Embracing My Roots + My Texture

This post has been sponsored by Maui Moisture. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

My mom is mixed and my dad is black. As much as I hate to admit it, I grew up with this constant sense of internal conflict. According to the geniuses in middle/high school, I acted “too” white for the black girls and was the “token black girl” with the white girls – I wasn’t really sure where I fit. For years, I straightened my naturally curly hair in the hopes that I would find some sort of relatability with both crowds – but spoiler, changing your hair to “fit in” never works out in the long run. Although it took me a few years to finally embrace my natural hair (and my culture – but that’s an entirely different post), I owe a big part of my journey to my mom. 

As I got older, my mom shared more and more of her own experience and stories with “fitting in”. As a mixed girl growing up in the sixties, she was no stranger to that sense of confusion (from internal forces and external). Fast forward to today and she is the best example I could hope for when it comes to embracing my texture, my culture, mySELF. It’s impacts like these that make mothers so freaking amazing which is why I’m so pumped to be teaming up with Maui Moisture to celebrate all of the awesome mommas out there. 

Maui Moisture’s mission is to empower women to embrace their textured hair, flaunt it and celebrate it with all sorts of fierceness. I feel pretty lucky to have a woman in my life that rocks her curls with pride and although her curl texture is different than mine, I find myself wanting to embrace them more and more every day in the hopes that when I’m someone’s mom, they’ll feel the same pride that I do. 

I decided to kick the straightener to the curb a little over four years ago and it was the healthiest decision for my hair that I’ve ever made. I’ve rocked the curls ever since and recently decided to grow them out so I could rock an even wilder set! Because I tend to get scissor happy when I reach that “awkward” length, I made the decision to try a protective style. For me, faux locks are the perfect way to pass the time and grow out my curls while still keeping my textured tresses protected. 

A huge part of this new style is taking care of my hair as it grows out. I’ve loved using the Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture Collection to keep my curls hydrated. The key? Aloe! As the first ingredient, this rockstar plant offers so many moisturizing benefits. 

Meet the Maui Moisture Nourish & Moisture Collection 
Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Shampoo

On wash days, I love mixing the Coconut Milk Shampoo with water in a spray bottle and applying to my roots. I scrub a dub dub into my roots and the hair that has started growing out and then rinse. I love that the shampoo has NO silicones, parabens or sulfated-surfactants and it replenishes the curls without adding build up which is crucial for a protective style. 

Learn more here.

Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Conditioner

After rinsing out the shampoo, I love taking a small amount of the Coconut Milk Conditioner and applying to the roots then to the tops of the faux locks so it can soak into my curls underneath! I love how hydrated my roots feel after I rinse out the conditioner. 

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Nourish & Moisture + Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist

The final step in my routine is to spritz the Weightless Oil Mist alllll over. I start at my roots to give my curls that replenishment and shine and then touch up the faux locks as well (remember, my hair is underneath and shouldn’t be ignored).