India Benét on Her Natural Hair

by Alex of TheGoodHairBlog

Some of you may know her as Eric Benet's daughter, others may be a fan of her beautiful voice but what captured my attention to the stunning songstress were her beautiful curls. India and I started following each other a few months back on Twitter and OF COURSE I tried my hand at getting her on the blog. When she agreed I was super anxious to read and post her curly girl story. I think you ladies will really enjoy India's simple approach to hair care!

Please, introduce yourself!
Hey! I’m India Benet. Singer/Songwriter, LF Stylist and USC Student!

What is your current hair care regimen?
About every other morning I apply Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner. I run it through my hair in the shower with my fingers until it’s even, and then I wet my hair and crunch my curls with my hands from the bottom up. I towel dry and diffuse a little, but only until it’s about half way dry. After that I just let it air dry! It took me a long time to figure out a system that works perfectly for my hair!

What is your hair type and what works best for your texture?
My hair has ringlet curls with varying curl patterns all over my head. It’s also dry. I need to make sure that I get the right amount of moisture. The Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner is my FAVORITE. It gives me moisture without my hair looking oily or greasy.

What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural or have you been relaxer free all your life?
I used to get my hair flat ironed often, but when I decided to wear my hair big and natural I got very positive feedback! Everyone loved it.

Did you big chop or transition, for how long? If you’ve always been natural, did you ever have any curly hair girl insecurities? If so, what helped you adjust to having naturally curly hair over the years?
I was insecure about my curly hair for a long time. I used to flat iron it often. Also, I used to put way too much leave in conditioner in it because it made my hair smaller, but it also made it crunchy and greasy. With time I just realized that my big curls are beautiful and I should flaunt them! I think a big part of it was not having the right haircut. When I started wearing my hair natural, I had my hair layered so that it would fall naturally.

What makes you love your kinks, curls and coils?
I love that my hair is never the same! Every day my curls are a little different. It’s like my hair has its own personality.

Where can we find you on the web?
Twitter- @IndiaBenet
Instagram- @IndiaBenet

Anything EXTRA you want us to know?
Love yourself the way you are! There is NOTHING wrong with kinks & curls! We’re programmed to think that our hair is a problem that needs fixing, but natural hair is so beautiful. Sometimes it just takes a minute to figure out a system that works for your specific hair type.

My name is Alexandra Smith, I am 22 year old single mother of one, full time Media Journalism student and business owner.I share my curly girl experience and other kinky haired goodness on my site "The Good Hair Blog." My overall goal of blogging for the natural hair community is to bring us together,men included by spreading knowledge, inspiration and love about our diverse heads of hair.

CN says:
Check out my interview with Eric Benet! It's a family affair up in here!

16 Weigh in!:
Taylor said...

Love those bouncy curls. Cute blog layout too!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty girl! She seems down to earth as well--that's always refreshing!

Marcia said...

Beautiful! I have loved her hair for a long time! Since Halle Berry is her adopted mom you should do a feature on her too! Maybe she will talk about Nahla's hair too! Make it a family affair!

Anonymous said...

LOVE seeing young people do great things - from India Benet to the author of this article to - women engaging the public to determine what's next for your hair! GO LADIES

Annie L. said...

Great, straightforward and positive interview! Just very accessible lessons and advice from a beautiful woman with gorgeous curls!

Carla said...

She's beautiful! Thank you for sharing her story :) I agree that we should get both Halle and Nahla on here too.

Bobby said...

Great interview Alex, her curls are popping <3 it!

Anonymous said...

She is gorgeous I like her curls she is natural like her daddy that is great.

Megan Montgomery

C.J. said...

Marcia, Halle never adopted India and is no longer in her life.

Jacinta W. said...

Her hair is amazing!!

Gwenn4ya said...

Love the curls and yes they are popping! Good to see young women loving their hair and not being afraid to let it flow. Kuddos to you!!

Tina (MissT1806) said...

This was such a nice, breezy, down to earth interview! Feels like the girl next door in a very sweet way!

Anonymous said...

I truly enjoyed this interview and her big lovely hair!

Madison said...

yay for usc curls! fight on!

Anonymous said...

The same interview is on with the same answers. She posted that one on her instagram, but this one is real too right?

Brooke B. said...

She's a beautiful young lady & her curls a the business. Oh yeah & I love Eric Benet's music too.

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