Tell me a little about yourself
My name is Jen, I am 24 years old and I live in Greenwich, London. I am in law and politics, and I am a natural.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for three years. But it is only until April 2015 when I decided to start all over again, and I was bald.
Have you always embraced your curls?
I have not always embraced my curls and, beforehand, I used to relax my hair and put a lot of weave-ins as well.
What motivated you to do the big chop?
What motivated me was that my hair was breaking, and I was trying to revive it by doing a lot of conditioning but it didn’t really work for me. And I felt like I was not consistent. So I decided to cut my hair and, once I have done the big chop, I can try to maintain the consistency.
How would you describe your hair/hair type?
I am not too sure on the texture of my hair because, right now, my hair is two different textures – some of the back is really soft, and the front is a bit thick. When my hair grows out and becomes a little longer, I will be able to identify the texture I have.
What do you love the most about your hair?
I love how I am able to maintain it now. And I am loving how I am able to see the growth of my hair. Before, when I first cut it, I wasn’t seeing the growth, and now it is more visible its growth, and its strength
Has it always been easy or difficult or both?
I wouldn’t say that it has been hard or easy to maintain my hair. What I would say is that it has been the consistency. With the texture hair that we have, we tend to see other women’s hair (how nice and full and long it is) but we just want the quick result. And I used to be one of those people.
Now I am seeing that I have to be consistent in the treatment that I do, and how I take care of my hair. So for me, it is all about consistency – once I am consistent I feel like it would be a breeze.
What have your experiences been as a natural with family and people?
My mum was like “Eh, I told you not to cut this hair. Just let it grow!” – That was what I got from my mum. She didn’t like it at first. She thought I looked manly. But when I started to wear make-up and dress up, she got used to it.
A lot of my friends were so proud of me because they didn’t think I would do (the big chop), because I was a bit self conscious about how I would looked with no hair at first. But a lot of them told me it suits me and that I have the right head-shape for it. I had one friend who didn’t like it but she has gotten used to it now.
But me, personally, I didn’t like it at first. But, once I started wearing makeup and dressing up, I thought, “Wow, it actually suits me.”. And I have had a lot of positive feedbacks, and I didn’t think I would.
What are your favourite products and regimen?
I don’t always use shampoo in my hair. I probably shampoo like once a month. So when I do shampoo it, I use Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo, which is sulfate free.
So instead of shampooing my hair often, I use conditioner as a shampoo. I use Mizani Conditioners. It is a really good product and I have been using it for three years. You can get it in the UK now – when I used to use it, it wasn’t and my aunt had to send it from America for me.
When I am conditioning my hair, I use LeKair Cholesterol Plus. It is a cholesterol treatment for people with dry hair, whose hair breaks easily. I have been using this and I have been seeing how stronger my hair is getting.
Also, the front of my hair thins out a lot. I was reading a blog, and I came across a hair oil recipe where half of it is castor oil and half is tea tree oil. I rub that on my temple morning and night, and I massage it in. When I first cut my hair, there was no hair on my temple, but now it is growing in.
For daily oil, I have a big hair oil treatment – which has coconut oil, Shea butter, olive oil and castor oil. I melted the Shea butter and mixed them all in.
And, lastly, I have a hair spritz, with half water, quarter leave in conditioner, and a quarter is castor oil. I spray this in my hair morning and night to give my hair the moisture and oil to lock in the moisture.
What are your favourite natural hair websites, bloggers or vloggers?
One of the blogs I recently started to look at, and loving, is Hey Naturals. It is such a good blog with great tips, and I recommend it.
Any inspirational words?
Consistency! Be consistent and you will see the result. If you are not consistent then you are not going to see the results.
With myself, I struggle with that but when I have asked a lot of people, especially girls with natural hair, how they maintain their hair, they always tell me that it is by doing stuff on a consistent basis. You cannot expect the nice ending without being consistent in what you’re doing – it doesn’t work like that.
So be consistent with the products you use, be consistent with the techniques, and you will see results.
And finally what is the one product you can’t live without?
The one product I think I cannot live without is Castor oil. I love castor oil and I have castor oil in all my mixtures.
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