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Intro­duce your­self!
Joiya aka Jo Clo aka xojo­clo on Insta­gram. :) I’m from North­ern Cal­i­for­nia orig­i­nal­ly and then moved to Ari­zona. I cur­rent­ly live in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
I have been nat­ur­al since 2000, how­ev­er my cur­rent hair is reflec­tive of a big chop in 2010 (1 year and 10 months). My orig­i­nal rea­son­ing for going nat­ur­al was due to my dis­gust for unhealthy hair due to over pro­cess­ing (i.e. break­ing off from flat iron­ing, perms, braids, etc.) and attempt­ing to main­tain styles that were not nat­ur­al to me as a black woman. That rea­son­ing shift­ed to include mere­ly want­i­ng to help adjust mis­in­formed black people’s per­cep­tion of beau­ty beyond that of the learned Euro­pean stan­dard, and forc­ing peo­ple to accept what nat­u­ral­ly grows out of my head.

After hav­ing been veg­an for a year and a half and start­ing a Face­book page and move­ment called Health Over Hair (HOH) www.facebook/healthoverhair, being nat­ur­al was impor­tant for rea­sons that includ­ed help­ing oth­ers to see that healthy hair or long hair if that was your goal, is con­tin­gent upon your over­all health (i.e. men­tal health, what you eat, exer­cise, etc.). Now it is real­ly about under­stand­ing your­self beyond your hair and self-love. I hope that wasn’t a novel…lol

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I don’t real­ly define my hair with any stan­dard­ized sys­tem or know what the stan­dards are. I like my hair to set its own stan­dard. Besides, it real­ly does vary depend­ing on the con­di­tion­er I use to wash it with, the weath­er, how many days have gone by before wash­ing it, the amount of prod­uct lay­ered in, over what amount of days, etc. But gen­er­al­ly speak­ing my hair has loos­er curls in the front, kinki­er curls on the side, cot­ton tex­tures in the mid­dle and tighter, small­er curls in the back. =)

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
I’m a bona fide wash n go girl because it’s the eas­i­est and least time con­sum­ing with­out tor­tur­ing my hair through some process (my hair is sen­si­tive and impres­sion­able to most pro­cess­ing). I co-wash with Mizani Con­di­tion­er, Tre­semme Sul­fate Free Con­di­tion­er or Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion and then use Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in Con­di­tion­er. For any cleanup styles or edge cleanups I use an online prod­uct called Coconut Curl Pud­ding by Komaza Care (love them!).

What does wash day look like for you?
I main­ly co-wash and that’s for my every­day wash n go. On days when I want to cleanse my hair of prod­uct build up I alter­nate sham­poos (still a prod­uct junkie in the sham­poo realm). I am cur­rent­ly using Aussie Moist Sham­poo. I use a detan­gling brush and brush the ends up to the root. Then reap­ply con­di­tion­er and leave it in dur­ing the day.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
The wash n go or the nin­ja bun on wet to damp hair. I bend over and let my hair fall for­ward and dou­ble tie a bun on the very top!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I don’t. I have zero obses­sion with length. I only care if my hair is healthy.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
I try to pay atten­tion to my edges only because they suf­fer the most abuse.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Water (get a fil­ter for your show­er head!).

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Coconut oil — My hair hates it for some reason…lol

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Insta­gram: xojo­clo and www.facebook.com/healthoverhair


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

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What stood out for me was the fil­ter on the water head I recent­ly mois­turise with fil­tered bot­tle water. The water in Cal­i­for­nia sucks. If it makes my skin dry I know it makes my hair dry. I also thought about going veg­an. I want to ful­ly under­stand the nat­ur­al hair jour­ney.


Woah!! This girl looks like family—even down to the baby hairs. lol! Keep up the good work with your hair Joiya–as a new nat­ur­al it is so inspir­ing to see. Bless­ings!

Annie L.

I real­ly relat­ed to your nat­ur­al sto­ry and loved the cropped, pix­ie, shag and angel wing styles as well as the pret­ty pinned up twists. 

What I need details on how­ev­er, is the GORGEOUS cot­ton can­dy lip, blush, shad­ow AND the love­ly fuch­sia nail you’re sow­ing off in those sen­sa­tion­al pics!

I’m final­ly com­mit­ting myself 100% to my veg­an lifestyle this year and will be check­ing your FB!


