Guess where we’re headed to this time around? It’s a group of islands. They sit close to Puerto Rico. Where do you think?
Weeellll… welcome Jem from the US Virgin Islands! *loud applause*
Jem is 31-years-old and she is here to talk hair, regimen and journey with us.
Special Kinks (SK): How long have you been natural or transitioning?
Jem: Natural 4 years
SK: Why did you decide to go natural?
Jem: I have always had thick, voluminous hair. I could never get it to grow past
right below my shoulders.
SK: Why did you choose to transition?
Jem: I transitioned for about 4-5 months while wearing weaves, and braids, then after 4-5 months I did a big chop. (SK: I still don’t know how I got past the 7-month mark.)
SK: How easy or difficult was it in the beginning stages during your transition?
Jem: The difficult parts were feeling comfortable with my hair so short and second, learning how to style my hair. My texture was so thick and course
SK: What is your hair regimen?
Jem: I wash my shampoo once a week, sometimes bi-weekly, depending on how much product build-up I have. I deep condition once a month and when styling I use the LOC method.
SK: What is your favourite oil?
Jem: Coconut and argon oil (SK: I’m now trying the argan oil)
SK: Name your favourite products
Jem: My favourite product line are: As I Am , Shea Moisture, and Giovanni
SK: How easy or difficult is it sourcing products that you love to use on your hair where you live or reside?
Jem: Very easy
SK: Favourite style
Jem: Braid Out/Bantu- Knot
SK: Do you do protective styles?
Jem: Yes! Faux locs are my favourite protective style (SK: I enjoyed my grey and black faux locs too for sure)
SK: Tell me about a great hair day or a bad hair day in short, or about a liked or frustrating feature about your hair.
Jem: The most frustrating part of my hair is after removing a protective style that I have kept for more than 2 weeks, my hair becomes very tangled. Small knots are the absolute worst.
SK: How do you detangle?
Jem: Finger detangling and my Denman brush. I can’t live without my Denman Brush. (SK: I love my Denman too but y’all already know that *hides face* lol)
SK: Do you have any hair crushes?
Jem: Tracee Ellis Ross
SK: What would you say to employers and teachers out there who think that natural hair is not for the office or the classroom, respectively?
Jem: I have encountered this on my job. I work in a very professional environment and I was once told that my hair was too big. It was very disheartening to hear.
As a black professional woman, I strive for diversity in the work place. I will and have told management that my hair does not define my skill sets.
SK: Describe your hair in one word, and why?
Jem: Crown, because I am a black queen and I wear my crown proudly.
SK: Name something outrageous or edgy or just different you would love to try with your hair but have not had the guts to try YET!
Jem: I would love to rock an extreme color. Something like blue or purple, but I could not do that in my current profession.
SK: I’m so sad at how the Caribbean naturalistas really are restricted at work it seems…sigh 😦
Oh well, that’s a story for another blog.
Thanks again Jem 🙂