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Jennifer // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jun 26, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
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.

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

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Curly Queen
8 years ago

Great pics. Love her hair.

Home Daycare
8 years ago
Reply to  Curly Queen

Me too!!! Really nice…

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  Curly Queen

Thank you! 🙂

lala
lala
8 years ago

wow that’s alot of hair!and the colour is really beautiful too!

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  lala

Thank you lala!

Dionne
Dionne
8 years ago

I love her motto — Let it go, let it grow. This is so true.

J
J
8 years ago
Reply to  Dionne

Totally agree. 🙂

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  J

Thanks ladies! It’s the best regime 🙂

Ebony Williams
Ebony Williams
8 years ago

Its sooo crazy to see you Jenni!! truly a pleasure!!! Your hair is gorg! Hope to see you FMT soon!

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  Ebony Williams

Hey Ebony! Thank you so much, I’ll try to visit soon!

hehe
hehe
8 years ago

Beautiful!

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  hehe

🙂 *blushing*

Denise
Denise
8 years ago

I very rarely comment on icons but this woman hair is fierce.

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  Denise

That makes me feel awesome! Much love Denise…

Queendre
Queendre
8 years ago

i don’t know you can take your loc’s out please tell me how with pull out must of my hair please
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Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  Queendre

Hi Queendre! Thank you reading, it means a lot to me. I went online (youtube) and saw that some women used oils or conditioners to help loosen their locs. I was loc’d for 1 year and 7 months so I just used hot water and a rat tail comb. It took me about 4 days. You’re going to lose some hair so be prepared. Depending on the condition of your hair, it could be thicker or thinner than it was before you loc’d. Mine was thicker.. I have a short video on my YouTube page to give an idea of… Read more »

Tayana!
Tayana!
8 years ago

Stunning !!!

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  Tayana!

🙂 thanks!

Annie L.
Annie L.
8 years ago

Seriously jealous of that GORGEOUS hair, and the color is just out of sight! I love the top pony, all of the chunky twist outs and the elegant side braid. My hair is thick and a glutton for moisture too and micros and me stopped being friends years ago. Nice interview and digging your style (and even your name) and look forward to getting to know your designs more.

P.S. Lovely dove ring

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  Annie L.

Thank you so much Annie!

And that pretty ring came from Peace Images 🙂

Nia
Nia
8 years ago

I love her braid / cornrow style! Gorgeous.

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago
Reply to  Nia

I think I might do that style today Nia! Thank you 🙂

Ebony
Ebony
8 years ago

The hair is Gawjus! And I see you in the young, fly and Saved shirt. I have like 3 of them.

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago

Thank you so much Ebony! I love that shirt. I want the powder blue and white one next.

Khadijah Austin
Khadijah Austin
8 years ago

Hey Jenni! this is Khadijah! Shukuru’s daughter! Your hair is beautiful girl! Next time I’m in the lou we need to get together so you can tell me some of your hair secrets lol

Jenni Lovette
8 years ago

Hey Khadijah! Thank you so much! We can hang out anytime 🙂 xo

JenniLovette
8 years ago

Hey Khadijah! Thank you so much. We can hang out anytime 🙂 xo

CassMaddie
CassMaddie
8 years ago

Thank you for this article! I do adorn the simplicity of your haircare regimen. I often feel overwhelmed when I read other naturalist haircare regimen and often ask does it really require that much? I think I am on the right track. Your hair is beautiful!!!!

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