Where are you from?
E: I am from the beautiful Island of Dominican Republic and I currently live in California
Why did you go natural?
E: When I turned 15 all I wanted was my hair to be straight, like you see on the street, in the magazines, on TV. But you pay a big price: no pool, no beach, no sweet, hours and hours in the salons, money spent, and for what? No matter how hard we try we are never gonna look the same as the models in the magazine. It’s the pursuit of an illusion.
How did you transition to natural hair?
E: August 2009 was my last relaxer, I remember my Mom and sister were visiting me form DR and I told them what I had in mind (no more relaxer) and my Mom said, ‘Why? Are you crazy? You have such beautiful hair.’ So after a few months I relaxed my hair AGAIN, but I keep feeling that I wanted my hair to be natural, what ever that was! I hadn’t seen my natural hair for more than 15 years, and I actually didn’t remember it at all. So in December 2009 I cut my hair to my shoulders. In February 2010 I cut my hair again and in May 2010 I did the big chop. The transition for me was very difficult because I used to relaxed my hair almost every month and I didn’t like to see my kinky hair sticking out beneath my perfect straight hair. During those months roller sets, flexi rods and braid outs become my BFFs.
In what ways, if any, has going natural affected you?
E: At the beginning it was pretty hard because I didn’t know how my real hair would look, but after you pass that BC moment fear becomes joy. For the first time my daughters loved their hair, because they looked just like their mamí. I become a more active me, I now work out every day because I am no longer afraid the sweat or water will affect or ruin my hair. I have my own natural hair blog where I have the privilege of meeting and interacting with the most amazing, confident women in the world.
How would you describe your hair?
E: My hair is my baby, my hair is a beautiful pajón (big afro in DR) sometimes, perfect curls others, but most of all it’s mine.
What’s your regimen?
E: My regimen is pretty simple. I condition my hair every day, leave-ins are a curly girl’s best friend. I massage my scalp every night with my own oil mix. Because I work out a lot I do 2–3 co-washes a week and shampoo and deep condition once a week.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
E: I must say without any doubt that it’s massaging my hair every night with a 100% oil mix that not only moisturizes but nourishes my hair and stimulates my scalp. You can read more about it here http://www.dailycurlz.com/p/dilycurlz-oil-mix.html.