J: Hello! I’m Jessica from Los Angeles, California.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J: I’ve been natural for 2 years and 8 months. I remember getting my last perm for my birthday on 12/29/10 and I BC’d on 2/15/11. I went natural because I was tired of spending money on salon visits and I got really bored with my hair. I’m a style chameleon, so my hairstyle changes often. I watched a YouTube video of Nikki Mae doing her big chop and I was like, “I should do that!” It had been years since I’d seen my natural hair and I only had negative memories of it. So I cut my hair to about half an inch and loved it!
How would you describe your texture?
J: I have fine, 4c, very coarse hair! The crown is super kinky and the sides are more loose. Straight styles never really work for me because of how coarse my hair is. It takes a lot of heat to tame this mane!
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J: I’ve been wearing my hair in buns lately. I love how easy and simple this style is! I just had a baby so I don’t have time to do twist outs or braid outs. Wearing my hair up allows me to protect my hair and still be stylish! I use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie to moisturize my hair and castor oil to hold my hair in place. Gel does nothing for my 4c hair, I use castor oil as a gel. It works perfect for me!
What does wash day look like for you?
J: Wash day is simple. I detangle my hair with a cheap conditioner, place my hair in twists and wash my hair with a Shea Moisture Shampoo. Then I condition with Giovanni’s Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Conditioner. Afterwards, I blow dry my hair and style.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J: When I’m in a rush, I run to my half wigs. They are a lifesaver!
How do you combat shrinkage?
J: I don’t mind shrinkage. I love how full my hair looks when it’s in that state. But if I need it stretched for a particular style I keep my hair in twists or braids.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
J: My crown has always been my problem area because it’s so coarse and dry. I encounter most of my breakage there. I keep that area twisted and try not to mess with it as much.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J: Castor oil and wearing protective styles.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J: Sleeping without a satin scarf and using gel.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J: You can find me on my Instagram: @jfashiongirl87.