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Intro­duce your­self!
J:
Hel­lo beau­ties! My name is Jes­si­ca Marie Franklin. I’m 21 years young and I live in New Brunswick, New Jer­sey.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
J:
Well! My father is black and my moth­er is Ital­ian and Ger­man. So my hair is a com­bi­na­tion of the two. Even though my hair was like noth­ing my mom had ever seen (lol), she did a greatttt job at doing my hair grow­ing up. She styled it in all types of cute pig­tails and braids and such. But when I start­ed get­ting old­er I want­ed long, flowy, straight hair. I absolute­ly hat­ed my curls. So she took me to the Domini­can hair salon and they told her to put a relax­er in my hair to make it straight–just how I want­ed it. When we heard that, we thought it was a mir­a­cle! Lol, but even­tu­al­ly I real­ized that it made my hair soo frail and dry, and it obvi­ous­ly didn’t curl at all. 

So years lat­er while my aunt, sis­ter, and I were vaca­tion­ing in Jamaica, this hilar­i­ous white dude with huge big blonde curls came up to my sis­ter and me. He told us how he was a celebri­ty hair­dresser and loves curly hair, but he basi­cal­ly said that our curls were a hot mess, ha! He was very blunt (and kin­da rude lol)—but that actu­al­ly was the push we need­ed. 6 months lat­er I stopped get­ting relax­ers and let my hair grow out long enough for me to feel com­fort­able to cut it. Then in May 2007, I did the big chop! And it was by far one of theeee best deci­sions I’ve ever made! I’ve been nat­u­ral for 6 years. I went nat­u­ral the end of my fresh­man year of high school.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
J:
My hair is a mix­ture of 3B/3C. Like most nat­u­rals, my hair is dif­fer­ent all over. The bot­tom of my hair has tighter, frizzy, 3C curls. Then it goes to 3B, then 3C at my crown, then 3B towards the front again, lol! And some curls are lit­er­al­ly a mix­ture of both. They are tight and springy and they can get huge and crazy if I don’t tame it. It def­i­nite­ly has a mind of its own! Which I love and hate, lol. It can get hugeee and volu­mi­nous (my favorite), or it can be real­ly flat, depend­ing on the day. 2nd and 3rd day hair is the best! It is also super thick. But it is soft, like a pil­low! And I love it :).

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
J:
I’ll tell you my style reg­i­men for the week, because I do the same thing each week for the entire mon­th. My favorite style for my hair is a wash and go. While my hair is still soak­ing wet from wash­ing it (it must be drip­ping wet so that there is a lot of mois­ture and it won’t get as frizzy), I sep­a­rate my hair into 6 sec­tions and apply Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In to each sec­tion. I make sure to sat­u­rate each strand because I like each curl to be defined. Then I apply Kinky Curly Curling Cus­tard and do the same thing. Final­ly, I seal each sec­tion with Aubrey Organ­ics Pure Aloe Vera. I dry my hair a lit­tle bit with an old t-shirt (tow­els make your curls frizzy) and then let it air dry! Then it grows nice and big like I like it! 

Bantu knotout two strand twist copy

By day 4 of my wash and go I either wash it again (if I have an event or some­thing I want to go to) or I put it in a pro­tec­tive style for a few days. This is pret­ty much a must because my curls can get super­rr tan­gled! When I keep my hair out too long it takes like 30–45 min­utes to detan­gle! But “ain’t nobody got time foh dat”! So after 4 days I put my hair into about 8 two strand twists using coconut oil, and then slick it into a bun. I don’t real­ly like the way I look in twists or braids so the bun works per­fect­ly for me. Then by the end of the week I wash it and do it all over again! Also, some­times I do a ban­tu knot twist out and I keep that style for about a week. That whole look is inspired by the fab­u­lous Tra­cy Ellis Ross—love her!

What does wash day look like for you?
J:
I can’t even lie, I dread wash day lol. I have to wash it when I am in a good mood and patient! Cause I have a lottt of hair. I cleanse every oth­er week and I co-wash in between. So I co-wash once week, cleanse the oth­er week, and so on. I co-wash with TRE­Sem­me Nat­u­rals Con­di­tion­er. It is awe­some! It has great slip, so it is per­fect for detan­gling as well. When I cleanse I use Bragg’s Organ­ic Apple Cider Vine­gar (ACV). I fill a spray bot­tle with ¾ water and ¼ ACV. Then I spray each of the 6 sec­tions with the mix­ture. I massage/scrub my scalp and curls, then rin­se! Right after I’ll fin­ger detan­gle each sec­tion with the TRE­Sem­me Nat­u­rals Con­di­tion­er. Final­ly, I apply Shea Mois­ture Deep Treat­ment Mask and go under the Hueti­ful Hair Steam­er for 20 min­utes. The steam­er is awe­some because it real­ly pen­e­trates the con­di­tion­er into my hair, which I real­ly need! I rin­se, then style! When I co-wash it’s the same steps except I replace the ACV with TRE­Sem­me Nat­u­rals Con­di­tion­er.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J:
High buns are per­fect for me! I think they are super cute and easy and quick to do. I like to make them real­ly big! I wear buns a lot espe­cial­ly since I’m a col­lege stu­dent and real­ly busy. As I said before, they are a type of pro­tec­tive style for me and they also help to pre­vent tan­gles.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
J:
I get a lottt of shrink­age! So after my hair dries, I pull my hair and blow dry the roots a lit­tle bit. This helps so much to give me some length. Also, putting it in a high bun for a few hours helps too.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
J:
Def­i­nite­ly my ends. They are extreme­ly frag­ile and split real­ly eas­i­ly. So I give them extra love by mois­tur­iz­ing them every night—either with coconut oil or just pure water, and then seal­ing them with Aloe Vera. I also fin­ger detan­gle instead of using combs to pre­vent break­age.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
J:
Mois­tur­iz­ing! My hair gets very dry. So I deep con­di­tion every week and mois­tur­ize every night. Also believe it or not, eat­ing healthy is a biggg 2 do! Ever since I changed my eat­ing habits my hair start­ed grow­ing faster and the tex­ture got soft­er and shinier! Your out­er beau­ty is a reflec­tion of your inner beau­ty, so if you are healthy on the inside then your hair will be healthy too! Drink­ing tons of water and eat­ing lots of veg­gies makes huge a dif­fer­ence. Also I drink a green smooth­ie packed with veg­gies every day that tru­ly makes an impact.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
J:
Using combs! Ever since I stopped using combs and fin­ger detan­gled instead, I’ve retained a lot more length.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
Yes! Fol­low me every­where please! I have a web­site that’s about Nat­u­ral Hair, Health, Beau­ty and God. I go into a lot more detail about my hair there so if you want to know more, check it out :). I also real­ly enjoyed being apart of BGLH and I hope I helped and encour­aged some of you with your hair jour­ney! If you have any ques­tions, please feel free to com­ment here or con­tact me! Thanks for read­ing :) Xoxo
Web­site: Heygorjess.com
Twit­ter: @Heygorjess
Insta­gram: @Heygorjess
Email: Jessica@heygorjess.com

