J: I’m Janae Rogers from Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J: My hair is a reflection of my personality, and as I got older I appreciated my hair texture, so I stopped getting relaxers. I wanted to step on the dark and fluffy side. You’re probably wondering WHY I got them in the first place? My hair used to be allergic to humidity, and that seemed to be the ONLY way it could be straight. I’ve been natural now since 2007. I basically played hookie from a hair appointment and never looked back.
How would you describe your texture?
J: My hair is 3b “Curly Spirally”. She’s filled with volume and has no limit as to how loud she can get. She’s thick and has a personality of her own. Now that I have trained the center of my head there are no longer any random conversations up there. They are all getting along.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J: I’m usually pretty flexible with my hair. I wear my straight to the point style (bone straight hair) or my not easily tamed look (fro). I love second and third day curls. I’m not a wash n go gal (but that’s the look I have). I wash and allow my hair to air dry for the look. I never leave the house with wet hair. As far as products, I don’t pile them up on my hair, but I do pile them up in my closet, because I like products that make my hair light and fluffy. My top 4 favorites are Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls, Crème De La Curl Cleansing Crème, Curly Meringue, and Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque.
What does wash day look like for you?
J: My wash day is 1,2,3 consisting of rinsing with cool temperature water (I don’t typically shampoo unless I have a style going on and I rarely style my hair), finger combing, distributing product (one of 987,453,485 that I own) and the air from the heavens because I don’t use my blow dryer. My product of choice will typically be Crème de la Curl Cleansing Crème. It allows me to run my fingers through my hair without pumping the breaks and having to use a comb (my enemy).
Describe your favorite go‐to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J: High bun, or nest depending on the damage, slick the frizzies, and head out the door.
How do you combat shrinkage?
J: I have no issues with shrinkage. That’s not really my department.
Tell us about your hair color?
J: My hair is professionally colored. I’m only good at lightening acrylic on canvas, not on hair. My hair texture hasn’t changed as a result, and I get a color treatment every time I go get my roots touched up. When color is done correctly, it shouldn’t change the texture of your hair. I have no idea what the name of it is, but I have had it done before so it’s a simple point and adopt situation.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
J: I used to have a sour patch in the middle of my hair. It would be full of frizz and a tad bit coarse. I solved that problem by leaving conditioner on that section longer than the rest of my hair, basically training it.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J: Cool water when rinsing, more conditioner, and less shampoo.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J: Blow drying wet to dry, and using leave in conditioner when doing a wash n go look because it weighs down my curls.