Julie // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

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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

Meosha

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

17 thoughts on “Julie // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

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