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Although all of our hair journeys are different, I always find it interesting when folks say that the winter season is the most brutal when it comes to their hair. For me, it's probably right about now because, between the heat, the shrinkage and, when I do swim, the chemicals in the water — it's a challenge, making sure that my hair doesn't dry out, as I strive to handle it with care on the days when it wants to act like a matted mess.

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Our "Ask An Expert" series continues as we speak to LA-based natural hair enthusiast and protective hair stylist Kamara Brown Lewis of Raww Intuition Salon.

Starting a natural hair journey can seem intimidating and even scary. I understand why many textured hair women are apprehensive about letting our curls loose as we'd much rather have an easier fix. The thought seems overwhelming, especially when thinking of getting lost in the sea of hair products with one brand claiming to do the same as the other. As a "naturalista", I've learned to ask experts on my quest to find what's best for my hair type.

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Let's go back in time. The year is 3500 BC and weaving three strands of hair together is all the rage amongst the Himba people of Namibia. The array of styles and patterns was a way to rep yo' set aka your tribe and aligns with African women using their hair as a form of expression. Not only is it a form of art but it's also a rite of passage in our culture. Some of the most memorable moments of my childhood were of me plopping down in between my mama's legs to get my hair braided.

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Being a naturalista requires major strength and resilience. From long wash days to finding products that work for your coils, you have to put in work. There are different types of curl patterns and thanks to celebrity hairstylist, Andre Walker, and naturalistas all over the world, we have a better understanding of the strands that make up our crowns.

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If you would have caught our girl Eva Marcille three years ago, you would have found her rocking anything from floor-length box braids (which she still does from time to time) or a platinum blonde pixie cut for the gawds. But these days, she has committed her hair journey to gorgeous, bohemian, shoulder-length locs.

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One thing about Black women, we change our hair like we change our clothes. While I might have a new hairstyle every time you see me, what I love most about our textured coils is their ability to transform into a multitude of creations. Flexing our God-given versatility, it's only natural for those not familiar with the culture of Black Hair to be in awe of how often we create Black girl magic in the salon chair. Now that we're enjoying the summer outdoors, there are so many 2021 approved hairstyle trends I've been dying to try.

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