J: Hello, My name is Jacobi or Cobi as I’m also known as. I’m from a little town called Neptune, New Jersey.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J: I have been natural for years but I straightened my hair on a weekly basis to have the silky straight look. No one even knew I was natural. I decided to embrace my natural texture when I started sweating every day from working out and stepping. I was nervous about my texture and how to manage it. Because of the heat damage I started to just slowly cut off a little hair at a time. I became a born again natural and I LOVEEEEEEEEE it.
How would you describe your texture?
J: Hmmmm my texture is confusing, it is a mixture of 4a, 4b, and 3c. The front is looser that the back and the sides just do their own thing. I have to handle each part differently. Joys of natural hair. NEVER boring!
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J: My regimen consists of weekly 8 hour deep conditioning session with Shea Moisture deep treatment masque and co washing with Tresemme Naturals . I rarely use shampoo unless I have a lot of buildup. Every week after I pamper it with the DC, I alternate between twist outs and up dos. When I wear my twist outs, I rock that during the work week and then on the weekend I make it either funky or edgy. I put in a high wild bun, braided head band, or I just throw on a dope turban.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
J: My Fav Go-to Style is a High Bun with big chunky earrings. I mist my hair with water, olive oil, and Glycerin Mix, Leave in conditioner Shea Moisture restorative conditioner and Eco Styler Gel. I secure it with a regular black shoe string and bobby pins. Sometimes I will even put the bun to the side of my head. What I love about buns are that they don’t have to be perfect.
How do you combat shrinkage?
J: My hair doesn’t shrink as much as I would like. However, when I want to really stretch my hair without heat, I band my hair which is when I place into 3 pony tails with ponytail holders on the ends and let air dry. Sometimes I also do about 8 loose 2 strand twist in my hair to stretch.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J: For my texture and all textures it is important to apply a lot of moisture. I usually apply some type of moisture daily or every other day. Whether it is water or a moisturizer. Moisture is the Key! The 2nd to do is protective stylign for me, sometimes my hair just needs a break.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
I cannot comb my hair when dry, it will pop off. I also do not manipulate my hair a lot. I like to do a lot protective style.