*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
Jessie was originally featured on May 3, 2010. We followed up with her to get an update on her regimen.
J: I’m Jessie Adore, a Harlem girl. :) I’m a Creative Consultant and Art Director.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
J: I had a relaxer during my early HS years, but my hair still curled when wet, so I just kept it curly until the relaxer grew out.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
J: I honestly don’t feel like I ever “went natural”. I’ve been used to curly hair for majority of my life, particularly coming from such a mixed background. If anything, I think being natural makes life a ton easier. I have these moments in the morning when I’m really grateful I can just hop in the shower and my hair does exactly what it’s supposed to by the time I get out. I couldn’t imagine always having to worry about my roots needing a touch up, or the shower steam making my hair revert.
How would you describe your hair?
J: My hair…does whatever it feels. It literally has a life of its own, and I don’t bother fighting it. It’s really thick and keeps length pretty well. I’d say I have medium sized curls.
What is your regimen?
J: I cleanse about every 5 days. I like the Wen system. Every other week, I deep condition under a hair steamer. If I’ve had my hair pressed out for a while I make sure to set it in big twists after I cleanse when going back to curly. When my hair is straight, I apply spray/dry shampoo every other day to prevent build-up and damage if I have to touch up with heat.
Tell us about your hair color?
J: My sister is a colorist and worked my color process. I don’t remember the brands or color codes, but I know she mixed a few different things to achieve the final hue. My hair texture hasn’t changed much, it just requires even more moisture.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair, especially now that you have color?
J: As I mentioned, I’ve just been more conscious of keeping it moisturized. I use a lot of coconut oil, aloe and other natural moisturizers. I drink tons of water, and I swear by biotin vitamins.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
J: I’ve learned that relaxers are stupid. For my hair at least, lol. I can’t think of any other major mistakes. If I were able to go back in time, I’d let my hair remain virgin. No relaxers, no coloring.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
J: I love going under the steamer. I think it really helps the nourishing properties of conditioners penetrate deep in the hair follicle.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J: I can be found at AdoreDAILY by visiting http://jessieadore.com.
Anything else you want to add?
J: Thanks for having me :)!