just about hair. Eileen Fuentes, who traveled to Santo Domingo with her three daughters specifically for an appointment at Miss Rizos, said, “We have been programmed to not embrace our very obvious African heritage, and I wanted to break that vicious cycle. We are black, our hair is kinky, and we are very proud of it.”

As for what she wanted to teach her daughters: “It was important for me that my daughters go to a place in the Dominican Republic where the natural pattern of their very curly hair would be embraced.”

Read more about natural, Dominican hair here.

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11 Photos that Prove Latinos Go All Out on Baptism Outfits

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11 Photos that Prove Latinos Go All Out on Baptism Outfits

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Latinos don’t need an excuse to dress up and have a good time, we do a pretty good job of finding those reasons ourselves. We learned at a young age that more is better. Just take a look at these baptism outfits that perfect capture Latino enthusiasm for dramatic gowns.

It’s all about the hat which can either match the dress…

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Or function as baby’s first church hat.

Every good Latina has a church hat, after all.

Sometimes they are inspired by your greatest heroes, like Frida Khalo.

Flowers on the head just makes the baptism classier, obvi.

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Plus, making a hat for the special day gives abuelita something to do other than worry.

Just make her a hat and they rest of the baptism will be perfect, lo prometo.

And if there’s no hat, rest assured that abuelita will spend 30-45 minutes making sure your sleeves are just the right amount of puffy.

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And she will double and triple check the rest of the day so you are always photo ready.

#RufflesForDays

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The more complicated the fabric, the more God seeps in. #basicknowledge

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Embroidery is also very important for the big day.

Mainly because mami wants to make sure you shine in front of everyone in church. “It all reflects on the family, mija.” – Every Latina mother…EVER.

Everyone knows that the bigger the dress the more you love God.

It’s like prom dresses for babies. What could possibly go wrong?

Some baptism outfits breakaway from the dress format, but are still just as impressive.

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I mean, who wouldn’t want to rock that outfit on their baptism.

READ: 11 Things Only a Person From a Big Latino Family Will Understand

And, most importantly, it’s crucial that you accessorize.

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Like, really accessorize.

Because every good Latino knows that a giant, silk bow makes everything soooooo much better.

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