*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
J:
I’m Jen­nae Petersen and I’m a self-employed graph­ic design­er and blog­ger. I live in Atlanta, but I’m orig­i­nal­ly from St. Thomas, U.S. Vir­gin Islands, and I’ll nev­er for­get my cul­ture.

How long have you been nat­ur­al?
J:
I did my big chop in Octo­ber 2009, but my last relax­er was in Decem­ber 2008. I wish I could say I was brave enough to chop it all off and start from scratch, but I grew out my relax­er until I just couldn’t take the two tex­tures any­more. I have to say, though cut­ting the relaxed ends off was scary at first, it was also one of the most lib­er­at­ing expe­ri­ences of my life.

How and why did you tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al hair?
J:
As a blog­ger who focus­es pri­mar­i­ly on green liv­ing, I had been mak­ing a lot of changes to make my lifestyle more sus­tain­able. CFL and LED light bulbs, only nat­ur­al per­son­al care prod­ucts — the whole nine. Except for my hair. I kept ratio­nal­iz­ing that I “couldn’t” go nat­ur­al because I wouldn’t know how to take care of my hair. I was lying to myself, plain and sim­ple. One day, I just woke up and decid­ed enough was enough. I couldn’t keep preach­ing to peo­ple about being green­er when I was know­ing­ly slather­ing tox­ic chem­i­cals all over my head every few months for the sake of van­i­ty and con­ve­nience. I made my deci­sion that day and nev­er looked back.

What are your must-have prod­ucts for sham­poo­ing, con­di­tion­ing and styling your hair?
J:
I admit I am lazy when it comes to my hair. I was a prod­uct junkie when I first BC’d, but I don’t cur­rent­ly have the time or patience to try tons of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts.

My go-to prod­ucts:
Oyin Hand­made Hon­ey Hemp Con­di­tion­er: My hair loves this stuff! It is a great mois­tur­iz­ing con­di­tion­er with enough slip to make detan­gling easy. I co-wash every 1–2 weeks and deep con­di­tion with it once a month.
• Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly But­ter: This is my favorite prod­uct for twist-outs and for gen­er­al hold with­out crunch. I use it to help pull my hair back into puffs to keep my edges in check.
Kinky Curly Curl­ing Cus­tard: When I want real­ly defined curls with­out doing a twist-out, I use this to define my curls with my fin­gers.
Curls Coconut Con­di­tion­er: This is my go-to con­di­tion­er when I run out of Oyin between orders, most­ly because I love the slip, the way it smells, and it’s eas­i­ly acces­si­ble at Tar­get.
• Bee Mine Botan­i­cal Mois­tur­iz­ing Sham­poo and Shea Mois­ture Coconut & Hibis­cus Curl & Shine Sham­poo: I usu­al­ly co-wash, but when I have prod­uct buildup and need a good scrub, these are the only two sham­poos I’ll use.
Shea Mois­ture Restora­tive Con­di­tion­er: When I’ve got­ten lazy and I need a real­ly good deep con­di­tion­er, this is what I use.

What is your sig­na­ture hair­style?
J:
I love a good puff, with or with­out big, curly bangs. It’s easy, I can do it on soak­ing wet hair and I just love the look of hav­ing my hair pulled up. But I’m also a big fan of sim­ple twist-outs and huge, blown out fros.

Did going nat­ur­al affect your style choic­es at all?
J:
I don’t think going nat­ur­al changed my per­son­al style. That evo­lu­tion hap­pened much lat­er. But I will say that I now feel like my nat­ur­al curls are an essen­tial part of my per­son­al style. I look at pho­tos I’ve tak­en in the past few years and I can’t even imag­ine myself with straight hair any­more. I feel like the best ver­sion of myself with my nat­ur­al hair.

How would you describe your per­son­al style?
J:
Open-mind­ed. I wear what­ev­er makes me feel good at the time. If that’s a super girly dress and a big fro, so be it. If that’s casu­al camo with a beanie hat, or a spark­ly sweater and a side puff, so be it. I’ve learned not to lim­it myself. I just style myself the way I’m feel­ing that day, regard­less of what any­one else might have to say about it. That con­fi­dence wasn’t always present, but I’m glad I’ve final­ly found it.

A per­son real­ly has to find what works for them. I used to tell myself about all the things I couldn’t, or shouldn’t, wear because of my shape and size. I used to think that nat­ur­al hair was com­pli­cat­ed and dif­fi­cult to man­age. All of these thoughts ruined my self-esteem. Seri­ous­ly, the only lim­its on your per­son­al style are the ones you place on it. You have to do what makes you feel good, even if your boyfriend, or mama, or best friend doesn’t agree. For me, this means lov­ing my nat­ur­al hair and dress­ing for the day I want to have, not for the day that’s try­ing to have me. This new found atti­tude is why with my hus­band I cre­at­ed a line of t-shirts, Dif­fer­ent­ly Cloth­ing, that fea­ture mes­sages of empow­er­ment, many of which are about nat­ur­al hair. Our most pop­u­lar tee says “Don’t Tell Me to Relax.” :)

What are the three favorite things in your clos­et?
J:
My gold metal­lic skin­ny belt, good for defin­ing my waist with almost any out­fit, my leop­ard print loafers, which can make a bor­ing out­fit feel spe­cial, and dark skin­ny jeans, which are incred­i­bly flat­ter­ing when they fit prop­er­ly.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
My style blog is Green & Gor­geous: http://greenandgorgeous.net; my t-shirt line, Dif­fer­ent­ly Cloth­ing, is at http://differentlyclothing.com; and final­ly, my graph­ic design port­fo­lio for my com­pa­ny Hibis­cus Cre­ative can be found at http://hibiscuscreative.com.

Meosha

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

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12 Comments on "Jennae // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Youngin girl

The way you did your hair in all your pic­tures is me right there. I can imag­ine wear­ing those and The head wrap. It’s the total pack­age. Your shirts say,“Don’t tell me to relax.” That’s kin­da cool. I would buy it and wear it if I had a job. I’m going to your webpage.you should be fea­tured by the way.

Jennae

Thank you all for your kind com­ments! I real­ly appre­ci­ate it!

Jamz

I love her hair and style!! Beau­ti­ful lady with love­ly hair!! Real­ly enjoyed this fea­ture!
PS. the way u tied that blue scarf is EVERYTHING!! gonna try that sooooon! :)

Rue

I love your hair, style and your pos­i­tive atti­tude! Beau­ti­ful inside and out!! 

On a side note.….I real­ly wish the peo­ple who are fea­tured on BGLH would post a cou­ple pic­tures of when they BCd or the TWA days. I feel like every­bodys just like “Boom.…long hair don’t care!” It would real­ly be moti­vat­ing for those who are just start­ing out to see where every­body came from. 

-Rue

Nikki

Jen­nae your hair gor­geous and I admire you for your lifestyle changes and want­i­ng to go green but CFL and LED light bulbs are NOT healthy. I along with thou­sands of oth­ers suf­fer from the effects of it. Politi­cians do not want to lis­ten, doc­tors tell you its all in your head.

anastasia

Fabolous­ness all around!

keisha

Love your hair and style and out­look on things!

Marcia

Love your hair and your style!

Selah

the head­wraps are giv­ing me life! i comb youtube every­day try­ing to fig­ure out how to do the more com­plex ones but it seems like the more you prac­tice, the bet­ter you get.

beau­ti­ful hair!

Jayy

Kuttttte!!

goyta

her hair is so cute! i love it! tex­ture is so lus­cious, and i real­ly like that blue head wrap. i don’t know how to do those, but if i knew i would wear them often.

Tiff Dizzle

youtube chile…

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