J: Hello! Im Jenai Dominique! I am a fashion stylist, wardrobe consultant and blogger based in Columbus, Oh. Not to mention I’m #TeamNaturalHair
What is your style philosophy?
J: Having a mother as a model and a father as a photographer, I guess you can say this was in my blood. With inspiration from all fashion eras, the root of my inspiration starts with my mother and grandmother. They were very fashionable, classy women who were always dressed impeccably. I love to speak through my stylistic, innovative outfits, and when it comes to fashion I’m not afraid of taking risks! In addition, I experience great joy inspiring others to find their own personal style and embrace their individuality. If you possess self-confidence, the possibilities are endless! I try to encourage everyone to speak with confidence, dress with personality, scream with poise and shine with talent!
How would you describe your sense of style?
J: It’s definitely a 50/50 mix between my mother and grandmother. My grandmother’s style is very much inspired by our Native American and African American heritage. She was never afraid to push the envelope and be bold, bright and daring with her wardrobe. She wore a lot of crazy prints, bold and bright colors and innovative accessories. She would wear rings on every single finger and I thought that was the coolest thing! My mother on the other hand, was very classy, feminine and sophisticated. She’s the type that could be fully dressed from head to toe and look absolutely stunning. She was always tailored to a T, and wore luxurious looking fabrics. It’s funny because all through high school she never wore a pair of jeans.
I never really realized it until recently how much they have influenced my personal style. They both have most of their wardrobe from the time they were my age, so I go shopping in their closets. It’s great because I can fit almost all of it, and most of the pieces are trending staples in fashion now!
If I could choose the words to describe my style I would say: Eclectic, Classy, Vintage, Virgo Inspired and Floral Obsessed.
What is your process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
J: The weather of course. Then I start with the shoes and work my way up. It makes the process of getting dressed much easier.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
J: As of right now: Hot Pink Pointed Toe Pumps from Express, Ocean Blue, Light Blue and Teal bodycon dress from H&M (I saw Beyonce wearing it in their new ad campaign haha!) and a Vintage Floral Maxi Skirt from Royal Factory (One of my favorite vintage stores in Columbus)
What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
J: Because I’m a Virgo, my favorite clothing website would have to be Virgos Lounge. I feel they cater specifically to my personal style! My second favorite place to shop would have to be vintage and thrift stores. I love being the only one wearing a really cool piece of clothing. Asos, Zara, H&M, Forever21, NastyGal, ModCloth, Madewell, Romwe are also great website for clothes and accessories. I also love Lulu Frost, Biko, and Aldo for accessories. Lastly, for shoes, pretty much anywhere I can find some really unique shoes for a good price! Charlotte Russe, Forever21, H&M, Macy’s, Aldo as well.
How long have you been natural?
J: About 2 Years
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
J: I knew that going natural would be the best thing for me because my hair is very thick, and relaxers always caused my hair to break off. I usually wore it in braids anyway and didn’t see the need of getting a relaxer and causing further damage. I decided to do micro braids for about 6 months and when it was time to take those out, I chopped off the rest of the relaxed hair.
What is your signature hairstyle?
J: I love having innovative hair styles and updos with my hair. One of my best friends is very talented and can create any creative hair style I find. I have an affinity for havana twists for sure because they last a while and are versatile, but lately have been wearing a bantu knot out and rocking a curly puff. Any low manipulation hair style that can last a long time is best for my hair. I’ll be doing the long havana twists very soon for the summer, especially since I like to work out.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J: Usually I’ll have a braided updo or twisted hair style that last about 2 weeks or longer. After a long protective style, I like to let my hair breath for about two weeks. I’ve been wearing bantu knot outs and two strand twist outs. Im thinking of experimenting with flexi rods and curl formers next. I prefer to co wash my hair once a week. I start with an apple cider vinegar rinse first, and then condition. I have a mixture of oils and water that I like to spray on my hair daily to keep it hydrated.
I usually only shampoo my hair after a long protective style or when I have build up, in which I like to use Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo. I’ll pre poo my hair first with tea tree oil and Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner which makes my hair soft and then braid it in sections. I also like Suave Naturals Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner, and make my own Conditioner as well. Then I will shampoo. I like to do a hot oil treatment or deep conditioning after because shampooing has a tendency of drying out my 4C hair.
I like to dry my hair with a shirt instead of a towel so there’s still some dampness before I style it. After that I take it section by section and style. For twisting styles, the products that have produced good results are
1. Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream Sealer combined with Mango and Lime Locking Gel
2. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie combined Shea Moisture Curling Souffle
3. Shea Butter combined with Coconut Oil
With 4C hair, the best products for twisting are definitely butters. I like to experiment and mix products. I definitely want to try some different butters that smell good. I’ve heard good things about Vanilla Bean CocoShealoe Husky Hair Butter and Oyin Handmade products.