Meosha

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

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19 Comments on "Jessica // 3B/C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Camillia

Her hair is AMAZING! I love it. Beau­ti­ful lady!

Gayle Allen
Luv the way you take of your hair, nice look and style also!! Your hair sounds sim­i­lar in as far as the tan­gles go! And wash do WOOO! I know what you mean. Going to try and fin­ger detan­gle more, I still use a wide tooth comb, but have to be XTRA gen­tle, my curls are 3C/4B with 3B at the nape. Gonna try the Knot Today again, use to use it for wash and goes when my hair was much short­er but found a build up with every­day wet­ting. Now that my hair is longer it may have bet­ter… Read more »
7Fille

Your curls are gor­geous! I was going to run out and get some aloe vera last night to try for the first time, but got dis­tract­ed AGAIN. I don’t mind oils, but they weigh my hair down and I look like I have an 80’s jheri curl. :( Jes­si­ca, your vol­ume is beau­ti­ful. Get­ting my keys and in the car now…

jjac401

WOW what a beau­ti­ful lady with beau­ti­ful hair! This inter­view is very infor­ma­tive and encour­ag­ing! Thanks!

The Kinky Apothecary

Beau­ti­ful hair, and your per­son­al­i­ty oozes right off the page.

Kyna

I love your reg­i­men is so sim­ple!! Less is more! =)

heygorjess

@Kyna thank you!! Yes I total­ly agree! It makes being nat­u­ral so much eas­ier! @thekinkyapothecary awe thank you soo much!! That real­ly means a lot to me <3

heygorjess

@jjac401 Aw thank you soo much! I am soo hap­py that I was able to encour­age you!! <3 @7Fille lol your not wast­ing any­time! Yes Aloe Vera is much­h­hh lighter and doesn’t weigh your hair down or make it oily. It also depends on your hair tex­ture! Some peo­ple can han­dle heav­ier oils and some cant! You should def still be able to get the vol­ume you want with Aloe now! :)

heygorjess

@GaleAllen Lol yes wash day can be crazy! But yes revis­it those prod­ucts again and I don’t re-wet my hair! So try not wet­ting it and it should pre­vent the build up! And yea wide tooth combs are still good! But fin­ger detan­gling is the best if you can build up the patience :). Its hard, I know! lol

CJ

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Rae

Love­ly hair! New Brunswick, Nj!!!! That’s where i’m from! Did you go to New Brunswick High school or Sci­ence and Tech?

heygorjess

Hey @Rae!! I actu­al­ly put where I go to school! I go to Rut­gers right now, but I grew up in Phillips­burg, NJ (no one know’s where it is–its super coun­try lol!)

Love JAH

We are very much alike in our hair regimine as well as our ded­i­ca­tion to health, beau­ty, nat­u­ral hair and ‘God’…I also live in cen­tral Jer­sey!!! Beau­ti­ful girl, hair and styles!

Rae

lol. ooo Ok! Rut­gers is a great school! good luck in your stud­ies!

Kris

Shoutout to NB! I’m from South River! Good luck at RU!

Jacky

I almost didn’t believe that it was your real hair,i thought it was a weave,your hair is beau­ti­ful.

Trish

Awwww, your hair is JUST like mine! and I went to Rut­gers too :) I’ll be com­ing back to do my MA as well. I guess I can’t get RU out­ta my sys­tem, lol. good luck!

Mika

Beau­ti­ful!

AnnFelicity

OMG Super Gorg Hair and Beau­ti­ful young lady! I have a some­what sim­i­lar hair regime for my wash day (which I actu­al­ly love lol). I pre-poo, co-wash, deep con­di­tion under my Hueti­ful Steam­er (love!) and moisturize/seal. I am only 2 years + mths in from my BC and I can cer­tain­ly say with crazy respect that you’ve done a tremen­dous job tak­ing care of your hair for the last 6 years: Major kudos to you! I will be check­ing out/supporting your blog as well!!! P.S-You look very famil­iar by the way-I won’t say from where though lol. Take care Hey­Gor­Jess!

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