*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
J:
My name is Jen­nifer and I’m from London/Essex, UK. You can call me Jenny/Jen if you like :) Peo­ple may also know me as ‘Booty­furl’ (fash­ion and hair blog­ger). I describe Booty­furl as: “How peo­ple from Lon­don and Essex say Beau­ti­ful. More so Essex, and I promise I’m not gassing you. Don’t believe me? Try it out now. Trust me you’ll find that ‘R’ some­how! :)

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
J:
My hair used to be relaxed (dam­aged, thin and had EL/NL hair) yet I’ve always been (and still am) ten­der head­ed. Almost every hair­style left my scalp in agony. Lord knows why I wors­ened this with chem­i­cals. I guess I wasn’t relaxed by “choice” as my moth­er took care of my hair when I was younger. Since I can remem­ber I’ve had prob­lems with the bald­ing of my tem­ples (some­thing that can be attrib­ut­ed to chemicals/over pro­cess­ing). A few years ago, it got so bad that I began cov­er­ing it with a cut-out piece of stockings/tights every sin­gle day (hair­style: pony­tail and nylon head­band). My par­ents always asked why I “had tights on my hair” so one day I picked up the courage to go into school with­out the “tights” head­band. They assured me that my hair was “okay” — bless them, they wouldn’t have known. So I went in and in front of lots of peo­ple a girl asked “did you shave your hair?” BY THE WAY, please bear in mind that I was about 14/15 and I think this was pre-Rihanna’s “shaved side” hair­style.

Lat­er on anoth­er girl (with relaxed hair) sug­gest­ed that I “stop relax­ing my hair” once again in front of peo­ple. To be hon­est, whether her inten­tions were mali­cious or not the com­ment some­what changed my life. July 2008 was my last relax­er. I actu­al­ly start­ed a “healthy hair jour­ney” with no pref­er­ence, but when I saw how beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral hair is, I decid­ed not to relax my hair any­more! I didn’t have a big chop (I wish I did, it seems lib­er­at­ing!) but I lit­er­al­ly always had braids so I guess I “tran­si­tioned” but I remem­ber Jan­u­ary 2009, going to the hair­dresser for the first time after the start of my “healthy hair jour­ney” and ask­ing her to cut all the relaxed/straight bits off. Since I went nat­u­ral, I have nev­er been hap­pier.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
J:
Good ques­tion! Hmm since being nat­u­ral I’ve always absolute­ly loved the fact that my hair was curly/coily/kinky regard­less of the type. My hair has a mix­ture of types but I love the fact that it does :) If I had to choose I’d say 4A with 3C :) Den­si­ty? I have A LOT of hair! A day doesn’t go by that I won­der where it all came from! As for my strands, each indi­vid­u­al one feels quite strong and I have crazy amounts of elas­tic­i­ty (as you can see from the pics!) — if there was an award for shrinkage…LOL.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
J:
This is def­i­nite­ly my most fre­quent­ly asked ques­tion and I wish I could say EXACTLY what I do but It’s crazy because even after three years, I am still exper­i­ment­ing! I love doing research and read­ing about the sci­ence of hair in gen­er­al (not the book!) — I love read­ing Google Schol­ar for research, blogs and watch­ing YouTube videos, but I refuse to allow myself to become a pro­duct junkie. In fact, I am an advo­cate that you’re bet­ter off keep­ing things very sim­ple because when you do so much, how will you know what is actu­al­ly work­ing and what isn’t?

One thing I’m proud to say how­ev­er is that through­out my whole jour­ney two things that have stayed con­sis­tent are coconut oil and cas­tor oil. I found myself always re-pur­chas­ing the­se two prod­ucts regard­less. No mat­ter what pro­duct I try, coconut oil and cas­tor oil are absolute STAPLES! I use a bit of glyc­er­in here and there that’s also great. I love the short coily look and it’s amaz­ing to know that any­time I want to achieve that, I just need some water and glyc­er­in. As I noticed that when­ev­er I have glyc­er­in in my hair (I’m nor­mal­ly gen­er­ous with the glyc­er­in!) that it shrinks to its opti­mal. That’s a good fact to know because it proves the mois­tur­is­ing prop­er­ties of glyc­er­in. I’ve also had amaz­ing expe­ri­ences with ben­tonite clay as a cleanser. Oh and I love aloe vera!

