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Venessa // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Oct 11, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
V:
My name is Venessa aka Vanie0295 and I’m from Kingston, Jamaica.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
V:
Well it is a long and very traumatic story. But in short, I went to a relatively new upscale salon to get my hair permed. Got a bad perm job and had practically all the hair in the crown section fall out in the sink. I was so traumatized from this event, I was forced to go natural. Yes, I was one of those black girls who was addicted to the perm. In time, I fell in love with my natural texture. It was the right shape and density to complement my naturally God given beauty and now I can confidently say that I would never, ever perm my hair again. I have been natural now for four years and 10 months.

How would you describe your texture?
V:
My hair is mostly 4b with some 4a and 4c sections. I have a head full of fine densely packed hair that has a high propensity to tangle.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
V:
I’m not one to protective style a lot. I wear my hair out, big, and in an afro’ed out state (95% of the time). Therefore my styling regimen must include careful daily moisture retention maintenance. My morning routine consists of first spraying my hair with water and aloe juice followed up by some styler (I have plenty, but one of my favs is Qhemet Biologics). Lastly, I seal it with an oil (my favs are coconut oil, jojoba oil and Jamaican black castor oil). My nightly routine is very similar to my morning routine. I place my hair in 5 plaits and cover with my satin cap for the night.


What does wash day look like for you?
V:
I’m a big advocate of having some sort of pre-shampoo routine, especially if you have major detangling issues on shampoo days. I typically pre-shampoo in an overnight cap with the Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment or Repair Me by Curl Junkie. In the morning I use a hair steamer, followed up by detangling. Then I shampoo (no allegiance as of yet), and condition with either Giovanni Smooth As Silk, Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa, or Wen Fig Cleaning Conditioner.

Tell us about your hair color?
V:
Since going natural, I’ve gone from blonde to brown to black. Doing it myself I have damaged my hair some. But luckily enough, I was able to nurse it back to good health, cutting it along the way.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
V:
An afro. Did I mention before that I love my big fro. My attitude has always been too bad if you don’t like it or think it’s unprofessional. I’ve rocked it at work in my suits, rock it at the mall, rocked it in a nightclub, you name it and I’ve rocked it there :).

How do you combat shrinkage?
V:
I must admit that the worst part about being natural for me is the shrinkage I get…I HATE IT. I’ve spent the last two years perfecting the art of stretching my hair. I’ve used roller sets with no heat and with heat, rod sets, twisting when wet then taking down when 80% dry only to plait it up again all the while stretching the hair, tension method blow drying, you name it, I’ve probably tried it.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
V:
My crown area.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
V:
Moisture, moisture and more moisture.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
V:
Don’t get caught up in comparing hair growth with other naturals…hair will grow as long as you focus on getting and keeping healthy hair. Don’t get too caught up with your hair…it’s just hair!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
V:
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/vanie0295
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vanie0295

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niki
niki
8 years ago

Oh. My. Goodness. I’m just speechless at all that hair. I love it! Her texture is like mine so that gives me some more inspiration. She is beautiful and so is her hair. I love her attitude. Thanks for sharing!

Efuru
Efuru
8 years ago

Yay! It’s Vanie0295 with the fabulous hair! She was one of the first youtubers I saw with high density hair similar to mine and like cynthiarf wasn’t into protective styling, you were an inspiration to me at the beginning of my hair journey.

Vanie
Vanie
8 years ago
Reply to  Efuru

I’m so glad to have helped!

Mika
8 years ago

I love, love, love her fro!!

yvonne
8 years ago

Venessa, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair. You are hair inspiration!!!! The your pics…super duper cute.

Pretdva
Pretdva
8 years ago

Big hair don’t care!!! I love it!!!

Jean
Jean
8 years ago

The reason why I went natural is to have hair like that. THAT AFRO IS PERFECT!!!!!!!!

Crist
Crist
8 years ago
Reply to  Jean

yeah it really is the perfect afro lol

Michelle
Michelle
8 years ago

Love your hair 🙂

Landry
Landry
8 years ago

Awww, you have the cutest little baby face! 😉 And your hair is gorgeous! I too wear my hair out 95% of the time, I wouldn’t have it any other way. lol!

Coconut And Cream
8 years ago

Yep definitely one of my favourite interviews thus far.

Vanie
Vanie
8 years ago

Awww thank you!

