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Jess is 2 years Natural!

By January 27th, 202141 Comments

Jess is 2 years Natural!
CN: How long have you been natural?
February 15th makes 2 years !!!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
Short term. Very short. I BC’d after 8 weeks into my “transition.” I wanted to transition for a long time but I quickly realized that patience wasn’t exactly one of my primary virtues.

CN: What is your current regimen?
As of right now, my current regimen is a Wash n Go. Every Sunday or Saturday, I rinse or co-wash my hair depending if it is my “cleanse” week or not. I make sure that I always deep condition for 30-45 minutes, maybe an hour if I’m not busy. I then lightly rinse the DC, apply my leave in, detangle my hair, scrunch and go. My favorite/holy grail products are Devacurl One Condition ( I love the smell and hold ), Devacurl Heaven in Hair, Devacurl Set it free, and Devacurl No Poo. I am also in love with Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment and Jessicurl Too Shea Conditioner. I am also a fan of Treseme Naturals conditioner. I do not use all of these products at once, I usually alternate. Oh, almost forgot, Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle rose is awesome too! I always add an oil to my deep conditioner as well such as extra virgin olive or or extra virgin coconut oil. It may seem as if I use a lot of products at once, but I really do not. 90% of the time I am using the Devacurl line, and will alternate the deep conditioners. I usually deep condition with heat.

My Wash n Go’s last seven days, so my regimen is very repetitive. I have tried twist-outs, and they are usually a hit or miss with me. My hair is very fine, so if I use too much shea butter or any other styling product with my them, it will weigh my hair down too much. It is not even funny, Lol! That is why I just stick with the wash n gos.

I trim every six months, snipping away the single strand knots or frayed ends. Sometimes, I will just do a search and destroy. I did flat iron my hair back in August (18 months post BC) and it was a nice change, but I missed my curls after a week. I will not be flat ironing my hair again, I didn’t have heat damage, it just took forever and I feel like there is always a “risk” of getting heat damage when you use direct heat. It is a 50/50 chance in my opinion. I escaped it this time, but that doesn’t mean I will next time. If I decide to wear it straight, I will rollerset it with little to no direct heat.

CN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
Well, I condition my hair A LOT. I try not to manipulate it much, especially since it is longer now. I deep condition my hair weekly with heavy deep conditioners, and I only used heat once. I know it will be an extremely long time before I use it again (maybe never). I stick to the same regimen. I feel that once you find a regimen that works for you, you should go with and stick to it. Wash n go’s work for me, I love them so that is my staple hair style.

CN: Night time routine?
My night time routine is basically sleeping with my hair out on a satin pillow case. It is crazy, I used to sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf, but it is getting harder to stuff my hair in the bonnet. I just sleep on my hair now. I wake up in the morning, flip my hair over, and ruffle the hair at the scalp, stand upright, shake my hair from left to right a couple of times and my hair is good as new! If it is a little fuzzy (usually at the top) I will spritz it with Oyin Juices and Berries or smooth the spots with a little of Deva Set It Free. I really think because of my current length, I am able to do this. I could not do this with a TWA or during the in between stage.

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Patience, patience, patience! When I BC’d, I didn’t have much hair to work with but I made the best out of it. I wanted long natural hair so badly, and at times I would get frustrated but tried to focus on what I had and enjoyed every stage of it. I would also tell a new natural to do what works best for you and your hair. Every natural has his or her own way of styling thier hair, find what works for you and stick with it, do not fight with your hair, work with it! 🙂

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Versatility! I love that one day my hair is huge and the next day it can shrink to my ears! (Even, though shrinkage sucks at times!) Everyday is something new with natural hair! I absolutely love seeing other naturals when I am out and about, it is a great feeling .

CN: Anything else you want to add?
Yes! I would like to thank you and the CN.com community as well as the natural hair community on YouTube. A couple of months ago I made an announcement that I would start making YouTube videos again, but since things came up, I closed my YouTube channel…again. I want to apologize to my subbies. The good news is, I have a new blog and I will upload videos, old and new, and blog about my hair experiences there. The blog is www.loveyourcurls.blogspot.com. I am excited about it and I look foward to blogging and sharing my experiences with you guys. I will also update and answers any questions about TWA in the Curlfriends section in the CN.com forums. Again, thank you sooooooooo much for your support, you guys are awesome!!!!

Jess is 2 years Natural!Jess is 2 years Natural!Jess is 2 years Natural!

41 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    mahogany curls unfortunatelly I cant reach your blog?

  • Anonymous says:

    This is mi favorit thing on all of curly nikki. I could read this and look at these pictures over and over again. Your hair is absolutly gorg!!!! I am almost at my 1 year mark (april)and i cant wait til two years are over and i will have a little more length. You are soo inspirational to me thankyou and you are a beautiful person.

  • NaturallyEJ says:

    I absolutely love Jess's hair. She has helped me a lot on my natural journey.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Jess! Do you henna?

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! I love the last picture especially.

  • Curly Chic says:

    Beautiful beautiful! Congrats! Looking forward to checking out your blog.
    Tammy G
    curlychics.blogspot.com

  • svrbrownsuga says:

    Awwwwwwwwwww So cute Jess, congrats on 2 years!!!

  • iri9109 says:

    hopefully this is how my hair looks next yr…great progress jess!

  • MahoganyCurls says:

    Thank you so much guys!

    @ mujustice2003- i used a professional hair color by Miss Clairol (Sally's Beauty Supply) called red oak. I used a level 30 cream developer. Thank you so much!!!! The red oak is a level 4. Thank you so much!

    @onebydesign- LOL!!!!!

