Introduce yourself!
I’m Jessica Jakes, born, primarily raised, and residing in Columbus, GA.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I have been natural for 2.5 years and will reach the three year mark of my journey in December 2013. Initially, my plan wasn’t to “go natural” at all. My father had passed in 2009 and shortly after, I decided to cut my hair. I wore it short and maintained my relaxer, but noticed that every time I visited the shop to have my hair reshaped, I’d go shorter and shorter! After a year, I found that cutting my hair had not done what I needed it to. It hadn’t made me feel the way I expected. A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life, right? I didn’t feel the change, lol. I did some extensive research on natural hair, how it’s maintained and cared for, how it could be styled, and fell in love. I stopped getting relaxers and went 2 months before my impatience got the best of me. I big chopped in December 2010 and haven’t looked back!

How would you describe your texture?
My hair is mostly an extremely dense and coarse 4b. The nape of my neck (which my mother describes as “the only patch” I had as a child) is slightly less dense and a bit finer, more 4a. The same is true in regard to my crown area.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
The way I style my hair over the course of a month is heavily dependent on what I have scheduled. If I’ve got a pretty clear schedule with mostly work and limited extracurricular activities, I try to maintain a braided up-do for at least a week and a half. I style my up-do after washing or co-washing (Aussie Moist Cleanse and Mend), deep conditioning (Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque), moisturizing (Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream) and sealing (raw African shea butter). Once my up-do goes down (lol) I tend to rock an “old twist out” look by chunky twisting at night or sleeking my hair up into a puff using Eco-Styler Gel to tame my edges. However, for most events or nights out, I prefer a huge and untamed fro.


What does wash day look like for you?
Wash day is…wash day. I start by separating my hair into 8 sections, spraying each section with my mix of water, extra virgin olive oil, and Mane and Tail Moisturizing Conditioner, then lightly finger detangling before moving on to my wide toothed comb. I add a dime-sized amount of Aussie Moist Cleanse and Mend to each section before combing through. After I can comfortably comb through each section, I twist them up and move on. I don’t regularly shampoo my hair. When I do shampoo, it’s always due to some major product build up. Therefore, my go to “poo” is normally Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo diluted with 3 parts water and concentrated on the scalp. After cleansing, I deep condition with my Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque by covering with a plastic cap and sitting under my bonnet dryer for 30 minutes. My hair is still in the twists I created during detangling. After rinsing, I apply whatever leave-in I love at the moment, though Cantu has been a consistent friend. Last, it’s sealing with raw shea butter or extra virgin olive oil, and on to styling.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
My absolute all time life-saver, is “le puff”! I have more knee high stockings lying around my house than I can count (or find). When my “hair tie” goes missing, EVERYONE is in trouble!

How do you combat shrinkage?
Shrinkage can be a major issue for me. If I intend to wear a defined twist out, my hair must be absolutely dry, not damp, DRY. Otherwise, it’s frizz and fluff, for me. To combat that, I have to be sure that I either style my hair with enough time before an event to let it air dry completely, or sit under the dryer. I despise the dryer, so preparation is key. For a fro with reach, sleeping in chunky braids is essential for a good stretch.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
Moisture! Though I have my handy dandy spray bottle, I often forget to spritz as often as I should. My hair has a tendency to dry out, which is why I’m sure to seal in as much moisture as possible and cover at night with my satin bonnet.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
1) “DO keep you hair detangled, Jessica!” If not, detangling is bound to be torture. 2) “DO be gentle with your hair, Jessica!” I hate to admit my impatience, but when detangling, there’s always at least one “snap, crackle, or pop” that reminds me to go easy on my curls…or risk unnecessary breakage.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
1) “DON’T go to sleep on that fro, Jessica!” Not twisting or braiding my hair before bed guarantees tears in the morning. 2) “DON’T neglect your ends, Jessica!” My curls are very tightly wound. If I don’t pay especially close attention to the care of my ends, single strand knots will take over and breakage will definitely rob me of my GROWTH!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/jakes.jessica or on Instagram @jessi3luv.


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

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Nice hair, face, and smile


Thank you! “TWA4now”, that’s cute!


My hair is exactly like yours. I’m currently transition. Does his regimr work for transitioning hair?


Chola, I responded to your question above in reply to Ms. Adrienne:-)


I will make 3 years natural in January. Its nice to see someone who’s been natural for as long as I have. Happy growing to you!
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Adrienne, I’m not sure how this regimen will work on transitioning hair as I didn’t transition. I also tried SEVERAL products before I settled on these “tried and faithfuls”. I’d go with what your hair loves, listen to her!


Lol, sorry Adrienne. I meant to say an early congrats on being close to three years! The regimen and transitioning stuff was for Ms. Chola below:-) Happy growing!

Purpleicious Babe

She is a nice personality just from reading the post..

Keep it up… and you are beautiful too.


Thank you, Purpleicious! Love the name!


lovely hair and woman.


I absolutely LOVE your hair, it’s so thick & full. You’ve had wonderful progress in only 2.5 years. You GROW girl! 🙂


Thank you, Ms. Fayla!

Sassy Maye

Whoop whoop. Let’s hear it for Columbus, GA!!!!!! Gorgeous hair and gorgeous woman. I hit three years a couple days ago and can totally relate to this regimen.


Beautiful lady with beautiful hair and her twist out(in the picture with the fro hawk)is gorgeous


Absolutely gorgeous!! And that puff is giving me life right now!


I love her hair! Especially in updos! Great face


Thanks, maha!


Gotta give love to a fellow Columbus GA Natural! Beautiful beautiful beautiful hair, lady!


Gorgeous girl with great hair. Can you please tell me if you are using pantyhose for all your puffs?



I am! Knee highs as a matter of fact.


Love the twisted updos!


Very beautiful all around. You look fun to hang out with!!


I hope I am, I definitely love to laugh!


Right?! Awesome girl.



pretty hair pretty lady




My hair looks like this too @jumoke but I don’t have the same regi. Good to see as I was thinking that no 4bcs had the same hair or density as me.


Lol why not? And my hair isn’t dense though :/ it’s normal density with fine strands *le sigh* lol


Omg I think I found my hair twin!! Our regimen and the products we use are like 80-85% similar plus we have the same hair type! O.o crazyyy lol


Hey, twin!!


I love her hair.


love the puffs and the fluffy, undefined fros…those are a breath of fresh air in particular!


Thank you! Fortunately (and unfortunately;-), my hair does “fluffy and undefined” extremely well, lol!

So So Steph

Beautiful! And the pics of your twisted updo have me searching for my rat tail comb right now. I WILL be copying this!


Feel free! Almost all of my styles are inspired by others:-)

Nature Girl

I haven’t’ met a person from Columbus Georgia I didn’t like. You can tell you treat your hair right. Love your twist!

I notice your oil of choice is olive do you dabble in any other oils?


I do! My other fave is coconut:-) And shout out to Columbus natives!!


Gorgeous hair and very photogenic!


Thank you so much, you’re too kind!


Really enjoyed this post! I’ll be 3 yrs in December too!!!!!


Thank you! Happy “almost” 3 years, we haven’t got much longer!!


This is the best!!! Even though I am her best friend and am also natural, I never knew how much our regiments differ. Great insight!!!
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Love it Jess! Thanks for the glimpse into your routines!


Girl, I’m honored…and glad you love it!


I’ve never left a comment on this site before, but I just had to for you. Your hair is soooo pretty! I LOVE it! 🙂


That is amazing! Thank you so much!