Name: Claire Most, 23, Paris
Curly Essence: Tell us a little about the history of your curly hair (mostly negative things that you swear never commit).
Claire Most: I used to HATE my hair when I was a child. My texture was so different back then, it was really kinky. I remember that I was praying for having straight hair. Even if all my family used to tell my sister and I that we had beautiful hair, I did not care; I just wanted to have straight hair like my friends at school. Every time my mom was detangling my hair or trying to braid it, I was crying, screaming and moving. It was hell!In high school, I discovered the flat iron. I finally had the straight hair I wanted, but after a while I noticed that my hair were not the same and I was already too late. When I didn’t straighten them, my hair smelled I still don’t know why, but my hair smelled like sulphur!
C.E.: How long did you find yourself in the transition process – Transitioning to Natural – and why you made this decision?
C. M.: I decided to stop using the flat iron because my hair became awful: it was kinky at the roots, then straight and curly at the end. My sister told me to do braids at night, and to unbraid my hair on the morning. I was not even conscious that I was beginning a transition process. It was 5 years ago and I was not aware of the “going natural movement”. I just wanted to stop damaging my hair without having to cut it. I actually like my hair that way, so I don’t really know how long my transition lasted. I would say maybe 2 years and a half. It is my boyfriend who convinced me to stop doing braids, and to “let them be”.
C.E.: What is the hardest part of your transition?
C.M.: I would say to braid my hair every single night. It was a routine so I was used to it, but sometimes I was so tired that I was tempted to straighten my hair again.
C.E.: Are you always worried about in having your curls in perfect shape, or are you more of an apologist of the “let it be”?
C.M.: Ahah I’m going to be honest, I am worried about having my curls in perfect shape! Maybe a little less now, but I could stay in my bathroom during 1 hour just to define my curls after washing.
My hair evolved and changed a lot I actually have different hair texture in my afro, so now I know that I can’t have perfect curls.
C.E.: Is there a secret that you can share with us?
C.M.: Coconut oil doesn’t work for me; I don’t know why but it makes my hair dry. But I found an oil which have the same benefits: Sapote oil (it smells so good). I mix it with Yangu oil, and it defines and moisturizes my curls.
When my hair is really dry, I do a home made masque with honey, olive oil, a little bit of conditioner and… Mayonnaise. I know it’s weird but it’s so moisturizing!!!
C.E.: What products you recommend and can not live without?
C.M.: I would recommend the deva curls styling cream it works perfectly. The only problem is that I can’t find it in Paris (I bought it in New York), so I guess I will have to order it online. The last products are the Organix Biotin and Collagen conditioner that I recently discovered and the shea moisture products (the orange one).