Brania Aquino in Yonkers, New York
Growing up in a Dominican family, it was traditional to always have your hair pin-straight as curls are negatively referred to as “un pajon" — a word that translates loosely to “puffball" — which isn't seen as professional. So, I've always applied lots of heat and hair spray.
With the privilege of being able to work from home, I decided to give my curls the opportunity to take a break from the heat. I’ve been deep-conditioning them more, and I can see my curls making an attempt to come back to life, which is motivating me to embrace them more often.
I’ve always loved seeing others with their natural hair, but now, I’ll be making it a goal to apply less heat and love my hair more.