A little about me.
My name is Jade, and I am 26 years old. I just recently married and completed a Masters degree in school counseling, two accomplishments that I am so proud of! They both were a lot of work. :-/ I live in NJ with my husband and mini poodle puppy, who is like my son for right now
A little about my hair journey.
I have actually been natural my entire life. I nor my sister have ever gotten a perm, but when I was younger, I hated my natural hair. I always referred to it as "poofy hair." All of my friends had straight hair and I wanted that too. This was way before having curly hair was "accepted." It was hard to be attractive with "poofy" hair, and I figured if my hair were straight then more boys would like me. I was tall and skinny and just a little awkward looking. The style that I wore pretty much 350 days out of each year was a sock bun. I had so many different styles with that bun that I could have created a picture calendar and fashion show showing them off! I never went to the hair salon (except to get my hair cornrowed twice a year or a Dominican blow out every now and then). That "poofed up anyway. I was the only one that styled my hair and buns were the only thing I knew.
From that point on YOU COULDN'T TELL ME NOTHING!
I was obsessed with straightening my hair because I was finally able to look the way I wanted to, without getting a perm. My hair is fairly easy to manage, so it didn't take long for me to master the flat ironing process. As I moved into my college years, I kept up the same regimen. Wash my hair; blow dry my hair; straighten my hair. There was no deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, leave-ins or "sealing." The funny thing is, my hair was still very healthy. Between constant permanent hair color/dye and flat ironing, you would think my head would be bald or full of damaged strands. It is surprisingly still good.
But after a few years, my lucky strike ended. I had heat trained my hair and didn't realize it because it was too late. My curls would not revert. At the time that it happened, I didn't mind because my goal was straight hair and I could care less about curls. It never occurred to me to try to wear it curly. But I came across YouTube in 2011 and I found TheKGLifestyle's channel. She talked about her heat damage story and that's when I realized that I might be suffering from the same thing. So though my hair still looked pretty healthy, I decided that I wanted to get my curls back and explore styles with my naturally curly hair.
So here began my 4 year journey of: cutting off heat damage gradually, doing a 1 year no heat challenge, experimenting with protective styles (twist and curls, braid outs, bantu knot outs, etc.), getting a layered haircut to add "spunk" then having to get a Deva cut to fix the spunk, hair color, etc.
Here I am with today with a head full of healthy hair and more versatility than I could have ever imagined. I certainly still straighten my hair because at heart I absolutely adore my straight hair, but I also have come to LOVE my curly hair. I can do anything from 3 strand twists, perm rod sets, curlformer sets and my new favorite a wash n go. My goal is to grow my hair longer than I've ever been able to grow it while being healthy at the same time.
I have recently started a YouTube channel (SimplyJade101) in which my objective is to encourage girls and women with simple hair regimen's and styling ideas, hence the name SimplyJade. I don't agree with a lot of the information out there, that gives the impression that natural hair has to pretty much take up your life. I believe that you can still have healthy hair without having to spend 4 hours deep conditioning, 2 hours with hot oil treatments and redoing that process by way of co-washing every 2 days.
Natural hair is actually a lot easier than we think! There are plenty of bloggers and YouTubers out there that value simplicity. Through the experimenting I've done and tips and tricks I've learned, I would like to help others in the same way. I love my hair no matter how it looks now, because I LOVE ME!