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Intro­duce your­self!
J:
Hi! My name is Julie Thomas aka Juboolee and I’m from Philadel­phia, PA. Philly stand up!

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
J:
I’ve been nat­u­ral since about 2007, how­ev­er I’ve recent­ly embarked on a new nat­u­ral hair jour­ney. I big chopped on Feb­ru­ary 23, 2013. So it’s been about a year and some change with my health­ier nat­u­ral hair. I first went nat­u­ral in col­lege. I just stopped relax­ing my hair. I had no inten­tion of rock­ing nat­u­ral styles at the time. I was still straight­en­ing my hair pret­ty fre­quent­ly, and didn’t have any knowl­edge that I was ruin­ing my nat­u­ral curl pat­tern. Heat dam­age is why I decid­ed to start all over again. Once I start­ed wear­ing my hair in its nat­u­ral state, I would get frus­trat­ed with the poor tex­ture at the top of my head from heat dam­age. So I made the rash deci­sion to chop it all off. I did it, and it was the best deci­sion ever!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
J:
I’m not too into the hair typ­ing thing, how­ev­er I would describe my hair tex­ture as 4b/4c. My hair is very coarse, yet soft; and I have very tight curls. My curls in the front are slight­ly looser. Most days my hair behaves, so I have no com­plaints!

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
J:
Now that my hair is short my styling reg­i­men is quite sim­ple. I pret­ty much stay con­sis­tent with wash and go’s when I’m not exper­i­ment­ing with pro­tec­tive styles. After my wash day rou­tine I do a slight vari­a­tion of the LOC (Leave-in, Oil, Cream) method. I apply my cream before the oil. I use Can­tu Shea But­ter Leave-In Con­di­tion­ing Repair Cream then I fol­low with a lit­tle of the Doesn’t Get Much BUTTER Than This hair dress­ing by The Mane Choice. I lock it all in with my handy dandy coconut oil. Then the fun part! I basi­cal­ly take small sec­tions of hair and fin­ger coil with either Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel or Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. I imme­di­ate­ly sep­a­rate the coil for my desired curl. Eco Styler Gel gives me a firmer hold, and I can squeeze a few extra days out of the style. I do this about every week. When I’m too lazy to do my wash and go, I just fluff out the cur­rent W&G and rock my fro.

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What does wash day look like for you?
J:
Wash days begin with pre-poo­ing with coconut oil. I looooove coconut oil! I’ll go through and detan­gle my hair with the coconut oil and let it sit for about 10–15 min­utes before I cleanse. I then sham­poo my hair with Clear Ultra Shea But­ter Sham­poo. I want to soon switch to a sul­fate-free cleanser, how­ev­er the Clear sham­poo gets my scalp clean with­out the stripped feel­ing. After that I fol­low up with Oyin Handmade’s Hon­ey Hemp Con­di­tion­er and comb that through for about 5 min­utes and rin­se. Then I deep con­di­tion with The Mane Choice’s Green Tea & Car­rot Deep Con­di­tion­ing Mask. I let that sit for 30–45 min­utes, rin­se, and voila! Fresh­ly washed and con­di­tioned hair!

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J:
If I don’t have much time to do my wash and go process I’ll either wear a fluffed out afro or I’ll pull out my girl Drew! Drew is my go-to curly syn­thet­ic wig lol. She got me through the awk­ward phase of the TWA stage and always comes through in a clutch! Lol

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
J:
I don’t fight with shrink­age. I actu­al­ly embrace it. I love my hair in its short­er state. I’m tip-toe­ing out of that awk­ward stage so I don’t mind my shrunk­en fro right now.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
J:
My prob­lem area is my dry scalp. I have to make sure I keep it mois­tur­ized. Every oth­er night I’ll mas­sage coconut oil into my scalp with my fin­ger­tips.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
J:
Detan­gle and Mois­tur­ize. It’s very impor­tant to thor­ough­ly detan­gle your hair and take your time while doing so. I rarely get any knots, but I am a stick­ler when it comes to detan­gling.

My hair as well as my scalp can get real­ly dry if I don’t keep up with mois­tur­iz­ing reg­u­lar­ly. I make sure I mas­sage oil into my scalp often and seal a mois­tur­iz­er or cream into my hair when styling. I also spritz my hair with water every morn­ing to refresh­en the style for the day.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
J:
Two dont’s are sleep­ing with­out a sat­in bon­net and leav­ing a pro­tec­tive style in for too long. I try to lim­it them to 4 weeks max.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
Absolute­ly! You can check out my blog, Jour­ney with Juboolee at www.juboolee.com and keep up with me via Insta­gram and Twit­ter @juboolee.

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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17 Comments on "Julie // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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alice

Fabulous…your pic­tures are mak­ing me feel some type of way.. I love your style…

Youngin girl

You could fall in love and stay in love. It is hel­la cute and the fluffy Afro is def­i­n­i­tion. It stole my heart, it’s very cute and healthy. You could run your fin­gers through them but I wouldn’t rec­om­mend it! Ha ha.

sue

you look fab­u­lous with both your nat­u­ral fro’ and pro­tec­tive styles! love­ly!

AThorn

Gor­geous! And she has the per­fect shaped head for that style. I love it!!

Jordie

Waouh!???? You’re so cool whith your short hair! From now onward, you’re my inspi­ra­tion! ????

Julie

Awwww thanks so much! xo

Angélica

Girl you are so fab­u­lous! I’m in love with your style and i’m total­ly dig­gin your fifty shades of lip­col­or! Lot­soflove from the Nether­lands!

Julie

Wow, thanks so much! Lots of love back at ya! xo

cacey

very beau­ti­ful young lady! I love your lip­stick and your fierce style. Pret­ty hair!

Deedeemaha

Very love­ly to see some­one enjoy­ing the ease of the TWA. Your hair has a very heathy shine. Keep up the good work. I like your new take on the LOC method too.

cheni_zim

I feel like my hair needs a sec­ond big chop, how­ev­er I’m just not brave enough. I’m trim­ming as I go, sort of tran­si­tion into health­ier hair. I love the fact that you embraced a sec­ond big chop, you and your hair are beau­ti­ful

Julie

Thanks so much! Don’t be afraid to chop again if that is what you want to do. It will grow back in no time :-)

Adía

Your hair is hel­la cute! I love the bold lip col­or too

Julie

Thank you! :)

Kimira Jewels

My hair twin! Yes! :-)
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Julie

Yes!! Love it! :)

Youngin girl

Wow so Infinite!

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