*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
J: Hey, my name is Jasma and I currently live in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am currently working at Ochsner Hospital, but I’m getting ready to go back to school in the fall to get my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education…YAHOO!
How long have you been natural?
J: I have been wrapped and in love with my curls for 1 year and 2 months and we have such a great relationship.
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
J: My decision to transition wasn’t a difficult one for me because my hair was beginning to thin out and I was going bald around my edges. I really started to get tired of my relaxed hair so I decided to start transitioning. I would stay up until long hours of the night watching YouTube videos on transitioning tips and the do’s and don’ts of going natural. I also began wearing protective styles so I wouldn’t have so much breakage. Before I big chopped I was already taking care of my hair as if it was natural. I would condition wash only and make sure to comb my hair starting from the ends and working my way up to roots. I even started cutting my hair little by little until I finally reached the point where I would be comfortable wearing a twa. So after transitioning for 5 months, I did the big chop and I must say it felt so good to be free from dead hair.
What are your must-have products for shampooing, conditioning and styling your hair?
J: I am a product junkie so I love buying products, but there are some that I can’t live without. I don’t like using shampoo because it makes my hair feel so dry, but if I decide to shampoo I use Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly. I must have Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Mask and Camille Rose conditioners. I just started using these products and they will be with me forever. I prefer products that are moisturizing and make my curls soft. I deep condition for an hour and wash it out with luke warm water. I usually make Saturdays my wash day and take down my hair on Monday morning so I can have a fresh look for the week. I feel every natural should have a variety of styling products, so having Kinky Curly Knot Today, Coco Curls, and Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream is a must have. I have to keep products that give my hair shine, minimize frizz, keep my hair soft, provide slip, and give me crazy defined curls. These styling products do exactly that.
Tell us about your hair color?
J: Hey, my name is Jasma and I am addicted to color. Lol. I have been using color since before I went natural, but once I went natural my hair was able to handle the color. Since going natural I have been brown, blonde and now red. I know it seems like a lot of colors, but fortunately I have had little breakage due to keeping my ends clipped and hair moisturized. I am currently rocking a crimson red and I went and got it professionally done. I had a bad experience where my hair turned green and that was it for me so I stopped trying to color my own hair. When I did get my red color I was a little nervous about it changing my hair texture but thankfully it didn’t. All my curls were still intact and looking fiercely red.
What is your signature hairstyle?
J: My signature style would have to be twist outs and braid outs. These styles always give me that fullness and stretched look I’m aiming for.
Did going natural affect your style choices at all?
J: When I went natural it definitely had an affect on my style. I felt confident, bold, and daring and it began to reflect in the way I dressed myself. I stopped worrying about what people thought about what I was wearing and began to express my creativity through my style. Being natural has knocked down all mental barriers of what I thought I should look, and dress like. I am love with bright colored pants, tribal prints, maxi skirts, and blazers. I’m defining my own style without the opinions of others.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
J: My three favorite things in my closet right now would have to be my favorite bright blue pants I got from the thrift store, a multi-color blazer, and some laced blue shorts.
You play up your hair and outfits with the cutest accessories. What advice would you give someone who wants to give their overall look a boost by stepping up their accessory game?
J: If you want to step up your accessory game then scarves are something you must have since there are a variety of ways you can rock them. Be confident with your hair accessories rather they are big or small because something so simple as a hair band or scarf can complete your total look for the day. You define what style is to you so…Be bold. Be confident. Be you.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J: I don’t have a blog yet, but I’ve been considering it. I am however on Twitter and you can tweet me @Admyre_JSM.