Hello! I am so excited because I have a BUNCH of Girls Behind the Curls that I can’t wait to introduce you too! If you are new to my site, Girl Behind the Curl is a weekly feature where I highlight a fellow curly girl in hopes to give you some additional hairspiration! It’s also amazing to see how we all have such unique regimens and hair stories :o)
This week’s GBTC is a gal I have been “virtually friends” with for some time now, she feature me on her blog last July and also sells cute hair accessories which you will see in her pics! BE sure to check out this chicas blog because she has some great reviews AND has lots of giveaways!! :o) Oh and mind you, she is only 19 and with a hustler spirit! LOVES it!!
Introduction : : Do share a little about yourself!
Hi! My name is Precious. I am a 19-year-old college sophomore studying landscape architecture and environmental design. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, crafting, sewing, and playing the piano.
In the beginning : : What inspired you to go embrace your natural-ness? OR If you’ve been natural since forever, what inspired you to never get a perm?
I got my first relaxer at age 12 and my once-very-thick hair became thin, limp, and see-through! Not to mention it broke off a ton! I pulled it into sad little gelled-up ponytails at the top of my head until I was 15 and I’d had enough. I decided to do a little research on why my relaxed hair was breaking off so much, and soon realized that relaxers were made of harsh chemicals that were damaging my hair and my scalp, and that natural was the way to go. I absolutely loved how naturally curly/kinky hair looked, so I began my transition! After about one year of trying to grow my natural hair out and still not quite knowing how to deal with the two textures, a good amount of my relaxed hair had successfully broken off at the ends, leaving my beautiful natural hair on top, but ragged ends at the bottom! I trimmed the rest off at a later time, and I’ve been rocking my curls and kinks ever since!
Mane-tain : : What is your weekly/monthly regimen like? If you have color in your hair, how do you maintain it’s health?
I wash my hair once a week (or every other week, depending on how lazy I feel) with a sulfate-free shampoo. After rinsing the shampoo, I’ll apply a leave-in conditioner, detangle my hair with a Denman Brush, and twist/braid my hair so that it will dry stretched and nicely detangled. I use a water-based moisturizer on my hair every day or every two days to keep my hair nicely moisturized and very soft.
Your uniqueness : : How would describe your hair and how do you like to wear/style your hair daily? i.e. wash-n-go’s, twists, straight, protective styles, etc.
My hair is a mixture of small curls and coils that differ greatly in size and texture and also tangle up pretty easily, so wash-n-go’s are SO not my thing. Instead, I like to stretch my hair out with twists or braids, and when I take them out I can rock a twist out/braid out!
Choosing favorites : : What are some fav products you can’t live without or would recommend to someone else? How do you use them?
I absolutely LOVE SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It smells absolutely heavenly, and it’s thick – just the right consistency for my hair! It keeps my hair soft and moisturized for days, and no other product so far has done that for me!
Drop some knowledge : : Do you have a marvelous hair practice/technique you’ve learned and wouldn’t mind sharing? OR is there something you’d like to learn more about?
I’ve recently started finger detangling instead of using a brush or a comb. It really cuts down on breakage and split ends for me!
Shameless Plug : : Do you have a hustle you’d like to share while you have the floor? i.e. business, project, etc.
I do! I enjoy creating unique hair accessories from colorful cotton fabrics. I could never really find hair accessories that fit my style or taste, so I started creating my own! My shop is: www.ACurlsFantasy.etsy.com
K.I.T. : : How can we stay connected with you? i.e. website, e-mail, social media, etc.
- My natural hair blog: Precious-Curls.com
- Instagram: @precioushenshaw
- Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/MyPreciousCurls