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Geniece // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Mar 13, 2012

Where do you live?
G:
I currently reside in the Boston area, however was raised in Queens, New York and I was born in Jamaica. I moved to the Boston several years ago for my studies. I am currently pursuing my PhD in sociology.

Why did you go natural?
G:
As a young girl getting a relaxer was a rite of passage in some ways. It made me feel more grown (LOL). Well, in college I felt that wearing my hair naturally would be a rite of passage into my adulthood as far as my aesthetic appearance was concerned. I didn’t remember what my natural texture was like and wanted to experience wearing my hair naturally for at least one year in my twenties. Also, I would drool anytime I saw a fro or a puff. I realized how silly it was fawn over someone else’s hair as if I didn’t have the same kinks and coils growing out of my scalp.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
G:
It was 2004 and I was a junior in college when I started my transition. There weren’t Youtube channels and only a few forums so I didn’t know about the wonderful transition styles that I could have tried. I rocked ponytails and buns most of the time. I planned to transition for at least a year but late one night after a eleven months I couldn’t wait any more and did the big chop.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
G:
I learned to place less value on what others think of my physical appearance. I got a few negative reactions when initially I cut off my hair that I had to learn to brush off. After 7 1/2 years of being natural I have also learned that my natural hair enhances my appearance and complements my features. In short, if I feel beautiful it shouldn’t matters whether or not others feel that way.

How would you describe your hair?
G:
My hair is kinky-coily. For those who use hair typing I fall within the “4” type range. A few patches of my hair curl when wet but most of my hair takes on a cottony appearance and shrinks about 75%. My hair seems pretty thick but I actually think I’m at average density. I think I have a mix of medium and thick strands which makes my hair appear full.

What’s your regimen?
G:
I now wash every other week with a non-sulfate cleanser. I pre-poo my my hair with oil and a conditioner and wash my hair in twisted sections. I usually twist my hair in medium twists or air dry in large twists and style later. I wear mostly protective styles and moisturize my hair every other day with a water based moisturizer.

How do you retain length and moisture?
G:
Low manipulation and low maintenance is key! I only use a comb on wash day when my hair is loaded with conditioner and oil. Because I’m on a bi-monthly wash schedule that means there are several months where I’ve only picked up a comb twice. I wear protective styles that can last two weeks with minimal touching up so that I manipulate as little as possible. I try to moisturize my ends 3 to 4 times a week.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
G:
In July of 2007 I flat ironed my hair into oblivion. I would touch up my hair daily (sometimes twice a day) with my flat iron set on 450 degrees. After two weeks of heat styling I washed my hair only to find my hair was straight, limp and fried. I slowly cut off the straight ends over the next year.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
G:
Only combing my hair when it is coated with conditioner or at least a leave in moisturizer has been key to my length retention. For me, dry combing my hair is equivalent to a hair cut. The moment I realized that I saw the inches pile on.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
G:
I have a Youtube channel called Beautifully Made devoted to my hair care practices.

Anything else you want to add?
G:
I was natural for 5 years before I “got it”. If you’re struggling with your hair consider tweaking a practice. It took me a while but eventually it got easier. I believe it will for you too!

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Shannon
Shannon
8 years ago

*kicking my own behind for BCing 3 times after I went natural…we did it in the same year and my hair is nowhere near her length!*

Monz03b
Monz03b
8 years ago

Beautiful lady, beautiful hair! Her hair is so long! Natural Girls Rock!!

Monz03b
Monz03b
8 years ago

Beautiful lady, beautiful hair! Her hair is so long! Natural Girls Rock!! She is super dope!

O0oro0O
8 years ago

Gorgeous ! I love your set of mini twis. I want to be able to do so with my hair and you girl keep me motivating. You, your hair and video are amaaazingly great !

O0oro0O
8 years ago
Reply to  O0oro0O

* keep me motivatED* sorry I’m still french ^^ so I make spelling maistakes :s

anastasia
anastasia
8 years ago

Hair porn! Geniece, you are Gorgeous!! Yea, I totally feel you with regards to the learning curve. It has taken me about 5 years to understand my hair as well. =) Now, we are a happy couple!

Tee
Tee
8 years ago
Geniece
8 years ago
Reply to  Tee

Thanks for the love everyone. Thanks for posting the link Tee 🙂

Annie L.
Annie L.
8 years ago

Very beautiful! Great advice!

soulsentwined
soulsentwined
8 years ago

such beautiful hair

pinkgirlfluff
pinkgirlfluff
8 years ago

Fab hair!

Jeanna
Jeanna
8 years ago

Incredible beauty! I appreciate how she related her learning curve and mistakes. She has definitely succeeded on her natural journey. I’m going to look her up on YouTube!

zyaran
zyaran
8 years ago

She is gorgeous and I could have sworn this is “Sunshower143” fellow youtuber. Her hair has grown so much, and love the different hairstyles that are posted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zXDWnFas38&list=UUvMOkNi69rUKvTClSNRAR_w&index=2&feature=plcp

Geniece
8 years ago
Reply to  zyaran

Yup that’s my youtube name. The channel is called Beautifully Made but I probably should have provided my user name. 🙂

Slimwavy
8 years ago

Her hair is absolutely fantastic. I’m in Boston, too so I’m hoping that her very presence in Massachusetts will rub off on my own hair growth. I will check out her YouTube channel and sub. This is all very inspiring!!

Best of luck to you with your studies and earning your Ph.D.

Caroboule
Caroboule
8 years ago

Hair Tutorial for photo bi3tq8 please!!!!!

LBell
LBell
8 years ago
Reply to  Caroboule

Ditto! I LOVE that updo. 🙂

Geniece
8 years ago
Reply to  Caroboule

I actually have a tutorial for that on my channel. Here’s the link to that style. It’s one of my earliest videos. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apD9CXAE-Lw&feature=plcp&context=C4330a63VDvjVQa1PpcFO7cGIEsjhAnyW3PcOjsTbkGHTmQWlH8_A%3D

zoromo
zoromo
8 years ago

I love her hair and her vibe on YT. I have been natural for so long and can necr retain more than 7 to 8 inches. I need to tweek my routine and do way less to my hair.

BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
8 years ago

AAAAAAAH! I know this girl personally because we used to attend the same church. (SN: Wow! Good reminder that these Natural Hair Style Icons are real-life people.) Not only does Geniece have lovely hair, but she is a lovely person inside and out.

On the hair though — I can attest that Geniece was rocking a protective hair style each and every single time I saw her, especially important in the harsh Boston winters. ::sigh:: I clearly wish I had been doing the same, as these results speak for themselves!!!!

Geniece
8 years ago
Reply to  BlackOnyx03

Thanks for the love chica!!!

Kitty
Kitty
8 years ago

Beautiful hair!! I had to b/c AGAIN myself after I went flat-iron crazy a little over a year ago. I was wearing my hair straight all the time because I just assumed that a perm was the worst thing I could do to my hair — but I neglected to take extreme heat into account. Great tips — thanks for posting.

LaLa
LaLa
8 years ago

I can’t find her youtube channel :/

Geniece
8 years ago
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Jessie
Jessie
8 years ago

First time I read this I thought it said twerking, not tweaking LOL

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