Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Jaleesa and I’m from Rot­ter­dam in the Nether­lands. I’m orig­i­nal­ly from Suri­name (a won­der­ful coun­try just above Brazil).

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
I real­ly want­ed to feel my own thick and coily hair again after years of relax­ers and bad weaves. I was sick and tired of it. My hair felt weak­er and thin­ner. It some­times felt like I “hid” my own tex­ture from the out­side world. I thought about it and actu­al­ly couldn’t find a log­i­cal rea­son for it. Being myself, inside and out, was what I was going for. I decid­ed to tran­si­tion until I felt com­fort­able with wear­ing my nat­ur­al hair. I tran­si­tioned for a year and big chopped in Jan­u­ary 2013. So I’ve been ful­ly nat­ur­al now for almost 1.5 years.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
My coily hair is very dense with thick, coarse strands and medi­um poros­i­ty. I can describe my hair as 4A/B/C with most­ly 4B.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
I love to keep it sim­ple! I wash my hair every 7–10 days. I wear my hair loose a few days after wash­ing it, but it’s impor­tant to me to wear updos in the sec­ond half of the week. My ends real­ly love to be pro­tect­ed in updos so that’s why I try to keep con­sis­tent with them. My night time rou­tine is just wet­ting my hands with water or rose­wa­ter and braid­ing my hair in maybe 8 or 10 braids. If my hair feels extra dry, maybe after a sun­ny day and wear­ing it loose, I’ll use a bit of Can­tu Shea But­ter Leave In Con­di­tion­ing Repair Cream to mois­tur­ize it.


What does wash day look like for you?
If it’s time to deep con­di­tion I will rinse my hair to remove most of the build up. I then apply my DIY deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ment (most of the time it’s avo­ca­do with hon­ey and olive oil) and let it sit for around 35 min­utes. I then sep­a­rate my hair in four sec­tions with hair ties and co-wash my hair with Tre­semme Nat­u­rals Con­di­tion­er under the show­er. This is also the moment where I fin­ger detan­gle. Co-wash­ing feels bet­ter on my hair, but I do use Yves Rocher’s Smooth­ing Sham­poo once a month. I let my hair air dry after­wards while I do oth­er stuff in the house :P I’ll put Can­tu Shea But­ter Leave In Con­di­tion­ing Repair Cream in my hair when it’s around 80% dry. Then I seal with my shea but­ter, olive oil and coconut oil mix. I’ll use a bit of my home­made flaxseed gel on top of that if I want a defined look the next day. Then I’ll braid my hair for a braid out. It depends on my mood if I wear it loose or in an updo the next day.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A puff or a halo twist updo. These styles are so quick to do! They also look nice and no one would know that it’s actu­al­ly a plan B hair­style :P

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I don’t mind shrink­age, so if it hap­pens I just re-arrange my hair plans for that day. But I do notice my hair shrinks less after braid­ing it in big sec­tions at night.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
I did my col­or myself actu­al­ly, but I’ll def­i­nite­ly go to a pro­fes­sion­al next time (if there will be a next time). It’s a very very fad­ed Dark and Love­ly Red Hot Rhythm. It hasn’t changed the tex­ture, but my hair does feel dri­er. Fre­quent deep con­di­tion­ing helps me beat the dry­ness. The dry ends both­ered me so much I cut a few inch­es off recent­ly, and I’m now just grow­ing it out.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
My ends because they are dri­er than the rest of my hair. That’s why I love updos so much. I also always extra mois­tur­ize my ends.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Mois­tur­ize when it needs the extra love and sleep with a satin scarf.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Using too much heat and forc­ing your hair to do some­thing when it clear­ly doesn’t want to.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
My blog where I blog about nat­ur­al hair, beau­ty, hair, DIY’s and fash­ion. Also my Insta­gram: @Jaleesi.


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

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Thanks every­one for your love­ly com­ments! They made my day :D


GURLLL, YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! Your facial fea­tures are so unique. Plus, your hurr is like mine and it’s doing all that and MORE. Keep on doing what you doing.




Im gonna try the twist to the back and big twist on top look . I think its so cute. I love my nat­ur­al hair and I won­der why it was ever permed to begin with. So to my mom I say “when u no bet­ter u do better”.lol


Love her style!

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Such a cutie! Nice hair!

Maria V.

Is that what 4B looks like? Cuz I think that’s my hair too. But I just don’t know!!! lol


If only my hair was that thick. It’s sim­ply beau­ti­ful.

Youngin girl

I can’t stress enough on how lus­cious and groomed your hair looks. It gives me but­ter­flies and you deserve the fea­ture. Your reg­i­mens are so sim­ple and planned.


such thick healthy hair


Final­ly some­one with real African hair. Yes, maam!


Such gor­geous hair~ :D


You have that much hair after grow­ing them our for 2,5 yrs. That’s amaz­ing! They look so trick and healthy…thanks for giv­ing me hope.


I love the per­son­al­i­ty in her pics! :)


Tremen­dous tress­es!


Love­ly and i love her hair! Thanks for the tip on the halo updo, got­ta try it one day.


Thick and gor­geous hair, love the col­or!


Beau­ti­ful hair and beau­ti­ful lips. *jeal­ous*

Nappy 4C Rocks

absolute­ly GORGEOUS!


Beautu­ful lady with some thick hair.