*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
J: My name is Jordan and I’m from Virginia/DC. I’m in Grad School right now getting my MFA in Graphic Design :)
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J: I made the decision to go natural because I hate relaxers. They are in my opinion, unnecessary and useless. I love the natural texture of my hair and wanted to embrace it.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
J: My decision to go natural was something I wanted to do for so long, but couldn’t because my mother wouldn’t allow it until I was 18 (crazy right?) I had been transitioning my entire senior year of high school (back in 2007). I wore braids mostly, and sometimes just pulled back into a ponytail. When my birthday rolled around in May I chopped off all my relaxed hair in my bathroom while listening to Tupac. I’ll never forget the look on my mother’s face when she walked past…”You really did it…” I’ve always wanted to wear my hair natural. I love the texture of my hair, the color, the everything…I feel like such a queen wearing my natural hair, it’s really indescribable.
J: Going natural to me was really empowering and life changing. Trying to find the best natural, organic products to use on my hair has promoted a more natural, organic lifestyle for me. The way I eat has changed, my overall perspective on what’s important has changed, and my overall quality of life has changed all for the better. I know it may not seem that “deep” to most, but being natural in my opinion doesn’t just have to do with my hair.
How would you describe your hair?
J: My hair is super thick! When I wore an afro it was HUGE. I loved it. So naturally I have thick locs as well. My texture is soft and kinky. lol. I’m not sure what category I fit in, but hopefully you will be able to tell from the pics.
What is your regimen?
J: My regimen is pretty simple. I wash my hair every week with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (Lavender or Mint scent). I retwist every 3-4 weeks with just water. Sometimes I may use a little coconut oil on my scalp, but that is it. For locs, less is definitely more when it comes to products. Unlike loose naturals, loc-wearers are more prone to retaining build-up and should avoid heavy product use.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
J: …Honestly I just let my hair do its own thing. Locs are much easier to maintain than a loose fro.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
J: I didn’t make too many mistakes with my hair, but I do notice that a lot of loc-wearers retwist their hair wayyyyy too much and it definitely will affect the strength and thickness of your locs.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
J: My blog is http://unexpecteddelight.tumblr.com — there I mostly blog about natural hair and hiphop/music. Take a look if you’re interested. I’m also on YouTube: https://YouTube.com/lovelyjor.