3C Natural Hair Journey | Jasmine Love
How long have you been natural and when did you BC?
I’ve been natural my whole life. Well except for the summer of 8th grade I convinced my mom to let me get a relaxer. I got it, didn’t really remember much of a difference and left it at that. I never got another one. I didn’t know about “transitioning” then so it just grew out. Eventually I cut my hair. Sometimes I forget that even happened lol.
What are your staple products and hairstyles?
My staple products would have to be conditioner and oil. I LOVE conditioner. I try new ones all the time simply for smells. But my go-to all time fave is Giovanni Smooth as Silk Deeper Moisture. I use it for everything, cowashing/DC’ing/Steam Treatments/leave-in you name it! My favorite oil is Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Another staple product would have to be heat protectant for when I straighten my hair. I really like Got2Be- Sleek Blowdry/Flatiron Lotion for Course Hair.
It leaves my hair really light weight and soft. And lastly, Njoi Creations Sweet Coconut Hair Pomade. It gives me great shine and the yummy smell lingers all day! For shampoo which I use once every 10 or so days I use Giovanni Tea Trea Oil Shampoo. It makes my scalp all tingly and smells really good. Plus it’s sulfate free and it doesn’t strip my hair like other shampoos.
My staple hair style is DEFINITELY buns. I wear my hair in a bun virtually everyday. I like to accessorize my buns. I prefer hairsticks/forks. I also like to wear flowers in my hair. I wear alot of neutral clothing so I let my hair toy stand out.
What is your regimen?
My straight hair regimen never changes. DC before hand, apply a light leave-in like Taliaha Wajjid Protective Mist Bodifier (the original formula) if I have it on hand, or a tiny drop of oil. Then I air dry, not for any particular reason I’m just incapable of blowdrying my own hair lol! I seperate my hair into sections, add my heat protectant, make sure my hair is thouroughly detangled and flat iron using my Maxiglide. During the colder months I wear my hair straight 95% of the time. I got extremely sick trying to cowash and wet bun in the winter like a dummy.
My curly hair regimen is kind of anything goes. But typically I just cowash and go using Giovannia SAS as a leave-in or I’ll bun to air dry and let it down for a minute then re-bun. But this summer I’ve started wearing box braids and I am REALLY enjoying it! I can wash my hair in them, I can style them (mostly in buns lol) And I don’t have to worry about my hair. I’ve definitely noticed retention with them too. The first time I did it I left them in for 20 days and I’m pretty sure I retained every millimeter I grew during that time. I’ll definitely be keeping these as a staple style from now on.
What are your natural hair goals?
My 1st goal is to reach WL. That will be the longest my hair has been in my adult life. I’d eventually like to see if I could reach tailbone. That would be something!
How do you keep your hair intact overnight?
Overnight I either wear my hair in one braid/Pocahontas braids/or a high bun and cover with a satin bonnet. If I can remember I’ll add a dab of Sweet Coconut Pomade. Sometimes I’ll wash my hair at night in hopes of it being somewhat dry by morning.
How do you maintain length?
I would say I maintain Length by keeping it simple. I leave my hair up most of the time and I try to be as gentle as possible. I do a lot of DC’ing or steam treatments. I really pamper my hair, I always have. I try to treat it like it’s fine Victorian lace. I also very rarely let other people put their hands in my hair. I do self trims about twice a year and I never take off more than 1/2 inch. If I feel the urge to color I use henna or indigo. I take a very organic approach to my hair care.
Name 1 reason you went natural and why you love being natural.
I love being natural because I can do practically anything with my hair! I can have a huge afro one day, be bone straight and sleek the next. I can have sexy beach waves one minute, a classy up do the next. There is virtually no end to the styling possibilities at my disposal.