After the worst expe­ri­ence with weave, I looked into lace frontals (glue­less and with­out clips) as a pro­tec­tive style as I’d use it as an inten­sive mois­tur­is­ing treat­ment by bag­gy­ing under­neath (and it works!) but now I have my real hair out. I love twist outs but recent­ly I have been try­ing to cre­ate my go-to classy “up-do” and I think I found one! I call it my Stat­ue of Lib­er­ty hair even though it looks noth­ing like the Stat­ue of Lib­er­ty! It involves two mas­sive jum­bo flat twists (or a few jum­bo two strand twists) which are pinned down at the back. It looks so classy and it’s right on trend! I was recent­ly invit­ed to Lon­don Fash­ion Week (Sep­tem­ber 2012) and was sur­prised to see the exact style fea­tured at many shows, so if any­one is look­ing for a pro­tec­tive style I would rec­om­mend it!

What does wash day look like for you?
J:
My offi­cial wash day ‘write-up’ is pend­ing, it will come one day I promise! I’m still exper­i­ment­ing, but I can say that I love ben­tonite clay. How­ev­er, I have been test­ing a brand new nat­u­ral tech­nique that I haven’t seen use any­where else and I believe it stim­u­lates hair growth too! I’m going to do a few more rounds of test­ing and then I’ll share it with the world! Look out for it. I want to help every­one :)

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J:
For my “night time reg­i­men” I always end up doing an updo, which by the morn­ing I’m like “whoa this looks kin­da classy!” It’s done by pin­ning down jum­bo two strand twists. Oth­er days I’ll just low bun. As long as I com­bine the­se styles and red lip­stick, I’m good to go!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
J:
I LOVE how our hair shrinks. How fas­ci­nat­ing it is that one sec­ond my hair can be at my neck then the next sec­ond near my hip!? That’s amaz­ing. I say embrace, embrace, embrace! Have some styles for when your hair is at the most shrunk­en stage and LOVE IT, ROCK IT! We all know liv­ing in Eng­land that one sec­ond the sun comes out to smile and then the next the clouds are cry­ing, so be pre­pared. Don’t end up hat­ing your hair just because it shrinks up. Be grate­ful that you have such elas­tic­i­ty because if you were ever to get heat dam­age, shrink­age will be the first thing you miss!

I wouldn’t say shrink­age was a prob­lem, but a few months ago it was rain­ing loads in Eng­land and I was just rock­ing twist outs even in the rain. One time my hair shrank SO much more than the “sun­flow­er” pic­ture, lit­er­al­ly you would have thought I was less than a year nat­u­ral. I was like “whoa, but wow” at the same time. Like that’s cool. I can go from Black Annie to Diana Ross back to Black Annie again! That day encour­aged me to have hair­styles for when it does rain and to be pre­pared. I love the short coily look, and it’s amaz­ing to know that any­time I want to achieve that, I just need some water and glyc­er­in. As I noticed that when­ev­er I have glyc­er­in in my hair (I’m nor­mal­ly gen­er­ous with the glyc­er­in!) that it shrinks to its opti­mal. That’s a good fact to know because it proves the mois­tur­is­ing prop­er­ties of glyc­er­in.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
J:
My tem­ples. Up until the point when I went nat­u­ral my tem­ples always seem to end up bald­ing, but Cas­tor Oil has been my best friend. Plus, no more harsh chem­i­cals I think has attrib­ut­ed to the care and growth so now it’s fine! Hope­ful­ly with TLC, it stays like that :)

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
J:
ACCEPT YOUR HAIR, ACCEPT YOURSELF. LOVE YOUR HAIR. LOVE WHO YOU ARE.

If you’re wor­ried that peo­ple you know like your friends may judge you then they’re not your true friends. If you’re wor­ried that your fam­i­ly won’t “accept” you then show them how fierce nat­u­ral hair is! Prove the “haters” wrong :) I’ve had so many peo­ple say to me that me being nat­u­ral has inspired them. So many are tran­si­tion­ing now. I remem­ber rock­ing a mini fro to school every sin­gle day for a while and I cre­at­ed a slight u turn. Sud­den­ly I had girls (I went to an all girls school) thank­ing me for show­ing that nat­u­ral hair is beau­ti­ful and load­sss more girls rock­ing their fros to school too! I love how with my nat­u­ral hair I’m 100% me. Noth­ing to hide. I don’t wear make up, only occa­sion­al­ly and I love hav­ing a “take me or leave me” atti­tude like love me nat­u­ral­ly or don’t love me at all. THIS IS ME. I know, I know, so cheesy but what can I say? A lit­tle bit of ched­dar every now and again doesn’t hurt.

Fur­ther­more:
1. Pro­tect at night.
2. Mois­turise.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
J:
DO NOT LET HAIRDRESSERS RUIN YOUR HAIR.

