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Jenell // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Mar 25, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
J:
Hey Naturalistas! I’m Jenell aka BlakIzBeautyful. Is Brooklyn in the house?!? I’m a special educator with a Masters in Special Education. I’m a mother to a beautiful chocolate munchkin, a wife to the best man ever, and I’m the editor in chief of www.KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com. I have no idea how I have the time to do all of this, but I make it work.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J:
My cousin talked about it and shared videos with me of women with long natural hair. After seeing how beautiful their hair was I was fed up with my hair! It would never grow past my shoulders and it was constantly shedding. I was ready for a change and wanted hair that was healthy, full, thick, and LONG! I was inspired by many of the women on YouTube who shared their journeys to let go of the relaxers and embrace my natural hair.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
J:
I’m an impulsive person so transitioning was not an option for me. I called up my cousin and told her that we needed to big chop right away. We turned it into a party! She got the shears and drinks, I got the food, and we big chopped.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
J:
Going natural has changed my way of thinking when it comes to beauty. I no longer need to hide behind straight hair to feel beautiful. When I was relaxed, I was addicted to weaves and hated how I looked without one. I’ve embraced my natural hair and love my 4b texture. As a result of my love for my natural hair I began tracking my journey. This hobby has birthed my natural hair website and YouTube channel, which allows me to share information and styles with thousands of women in need of help on their journey. I started hosting events where naturalistas in NYC can gather and meet other beautiful women. I’m still shocked at how my decision to go natural has opened up many opportunities for me.

How would you describe your hair?
J:
I have thick kinky curly coily 4b hair. When I first went natural my hair was dry and it felt like wool, but after learning how to detangle and moisturize, my hair is soft and manageable.

What is your regimen?
J:
My regimen can be broken down into two parts – Cleaning and Moisturizing.
Cleaning:
I pre-poo and detangle with an oil and cheap conditioner. I shampoo and condition with various products. My favorites are Shea Moisture products, Design Essential products, and a few products by Herbal Essences. I deep condition with Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise or the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque.

Moisturizing:
I add a leave in conditioner, oil, then a moisturizer/styling product. My favorite leave-ins have been the Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner and the Mizani D’Tangle Hair Milk. My favorite oils are the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil and Coconut Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
J:
I keep my hair thoroughly moisturized and I always set my hair in twists/braids for bed before putting on my bonnet.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
J:
I’m sick and tired of feeling like I have to do something just because someone else does it. I’ve learned that everyone has information to share, but I have to do what works for me. If I want to use sulfates, cones and whatever else—that’s my choice!

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
J:
Since I’ve started detangling during my pre-poo I’ve saved myself soooo much time and my hair is thankful for it.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
You can check out my website http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com.

Anything else you want to add?
J:
Going natural has not only been a decision that affects my hair, it has been a decision that has introduced me to beautiful women that I’ve created great friendships with. I love my hair and I love all of you!

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Yahlah Yisrael
Yahlah Yisrael
8 years ago

She looks beautiful! I saw her YouTubes back when her hair was still short. It’s grown beautifully!

BeeNaturelle
BeeNaturelle
8 years ago

I love Jenell! She’s one of the first people who I started watching on youtube when I was transitioning back in 2010 🙂

T. Stallworth
T. Stallworth
8 years ago

I absolutely love J!
She’s always been a vlogger and blogger who genuinely cares about her subscribers. Jenell shares a plethora of knowledge and experience of natural hair, from hair care to products to styling and more. She is truly a beautiful lady!
I thank you Jenell for ask that you do for us curly and kinky gals! Xoxo

Joy
Joy
8 years ago
Reply to  T. Stallworth

+1! She’s one of my favorite vloggers and I love Kinky Curly Coily Me!

Sasha-Shae
8 years ago

Yay! Go Jenell!!! Love her whole journey since her beginning on youtube. Great job!! And she has an awesome personality too!

Kiandra
Kiandra
8 years ago

She is my favorite blogger by far!! Love her!

Trini
Trini
8 years ago

Loves it. Special ed in the house!

Amor
Amor
8 years ago

Yay! JenellyBean lol

Selah
Selah
8 years ago

Yes! I love her. Her hair resembles mine so much. I’ve been doing her Moisturizing and Pampering Hair routine, and my hair is seeing so much more healthy and growth! Thank you

CheriKiss
CheriKiss
8 years ago

I have fallen in love with her channel.

Shonda
Shonda
8 years ago

awwww look at “Princess” lol these hairstyles are all gorgeous!

LaNeshe
8 years ago

Jenell is probably my favorite natural hair vlogger/blogger.

Marcia
Marcia
8 years ago

Funny I just found Jenell yesterday and I was totally obsessed with all things her for about 2hrs.…Beautiful girl, lovely hair and such a warm personality. Love her videos!

Onebyd42
Onebyd42
8 years ago

Love, love, love Jenell her YT channel has helped me so much and she is so sweet and creative!

mangomadness
mangomadness
8 years ago

Lovely hair! I like her blog and Youtube channel alot.

anastasia
anastasia
8 years ago

Gorgeous woman and great hair (4b hair is AWESOME)!Your beautiful spirit is evident =) I adore and identify with the descriptors used to describe your little munchkin and hubby =) I now have a new YT subscription!

Erin B.
8 years ago

Lovely!

EG
EG
8 years ago

Beautiful hair Jenell and congrats on your new baby.

Lele
Lele
8 years ago

I’m happy to see Jenell here! I really like her blog and Youtube channel. Actually, I started following her because a year and a half ago, my hair was as short as hers and is now almost the same length. She was at the time one of the only bloggers I could find with short non-twa hair similar in texture to my own and also with nice styles. So in a way, I feel like I’ve grown along with her (in terms of hair).

merry
merry
8 years ago

i sub to her channel.

she has very pretty hair.

BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
8 years ago

I love her channel! So glad to see her featured here!

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago

Her hair is fabulous! Very thick and healthy looking.

Sieta
8 years ago

I love her YouTube channel, she’s like my hair twin! Lovely style.

lilkunta
lilkunta
8 years ago

Jenelle is cool. very warm and friendly.
I told her i have 4z hair.
She told me she did as well but now her hair is 4b.
She told me i need to just oil and moisturise and that my true hair will be seen.

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