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.
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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!