SOS Curls: 5 questions with curly hair creator Inès Kahtane

Belgium’s curly hair scene is booming, thanks to a growing number of curly hairdressers and the rise of the natural hair movement. At the forefront of this movement stands the  Curls & Fro’s community. Inès Kahtane (20) tells us more about being a social media manager of the famous Belgian curl community and her motivation to appreciate her curly hair.  

What happens at the Curls & Fro’s events? 

“Curls & Fro’s events started because we saw a real need in the curly hair community. We wanted a place where everyone with any kind of curl could come together, learn from experts like Romy Xsara, and just enjoy their natural hair. Our events offer workshops, classes, and a chance to connect with other curly-haired people. It’s all about celebrating the beauty of curls in every shape and form.” 

How did you start making content for curly hair?  

“It all started when my aunt needed someone to manage the social media aspect of her business, Curls & Fro’s. I jumped at the opportunity because I saw it as a chance to not only contribute to her business but also to be part of a community that I feel represented in. As I started creating content for curly hair, I found immense joy in representing and uplifting the curly hair community.” 

What do you ultimately hope to achieve through your work with Curls & Fro’s? 

“I want to see younger kids being happy about their curly hair. I want them to look in the mirror and see their curls as a source of pride and beauty, rather than something to be tamed. The Curls & Fro’s festivals have already made big changes in Belgium but there is still a lot of work. I hope to continue pushing boundaries and challenging societal norms around hair.”  

The curl type system divides hair into three main types – wavy, curly, and coily – each with three subtypes based on curl shape and diameter.

How did you experience having curly hair when you were growing up?  

“Like many others, I struggled to find the right products and techniques to manage my curls. My mom also didn’t know how to help me even though she also got curls. It was a journey of self-discovery and I noticed that I didn’t really find role models that helped me. That’s why I’m supporting this natural hair movement to others who may be going through similar experiences.” 

Your journey is relatable to many who have struggled with their curly hair. For those who are still learning to embrace their curls, what advice would you offer? 

“Firstly, I would encourage them to educate themselves about their specific curl type. Understanding the nuances of your curls can make a world of difference in how you care for them. It’s important to remember that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to curly hair care. Embrace your unique curls and look up to others who share your curl type. And most importantly, always remember that your curls are beautiful just as they are. Embracing your natural hair is a journey, but it’s one that’s worth taking.”   


Text: Kaoutar El Afi
Picture: © Kaoutar El Afi,  © Blair Golden