Check out Thirsty Roots member Jenell’s one year natural hair journey and interview. Jenell’s hair has grown beautifully in the past year. You can get inspired from her chic pin up hairstyles and curly wash and gos. Jenell shows that natural hair is very versatile, stylish, and beautiful.
TR: How long have you been natural and why do you choose to be natural?
Jenell: I’ve been natural since September 13th of 2010. It’s been a year and 1 month now. The time has flown by! 🙂 You know, my plan from the beginning was just to see how long I could go between relaxers. Then it went to me pressing my hair and being done with relaxers all together. But the 2 textures became too much to deal with. So in the midst of a shampoo one day I just cut off all of the relaxed end! It felt awesome afterwards! I was free of that headache!
TR: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
Jenell: I had great responses from family and friends. My boyfriend had actually been trying to get me to go natural for awhile! He loves natural hair! When he saw me for the first time natural the look on his face gave me all kinds of butterflies…he told me how beautiful I was and how glad he was that I had finally done it! My family is always supportive of whatever I do…no negative stuff..I’m blessed to have them..for sure.
TR: What is your current hair care regimen?
Jenell: Well my hair has grown out quite a bit so I am currently experimenting with different products and techniques. I wash my hair when needed. Usually once a week with a shampoo and conditioner. I moisturize and seal on wash days as well. For the rest of the week I’ll apply moisturizer/oil as needed.
TR: How do you keep it moisturized?
Jenell: I keep my hair moisturized by using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and coconut oil. My hair reacts well to coconut oil so I make sure that I keep plenty in stock! I try to keep things pretty simple.
TR: What products and techniques do you use to style your hair?
Jenell: Well I’m currently using Shea Moisture products but I’ve tried so much since cutting off those relaxed ends. Along with Shea Moisture I’ve settled on coconut oil, Aussie Moist conditioner, Cantu Shea butter leave-in and…get this….Blue Magic hair grease! That’s right! I’ve recently started using it and my hair loves this stuff. It keeps my hair moisturized for days! Depending on what style I’m going for the next day, I’ll spray my hair with water at night in sections and apply 2 strand twists (no need to reapply product if I’ve used grease). This is a great base for lots of styles! Kind of like my roller sets were in my relaxed days!
TR: What are your must have products?
Jenell: My must have products are:
Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in
Aussie Moist Conditioner
Hair grease(Be nice guys!)
TR: What are your favorite accessories?
Jenell: My hair is an accessory in itself! It’s crazy! I’m not a fashionista! But my hair! Let me tell you..I can be a hot mess from the neck down…but my hair and makeup will make it all okay! It’s awesome!
TR: What do you like the most about being naturally glamorous?
Jenell: I love how versatile my hair is! There are so many style options. So much fun!
TR: Anything else you may want to add?
Jenell: I’d like to add that it takes lots of patience to find what works for your particular head of hair. Trial and error. Have fun with it! You will settle into a routine before you know it..I do not miss that lifeless, over-processed head of hair that I had before. Not by a long shot!
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