For THE LONGEST, I had no idea how to style my natural hair. It wasn’t until high school, summer of 2012, when my childhood friend showed me how to comb my hair while it was wet. Before that summer, my entire life I believed straight hair was the best hair. I remember I got my hair straightened for the first time at five years old. After so long of my hair being in cute protective hairstyles, for the first time I felt ecstatic to have my hair touching all the way down to my back!
I loved my straight hair so much and so did others! From that point on, I continued to straighten my hair every two weeks. I noticed all of my home girls loved wearing our hair straight and I never wore my natural hair since I loved my straight hair. Just to show y’all how brainwashed we were, my entire friend group coordinated our outfits AND our hair styles to match each other.
By the time I was sixteen, my hair that once was past my back, was now two inches above my shoulders! Girl, I really didn’t have NO HAIR!! ANYWAY, fast forward to 2014; I began my natural hair journey when I started college. In high school I only knew how to comb my hair under water and fully drenched in conditioner. By college I knew how to apply leave-in conditioner to my hair and braid each section using a curling custard.
Somehow, I wore wigs in the industry to protect my hair from heat damage. I remember going to fashion shows and the hair stylists not knowing how to style on a wig. I was ashamed I wore a wig in the first place, yet relieved it wasn’t my real hair they were frying on. The moment I realized wigs were not going to fly in the industry was when I attended a go see for Scout Models Agency in San Francisco.
I walked in for my go see at Scout Models Agency and I hit the catwalk for them real quick. They were impressed and then asked to see my Instagram. Shortly after, they asked me why I didn’t have my natural hair out and why I had this black wig on?! I replied, “I wasn’t sure how you guys would react to my natural hair”. They told me that they ABSOLUTELY LOVE my curly hair! From this point on, I wore my natural curls, utilized protective hairstyles, and did not allow hair stylists to straighten my hair on set. Growing up, straight hair was the best hair, now in the industry curly and healthy hair is the best hair. I was surprised that the industry appreciated natural looks. As a result, modeling has allowed me the opportunity to embrace my natural hair while showing young girls how to style and maintain their curls from my YouTube channel!