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Intro­duce your­self!
J:
I’m Janae Rogers from Scotch Plains, New Jer­sey.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
J:
My hair is a reflec­tion of my per­son­al­i­ty, and as I got old­er I appre­ci­at­ed my hair tex­ture, so I stopped get­ting relax­ers. I want­ed to step on the dark and fluffy side. You’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing WHY I got them in the first place? My hair used to be aller­gic to humid­i­ty, and that seemed to be the ONLY way it could be straight. I’ve been nat­u­ral now since 2007. I basi­cal­ly played hook­ie from a hair appoint­ment and nev­er looked back.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
J:
My hair is 3b “Curly Spi­ral­ly”. She’s filled with vol­ume and has no lim­it as to how loud she can get. She’s thick and has a per­son­al­i­ty of her own. Now that I have trained the cen­ter of my head there are no longer any ran­dom con­ver­sa­tions up there. They are all get­ting along.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
J:
I’m usu­al­ly pret­ty flex­i­ble with my hair. I wear my straight to the point style (bone straight hair) or my not eas­i­ly tamed look (fro). I love sec­ond and third day curls. I’m not a wash n go gal (but that’s the look I have). I wash and allow my hair to air dry for the look. I nev­er leave the house with wet hair. As far as prod­ucts, I don’t pile them up on my hair, but I do pile them up in my clos­et, because I like prod­ucts that make my hair light and fluffy. My top 4 favorites are Miss Jessie’s Pil­low Soft Curls, Crème De La Curl Cleans­ing Crème, Curly Meringue, and Can­tu Shea But­ter Deep Treat­ment Masque.

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What does wash day look like for you?
J:
My wash day is 1,2,3 con­sist­ing of rins­ing with cool tem­per­a­ture water (I don’t typ­i­cal­ly sham­poo unless I have a style going on and I rarely style my hair), fin­ger comb­ing, dis­trib­ut­ing pro­duct (one of 987,453,485 that I own) and the air from the heav­ens because I don’t use my blow dry­er. My pro­duct of choice will typ­i­cal­ly be Crème de la Curl Cleans­ing Crème. It allows me to run my fin­gers through my hair with­out pump­ing the breaks and hav­ing to use a comb (my ene­my).

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J:
High bun, or nest depend­ing on the dam­age, slick the frizzies, and head out the door.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
J:
I have no issues with shrink­age. That’s not real­ly my depart­ment.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
J:
My hair is pro­fes­sion­al­ly col­ored. I’m only good at light­en­ing acrylic on can­vas, not on hair. My hair tex­ture hasn’t changed as a result, and I get a col­or treat­ment every time I go get my roots touched up. When col­or is done cor­rect­ly, it shouldn’t change the tex­ture of your hair. I have no idea what the name of it is, but I have had it done before so it’s a sim­ple point and adopt sit­u­a­tion.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
J:
I used to have a sour patch in the mid­dle of my hair. It would be full of frizz and a tad bit coarse. I solved that prob­lem by leav­ing con­di­tion­er on that sec­tion longer than the rest of my hair, basi­cal­ly train­ing it. 

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
J:
Cool water when rins­ing, more con­di­tion­er, and less sham­poo.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
J:
Blow dry­ing wet to dry, and using leave in con­di­tion­er when doing a wash n go look because it weighs down my curls.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
Insta­gram: janae_raquel
Tum­blr: janaeraquel.tumblr.com
My iammy­hair cam­paign:
www.iammyhaircampaign.com // iammy­hair_jp on Insta­gram

Meosha

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

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58 Comments on "Janae // 3B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Taleasha

Glad I found you, I had no idea my hair type and no idea how to do it

D.K.

Now that’s impres­sive.

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Fairy

Aller­gic to humid­i­ty? What!!!

cherishbomb

Ohhh my God! Hair porn, for real. I stopped dead in my tracks to get a look at her hair. Just all around gor­geous. Love the col­or too!

janae raquel

Thank you! I have the same prob­lem some days with oth­er hair­spi­ra­tions!

Purpleicious Babe

Great personality…awww that is so cool.
Ilike. Keep it up.. U stand out already. May I add very wit­ty too.
Back to the hair jour­ney.

Shelby

She should stay with that red­dish hair col­or I see few peo­ple able to rock it with it look­ing very nat­u­ral and not over processed. It looks gooood!!!

Rose

Janae, are you on YouTube? I would like to sub­scribe and fol­low your hair jour­ney. Your hair is so gor­geous.

Janae Raquel

Heres my link to my chan­nel : “Hair Con­ver­sa­tions with Janae Raquel”
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCONMzXhHSQ_ZxyS11LQXOGQ

Rose

Thanks, you’re awe­some!

Janae Raquel

you’re welcome!and thank you!!!

Kwl0711

Very cool hair and per­son­al­i­ty :-). Rock on, Chi­ca. Fol­low­ing on Tum­blr!

