Oh, Hi there! My name is Whitney Romeo and I have 3a/b type curls. Usually when people ask me “How long have you been natural?” I look at them with a blank stare and say ummmm…. Well????? I don’t know.
I say that because I kind of stumbled into my curly hair journey. I never actually said I WANT TO GO NATURAL! I was 19 years old and I decided to cut my hair from waist length to shoulder length and that is with the curls stretched! I was sick of dealing with my hair and the flat iron was getting to be too much. I clearly didn’t learn my lesson the first time and decided to give up the flat ironing 3 more times!
2015 was the last time I said, “I’m not going to do this anymore…. No more flat ironing.” Not only because I wanted to finally embrace my curls, but my arms were tired. So, 2015 was a semi-big chop and from then I laid heat on it maybe 2 or 3 times and that was just for a quick switch up. My curls weren’t damaged the last semi-big chop, but I know that my hair had so much more potential.
I was trying anything and everything in my hair from dollar store gels to the most expensive ones I could find. Now in 2017, even though I am a product junkie at heart, I know what works and what doesn’t work in my hair. I have been using Curls-Blueberry Bliss collection, TGIN, LUS Brands, Inhasi, Devacurl, Shea Moisture….. just to name a few. If you check out my Instagram, you will definitely see that I am a wash-n-go aficionado!
The number 1 rule for me in maintaining my curls is MOISTURE, especially because my hair is now bleached! I am not big on using oils, but a great leave in before adding the gel or styling cream is what definitely does it for me. Also, be sure to get regular trims every 3 to 4 months. Your ends are just as important as the rest of your hair! Once they split, it stunts the growth of those luscious locks.
I love natural hair, whether from 2a to 4c. It is versatile, and what makes each and every one of us unique in our own way. I felt for a very long time that curly hair was unruly and straight hair is the epitome of what beauty is. I even made my mom relax my hair when I was 10 because I thought that is what would make me beautiful. Girl, was I do wrong. Self-love is one of the most important things you can give yourself, embrace what you have! <3 Natural hair brings people together and I love the fact that I can inspire and encourage others to embrace their natural and love themselves.
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