Where do you live?
J:
I’m actu­al­ly an Uptown girl, I live in Harlem, NYC. I’m known for doing quite a bit… every­thing from song­writ­ing to fash­ion design, to pho­tog­ra­phy, but recent­ly I have decid­ed to focus sole­ly on Architecture/Interior design.

Your blog is real­ly cool. In your own words, how would you describe it?
J:
Wow, thanx, I’m so hap­py you like it. In all hon­esty, my blog is just a melt­ing pot of things that inter­est me. Many peo­ple in my life had been encour­ag­ing me to blog for some time, I had opened a blog­ger acct back in 07, but because the inter­est hadn’t real­ly hit me, noth­ing ever came of it.

About a year ago on a trip back to Ger­many (my birth­place) to vis­it fam­i­ly, I was inspired to share the expe­ri­ence… that enthu­si­asm for blog­ging con­tin­ued after my return to the States, so I just ran with it.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
J:
I decid­ed in high school, I believe I was 17. Even with a relax­er, my hair curled up when wet, so for a year pri­or to mak­ing the deci­sion, I was already rock­ing the curls. It final­ly hit me that I was bet­ter off bypass­ing touch-ups all togeth­er and let­ting my nat­ur­al hair grow out.

I decid­ed to tran­si­tion by con­tin­u­al­ly trim­ming my hair, as opposed to cut­ting it all off and start­ing from scratch. Approx­i­mate­ly a year and a half after start date, I cut the last bit of chem­i­cal­ly treat­ed hair off. My length was slight­ly above shoul­der when curled. Going nat­ur­al has made life eas­i­er. I appre­ci­ate the “no-fuss” approach to every­thing. I appre­ci­ate its “get-up-and-go” appeal.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
J:
One time years and years ago, at the age of about 10, I had got­ten braids. It was the 90s, I didn’t know any bet­ter, but it ruined my hair. That’s when I real­ized fake hair/extensions weren’t for me. I know peo­ple call it “pro­tec­tive styling” now-a-days, but it did noth­ing of the sort in my case. I have always had a full head of hair, so per­haps the fact that I didn’t need it, was the very rea­son my hair didn’t respond well.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
J:
The best move I made con­cern­ing my hair was cut­ting out the mul­ti­tude of prod­ucts I had been using after the tran­si­tion. I have tried just about every hair care prod­uct avail­able, and it turns out the basics are more favor­able.

Could you give a short run­down of your reg­i­men?
J:
I cleanse and con­di­tion with either Alter Ego or Herbal Essence prod­ucts. I mois­tur­ize using nat­ur­al Olive Oil and Shea But­ter, or organ­ic prod­ucts based with those ingre­di­ents. When curly, I apply a leave-in con­di­tion­er called Parne­vu every oth­er day. When straight, I pro­tect my strands with Ojon.

How does your hair express who you are?
J:
I am hav­ing a hard time answer­ing this ques­tion. I don’t think I’ve ever real­ly thought about it or giv­en my hair that much cred­it.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
Yup. You can find me at AdoreDAI­LY =D
http://JessieADORE.com/blog
http://twitter.com/jessieadore

Any­thing else you want to add?
J:
Stay true to who you were cre­at­ed to be and nev­er relent at the pur­suit of reach­ing your full poten­tial.

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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[…] was orig­i­nal­ly fea­tured on May 3, 2010. We fol­lowed up with her to get an update on her […]

Maureen

Love the pink blaz­er! And her hair of course ;)

CurlyChronicles

Such cute style! I have a thing for pet­ti­coats and tutus myself :D they’re so frilly and fun!

vonnie

gor­geous hair and great blog :D she seems fun 

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LadyCook

Your hair is BEAUTIFUL, and love your style! The last state­ment you made about stay­ing true to who you were cre­at­ed to be and reach­ing your full potential?.…SO need­ed to hear that. Thank you! Love it =)

Ansley

That white skirt!!!!! Where did she get it!?? I love it! I will check out her blog.

CoCocosmopolitan

her hair is gor­geous.

Nickie Dee

She is gor­geous! Her skin is incred­i­bly smooooooth. Us Black women are beau­ti­ful!

Nikki

Beau­ti­ful!

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Shones

Love your style. The big­ness of your hair is so adorable.

T.Ava

Love Jessie’s style and her blog is great! Thanks BGLH, you Rock

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