Hello! My name is Jenna Marie Christian and I am a 29 year old author, philanthropist, and tea snob from Chicago.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 7 years.
Did you transition or big chop?
My initial plan was to transition because I didn’t want to cut so much of my hair at once, but after two months of trying to tame to different textures, I big chopped to a teeny weeny afro.
Did you always appreciate your hair texture?
I haven’t always had love for my natural tresses. When I began my journey to natural, I was always drooling over the luxurious curlies on nappturality. So, I was quite a bit disappointed when my texture wasn’t the same as some of the other ladies. Now I have embraced my texture and I have more knowledge about methods and products that help me care for my hair.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural?
I had mixed opinions about my decision to go natural. Some were very supportive and others, well, not so much. I didn’t let the negativity discourage me at all. When I have decided to do something, I do it!
What’s your current routine?
My current routine is on wash day (which is usually Sunday), I part my hair in four sections and apply my pre-poo with shea butter, coconut oil, and aussie moist conditioner. I rinse out pre-poo mix thoroughly with warm water in the shower. Then I deep condition with either Aussie moist 3 minute miracle or Garnier Fructis Deep conditioner and add rosemary oil, peppermint oil, and olive oil. I put a plastic cap on my hair and sit under the dryer for 15-20 minutes. After I rinse my deep conditioner out of my hair, I use Curls Unleashed leave-in Conditioner & jojoba oil to two strand twist (or braid) my hair for the week.
What is your night time routine?
Each night I usually just add a little of my leave-in conditioner or any moisturizer and put on my satin bonnet.
What’s your favorite thing about being naturally glam?
My favorite thing about being natural is my hair health and versatility.
How can we keep up with you?
Follow me on twitter: @1JennaMarie or Instagram: @JennaMarieChristian
Jenna Marie Christian
Miss Illinois Black Globe 2012