Are you looking forward to the weekend weekend?
Well before you go on, this lovely Friday, Jegzy is our Natural Hair Inspiration! ^_^
When did you go natural and how did you do it?
I had been thinking about it for some months. I was going to transition till my hair was fully natural. But this hairdresser cut half of my hair off. It was a really bad accident. So I ended up big chopping. If she hadn’t cut it I probably would never have transitioned because my hair was so long I really wanted to relax it. This was March 2010.
Tell us about your hair
My hair is very dense. I don’t really get with the whole typing thing but I know the curls at the front are looser than at the back. The back is also way shorter than the front.
How do you take care of your hair?
I look for products when I need them, I don’t just get any product so I’m not a product junkie but I won’t say I’m a less is more girl. I use what I like or need.
What are your staple products?
I use herbal essences ‘bee strong’ conditioner. It’s everything.
Also, coconut oil and shea butter.
I have a shea butter mix. The contents change from time to time because I experiment a lot. At the moment, it contains shea butter, coconut oil, tea tree oil, castor oil, vitamin e oil, and glycerine.
Sometimes I use a leave in conditioner.
I also use hair spray.
What’s your regimen?
I don’t have a particular regimen. I wash my hair as I need it. this will depend on the hair style I have been wearing or how dry or dirty it feels and how long since my last wash, how much energy I have, etc. I may use conditioner only, gentle shampoo or moisturizing shampoo. I use clarifying shampoo every few weeks. I do wash it every week at least. Sometimes, 2 or 3 times. I tend to detangle every 2 weeks or so but I finger comb in between. My hair needs co-washing very often so I can’t do without my conditioner.
Hair Do’s and Hair Don’t’s?
Personally I always try to cover my hair at night, I also use a cotton shirt to dry my hair, not a towel. And I never wash my hair without conditioner.
How do you wear your hair?
My hair changes a lot. I freestyle and experiment all the time. It all depends on the state of my hair. Recently I’ve just been doing braid outs and then using a whole load of bobby pins to do something to it.
Sometimes, but very rarely these days, I will pick my afro out. But in the past I’ve done twist outs, bantu knot outs and that sort of thing. I also tie a scarf when I’m lazy or don’t know what to do with my hair. This happens very often.
My favourite hairstyle is my afro. Its my signature look. And For protective styling, I always do braids with extensions.
-Your Natural Hair Journey.-
What inspired you to go natural?
Initially I just wanted a fro. I adored afros. I didn’t know anything about natural hair and I had just one friend with natural hair. My dad always had a fro so as far as I was concerned, if he could then so could I. But then it became more about my natural hair than just a fro. I went to a school where I was the only black girl in my year. When I got a weave, my friends would ask all sorts of questions like did I dye my hair, how did it grow so long, etc, and I used to wonder how these people didn’t know what real afro hair was supposed to look like. Also, I started feeling awkward because this hair looked just like theirs and I know my hair isn’t supposed to look like that. I had to take that weave out because I didn’t feel confident with it anymore. This was just my personal experience. It made me feel uncomfortable and I decided that I needed to wear my hair the way God made it and show it off to the world.
How did your family and friends react?
My friends were shocked but now they all coo over my hair. My family didn’t really care lol. I only remember them saying that I looked very 70s/oldschool. At first I regretted cutting my hair, the change was a lot. For the first time in my life, I hated my face. But I couldn’t do anything about it so I quickly got over it. I gradually learned to love my hair and my look. My natural hair took my confidence to a next level day by day.
Have you received any negative comments about your hair? How did/do you deal?
Most people love my hair and I get many nice compliments but yes, I have gotten one or two negative comments from people close to me, I probably just insulted their life back lol. Other than that, I take it negatively when a guy or anybody at all says why don’t I do something to my hair, like style it or get a weave or something. ARE YOU SERIOUS? DON’T GET ME STARTED! Lol. Those things don’t get to me anymore because I know my hair is fabulous. In the past I would tell them that it’s how my hair grows out of my head and all that but now I just ignore. That’s their business, I don’t know how my hair is affecting them.
What is your hair to you?
What do you love most about being natural?
With my natural hair, I’m free to be me. It makes me happy and it makes me confident. I also love its versatility. It can be curly today, straight tomorrow, and an afro the next day. I think that’s amazing.
Have you experienced any difficulty being natural where you are?
This British weather is just 50 shades of bollocks. It’s very unpredictable. And winter lasts forever. It limits how I can style my hair, greatly.
Have you learnt anything new? Has it changed you?
At present, is there anything you’re struggling with?
I’ve had braids for two weeks now but before then my head didn’t seem to be enjoying me putting any product at all in it so I have to tackle that. I also get a lot of single knots and split ends. I don’t know if I can call them challenges because these things don’t bother me. Same with shrinkage, we hate it but what can we do?
Do you have any Hair goals?
Any last words to the person thinking about going natural or the new natural?
If you’re going natural, prepare to love your hair whichever way it comes out. Be sure of why you want to go natural because it’s easy to want to give up on it, especially if you are transitioning. Be patient with your hair. Listen to your hair. Be gentle with your hair. And try not to compare your hair to others because their hair is different from yours.
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Whoop, just look at that fro!
Many thanks to Jegzy for sharing!
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