Hair Diaries: One Curly Model's Journey to Loving Her Dominican-Guyanase Hair

"My hair is wild."

Victoria Gomez's early relationship with her hair was not the best. With a Dominican father and a mother from Guyana, her hair was naturally curly, and she would spend hours routinely straightening it into submission. It took years—and a lot of experimentation—for Victoria to love her hair.

Her saving grace was discovering that sulfate-free products—typically recommended for color-treated hair—made her extra-fragile curls smoother, while still maintaining their shape. Her go-to routine now includes L'Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo (opens in new tab) and Conditioner (opens in new tab), and she smooths EverCurl Sculpt & Hold Cream-Gel (opens in new tab) through her wet hair before drying it with a diffuser. Her picks are infused with coconut oil, which gently hydrates and softens her hair, making it way more manageable. Now, not only has her styling time been drastically cut down, she's happier, too.

"Everything about me changed when I decided to embrace my hair," says Gomez. "I've never seen anybody with hair like me, or as much hair as me—it's the best accessory!"

Wardrobe Stylist: Natasha Barraqué; Wardrobe: Cooper and Ella Wallis Tank, $84, cooperandella.com (opens in new tab); Still House Ara Earrings, $375, stillhousenyc.com (opens in new tab); Still House Alwa Necklace, $625, stillhousenyc.com (opens in new tab); La Perla Maison Short Robe, $1,114, laperla.com (opens in new tab).

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Eden Univer
Eden Univer

I'm the Beauty Director at HearstMade.