Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jody's Journey to Nappturally

Check out Jody's inspirational journey to natural hair, self discovery, and her beauty
 the way God intended it be...
Nappturally Chic Jere: Tell why you initially decided to relax your hair.  

Jody Dublin: I have always been pretty happy with my hair- I love its ebony gloss, its softness, its versatility and willingness to comply to whichever style I coax it into. I was natural until my 11th birthday, when I took my first hit of the creamy crack. I had just started middle school, and my classmates made fun of my hair, which I kept in cornrows and other braided styles. They called me names like Brady Bunch (looking back, that was pretty creative, lol!). All I wanted to do was fit in. So, when my mom took me to the hair salon to get my hair done for my 11th birthday party, I requested that my hair be permed, please. My mom asked me if I was sure, and I said that I was. She never pushed me in one way or another, so my hair was permed that day.

NCJ: Did your life change after that first hit of the ‘Creamy Crack”

JD: I want to say that the perm changed my life, and that I got so much more self confidence, and all the awkwardness of preteen-hood melted away along with my virgin curls. But, nothing really changed. My fine hair would frizz in the slightest humidity, so maintaining a sleek, perfect style was nearly impossible for me once I stepped out of the house (I grew up in FL, notorious for morning fog and 100% humidity). My frizzy hair was most often seen being confined to a rubber band in my two signature styles: middle ponytail and low pony tail.

NCJ: When did you decide to go natural?

JD: When I got to college, I couldn't style my hair on my own (past my signature styles) and I certainly couldn't afford to go to the salon. During my first semester of college, I decided to stop perming my hair. When I came home for winter break, my mother promptly gave me the money to perm it again. I continued to perm it until the summer after my first year of college. I remember sitting in the salon chair, smelling the relaxer concoction, feeling it turn from cool to burning hot on my scalp, and knowing that that would be the last time I would ever perm my hair.

NCJ: You went natural before it was trendy and before there were a wide array of resources and help! How did you do it??

JD: I didn't have any natural hair role models, and rarely saw women go from relaxed to natural, so I had no idea about how to wear my hair. My go- to transition style was flat ironing my hair (READ: NOT RECOMMENDED!! lol). I had no idea about the damage that I was doing to my hair.

NCJ: Yikes!! Heat Damage…what happened next?

JD: I graduated with my Master's degree in May of 2007. In the midst of graduation, moving, dealing with my family, etc., I secretly planned to cut my hair. The day after I had moved into a new apartment, I walked two blocks to a nearby salon and instructed the stylist to cut. it. off. She asked me if I was sure, and I said I was. She told me I had beautiful hair, and asked me again if I was absolutely sure. Again, I said yes. As I watched my straight black strands collect at my feet, I knew I was doing the right thing. The stylist brought me to the sink and washed my hair. The feeling of tepid water running on my almost-bare scalp was absolutely one of the best things I have ever felt. I was brought back to the chair, where the stylist applied some products and spun me around to look at myself. I took one glance and couldn't stop smiling. She left me with about 2 inches of loosely-coiled hair. I was in love.

NCJ: That is beautiful!! How would you describe your hair experience post BC and during your TWA phase?

JD: (Referring to Big Chop) That was the first day of the rest of my life. What followed next was a long period of uninformed trial and error, as I was not even aware of the existence of natural hair blogs until years after. While I don't remember a lot of details about those years, I do remember the feeling free and natural, and looking the way God intended me to look.

NCJ: What are your favorite products
JD: KBB's Sweet Ambrosia, Curls Cream Brule, Oyin's Juices and Berries, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Thanks For Sharing your beautiful story, Jody!! Hugs and Love,


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