Tired of spending all the coins on all the products and still not getting all those beautiful, stretched, non-crunchy curls you were promised? Perhaps Yara Shahidi can help. I know I was personally inspired by the fact that she only uses three products to get those head-turning curls of hers and the fact that I already own one of them and can afford the other two has me tempted to post-pone this article and head to the beauty supply right now.
Shahidi, whom Byrdie just dubbed “Hollywood’s most impressive teenager” in their interview with her, shared all types of beauty secrets that keep her 17-year-old skin acne-free and those curls poppin’ all day long. And, unsurprisingly, the half Iranian-American, half African-American actress’s regimen is as low-key as her celebrity.
“I have always been very natural with my hair,” Shahidi told the site. “It really wasn’t until the request of some acting jobs I had to straighten it. What I realized is just how damaging heat is. While it does give you really cool options and allows you to do different takes on hairstyles, I had to deal with a lot of heat damage from straightening my hair or curling my hair with heat.
“So, last year, last summer, I cut off a total of six inches to just help get rid of the heat damage. In many ways, I’ve been transitioning ever since then. Now that I’m in this fantastic place, where I’ve been heat-free for over a year (other than a light diffusing of my hair after the shower). I’ve been able to have so much fun with it.”
During the past year of transitioning, Shahidi was able to find what really works for her mane, and it turns out it doesn’t take a whole lot of work.
“Almond oil, a great gel, and deep conditioners are all fantastic for curly hair like mine. I love the Mielle Deep Conditioner ($14) and Almond Oil ($13). I think those really do help with my hair. And then EcoStyler is a $3 gel that I swear by because it’s not always about the most expensive product, but the most efficient.
“It’s just important to make sure you treat your body right. Whether it’s with almond oil or vitamin D or coconut oil—whatever it may be. Making sure that your products don’t have too many chemicals in them is part of caring for your body.”