Izzy - "I Am Not My Hair"
Roots: Queens, NY
Pin Drop: Queens, NY
New Yorker Status: 25 years
Occupation: PR & VIP coordinator at Diesel
What are some things people will say about your natural hair? Honestly people really like my curly hair, they like it more than my straight hair, but I completely disagree with their opinion.
Have you ever straightened/relaxed it? If so, why? I first relaxed my curls when I was 12-13, I believe maybe even younger because my hair was so thick, and I hated my curls. I wanted to always have straight hair & my hair was just so frizzy and curly it would never last.
Which style do you feel more empowered? Straight or curly? Straight, I have this weird thing where I think people won't take me seriously with curly hair. I feel like straight hair is more professional and sleek. Whether I am going out to a work event or an interview, my hair is always straight.
What kind of hair products do you use? I use all natural products on my curly hair, I have begun to embrace it a bit more over the years. I use a lot of Shea moisture products ( Jamaican black castor oil/cream) Olive oil, Taliah Waajid products are amazing they have a really great curl definition cream that I like. I use Cantu a lot when I'm tight on money & I pick up some hair products at Trader Joes.
Do you have a favorite salon in the city? I go to a Dominican salon in Queens called Brush.
Photographs by: Frank Chiodo