I have mem­o­ries of all my hair­dresser vis­its where they just did not care for my hair. One in par­tic­u­lar around two years ago left me with a bleed­ing scalp. I can only won­der how the­se hair­dressers see a young vul­ner­a­ble girl cry­ing in agony but do noth­ing about it. You see the thing that hurts me most is that I put my ulti­mate trust in the­se peo­ple. Before they start I beg them not to do it tight. I beg them not to hurt me. I’d much rather have a loose­ly sewn weave than sleep­less nights and migraines for a mon­th. Since I was younger, I have always had a ten­der scalp and rather than the­se hair­dressers acknowl­edg­ing that, they treat me as if I’m exag­ger­at­ing and lit­er­al­ly laugh. Worst thing is that it’s not just one bad bunch, I tried SO many hair­dressers all over the place. It has come to the extent that the smell of weave and walk­ing past the­se hair­dressers makes me anx­ious. I have always expe­ri­enced bald­ing as a result of traction/tension alope­cia I believe it’s called, but I try to stay strong and see what I can do about it. The hair grows back and then I go for a pro­tec­tive style (weave at the hair­dresser) and I lose it all again. It’s a cycle that I’m start­ing to break. My expe­ri­ences with hair­dressers always seem to be bad. My par­ents are Nige­ri­an, born and raised so I was taught to respect my elders! I guess the hair­dressers took advan­tage of my respect. My advice is know your worth, don’t let any­one treat you bad in any sit­u­a­tion.

Fur­ther­more:
1. Do not use exces­sive amounts of heat.
2. Do not apply exces­sive amounts of pres­sure, be gen­tle!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
If you have any ques­tions or want to know more, feel free to tweet me @bootyfurl (http://www.twitter.com/bootyfurl). Also check out my blog http://www.bootyfurl.co.uk with lots more tips and info! :) I hope my sto­ry can be an inspi­ra­tional to you all. Whether you’re nat­u­ral, tex­turised or relaxed. Do your thing! Don’t let any­one tell you what you can’t do, show them what you CAN do. Now go forth and love your hair because it’s well and tru­ly booty­furl.

Meosha

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

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Landry

Absolute­ly gor­geous hair!!

nay@mycurlymane.com

Pos­i­tive atti­tude and thi­i­ick hair. I like her unique style. Min­nie = :). I enjoy see­ing the­se dif­fer­ent tex­tures of hair, espe­cial­ly her length. Love it!

Michaelle

Loved her respon­se!!! My hair tex­tures looks iden­ti­cal to her hair, and I’m con­fi­dent the length will reach her length. At that time, I’ll also be accused of wear­ing a wig or pieces. I’m sure of it! We were brain-washed many years ago to believe no one with that tex­ture can grow longer hair right? LOL!! It kills me that with so much infor­ma­tion out there, peo­ple still think this way. It will take many, many years for the slave men­tal­i­ty to end.

Jacky

Love­ly post,i love your hair and you’re a pret­ty girl,keep rock­ing your nat­u­ral hair.

Mika

Beau­ti­ful hair! That Min­nie Mouse pic is every­thing!!! Her body is crazy dope too.

NINA
Your hair is amaz­ing, so thick and love­ly. I live and am from Lon­don so nice to see a UK nat­u­ral I can relate to. I am 3 months nat­u­ral hav­ing tran­sis­tioned for 15 months out of a short relaxed nia long style hair­cut. I would love for that girl who tried to shame in school to see how long and amaz­ing your nat­u­ral hair is now lol. “how you like me now b*ch” hahah, I hear you about hair­dressers though and I can imag­ine the kind of estab­lish­ments you are talk­ing about also. I will be sure to check out… Read more »
Courtney

OMG SHUT UP…you ladies sound soooo stu­pid with no kind of life. So what if she’s wear­ing those type of clothes, so what if her hair tex­ture is 3C or 4A or 4C, SO FUCKING WHAT, who gives a SHIT?! Yes Im cussing and I don’t care. Her beau­ti­ful and her style is unique and dif­fer­ent, SHUT UP get over it..DAM

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Ace

Her hair is beau­ti­ful. How­ev­er it’s more 4a/4b, than 4c. That’s very mis­lead­ing to 4c hair. I thought for the longest I was doing some­thing wrong with my hair, but I real­ize I don’t have the same hair tex­ture as most of the hair advice I would fol­low. Need­less to say I wast­ed a lot of time and mon­ey. Had I known I didn’t have the same hair type as the people’s videos I was look­ing at, I could have saved myself from the trou­ble.

Linda De La Cruz

Love the hair girl, keep it up :)

<3 ~Lin­da

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