    @Jersey Girl- Thank you! I will actually start uploading new videos on my blog along with old ones too, including my new wash n go regimen.

    @naturallynay- I used the low poo for a cowash or suave naturals. I used the one c for a leave in/styler, and I use heaven in hair for deep conditioning..or jessicurl wdt, aubrey organics HSR, or jessicurl too shea..i alternate these. The wash n gos lasting more days has a lot to do with length in my opinon.

    @ anon 11:57- congrats on one year!!!!!

    thanks everyone!!!!!

  • KCAS says:

    Love your hair!!! Glad to know you use Devacurl stuff. I used it for about a year, experimented other brands and, a week ago, decided to come back to Deva products. They are the best I can find where I live.

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is beautiful! I'm transitioning and hope to have a head full of beautiful hair like yours one day 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG!!! I am so happy to hear abour her! Jess is one of my favorite youtubers!

  • Anonymous says:

    Anon @ 9:19am took the words right out of my mouth! You're curls are gorgeous!

  • LisaSmiles11 says:

    I'll second everyone's comments, your hair is absolutely lovely! My hair used to be like that but now the front part doesn't curl up the same 🙁

  • Anonymous says:

    wow, her hair is really pretty. its like who wouldve thought her hair would grow out to look like uniform curlies like that….of course she could be sporting some kind of thing where she made it like that but whatever. beautiful!

  • Carla says:

    You look beautiful with a TWA and with longer hair! Keep up the good work and congratulations on your two year anniversary!

  • Anonymous says:

    So happy for you Jess, your hair looks great!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG total hair envy! Your hair is gorgeous Jess!

  • Anonymous says:

    Yeah it's really to see you Mahoganycurls, it's definitely been awhile :). You're hair has grown so much, and I've watched your videos from the beginning like the birth of a newborn baby. Hope all is well with the family and continue with keeping that hair looking beautiful.

    ——————————-
    Also to those with thick pretty 4b hair check out this gorgeous hair that I saw while browsing BGlh.
    http://bglhonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/jpg7

  • DvaAuNaturel says:

    I'm so glad you're back. You are my TWA go to expert. I'm looking forward to your blog. Your hair is lovely…really gorgeous.

  • Anonymous says:

    You hair is gorgeous.. today is my first nappiversary!!! Yayyy!!! I feel like big chopping again though after seeing Jess's big chop pic,, brought back memories for me. Welll… here's too another year!~~~~ MzFluffy

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats! Time really has flown. Loved your channel on youtube and will definitely be checking out your blog. Your hair is beautiful as always. ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous MC!

  • Jersey girl says:

    Jess, You have been missed! I did my BC right after you and it will be 2 years for me in Sept 2011. My hair is doing well and when I flat iron it my lenght is almost BSL but by my 2 year mark it will be pass that! I am so happy. I use alot of your video info to manage my hair still. Please make some new videos soon. Thanks again!

  • Onebydesign says:

    Hey Jess's ears must have been burning because I just asked about her on CN's fb page yesterday! So glad she is back and I will definitely be following her blog :o)

  • Tiffany says:

    Your hair is beautiful!!

  • GGmadeit says:

    Jess, you know I adore you!! I learned so much from you and ALWAYS wanted a head transplant so my curls looked EXACTLY like yours! LOL that's right EXACTLY! Your curls are the once I stalked! LOL! Congrats on hitting your 2nd year! I never doubted that your hair would grow down your back..you always take such good care! AND WOOO HOOOO about the Blog! I am so gassed about it!

  • Christina says:

    Gorgeous hair!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I am just gonna repeat what the other ladies have already said, your hair is beautiful.

    I love this site.

    :o)

  • Garner says:

    Mahogany Curls hair is absolutely beautiful!!! I loved her youtube videos, however I am glad she started a blog. Congratulations on 2 yr natural anniversary!!! 🙂

  • meetmyhair says:

    looks fabulous!

  • shamigreen says:

    I LOVE YOUR HAIR 🙂

  • Unknown says:

    omg. seeing your hair made my day lol. i loved her vids and her texture is somewhat similar to mine so i just love to see how her journey is going when i can. thanks for posting! hope to hear more from jess soon1

  • Laleepop14 says:

    It is very nice to hear from Mahogany Curls. I absolutely loved her videos on youtube and miss her dearly!!! She had great advice and I cant believe its been two years!!! Congrats to her and I am following the blog!!!

  • NaturallyNay says:

    Love it! I loved your channel because our hair is very similar and for the most part responds the same to the different products you've tried over time. Of the products you mentioned above what do you use for what? Which one for co-wash and DC?

    I'm about 9 months or so away from your length so that could be why my wash n gos only last one day? When I sleep with it out it just gets smashed, tangled and fuzzy and the only way to get back is to re-wet and detangle all over again which I'm sure puts way too much stress on my hair. So I usually rock a puff all week long, co-wash, and do it again the next week. I love the look of my wash n go but it's just too much work right now.

    I would love to see a vid on your wash n go routine! Looking forward to following your new blog 🙂

  • Unknown says:

    Your hair is beautiful!! It is truly an inspiration. I have a question. What is your hair color in the straightened hair photo and what brand did you use?

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow!!! Your hair is gorgeous. You have the perfect style for you. Keep up the good work—-vonzetta

  • Anonymous says:

    Lovely poppin' curls. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow. when you see beautiful hair like this, doesn't it just make you sad at the warped, misguided, parallel universe where slapping a relaxer on this hair is done because it's the so called "norm."

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your curls!!!! That WNG looks great!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is gorgeous and you are so pretty!

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