This week's Captured Curls is featuring the lovely India Benet! Some of you may know her as Eric Benet's daughter, others may be a fan of her beautiful voice but what captured my attention to the stunning songstress were her beautiful curls. India and I started following each other a few months back on Twitter and OF COURSE I tried my hand at getting her on the blog. When she agreed I was super anxious to read and post her curly girl story. I think you ladies will really enjoy India's simple approach to hair care!
Please, introduce yourself!
Hey! I’m India Benet. Singer/Songwriter, LF Stylist and USC Student!
What is your current hair care regimen?
About every other morning I apply Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner. I run it through my hair in the shower with my fingers until it’s even, and then I wet my hair and crunch my curls with my hands from the bottom up. I towel dry and diffuse a little, but only until it’s about half way dry. After that I just let it air dry! It took me a long time to figure out a system that works perfectly for my hair!
What is your hair type and what works best for your texture?
My hair has ringlet curls with varying curl patterns all over my head. It’s also dry. I need to make sure that I get the right amount of moisture. The Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner is my FAVORITE. It gives me moisture without my hair looking oily or greasy.
What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural or have you been relaxer free all your life?
I used to get my hair flat ironed often, but when I decided to wear my hair big and natural I got very positive feedback! Everyone loved it.
Did you big chop or transition, for how long? If you’ve always been natural, did you ever have any curly hair girl insecurities? If so, what helped you adjust to having naturally curly hair over the years?
I was insecure about my curly hair for a long time. I used to flat iron it often. Also, I used to put way too much leave in conditioner in it because it made my hair smaller, but it also made it crunchy and greasy. With time I just realized that my big curls are beautiful and I should flaunt them! I think a big part of it was not having the right haircut. When I started wearing my hair natural, I had my hair layered so that it would fall naturally.
What makes you love your kinks, curls and coils?
I love that my hair is never the same! Every day my curls are a little different. It’s like my hair has it’s own personality. J
Where can we find you on the web?
Anything EXTRA you want us to know?
Love yourself the way you are! There is NOTHING wrong with kinks & curls! We’re programmed to think that our hair is a problem that needs fixing, but natural hair is so beautiful. J Sometimes it just takes a minute to figure out a system that works for your specific hair type.