Model, student and commercial actress Caterina Rose explains Sodium Hydroxide Relaxers and her transition to natural plant-based products such as Agave Healing Oil.

This is her #MyAgaveStory, follow her story @cat_rose_chanell

“I grew up in Portage, Wisconsin. My family and I moved to Maryland where I went to High School and then I moved to Los Angeles to attend FIDM. I’m currently studying business with a focus on marketing. I also model and act when I’m not in school. I am mixed Italian, Scottish and African American.

When I was little, I had my hair curly. It was super curly! In middle school, I had to start taking care of it myself. I decided to get a Sodium Hydroxide Relaxer, which tamed the curl. Getting relaxer treatments to manage my hair really ruined it, so I decided in my sophomore year of high school that I wanted to grow my hair natural.

At this point, I was wearing my hair natural, not doing any straightening or adding any heat. Thinking the relaxer treatment would grow out, it never grew out completely, our as fast as I wanted it to. I ended up cutting almost all of it.

I didn’t know what to do with my hair, or with myself. It was really hard!

Finding transitioning products was a difficult process. I ended up wearing my hair in a bun throughout the rest of high school. It was better than having my hair be really unhealthy, straggly and sad and it’s been natural since then.

I love plant-based products because they are natural and I’m allergic to a lot of dyes and synthetics. I know if I try a product that is all natural or organic, I’m not going to have any allergic reactions or problems.

After using Agave Healing Oil my hair always feels very soft and moisturized and for me, that’s really hard to find.

I realized that healthy is beautiful. If you are taking care of your hair and you are using natural products made for your hair type, it brings out more of your natural and inner beauty. In my opinion, I find that natural beauty is the most authentic.”

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