*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
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.
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/.