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Intro­duce your­self!
J:
My name is Jaqui (Juh-kwee) and I’m from the San Fran­cis­co Bay Area. I cur­rent­ly reside in Brook­lyn and moved here in 2011 to pur­sue a career in music.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
J:
I start­ed my nat­u­ral hair jour­ney back in 2010 when I cut off the last of my relaxed ends (no big chop). At the time I wasn’t aware that I was embark­ing on a healthy hair jour­ney. I mere­ly stopped get­ting relax­ers because I couldn’t find a reli­able hair­dresser while I was away at col­lege in DC. It was also for this rea­son that I start­ed wear­ing weaves spo­rad­i­cal­ly because it was easy. After rock­ing weaves, infu­sions (tragedy!) and clip-ins for on and off for four years I had a lot of new growth and noticed my nat­u­ral tex­ture for the first time. I decid­ed to “go with it” and learned as much as I pos­si­bly could about car­ing for my own hair with­out rely­ing on perms, hair­dressers and weaves. I trimmed my ends every cou­ple of months and delved into Curly Nikki, Healthy Tex­tures and Mop­Top­Maven (oh where did she go?!) A cou­ple years passed and I was relax­er-free!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
J:
I have mul­ti-tex­tured tress­es. There’s a com­bi­na­tion of main­ly 4A/3C coarse and fine hairs all over my head, so as you can imag­ine it was a bit of a chal­lenge solid­i­fy­ing my pro­duct line-up in the begin­ning of my hair jour­ney. Kinky Curly prod­ucts worked great where­as Miss Jessie’s didn’t. THEN my hair got longer and Kinky Curly didn’t work as great and Herbal Essences con­di­tion­ers did. I’m almost always exper­i­ment­ing with new prod­ucts to this day (pro­duct junkie alert!) but the most basic rule I’ve learned about car­ing for my hair is that it needs mois­ture. A ton of it.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
J:
Using Gio­van­ni Tea Tree Triple Treat Sham­poo, I only sham­poo my hair every cou­ple of weeks and that is sim­ply to remove pro­duct buildup so that MORE mois­ture can get in. Between wash­es I co-wash almost every 3–4 days with Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion, which has great slip, and I deep con­di­tion at least once a week now with Aubrey Organ­ics Hon­ey­suck­le Rose. I’ve also been exper­i­ment­ing with Sary­na KEY Pure African Shea But­ter and my hair LOVES it. My main styling reg­i­men con­sists of twist outs with a cheap­ie detan­gling con­di­tion­er like Organix Coconut Milk.

My hair is no longer at wash n’ go length and if I tried I’d be in a detan­gling infer­no so I twist or braid out to avoid this and keep my ends smooth and sealed. I also style my hair in a lot of buns and slick them with EcoStyler Olive Oil Gel (angels sing!). Most of the prod­ucts I use are sul­fate-free and I only use sham­poos with sul­fates when my hair has been straight­ened and is doped up on styling serums and heat pro­tec­tants. My the­o­ry is this — if all the prod­ucts I’ve used before wash-day are nat­u­ral and water-sol­uble, then I can wash with nat­u­ral, sul­fate-free prod­ucts. If I’ve got some gunk on my strands then I need a sul­fate sham­poo to clear it off (very impor­tant!).

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What does wash day look like for you?
J:
Wash-day is not a day at all but more of an overnight process. I pre-poo with olive oil and if I’m out of that I put con­di­tion­er on my hair first to serve as a bar­ri­er to the sham­poo. Next, I just wash in four sec­tions, detan­gle with my wide-tooth comb and Den­man brush, and deep con­di­tion for 30 min­utes. I have a Hueti­ful Hair Steam­er (amaz­ing gad­get), but haven’t had time to use it late­ly, so I just use a plas­tic bag in the show­er. Then I make about 12–16 twists with con­di­tion­er and seal my ends with shea but­ter or Sim­plic­i­ty Hair Oil (incred­i­ble stuff!) and go to sleep. I also put some oil on my scalp as well. I wake up, untwist, fluff, stretch with a hairdry­er on my roots and go!

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J:
If I’m not feel­ing my hair by day 3 I usu­al­ly pull it up and rock a high bun or just co-wash and repeat my reg­i­men.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
J:
I find using the hairdry­er on my roots is very effec­tive at stretch­ing my hair so that it’s BIG, and I don’t have to do it often because of this rea­son.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
J:
My basic prob­lem area is dry scalp. Healthy hair grows from a healthy scalp; there­fore a main focus of mine is keep­ing my scalp mois­tur­ized, eat­ing healthy and exer­cis­ing. I bat­tled dry scalp so much as a child (tar sham­poos eek!) and now as I look back I can see that what was passed off as “sen­si­tive scalp” or “pso­ri­a­sis” can be attrib­ut­ed to the use of chem­i­cal relax­ers (duh!). Since becom­ing nat­u­ral I don’t have scalp issues like I did before and my hair is so much health­ier.

