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Jennifer // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • May 10, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

How would you describe your texture?
J:
My hair is predominantly 3c with a few frizzy pieces here and there. Normally my hair does not cooperate or look exactly how I want it to look, but that’s the beauty of natural hair; It just does its own thing! Although it may not look like it, a single strand of my hair is actually thin and coarse. I have been natural for about a year and a half now and still going strong!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J:
I try to do as little to my hair as possible because I’m trying to reduce the amount of split ends I have. To avoid tugging on my hair by trying to style it, I usually just leave it down. Just a little Olive Oil by Organic Root Stimulator is applied to my entire head of hair and topped off with a shine serum (Nature’s Shine by Organic Root Stimulator). As for the flyaway strands, I simply wet them and add a little Frizz Ease Smooth Start Repairing Conditioner by John Frieda to them. I then pick my roots out to add even more volume! During day 3 or 4 when it looks extra messy, I do a simple ponytail, bun, or wear a headband/scarf.

What does wash day look like for you?
J:
The days when I have to wash my hair are such a drag. I normally wash it every 3–4 days. Once my hair is fully soaked, I add a handful of really cheap conditioner (Pantene). I go through bottles quickly! I then divide my hair in 4 sections and use a super large pick to begin detangling. This process takes a while. After my hair is completely detangled and the conditioner is washed out, I use Tresemme Moisturizing Shampoo, but only shampoo the roots of my hair to avoid damaging the ends. I work the shampoo in and quickly wash it out. Next, I use Organix Moroccan Argon Oil Repairing Treatment. I absolutely love this product and recommend everyone to try it! I work a good amount into every section of my hair, comb through it once again with a pick, clip up each section and wear a shower cap until I’m done washing the rest of my body. I wash out the treatment with cold water and lightly pat my hair with a towel. At this point my hair is damp, but not dripping wet. I work in John Frieda’s Frizz Ease Smooth Start Repairing Conditioner into every part of my hair and scrunch, flip, scrunch, flip. Basically whipping my hair back and forth in order to define each curl. I then immediately add a small amount of olive oil to my hair and let it air dry. When sleeping, I make sure all my hair is loosely on the top of my head.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
J:
I barely style my hair. It’s usually left down if it doesn’t look too messy. Otherwise, I throw it in a bun or ponytail.

How do you combat shrinkage?
J:
I don’t mind shrinkage near the top of my hair, but to give the illusion of longer curls and even more layers, I take the very back, lower section of my hair (near my neck), wet it, add a little conditioner, and make two braids. I end the braids halfway so that the ends remain curly. I make these braids every night before I go to sleep and when I wake up simply take them out. The curls are now waves and your hair will appear longer in the back.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
J:
Walking through the mall one day this lady asked if she could straighten a section of my hair. I said yes and regret it until this day. A section of my hair on the left side of my hair has lost its curl. Whichever straightener she used completely killed the curl pattern of my hair. Now I am left with a wavy, damaged area on my hair. I usually add a curler or braid this piece and add extra repairing treatment to it. Besides that, some people would consider the excess frizz as a problem, but I actually really like frizz.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J:
Always have conditioner in 3c texture hair and use a pick or wide tooth comb when detangling.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J:
Try to avoid as much heat as possible and do not have your curls layer-less! Get layers to avoid looking like a mushroom.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
Facebook.com/Jennifer325 — Blog coming soon! 🙂

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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BrinkyDinks
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BrinkyDinks

This is KayJenLou from YT! I love her hair and her bubbly personality xx

hello
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hello

your face is amazing.

FrizzyBobbedCutie
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FrizzyBobbedCutie

Beautiful I love your pics, modeling must be fun, Im also in the performing arts but singing is my passion, either way, artists rock!

q
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What is your hair color? It is absolutely beautiful!!

JulesB
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JulesB

Love Love your hair. My hair is mostly straight would love those curls your hair holds

honeybrown1976
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honeybrown1976

I’ve found my hair twin!

Sieta
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I love the colour!

Dayana
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Dayana

I found my hair twin!! Exactly same pattern and extra frizzy areas…! Will try her routine, maybe my curls will like it!!

I've Noticed
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I've Noticed

I’ve noticed for a while now that BGLH online has started titling their profiles with hair types and I really wish they would stop.

Some of us don’t like hair typing and find it offensive. I know you talented ladies can come up with more innovative titles than that.

