March 2015

What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Olivia “Livey J” Johnson and I am from Detroit, MI, currently residing in Belleville, MI.

Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
I transitioned, and looking back I really wish I would have big-chopped! I started my transition on September 19, 2012 after watching a Youtube video by HairCrush. She was talking about how we should embrace who we are and not caring about what other people say. On that day is when I decided to embrace how God created me. I had thoughts about going natural in 2010 but I did not have the confidence to because my boyfriend at the time didn’t like my hair whenever I would wear bantu twist outs. I let people discourage me, and when I made my decision I made it for me and nobody else. I was tired of living up to other people’s standards and I realized I only straightened my hair for other people, because I hated the process.

How would you describe your texture?
I have three textures in my hair! I am 4c mostly, 4a in the middle and 4b at the nape. I love the wash and go concept but because I am mostly 4c my shrinkage is ridiculous! I tried a wash and go once and it looked like I had just big chopped (lol). My hair grows outward and is super coarse. It pretty much stays in place whenever I style it because it is sooo thick.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
I am very simple, I usually wear the fierce puff or a twist out. I rarely switch it up because I get impatient whenever I decide to try a new style. I did finger coils once and it took five hours, and that was when I was transitioning — so I know it’ll take double that now. I just stick to the simple stuff because I am rarely at home sitting around. I am always on the go and because my wash days are on Saturdays (which are my busy days), I do a simple style. If I decide to switch it up from a twist out or puff I will pin jumbo twists, wear a frohawk, or a bun — still fairly simple J I use Shea Moisture products, and I will use any type of shampoo that is organic. I love raw coconut oil, and I use that to pre-poo.

What does wash day look like for you?
On wash days I section my hair into 4 parts, and make about 5 jumbo twists in each quarter. I spray my hair with water and apply raw coconut oil to pre-poo with, to make detangling easier. After letting the coconut oil sit for 30 minutes I jump into the shower and wash my hair by section, taking down the twists as I go. I have a lot of hair, so washing by section makes washing a whole lot easier. If I have a lot of product in my hair I use shampoo, usually Shea Moisture’s Smooth and Repair Conditioning Shampoo, if I don’t have much product in my hair then I just co-wash with Shea-Moistures Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser. After I shampoo or co-wash, I apply Curl and Shine Conditioner by Shea Moisture and let that sit a while then I rinse. After that, I dry my hair then detangle in sections. I use the LCO method because it works very well, and my hair stays moisturized longer when I use this method. I air dry my hair 99.9% of the time. If I want to rock a fro I will blow dry it, without using the comb to prevent breakage.

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Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
The puff is definitely my go-to style, no doubts about that. You’ll catch me rocking a puff about 90% of the time.

How do you combat shrinkage?
I embrace it mostly, but if I want to stretch my hair I will twist my hair while wet and then pin them up with bobby pins. Sometimes I will section my hair into four parts and bun each section to stretch, and if I decide I want to use heat I’ll take a blow dryer to my hair to stretch it a bit, but even after the blow dryer I have a ton of shrinkage.

What are some of your problem areas that require extra care and attention?
My ends require the most attention, they can become dry and because my hair needs to be moisturized daily, I pay close attention to the ends to ensure that I don’t have any breakage.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Trim and moisturize, moisturize, MOISTURIZE!!!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
I never put any chemicals in my hair, and I cannot detangle on dry hair, it must be wet.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
Yes! I can be found on Instagram @Livey_J and my blog is http://liveyjblog.blogspot.com I am currently working on a website and Facebook page for my brand coming this summer!

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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22 Comments on "Olivia from Detroit // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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[…] because I am mostly 4c my shrinkage is ridiculous,” Olivia Johnson, a natural hair blogger, told Black Girl Long Hair.  “I tried a wash and go once and it looked like I had just big […]

Christina J

Awesome hair story! Very inspirational

Zana

Yaaaas honey! Your hair is giving me life!

shannie4888

Such gorgeous hair!

BubzLife Starlight

yay!! I’m from MI too 😀 And I have 4c hair AWESOME

Fayla

I seriously fell in LOVE with her hair!!

monniej

hometown girl repping the 313! love your hair, too! 🙂

Lee Torrey

As soon as I saw “Detroit” I was in here! Livernois & Puritan raised Detroit boy right here. You lookin’ good Olivia, do you thang and represent the D! #teamnatural #Detroit

lisa

Love your hair! It’s so thick and I wish my hair would stay when styled

Dorcas

Wow, you missie are fabulous; a found my new hair crush. I love that big hair.

melissa

This is just gorgeous..and the shrinkage is just unbelievable.

Danielle Jackson

Such an inspiration!!!!Beautiful, u and your hair!!!!!?? I wear mine up 90%of the time too, so nice to know there’s sumone else out there! ????

Athena

You are so beautiful and your hair is glorious!

Redseouls

I love your hair!!!

Tasha

Wow such gorgeous hair. I love us 4c chicks! 🙂

Relaxed Thairapy

Gorgeous, indeed!

sedem

wowie!! what gorgeous hair you have

Lucie

That puff is glor-i-ous

tena

omg I absolutely LOVE your hair! your hair reminds me of mine so much… I knew you looked familiar, and then I realized I pinned the picture of you with that blue shirt on Pintrest!

JazzWife

This is simply gorgeous hair. I love the twists and LOVE the fro! Puff ain’t too shabby either. Amazing hair!!

cryssi

Love the front my fellow Detroiter

Tonia682

When I saw that first photo that puff made my jaw drop.

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