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.
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.