Q&A | Picking Your Brain Responses


Britnee G. asks: 

I know this blog is about your hair journey but I’m curious. What type of workouts do you do?

I normally start out by warming up on the bike for 15 minutes (level 3 or 4). Then I stretch for 20 minutes to relieve any soreness from my workout the day before and help improve my flexibility. I alternate between working abs + back, legs, or chest + arms after stretching.  Most days I finish up my work out by running on the treadmill, speed interval between 4 (jog speed) and 7-8 (run speed) for 30 minutes. On days I don’t feel like running, I’ll either work out on the elliptical for 40 minutes or stair master.

On days I run on the track I jog a mile then I stretch. Then I’ll usually stride the turns, walk the straightaways (3 times/whole track).

At home I do quick circuit work outs for legs and core. Example: 20 squats, 30 lunges, 40 calf raises, 50 second wall squat, 100 pelvic thrusts, 50 second wall squat, 30 leg raises, 20 squats… repeat 3 times.

Or example: 25 bicycle crunches, 1 minute plank, 50 side crunches (each side), 25 lower ab crunches, 25 leg kick outs (I’m probably not describing this one correctly but it’s the one where you lean back with kicking both legs out to work abs), 25 ab twists with kettle ball, 1 minute plank…. repeat 3 times.

Laurel Jackson asks:

Hi Jen….I’m wondering are you using BaByliss Pro Thermal Ionic 1600 watt rollabout hair dryer…..is it still working for you? I’m asking because where I’m from you’re lucky to find such a good dryer like this. Thank you for your response 🙂 .

Hi Laurel, I no longer roller set my hair frequently… which is actually crazy because I used to do it weekly… so I no rarely use my BaByliss now. The last time I used it was last year to help dry a flexi rod set that didn’t dry completely through the night and it worked just as well as it’s always worked.

Esther asks:

Jen! Am so glad I found you!I switched out my products to try the ones you use. All I can say is yess honey!! But this cash isn’t growing in my yard! Do u know of a dc, moisturizer, leave in(all staples really) that will do the job but cheaper?

Hi Esther! I’m happy to hear they’re working well for you!  I try to only recommend products that I have tried firsthand. Very sorry but if there isn’t a review posted of a product that cost less, I can’t really provide a recommendation :/ It would be like recommending a car because it drives well without ever actually driving the car. It wouldn’t be a recommendation based on experience and really wouldn’t be worth much.


Hi. I am on a HHJ for a year now, first it was post-partum shedding, then it stopped, I do tea rinses but now when i comb my hair and try smoothing it from root to the end, a few strands of hair still come off, I want to know what is really wrong.

Hi there, shedding is natural and while tea rinses help reduce shedding, some strands will still shed. If your shedding is every excessive (apart from post-partum shedding) I definitely recommend seeing your doctor in case there’s an underlying issue/cause for your shedding.

Marie asks:

Hi Jen, how do you keep your new growth soft in between wash days? I actually made it to 24 weeks post and I have to say the last two weeks was a major struggle. On wash days it was soft and manageable, by day 4 my hair became very matted and hard to deal with.

Hi Marie, I’ve gone about moisturizing my new growth a couple different ways:

What I currently do is simply deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner on wash day, use a moisturizing leave-in conditioner, and then moisturize and seal during the week. Thankfully I’ve found staple conditioners, leave-in, and moisturizer that provide long lasting moisture.
As for matting, keeping my new growth stretched helps me avoid matting and tangles.

Sophia asks:

Hi Jen! I really love your blog. It is helping me a lot. There is one thing I want to find out. Have you ever mixed a protein conditioner with a moisturising conditioner nd then deep conditioned with the mixture?

Hi Sophia, I’m happy to hear you love JGA! No I’ve never tried mixing a protein and moisturizing deep conditioner. My MO is to keep them separate, i.e. protein treatment, rinse out, and then deep condition with a moisturizing deep conditioner.

Rosalyn asks:

Hi Jen! I’m interested in trying the tension method on my transitioning hair. However, I only have about 1-1/2″ to 2″ of new growth. Should I wait until I have more new growth to use the tension method? What do you recommend? Thanks! 

Hi Rosalyn, you’re free to use the tension method with 1 to 1.5″ of new growth.

Hannah asks:

Hi Jen, your blog has been great for learning about hair health. I was just wondering, is there a way to keep my hair routine simple and keep hair as healthy as possible? Do you ever put a limit on products that you use each category (like oils)?

Hi Hannah, I’ve never actively placed a limit but aside from oils, on any given wash day I’ll use just one product per category. It’s definitely possible to have a simple regimen and maintain healthy hair. The goal is to always do what works for your hair.

Adriana asks:

Is it necessary to use a protein leave-in after using a moisturizing deep conditioner and a moisturizing leave-in after using a protein deep conditioner?

No it’s not necessary… but can be done if your hair prefers it/responds well to it. My hair loves moisture so I like to go the moisture route (deep conditioner and leave-in) until my hair needs a protein treatment or leave-in to keep my moisture/protein balance in check.

Alana asks:

Hey Jen, I’ve had natural hair virtually all my life. At age 30 I’m changing countries, careers and have decided to relax. Is it better to go bone straight then texlax thereafter or texlax on virgin hair? thanks

Hi Alana, if texlaxing is your goal it’s better to texlax virgin hair. Going bone straight and switching to texlaxing is a headache not worth subjecting yourself to if don’t plan on continuing to relax your hair bone straight.

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