Tell me about yourself!
Hey, my name is Rosalba. I'm 27 years old and I've lived in New York for the past 10 years.
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I tried to transition but the process was discouraging, so I decided to chop it all.
Had you always embraced your texture?
To be honest, no. I have 3 different textures. The front side of my hair is not as curly as the back side. I'm thinking about cutting it again.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
Ha! They all had the same reaction; they were confused! Some people thought I was depressed. Others thought I wanted to change my style, but I did it too drastically. Many of the confronted me and this was my response, “I'm tired of the process and all the chemicals I have to put in my hair to make it straight." My aunt didn’t give me an option back then when she relaxed my hair. I'm going back to my roots.
Describe your hair.
My hair is thick and highly porous, but a little bit dry.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
When I was in high school I wanted my hair color lighter, so I went to the salon and the lady that took care of me every single weekend suggested I bleach it. So that's what we did. My hair was permed, bleached and colored in a matter of five hours. What a disaster! My hair was falling for months.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
Perming my hair. I had beautiful long locks of brown hair.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I wash my hair every three days. I only condition my hair once a week. My go-to style is a putting the right side of my hair up. That's pretty much it. I love Weightless Hydration coconut water conditioner, SheaMoisture and oils by Carol’s Daughter.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hair style is placing bobby pins on one side of hair. My hair inspiration comes from what I'm wearing, my mood, and colors.
Who is your curl crush?
I have plenty! lol. All of them are on Instagram: Namedafterhat, Rock_yo_rizos, bwatuwant and frogirlginny
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I put it on a high pony tail. Some time I just sleep as it is. -_-
My mom is in charge of cutting my hair. She is great at it because she listen to my directions.
What's the best thing about being natural?
I love the whole Afro concept! It’s so freeing! My best friend and boyfriend once mentioned that this is “me” with this beautiful wild hair. I loved it. Being natural is so easy and it goes with any style. It makes me feel comfortable with who I am.
Where can folks find you on the web?
On Facebook: Rosie Rose D’ Leon On Instagram: Rosebelle.