Joiya, your hair is beau­ti­ful, very healthy look­ing! I love the big twists :)


Beau­ti­ful hair!! I wish I had your baby hair :) How often do you trim, and would you ever col­or your hair again?


hahah..I wish I could call that baby hair trust it ain’t too baby by the end of the day. I trim twice a year, how­ev­er the sec­ond trim is very lit­tle. I will not col­or my hair — That was washout col­or hair spay, vis­it your local beau­ty sup­ply store ;) ~xojo


Lol. Thanks for refresh­ing my mem­o­ry, I haven’t used washout col­or spray in years, time to revis­it!! :)

Thanks again :)

Pecanprincess southernstyle
Pecanprincess southernstyle

Oh em geee!!! I did­nt even know theyw made stuff like that!!! I am so excited.…will be cruis­ing to my beau­ty sup­ply asap! Thank you ladies, i want to col­or my hair but am pet­ri­fied of the dry­ing effects (esp since im in the sun, ocean, or pool constantly).…wait…can it hold in a pool or ocean?


I would like to thank all the ladies who have post­ed such gen­er­ous com­ments here, I appre­ci­ate each of you. Turns out you have tru­ly bal­anced out the appar­ent fias­co thats hap­pen­ing on the I Love Being Black page on face­book, but BGLH has shown love-Stay Black! ~xojo­clo


I’m feel­in your hair sto­ry Joiya!
1. O EM GEE! i was thinkin i was the only nat­ur­al whos hair HATED coconut oil!! thanks for shar­ing!
2. I bc’d 2mos after you!So its good read­ing about a nat­ur­al who hasn’t been doing this for 5 or more years. & is sim­i­lar in length to mine. I love read­ing the sto­ries of vet­er­an nat­u­rals though (yes, i con­sid­er 3+ years vet­er­an) because they are moti­vat­ing.

any­way! beau­ti­ful girl! thanks for shar­ing!


Thanks love, I have been doing this 5+ tho, been nat­ur­al since 2000 (my first a tran­si­tions, my sec­ond a big chop), I know what its like to have gone nat­ur­al only to end up press­ing your hair so much for the pur­pos­es of cor­po­rate amer­i­ca or relax­ing oth­ers that don’t mat­ter at the expense of the health of my own hair and hav­ing to quote on quote “go nat­ur­al again” so I’m not new in the game, new per­spec­tive tho :)


It tick­les me when women say they don’t care about length. Usu­al­ly its because theyve giv­en up on achiev­ing the length that they real­ly want not because theyre above the hype. And women who don’t wor­ry about shrink­age prob­a­bly have a lot of length when shrunk­en any­way which is the case for most 3c/4a women or 4b/4c women with longer lengths. Any­one who can get away with wash and gos fits that cat­e­go­ry. jmho.

I don’t care about leg­nth or shrink­age and it’s not because I’ve giv­en up it’s because I care more for the health of my hair. What’s the point of hav­ing long hair if it’s not healthy? My daugh­ter had long hair (BSL) but it wasn’t healthy so she had to cut off what wasn’t good (SL). She wants long hair but I told her that if she doesn’t take care of it prop­er­ly than she will nev­er achieve her goal of get­ting (WL). I lot of us women can agree when I say that we like to embrace what God… Read more »

I think it is lib­er­at­ing to hear that length isn’t an issue! More of that please. :) 

Every­one is on a jour­ney and has dif­fer­ent goals and opin­ions on their hair.

My goal is healthy hair and lent­gh fol­lows. :)


I dis­agree with you. To some nat­u­rals hair length is not impor­tant and they nev­er had hair goals in mind. I can say this because I big chopped with no clear cut goal as to what length hair I want­ed. I just knew I didn’t want a perm any­more so I cut it and let it do what it wants. Not all of us are slaves to our hair. Not say­ing you implied that at all how­ev­er. Some of us just want healthy nat­ur­al hair no mat­ter the length.


I’m dis­agree­ing with Denise btw lol not you Joiya!


I was with you ;)


I appre­ci­ate your response Denis unfor­tu­nate­ly your assump­tions in this case are incor­rect. I don’t care about length because I care about healthy hair. peri­od. I did not care about length when it was two inch­es long. It is what it is. My hair has in fact been longer pre­vi­ous­ly than any achieved length I have cur­rent­ly. It just so hap­pens to be the case that when you con­cern your­self with attempt­ing to make your hair every­thing it is not, it wont’ grow any­way. Peace


Same sen­ti­ments as every­one else! :) and ur ‘baby hair’ is erry­thanggg!! lol


What can I say that hasn’t alreasy been said? Great hair, gor­geous girl and I love the whole body approach. Health over every­thing.


