Tell me about yourself!
I’m a 33 year old wife and mother of two beautiful boys. I’m an artist who works mainly in acrylics and charcoal doing large, abstract, expressive, paintings with an urban feel. I’m also passionate about health and natural living and I'm a little bit of a DIY freak.
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I have worn my hair natural for most of my life. I got a really bad relaxer once in high school that caused a LOT of breakage and I’ve never chemically straightened it again. I have colored my hair on many occasions, although not in the past several years. I definitely Big Chopped, but not because of damage or anything. My hair was waist length when straight and I decided I wanted to be a little funky and shave it all off. I cried. Lol! But I had very short hair up until about 5 years ago when I started growing it out again.
Had you always embraced your texture?
I grew up in a predominately white area so my sister and I were some of the very few ‘ethnic’ folks in town. As a kid I always wanted straight red hair and was very jealous of the girls who it seemed didn’t have to do a thing and their hair was “perfect.” My mother (who is white) always told me my curls were beautiful and that the girls who made fun of my frizz were just jealous. I didn’t truly begin to love my texture until I was in college and I’m absolutely in love with it now.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
My family and friends were used to seeing me with my natural hair so it was no big shock or anything and my husband has always loved my natural hair. There have been a few looks when I am conditioning with something I’ve made or adding some unique ingredients to my body products, but they’ve always been supportive. I think the biggest shock to my family and friends was when I decided in college to shave it all off!
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is very very fine and thin. I’m not sure on porosity, but my hair takes products very well and is easy to saturate with water. People assume I have a ton of hair, but I’ve figured out how to keep my hair moisturized without a lot of heavy products, so I get a lot of volume as it dries!
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
As I mentioned before, shaving off waist length hair was pretty crazy. I’ve also worn it in a Mohawk, a Chelsea Girl, and every color of the rainbow.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
My biggest regret is not embracing my hair’s unique beauty earlier and not focusing on the health of my hair sooner.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I LOVE Shea Moisture products especially the Curl and Shine line, but as I said before, I’m a DIY freak. I make my own conditioners, pre-poos, and deep conditioners. I wet my hair just about everyday. I WASH my hair once or twice a week depending on if I’ve used a lot of products or not. I condition each time I wash and I deep condition once or twice a month.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
If I’m not going anywhere you can usually find me with my hair in two twists with my homemade oil blend keeping things smooth. If I’m heading out somewhere, I love a big wash n go or a set of Mickey Mouse buns! I LOVE Naptural85, but I get a lot of inspiration from HeyFranHey because our hair is similar. As for hair advice, stories, and fashion, it’s CurlyNikki all the way.
Who is your curl crush?
Solange, HeyFranHey, Naptural85
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I put my smoothing oil on and twist into two big twists. I know it’s “bad” or whatever, but I don’t wrap or cover it, and I don’t have a fancy pillowcase either. Cringe. I know!
How do you maintain healthy length?
Head massage and clipping off any length that is NOT healthy. I’d rather cut a little than break a lot.
What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing is that it’s embracing my whole natural self. It sends a message to other women and girls (especially my gorgeous nieces) that we are each uniquely beautiful and all of our hair is “good.”
Where can folks find you on the web?
My facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/judith.johnson.5036
My Tumbler is: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/judithadanma
My twitter is: @JudithAdanma or @Goodjujulife
My Instagram is:https://instagram.com/judithadanma
My website is: www.goodjujulife.com