*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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128 Comments on "Jennifer // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Jo Somebody

Love your atti­tude and your love­ly! UK stand up!

Jo Somebody

Whoops! I meant love­ly *hair!

Tia

looove the hair, it looks so cot­tony and soft. I actu­al­ly like the fact that she does not have an uber rig­or­ous reg­i­men and was able to retain length while experimenting.All that hair in 3 years??!!! WOW!! Oh, and her body is ridicu­lous­ly hot!!

anastasia

Beau­ti­ful hair…reminds me of Sera (YT) who has a gor­geous head of hair =)

Micheleantoinette

I rather like the out­fits but I agree with Anon I think you might actu­al­ly be 4b too

Celine

A black girl with long hair who doesn’t know what she does on a week­ly or month­ly basis for achiev­ing waist length in only 3 years ? This post is use­less :/ I dont’ even know how admin accept­ed pub­lish­ing it, this is not “shar­ing”. this. is. not. shar­ing.

Naturallymoi

Well, you said it lol but seri­ous­ly, I thought we are all here to share and learn? Every one has a rou­tine even if you wash your hair just once a week, even if you scratch the left side of your scalp every 3 days so to say “I have no rou­tine” is just U-G-H, you do some­thing right?

Kasha

I’ve seen a lot of long-haired nat­u­rals who don’t have a detailed reg­i­men. That’s because less is usu­al­ly more. You know that what works for one does not work for every­body. Don’t be jel­ly :)

Rou
I agree that less is more when it comes to car­ing for nat­u­ral hair. The first time I went nat­u­ral, I didn’t know any­thing about nat­u­ral hair care. By the end of 2.5 years of being nat­u­ral, I relaxed my hair. My hair was almost hip length! I didn’t even know I had so much hair! I grow that much hair in 2.5 years! Fast for­ward to the present. I’m no on my sec­ond nat­u­ral hair jour­ney. I will reach my 2nd nap­piver­sary on Dec. 12th. My hair is only half the length it was the first time I went… Read more »
Pseudonym

90% of the answer to that ques­tion is genet­ics. Straight up.

EG

This.is.not.sharing.…i’m sor­ry but I was crack­ing up at that line. Be patient, part 2 is com­ing…

Barbara

The hair is amaz­ing but those out­fits LMAO.

Momo

LMAO!! I sup­port people’s own unique­ness style but only if it looks good!!

Anon

This girl wears out­fits that betray body con­fi­dence whether you or I would wear them or not. this is why it is called per­son­al style. I like the Min­nie Mouse look and her hair is full and look­ing good.

Aiych

LOL, betray???? you mean por­tray? or may­be exude? chile…

amber

be·tray (b-tr)
tr.v. be·trayed, be·tray·ing, be·trays
1.
a. To give aid or infor­ma­tion to an ene­my of; com­mit trea­son again­st: betray one’s coun­try.
b. To deliv­er into the hands of an ene­my in vio­la­tion of a trust or alle­giance: betrayed Christ to the Romans.
2. To be false or dis­loy­al to: betrayed their cause; betray one’s bet­ter nature.
3. To divul­ge in a breach of con­fi­dence: betray a secret.
4. To make known unin­ten­tion­al­ly: Her hol­low laugh betrayed her con­tempt for the idea.
5. To reveal again­st one’s desire or will.
6. To lead astray; deceive. See Syn­onyms at deceive.

Aiych

I know the def­i­n­i­tion of betray fool. The way anon used it is ridicu­lous.

Tell me exact­ly how this girl “betrays” body con­fi­dence. Is it by mak­ing her body con­fi­dence known unin­ten­tion­al­ly? Divulging a breach of con­fi­dence about it? Being dis­loy­al towards it?

Her out­fits EXUDE body con­fi­dence, in oth­er words they dis­play body con­fi­dence, make it known inten­tion­al­ly. Not betray it o_O

But good for you, you can copy&paste on the inter­net, con­grats.

amber

Aiy­ch:

“Betray” is obvi­ous­ly not the word you would have cho­sen, but clear­ly the poster felt like her usage (which was entire­ly with­in the dic­tio­nary def­i­n­i­tion of the term) con­veyed her thought appro­pri­ate­ly. Unless you can demon­strate to me that you some­how under­stood her intent bet­ter than any­one else scrolling through the page, I’ll need you to refrain from re-con­ceiv­ing her mes­sage. Nei­ther she nor any­one else asked you to edit the com­ments sec­tion for style.

Best,

A

P.S.: Your last post has made the iden­ti­ty of the “fool” glar­ing­ly obvi­ous.

