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Louise Rianna

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Curly Essence: Tell us a little about the history of your curly hair (mostly negative things that you swear never commit).
Louise: When I was younger, my hair was much thinner and so was relatively easy to handle but as I got older and it got thicker, it became harder to deal with. I resorted to straightening it with little knowledge of how damaging the heat was. My damaged hair was even more difficult to handle so very rarely wore my curly hair out in public until a few years ago when I started seeing youtube videos on how to care for my hair and felt much more confident about it!

How long did you find yourself in the transition process – Transitioning to Natural – and why you made this decision?
I’ve never had my hair relaxed or anything so there wasn’t a drastic transition stage but it feels so liberating to have my hair out and curly instead of brushing it out and hiding it away all the time. Going to university gave me the confidence to really experiment with my hair as it was a totally new start for me so felt I could look however I wanted to without people commenting on how different I looked as they werent used to me a certain way.

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What is the hardest part of your transition?
Having the confidence to feel that your hair looks good. When you’ve have your hair acertain way for a long time, the change can initailly be quite intimidating and can feel uncertainty as its not how youre used to seeing yourself. Believe you look beautiful and everyone else will too!

Are you always worried about in having your curls in perfect shape, or are you more of an apologist of the “let it be”?
It really depends. If i’m going on castings or jobs that I feel would want a neater, smarter look, i’d try and get a more defined curl look but if I’m going out or going for a wilder look, I just let it do its thing!

Is there a secret that you can share concerning your curly hair?
I really feel using either a satin headscarf or pillowcase overnight makes all the difference for making your curls last longer. And always airdry if you can!

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How do you see this new “back to our roots” movement
I think it’s great that there are so many women embracing their natural hair now. It’s really encouraging for the younger generation in particular to see these women as role models for embracing their natural beauty and it sends a really positive message to them that they are beautiful without having to change what they were born with by straightening and relaxing their hair to try and fit in. Empowering stuff!

What products do you recommend and can’t live without
Products come and go but I swear by twisted sista’s curl activator!

What were the worst mistakes you made? What advice would you give to anyone who wants to venture out to take of their curls
I went through a stage of really struggling to detangle my hair. Having the wrong hair brush and doing it dry without any products became quite painful and strenuous and so tried to avoid it altogether. This, of course, resulted in very tangled hair that I sometimes just snipped off as I couldn’t bare facing it!

What’s the best thing about being curly?
Apart from it being so versatile and individual, it makes for a great portable pillow. Perfect softness for long journeys!

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