jenai

Intro­duce your­self!
J:
Hel­lo! Im Jenai Dominique! I am a fash­ion styl­ist, wardrobe con­sul­tant and blog­ger based in Colum­bus, Oh. Not to men­tion I’m #Team­Nat­u­ral­Hair

What is your style phi­los­o­phy?
J:
Hav­ing a moth­er as a mod­el and a father as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er, I guess you can say this was in my blood. With inspi­ra­tion from all fash­ion eras, the root of my inspi­ra­tion starts with my moth­er and grand­moth­er. They were very fash­ion­able, classy women who were always dressed impec­ca­bly. I love to speak through my styl­is­tic, inno­v­a­tive out­fits, and when it comes to fash­ion I’m not afraid of tak­ing risks! In addi­tion, I expe­ri­ence great joy inspir­ing oth­ers to find their own per­son­al style and embrace their indi­vid­u­al­i­ty. If you pos­sess self-con­fi­dence, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less! I try to encour­age every­one to speak with con­fi­dence, dress with per­son­al­i­ty, scream with poise and shine with tal­ent!

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How would you describe your sense of style?
J:
It’s def­i­nite­ly a 50/50 mix between my moth­er and grand­moth­er. My grandmother’s style is very much inspired by our Native Amer­i­can and African Amer­i­can her­itage. She was nev­er afraid to push the enve­lope and be bold, bright and dar­ing with her wardrobe. She wore a lot of crazy prints, bold and bright col­ors and inno­v­a­tive acces­sories. She would wear rings on every sin­gle fin­ger and I thought that was the coolest thing! My moth­er on the oth­er hand, was very classy, fem­i­nine and sophis­ti­cat­ed. She’s the type that could be ful­ly dressed from head to toe and look absolute­ly stun­ning. She was always tai­lored to a T, and wore lux­u­ri­ous look­ing fab­rics. It’s fun­ny because all through high school she nev­er wore a pair of jeans.

I nev­er real­ly real­ized it until recent­ly how much they have influ­enced my per­son­al style. They both have most of their wardrobe from the time they were my age, so I go shop­ping in their clos­ets. It’s great because I can fit almost all of it, and most of the pieces are trend­ing sta­ples in fash­ion now!

If I could choose the words to describe my style I would say: Eclec­tic, Classy, Vin­tage, Vir­go Inspired and Flo­ral Obsessed.

What is your process of decid­ing what to wear in the morn­ing?
J:
The weath­er of course. Then I start with the shoes and work my way up. It makes the process of get­ting dressed much eas­i­er.

What are the three favorite things in your clos­et?
J:
As of right now: Hot Pink Point­ed Toe Pumps from Express, Ocean Blue, Light Blue and Teal body­con dress from H&M (I saw Bey­once wear­ing it in their new ad cam­paign haha!) and a Vin­tage Flo­ral Maxi Skirt from Roy­al Fac­to­ry (One of my favorite vin­tage stores in Colum­bus)

What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and acces­sories?
J:
Because I’m a Vir­go, my favorite cloth­ing web­site would have to be Vir­gos Lounge. I feel they cater specif­i­cal­ly to my per­son­al style! My sec­ond favorite place to shop would have to be vin­tage and thrift stores. I love being the only one wear­ing a real­ly cool piece of cloth­ing. Asos, Zara, H&M, Forever21, Nasty­Gal, Mod­Cloth, Madewell, Romwe are also great web­site for clothes and acces­sories. I also love Lulu Frost, Biko, and Aldo for acces­sories. Last­ly, for shoes, pret­ty much any­where I can find some real­ly unique shoes for a good price! Char­lotte Russe, Forever21, H&M, Macy’s, Aldo as well.

How long have you been nat­ur­al?
J:
About 2 Years

How and why did you tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al hair?
J:
I knew that going nat­ur­al would be the best thing for me because my hair is very thick, and relax­ers always caused my hair to break off. I usu­al­ly wore it in braids any­way and didn’t see the need of get­ting a relax­er and caus­ing fur­ther dam­age. I decid­ed to do micro braids for about 6 months and when it was time to take those out, I chopped off the rest of the relaxed hair.

