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Josiane Monteiro

– Tell us a little about the history of your curly hair (mostly negative things that you swear never commit).

“Putting chemicals in my hair when was 16 was definitely a bad idea, my hair had no shape and there was not much that I could do with it,so I was always wearing it in a ponytail because it was to damaged.But the best part is that you learn from your mistakes and after that my hair was even better.”

– How long did you find yourself in the transition process – Transitioning to Natural and why you made the decision?

“Well, I always had natural hair since little but I never used Afro before because I was afraid that my friends at school would make fun of me. So when I was 16 I put chemicals in my hair,it was great for two months but then it was super damaged and I had to cut it very short,from that time I never touch it again.”
I start using my natural hair with no fear,when I saw this beautiful curly hair model from Portugal (Ana Sofia Martins) rocking her Afro, I was completely in love and that gave me lots of confidence.

– What was the hardest part of your transition?

“Taking care of it,and finding the best products.”

 

Josiane Monteiro

 

– Are you always worried about in having your curls in perfect shape, or are you more of an apologist of the “let it be”?

“I’m not always worried about it but I try to keep my Afro round because it looks better.”

-Is there a secret that you can share concerning your curly hair?

“Make sure you do once a week a deep conditioner,it keeps your hair healthier.”

– How do you see this new “back to our roots” movement?

“I think it’s great because you always see black girls with straight hair and in my opinion it doesn’t look good or natural. So Why not embrace your natural curls?!”

 

Josiane Monteiro

 

– What products do you recommend and can’t live without?

“Josiane Monteiro: Coconut oil, olive oil, novex deep conditioner.”

– What were the worst mistakes you made? What advice would you give to anyone who wants to venture out to take care of his or her curls?

“Straightening my hair , I had to big chop after and it was a mess. I couldn’t deal with it. But it was actually not that bad because my curls came back even prettier and healthier then they were before.”

– Never,ever cut your hair by yourself or ask someone who don’t know how to deal whit natural hair to do it.

“And most important don’t be afraid of embracing your natural curly hair, it’s beautiful. Doesn’t matter what people think,most important is you felling good about yourself.”

– What’s the best thing about being curly?

“Best part of being a curly is that you are unique and you don’t look like everybody else and you can finally be yourself.And people love girls that rock there natural curls.”

Photos by: Harri Peccinotti

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