“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.”
Curly Essence: Tell us a little about the history of your curly hair (mostly negative things that you swear never commit).
Kassala Holdsclaw: I hated my hair when I was younger. I grew up in a very small town in Montana primarily white people, most of the little girls I went to school with had straight, flat hair. All my life I wanted mine to be the same way. I would do everything and anything to it; chemically straighten, blow dry, dye, flat iron, curl. I was almost to point of being bald
Curly Essence: How long did you find yourself in the transition process – Transitioning to Natural – and why you made this decision?
Kassala Holdsclaw: My transition was about 2 years. I had started seeing more and more women pop up loving their natural hair. I made an appointment with a deva curl specialist threw away my straightener, chopped my dead hair off and never looked back. Now I’m in love with my hair and I take extremely good care of it.
Curly Essence: What is the hardest part of your transition?
Kassala Holdsclaw: The hardest part was the wait game. Waiting for your hair to get to the point you want it to is the worst. There were so many days I just wanted to straighten, braid, or just so something different.
Curly Essence: Are you always worried about in having your curls in perfect shape, or are you more of an apologist of the “let it be”?
Kassala Holdsclaw: I’m definitely always worried about the shape something I do not like about myself. I’m pretty OCD when it comes to how I look but I’m really trying to work on it and “let it be”.
Curly Essence: Is there a secret that you can share concerning your curly hair?
Kassala Holdsclaw: Hmmm, secrets… Well, unlike most curly girls, I wash every single day. I use the DevaCurl gel and No Poo and a TON of conditioner. I also use coconut oil in my hair every day. Probably why my hair grows so fast!
Curly Essence: How do you see this new “back to our roots” movement?
Kassala Holdsclaw: It’s such a beautiful thing. I wished I had loved my natural hair when I was younger as much as I do now. Younger girls need to know that their hair is beautiful and they are beautiful.
Curly Essence: What products do you recommend and can’t live without?
Kassala Holdsclaw: DevaCurl and coconut oil. They are LIFE!
Curly Essence: What were the worst mistakes you made? What advice would you give to anyone who wants to venture out to take care of their curls?
Kassala Holdsclaw: Using products without actually researching what’s in them. Review, review, review. Also, just because a product or cut works for someone else hair doesn’t mean it will for yours. Be patient find what works best for your hair.
Curly Essence: What’s the best thing about being curly?
Kassala Holdsclaw: It’s so easy. I used to spend hours straightening my hair. Now I just hop in the shower and I’m done. Also, I love looking different from everyone else.
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