What is your name and your profession?
I am Jasmine Chevonne Howard and I am a recent graduate from Sam Houston State University.
What city are you from?
I am from the lovely city of Houston, Texas.
Why did you go natural?
I went natural because I wanted healthy hair that I would not get frustrated with. The first part I got, the second part not so much! Lol. When I was relaxed, I had a problem area near my nape that would always break off and cause me to have to cut my hair shorter and shorter even though the rest of my hair was healthy. It got so bad that my relaxed hair broke off and I had maybe 1 inch of natural hair in that particular spot. I had all this hair on my head that I couldn’t style the way I wanted, so at that moment, I decided to make a change.
How long have you been natural and when did you BC?
I have been natural for 11 months now. I stopped getting relaxers in May 2013 once I realized I had little control over my hair breakage and after that, I transitioned for two months. I did the Big Chop July 20th, 2013
What are your staple products and hairstyles?
I only pick out products that have ingredients that work well on my hair like Aloe Vera Gel, Avocado Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Keratin, Wheat proteins, Mango Butter and Shea Butter.
Conditioner: Walgreens Brand Studio 35 Beauty Keratin Conditioner does wonders for my hair and it’s really affordable! It gives my hair slip to detangle, smells great and leaves my hair super soft.
Oils: I tend to lean toward avocado oil or any oiling product that has avocado in it. Coconut oil does not make my hair feel good in raw form but it will accept a diluted version of this oil mixed with others like olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, aloe vera, etc.
Moisturizer and detangling: Aloe Vera Gel; it’s versatility makes it great for my hair and skin. I recently started using African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Curl Pudding that retains my moisture like a dream but I haven’t used it long enough to give it many props but in the past, I have gotten consistent good results with Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk.
Shampoo: I often use Mill Creek Biotin Shampoo available cheap at HEB and GNC. It’s made from all natural and organic ingredients. For co-washing, I use As I Am Cleansing Co-Wash
As far as hairstyles go, I learned from my grandmother who STILL has mid back length hair at 91 years old to keep my hair put away as much as possible. My protective styles vary and sometimes I don’t use them at all but I maintain balance by listening to what my hair wants and needs. I often have on a beenie, a hat, a scarf, or twists or braids to protect my hair. I even ever wigs! If I can’t cover my hair, I rock a puff, fro-hawk, blown-out afro or just wear my twist out or braid out wild and free!
What are your natural hair goals?
First and foremost, my hair goals are to have healthy hair and a healthy scalp. My second goal is to see how much my hair can grow. There is no limit to how much potential my hair has so long as I do my part to keep it healthy. I used to pray to God as a little girl to give me hair all the way down my back and unbeknownst to me, I was being nudged in this direction the whole time.
How do you keep your hair intact overnight?
At night I keep my hair in a bonnet and underneath its styled in twists,braids, or smaller puffs. Sometimes I will group my twists together and band them for stretch. Also night I do pre-poo treatments and REGULAR hair steaming with water or oil.
How do you maintain length?
I maintain length by leaving my hair alone. I believe I retain length by keeping my hair up and away as much as possible. I do this by occasionally wearings wigs, keeping my hair in twists or braids, and regular steaming treatments.
Name 1 reason you went natural and why you love being natural.
One reason I went natural is because I wanted to explore who I am as a person. I got tired of feeling like I was hiding and did not know who I was under my regular sew ins. I felt like I was maintaining a fallacy by always trying to manipulate my appearance with chemicals and fake substances. I felt inferior not being able to get up and face the world naturally.
One reason I love being natural is because as my hair grows, I grow. I am learning everyday how to shift and bend with change. As my hair changes, I learn patience and acceptance, and I learn to love myself unconditionally because I know who I am.
Where else can we find you on the net?
At the moment I can be found on the net via Instagram only. User name @Jasmine_Chevonne.