Wellwell
Ugh! This is real­ly why I hate this whole “hair typ­ing” busi­ness. If her hair was dry and not full of gel and water she would be as kinky as every­one else. May­be she doesn’t have a prob­lem with shrink­age and isn’t an expert because she doesn’t have this “I HATE SHRINK­AGe” atti­tude that all of the­se blogs make it seem nat­u­rals have. Real­ly? You have 12 inch­es of curly hair (when stretched) and you want it to appear bigger/longer but with­out flat iron­ing it? That is alot of work to do reg­u­lar­ly. That’s alot of nights ded­i­cat­ed to blow… Read more »
Janae Raquel
May­be I can help you. Com­ing from a per­son who’s hair does soak up every­thing, but does­nt appear* to be dry, I total­ly dis­agree with you. With­out pro­duct, my hair is a light, defined and frizzy. But like any­one, youre enti­tled to your opin­ion, yet its being stat­ed as a fact. I dont have gel in my hair either. When I hear the word “shrink­age” I think dras­tic. When tran­si­tions from wet to dry its is def­i­nite­ly short­er than its straight­ened state, how­ev­er its not my depart­ment= “I dont have issues with it”. As far as “kinky,” thats false as… Read more »
leigh

Dis­agree… How do you know her hair is wet/full of gel? Not everyone’s nat­u­ral hair is kinky, some peo­ple have curly hair.

Wellwell
I spoke incor­rect­ly. I don’t know her hair is wet and full of gel. But she did offer sev­er­al pic­tures of her hair which I would say offer dif­fer­ent hair types. So i would assume that WHATEVER she does to her hair, it does involve some sort of pro­duct. But that’s not to say she is “hid­ing” nor am I throw­ing shade.  I admit to vari­a­tion—- BUT peo­ple pick people’s com­ment apart based on “hair typ­ing” when back in grade school her hair was “just as kinky” (expres­sion) as any­one else’s BEFORE there were prod­ucts, nat­u­ral hair knowl­edge, and this “hair… Read more »
Quia
I’m sor­ry but I feel like clar­i­fi­ca­tion is in order. Hair type clas­si­fi­ca­tion at its best should be used as a step­ping stone for those unsure of the direc­tion they should go in when seek­ing prod­ucts and reg­i­mens for their hair, much like “for oily/dry/combination skin” tags are. This isn’t a place to bash wom­en for hav­ing a curl that’s more loose than urs nor list all the manip­u­la­tive rea­sons why u think it’s that way. Every­one uses pro­duct. Not every­one expe­ri­ences extreme shrink­age tho, and for those that do? It’s some­times dur­ing dif­fer­ent peri­ods of washing/drying. Is that NOT… Read more »
Seriously

I have to dis­agree.
My duaghter is 3c 3b and her hair shrinks from waist length to neck length. This is even with prod­ucts in her hair. I tried to use gel to weight her hair down but it made her hair feel hard. 

I have 4a 4b hair though and my bra strap length hair shrinkes to my shoul­ders.

ema

Loveee it. Beau­ti­ful hair and wom­an.

LaManouchka

In love of her big curly hair !

Latte

Love­ly, love­ly hair! Makes me miss my red hair days. I used to have a very sim­i­lar shade of red. Since I use hen­na now my dye days are over… Good for you for find­ing a great col­orist. Back in the day I used to use col­or out of a box, which of course can be risky!

Janae Raquel

Box col­or is fun and def­i­nite­ly con­ve­nient. Its some­thing I do myself in the fall. I love mix­ing col­ors! BUT* when I want to go lighter, I take that trip to the salon. Light­en­ing “is not my depart­ment” lol

TINA SMITH

SHE DOESN’T SEEM ALL THAT NATURAL WITH HER BONE STRAIGHT HAIR.….….. AND THE SHRINKAGE COMMENT HMMMM WHAT’S THAT ABOUT?

GeeGee

Weird respon­se. Have you nev­er heard of a flat iron or a blow dry­er? I know her per­son­al­ly and she has always had a big head of curls. Blowdry it and it becomes sleek. What is with the antipa­thy? Good grief.

Queen

What does using a flat iron have to do with being nat­u­ral?

Janae Raquel

Just because my hair is nat­u­ral, does­nt mean my hair cant be straight­ened. It IS a task, but it gets done.

Cece Danielle

Why you mad, tho?

GT

The shrink­age com­ment was a lit­tle fun­ny but she has nice hair and a nice colour.

Miranda

Love Love love! Looks so nice and healthy. wish i knew what hair colour you used xx

Rose

Janae, I just love, love your hair! It is absolute­ly gor­geous!

Camillia

So pret­ty!!! @Nappy 4C Rocks, I love that shirt too…lol!!

Jessica

Just fol­lowed you on Tum­blr… The new cut looks incred­i­ble!

