How One Beauty Editor Finally Perfected Her Natural Haircare Routine

Hallie Gould

Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis

Here at Byrdie, we know that beauty is way more than braid tutorials and mascara reviews. Beauty is identity. Our hair, our facial features, our bodies: They can reflect culture, sexuality, race, even politics. We needed somewhere on Byrdie to talk about this stuff, so... welcome to The Flipside (as in the flipside of beauty, of course!), a dedicated place for unique, personal, and unexpected stories that challenge our society's definition of "beauty." Here, you'll find cool interviews with LGBTQ+ celebrities, vulnerable essays about beauty standards and cultural identity, feminist meditations on everything from thigh brows to eyebrows, and more. The ideas our writers are exploring here are new, so we'd love for you, our savvy readers, to participate in the conversation, too. Be sure to comment your thoughts (and share them on social media with the hashtag #TheFlipsideOfBeauty). Because here, on The Flipside, everybody gets to be heard.

For decades (centuries, even) naturally curly hair has gotten an unfair and, frankly, discriminatory reputation. While there's still work to be done, the mainstream media is finally beginning to recognize and feature the empowering beauty that comes along with a woman's God-given hair texture. It's imperative to celebrate what we're born with, no?

As such, I reached out to a striking, intelligent woman in the industry to tell her hair story. (I've stalked her on Instagram for months.) She happily obliged, discussing topics spanning from haircare to racism, and her own personal journey toward hair love and acceptance. I thought it more appropriate to use her own words, so keep reading to hear hair musings and thoughts directly from Essence Gant, BuzzFeed's beauty editor.

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