Textured Beauty: Jennifer

Name: Jennifer
Tell us about yourself. I am a Preschool Teacher and the owner of two small dogs. I am also in the midst of planning my wedding. I used to dance and be very athletic; however, in recent years I find myself at the dog park and at the stove experimenting with recipes much more. In the past 2 months I’ve been working on getting back into the routine of working out and will find myself at the gym 3-4 days a week for about 1-2 hours. I really enjoy dance, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

How long have you been natural? Since Fall 2004.  I did a big chop and was down to about 2 inches of hair.

Why did you go natural? I was in college at the time and The Urban Bush Women performed Hair Stories at our university. The show and women inspired me to go natural and plus, I realized, I was getting relaxers every six months—I didn’t need them.

What is your hair type and texture? 3C. It’s very long, thick, curly and manageable only when wet (with globs of conditioner).

What products and techniques work best for your hair type/texture? If I am wearing it curly, I slick it back with Let’s Jam or American Crew Grooming Cream. I only wash my hair when trying to get the Let’s Jam or American Crew out of my hair. When I use shampoo, it is Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint. If I don’t have any, I’ll use a grocery store clarifying shampoo. I was using TRESemmé Moisture Rich Conditioner for a long time. I followed my shampoos up with that. But, on most days, I ONLY used the TRESemmé to co-wash. While my hair has the conditioner in it, I comb it out and let it sit combed and conditioned for about 5 minutes before I rinse it out. While it is still wet, I do not towel dry or wring out my hair, I put some Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk on my hair. I have recently dyed my hair so I’ve begun to use Hair One to clean & condition my hair.  I probably wash my hair 1-2x/week. If it gets frizzy in between, I’ll spray it with a spray bottle of water and add more hair milk.

What is your hair regimen and how does it fit into your busy schedule? See above. I try to hold off on combing through my hair as long as I can. My arms get tired!! If I’m being really lazy and my hair could use a comb through, a bun is my go-to.
Any additional advice? Wrap your hair up at night. Tuck your hair into a bun every so often, it protects your ends.  Try not to keep your hair in tight ponytails to avoid damaging your edges. Trim your ends as often as your hair needs it (4-6 weeks isn’t always a good indicator–for me it’s too soon). I get my hair straightened, at a Dominican salon, once every 2-3 months and that’s when I get it trimmed.

Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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  1. Jennifer – You have a gorgeous heair of beautiful hair!!! THanks for sharing your techniques and advise.

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