Natural Hair Icon: Naomi Cassiani / @Walklikenaomi

Full Name: Naomi Cassiani
Instagram: @Walklikenaomi
Twitter: @Walklikenaomi

Tell us about yourself:

My name is naomi Cassiani , born and raised in Boston Massachusetts and I’m 23 years young. I’m a full time model signed to agency called maggie inc here in Boston. My long term goal however Is to be a writer. I currently write poetry and music. I really want to be a songwriter , and attended berklee college of music to help perfect my craft! Other than all that I’m a pretty laid back, easy going, simple kind of girl :)

About Your Hair

How long have you been natural? And why?

I’ve been natural my entire life. Never had any sort of chemical relaxer done. My motivation aside from trying to have a healthy head of hair is embracing all aspects of me. I slowly transitioned into embracing and caring for my curls. I’ve always wanted to do the big chop, but I’m to much of a punk! Lol and my mom would freak out if I chopped off all of my “good hair.”

Describe you hair.

I love how versatile my hair is. I feel like it can adapt to any situation or occasion. Volume has never been an issue for me and I love that. My problem area is definitely frizz! Even though sometimes it isn’t a bad thing

What is your hair goal?

My ultimate hair goal is to have more length ! Every curly girl knows a thing or two about shrinkage and it drives me crazy! My hair is down to my chest when straight but pretty much shoulder length when curly.

Favorite Hair Styles: Wet and go. Pineapple.

Hair Care

What is your current hair regimen?

I try not to shampoo to often. Maybe once every two and a half weeks so I’m not stripping my hair of it’s natural oils. However conditioner is something I use really often. I feel like anytime you completely wet your hair you should be using some sort of conditioner, even if it’s a leave in. My favorite products are everything in the “Shea moisture” line. I’ve also heard great things about the “mixed chicks” products but haven’t tried if yet.

How do you maintain your hair at night?

Nighttime maintaining is super important. Depending on what style I’m going for the next day, I’ll either put my hair in Bantu knots or put it up in a pineapple with a satin bonnet. Sleeping on something satin is important. Even when getting out if the shower, a curly girl should always use either a microfiber towel or a T-shirt to dry her hair, never cotton.


How do you maintain healthy length?

I maintain my length by trimming my hair once every three months and doing either a hot oil treatment or hair mask once a month.

Hair Journey

How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural?

My dad is a go with the flow kind of guy, but my mom has always loved my natural hair texture. Being a mixed girl growing up in an urban community I was always told i had “good hair” and that I should take care of it. So my mom always made sure I knew that I should never put any perms or harsh chemicals in my hair. She’s super supportive when it comes to my fro !

What has been the most memorable part of your journey?

The most memorable for me was a time in my early teens when my hair was very unhealthy because I wasn’t caring for it and didn’t know how. With a lot of research and some TLC I was able to nurse it into the curly fro I have today.

Inspire

Hair Crush / Inspiration: Shannon T Boodram

Any inspirational words for the readers?

As cliche as it sounds , embrace yourself. Curly girls are unique! Any girl can flat iron or perm their hair straight, but not every girl could wet their hair and go curly! ;)

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