BEAUTY MARK

Imaan Ham­mam’s curls

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WHEN I WAS GROW­ING UP, MY HAIR …

Was easy—when my mom used to do it. She would braid it and brush it out. She wore her hair in a gi­ant Afro, and it was so beau­ti­ful to see that. It gave me the con­fi­dence to just wear mine as it is.

WHEN I STARTED MOD­EL­ING …

My hair was al­ways straight­ened for shoots and shows. I think that’s be­cause [some hair­styl­ists] didn’t know what to do with it. It re­ally dam­aged my hair. I got so tired of it that one day dur­ing the shows, I walked in [ back­stage] with my hair nat­u­ral. Ev­ery­one was like, “Oh my god, it’s amaz­ing.” From then on, I’ve al­ways worn it this way.

MOD­EL­ING WITH MY CURLS ON FULL DIS­PLAY …

Gives me con­fi­dence. I love to see what stylists can do, but wear­ing it nat­u­ral is still my fa­vorite be­cause it’s just me. And it’s so much eas­ier than sit­ting in a chair and get­ting it blow- dried and straight­ened.

MY UL­TI­MATE HAIR GOAL IS …

Hy­dra­tion. I try not to wash it with sham­poo—just con­di­tioner, and I ac­tu­ally leave it in for a day or two be­fore rins­ing so my hair stays moist. I use a lot of oils, like ar­gan, and ev­ery two weeks I get a hy­drat­ing treat­ment at a salon.

THE MOST DRAS­TIC THING I WOULD DO TO MY HAIR IS …

Get a re­ally fun, short cut. I think in a cou­ple of years I want to do­nate my hair to a char­ity that makes wigs for peo­ple who are sick. I think that’s re­ally beau­ti­ful. But I’d never dye my hair again. It’s so dam­ag­ing. If I’m at a beach, my hair gets a bit lighter from the sun.

MY HAIR ICONS ARE …

My mom, def­i­nitely; I love how Erykah Badu wears her hair these days, and Tracee El­lis Ross— she rocks her hair nat­u­ral and big.

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