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Hair Story: Sidney Ison

“I began to see more and more women embracing and learning how to care for their natural hair on YouTube and it inspired me to do the same.”

Sidney Ison, Huntsville, AL

What’s your hair type(s) (if you know it) or how would you describe your hair?

I have 4a and 4b hair types.

When did you start your natural hair journey?

About 5 years ago when I was in high school.

How did you transition to natural hair?

I grew it out and cut it

What protective hairstyles did you use while transitioning to natural?

Sew-Ins, braids, Marley twists

What were your go-to products during your transition?

I swore by the Cantu Shea Butter Line

What mistakes did you make along the way?

Comparing my progress to others. Whether it was comparing my curl pattern or my length

How did your family react to your natural hair journey?

My mom used to always do my hair, but when I told her I wanted to start wearing it natural she told me I would have to do it on my own.

If you relaxed your hair, did you ever go back to “the creamy crack”?

I’ve never had a relaxer.

What’s your current hair regimen?

Wash biweekly, deep condition after every wash. Typically I’ll do a braid out or twist out, keep it in for a week, then take it down for the next week

What are your favorite hair products now?

AvoCurl Leave-In Conditioner and Hair Butter
Mielle Organics Exfoliating Shampoo
Mielle Organics Twisting Soufflé

What are your favorite hairstyles?

Twist outs are my favorite. I like to do mini twists as a protective style and to get a break from doing my hair

What advice would you give to naturalistas out there?

Its ok to be inspired by other naturals, but be careful of comparison. Take time to learn and love your hair, and it will love you right back.

Where can we find you on the socials?

You can find me on instagram and YouTube

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Anthea Ancalade
Anthea Ancalade

Anthea is the creator and founder of CurleeMe. Her love for natural hair care has led her through this journey. When she’s not running CurleeMe, she’s designing websites or spending time with her family.

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