*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

How would you describe your tex­ture?
J:
If I had to pick a hair type, I would say my hair is a 4a/3c hybrid with a bit of 4b in the back. The back of my head boasts the tight­est coils while the front has loos­er, more defined curls. I have a ton of hair, so it is real­ly thick but the actu­al strands are fine. Because my hair is so soft, I feel like that makes it more prone to frizzi­ness and it suc­cumbs to any kind of heat with­out much resis­tance. My hair also takes an eter­ni­ty and a half to air dry.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
J:
I am con­stant­ly chang­ing my hair­styles. My favorite style has to be my dou­ble-strand twists because the styling options are end­less. If I take the time to throw some twists into my hair, I usu­al­ly rock them for about a month before I reach my thresh­old of frizz. Some­times I put my twists in flexi-rods and wear them curly. Some­times I arrange them into a funky up-do. If I’m in a hur­ry, I’ll pull them back into a pony­tail or wear them straight down. At night, I can just mois­tur­ize and seal my ends and keep it mov­ing.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly my patience with installing twists is thin, so my hair is usu­al­ly out and free. I love over-sized fluffy buns. They keep my hair out of my face and off of my neck, which is espe­cial­ly great on hot days and also keeps the amount of time I spend with my hands in my hair down A TON. Late­ly I’ve been in love with my twist-outs and ban­tu-knot outs. I’m not much of a braid-out girl unless it’s done with about 6–8 medi­um sized corn­rows.

As far as my hair prod­uct arse­nal, these are my cur­rent favs: Shea Mois­ture Curl & Style Milk (prep for twist-outs), Kinky-Curly Knot Today (leave-in con­di­tion­er), Oyin Hand­made Hair Dew (mois­tur­iz­ing), Shea Radi­ance Hair But­ter and coconut oil (seal­ing). I can always depend on them when I need to be sure my hair will be look­ing just right.

What does wash day look like for you?
J:
I real­ly try to have a wash day every week. I had to des­ig­nate Sun­day as the day for it all to go down to keep me on track. I don’t have a mil­lion steps or prod­ucts in my wash regimen—it’s pret­ty straight for­ward. Before I pick up any prod­ucts, I take a cou­ple min­utes to rinse my hair and make sure it is ful­ly sat­u­rat­ed with water.

Sham­poo: Sec­tion­ing my hair is a must! I do about 4–6 sec­tions, depend­ing on how big the job is look­ing that week. I use a clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo once a month to make sure I’m real­ly get­ting all of the gunk out of my hair. Right now my favorite sham­poo is Beau­ti­ful Tex­tures Mois­tur­iz­ing Sham­poo. It is gen­tle enough that it does not dry out my hair, but still leaves my hair feel­ing clean.

Condition/Detangle: I like to con­di­tion and detan­gle with Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion (or Long-Term Rela­tion­ship if I need a bit of pro­tein) with the help of my trusty show­er comb. I will admit that some­times I skip this step and head right to the deep con­di­tion­ing step. Hey—I’m a busy girl!

Deep Con­di­tion: Some­times I’ll detan­gle while my deep con­di­tion­er is in my hair and I nev­er both­er to deep con­di­tion longer than 30 min­utes. I love ORS Replen­ish­ing Con­di­tion­er. I’ll go to my Shea Mois­ture Deep Treat­ment Masque when my hair needs real ther­a­py and on real­ly rough weeks, since the masque dou­bles as a leave-in, I won’t rinse it out.

Once all of this is done, I dry my hair with an old cot­ton t-shirt, apply my leave-in (usu­al­ly Kinky-Curly Knot Today) and go for anoth­er short round of detan­gling. What hap­pens next varies on what style I’m prep­ping for or how sore my arms are by now after work­ing with my hair for so long. On a low main­te­nance day, I apply a mois­tur­iz­er or styling prod­uct like Shea Moisture’s Curl & Style Milk, seal with my Shea Radi­ance Hair But­ter and put my hair in sev­er­al big twists for a fluffy twist-out the next day.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
J:
As of late, twist-outs and top­knot buns have been my go-to styles. I am far from a morn­ing per­son and I’ve mas­tered both of these hair­styles enough that they don’t take much thought to do when I’m get­ting ready for the day.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
J:
I let my hair air dry in twists and that helps reduce how much my hair coils up. If I have time, when my twists are almost dry I will re-twist each twist to stretch out what­ev­er shrink­age has already hap­pened dur­ing the first bit of dry­ing. Ban­tu-knots are also great for elim­i­nat­ing any unwant­ed shrink­age. Oth­er than that, I’ve learned to just embrace the curls!

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
J:
I have to be mind­ful of how tight I pull my hair because the hair around my edges is very fine. There have been a cou­ple times when I’ve noticed slight break­age, espe­cial­ly in the back from gath­er­ing pony­tails and puffs too tight. I’ve learned how to per­fect a sleek look with­out pulling my hair too tight­ly.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
J:
One: Doing my hair in sec­tions changed my life. I don’t know what I was try­ing to get done before but a few years ago, a friend sug­gest­ed that to me and I saw the light. Two: I have to be very gen­tle with my hair. Although it is thick, I have fine strands and there are times when I can just hear every strand pop­ping because I’m being too rough.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
J:
One: No-poo reg­i­mens don’t work for me. I have to use sham­poo or else I get ridicu­lous build-up and my strands are vis­i­bly weighed down. My hair starts to look dull with­out a good sham­poo from time to time. Two: Wash and go’s are a no-go for me. Tan­gles and knots GALORE. It isn’t worth the work I have to deal with lat­er. Plus, I’m not a fan of how my hair frames my face after it air dries freely.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
HairGetsKinky.com,Twit­ter: @HGKWW, http://www.youtube.com/user/HairGetsKinky

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­ur­al hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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21 Comments on "Jess // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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Hey ter­rif­ic web­site! Does run­ning a blog such as this take a great deal of work? I’ve no exper­tise in cod­ing but I had been hop­ing to start my own blog soon. Any­way, should you have any rec­om­men­da­tions or tips for new weblog own­ers please share. I com­pre­hend this is off top­ic nev­er­the­less I just want­ed to ask. Cheers!

