CN: Have you always embraced your natural curls? If not, who or what inspired you?
I never embraced my natural curls until about a year ago. I constantly fought them with flat-ironing, relaxers, and thermal reconditioning. I was always awkward looking when I was growing up, kids would tell me I should brush my hair in the morning, which I did. Huge mistake, haha! My inspiration to see my natural hair texture was watching Nip/Tuck and seeing actress Annalynne McCord walk on the set with her beautiful curly hair and being confident about it. I pretty much fell in love with her hair and upon searching curly hair on Google I ran into NaturallyCurly.com.
CN: How have family, friends, and strangers responded to your curls? How do you respond to them?
My family loves my hair, I haven’t had a single negative comment from any of them so far. My friends always love my hair as well, a few of the girls actually wouldn’t mind if I helped them with their hair. Strangely enough, I get so many compliments on my hair all the time from strangers, which NEVER happened when I kept my hair pin straight. I usually see a lot of people with a baffled look on their face seeing as I look very unmixed but my hair seems to throw everything off. Some people think I perm my hair, some people think I’m mixed, but I have to tell them no, no, and no, I’m full Chinese and yes, my hair is naturally curly. So far I have yet to receive anything negative, even when I go to the bars and wait in the bathroom line with the mean girls they can’t help but send a compliment my way.
CN: What are your must have products?
Flaxseed gel! Whoever decided to put that in their hair is a genius. I also love Yes to Cucumbers conditioner, great slip and super moisturizing. I use it to condition my hair as well as a leave-in.
CN: Routine for the the perfect curl?
For my perfect curls, I have to make sure my hair is dripping wet when I get out of the shower. First I scrunch in some leave-in, then a lot of flaxseed gel, then a strong gel if I want a little more hold. After all the stuff is in my hair I scrunch my curls with a t-shirt then let it air-dry until my hair is about 70% dry. After that I’ll diffuse to about 90% then put in some roller jaw clamps for areas that need lift and finally air-dry. I use a pomade or jojoba oil to scrunch out the crunch and I’m good to go.
CN: How do you deal with the high dew points and humidity of summer?
I use MOP high shine glisten pomade on hot days, it helps a lot!
Awesome story, and your hair is amazing! A unique beauty indeed
Beautiful hair and beautiful story!
This goes to show that there are more people in the world with curly hair than straight!
where do yo find flaxseed gel? Is it in the hair care section or with food?
Wow full Chinese with curly hair? That is very cool, beautiful hair
Mimi, you crazy
Thanks for all the comments! I make my own flaxseed gel, but I add some other ingredients like epsom salt, agave nectar, aloe juice, and rose oil. I also have changed my conditioner to tigi moisture maniac which is now my HG, and I use grapeseed oil on my hair as well which makes my hair super soft 🙂
wow, your hair is gorgeous! i will def. have to look into flaxseed oil…i never even thought about using it 🙂
So I just got back from picking up some organic flaxseed, and I must admitt that I love the way my curls look and feel. They are so shiney and soft. I will NEVER buy Kinky Curly again. I'll be making my own gel from now on!!!
crazy awesome hair 🙂
Whitney, your hair is MARVELOUS!!!!!!! You rock, girl!
You and your hair are beautiful! Yes, pls give us the scoop on the flaxseed gel!
Whitney, your hair is beautiful!!! 🙂 Do you make your own flaxseed gel or do you purchase it? And from where?
Your hair is GORGEOUS!!! Can't imagine straight hair looking that pretty 🙂
Its funny how we all have to deal with the mean girls who can't handle the fact that their supposed beauty is NOT the end all be all.