How One Beauty Editor Finally Perfected Her Natural Haircare Routine

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.