*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
J: My name is Jenna Marie Christian. I am a 30 year old author, philanthropist and tea snob from Chicago. I am also in my first pageant. Miss Illinois Black Globe 2013 right here…*raises the roof*… :)
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J: I made the decision to go natural because my hair was thinning and breaking due to relaxers. It was in such horrible condition and I was going to have to cut most of it off anyway. So, I decided that since my hair needed to be drastically cut, I would no longer get relaxers and just go completely natural.
How would you describe your texture?
J: I am not very good with hair typing, but my hair is very thick and very coarse. So, I would say that I am probably in the 4’s somewhere.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J: I really like low maintenance hair because I am lazy and because I usually have good intentions on working out and don’t want to be bothered with hair too much. So I keep my routine pretty basic with mostly protective styling every week or every other week.
What does wash day look like for you?
J: My current routine is on wash day (which is usually Sunday), I part my hair in four sections and apply my pre-poo with shea butter, coconut oil, and Aussie Moist Conditioner. I rinse out the pre-poo mix thoroughly with warm water in the shower. Then I deep condition with either Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle or Garnier Fructis Deep Conditioner and add rosemary oil, peppermint oil, and olive oil. I put a plastic cap on my hair and sit under the dryer for 15–20 minutes. After I rinse my deep conditioner out of my hair, I use Curls Unleashed Leave-In Conditioner and jojoba oil to two strand twist (or braid) my hair for the week.
How do you combat shrinkage?
J: When I want to combat shrinkage I put my hair in about 8 large braids and allow it to dry.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
J: Right now, the very front of my hair needs a little extra care. I think it is because I bun my hair often and pulling the hair back has started to stress it out. So, I add a little extra product to the front of my hair.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J: Two definite do’s for my texture are to cleanse and moisturize.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J: Don’t mess around and not cleanse or moisturize…lol the scalp will be itching and the hair will be snapping and breaking all up and through.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J: I am always on Twitter: @1JennaMarie and Instagram: @jennamariechristian.