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!

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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Christina J

Awe­some hair sto­ry! Very inspi­ra­tional

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