What are 2 do’s and don’ts for your tex­ture?
J:
Car­ing for my hair has been a learn­ing process and there have been a few old habits to rear their ugly heads along the jour­ney, like col­or­ing (high­lights) and con­stant straight­en­ing. The­se are two major don’ts. I quit my fas­ci­na­tion with high­lights a cou­ple of years ago. I’m still recov­er­ing from the loos­ened, incon­sis­tent curls due impart to the bleach. My high­light­ed hair also start­ed to split, so now if I do col­or my hair it’s using a dark cel­lo­phane which just gives my tress­es a nice shine. Col­or can be so tempt­ing but my hair has thrived because I’ve resist­ed the urge to alter it, and when I do want to exper­i­ment with col­or I achieve the look with weaves.

I also stopped straight­en­ing my hair all the darn time. It seems so sim­ple but this was a chal­leng­ing area for me because I was used to rock­ing straight, silky hair. I felt the temp­ta­tion this past win­ter when wet styles like twist outs were becom­ing more of a chal­lenge in this New York win­ter (which we don’t have in Cali) and I reached for my flat iron more than usu­al. Heat Free Hair was a sav­ing grace. I’ve been rock­ing the For­Curls col­lec­tion for about 3 months now and absolute­ly love it. It’s a pro­tec­tive style (major do!) that affords me the same look as my own nat­u­ral hair, and keeps the flat iron away. Even though spring is here, I’m still rock­ing it because it’s so awe­some.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
www.youtube.com/quibee80
Twit­ter: @heyitsqui
IG: @heyitsqui

Meosha

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

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28 Comments on "Jaqui // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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Mika

She’s so pret­ty with gor­geous hair. All her pic­tures look like a mod­el. Awe­some ver­sa­til­i­ty in her hair too. I love it straight and curly!

brunettefury

Beau­ti­ful hair! 

I rarely find peo­ple with my hair tex­ture on here; I think you’re one of the few peo­ple I’ve seen with hair sim­i­lar to mine (although mine might be a bit coarser).

Jaqui

I’m glad! I know how hard it can be to find a “hair twin”! :)

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Karina

when you used to use the wash and go tech­nique, did you ever use mousse?

Jaqui

Hi Karina–no nev­er used mousse. I used the olive oil eco styler gel FAITHFULLY with a leave in con­di­tion­er to avoid super crunchy hair. Kinky curly curling cus­tard worked well too when my hair was short­er.

Keisha

Beau­ti­ful wom­an and curls!

Caramelcurls

Girl, you are GORGEOUS—face, hair, ever­thang! ;0) #WERK

Jaqui

Thank you! :)

Cherry

Wow. Hair crush and girl crush. You are stun­ning!

Jaqui

Thanks!!!!!!

TWA4now

Sim­ply beau­ti­ful! #anoth­er­hair­crush!

Q

I LOVE her hair. Straight, curly, up, down…it looks fab­u­lous any­way

Trini

Love­ly hair and ver­sa­tile looks.

rw

speak­ing of…can we do a post find­ing out what hap­pened to Mop Top Maven !?!?!?

Aiych

She has an insta­gram account that she updates. Her hair has got­ten super long and looks so dang healthy, I wish she was still updat­ing her blog!

Aynonamous

What’s her Insta­gram account name ?

Caramelcurls

May­be Mop Top Maven doesn’t want to be found. Clear­ly she is famil­iar with social media and could have done an update by now if she desired. Let her be!

Trini

Did you have to go there? Lol! On a seri­ous note hope­ful­ly she’s doing bet­ter.

D.K.

Total­ly beau­ti­ful, I agree with the “mod­el” com­ments (not run­way ’cause it eats peo­ple alive; com­mer­cial is WAY bet­ter). Gir­rrrrl, do it!

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Ashley

Beau­ti­ful girl, beau­ti­ful hair!

Saye

Beau­ti­ful!

brown-princess.tumblr

So pret­ty >.<

Camillia

Gor­geous dar­ling!!!

mlank64

Every pic­ture looks like a dif­fer­ent wom­an. You should be a mod­el! You and your hair are beau­ti­ful.

Jaqui

Aww thnk you!

Allegra

I was think­ing the same thing! To me no pic looks the same! Ver­sa­tile lady — great hair, beau­ti­ful!

treece12

pret­ty hair and hazel eyes

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