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My name is Yaniris Acevedo. I was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Harlem, New York.
Tell us about your journey so far, transitioning or big chop, recovering from hair loss if any, your challenges, your successes, etc:
My transition began sometime in November 2013. I big chopped five months later on April 30,2014. I had attempted to let my natural hair grow for years and always failed, but I finally made the decision and I don’t regret it at all.
What is your regular regimen like?
My regimen consists of washing my hair with sulfate free shampoos preferably Shea Moisture, and deep conditioning on a weekly basis. I also steam my hair while deep conditioning, which allows the product to penetrate since my hair is low porosity, and it takes a while for my hair to absorb it. I use Kinky Curly Knot Today leave in and Kinky Curly Curl Custard to define my curls as well as the Denman brush, which allows me to achieve great curl definition.
What are your favourite oils?
My favorite oils are olive oil, almond oil and coconut oil. I like using olive oil to seal in moisture when doing my wash and go’s. This locks in moisture and prevents my hair from feeling dry all week. I usually mix coconut oil with my deep conditioners, and it’s great for growth.
What are your other favorite hair care products?
What’s your favorite way to wear your hair?
I love wearing my hair loose and in a puff.
Do you have any preferred hair accessories/toys?
Not really, but I do like bows, and scarves.
What’s the one hair care advice you would give to someone considering going natural?
One advice I would give someone who’s considering going natural is to make sure they don’t do it expecting their hair will look like someone else’s, and to ignore negative comments.
Do you have any natural hair care idols? Why?
N, but I do admire Naptural85, Mahoganycurls, vannie300, and Miss rizos. These ladies inspired me during my transitioning period, and their videos helped me while I was transitioning.
Where can we find you online?
I can be found on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook as Afrodominican79.
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