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Jewell // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
J:
My name is Jewell Bell. Based in Michigan, I am also a student finishing up my last few semesters at Michigan State University.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J:
I went natural back in July 2010, but after transitioning a little over a year, I officially big chopped December 10, 2011. I decided to go natural because my entire life I’ve always felt like a “slave” to my hair. Like most young girls my hair was a large part of my identity and I never truly felt beautiful unless it was flowing and silky straight. Little did I realize that I was conforming to society’s biased standard of beauty. Fortunately my mother never permed or relaxed my hair. However, years of straightening it with blow dryers and flat irons were just as detrimental to my hair, and completely destroyed my natural hair texture and curl pattern. The summer of 2010, my mom started advising me about the idea of going natural due to her discovery of a few natural hair blogs. Coincidently, I remember Corinne Bailey Rae (one of my biggest hair idols) arrived back on the music scene with a huge mane of luxurious hair. At that moment, I knew I had to go natural and have never looked back since.

How would you describe your texture?
J:
If I had to describe my hair texture I’d say it would be a combination of 3c/4a, perhaps in small areas 4b. My hair is very thick and VERY fro like. My hair texture tends to be a lot more fine and curly (also easier to work with) in the back and partially in the middle. The front tends to be a lot more of a diva LOL!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
J:
TWISTOUTS!! I literally cannot stress that enough! Unlike a lot of other naturals, I’m not very creative in my hairstyles and sadly cannot braid or even flat twist, but my hair seems to prefer twist outs anyway. I always use my own shea butter twisting cream that I make, which is full of all natural ingredients such as coconut oil, castor oil, aloe vera gel, vitamin E, and a few essential oils. Depending on how defined I want my twist out, I’ll use a flax seed gel that I make as well. I also LOVE Curlformers, which I tend to use on my washdays, which leave my hair stretched, shiny and silky. After a couple of days, I will do a mid week twist out. I always have the best twist outs after my Curlformers! If it were up to me, I’d leave my hair wild and out in a fro, however I tend to leave my hair in a high bun a lot for protective styling. Plus, it’s a very chic and simple style. I also like bantu knots. No matter what hairstyle I do, I always spray it with a leave in conditioner, usually Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Leave-In Conditioner, which is my favorite!

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What does wash day look like for you?
J:
Depending on what my hair needs, I start with either a hot oil treatment from Carol’s Daughter called Lisa’s Hair Elixir Restoring Hair Oil, or a homemade avocado-Greek yogurt-banana deep conditioning treatment, which I allow to penetrate under my hair steamer. I only shampoo once a month, and when I do I use a homemade mud wash, which I learned from my favorite hair idol Naptural85 on YouTube. I use an apple cider vinegar rinse to help eliminate buildup from my scalp. For my conditioner and co-wash (which I do every week) I use Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner and immediately apply my hair oil mixture that I make to help moisturize and strengthen my hair. I then style my hair with Curlformers or twists, where I use my homemade shea butter twisting cream and flax seed gel.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
J:
I would have to say a big, high bun. However, if I’m feeling pretty brave I’ll just grab my hair pick and pick my hair out to a massive fro.

How do you combat shrinkage?
J:
Like most naturals I HATE shrinkage! I use Curlformers on my washdays, which really help stretch your hair, and I’ll wear a high bun for a couple of days, which also prevents shrinkage. When I do twist outs, I always pin my twists around my head, so when I take them down the next day I’m left with the best stretched twist out!

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
J:
My ends! Up until recently, I have to admit I’ve been afraid of applying water to my hair on a daily basis. As a result of my irrational fears I had to cut almost 4 inches off due to dry, split ends. Now, I moisturize and seal my hair (especially my ends because they tend to be the driest) on a daily and nightly basis.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
J:
Hot oil treatments and co-washing. My hair is such a dream and responds the best whenever I use hot oil treatments and co-wash, probably because my hair is easily prone to dryness.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
J:
Commercial based shampoos and deep conditioning treatments. For some reason my hair tends to be extremely dry and brittle whenever I use those two, which is why I tend to make most of my own hair products. My hair responds best to homemade and all natural ingredients.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J:
I can be found on Facebook: Jewell Bell
Instagram: @jewellbell
And my new blog that I recently started: StopDropClothe.Blogspot.com

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youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

I can’t stress enough How interesting this is. There is no words in me to descrive what this did to me. I like your unique name and your regimen’s. It’s nice to see that you are featured on here. Your interview is complimentary and it does showcase your light heartness. Good luck on your few semester’s.