Love your pics Joiya and your respons­es! Gonna check out your FB page soon. Peace&Love to you.


You are very pret­ty! You make me wan­na wear twists. Did you have to blow out your hair to achieve that style? I love all of the styles and your BC was fierce:)



Thank you! Yes these twists were on blown out hair, how­ev­er it can be done on curly hair with like results, detan­gle with a detan­gling brush in the show­er and before twist­ing each sec­tion brush that sec­tion with a boar brush from end to root :)

African Violet

I like all of the pic­tures, but I real­ly like the TWA pic­ture.

Curly Queen

She’s super cute and takes great pics. So jeal­ous. :)

Pecanprincess southernstyle
Pecanprincess southernstyle

She should model!!!oh em gee she’s gorg!!!! And i love her hair…esp that twa she was rocking…looks uber cute!!!! The col­or in the front is fly as well…love the style icons, im always steal­ing ideas from them! Lol


Love love your hair and so true about diet.


What she said about water is real talk. I’m cur­rent­ly liv­ing in a soft water area. A few weeks ago I went home (where the water is hard) for the week­end and after two days my hair was feel­ing rough and coarse, even though I was doing all the same things I usu­al­ly do. The only thing I could think of that would have make such a dif­fer­ence was the water (I wet my hair in the show­er every day).


Luv her! All her respons­es sounds like what I would have replied with.

I've Noticed

Beau­ti­ful girl, great hair, rep­ping the DMV! And yes to the fil­ter. DC water is HORRIBLE.


DMV res­i­dent as well! How could I for­get? :) When I see icons fea­tured from my area I always think how I nev­er see them. The DC met­ro­pol­i­tan area is NOT that big, lol.


Big ups to my ladies from the DMV. I’ve noticed a lit­tle move­ment. Espe­cial­ly in Mary­land. And, yes, to “I’ve Noticed” all the water here in the DMV area is not good, espe­cial­ly DC.

And Joiya your hair is beau­ti­ful and I love your pics!


Thank you Alexan­dra!!!.. Xo


Before hair and sexy lips girlie! And, I just love her answer to the que­si­ton, describe your hair!


I always like to hear when nat­u­rals could care less about shrink­age and/or try­ing to make their hair look “longer”. If it wasn’t for tan­gles, I could give a damn about twist­ing up my hair and would let it be.


same here as I despise the twisting/braiding process(call me lazy lol). I want to wash and go so bad­ly but fear sin­gle strand knots and tan­gles. I already get an abun­dance of those when I wear my hair out in stretched styles.


@ LM
My above response was to u, I don’t know why my com­ment keeps post­ing to Can­dice, lol


Do u have to comb your hair? If not, would u feel comfty not comb­ing your hair? I ask this bcuz I don’t wear pro­tec­tive styles, my hair is too fine, and my twistouts look thin, so I wash n go and let the water and con­di­tion­er detan­gle my hair every­day instead of my fin­gers and/or a comb. Put oil on my hair at night, put my scarf on, then con­di­tion wash in the morn­ing again.

Dee Dee

Do you con­di­tion wash EVERY DAY?? Just ask­ing. I too have fine hair and do not do twistouts but I do wash n gos. It looks good on me. But what do you put dai­ly on your hair? Thank you.


is this ques­tion for me or rachel…or the oth­ers in this string?…if for me its in the art­cle :) Joiya


@tiredofthebs, do you have pho­tos? I have hair like yours (fine hair, thin twistouts)… I don’t real­ly like pro­tec­tive styles either, and I like to see pho­tos of oth­ers with hair like mine.


Do u have to comb your hair? If not, would u feel comfty not comb­ing your hair? I ask this bcuz I don’t wear pro­tec­tive styles, my hair is too fine, and my twistouts look thin, so I wash n go and let the water and con­di­tion­er detan­gle my hair every­day instead of my fin­gers and/or a comb. Put oil on my hair at night, put my scarf on, then con­di­tion wash in the morn­ing again.


Not every­one does twist and braids to com­bat shrink­age. Liv­ing in TX, it is too hot to have my hair out all the time, espe­cial­ly since I have a lot of hair. Also, 30 min­utes in the sun and my hair is dried out. Pro­tec­tive styling is basi­cal­ly all I can do to retain mois­ture and keep if off face and neck!


“Get a fil­ter for your show­er head” — Thank you, and I WILL! I lOVE the pho­to w/ your hair up and your fin­ger on the lip. I’d use that pic­ture w/my stu­dents to guess what you were think­ing.