*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
E:
My name is Jen­nifer, and I am from The Bronx, NY.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
E:
I relaxed my hair when I was 12. I begged my moth­er to do it because all of my friends, and most of the girls at school had straight, sleek, relaxed hair. Sad­ly she gave in to me, and for a long time I didn’t expe­ri­ence any prob­lems until my fresh­man year at col­lege. I lit­er­al­ly felt like it hap­pened over night. I expe­ri­enced a lot of break­age, split ends, thin­ning, dry­ness, and just decid­ed to chop it off. 

One of my friends at the time decid­ed to go nat­u­ral, and was real­ly try­ing to con­vince me to do so also. I thought it wasn’t for me. Hon­est­ly I believed my hair would nev­er be as volu­mi­nous, thick, and long as it used to be. It wasn’t until my lit­tle sis­ter decid­ed to stop relax­ing her hair and go nat­u­ral that I start­ed doing some research myself. I watched a ton of YouTube videos, tuto­ri­als, hair jour­neys, hair tips, and read a few blogs. After that I was won over, and nev­er looked back. I tran­si­tioned for two years, and I’ve been nat­u­ral for a lit­tle over a year now. At first it was all about work­ing on get­ting back my length, but now I learned to love and enjoy my hair just as it is and to focus on just keep­ing it healthy. I am so much hap­pier with my nat­u­ral locks.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
E:
I would describe my hair as kinky-curly and thick and coarse, but I hard­ly go crazy over it. As long as I keep it mois­tur­ized it is eas­i­ly man­age­able.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
E:
I like to keep it real­ly sim­ple. I stick to twist outs, blow outs, up in a bun, but most­ly I love rock­ing out my afro. I like to twist my hair every night. If I’m lazy I’ll just do a few chunky twists, and if that’s the case I usu­al­ly shape and pick it into to a huge afro in the morn­ing. I have remained very loy­al to Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk, and their Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. Both prod­ucts help define my curls, and keep my hair mois­tur­ized, soft, and shiny. Also nat­u­ral, raw shea but­ter.

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What does wash day look like for you?
E:
I co-wash and do oil treat­ments every week, deep con­di­tion twice a mon­th, and may­be sham­poo it once or twice a mon­th. If it’s a wash day that means it is a day in for me lol. It is a bit of a long process, but I’ve learned how to take care of my hair so it’s a lot eas­ier. I detan­gle and sec­tion my hair in the show­er with con­di­tion­er in it. Once I tow­el dry I’ll twist my hair in small sec­tions, secure it with a silk scarf and cov­er with a sat­in bon­net. I deep con­di­tion with Olive Oil Replen­ish­ing Pak. When I sham­poo I use Jason Nat­u­ral Biot­in Sham­poo, and I use olive oil, coconut oil, and hon­ey for my oil treat­ments.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E:
When I need to run out of the house I go for the quick up-do bun or puff. It looks sleek, neat, and doesn’t take up so much time.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
E:
I usu­al­ly don’t stress shrink­age. Not even on my wash and go days. Most of the time I let it do what it wants. But I will braid it, and once I unrav­el the braids I use the pineap­ple method.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
E:
Plen­ty of water and shea but­ter.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
E:
I have to make sure my hair is tied up before I fall asleep, or I wake up with it super dry and tan­gled. Also I just don’t like ban­tu knots. I nev­er liked the results.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
You can find me on Insta­gram. My user­name is jen­nielap­in, and on Tum­blr: http://powderpinkk.tumblr.com/.

Meosha

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

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Aggie

Absolute­ly love your hair Jen­nifer. You’ve cer­tain­ly won my vote.

Jennifer

Thank you Aggie! You’re a doll :)

goyta

lov­in her hair. the afro style looks amaz­ing on her!

Jennifer

Thank you so much dar­ling!

Shell

Jen­nifer, your hair is beau­ti­ful. Big up for rep­re­sent­ing The Bronx!

Jennifer

Haha! Thanks girl! ;)

Mechelle

Well this is MY hair twin. Notice how her hair can assume the appear­ance of dif­fer­ent tex­tures and curl pat­terns depend­ing on how it is manip­u­lat­ed. I love this about my hair!

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