*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
J: Hi! My name is Jonelle and I’m 27 years old. I’m from New England and I’m a preschool teacher. I love anything artistic and expressive (I am a praise dancer at my church, I love to crochet, I love working out and staying in shape, and I love cooking and coming up with new healthy recipes).
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J: Well, I’ve always had long relaxed hair and it was my “pride and joy”…but it was slowly getting damaged and breaking off. I kept needing to get a “trim” (aka cutting off the broken ends) to make my hair look healthier. Then I let my hair grow out without a relaxer and I got intrigued by my “cute waves” in my new growth. I thought, “Wow, what if all my hair looked like this?!” That’s when I started obsessing over YouTube natural hair videos and decided to do the Big Chop 🙂 No regrets!
How would you describe your texture?
J: I would describe my hair as mostly 4a with a splash of 3b on the top and some 4b on the sides…my hair is weird like that! I have a ton of fine hairs…the individual hairs are very “thin”, but there are so many of them it makes my hair thick! My hair cooperates with me pretty well, as long as I care for it well. My hair has the attitude, “You take care of me and I’ll take care of you LOL!”
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J: I don’t really have a set styling regimen, but it all depends on what my hair needs and what my schedule allows me to have time to do with my hair. I do however really try to always wash and deep condition my hair weekly. I sometimes get lazy and just co-wash if time is tight, but the ideal situation is for me to wash with sulfate-free shampoo and deep condition. I then usually moisturize my hair and twist (if I have time) or moisturize my hair and put it up in a bun (quick/lazy/cute style).
I always use Qhemet Biologics Amla Oil Nourishing Pomade on my scalp because I struggle with dry scalp/itching…this stuff really helps though! It is the only product I’ve found to help prevent dandruff and itching! Then I spray on my newfound love, Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier to detangle. I then apply my homemade Shealoe mix (shea butter, aloe vera gel, castor oil, olive oil, and a bit of tea tree oil) to my hair to moisturize. Then, I twist my hair in about 25–35 twists. I usually keep the twists in overnight to air-dry and then wear a twist-out throughout the week. To moisturize before bed, I’ll use my spritz (consisting of water, an oil of choice, and a little Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier) and retwist into larger sections).
My Favorite Products:
Shampoo: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo
Deep Conditioner: Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner
“Cheapy Conditioners” for detangling: Suave Naturals/VO5 Conditioners
Spray Leave-In: Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier
Cream Moisturizer: homemade shealoe butter mix
Daily Spritz: water, leave-in, oils
Tools of choice: Tangle Teezer, overhead dryer for DCing, my hands!
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
J: When I’m lazy or don’t have time to twist my hair, I will put my hair into a bun with bobby pins…simple as that!
How do you combat shrinkage?
J: Shrinkage isn’t a big deal with my hair anymore. I don’t really wear wash-n-gos now that my hair is longer so my usual twist-out styles don’t allow much shrinkage. When my hair was a lot shorter I loved the shrinkage! I never had short hair all my life so it was a cool experience to just be able to have a short do!
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
J: My problem area is always the front of my hair (the 3b/4b combo). The crown of my head is 3b and in front of my ears is more 4b so it takes more finagling to these sections to make them do what I want them to do and blend well together. I struggled so much with this section when I first BCed because I wore mostly wash-n-gos at this time and the curls never “sat well” in the front! Uggh, it used to irk me lol!
I also have problems when my hair needs a trim or if it is dry…it won’t cooperate well or style easily so I know I need to pay more attention to my hair at that point.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J: 2 Dos for my Texture: I would definitely say to keep your hair moisturized and trimmed! Take care of your hair because it will be less difficult to style! Also, I’d say to experiment with styles! Be creative and take inspiration from others (whether they’re natural, relaxed, have similar texture or not). You can always adapt a style to fit your texture with the right method/tools/etc. Most of my hairstyles come from problem-solving and/or experimentation! Be creative and have fun! You’ll love your hair even more when you have fun with it!
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J: 2 Don’ts for my Texture: Don’t compare your hair with anyone else’s! Love your hair and texture for what it is and work with what you have! In fact, don’t compare anything about yourself with anyone! God made you perfectly and the way you are for a reason! Also, don’t become lazy with your hair…keep your hair healthy (detangled, moisturized, and washed). Drink plenty of water and eat healthy! Take vitamins as well…for all-over health and not just hair health! Oh and one more thing: use the proper tools that work well with your hair texture. I use a Tangle Teezer for my detangling…I can’t use a Denman brush because it’s too harsh…use the tools that work well for you! Be gentle with your hair as well…don’t do your hair when you are upset/stressed because you’ll take it out on your hair and not be as gentle with it as you should be.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J: Instagram: beauty4ashes, Etsy Store: http://iluvcherish.etsy.com (crochet accessories)