What is your sig­na­ture hair­style?
J:
I love hav­ing inno­v­a­tive hair styles and updos with my hair. One of my best friends is very tal­ent­ed and can cre­ate any cre­ative hair style I find. I have an affin­i­ty for havana twists for sure because they last a while and are ver­sa­tile, but late­ly have been wear­ing a ban­tu knot out and rock­ing a curly puff. Any low manip­u­la­tion hair style that can last a long time is best for my hair. I’ll be doing the long havana twists very soon for the sum­mer, espe­cial­ly since I like to work out.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
J:
Usu­al­ly I’ll have a braid­ed updo or twist­ed hair style that last about 2 weeks or longer. After a long pro­tec­tive style, I like to let my hair breath for about two weeks. I’ve been wear­ing ban­tu knot outs and two strand twist outs. Im think­ing of exper­i­ment­ing with flexi rods and curl for­m­ers next. I pre­fer to co wash my hair once a week. I start with an apple cider vine­gar rinse first, and then con­di­tion. I have a mix­ture of oils and water that I like to spray on my hair dai­ly to keep it hydrat­ed.

I usu­al­ly only sham­poo my hair after a long pro­tec­tive style or when I have build up, in which I like to use Shea Mois­ture Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo. I’ll pre poo my hair first with tea tree oil and Organix Coconut Milk Con­di­tion­er which makes my hair soft and then braid it in sec­tions. I also like Suave Nat­u­rals Almond and Shea But­ter Con­di­tion­er, and make my own Con­di­tion­er as well. Then I will sham­poo. I like to do a hot oil treat­ment or deep con­di­tion­ing after because sham­poo­ing has a ten­den­cy of dry­ing out my 4C hair.

I like to dry my hair with a shirt instead of a tow­el so there’s still some damp­ness before I style it. After that I take it sec­tion by sec­tion and style. For twist­ing styles, the prod­ucts that have pro­duced good results are
1. Tal­i­ah Waa­jid Curly Curl Cream Seal­er com­bined with Man­go and Lime Lock­ing Gel
2. Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie com­bined Shea Mois­ture Curl­ing Souf­fle
3. Shea But­ter com­bined with Coconut Oil

With 4C hair, the best prod­ucts for twist­ing are def­i­nite­ly but­ters. I like to exper­i­ment and mix prod­ucts. I def­i­nite­ly want to try some dif­fer­ent but­ters that smell good. I’ve heard good things about Vanil­la Bean CocoShealoe Husky Hair But­ter and Oyin Hand­made prod­ucts.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
Blog: http://JenaiDominique.tumblr.com
Port­fo­lio: http://JenaiDominique.com

Rinny

Tex­an by birth, Los Ange­leno by sit­u­a­tion. Lover of Tame Impala and Shoegaze music. Come­di­an by trade. Mac­a­roni and Cheese con­nois­seur by appetite.

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10 Comments on "BGLH Style: Jenai in Ohio"

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Jenai Dominique

Thank you all for your love­ly com­ments!
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Jenean Stokes

I love every­thing about her style! I love her sto­ry, I love the way she speaks. She glows with beau­ty. I wish I an eye for fash­ion and cre­ativ­i­ty as she does. Very inspi­ra­tional! #Team­Nat­u­ral­Hair
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Fruttipebbles

She is killing it in Ohio! Love your style girl!

Lotus

Love the ani­mal print tights and the burgundy/black out­fit. Great style!

Courtney

FINALLY. Some­one from Ohio :-D.

Felice

Go Jenai boo!!! #Team­Nat­u­rals

laide

i would kind­ly like to fea­ture my nat­ur­al hair doc­u­men­tary on here, how do i go about it
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Mari

Love the first trib­al out­fit and Looove the DOOKIE Havana twists!

Kay

I wouldn’t mind raid­ing her clos­et.

Alisa

She has great style and beau­ti­ful hair! I espe­cial­ly loved her first hair style!

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