My name is Jackie aka J. Marie Natural and I’m repping the Southside of Chicago.
2. What is your hair type?
4a, 4b and 4c
I did my big chop in January of 2009. I wanted to just be myself and stop wearing weaves. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I went natural before the revolution that is going on now so I had almost no support from family and friends, but I persevered and I’m better for it. Plus, almost all those people that didn’t initially support me went natural after they saw my progress!
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I make my own hair products under the J. Marie Natural line. I co wash once a week with a J. Marie Natural conditioner (coming soon). Then I use argan, or rice bran oil to twist my hair and seal with my Curl Boost Butter.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I spritz my hair with water and use one the J. Marie Natural styling products.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I make about 4-8 twists and sleep in a satin bonnet.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Once a year (usually in December) I get my hair professionally flat ironed. I also get a good trim at this time.
I wish I was a great braider, because I would braid my hair all the time! However, I get my hair braided at a beauty shop about 4-6 times a year. When it’s not braided, I do a lot of twists, puffs and buns.
10 Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I recently threw my Denman brush away in favor of a wide tooth comb. Over the years (I’m 5 years natural), I’ve found that less is more. I don’t need to comb or brush my hair other than to keep tangles at bay so I only need a wide tooth comb to do this.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Protective styles are my friends! I have 2 small children and protective styles help me save a lot of time and encourage growth.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Why yes I have! When I was transitioning, I did the worst thing ever! I wanted to wear a sew in with the front part of my hair out so I permed the front part of my hair to match the straight weave that I had sewed in. Needless to say, I totally regretted that because now the front part of my hair will forever be 6 months behind the rest of my hair (in terms of growth). It’s all good though, because it did eventually grow out and I learned a huge lesson.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Make sure your hair is moisturized (add water and seal with oil and/or butter) and be gentle to your hair. I’ve found that my hair grows at a great rate, but if I’m not gentle when detangling or taking down twists/braids, that’s when too much hair may come out in the comb and inhibit growth.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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