“The U.S. real­ly push­es light skin, and straight hair BUT I am see­ing the U.S. incor­po­rate more eth­nic beau­ty in the media. It’s so refresh­ing!!!” ~she2.petite

BGLH: Where do you live? Where you rep­pin’?
S2P:
I live in Atlanta. My fam­i­ly is 100% Jamaican so I would say I iden­ti­fy with that most. I grew up in the states. I usu­al­ly spend summers/vacations with my pater­nal grand­moth­er in West­more­land, but my moth­er is from Kingston. Every Jamaican Amer­i­can fam­i­ly is dif­fer­ent. My fam­i­ly is old­er and more tra­di­tion­al but very Jamaican nonethe­less. Goat-head soup for life. 

BGLH: Your hair was very healthy and beau­ti­ful when it was relaxed. A lot of wom­en wouldn’t leave that behind. So why did you decide to cut it all off and go nat­u­ral?
S2P:
I took pret­ty good care of my hair when i had relaxed hair. I decid­ed to go nat­u­ral because I was tired of being a slave to my hair dresser. Dri­ving three hours skimp­ing on buy­ing gro­ceries to afford get­ting my hair done. Want­i­ng col­or and being afraid my hair would fall out. I thought about how much I loved play­ing with my new growth, it always felt real­ly good. I wished my whole head felt like that. I get rest­less and I’m cheap. I like change.

BGLH: When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
S2P:
I tran­si­tioned in May ’07 until Decem­ber ’07 then I big chopped.

BGLH: You have amaz­ing styles! Where do you get style inspi­ra­tion from?
S2P:
I get my inspi­ra­tion from being bored on the week­ends and exper­i­ment­ing with my hair. I’ll wear the style a few times until it’s exact­ly how I want it.

BGLH: Could you describe your prod­ucts and reg­i­men?
S2P:
I prefer nat­u­ral prod­ucts but I do use gel some­times.

BGLH: I saw in one of your albums that you said that you want­ed to resist society’s stan­dard of beau­ty. Were you refer­ring to Jamaica or Amer­i­ca, and what, in your opin­ion, is the stan­dard of beau­ty in those cul­tures?
S2P:
I was refer­ring to Amer­i­can stan­dards because that’s where I live. I’ve noticed that Amer­i­ca is way more strict on what is con­sid­ered attrac­tive. There are so many per­spec­tives in both cul­tures. Jamaica is more accept­ing of tra­di­tion­al­ly African fea­tures main­ly because the dom­i­nant cul­ture is of African decent. Though they have a ten­den­cy to make note of skin tone with terms such as brown­in’ etc which is no worse than red bone/yellow bone in the U.S. The U.S. real­ly push­es light skin, and straight hair BUT I am see­ing the U.S. incor­po­rate more eth­nic beau­ty in the media. It’s so refresh­ing!!!

BGLH: And what’s the best thing about being nat­u­ral?
S2P:
How unique it can be. The ver­sa­til­i­ty.






Thanks for the insights! You can see more of she2.petite at http://public.fotki.com/romasuki/.

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Meeka B

Love­ly hair!

The Fashionstar

I’m so excit­ed you fea­tured her! I’ve been fol­low­ing her fotki page for prob­a­bly 2 years now anony­mous­ly, and she was one of my main inspi­ra­tions for going nat­u­ral.

Her hair is beau­ti­ful and she always comes up with fun & cre­ative hair­styles, so I always go to her page to see dif­fer­ent styles I can try as my hair con­tin­ues to grow.

I love her hair & her whole style with the pierc­ings and tat­toos, we have a sim­i­lar style so she inspires me mon­th after mon­th.

Steph

Beau­ti­ful hair! I love it.

Gillaine

Great inter­view! She has won­der­ful hair!! Love how she shout­ed out Goat-head soup!!
Ya done know!!

Anonymous

BGLH, is your mom Jamaican or Amer­i­can? I think you’ve men­tioned before that she mar­ried a Jamaican man and then raised her chil­dren there. Employ­ers in the Caribbean tend to have dif­fer­ent stan­dards for for­eign­ers than for locals. Just won­der­ing if that my have had some­thing to do with your mom’s expe­ri­ence.

Bronze Trinity

Wow her hair is sooooo nice! It looks so soft and it real­ly flat­ters her. Its just pre­cious!

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair

@ TAMMYANKA… inter­est­ing. i think it also has to do with which region you live in. for exam­ple, my moth­er was employed with nat­u­ral hair in kingston for close to two decades. it nev­er pre­vent­ed her from get­ting work. i don’t know how it might be in oth­er parts of the island.

TAMMYANKA
Your hair is love­ly. So healthy too!  As for your thoughts on the diffrence b/w US and Jamaica. I lived in Ja for 23 yrs ( school and work) and here for 4 years (school and work). The US from my obser­va­tion and own expe­ri­ences is more accept­ing of unstraight­ened hair. Atleast there are plat­forms for both to exist. I agree on the Jamaican browning/ light skin syn­drome but for hair.…. your abil­i­ties, beliefs, income etc is tied into what your hair looks like. I think as a vis­i­tor o the coun­try you may not have a full picture..try get­ting… Read more »
aulelia

She’s got a doll­face.

What a beau­ty!

Anonymous

Beau­ti­ful style icon! It’s great to see anoth­er Jamer­i­can nat­u­ral beau­ty on this blog. Based on the back­ground of some of her pics it looks like she attends Geor­gia Tech. As a Geor­gia Tech Alum, and fel­low Jamer­i­can, I’m tru­ly lov­ing she2.petite.

Shones

smash­ing! fab­u­lous hair, love­ly styles, and I like the part about being cheap and lik­ing change. I total­ly relate :)

cjbrownsc

Beau­ti­ful hair! This blog does the best inter­views! I’m con­vinced it’s the best blog on the I-net.

Krystal (aka Pirouette)
Krystal (aka Pirouette)

Wow! Gor­geous hair!

Queenbuv3

Love her hair!

Karua

You are gor­geous and it’s fab­u­lous to see anoth­er Jamaican beau­ty rock­ing the nat­u­ral hair! My fam­i­ly is 100% Jamaican but I live in the US too so I could relate. I haven’t been to Jamaica since I was like 5. I’m turn­ing 18 in a cou­ple weeks and a few days after my b-day I final­ly get to go! It’ll be inter­est­ing to see what my extend­ed fam­i­ly thinks of my new hair… (15 months post-relax­er).

I know I already said it but you and your hair are fab­u­lous!

Anonymous

Gor­geous pho­tos. I LUV this blog! I am two months into my tran­si­tion phase and the ladies nev­er fail to inspire!

artgyrl

Wow. Such love­ly, healthy hair.

ChyeahBella

i love u hair, and ur very beau­ti­ful, do u have pics of when u had relaxed hair?

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