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

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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!

Shell

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

Jennifer

Haha! Thanks girl! 😉

goyta

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

Jennifer

Thank you so much darling!

Aggie

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

Jennifer

Thank you Aggie! You’re a doll 🙂

Love JAH

Beauty has a name…

Jennifer

You are too sweet 🙂 Thank you!

lulu

Awww 🙂

AllyCat

I HATE this new format. Also I HATE youtube’s new format. Maybe I HATE change altogether. WHY CANT ANYTHING REMAIN THE SAME!!!

Cat

Things that don’t grow and change are probably dead….

Aking

Her hair looks as if it smells great lol! Very beautiful girl! Plus she has impeccable style 🙂 Great post

Jennifer

thank you so much!

Inas

People are so damn rude and mean. Who gives a crap about her blush. Obviously she likes it. Assholes i tell ya…..

Jennifer

There will always be negativity. Just do what you want and what makes you happy…in this case all the blush I want lol, but thank you

goyta

well said

Trini

What a healthy shine!

Avaspeaks

Her hair looks full and lush!

And BTW, I miss the old layout 🙁

Lulu

HOLY LUSHNESS BATMAN!

Jennifer

lol! thank you!

Amma Mama

lolol

Felicia

I did what you did too. I researched natural hair so much, read about it, looked at pictures and videos, transitioned a bit and when i was so ready and convinced i got my hair chopped down to about 3 inches. I had to really be inspired to do it and i’m happy i did. You’re beautiful.

Jennifer

Thank you darling! I’m glad you did too. I feel like my natural hair is so freeing. I can’t imagine ever relaxing it again. I’m absolutely sure you’re beautiful as well! 🙂

Sassy24

Your hair is gorgeous

Jennifer

🙂 thank you

Alisha

Love her hair and style. Absolutely gorgeous! And I like the blush. She has pretty skin and the blush accentuates it.

Jennifer

aw thank you so much!

Maggie

she’s so cute. new hair crush!

Jennifer

you’re too sweet thank you!

Lee

shes beautiful!
and I agree that hiding posts is going to take away from some great descussions/debates

LaNeshe

Lovely hair! Oddly enough, I saw the blush and thought “oooh, that is pretty!”

Jennifer

Thank you hun! Personally I feel naked without it

tj

Too much blush comment not necessary just saying

Yayer

I think she looks great, thick and lush hair.

As an aside, I’m worried that the up and down voting will kill future debates and discussions. We may not agree with everyone’s opinions but I’d rather use my words to do that than see the youtube style ‘this comment has been down voted too many times.’

goyta

agreed.

EG

I agree 100+. This is not a popularity contest, too me this voting system is just as bad as having moderators who censor people/comments…..:-(

Amma Mama

Beauty!

Jennifer

wow thank you 🙂

KARAJ

Beautiful face! Love the twist outs

Jennifer

thank you 🙂

Avanti

Your hairstyles are fabu, your clothes adorable and your makeup is on point. Must be doin’ somethin’ right to be that fly!!! 🙂

Jennifer

Haha! Thank you!!

mlank64

You look beautiful!! I love your look and that hair is lush.

Jennifer

thank you lovely!

merry

beautiful hair.

too much blush on the cheeks. sorry. just sayin…

Jennifer

That’s the way I like to do my makeup. Personally I love it, but it’s not for everybody. Thanks anyway.

Anonymous

I agree! That is too doggone much blush! Moderation is key. Why make yourself look like you have rosacea?

Stacy

That’s why you posted anonymous…you are not the best looking person in the world so how dare you criticize someone else..im sure there are some things about you that we can criticize…how would you like someone telling you that the thing you like most about yourself looks a HOT MESS…smh you are a crab in the barrel…get with the times we dont do that anymore lol

AllyCat

Maybe she does have Rosacea. Now you feel like an ass.

Suzy

You really need to consider changing your avi name to sad. just sayin…

merry

it was just so prevalent in every picture i just had to say something. lol.

Macdee

No..you didnt have to say anything at all.

Nooni

Why don’t you post a picture of yourself and we’ll critique you.

goyta

it’s alright merry. you’re allowed to have an opinion. i think a lot of people tend to forget that. no one ever has to love every single detail of the style icon, and if they don’t then its perfectly okay if they express as much. everyone should just totally chill.

merry

@lulu

neither my feelings or my ego are hurt.

i’m alright boo. 🙂

thumbs down awaaaaaay.

lulu

LOL merry stop acting so brand new and clueless when you KNOW your comment was straight up unnecessary. I know it’s hard to admit though because it hurts the ego a bit. We’ve all been there.

Stacy
We as women of color should learn to be more positive towards each other. If you didn’t have anything positive to say than you should keep it to yourself Its bad enough that we have the world criticizing us. Whats good for her may not be good for you so keep your opinions to your self. I’m pretty sure there are somethings about you that the next women wouldn’t agree with, but would you want her to criticize it? I think NOT.. That comment could easily offend someone because its not positive…btw she is beautiful regardless of her make up… Read more »
merry

you guys are so touchy. lmao.

my comment had no malice or even cattiness in it. it was just an observation. it is too much blush. 🙂

the girl is pretty with pretty hair. just a lot of blush.

relax people.

lulu

Eff off….so unnecessary.

Sara

the blush on her cheeks has nothing to do with what this website stands for : Beautiful african and afro-caribbean women. and so what if she uses more blush than what you would? i personally think the amount she has is fine therefore there was no need for the attachment of judgment.

And by the way Jennifer, i love your hair AND your makeup.

Jennifer

Thank you darling! You’re so sweet 🙂

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