Interview with Tanesha Awasthi

Name: Tanesha Awasthi
Age: 32
Living: San Francisco (Bay Area), CA
Blog: Girl With Curves

Tell us a little about the history of your curly hair (mostly negative things that you swear never commit)?
I hated my natural curls until I turned 22 and realized that my hair was a part of me. I Spent years straightening and damaging my curls in order to get sleek, straight hair. Once I embraced my natural curls, I vowed to always accept myself as I am.

Explain to us your care with your curly hair?
I condition every couple days and shampoo about once per week. I also get deep conditioning treatments at a salon on a monthly basis, as well as frequent trims.

Is there a secret that you can share concerning your curly hair? The way you care it and so on?
My biggest one is rinsing with cold water during a wash/condition. Hot water blows up the cuticle and promotes frizz, while cold water shrinks it and promotes smoother, shapelier curls.

There are any rules that society must have before your afro? (i.e. NEVER, IN ANY WAY, PUT YOUR HANDS ON MY HAIIIRRR!)
I get asked all the time if my hair is real and “Can I touch it?!” and it doesn’t bother me. Some people are just ignorant to multi-cultural hair and are curious.

How do you see this new “back to our roots” movement?
I see it as a positive that many people can get behind without feeking like followers, because it promotes being oneself and taking pride in who you are and where you came from.

What products you recommend and what is it you can not live without?
Deep conditioner! My favorites are Kerastase Nutri-Thermique and Loreal Expert Liss Extreme.

What’s the best thing about being curly?
Being natural and feeling good about being myself. Time after time I see curly girls fighting their natural hair and it makes me extremely sad because I was once that girl!