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February 21, 2012

Jess, aka MahoganyCurls, is Naturally Glam!

Please, introduce yourself!
Hello Everyone! My name is Jessica and I am 25 years old, some of you may know me as MahoganyCurls from YouTube.


How did you fall into making YT videos and becoming a “guru?”
I decided to go natural in late 2008 and did the big chop in 2009. Hair care has always been a passion of mine. Learning how to care for natural hair just came to me naturally :). I decided to make YouTube videos to document my natural hair journey. I wanted to share my trials and errors with the natural hair community.


What is your current hair care regimen?
My current hair care regimen is a wash n go or "wet n go" depending on the time of the month. I cowash once a month with DevaCurl No Poo, apply my leave in of choice either DevaCurl One Condition or Tresemme Naturals, detangle my hair, and allow it to air-dry. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I rewet my hair in the shower, allow the water to saturate my hair, massage my scalp a little and apply more conditioner, detangle, and go. That is why I call it wet and go! :) Every Thursday night I deep condition my hair and rinse it out the next morning. This makes detangling the next day a breeze!

Let’s talk hair type! A lot of naturals are against the hair typing system. Do you think learning your hair type can be beneficial during someone’s natural hair journey?
I am one of those naturals that do not care for the hair typing system. In the beginning of my natural hair journey, I wanted to know my hair type too. I even posted a video asking others what it was and tried to figure it out on certain hair boards. It was very confusing and in my opinion, it is misleading. It almost became an obsession. You know? Always trying to figure out what type I had. That did not last long. I told myself that it did not matter what my hair type is, I just want it to be healthy. Therefore, to answer your question, I am not sure, but I can speak for myself and say that it really did not help me. I just knew my hair was dry, it needed moisture, and I wanted it to be healthy.


What reaction did you get from friends and family when you first decided to go natural?
The reaction was mixed. Some family members were supportive and others were not. My husband actually did my big chop for me. Shaved my hair and everything! The same goes with my friends; I had many people tell me I was "bold." I did not care, I loved my TWA. Since my big chop, many family members and friends decided to go natural too!

Did you BC or transition and what made you finally take the plunge?
I did the big chop. I wanted to transition for 2 years but I became impatient and decided to do the BC two months after my last relaxer.


What makes you love your kinks, curls and coils?
I love the fact that it is what God gave me. Our hair is our crown, and I feel that every woman has her own unique crown. Our hair beautiful and we should embrace it.

Where can we find you on the web?

Do you have any words of encouragement for young women looking to go natural?
Yes! Just do it. People may tell you that you will not look a certain way but ignore them. Do what is in your heart. Sometimes people will say discouraging things about going natural because they are afraid take that step. My little sister did the big chop and she is 16. I told her not worry about others and she is happy about her decision. We have to do things for ourselves and not others.


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My name is Alexandra Smith, I am 22 year old single mother of one, full time Media Journalism student and business owner.I share my curly girl experience and other kinky haired goodness on my site "The Good Hair Blog." My overall goal of blogging for the natural hair community is to bring us together,men included by spreading knowledge, inspiration and love about our diverse heads of hair.

21 Chime in!:

ashley said...

I love her hair so much.

Trucurly said...

Your hair is so beautiful and healthy looking!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful girl and lovely hair! also love the attitude, she's more concerned with the health of her hair than the texture!

Anonymous said...

Regarding hair typing naturals and/or transitioners like to see videos and blogs of naturals with their hair type 'cause of styling. Lets keep it real what Mahogany Curls hair can do a 4c person hair wont do!

Anonymous said...

Love your hair glad your back!

mothereartha said...

her hair grew so quickly! wow

Anonymous said...

She's so pretty.

Anonymous said...

Wow, her hair grew sooo much! Its beautiful!

Jeannette said...

I remember MahoganyCurls from years ago on YouTube...boyee, her hair has grown!!!

Marcia said...

Lovely hair! I like her videos and I remember seeing her hair not too long after the BC, great progress!

Anonymous said...

She has the most lovely hair and pleasant personality. One of my favorite YouTubers.

Anonymous said...

She's one of my favorites, too. Such a cute young woman with an equally appealing YouTube personality.
As for what her hair type can do that others can't... All hair types can be cared for and look their healthiest.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful hair!

Anonymous said...

I remember her from right here on CurlyNikki! Her hair is beautiful!

Janel said...

Her roller setting pictorial is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Her hair is gorgeous.

But is she the only person with natural hair? She shows up on the site at least every two-three months.

Once upon a time said...

She looks absolutely beautiful with the short crop, but just as beautiful with her hair long. Thanks to MahoganyCurls I learned how to finger detangle.. thank you girl!

Angel Bunton Miller said...

I have watched the youtube videos and my hair is just like yours in its natural state so I am anxious for it to grow because you have beautiful hair and we are the same age so you are a guiding light for me and I have gotten my husband on board..

Desiree Dow said...

Hi Jess! Your hair is gorgeous.. I also watch you all the time on Youtube and I even subscribed!

Victoria said...

I love you honey! Low Maintenance is me!

Cynthia said...

I am amazed by her hair!
I love it!

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