Hair Story Feature: Meet Josie Jo

JGA1Your hair is? Natural

When did you start your hair journey? What inspired you?
I would say I started my hair journey in 2010 when I started learning about more healthy ways to care for my hair myself. I was introduced to the HEALTHY HAIR JOURNEY. I was still relaxed at this time however. I cut all my relaxed hair off in JUNE 2015, which to me is a chapter along this journey.

Describe your hair for us
I consider my hair to be TWA still. It looks about 2 inches long but really its about 5-6inches when stretched.
According to the more familiar hair typing systems, my hair would be in the Type 4 range, but I don’t think it has settled on a particular letter (a-c) as of yet… or it’s just that I haven’t figured it all out.
It’s on the dry side as is typical with that hair type. It’s very thick, coarse, and super dense. The verdict is still out on porosity, but I’m inclined to say high porosity because; it has always tangled very easily, and responds very well to the L.O.C. method thus far.

What is your current regimen?
I don’t know that I have a set regimen yet, I consider myself to be in the learning stages, but when do you really get out of that stage? I wash every 5-12 days (it depends on how well my hair holds up with my activities and the weather). I mostly co-wash, but when I shampoo I use a sulfate free shampoo that I additionally dilute with filtered water. I deep condition almost EVERY time I wash, and follow with the L.O.C method.

Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them?
My goal is Health Hair Growth. I’m focusing on ensuring my hair is healthy and with that comes the growth and length retention (hopefully). Keeping my hair properly moisturized is key in achieving that for me. So far I have seen steady and “acceptable” growth since my cut in June 2015.

JGA2How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
I tend to keep my hair in flat-twists (now that the length and my fingers came to an understanding and work together). This helps with moisture retention as my hair is ‘put away’ and not exposed to the elements where it can experience rapid moisture loss. So this helps a lot…a LOT! I plan to incorporate some protective styles as well, mostly to facilitate my lifestyle, in the upcoming months. I’ve never been keen on weaves so I don’t see that being an option along my journey.

Have you had any setbacks? How did you bounce back?
Since cutting my hair I have not experienced any setbacks (knock on wood). However, I think if there are any significant ‘hiccups’ along the way I wouldn’t hesitate to cut again and start fresh.

How has your hair journey impacted other parts of your life?
Short hair brings confidence like nothing else could! I recall having a pixie cut with my relaxed hair and it was the same feeling. So that in itself is amazing. Even prior to cutting my hair, as I indicated I started on a HHJ and so I really took a look at my eating habits and lifestyle in general. It’s something that I continuously learn more about and work on…Its A Lifestyle as I say. However, having my hair fully natural has brought about an additional awareness, in how they all truly intertwine and impact each other.

What are your favorite protective styles?
In the strict sense of a protective style, I would have to say braided twist extensions (Senegalese twists). I don’t do this very often, nor have I had them since cutting my hair. I do more ‘low manipulation’ styles which would be the flat-twists, which I usually create in an updo following almost every wash day.

What are some of your favorite products?
As I Am Naturally Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner
Kurlee Belle Banana Nut & Avocado Deep Treatment
One n Only Argan Oil
Coconut Oil
Shea Butter

JGA3How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
Thankfully I can say that I have not had anyone personally doubt me, if they did they kept it to themselves (and there it shall stay). There is such a large community now and the ‘natural hair movement’ is so widespread and more commonplace. I have come into this community at time where its not alien have your hair natural, it is more accepted. My family and friends were all very supportive. In my family there are naturals, relaxed, loc’d …and they all complimented the cut and the look. Some even joked that they would soon follow, and indicated that I had provided some inspiration or motivation of some sort for them to do something that they have thought about for a long time but were unsure about doing. My family and friends never questioned why I did it, but that was consistent as they never question my actions, but rather encourage. These have all been really motivational for me!

What advice would you give someone just starting out on their journey?
Your hair is an extension of you and you can express yourself as you choose through your hair. First and foremost however, you want to ensure that HEALTH is a nucleus of your journey. From there everything else will align. Whether your goal is to achieve Long hair or Thick hair, that only comes with Healthy Hair…and Body. Don’t forget only what you put in, you get out. Not to be cliché, but these things are true, which is why the sayings exist. In the beginning you may not see immediate changes, or the results may not come as quickly as you want. But it takes time. Definitely stick with it, don’t give up. Don’t be hasty when trying out a method, give it appropriate time to work. You’re gonna need a LOT of patience.
And once the results start becoming visible, you’ll be SO happy you didn’t throw in the towel. It will be worth it!

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things would you wish you had?

  1. FRESH WATER!!! – so that I can drink it and use it to moisturize my hair (and wash out the salt & sand, cause I’d be going swimming!)
  2. Fruit Trees: preferably Coconut, Avocados, Bananas and Aloe – apart for the obvious reason as food, these all make great hair conditioners, and maybe I’ll learn how to make coconut oil
    In terms of things I can pack and take with me:
  3. Hair Scarf
  4. Oil Blend (coconut/avocado/jojoba/castor)
  5. Wide tooth comb

What do you love most about your hair?
I love that my hair literally does what it wants, when it wants. It could be frustrating sometimes, but I’ve learned early to embrace it.

Where can we find you on the web?
Email: thisNATURALthing@gmail.com | Blog | Google+Facebook| Instagram: @josi_alfa | YouTube


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7 Comments

  1. She has beautiful hair and inspiring. I have close to the same, but am so scared of wearing it out, it shrinks up to 80% (i have about 6 inches, but can go up to 2inches). So I have had it in braided extensions for 13 months, back to back, I know it’s not right.

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      By back to back do you mean take down, wash and condition and next day reinstall? And I wouldn’t say it’s not right. As long as your hair is healthy while wearing it in braids and isn’t suffering any setbacks, do what works best for you until you reach your comfort level.

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