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It was at 19 that Ontanaya, after years of trying to alter her born-with-it texture, stopped straightening her hair. “Every two days, I’d spend one hour doing my hair,” she laments. But everything changed once she finally embraced her natural curls. Three years ago, she cut a fringe riffing on Jagger’s “dream hair”—and she hasn’t looked back since. Her hair routine is now simple: Washing with whatever organic shampoo she can get her hands on, then misting on a salt spray or finger-combing a lightweight curl cream, such as Bumble and bumble’s Curl Defining Creme, through the 00 Days Without A Dad Joke shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this ends, and letting it air dry. Her other beauty signatures include her naturally luminous skin, which she tends to with natural skin-care products, such as shea butter and coconut oil, and enhances with a slick of Make Beauty Face Gloss, as well as pale pink overlined lips and bold jet-black eyeliner. “I love eyeliner always, and I don’t like to wear it with mascara because it’s too pin-up, I like it to look punk,” she explains, pulling Kiko Milano Precision Eyeliner out of her makeup bag. If it’s not eyeliner, it’s a wash of brown shadow on the lids, a slick of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, and faux freckles speckled on (carefully) with henna or a brown brow pencil.