*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
Jamila was originally featured on May 20, 2010. I caught up with her to find out what’s new in her natural hair journey.
J: My name is Jamila and I’m from Charlotte, NC (currently residing in Washington, D.C.)
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J: I like to say I went natural by accident. I was in college and couldn’t afford to go back home for my routine relaxers, so I decided to get my hair flat ironed every few weeks instead. After a few months of feeling my new growth, I decided I wanted to explore my natural hair. As a first year student in college, my transition process came at the perfect time: as I was discovering more about my hair, I discovered more about myself. I’ve been natural for almost five years. My last relaxer was in fall of 2007, and I did my big chop in summer of 2008.
How would you describe your texture?
J: I have a mix of 3b and 4a hair, with fine strands and not a lot of volume.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J: I wash, condition, and detangle my hair once a week using a sulfate free shampoo and Aussie Moist or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner. I (try to) deep condition every two weeks (using a mix of conditioner, extra virgin olive oil, and honey). I set my hair in two-strand-twists using a leave-in conditioner and sealing with shea butter. I’ve been on the hunt for a leave-in that I love, so I’ve been experimenting with various brands, but none I’m super crazy about.
What does wash day look like for you?
J: Wash day is pretty simple: I shampoo my entire head (again — not settled on a favorite shampoo, but the following work well for me: Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, Shea Moisture Coconut/Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo, or Crème of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo). After I shampoo, I add a dollop of conditioner to my hair before rinsing the shampoo out. I then condition and detangle by adding a ton of slippery conditioner (Aussie Moist or Hello Hydration) to my hair. I first finger detangle and then run a wide tooth comb through my hair from ends to root. I rinse my hair with cold water, hop out of the shower and I’m done!
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 is a low puff with the front and sides of my hair twisted/rolled back into the puff.
How do you combat shrinkage?
J: I combat shrinkage by letting my hair dry only when it’s set in twists, using a generous amount of product, and allowing my hair to dry fully in the twists before I take them out.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
J: I get terrible fairy knots. My hair tangles and snaps and breaks like nobody’s business. I’ve not been as diligent as I should have been with getting regular trims or being super gentle on my hair, so as a result, haven’t experienced the growth that most 4/5 year naturals have.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J: Deep condition regularly and keep knots and split ends under control.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J: Over manipulation and not enough moisture!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J: Yep! CollegeCurlies.blogspot.com