*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
J:
My name is Jen­nifer, but I also answer to my pseu­do­nym Mis­fit. I was born in sun­ny Ft. Laud­erdale, FL, and raised in Jack­sonville, but now I cur­rent­ly reside just out­side of Boston, MA. 

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
J:
As a child I was extreme­ly ten­der head­ed, so my moth­er thought per­ma­nent­ly straight­en­ing my hair would make it eas­ier to man­age. I got my first relax­er at 12 years old, and with­in 5 years I went from armpit length hair to chin length. My hair had become dry, limp, life­less, and a slew of oth­er adjec­tives. I was tired of the count­less hours and mon­ey being spent in stuffy hair salons, the chem­i­cal burns, and the over­all unhealthy con­di­tion my hair had spi­raled into. I final­ly decid­ed to do away with all of that my junior year of high school, and began my tran­si­tion. Fun­ny thing is, at the time I didn’t even real­ize I was “tran­si­tion­ing”. I just sim­ply stopped get­ting touch-ups, and wore sole­ly pro­tec­tive styles for the first few years. My actu­al “nap­piver­sary” is unknown, but I’ve been nat­u­ral for the past 5 years or so.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
J:
Based on Andre Walker’s hair typ­ing chart I’d have to say my hair falls pre­dom­i­nate­ly in the 4B clas­si­fi­ca­tion. My hair is medi­um den­si­ty, but the indi­vid­u­al strands are fine and frag­ile. When my hair is picked, or blown out it looks volu­mi­nous, but when straight­ened it looks awful­ly thin.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
J:
My styling reg­i­men varies depend­ing on the sea­son and the needs of my hair. Sum­mer and Spring time in New Eng­land are extreme­ly humid, while the cold­er months can be very dry. When it’s warm out­side I usu­al­ly wear my hair in updos, twist outs, or the occa­sion­al wash & go. Dur­ing the cold­er months, I am usu­al­ly wear­ing some sort of pro­tec­tive style (i.e. wigs and weaves), but every once in a while I’ll wear my afro out. For Twist Outs I apply Tal­i­ah Waa­jid Pro­tec­tive Mist Bod­i­fier, my home­made oil mix­ture, then twist with Miss Jessie’s Curly But­ter­cre­me. I retwist every oth­er night with my home­made shea but­ter mix­ture. For W&G’s, once I’ve washed or co-washed my hair, and applied a leave in con­di­tion­er, I then use Curls Unleashed Curl Boost­ing Jel­ly by ORS to lock in the coils. I refresh this style dai­ly with Curls Lav­ish Curls Mois­tur­iz­er and Carol’s Daugh­ter Hair Milk. For afros and updos I usu­al­ly pick my hair out with a wide-tooth comb and use Miss Jessie’s Baby But­ter­cre­me.

What does wash day look like for you?
J:
I usu­al­ly wash my hair every two weeks, and then co-wash on the alter­nat­ing weeks. I start off by sep­a­rat­ing my hair into four parts. Once I’m in the show­er I wet my hair, then detan­gle with Aussie Moist Con­di­tion­er and a wide tooth comb. I wash my hair with Shea Moisture’s Deep Cleans­ing Sham­poo, and then the SM Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo on the sec­ond wash. Next I apply SM Deep Treat­ment Masque, place a plas­tic show­er cap over my head, and let that mar­i­nate for about 30 min­utes. Once I’ve rinsed off the masque, I apply either Gio­van­ni Direct Leave-In Con­di­tion­er, or Kinky Curly Knot Today. On days when I’m co-wash­ing, I sim­ply sep­a­rate my hair into four parts. Once it’s wet I apply As I Am Coconut Co-wash Cleans­ing Con­di­tion­er and detan­gle with a wide tooth comb. I rin­se that out, and then add in one of the afore­men­tioned leave-ins.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J:
Easy, The Puff! Some­times I’ll even make it a bit more inter­est­ing by using an upz­ing by Scun­ci to secure all my hair to the front of my head, cre­at­ing a “front puff”. Both of the­se styles take me less than 5 min­utes to do.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
J:
I’ve learned that let­ting your twists, braids, or sets dry com­plete­ly before unrav­el­ing them not only help to reduce frizz, but also assures that the hair is stretched max­i­mal­ly.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
J:
That would most def­i­nite­ly have to be the front of my hair. It seems to grow at a slow­er rate, and the strands are much fin­er and have a looser tex­ture. Also, I’ve made the mis­take of not trim­ming reg­u­lar­ly in the past for the sake of length; now I get my ends trimmed every 3 months.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
J:
Mois­tur­ize often and detan­gle thor­ough­ly.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
J:
The use of heat, and comb­ing dry hair.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
Face­book: www.facebook.com/jennifermisfit Insta­gram: @jennifermisfit

Meosha

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

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60 Comments on "Jennifer // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Rashina

pret­ty girl, awe­some hair!! love it

Caramelcurls

You are absolute­ly gor­geous, you look like a doll! LOVE the hair, make­up, style; it all works togeth­er fab­u­lous­ly.

Jax

I bet this girl stops traf­fic. Stun­ning!

shassan

wow you’re beautiful!if you’re wear­ing foun­da­tion, what kind is it?

k

gor­geous girl and hair!

tami3107

I love the hair and the red lip­stick! Stun­ning!

anastasia

She is the Bomb-dig­gi­ty!

Mgiga

She’s gor­geous.

DiJah

She is tru­ly my hair twin! from her hair being thick as thieves when blown out, and thin when flat ironed, to the front of our heads hav­ing a loser curls pat­tern and grow­ing slow as snails..yep! my hair twin.

Gonna check out her FB pg when I get a chance

Leo the Yardie Chick

That wom­an is DIVINE!

lulu

good lord, this is what i DREAMED my hair would look like when i went natural…BEAUTIFUL GIRL AND HAIR…she looks so regal and stun­ning…

robbi

omg yes the front of my hair grows SO slow­ly. glad I’m not the only one

rob­bi
peacelovenhair.blogspot.com
@peacelovemyhair

AllyCat

That FRO is every­thing to me right now!

Sassy24

You are gor­geous and I love your hair

NikNak

Good G-d, she’s pret­ty.

cb

+3

MS

+5+6

Knatural

+3

Gigi

+1

bluethenaturalmami

+2

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