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I was sug­gest­ed this blog by my cousin. I am not cer­tain whether or not this pub­lish is writ­ten by him as nobody else know such detailed about my issue. You are incred­i­ble! Thanks! your arti­cle about Best Regards Cindy

cassie

i agree with kisha. Her hair def­i­nite­ly looks 4b/4a ish and I love it. She’s absolute­ly stun­ning!!

Kisha
I am not attack­ing her!!!! she can type her hair the way she wants..HOWEVER, This is a web­site teach­ing oth­er women/men how to take care of her their hair. The hair typ­ing is impor­tant because I will look at her hair and relate it to mine and get tips from her. Typ­ing her hair wrong­ly HERE is chang­ing that And you peo­ple say­ing “she can type her hair the way she wants” agree with me that her hair is 4b not 3c/3b..am not bring­ing the whole good hair debate bc I did not attack her hair so its your mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the pur­pose.… Read more »
Jess
Hi Kisha! I’m sor­ry that you feel I incor­rect­ly described my hair type. My hair isn’t in a wash & go in any of these pic­tures so you can’t real­ly tell why I described it the way I did. I wasn’t try­ing to mis­lead any­one. I usu­al­ly comb out the front of my hair so it match­es the back because it is eas­i­er to do that than to try to get the back to mim­ic the loos­er curls in the front. This is my hair when I let it air dry as it is: http://hairgetskinky.tumblr.com/post/12523378354/freshly-washed-hair-curly-bangs I rarely do wash & go… Read more »
Kisha

Oh WOW now I see :-)) like some­one said hair looks dif­fer­ent when its styled.

You have beau­ti­ful hair and am real­ly sor­ry if I caused any dra­ma. Have a great week :-)):-)):-))

Lisa Michelle
I don’t think you’re attack­ing her Kisha, she does have mul­ti­ple tex­tures in her hair, includ­ing 3s and 4s. The hair­typ­ing sys­tem is not an exact sci­ence, and unless you have some­one pulling your strands and com­par­ing them with some­one else, you’ll nev­er be able to tell 100%. Her hair isn’t all one type, major­i­ty of nat­u­rals have 2 or more tex­tures in their head. It does go beyond visu­al hair typ­ing, but I under­stand where you’re com­ing from. If you can relate to what her hair “looks” like, then that’s great, but ulti­mate­ly you have to learn your hair,… Read more »
Lisa Michelle
I’ve not met too many nat­u­rals with just ONE tex­ture of hair in their heads…I have a mix of every­thing from 3B/4B in my head, let it get too far out from wash day and it looks like 4B/4C. Visu­al hair­typ­ing of course gives you some­thing to relate to, but you have to remem­ber whe your hair is twist­ed or in a style it might “look” like some­thing total­ly dif­fer­ent. You def­i­nite­ly can’t dis­count the thick­ness of the strands, too, when it comes to hair either. It’s just meant to be a guide, but ulti­mate­ly you are the only ruler… Read more »
MAHA

I think she could very well be a type 3c/4a…/4b.… That’s what I con­sid­er my hair. My mom has 3c hair, and some of my hair looks just like hers and the oth­ers I assume,are more like dad’s, but with styling, stretch­ing & manip­u­lat­ing it all looks the same. What­ev­er, this style icon’s hair is very sim­i­lar to mine, so I liked it. Now if only I had the will-pow­er to keep my hair in twist like that. I would have hair galore!

anastasia

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

courtney-hi

beau­ti­ful!!!!

Sieta

I love the diver­si­ty of her hair, it looks great!

Kisha

Hon­est­ly she isnt 3c/4a. More like 4b

loch

She is what she says she is. My hair is the exact same tex­ture. She is right, it is a mix­ture of 3 dif­fer­ent types. Found it very use­ful, as I have strug­gled to find advice/ prac­ti­cal.. for my hybrid hair tex­ture!.. x

Landry

Ummm, does it mat­ter? No.

zyaran

I agree, but it looks good though.

Kisha

Yes she does. Very beau­ti­ful. I love the updo and the blowout :-):-)

Imani

Visu­al hair-typ­ing (i.e.)the whole 3-a-b-c 4z cat­e­go­riza­tion is so arbi­trary who’s to say what is what? If she thinks her hair is 3c/4a/4b can we real­ly argue? I think the impor­tant thing is that her hair looks amaz­ing. I can’t speak for every­one, but Andre’s hair “types” have taught me absolute­ly noth­ing about nat­ur­al hair.

B

+100000000 @ Imani.…why do folks get so caught up in hair type??! We all know it goes back to the “GOOD HAIR” argu­ment!! She can label HER HAIR as she pleas­es!

Kisha

If the visu­al typ­ing does­nt mean any­thing, it would­nt have been men­tioned as part of her fea­ture.
she has the right to believe what type her hair is but the rest of us who are look­ing to relate to icons fea­tured here is def­i­nite­ly mis­in­for­ma­tion.
and her hair looks amaz­ing- I agree

Annie L.

Very infor­ma­tive and down-to-earth inter­view and fun web­site, espe­cial­ly liked the Lego wigs! Also the shape and style of those twist/coil-outs look amaz­ing on her!

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