*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
Joiya aka Jo Clo aka xojoclo on Instagram. πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚


Beautiful hair!! I wish I had your baby hair πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜‰ ~xojo


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

Thanks again πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚


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 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


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 πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚

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

My goal is healthy hair and lentgh follows. πŸ™‚


Same sentiments as everyone else! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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? πŸ™‚ 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.


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!


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.


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.


@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.

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 πŸ™‚ Joiya


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


“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.