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What is your name and where are you from?
J: My name is Jade Janelle. I was born in Jamaica, but cur­rent­ly live in Mis­sis­sauga, Canada (just out­side of Toron­to)

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­u­ral hair jour­ney with us! 
J: I did the big chop just about 7 years ago. I resort­ed to cut­ting all my hair off after per­ming my hair for about 3 years. I had a lot of dam­age from using perms even though it was done pro­fes­sion­al­ly — main­ly because I applied heat to my hair almost every­day. One day after class I came home and was watch­ing some nat­u­ral hair videos; I remem­ber com­ing across Mahogany­Curls on YouTube and I imme­di­ate­ly burst into. I decid­ed that if she could have the courage to cut all her hair off, I could too! After all I was frus­trat­ed with spend­ing mon­ey to con­tin­ue to dam­age my hair, and I final­ly I decid­ed enough was enough. So for the next 20 min­utes I sat in my wash­room cut­ting my hair off. No one in my imme­di­ate cir­cle had a clue! I thought this was some­thing tru­ly per­son­al so I did it with­out any out­side opin­ions. For the first 2 years I had mixed emo­tions about being nat­u­ral. I often got frus­trat­ed but I’d always look in the mir­ror and remind myself it is just hair and it will grow back.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
J: My tex­ture is pre­dom­i­nant­ly 3c and 4a in my crown. My hair is fine but dense.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions.
J: I use the Wash N Go method (I also fin­ger coil my hair) as part of this process. Then for the major­i­ty of the mon­th I wear my hair in a puff. I use Eco Styler Gel, Olive Oil Edge Con­trol, a boar bristle brush and large Good­ie head­bands to achieve my curly puff. Oh! And I can’t for­get a good old-fash­ioned tooth­brush for my baby hairs!

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What does wash day look like for you?
J: I use the Wash N Go method with my own per­son­al touch­es, I fin­ger coil as opposed to shin­gling. As far as wash day and prod­ucts, I use:

As I Am Coconut CoW­ash

Aussie Moist 3 Min­ute Deeeep Con­di­tion­er

Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Leave-in

Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in

100% Aloe Vera Gel

ECO Styler Gel

Goril­la Snot Gel

Deva Curl Ultra Defin­ing Gel

Bees Wax

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J: If I am run­ning late I will often just wear my curly afro as it after let­ting it down from the “Pineap­ple”. I just spray a lit­tle water to hair the curls fall back down into place.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
J: On wash day I not only wash and dif­fuse, but I also use the ten­sion method to stretch my hair.

Tell us about your hair col­or!
J: I always col­or my hair myself and I have a new hair col­or rough­ly every 6 months. My hair has been cop­per, bright red, bur­gundy, bright pur­ple, rasp­ber­ry pink, green and cur­rent­ly, my hair is aqua blue with pur­ple pieces (or “low lights”). I use Kalei­do­col­ors bleach or Effa­sol Col­or Remover and 20 devel­op­er to light­en my hair before apply­ing any of the more vibrant col­ors. My favorite hair col­or brands include: Man­ic Pan­ic, Adore Brand and Col­or Inten­si­ty by JOICO. The­se col­ors are all semi-per­ma­nent and do require some reg­u­lar up keep. I don’t feel like it has changed my curl pat­tern dras­ti­cal­ly. The only tru­ly notice­able dif­fer­ence is the curls clos­est to the front of my hair (my bangs). They are much looser in tex­ture than the rest of my head; how­ev­er to be fair, the hair in the front was always looser than the rest..

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
J: There is a small sec­tion in the crown of my head that is 4a in tex­ture and because of this I make sure to take my time and style this sec­tion prop­er­ly to avoid frizz. I make sure to always keep this area hydrat­ed, as it tends to feel a lot dri­er than the rest of my hair.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
J: Mois­ture and hair gel!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
J: Sleep­ing on wet hair and for­get­ting to deep con­di­tion! Deep Con­di­tion­ing is very impor­tant, I deep con­di­tion at least once a week.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where Fol­low me on:
J: Insta­gram: @JadeJanelle

Twit­ter: @JadeJanelle

Tum­blr: www.SistaGerlsWithCurls.tumblr.com

Face­book Page: SistaGerl­sWith­Curls

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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4 Comments on "Jade from Canada // 3C/4A Natural Hair"

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Theedeebgee

I enjoyed this arti­cle. I think we share the same hair type 3c/4a and we use just about the same prod­ucts. Sta­ples : AS I AM Coconut Cow­ash. Assuie 3min­ute deep con­di­tion­er, Ecostyler Gel. Yes…loved it. Hap­py Hair jour­ney­ing!

Mala Malum

I love the hair col­or!

jjac401

SIMPLY GORGEOUS! Love the sim­ple rou­tine!

lis

She’s very gorgeous.…and great hair.

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