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Aug 23, 2011
26 year old, Grammy award winning jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding was on the cover of NYT T magazine this Sunday. Her flawless skin, minimal makeup, full brows and signature XL ‘fro is refreshingly individual. In an interview with Curly Nikki, she admits to having had natural hair her entire life. Below are a few excerpts.
Her hair routine:
I usually wash my hair once a week– a really thorough wash using a shampoo bar full of oils and natural cleansing agents. I then apply a mix of Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil and Tea Tree Oil to my wet hair, brush it through using a typical Goody Brush (the white one with the red plastic bed and teeth), set my hair in 8 twists and allow it to air dry. The twists not only help to set my hair, but they also keep it from tangling as it dries. In between washing sessions, I’ll re-apply my butter mix and twist my hair. I find that I don’t really need conditioner. My hair fairs well with little product. My routine is very simple, very natural.
On protecting her hair at night:
I usually just re-twist it to keep it from matting up or tangling while I’m asleep. In the morning, I release the twists, and fluff it out. I moisturize with the butter mix as needed.
On being natural:
Embracing and freely wearing my natural hair is like a form of self-exploration. I’m not White, I’m not European, and my hair is not straight. So I don’t have any desire to make it straight – it doesnt’ speak to who I am as a person. I am very mixed and I like that my hair is a reflection of that. My hair is an extension of me, and that’s how it should be.
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