Natural Queen Spotlight: Ashley

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I would love to introduce you guys to Ashley! She is 23 and coming to you from NYC.  She is the creator of Curls Fo’ The Girls  and loves all things beauty related!  She is currently a Customer Service Rep at Birchbox and will be heading back to school this fall for her masters degree. 🙂

How long have you been natural: I have been natural for 2 years; my BC anniversary was on 5/11!  I big chopped in May 2012 after transitioning for 9months. 

Signature Styles: I absolutely LOVE wash & gos and twist outs.  I currently have a tapered TWA, which is growing like crazy, so I mostly wash & go.  They’re just so easy to do and I love how springy my curls are.

How do you set your hair for bed: I currently sleep on a satin pillowcase.  I rarely tie my hair up, but when I do, I use a satin bonnet.  However, I think I’m going to invest in a REAL pillowcase & bonnet very soon LOL

What/Who Inspired You to Grow Your Natural Hair: My mom was my inspiration as well as a few Vloggers!  My mom was getting tired of going to the salon to get her touch ups & started putting them off.  I don’t remember how long after her, but I started skipping mine to help motivate her to continue through.  Then during a school visit, a friend showed me a few natural vloggers and it was on since then.  I got home and went to the salon to cut off my relaxed ends.

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What do you love about your natural hair: I absolutely love how curly my hair is!  I always knew that it was curly, but I didn’t realize how much fun I’d have with it.  I honestly find my curls to be more fun and interesting than my texlaxed days!

How would you describe your hair: My hair is super soft so frizz can happen in .3 secs! lol BUT my hair is super curly– full of springy ringlets.  I find that that my curls are springy in a shortened state, but my hair becomes wavier as it grows.  My strands are fine, but there are a ton of them so my hair is thick.

5 products/tools I can’t live without: I cannot live without my SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Ouidad Moisture Lock Leave-in, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask, my steamer & Aussie Moist condish!  These are definitely HG items in my bin.

Advice: ‘Go natural’ for YOU & do it when it feels right.  It’s great to do a TON of research and even find naturals that have a similar hair texture, BUT do NOT compare your hair to someone else’s.  I think it will also help your journey if you avoid obsessing over what you think your hair should do or look like.  You have to love and work with what you were given.  Also remember to do what’s right for your hair.  It’s cool to experiment, but don’t jump on to the next thing because someone else is on it.

Contact: 
Twitter: personal account & blog account
Blog:  Curls Fo’ the Girls 
E-mail if you have any questions: curlsfothegirls@gmail.com
 

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