Jess // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
J:
My name is Jess and I am from Georgia.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J:
I decided to go natural because I did not feel like relaxing my hair anymore.

How would you describe your texture?
J:
I am not really into hair types, but I would say I am in the 3 category. I am not sure about the letter portion, however my strands are fine and my hair is dense.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J:
I follow the CG method. I do not use shampoo, I deep condition my hair once a week and I cowash to cleanse my scalp. I also avoid styling tools such as combs or brushes. At night, I protect my curls by placing my hair into a pineapple (high ponytail). I am currently using Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as my leave in (it has water-soluble silicones), Tresemme’ Naturals as my detangler/rinse out conditioner, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair as my deep conditioner and Eco Styler gel as my styler.

I am a wash n go girl. I do not do any protective styles; I wear my hair out all year long. I decided to follow the CG method because I did not like shampooing my hair (it made it very dry) and I feel the method is very simple. It works for me and I love it. I have been following this method for 3 years.

What does wash day look like for you?
J:
My wash day consists of Tresemme Naturals Conditioner as my detangler, Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as my moisturizing leave in, and Eco styler gel as my styler. I step in the shower; allow the water to cleanse my scalp and hair, along with removing any excess product. I apply my Tresemme Naturals and then I allow it to sit in my hair for a few minutes. After I do that, I proceed with detangling.

I rinse all of the conditioner out of my hair and squeeze the excess water out of it. Then I apply the Paul Mitchell to damp hair, raking it through. After I am done with the Paul Mitchell product application, I begin smoothing the Eco styler gel through my hair. I allow my curls to air dry in a pineapple at night.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
J:
My favorite go to hairstyle definitely is the wash n go. I can preserve it for several days without rewetting or remoisturizing it.

How do you combat shrinkage?
J:
I don’t do anything to combat shrinkage. My hair is mid back length and shrinks to my shoulders. I just embrace it.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J:
Two do’s for my texture are moisture and low manipulation.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J:
Two don’ts for my texture are too much manipulation and lack of moisture.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
Yes! You can find me on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/mahoganycurls, Blogger: www.mahoganycurls.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/loveyourtwa and Twitter: www.twitter.com/mahoganycurls.

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67 thoughts on “Jess // Natural Hair Style Icon

      • The CG method in simply put form is when you no longer use shampoo in your hair when washing it, just conditioner. They do this because shampoo is known to have sulfates in it which sucks up and dries out all the essential and vital oils in your strands that your hair needs to thrive and grow. Basically, you no longer use shampoo, just conditioner. :)

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  1. Jess,
    I love your hair and your humble attitude!! I’ve seen your YouTube videos and recently visited your blog. Amazing process of hair discovery you have had. You are like my hair twin, so I ran out and bought Tresemme Naturals, a sample size of Paul Mitchell condish and even the Let’s Jam Custard you recently tried. I have been using Eco Styler for years- its the only gel I use. I am not really a PJ, but your praises about this process convinced me step outside of my usual box
    I was so happy to see that Eco gel is CG friendly. I guess I have been CG wtihout realizing it.
    Anyhoo, I tried the recent process you have discovered and I L O V E the results. I got a bit afraid at first while my hair was drying, as it did look Jheri-curlish. Lol! Not a look I was striving for.
    I pineappled it and went to the gym. SN- I also like the fact that you work out each day. I do too and it is hard to hear regimen from hardcore fitness natural bloggers.

    After sweating like crazy at the gym, letting it dry and breaking the gel cast, I was ASTONISHED at the fact that my hair was well moisturized, very soft and actually MOVED with ease!!!!! Every curl was evident! THANK YOU for sharing your discovery with us! You are a true gem!!

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  2. Jess you’re a great example of someone who took their time to find out what worked for them and then took off running with it. Your efforts have paid off and it shows! Keep on doing your thing.. cuz your tips work for me too! :)

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  3. Wow I’ve followed her journey since her very first Youtube video. Just before I took the plunge myself. So proud of Jess.

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  4. Jess, Your hair is beautiful and you exude a beautiful energy while doing your tutorials which I have found to be so very useful!

    I am now 1 year and almost 2 months into my hair journey and I love it!

    Please continue to provide us information!

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  5. Beatiful braid styles and simple regimen

    I really loved her simplistic reason for going natural ” I did not feel like relaxing my hair anymore.”

    This was pretty much my reasoning behind going natural and I am glad that someone shares the same reasoning. I just got tired of relaxing. Tired of dryness breakage, etc. It wasn’t to make me feel more black or more in touch with my heritage (I’m Geechee/Gullah, so I grew up with plenty of that) or any other political reason.

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  6. Jess is one of the few youtubers I follow and that is mainly because of her simplicity of routine and the fact that she is the closest I have found to a hair twin and I don’t do protective styles either. I have been on my journey with her the whole time and love her advice and down to earth delivery – I almost had a fit when she took a hiatus to move back to the states from overseas. Nearly everything she has recommended has worked for me and I am SO HAPPY to see her featured here – I have been waiting! Be blessed Jess and thanks for all you do!

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  7. We have to love and embrace what we have, divide and conquer has been an effective device since the days of slavery. I am 4ccc and always willing to listen and learn from fellow naturals. Let’s work together as a unified faction instead of seperating ourselves based on inconsequential labels and categeroies. It’s JUST HAIR.

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