Jenna // Natural Hair Style Icon

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally


Introduce yourself!
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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?
Two definite do’s for my texture are to cleanse and moisturize.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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?
I am always on Twitter: @1JennaMarie and Instagram: @jennamariechristian.

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  • Mahogany Soul

    I absolute love your curls. I hope you when your paegent! You seem like a natural(pun intended)

  • Youngin girl

    My scalp itches at school and I do have Shea butter so I guess i’ll need coconut oil and Aussie oil too.