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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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