Featured Curlista: Yani from New York Shares Her Regimen & Favourite Oils

Today’s curlista is Yani from New York. She shares her natural hair regimen and favorite natural oils. You can view curlistas featured previously at the links below:-

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Please tell us a little bit about you

My name is Yaniris Acevedo. I was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Harlem, New York. 

Tell us about your natural hair journey so far?

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 favorite 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?

My other favorite hair care products are Camille Rose Naturals, Suave coconut conditioner, and Eden Bodyworks especially their co-wash, which is very moisturizing and provides great slip. 


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 haircare advice you would give to someone considering going natural?

One piece of 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.  

Shop Yani’s Favourite Natural Hair Products

Kinky Curly Knot Today


kinky curly curling custard

Kinky Curly Curl Custard


Camille Rose Naturals Caramel Cowash


EDEN BodyWorks All Natural Coconut Shea CoWash


Suave Essentials Coconut Conditioner


PJ Kabos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil

PJ Kabos Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil



Piping Rock Sweet Almond Oil


Spectrum Essentials Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

Spectrum Essentials Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil




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