My name is Jasmine Winters, some call me Jd for short, lol, my middle name starts with a “D.” I’m a Houston native. I work with kids at a private school, I’m a part time photographer and I’m the CEO of the Walk a Mile Foundation, “We change lives together, as we walk miles together.” I can’t wait to 'til everything is finished to share with everyone. My hair journey was rough for the first couple of weeks because I felt like I looked like a little boy, so I would never walk out the house without make-up. But after I started receiving so much fab feedback, I started owing it and trying to figure out ways I could make it pop so I added some color to my life and it went from there. I had so much more confidence and I can honestly say it brought out my personality even more.
How long have you been natural?
January 29th, 2014 was my one year hair anniversary.
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
My grasshopper, lol, (bestfriend) is who really motivated me to go natural and I believe she has been natural for about 5 years now. I transitioned for about 8 months and I actually cut my relaxed ends off myself and cut entirely too much off so you really couldn’t see my growth so I think it’s safe to say I big chopped. I did this for a change and I was really tired of getting perms and wrapping my hair every night.
How would you describe your hair?
How I would describe my hair hmmmmm….. Well at first my hair and I did not get along and now she understands me and I understand her lol but in three words bold, fierce, and beautiful!
What do you love most about your hair?
My color is what I love most, It’s a staple color for me that I feel brings the spunk out of me.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The most memorable part of my journey was when I did the Nzuri Top Model segment at the Nzuri hair show, when people saw how versatile my hair was and I had little girls coming up to me wanting to take a pictures with me, that was an amazing feeling. I’ve even inspired some of my family members to go natural; it’s just a great feeling.
What were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
My favorite transitioning hair style was my Senegalese twist. I really don’t do much to my hair but my current hair do is a twist out, I just love twist outs, or I’ll do a puff.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
The beginning stages my family did not like it especially my mom but when I started jazzing it up and adding my touch to it, they loved it. I’ll never forget when my mom had to double take when I showed her and the response was “Well Jazz it’s different,” but she just couldn’t wait till it grew out more. She loves it now.
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I started out as a product junkie and just could not find anything that my hair loved. I currently use Miss Jessie’s baby buttercreme for my twist outs and I wash my hair once a month and I now use Miss Jessies Super Slip Sudsy shampoo, and after a wash I use Miss Jessies Leave- In Condish (Thank you hair Gods for the Condish) I use the Leave in Condish about once a week, right after I co wash with As I AM Co-Wash, when I need oil I use rosemary oil and coconut oil from my local farmers market like Sprouts or Trader Joe’s. I deep condition with Super Sweetback treatment and sometimes the Palmers packets from Target. I get a lot of questions about what I use for my sleek back puff, I use Eco-Styler olive oil gel and Olive oil edge control, with a little water and Miss Jessie’s Leave in Condish.
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
I don’t get on Youtube like I use to anymore but when I do I check out is MyNaturalSistas, MsVaughnTv, Naptural85, and when I need make up inspiration I head over to MsDanti. It’s so many women to be inspired by whether it’s on Instagram, Pintrest, Tumblr, etc. I love them all!
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Ladies be patient your hair will grow, when I first went natural I was constantly in the mirror like “did my hair grow and inch yet,” lol I know it’s sad but if you leave your hair alone and just take care of it and let it grow, you will honestly wake up one morning like “OMG where did this hair come from?” Patience is truly a virtue. So embrace that twa and own the hell out of it!
Where can people find you for more information?
You can contact me by email Jasminedw123@gmail.com which is my personal email. If you would like to know more about my foundation you can email Walkingmilestogether@gmail.com
I’m also on Instagram : Jd_winters
Facebook: Jasmine Jd Winters
Thank you so much Global Couture for featuring me on your website it is greatly appreciated, peace and love to you and God bless!