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NAME: Nasoan Sheftel-Gomes
SIGNATURE STYLE: Free and colorful curls
PRICE TAG: Between $250 and $400 every 3-4 months
OCCUPATION/PASSION PROJECT: Public interest lawyer at a non-profit legal services organization
WHY THIS HAIRSTYLE?
I chose this particular color, which is a blend of magenta and purple, because I loved the vibrancy and the saturation. I was ready for a color that was dramatic. I had it done professionally.
I change my hair color and style often, because I get bored easily, and I love the transformation that comes with it. I also color my hair, because I am not quite ready to embrace the gray. Good color makes the curls pop, too! Who knows? By the time this is published, my color may have changed! As I always say, "I like my drama in my hair, not my life!"
MOST LAWYERS HAVE TO WEAR CONSERVATIVE HAIRSTYLES. HOW DO YOU GET AWAY WITH SUCH A BOLD COLOR?
I always get a lot of attention for my hair, because it is so curly and I usually wear my curls out and free. Both my kids love it! The four-year-old loves the pink! The teenager thinks it's cool. Mostly, folks want to know what hair products I am using to get my curls to look so full.
A lot of people say they love the color, but wouldn't be able to get away with it at work. I am fortunate, because even though I am a lawyer, I work for an organization where there is room for free expression in one's attire and hair. My office mate rocks a purple streak and tattoos abound!
In court, it has never been an issue—not even when I was wearing my hair in a fro-hawk with the sides shaved. I am growing my hair out, and I look forward to experimenting with new styles soon.
WHAT PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES DO YOU USE TO STYLE YOUR HAIR THIS WAY?
I have my hair trimmed every 3-4 months. I also do a color touch-up at that time. It cost between $250 and $400.
The products I use change depending on the season, length and condition of my hair. Currently, I am washing my hair with No-Poo by Devacurl and Devacurl One Condition. I also love Jane Carter Solution Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo, Jane Carter Solution Moisture Nourishing Shampoo and Jane Carter Solution Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner. After I wash my hair, I use a leave-in conditioner.
I am now using Giovanni Cosmetics Direct Leave-in Weightless Moisture Conditioner. I like it, because it doesn't weigh my curls down. I like my hair big. I use Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse to encourage curl definition and light hold and shine.
I also really like L’anza ColorCare Trauma Treatment leave-in conditioner. It has great slip. Additionally, I use an oil mixture of equal parts olive oil, avocado oil and almond oil for shine and moisture after I put in my leave-in. I recently started using Devacurl Styling Cream and love the way it leaves my curls feeling soft and voluptuous, but not crunchy or dry.
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