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Intro­duce your­self!
J:
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?
J:
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?
J:
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.
J:
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.

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What does wash day look like for you?
J:
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.
J:
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?
J:
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?
J:
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?
J:
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?
J:
Mois­tur­ize when it needs the extra love and sleep with a sat­in scarf.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
J:
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?
J:
My blog http://sunfrolove.blogspot.nl/ where I blog about nat­u­ral hair, beau­ty, hair, DIY’s and fash­ion. Also my Insta­gram: @Jaleesi.

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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20 Comments on "Jaleesa // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Jaleesa

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

Gurlll

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.

LaNeshe

Beau­ti­ful!

toyabg

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

Kimika

Love her style!

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Kan

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

nichelle

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.

thelady

such thick healthy hair

Clutchitess

Final­ly some­one with real African hair. Yes, maam!

Tori

Such gor­geous hair~ :D

Elodie

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.

lauryn

I love the per­son­al­i­ty in her pics! :)

Dante

Tremen­dous tress­es!

Jacky

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

Elle

Thick and gor­geous hair, love the col­or!

Lana

Beau­ti­ful hair and beau­ti­ful lips. *jeal­ous*

Nappy 4C Rocks

absolute­ly GORGEOUS!

Cryssi

Beautu­ful lady with some thick hair.

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