Meanwhile, this girl and her hair are lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Nikki
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Nikki

Some of us don’t like hair typing and find it offensive.” Why is it offensive to you? Also do you speak for all of the “some of us.” The hair typing system DOES make it easier for some women and especially when searching (within a web site or Google for instance.) for products, ideas, as well as routines for women (and men)with a similar hair texture and type. If YOU find it offensive please feel free to use the red “x” at the top right. Your issues with hair typing are not OUR issues.

Aiych
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Aiych

*applause*

koko
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koko

I agree. If she doesnt like it, go to another website! I find it helpful. Hair typing is is about as offensive as calling one girl white and the other black. Just cos some people use it in a spitefyl way doesnt make it bad. Anyone who doesnt like what bglh does, go make u own website. Shes not a politician, here to cater to every little whim.

nelle
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nelle

I agree, I like it. Much easier to do a search on bglh. It may not be an exact match. But now I don’t have to sort through a million style icons who mention my favorite conditioner.

EG
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EG

+1

African Violet
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African Violet

I think that this girl and her hair are lovely as well. I’ve also noticed over the past two weeks or so the hair type labeling of the chosen icon. I’m not sure why that is.

EG
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EG

Because a lot of us find hair typing very useful. Hair typing is what let me know that type 4 hair can grow to the same lengths as type 3.
As for it being offensive.…seriously?

Annie L.
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Annie L.

You should re-read the comment by African Violet which you responded to. Nowhere in it did they say they found hair typing offensive.

African Violet
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African Violet

Thank you., Annie L.

EG, I didn’t say that I found it offensive; I simply pointed out that I also noticed in recent weeks the addition of hairtyping of the chosen icon.

EG
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EG

I combined my replies which is why the ‘offensive’ part is in there. I find protective styling useful, as do many others (answer to violet), I don’t get the ‘offensive’ part which is in response to ‘ive notice’, didn’t feel like seperating the two, and did not think it’d be confusing to anyone. Hope that clears things up.

Alyse
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Alyse

Seems to me its only offensive if you don’t see the beauty in kinky coily hair… it’s probably a self hating complex you haven’t overcome yet.… We need to categorize our patterns so people can find what works for them…one is not better than the next.

J
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J

Hair typing is so subjective and that is the problem it’s not ABSOLUTE. I can claim 3a but really be 4Z! LOL

If this is supoose to be helpful then it needs to be more consistent,people will always claim the looser pattern.

This is an observation that this system is inconsitent.I am not hating against anyone as im happy with who I am.

I prefer looking at the pictures and seeing if it matches my hair as opposed to just doing it by label that helps me. 🙂

Aiych
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Aiych

Her hair is giving me Sabina Karlsson vibes.

And a case of hair envy lol. Gorgeous!

bdanni
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bdanni

her hair is beautiful. i have love for my 4b hair, but looking at her like hers make me wish i had some hang. right now i have yarn braids in my hair so it kind of keep my mind off of it, but with 90% shrinkage this would be nonexistent in my life time. this is not self hate and i seldom have these moments, but by me not having a “delicate” face not having natural hair that hangs past my face can get me a bit discouraged at times.

Penelope
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Penelope

What does she mean by saying a single strand of her hair is thin and coarse?
I tried to do a strand test the other day and noticed my roots were coarser than my ends :S Is that what she means?

Btw, her hair is absolutely gorgeous.

CuteKinks
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gorgeous!

Annie L.
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Annie L.

Gorgeous face, smile and billowing cloud of wonderfully-hued curls!

anastasia
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anastasia

Gorgeous lady and that color…LUV!!

Aiych
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Aiych

Maybe I’m the only one seeing this, but in the photo section there are a whole lot of pictures of someone else, not the style icon featured.

Maybe they got mixed up or something?

Ashley
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Ashley

I agree with Aiych. There seems to be a mix-up with the pics. Either way, Jennifer’s hair is gorgeous! I love that she embraces her volume and her frizz. I also LOVE that color!

Keedy
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Keedy

I would love to have her hair color, but I’ve henna’d about 3 times since going natural last November and heard that you are not able to dye over henna. Does anyone know if this is true or not?

Doreen
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Doreen

Love your hair!!!

jane
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jane

I know this girl she goes to my school her hair is more beautiful in person..

Daina
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Daina

Lol, its so funny I know Jen and had no idea she was on here! I just happened to Google curly hair and she popped up! Her and her hair are absolutely gorgeous, not to mention she’s super sweet

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