CharyJay // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
C:
I’m CharyJay from Detroit, Michigan. I am a writer and videographer.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
I decided to go natural simply because I was bored with my relaxed hair. The styles I could do were limited and I was tired of my hair determining what I could and couldn’t do.

Ultimately, I made the decision to go natural after interning at B.LA.C. Magazine. There I encountered so many professional women who wore their hair in its natural state and they were all fabulous. I witnessed first hand that you can wear your hair without chemical relaxers and still hold a position of power in a corporate setting.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
C:
My one-year transitioning journey to natural hair started in August of 2009. I did every “set” under the sun, i.e. roller-set, straw-set, flexi-rod set. I did that for the first three or four months and then of course, my relaxed ends started breaking off. That’s when I learned how to flat-twist and started doing protective styles which helped stall the breakage since I wasn’t manipulating my hair as much.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
C:
Going natural has definitely improved my self-esteem. I use to always care what others thought about me and I tried to fit into a mold of what people around me considered beautiful. Once I started transitioning, I caught heat from just about everyone besides my boyfriend. Each blow helped me build confidence and after big chopping a year later (August 2010), I felt more confident in myself than ever!

How would you describe your hair?
C:
My hair is really thick and coarse. I have really tight coils in the nape and sides of my head, but everywhere else, it’s all kinks. In the beginning I thought once my hair grew out the curls would eventually form, but they haven’t and I’m totally OK with that. I love my hair, curl or no curl!

What is your regimen?
C:
I shampoo with Original Moxie’s Get Clean shampoo, and deep condition with Original Moxie’s Intense Quench. I then sit under my Huetiful Hair Steamer for 20-30 minutes before detangling my hair.
If I’m not trying out a new style, I usually wear my hair in a protective style for five days and then wear a twist-out for two days before repeating the same process.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
C:
Protective styling is THE truth! Every since I started wearing protective styles, I noticed that not only did it help keep my hair moisturized, but it also helped me retain length. It allows me to steer clear of HIH (Hand In Hair) syndrome so I don’t experience a lot of STKs (single strand knots). It also keeps split ends at bay, which usually comes with manipulating your hair often.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
C:
I am very fortunate to say I haven’t made any mistakes so far in my natural hair journey. I think it’s due to the amount of research I’ve done on caring for natural hair before I began transitioning. While I was on my transitioning journey, I had time to learn how to care for my hair in its natural state before I was completely natural.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
C:
The best thing I continue to do for my hair is keep it in protective styles 90% of the time! Not only can you do so many versatile and may I add fabulous styles with twists and flat twists, but they also aid in hair growth.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
My YouTube channel is 160Days2Lose2. http://www.youtube.com/user/160Days2Lose2?feature=mhw4
There you can find many hair tutorials, spoofs, product reviews and other informative videos. The link to my Tumblr blog is: http://charyjay.tumblr.com/

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35 thoughts on “CharyJay // Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. I love Chary Jay’s videos although my attempts at her styles are usually a fail. Over the past few months though she has totally changed direction, I miss her style tutorials and I hope she goes back to doing more of them again.
    I also loved her natural hair drama, I had many a laugh watching those.

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  2. Ahh! I’m SOO happy to see her on here!! she’s a growing YT sensation and creates amazing styles. wooo!

    It’s nice to see I’m not the only one wearing protective styles 90% of the time and reaping those benefits.

    GREAT ARTICLE :D

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  3. Gorgeous lady, beautiful LUSH hair, fierce style! You are doing the absolute most! I feel like going back home this morning and trying again…lol Best of luck to you! I’ll be following. I got ya bookmarked!

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  4. She’s fabulous and has my exact hair type!!! Why haven’t I heard of her before? I’m subscribing to her channel immediately!!! Great style icon!

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  5. I know this gorgeous woman!! :) CharyJay’s a Detroit celebrity. Great to see her here, she is definitely my favorite hair icon and has one of the best youtube channels and hair advice journals out there.

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  6. Can I say I am in love with her!
    OMFGawddd!
    I loveeee me some Charjay (yes I am gay and yes I have a huge crush on her!)

    I loved watching her videos with her on/off again boyfriend. I hope they work things out they were sooo kewwwwtttt –:)

    Beautiful lady with a vibrant personality. I love her mouth and hair.

    Im Just Saying….

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  7. Love, love, love the hair, especially in her very first photo. Thick and lustrous. Question for the most fab women in Detroit: What do you REALLY think about he Huetiful Steamer? My hair loves to be dry, so any thing to successfully up the moisture ante is crucial for me.

    What are your thoughts?

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  8. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her and just want to say that she is gorgeous inside as well as out. I’m so glad to see her on bglh as a natural hair icon!!!

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