What is your name and what city do you rep? My name is Jas and I live in Los Angeles
So, what’s your hair story? I have been natural for 3 years now since my big chop in 2010. I did the chop on a whim. No planning or anything. I was just tired of my hair not acting right. It was dry, damaged by heat and was breaking off really bad. When I first did the big chop I was so scared. My hair was my “shield” so I relied on it to feel pretty. So with all of my hair suddenly gone I felt so weird.
My past: I grew up in a predominately white neighborhood. My grandma used to always relax my hair because it was more manageable that way for her. Since I never wore my hair in its natural state I thought that having relaxed straight hair was the only way. So throughout the years if it wasn’t relaxed, it was flat ironed. Then one day one day I started watching youtube videos on natural hair and became inspired. That is what made me decide to start fresh and go for the big chop. After I chopped all of my hair off I learned that hair did not define ME or my beauty. Basically, I became more confident without having that “shield”. It was definitely an experience I needed.
What are your staple products? As of now my staple products are Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner, Suave Naturals Rosemary/Mint Conditioner, Olive Oil Deep Conditioner, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Jason’s Natural Cosmetics dandruff shampoo.
What is your regimen? My regimen consists of co-washing twice a week, deep condition once a week and shampoo twice a month. I usually wear my hair in a protective style (twists or French braids) five days out of the week and wear it out the other two. Each night I try to moisturize my ends with either olive oil or conditioner and then put it in a high pineapple ponytail wrapped in a satin scarf.
Do you have any problem areas that require special care or attention? I have psoriasis, (dry skin disease) on my scalp which causes itchiness, soreness and flakes. So I have to make sure I massage my scalp with oil when it flairs up. I didn’t know how damaging scratching your scalp was before so some of my hair has broken off in the areas that I scratched the most. I just try to be extra careful when dealing with those spots.
What’s your fave way to wear your hair? My favorite way to wear my hair is big and out. I love how healthy my hair has become so when able I just wear my wash and go’s. I also like to wear my hair in a pineapple ponytail because it gives me the curly bangs without the scissors.
How do you handle shrinkage? To avoid shrinkage I’ll do a braid or twist out.
Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to maintaining natural hair like yours? The number one tip I can suggest is to moisturize. Conditioners and oils have become my best friends. If hair is moisturized it’ll continue to grow, it’ll be strong and best of all it’ll shine bright like a diamond.
What’s your profession? Have you encountered any negativity concerning your hair? I work in a creative field (clothing designer) so I haven’t encountered any limitations to wearing my natural hair.
What is the worst comment that’s been made about your hair or weird encounters? People have been receptive to my natural hair. I actually get more compliments now in its natural state than when I used to wear it straight.
Do you have any haircrushes? My biggest hair crush is Chime, but don’t tell her cuz it’s a secret. I’m also hair crushin on Naptural85. But whenever I see natural sistas with all kinds of hair types I get so inspired and then start crushin on all of them. Natural is beautiful!
How would you describe your style? My style is very eclectic. There isnt just one category because I dress upon my mood that day (and being a cancer there are A LOT of moods changes). I’m not big on brands but to name some that stick out to me are Kenzo and Alexander McQueen. I swear by thrift stores though, I could care less what the label is, if it’s a beautiful garment I’m sold.
Do you have any spiritual advice for our readers? My advice is to never stop growing. We are all here to be happy and to live life to the fullest. So don’t let society limit your happiness…be who you are and be proud.
Where can the homies find you on the web? You can follow me at: BeautifullyFlawd.com
Anything else you want to add? Thank YOU!
SHE’S SUPER SWEET! I LOVE JAS’ HAIR AND STYLE. PLUS, SHE SEEMS LIKE A REALLY COOL AND DOWN TO EARTH CHICK! MAKE SURE YOU CHECK HER OUT! -Chime