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Latoya Interviews Jenell of Kinky Curly Coily Me!

 

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Posted February 7, 2013 by

It all started with a need for an outlet where she could share her experience and inspire others.   When Jenell went natural in 2010, she didn’t know many people who were going natural.  She tried sharing her new found knowledge with her husband — then fiance.   Although he was very supportive of her journey, he wasn’t too interested in learning about the incorporation of shea butter and extra virgin olive oil into a hair care regimen.  So Kinky Curly Coily Me was born.   It has transformed into a natural hair website with an accompanying Facebook page with over 34, 000 likes and a YouTube channel with another 36,000 subscribers.

Jenell big chopped in March 2010.  Her cousin brought up the idea with the intent of transitioning for a few months.  But Jenell was impatient.  For six days, she watched YouTube videos non-stop.  She explained, “I spent every day– from that day that she told me  –watching videos right after work into the wee hours of the morning.   I would go to bed exhausted and wake up so excited to get home from work and watch more YouTube videos!” On the sixth day, she chopped.   She spent the first year of her journey — like many naturals — in pursuit of the perfect curl.   She finally settled into a regimen that worked for her.

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Developing A Hair Regimen

“Anything that you want to see positive results, you have to put a lot of time into it.”, says Jenell.   “If you want to see yourself excel in your career, you have to invest a lot of time in your craft.  You have to put time into anything you do.   So with my hair, I do the same.”    Jenell  routinely washes her hair every 1-2 weeks with co-washes in-between to to prevent product buildup.   Prior to every wash, she pre-poos with oil and follows up with a good deep conditioning.   To deep condition she may sit under the dryer, use her steamer, or deep condition overnight.   During her wash process, she detangles her hair well, but is gentle.

For moisturizing, she makes sure that she uses really good leave-in conditioners followed by oils to seal.   She gives her ends a lot of care by always adding a little bit more product on them and making sure they are thoroughly detangled before styling — to prevent  knots and tangles.   How does she get her to grow?   She always listens to her hair’s needs.   She has a strict nighttime routine and never goes to sleep without a bonnet — not even by accident.   And she eats a good, balanced diet so that her hair can grow to its fullest potential.   She explained, “Our hair is always growing, but of course, if you are losing length due to breakage, splitting, and shedding (excessive shedding), then your hair growth is going to look as though it is not growing at all or a lot it will come out due to lack of care.”   By following this regimen, she stills sees hair growth despite not being a “protective style girl”.   She loves wearing her hair down in twistouts, but her favorite protective style is the roll and tuck updo.

Latoya Interviews Jenell of Kinky Curly Coily Me

 Favorite Products

Jenell’s is very fortunate to try many products for reviews on her website.    Her favorite hair line is Shea Moisture because their products are natural, readily available, and affordable.   By far, her favorite product from Shea Moisture is the Curl Enhancing Smoothie.   She says, ” It is the ultimate moisturizer for my hair without making it feel greasy, and not having buildup.   Also, [it's] not feeling so heavy that it weighs it down.   It definitely enhances the curl when I do a twistout or a braidout.”   She also has an affinity for the Shea Moisure Yucca & Baobab line for thin, fine hair.   “The fact that is it has biotin in it,  really excites me.   Because as we all know,  it is a natural nutrient that helps to enhance hair growth as well as increase your skin and nail health.   So the entire line I like… the shampoo, the conditioner, the mist, and the anti-breakage masque.”

Her Picks:

  • Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Shea Moisture Conditioner
  • Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
  • Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothing
  • Shea Moisture Coconut Co-Wash
  • Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In
  • Karen’s Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream
  • As I Am DoubleButter Cream
  • As I Am Coconut Co-wash
  • Eco-Styler Gel
  • Curls Coconut Sublime Conditioner
  • Curls Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioning
  • Coconut Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil

In sharing her journey, Jenell hopes to empower women so they know they have options — they don’t have to relax their hair.   Her last tidbit of advice for women going natural  is to listen to their hair.   She explains, “A lot of women going natural don’t really understand that concept — myself included — because you just don’t know what your hair is telling you.   And sometimes you’re not capable of listening because your plan for your hair is one thing.   But your hair’s plan is another.”

When you finally listen to your hair, styling and maintaining its health becomes much easier.


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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