*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
J: My name is Jennifer (Jenni Lovette). I live in St. Louis, but I also rep the south (Mississippi) where I was born. I’m a mommy and I own Jenni Lovette Jewelry and The Beautiful Boss.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
J: I was spending a lot of money to maintain the bone straight look. I was tired of beating my head instead of scratching it and still getting burned when the relaxer was applied. My boyfriend at the time had beautiful, natural hair (like Andre 3000) and he encouraged me to cut it and “start fresh.”
I didn’t get a relaxer for about 2 months. I wore lots of braids and straw sets. When I got tired of those, I just big chopped in my bathroom and went to work the next day like “Ta-Da!” That was in October of 2005. I also had locs for 1 year and 7 months. I looked up some videos on YouTube and decided to comb them out in 2010. I just made up my mind that I wasn’t going to cut all my hair off unless I absolutely had to.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
J: Well I haven’t totally went green or anything, but I have realized the importance of eating healthy, staying fit and protecting my hair. Overall health and our hair, it’s all connected.
How would you describe your hair?
J: My hair is thick and ALWAYS needs moisture. I think I have the thirstiest head of hair and even more so in the blonde areas. Once I have it detangled and moisturized, it’s very manageable. I’ve accepted that my shrinkage is a part of the package.
What is your regimen?
J: I have a biz to run AND two daughters’ hair to do also so I honestly don’t do much to my hair. My motto is “let it go and let it grow.” I use Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioner and sometimes I use the mousse to lay down my edges. I dry detangle and co-wash 1–2 times a month. I let the conditioner sit while I do tons of other stuff. Sometimes I saran wrap it for extra moisture.
I section my hair into 6–8 parts, I chunky twist it and wash them with the twists still in. I only wash with shampoo if there is a lot of build up on my scalp. When I dry twist I like to use Beautiful Brown Baby Doll’s Shea Lovely. When I wet twist, I use Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme or the Curly Pudding. I love the way they smell and they give me the moisture that I need.
Tell us about your hair color?
J: My locs were dyed a reddish color with a few blonde pieces by a professional. Since then, I have experimented with different colors on my own. Feria, Dark-n-Lovely for natural hair, and others that I can’t even remember. My hair is strong so I’m pretty brave when it comes to color. There are so many colors in it right now, mostly a little golden blonde and 1–2 shades of brown. The color did change the texture some. It’s rougher and dryer than my new growth.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
J: Not protecting it at night and not wearing more protective styles. Getting my hair flat ironed without proper knowledge of heat damage. Microbraids. Big no-no. They made my edges very weak and I had to nurse them back to health again. 🙂
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
J: Eating more fruits and veggies. Deep conditioning, sealing with coconut oil and shea butter and wearing my satin wrap and/or my satin bonnet at night. Oh! And trimming the rough ends from time to time.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J: Yes! My Website/Shop: http://www.jennilovette.com
My Blog: http://www.jennilovette.blogspot.com
Website #2: http://www.thebeautifulboss.com
My YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/feelfree2luvjenni
My Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram are all under JenniLovette!
Anything else you want to add?
J: Relaxed or Natural, it’s all love. Having differences makes us all interesting. If we were all the same this world would be uber bland. Let’s use our unique selves to uplift each other and learn new things. Life is grand, live it like you mean it! Much Love.