*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
J: My name is Jess and I am from Georgia.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J: I decided to go natural because I did not feel like relaxing my hair anymore.
How would you describe your texture?
J: I am not really into hair types, but I would say I am in the 3 category. I am not sure about the letter portion, however my strands are fine and my hair is dense.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J: I follow the CG method. I do not use shampoo, I deep condition my hair once a week and I cowash to cleanse my scalp. I also avoid styling tools such as combs or brushes. At night, I protect my curls by placing my hair into a pineapple (high ponytail). I am currently using Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as my leave in (it has water‐soluble silicones), Tresemme’ Naturals as my detangler/rinse out conditioner, DevaCurl Heaven in Hair as my deep conditioner and Eco Styler gel as my styler.
I am a wash n go girl. I do not do any protective styles; I wear my hair out all year long. I decided to follow the CG method because I did not like shampooing my hair (it made it very dry) and I feel the method is very simple. It works for me and I love it. I have been following this method for 3 years.
What does wash day look like for you?
J: My wash day consists of Tresemme Naturals Conditioner as my detangler, Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as my moisturizing leave in, and Eco styler gel as my styler. I step in the shower; allow the water to cleanse my scalp and hair, along with removing any excess product. I apply my Tresemme Naturals and then I allow it to sit in my hair for a few minutes. After I do that, I proceed with detangling.
I rinse all of the conditioner out of my hair and squeeze the excess water out of it. Then I apply the Paul Mitchell to damp hair, raking it through. After I am done with the Paul Mitchell product application, I begin smoothing the Eco styler gel through my hair. I allow my curls to air dry in a pineapple at night.
Describe your favorite go‐to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
J: My favorite go to hairstyle definitely is the wash n go. I can preserve it for several days without rewetting or remoisturizing it.
How do you combat shrinkage?
J: I don’t do anything to combat shrinkage. My hair is mid back length and shrinks to my shoulders. I just embrace it.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J: Two do’s for my texture are moisture and low manipulation.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J: Two don’ts for my texture are too much manipulation and lack of moisture.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J: Yes! You can find me on YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/mahoganycurls, Blogger: www.mahoganycurls.com, Facebook: www.facebook.com/loveyourtwa and Twitter: www.twitter.com/mahoganycurls.