Simoan
Simoan
8 years ago

Hi! first of all let me tell you, your hair is gorgeous!!! I am also from Jamaica, I live in MoBay, this is my 3rd and hopefully final time going natural, the other 2 times I went natural I was living in Cuba, as soon as I moved back home I permed my hair because I’ve never learned to take responsibility for my own hair. I can’t do cornrows or fancy updos etc. Seeing your hair out and in all its glory and not looking like a hot mess has really given me hope. I’d like to know where in… Read more »

DiJah
DiJah
8 years ago
Reply to  Simoan

Hey Simoan, I dont know anywhere in Mobay that sells natural hair products, but in Kingston, Nettle & Moss sells majority of the popular products (Kinky Curly, Qhemet, Carol’s Daughter and more..). They are on 44 lady musgrave rd.

Gimme like 6 months and I plan to open my own lil store in mobay so no watch no face 😉

Btw Vannie, we have similar hair so you know i’m luvin your fro!! gotta check out your youtube when I get a chance 🙂

Jodi
Jodi
8 years ago
Reply to  Simoan

Hey Simoan, try Montego Bay Beauty Supplies (i don’t know for sure if anything’s in there but try it) and Fontana has a few things — they sell a couple things from Beautiful Earth as well ass Kumea’s Hair Perspective.

If you’re into mixing your own things you might find some raw ingredients in Adwa or other natural food stores (not so sure about this one).

But definately check out Fontana.

Simoan
Simoan
8 years ago
Reply to  Jodi

Thanks everyone for the very informative comments. Really appreciated. MoBay beauty supplies mainly caters to relaxed/chemically treated hair, they don’t really stock a lot of natural haircare products. As for Fontana they tend to run out of products quickly…whenever I go there they are usually sold out and don’t take orders and most frustrating they can’t tell me when they get new stock so that I can the first in line next time. I will definitely check out Nettle & Moss. Once again, thanks for the support guys! Already feeling the love…xoxo

Vanie
Vanie
8 years ago
Reply to  Simoan

I’m living in the US now.

Jodi
Jodi
8 years ago
Reply to  Simoan

oh, ok. your welcome anyway. Also, if you’re on Facebook — search for CurlyCentric Jamaica — its a natural hair support group and I know some people from Mobay are a part of it and can help you figure out where to get what. Check it out here:

https://www.facebook.com/curlycentric?ref=ts&fref=ts

Simoan
Simoan
8 years ago
Reply to  Jodi

Hi! @ Jodi, thank you so much, just checked out their Facebook page, who knew? I had no idea there was a natural hair community/support group right in my back yard. Keep the info coming, really appreciated xoxo…I have a feeling that this time around, my natural hair journey will be a very good one.

louloumatou
louloumatou
8 years ago

yyyyaaaayyy Vanie sis! so good to see you here. your hair is just fab, the density ohhhh the density!!! love it and love you xxx

Marcia
Marcia
8 years ago
Reply to  louloumatou

Loulou we need you featured! Unless I have missed yours!

Vanie
Vanie
8 years ago
Reply to  louloumatou

Hey Mato! Looking forward to seeing your post :).

Pat
Pat
8 years ago

Gorgeous hair girl!

Crist
Crist
8 years ago

i would feel so subpar standing next to you for a picture with that hair girl!

anastasia
anastasia
8 years ago

LOVE! The thickness…*drooling*

Kellee
Kellee
8 years ago

Her hair actually raised my heart rate a bit…Lol
2 more years and hopefully I’ll be sitting somewhere in the same ballpark of length and thickness 😛

Marcia
Marcia
8 years ago

Love Vanie’s hair and her youtube channel!

Vanie
Vanie
8 years ago
Reply to  Marcia

Thank you :). I’m so honored and humbled by the feature.

Vanie
Vanie
8 years ago

Thank you ALL for all your kind words! NATURAL GIRLS ROCK!!!

Dawn
Dawn
8 years ago

It’s Vanie!I heart her YouTube channel.

Great personality and faaaabulous hair. Reading this article, I could hear her voice in my head LOL! (That sounded a lil crazy, didn’t it?)

Tonya Juanise
Tonya Juanise
8 years ago

Instead of saying her hair gives me life, I’d like to say that her hair gives me HOPE! lol I can’t stand protective styling and it so great to know that she can grow long hair WITHOUT protective styling but with proper moisturizing. I love wearing my hair out. Anyway beautiful pictures!

n2meuc2
8 years ago

Lets do the Vanie dance! : ) Love you boo!

Toshia
Toshia
8 years ago

Big UPS to my sweet, sweet Vanie. I love her spirit and her weakness Xoxo

Toshia
Toshia
8 years ago

*realness

FloridaHoneybee
FloridaHoneybee
8 years ago

She has a “lot” of hair. Love the color.
Overwhelming.

Big hair always looks great on others —I could not imagine it on me.

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago

Venessa has a “head full of hair” as some Jamaicans say. Love it. It’s amazing how healthy Black hair can look when it’s just left alone.

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