1. Tell me about yourself
My name is Julie, I am a 26 year old professional by day and small business owner in between. I have an accessories company for both women and men called Jay Dalen (www.jaydalen.com). I also sing in my spare time, which I am very passionate about. I’m shy at times, corky and crazy, love to eat, and a hopeless romantic. I’m from Philly and love my friends and family to life.
2. How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since about 2007, my college days. I transitioned from relaxers and slowly became fully natural by trimming my ends pretty frequently. I Big Chopped on February 23, 2013 and recently cut it back down in June 2013! I wanted to begin a new healthier hair journey and decided to BC. Before my BC I colored my hair quite a few times and straightened pretty frequently on high temps (I know! Tisk tisk). However during this new journey I want to stray away from color and heat.
3. Did you transition or Big Chop?
Both, but touching on my recent experience, I am surprised that I didn’t cry during my BC appointment. The stylist put my hair in four ponytails and then snipped them off! I felt my hair leaving me but I was overjoyed and ready for a new journey. My new hair has given me a confidence out of this world. I love my hair! I am not afraid or ashamed of the stares I get. My hair does not define me and I love who I am becoming. It’s a great feeling to not be emotional attached to my hair.
4. What is your biggest hair challenge? How did you overcome your challenge?
There was once I time where my hair ruled my life. Back when I was in high school I wouldn’t go to school or anywhere if my hair “wasn’t right”. I would get so frustrated, cry and would stay home. When I think back to those times, it was so foolish of me. I should never get to the point where my thoughts or opinions on my looks interferes with my daily life. My short hair now forces me to be comfortable in my own skin. I can no longer hide behind hair. Each day I have to step out with how it is, be confident with how I look, and own it. I recently read a quote the other day by the amazing Beauty By Lee and she said, “When you feel beautiful, all people see is beauty.” Love that and it is so true! I truly feel the most beautiful I have ever felt in my life.
5. What is your hair regimen?
My hair regimen is quite simple. I use to be a product junkie but the Lord has delivered me! Lol. On wash day I wash with Clear Ultra Shea Shampoo, follow-up with Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner, and then deep condition with the Mane Choice Green Tea & Carrot Deep Conditioning Mask. I rinse after about an hour of letting the DC sit and continue to style with Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, and a gel to define my curls. Some of my staple gels are Ecostyler Olive Oil gel, Kinky Curly Curling Custard and Shea Moisture Curling Souffle.
6. What is your favorite style?
Right now, I can really only achieve a wash and go. I’ve recently tried slicking my hair down and adding a side part, which I love. Great style as I am growing out of the awkward stage of the TWA.
7. What is your fashion style like?
I really can’t narrow down a specific style. I am a free spirit and my style is very eclectic. I wear whatever I feel like and love to mix and match things that typically “don’t go”. You’re style should always be unique, true to you, and a reflection of yourself.
8. Where can we find you on-line? What else would you like to add?
I’m just enjoying this ride of loving and learning more about my hair. I don’t have any set plans for my hair right now and I’m taking it day by day. Everyone tells me that I should keep it short, as it is “so me”. I just say, “we’ll see”. I may decide to finally let it grow out (as I’ve been dying for braids or marley twists!) shape it into a funky style, or just keep it short. Natural hair is so versatile that you can do anything! I started documenting my journey on my Youtube channel after the BC to see where my hair takes me in a year. You can find me at mzjewelzz on Youtube and @juboolee on Instagram and Twitter.
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