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Jennifer // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Nov 8, 2011

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
J:
Hey y’all, my name is Jennifer and I rep my hometown Houston, Texas all day! I’m currently a student at Howard University, so it’s HTown livin’ DC chillin’!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J:
My decision to go natural was such a shock to everybody because there was nothing wrong with my hair relaxed. It was still long, thick and healthy, but I just didn’t like the fact that the only option it left me with was wearing my hair straight all the time. I like versatility. Also as my hair grew longer the ends just weren’t as thick and full as the roots. Plus I wanted that Rudy Huxtable puff. People say I look like her anyway lol.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
J:
I started transitioning in 2009. Actually the exact date of my last perm was October 3, 2009. My transition process lasted about 7 months. During that time I did bantu knots and braid outs, and all that other fancy stuff I learned from Youtube. I did the Big Chop on May 28, 2010.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
J:
I think it has made me a stronger person honestly. And I know how cliche and stupid that sounds, but it really did. When I was relaxed I never realized how much I relied on my hair as like a safety. It even determined how I felt about myself for that day. I had this motto “Jenn’s hair not cute, Jenn not cute” and since going natural, that is out the door. I got so much heat during the transition process I had to just hold my head up regardless of what people were saying.

How would you describe your hair?
J:
I would describe my hair as THICK AS HELL! Like literally the strands are as thick as string! Ok not literally, but almost lol. The perimeter of my hair has the least curl pattern and the crown of my head has the most. I don’t straighten my hair so it isn’t in the least bit heat trained. My curls are extremely tight on the sides. I would definitely say 4c. The top is more 4a/4b. That doesn’t really matter anyway because 99.9% of the time I manipulate the curls to stretch it out.

What is your regimen?
J:
I try to wash my hair every week or two, or whenever I know it’s dirty. Just because washing it is a hassle. It takes me 45 minutes to an hour. I first section my hair off into 6–8 sections and when I’m in the shower I wash, condition, and detangle by section. After that’s all done, I moisturize in those same sections and twist it up in those same sections to let it air dry. Oh and I use whatever shampoo I have, like I don’t really care about that whole all natural products thing. Then I use VO5 conditioner in the shower to detangle with. I use Cantu Leave in Conditioner, oils, and sometimes the Shea Moisture line. I detangle again with the Tangle Teaser once my hair is moisturized.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
J:
My hair grows at a nice pace so I don’t really do anything to try and retain length, but I retwist or braid my hair every night. If it feels dry I may dampen it and reapply Cantu, then retwist.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
J:
Uh I treat my hair so bad lol. I guess because I know it’s so thick I feel like it can withstand anything. There was a time where I was blow drying my hair like every week for at least 3 weeks. I mean I’m sure that can’t be good.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
J:
The best thing would probably be retwisting my hair every night. If I don’t do that my hair will be so matted and rough the next day and I will have to comb it again, which is just unnecessary hair loss/damage.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
I have a tumblr actually. It’s http://jennbytheway.tumblr.com/ and you can follow me on twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/sippin_onjen.

Anything else you want to add?
J:
I would like to thank you for giving me the chance to be featured. Man oh man was I excited when I found out. When I was transitioning I stayed on this site. Keep doing what you’re doing.

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Lacoya (thesupercoya)
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Get a blog. Now. So I can follow you.

Our hair is so much alike, it’s scary!!!! Beautiful, Beautiful, and more beautiful. Do you have any photos where your hair is not stretched?

Lovely Feature 🙂

Amma Mama
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Amma Mama

GORGEOUS girl and hair! I LOVEEE the prom pics!!!

CandyceNoelle
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CandyceNoelle

Great answers and beautiful thick hair! Loves it. Love how the style icons range over textures so you can get ideas from the whole spectrum. Woo Hoo!

Erica
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Erica

Wow you are beautiful, and all of the pictures are definitely on point. The hair is so thick and pretty, any hairstyle will always look good on you. Keep up the good work.

christy hyman
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christy hyman

Sista your style is off the hinges and you are very beautiful. Thank you for rockin the natural with class, style and EDGE. Brotha in that dashiki style button down is FIYAH with the style too…

Real RBN
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Real RBN

Beautiful Hair!!!! H‑Town holding it down lol

J.
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J.

YOUR HAIR IS FAB!!!!!
Love the versatility! Also love that you’re reppin’ Howard U!!!!
Go Bison!!

🙂

Ashante
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Ashante

HOUSTON!713 all day! I love love love your hair!

Annie L.
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Annie L.

Love the prom picture, beautiful hair!

PS Prom date is fine as hell too 🙂

luvmylocs
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luvmylocs

another houston chick here! your hair is awesome and nice to see you wore it natural for a big day (appears to be prom pics maybe). good luck with school!

bOh0.B@rBie
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bOh0.B@rBie

So cute and I just love that you wore your hair in its natural state to your prom!

Anais
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Anais

Very beautiful hair! Cannot wait until my hair gets that long.

OT:What kind of lipstick are you wearing in the first thumbnail? It’s a very beautiful color.

Passport Stamps
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Jesus! what a gorgeous girl.

Jamelia
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Jamelia

Wow…you are stunning. Now can we talk about the prom look??? LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! The dress, the hair, the make up…everything!!! That’s how we get down in H‑Town!!! 🙂

Lydia
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Lydia

I have such hair envy for the thickness of your hair. Love the pics. Love your hair even more

E
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Wow! She is beautiful, and I think I’ve found my hair twin 🙂 Also, I enjoy the HBCU love (Spelman c/o 2007)!!

Victoria
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Victoria

Wow you are so gorgeous. It’s funny because at first I thought those were wedding photos, lol. The prom pictures are beautiful though

d. broussard
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Hi Jen! Sup fellow Bison? I’m c/o 2013 eyyyyyy! Congrats on your journey and you’ve given me a lil boost to maybe go through with the bc.

Sav
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Sav

i have never, EVER seen anyone with hair that resembles mine as closely as yours does. i mean, from the texture placement, to the thickness, to the way you handle it lol. and we’re even just a few months apart in napturality! (my last relaxer was june 2009)
absolutely lovely hair miss jenn 🙂

Sieta
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Really nice hair. The prom pics were cute.

aina
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aina

OMG, I love your hair, especially your prom pics. Gorgeous.

Shavon
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Shavon

HU! You know!! Gorgeous hair 🙂

Jo Somebody
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Jo Somebody

Your hair! The fabulousness! Damn!!!!

desib
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Love that we both BC’ed on the same day!– we have the same Nappiversary!

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