Healthy Hair Care From A Professional Hairstylist

Friday, September 28, 2012

Guest Blogger Interview: Jennifer from Just Grow Already




Jennifer (www.justgrowalready.com)


Meet Jennifer. She is a fellow blogger who started a hair journey to having long, relaxed, and healthy hair.  She is the creator of www.justgrowalready.com and is more proof that it is very possible to have healthy and relaxed hair at the same dang time! She is not a licensed hairstylist, but she is an everyday woman on a quest for healthy long hair.  Jennifer dished on how she is able to keep her hair healthy. Enjoy!



LJ: What was your inspiration behind starting your blog?
Jen: I had already been blogging on a personal blog when I started my hair journey so it just felt natural to create a blog as an online journal for my hair to share my hair ups and downs. I love having a record of my weekly washes, what has worked, what hasn't.

LJ:  What is your personal hair care routine?
Jen: On the weekends, I either do a hot oil treatment or pre-shampoo treatment with conditioner. Next I shampoo, then use a smoothing conditioner/treatment after, then follow up by deep conditioning with my heating cap for at least an hour. After rinsing out my deep conditioner, I apply leave-in conditioner, then serum and detangle and either air dry or roller set my hair.

During the week, I predominately wear my hair in bun, oiling my ends before bunting.. I moisturize and seal daily. I also try and keep my new growth soft and manageable by applying moisturizer to my new growth every other day.

I try to clarify every 4-6 weeks to remove product build up and minerals from my hair and do a protein treatment when needed.

LJ:  How often do you shampoo your hair?
Jen: My hair and scalp get oily during the week so I shampoo once every week.

LJ:  How often do you use heat on your hair?
Jen: Not often. I only flat iron the full length of my hair 2 to 3 times a year. When I roller set, I now flat iron only my roots, using low heat to blend them with the rest of my hair. I roller set 1 to 2 times a month.

LJ:  How do you keep your hair moisturized?
Jen: My staple moisturizer is Darcy's Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme. After moisturizing, I always seal with an oil to lock in the moisture. My go to oil to seal is grapeseed oil.



LJ: How often do you get your relaxer touch ups?
Jen: I self relax every 10-12 weeks.

LJ:  How often do you trim your ends?
Jen: I take about ¼ to ½ an inch after every touch up, but mid-way through a stretch I will sometimes dust my ends when they feel a bit rough.

LJ  What is your top hair care product?
Jen: Hmmmmm, that's a hard one. I feel like all my products work as team haha. I'd have to say Darcy's Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme. It's a light moisturizer and absorbs very well. I've learn that keeping my hair moisturized is the best defense I have against breakage. Even after moisturizing daily, I don't experience much product build up from this moisturizer.


LJ:  What advice would you offer to other women who have relaxed hair who struggle with it getting as long as they would like?
Jen: I think getting a good handle on the protein/moisture balance of the hair is important in retaining length. Dry, weak hair is very susceptible to breakage and breakage is exactly want we want to avoid when trying to retain as much length as possible. Try doing a strand test (i.e. gently stretching a strand of hair until it snaps) every wash to determine where your hair falls on the protein/moisture scale. Hair that snaps without much give may require more moisture and conversely, hair that stretches quite a bit before snapping may need more protein. I also definitely vote for protective styles that pull the ends of the hair up away from clothing; took me a while to realize that my ends would break when rubbing against my shoulders! And absolutely do not give up!

LJ: Where can we find you on the web? (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.)
Jen: I'm everywhere! Haha. Facebook: www.facebook.com/JustGrowAlready
                                        Twitter and Instagram: @Jenijen23; 
                                        Tumblr: justgrowalready.tumblr.com; and lastly 
                                        Youtube: youtube.com/jenichris23



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2 comments

  1. Her hair looks amazing. Keep doing your thing.

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  2. I'm not her stylist, but I agree that her hair looks great! Thanks for your comment!

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