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Jess // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jan 4, 2014

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Introduce yourself!
J:
Hola everybody! I’m Jess, I’m cuban and I live in Belgium, so I apologize for my english!!!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J:
Well, I used to put cornrows in my hair all the time during my early school years cause my mum, the poor thing, didn’t have an idea of how to style my hair cause she is what we call in Cuba “mulatos” (a mix between white and mettisse) and she has very easy, long, curly hair. So she got in trouble with my hair hahah, but she always made her best effort to take care of my hair. Getting to the point, one day during my college years after taking my cornrows out and getting ready to wash my hair, a friend of mine saw me and said, “Wow your hair looks great like that, you should wear it always like this” so I did. I just stopped using soft relaxers and things like that, but I didn’t have an idea of how to take care of my hair cause you can’t find products for this kind of hair in Cuba, and almost all black girls relax their hair cause having kinky hair is not seen as a beautiful thing. Also you can’t get any good products. When I started wearing my afro style I got a lot of ugly comments in the street like, “Hey did you get an electrical shock?” and things like that. During that time kinky hair or afro styles were not usual at all and I was a bit ashamed of going into the street. Until one day a casting director saw me in the street and asked me if I was interested in modeling because my hairstyle was so cool… I have been natural more or less for 5 years ever since.

How would you describe your texture?
J:
I would say 4b. I have a lot of hair with fine strands.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J:
Twist outs, twists and more twist outs… I’m a fan! They help a bit against shrinkage and also help my hair to have some nice patterns. I always apply Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Hydra Equilibre after washing. It’s a leave in cream I use for twisting my hair. It makes it very soft and moist, but here it rains a lot and MR FRIZZ ruins everything, so I also wear a bun or an updo on rainy days for which I use Dark and Lovely Quick Styling Gel. It’s awesome!!… but I really prefer a big afro most of the time. It’s my favorite style.

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What does wash day look like for you?
J:
Dios Santo! Wash day… It’s a long process. I wash my hair once a week and I have to shampoo it cause my scalp tends to be kind of greasy, so I shampoo with Lovea Bio Nourishing Shampoo with Shea Butter, and afterward I apply Lovea Bio Shea Butter Nourishing Mask and I cover my hair with a plastic cap for 30 minutes. For the last condition I use Shea Butter Conditioner also from Lovea Bio, and I gently start detangling with my fingers. After rinsing I apply the Pantene Nature Fusion Moisture Balance Hydra Equilibre and seal with macadamia oil, then on to styling!!!!!!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J:
I would say a bun on the top of my head, or a puff when I can’t find a hair tie.

How do you combat shrinkage?
J:
I don’t, it doesn’t bother me… but I do think twist outs help a bit.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
J:
My hair gets thirsty very fast, especially my edges.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J:
Moisture and Moisture!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J:
A wash and go doesn’t work for me. My hair gets super dry and very hard to handle or style… and HEAT, keep yourself away from heat! I used to blow out my hair all the time after washing it and at the beginning I had this awesome big lioness afro style, but it damaged my hair so much I had to cut it short cause it was dry, ugly and completely split on the ends.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
@questiethebestie on Instagram!

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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keisha
keisha
6 years ago

that fro tho!!!! beautiful!!

Vânia Luz(do youtube)

Very nice! I loved curly hair!!!

AC
AC
6 years ago

I love the shape and fullness of her hair!

CuteKinks
6 years ago

The second to last picture…stunning! Absolutely beautiful.

Ray
Ray
6 years ago
Reply to  CuteKinks

I agree love that one, and the afro puff picture, and the updo in the white shirt & the pic next to that one with the lighter brown and blonde highlights also int he white shirt!

youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

How can they say that? How can you judge what you don’t know? They don’t even know the reason. I think you look Good and Elegant. It’s nice to hear from a woman coming from Cuba. I like to hear stories from women on the other side of the world. Keep updating me, bglh! I love your blog. I’m two three years Natural now.

Dotty
Dotty
6 years ago

Yes!

anastasia
anastasia
6 years ago

Jess, you are GORGEOUS!! Werk!

Ufuoma
Ufuoma
6 years ago

Gorgeous hair! I live in Europe too and it’s so difficult to get natural hair products,do u get yours at a regular store or online? Cos amazon doesn’t deliver here.

Sonya Freeman
Sonya Freeman
6 years ago
Reply to  Ufuoma

British Curlies in the UK do sell that Lovea brand. I’ve never tried it though.

Pat
Pat
6 years ago
Reply to  Ufuoma

I also live in Europe and I buy my products here:

http://www.mariposaimport.com

Arlenis
Arlenis
6 years ago
Reply to  Pat

If you are buying from Mariposa, you have to move fast to get things especially Qhemet Biologics. They also often go out of stock for monthssssss on end so I use it as a stock up site. I’m sure the shipping will be ok for you but I live in the UK and the shipping plus the euro price of the items is soooo high to me.

Maureen
6 years ago
Reply to  Ufuoma

I don’t know where you live but try curly emporium, it’s uk based but they ship all over Europe. I got my order within two days.

Ufuoma
Ufuoma
6 years ago
Reply to  Ufuoma

Thanks sisters! I will definitely check out these sites,I live in an itsy bitsy town in Eastern Europe,that has a black population of approximately 3 ppl myself included.…thanks once again

jojo
jojo
6 years ago

Tof om iemand uit België hier op tegen te komen! Ik kom zelf uit Antwerpen en mooie afro!

translated from dutch: it’s nice to see someone from belgium, i’m from belgium as well and i’m in love with her afro 🙂

lablooplah
lablooplah
6 years ago

Wow her hair is beautiful! Also she has the coolest story ever concerning her decision to go natural, esp with the modeling thing.

Andromeda
Andromeda
6 years ago

I love the hair in the 6th picture! Very beautiful afro you have!

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Lovely.I love your fro

krokan
krokan
6 years ago

Absolutely love the hair! I have yet to perfect my afro in the top section I find it won’t stay up (probably cause the hair is longer).
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Lucinda
Lucinda
6 years ago

Preciosa! Instead of heat I use african threading when I want an afro like the one in your 6th picture. I love all your hairstyles 🙂

kris
6 years ago

Kind of reminds me of nikki mae!

jess
jess
6 years ago

thanks everybody for the love;i will check the sites you girls suggested cause the stores for our kind of hair are a bit far from where i live!thanks again xxxx

alyenb
alyenb
6 years ago

Finally someone from Belgium!! It’s funny , seems like i have the exact same hair!

C in Colorado
C in Colorado
6 years ago

Wow. Gorgeous, thick lush hair!! Makes me think of the Garden of Eden. Lovely.

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6 years ago

Stunning!!!

Elle
Elle
6 years ago

Girl, you LOVE your dog, Lol! I’m the same way.

Love the story and all the photos — gorgeous, gorgeous clouds of hair!

jess
jess
6 years ago
Reply to  Elle

Hahahaha yes i do love my dog lol!

mlank64
mlank64
6 years ago

My another gorgeous natural. Beautiful hair and skin. I love your style.

Ellie
Ellie
6 years ago

Ha! I totally relate to you with the “hey did you get an electric shock” critic from my brothers but their all time favourite is “you look like Vegeta” & they always called me that ever since I was 7 or so. Nevertheless, you’ve got lovely hair. La guelle au gens qui dis sa! Pouvoir au cheveux naturelle!!! Xx

Camillia
Camillia
6 years ago

Very pretty!!

Aziza
6 years ago

Hey that’s cool another natural girl from Belgium ^^ first time i saw somebody from Belgium here 🙂 cool hair !

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