Janae Raquel

Thats where you can get the uncut Janae. Thanks, whats your tum­blr? I will fol­low you back!

Jessica

and, might i add, they def should have had you as a Style Icon as well!!!

Jessica

Aw, thanks! Springev­ery­day :)

Nappy 4C Rocks

the first pic, I like that t-shirt…‘I nev­er liked you any­way’ where can I pur­chase?

Janae Raquel

It was at H&M in June. Good luck find­ing it! lol when I see things there I HAVE to grab them, they have a alot of fab finds!

Sassy24

Love it

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Stace

Love red hair and it looks great on you! The pic­ture with the comb was funny/cute. Love the out­fit with the green pants. Pret­ty hair.

Mel

I am hav­ing mas­sive hair envy right now. Your hair is absolute­ly gor­geous! I also real­ly enjoyed your inter­view. From your answers you seem to have a good lev­el of assur­ance and con­fi­dence about your­self. Keep doing you hun, its look­ing good :-)!

Janae Raquel

Thank you! I appre­ci­ate it!

what?

I don’t under­stand the answer to the shrink­age ques­tion. .. “not real­ly my depart­ment”.…
The first part of the answer was fine.….

Good inter­view besides that.No mal­ice or hate jus a thought.…..

Janae Raquel

I dont have any shrink­age. Most wom­en have alot of shrink­age when they wear it nat­u­ral.

TINA SMITH

IF IT’S NOT STRAIGHT IT’S IN A SHRUNKEN STATE. HENCE YOU HAVE A SHRINKAGE. KEEP IT REAL

ema

what??? hav­ing curly hair is not the same as hav­ing shrink­age. any hair is longer when its com­plet­ly straigh­t­end.

Janae Raquel

Cor­rect, Like I stat­ed before, when I hear shrink­age, I think dras­tic. Every­one has a lit­tle shrink­age, but not like the love­ly ladies of Type 4 hair fam­i­ly. So, I have some* to a min­i­mum. But again its “not my depart­ment”

Wellwell
Crazy how peo­ple can “read” into an answer dif­fer­ent­ly. I didn’t take her com­ment as mean and nei­ther did I take it as “well I have this tex­ture of hair so it’s not a prob­lem” (as oth­ers are imply­ing). The ques­tion itself is bias. It asks how some­one “COMBATS” shrink­age. Not every nat­u­ral, even the coarser haired ones, have a prob­lem with shrink­age which the ques­tion implies. My dai­ly rou­tine does not try to pre­vent shrink­age. Can’t think of a curly hair­style I wear that tries to make my hair appear longer.… “shrink­age bat­tles” are a bit over­hyped me thinks… Read more »
cacey
same here. i think it is quite a bit over­hyped. and yeah i agree that ques­tion is load­ed and a lit­tle more on the neg­a­tive side than i think bglh intends. ‘shrink­age’ is mere­ly a tes­ta­ment to our per­cep­tion of ours hair’s innate char­ac­ter­is­tics. i feel that if some­one hates their ‘shrink­age’ then they’re in essence hat­ing one of the defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of their hair, and thus, can be right­ful­ly seen as, at the very least, not accept­ing it for what it is. that would be the equiv­a­lent of a nat­u­ral­ly straight haired girl hat­ing her hair for hang­ing to… Read more »
cacey
i under­stood what she meant. her hair tex­ture and mine are iden­ti­cal, and i didn’t know what shrink­age meant either until surf­ing this site two years ago. i didn’t know that when a lot of black wom­en wet their hair in full, they expe­ri­ence shrink­age as a result; because my hair does the oppo­site in that it hangs to its full length when com­plete­ly wet, and draws up as it dries. this site edu­cat­ed me about the hair of my sistren as much as it has edu­cat­ed me about my own. i def­i­nite­ly can relate to what she said about… Read more »
wow

Geez… give the girl a break! lol I have 3B-ish hair as well and had no idea what the term “shrink­age” meant either until I came to this site. Deal­ing with that is not my exper­tise either. Some­times this site is too hard to deal with.

nikki

she prob­a­bly means that since she has a looser curl pat­tern, shrink­age isn’t an issue for her as opposed to some­one with a 4B curl pat­tern whose hair may be more prone to shrink­age.

Kayla

This col­or is amaz­ing! I had a jerk of want­i­ng to dye my hair.

Colalover

I want your hair lol

Antrelise

Love the vol­ume of your hair!! How do you get it to be so big? Also, how often do you have to explain that it’s not a wig or exten­sions when it’s in it’s full fro-glo­ry!! :)

Janae Raquel

I let it air dry and it just blows up. But I think it has to do with lit­tle pro­duct and the cool­er temp water when rins­ing the con­di­tion­er out.

mercy

Beau­ti­ful hair! Love that col­or :D

Janae Raquel

Thank you ! Im think­ing of doing a new shade for the fall. Noth­ing too dark, becuase, come next spring I wont be as vibrant as I would like.

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