How This Flight Attendant and Blogger Embraces Her Silver Curls

BY Annie Ryu · August 5, 2020

Photos: Courtesy of Tennille Murphy

For the latest installment of our More Than Skin Deep series, we’re shining a spotlight on Instagram star and blogger, Tennille Murphy. As a former-interior-designer-turned-celebrity-flight-attendant, Tennille is no stranger to traveling in style. When she’s not jetting across the globe as part of her job in corporate aviation, the silver-haired mom of two is busy sharing her design, wellness, fitness and (of course) curly-hair tips with her followers. Curious to know the natural oil she swears by and how she cares for her iconic curls? Keep reading to find out.

The first skin care product she bought for herself: 

The first skin care product I bought was pure rosehip oil, which was about nine years ago. Up until then I pretty much used baby products on my skin. My love affair with rosehip oil began after using it to reduce the scarring from a severe burn. Once I saw how effective it was for reducing the appearance of scars, I started using rosehip oil on my face daily. [After one year,] I saw a remarkable change in the appearance of old acne blemishes on my skin. For the first time ever, I felt comfortable adopting a natural, fresh-faced look.

How she went from having no skin care routine to a 10-step one: 

I have oily, aging skin so you would think that I would have always had a solid routine, but that is not the case. Over the last decade, my skin care routine has gone from not having one at all to having a multi-layered 10-step routine that legit brings me so much pleasure! Little by little as I have added a serum, oil or mask to my lineup, I have become more in tune with my skin’s needs. Each product is essential to supporting the skin’s barrier and at this point I can unequivocally say my routine is a huge reason my skin is now thriving.

The best (and worst) thing she’s done to her skin: 

The best thing I did for my skin is switching to a plant-based diet. Nothing is more powerful for healthy happy skin than what I eat daily.

The worst thing I did back in the day was using one of those well-known subscription-based acne skin care routines. The products were horrible for my skin and also expensive!

How she cares for her natural, silver curls: 

I’ve worn my hair naturally my entire life. Meaning I have had a lifetime of trial and loads of errors on my journey to learning how to properly care for my silver curls.

  1. First and foremost, get your hands on curl-friendly products free of silicones, parabens, sulfates, PEG’s, propylene glycol, formaldehydes and phthalates, to name a few. Today’s beauty market for curl-friendly products is incredible. I definitely suggest taking the time to watch YouTube videos from curly hair influencers. They are a great resource even for myself when I’m thinking about trying a new product.
  2. Next, I would say avoid using heat. And when possible, air dry or diffuse hair on a low heat setting. Nothing ruins natural hair like heat. Sometimes heat damage can be irreversible, [to the point where you have to cut your hair] to let your natural curl pattern return.
  3. Connect with a stylist who understands how to care for natural hair. I recommend visiting a stylist every three months for regular trims. My stylist is a genius and truly put me on a path to healthy, happy curls. He taught me that cleansing my scalp is optimal, as opposed to my entire hair. He also informed me that shampooing all of the hair (even with curl-friendly products) can strip my curls of moisture. He taught me to keep my hair as wet as possible when applying styling products, as water is moisture and moisture equals hydrated defined curls.
  4. Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment. Sometimes that might be trying different ways to layer in hair products. Or it could be how you style and dry your hair. For example, I like to cleanse my hair, then condition. Then I do a deep conditioner for 20-30 mins, followed by styling gel and hair cream. Playing around with different products and the best way to layer them is how I found a routine my curls love.

Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about treating yourself: 

I would say my biggest indulgence these days is allowing myself to take time for ME. Usually it’s through skin care or makeup, but more recently since quarantine, doing [at-home] manicures and pedicures. Time is extremely precious, as there is never enough time in the day, but it is equally as important to spend time indulging in the simple pleasures that make me happy. Treating myself has been a hard-taught lesson I learned in my 30s. It’s actually less about the treat and more about the “no guilt” behind the treat. As a mother [of two], treating myself has always felt selfish. The fact that I can now do so guilt-free is a beautiful treat in itself!

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Annie Ryu

Annie is a Senior Editor at Dermstore. When she’s not writing about the latest breakthroughs in skin care or interviewing industry experts on their best beauty tips, she likes to indulge in good coffee and bad reality TV.... Read More >