Fallon
I wasn’t going to com­ment back, but since you brought up intent I couldn’t stop myself. “Intent” is exact­ly why this word doesn’t work in this con­text. In order to cor­rect­ly assert that a per­son has made some­thing known UNINTENTIONALLY, you must be AWARE of the person’s inten­tions. This works if you’re an omni­scient nar­ra­tor that knows the subject’s mind­set. It does not work if you are a wom­an behind a com­put­er screen com­ment­ing on a blog post. Unless we know Jen­nifer, none of us can com­ment on her unin­tend­ed behav­ior. So although def­i­n­i­tion 4 is a valid def­i­n­i­tion of… Read more »
Amber
How cir­cu­lar! The O.P. can­not make an impli­ca­tion about Jennifer’s intent, but YOU ladies can make a sup­po­si­tion about both Jennifer’s intent and the O.P. lack of intent, all the while main­tain­ing that intent can­not be under­stood. I’m offi­cial­ly mys­ti­fied! Let me sim­pli­fy my com­ment: The extent to which Jen­nifer intends to demon­strate body con­fi­dence is sub­jec­tive­ly judged. There­by mak­ing it com­plete­ly plau­si­ble for the O.P. to sur­mise that Jen­nifer per­haps did not intend to con­vey body con­fi­dence (may­be she intend­ed a mul­ti­tude of oth­er things none of which need be antonymns to body con­fi­dence, by the way)but demon­strat­ed it… Read more »
Keisha

I agree. I think her point is that the word selec­tion could have been bet­ter, but that doesn’t make it wrong (and cer­tain­ly doesn’t jus­ti­fy laugh­ing at the com­menter!)

Aiych

lol oh daaaayum looks like I got under the skin of some of you idiots

Joy

Good­ness, this is still going?! For what it’s worth I agree with Amber and Keisha but some peo­ple around here are becom­ing intol­er­a­ble in their inabil­i­ty to just say some­thing nice­ly then agree to dis­agree. All the­se com­ments are not even relat­ed to the post bar the OP who seemed to sim­ply be say­ing that this girl seems con­fi­dent with­in her­self. The rest is just too extra!

NapturallyMe

+1 Cyber­bul­ly fail.

Aiych

-1

Fallon

Right. Post­ing the def­i­n­i­tion just makes it even more obvi­ous that betray doesn’t make any sense in that sen­tence. Fail.

amber

I think it’s pret­ty obvi­ous that the O.P. was using def­i­n­i­tion 4 above. As in, “Her quirky out­fits, con­ceived with lit­tle rhyme or rea­son, while seem­ing sil­ly, did at least betray (make known unin­ten­tion­al­ly) her strong sense of con­fi­dence.” Best word choice? May­be not. Cor­rect? Why not?

Jo Somebody
Aiy­ch didn’t need to be rude, admit­ted­ly, but by post­ing the dic­tio­nary def­i­n­i­tion you have just made Anon offi­cial­ly incor­rect. If Jen­nifer was behaving/dressing/speaking shy­ly, but we could see that there was self-con­fi­dence some­where in there, then what­ev­er it is that made us realise she was self-con­fi­dent would be betray­ing that she is self-con­fi­dent (e.g. may­be she makes hum­ble com­ments but the strength in her eyes and uplift­ed head betrays her con­fi­dence; or she dress­es demure­ly but a glimpse of colour­ful socks betrays her quirk­i­ness). You can’t betray a fea­ture by open­ly and pur­pose­ful­ly show­ing it, cer­tain­ly not by #4… Read more »
Keisha

I think you’re read­ing beyond the strict mean­ing of the word. It doesn’t say to make the oppo­site of some­thing known inten­tion­al­ly. You’re also tak­ing for grant­ed that she is pur­pose­ful­ly try­ing to show con­fi­dence through her cloth­ing. That’s your opin­ion and may not be shared by anon.

amber

And when you tell me why she’s wrong, pls don’t start smat­ter­ing on about how the con­no­ta­tion of the word is some­thing dif­fer­ent. We’re talk­ing about the dic­tio­nary def­i­n­i­tion. Please tell me why def­i­n­i­tion #4 does not fit– Thx.

amber

Fal­lon: see mes­sage to Aiy­ch– this goes for you, also.

Why you mad

You sound aggres­sive as hell!

Dat Chic

This is not an envi­ron­ment for Neg­a­tiv­i­ty. Save the trolling and mean spirit­ed com­mits for the gos­sip sites, please. Her hair is The Busi­ness! :)

Chic noir

Well said Dat Chic. I hate how mean spirit­ed some peo­ple have become here.

JenniD

Good grief peo­ple she has her own style. Not all of us aspire to be cook­ie cut­ter.

Anon

agreed… the out­fits are down­right strange, but to each her own i guess. her hair is pret­ty fab­u­lous tho

Peary

Her hair looks like 4C to me…

eve-audrey

pret­ty girl with beau­ti­ful hair! i can’t wait until mine is that long

christina from London
christina from London

Haven’t com­ment­ed on here for a while but had to say hey to a BGLH nat­u­ral from the UK.
Even when it’s not rain­ing we have a lot of humid­i­ty here so I came to terms with shrink­age pret­ty ear­ly too. Can’t remem­ber the last time I even both­ered to straight­en or stretch…ha
Good to see you on here :-)

Kemi

Oh so glad to have some­one from Lon­don here on BGLH, was about time (was wait­ing for my 3 inch hair to become 15 inch).. Love­ly hair…

Michelle

Wow, both your hair and atti­tude are out­stand­ing, hav­ing a hot body doesn’t hurt either. I have to agree with Anon, you do have an upbeat atti­tude to shrinkage…simply beau­ti­ful.

Anon

I read her blog some­times, nice hair but I think she is a 4A/B? she has a great atti­tude to shrink­age too.

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