I have been a fan of Ms. MahoganyCurls for sometime now. So, when she asked to be featured of course I said yes! I follow Jess on InstaGram and Twitter, her spirit is very lovely and calm. I'm sure you all who watch her on YT can pick up that amazing vibe. Below you can read about Jess's journey and you'll also find her links. If you are not following her via YT and other social networks you should be; she truly is a breath of fresh air. ENJOY!
Please, introduce yourself!
Hello Everyone! My name is Jessica and I am 25 years old, some of you may know me as MahoganyCurls from YouTube.
How did you fall into making YT videos and becoming a “guru?”
I decided to go natural in late 2008 and did the big chop in 2009. Hair care has always been a passion of mine. Learning how to care for natural hair just came to me naturally :). I decided to make YouTube videos to document my natural hair journey. I wanted to share my trials and errors with the natural hair community.
What is your current hair care regimen?
My current hair care regimen is a wash n go or "wet n go" depending on the time of the month. I cowash once a month with DevaCurl No Poo, apply my leave in of choice either DevaCurl One Condition or Tresemme Naturals, detangle my hair, and allow it to air-dry. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I rewet my hair in the shower, allow the water to saturate my hair, massage my scalp a little and apply more conditioner, detangle, and go. That is why I call it wet and go! :) Every Thursday night I deep condition my hair and rinse it out the next morning. This makes detangling the next day a breeze!
Let’s talk hair type! A lot of naturals are against the hair typing system. Do you think learning your hair type can be beneficial during someone’s natural hair journey?
I am one of those naturals that do not care for the hair typing system. In the beginning of my natural hair journey, I wanted to know my hair type too. I even posted a video asking others what it was and tried to figure it out on certain hair boards. It was very confusing and in my opinion, it is misleading. It almost became an obsession. You know? Always trying to figure out what type I had. That did not last long. I told myself that it did not matter what my hair type is, I just want it to be healthy. Therefore, to answer your question, I am not sure, but I can speak for myself and say that it really did not help me. I just knew my hair was dry, it needed moisture, and I wanted it to be healthy.
What reaction did you get from friends and family when you first decided to go natural?
The reaction was mixed. Some family members were supportive and others were not. My husband actually did my big chop for me. Shaved my hair and everything! The same goes with my friends; I had many people tell me I was "bold." I did not care, I loved my TWA. Since my big chop, many family members and friends decided to go natural too!
Did you BC or transition and what made you finally take the plunge?
I did the big chop. I wanted to transition for 2 years but I became impatient and decided to do the BC two months after my last relaxer.
What makes you love your kinks, curls and coils?
I love the fact that it is what God gave me. Our hair is our crown, and I feel that every woman has her own unique crown. Our hair beautiful and we should embrace it.
Where can we find you on the web?
You can find me on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/MahoganyCurls and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loveyourtwa Twitter: www.twitter.com/mahoganycurls
Do you have any words of encouragement for young women looking to go natural?
Yes! Just do it. People may tell you that you will not look a certain way but ignore them. Do what is in your heart. Sometimes people will say discouraging things about going natural because they are afraid take that step. My little sister did the big chop and she is 16. I told her not worry about others and she is happy about her decision. We have to do things for ourselves and not others.
Anything extra you’d like us to know?
Thank you for allowing me to share my story with your followers!