NaturallyPhoxxie
NaturallyPhoxxie
6 years ago

Loved the photos and your style!

Cheryl Neely
Cheryl Neely
6 years ago

your hair, style, and inner beauty comes through in your pictures and your interview. Keep inspiring and motivating the natural community. Awesome blog too, by the way:-)

Pat
Pat
6 years ago

Awesone hair. Me too, I’m not good at styling so I live in twistouts but that suits me just fine

JazzWife
6 years ago

Picture #6. High massive bun with twistage. Really nice. Absolutely lovely!

Ashitha
6 years ago
Reply to  JazzWife

Interesting review. I know what you mean about emhspaising the bits that you didn’t like over the things that did work for you it’s a tough balance to get right! This one looks like one I’d borrow, but probably not purchase. Thanks for the review!

Andie
Andie
6 years ago

OMG, love, love, love her damn hair. It’s gorgeous. And she’s gorgeous, too! Loving her style as well. That’s a lot of love!

Crystal Danielle
Crystal Danielle
6 years ago

Hey fellow natural Spartan!!! Your hair is gorgeous. Go GREEN!!!

p.s. if you see a girl in a green coat with Senegalese twists waving on campus, it’s me lol.

Christina
Christina
6 years ago

Your hair is absolutely gorgeous! You’ve been one of my inspirations to return to natural.

Carlespie Mary Alice
Carlespie Mary Alice
6 years ago

You are part of the first wave of “the revolution”. The natural hair revolution has begun and I am pleased to watch it spread. Viva la revolution!

Carlespie
Carlespie
6 years ago

You are part of the first wave of “the revolution”. The natural hair revolution has begun and I am pleased to watch it spread. Viva la revolution!

Stace
Stace
6 years ago

Me likes!

Ev'Yan Whitney
6 years ago

oh, be still my beating heart! I am swooning. this girl, her hair, her spirit is beautiful. & her style!!! mercy.

sweetness, could you share with me/us how you do you high buns?? I wanna incorporate this into my styling but I don’t know how (& the YT vids I’ve seen are crap). help a sister out!

whew, you’re gorgeous, honey!

C in Colorado
C in Colorado
6 years ago

Wow! Gorgeous rich hair and vibrant style! And a ringing endorsement for sisters of all hues to wear a fantastic red lipstick. Umm, do we have fantastic lips or what?

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Lovely post and her hair is gorgeous

momofIV
momofIV
6 years ago

lovely pics, thank you for sharing

Chat1
Chat1
6 years ago

Your hair and your style»»>

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
6 years ago

What a gorgeous girl! Beautiful hair, face, and style!

mlank64
mlank64
6 years ago

There are no words to describe how lovely this young women is in those photos. Her hair, lips, and personality are everything. I hope you consider doing a youtube channel so we can get some make-up and hair tips. Just beautiful!!!

Rach
Rach
6 years ago

Love her hair and style and lipstick colors

Ellie
Ellie
6 years ago

time I thought I was the only natural who couldn’t, better yet didn’t know how to do anything but twist outs ^^

sandra
sandra
6 years ago

yay! we have the same hairtype and I too can’t braid/flat twist and it’s nice to know I’m not alone 🙂 you’re beautiful. I especially love your massive buns!

love your style too. I added you on facebook!

Mrs.B
Mrs.B
6 years ago

I love her hair and finally a hair icon from michigan! 🙂

Lotus
Lotus
6 years ago

Lips, eyes, and hair! Get it, girl! Too gorgeous.

Shell
6 years ago

Loving your hair and the red lips looks fab on you.

Thick Nigerian Hair
Thick Nigerian Hair
6 years ago

Whoo Whoo! MSU’s in the house!

Teniqua
Teniqua
6 years ago

she’s werkin that red lip! «33

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