I know I’m late with my Natural Icon Beauty of the Month Feature. So this Queen’s feature is actually for the month of May. Meet Jameela.
She has been told that she looks like Lauryn Hill and only started believing when Lauryn Hill herself agreed that they have a striking resemblance when they exchanged words at a Shaggy and Friend’s Concert years ago. She’s a model with a Biochem and Botany Degree, an educator, Mentor for a few young women who have interests in the modeling industry among other things. I’ll let her tell you more.
NIB: Hey Queen, I’m so glad you agreed to be featured as our Natural Icon Beauty of the month. Please introduce yourself to our readers.
NIB: Define your style.
NIB: What do you love about your natural hair?
JG: I love its versatility. Locs give a natural and a beautifully free feel. Of course, because it has been untouched it also gives you a feeling of pride and a sense of commitment to your identity. I started locking from scratch since 2005. It has been the only type of “manipulation” done to my hair. I have never been sorry!
NIB: When and why did you decide to loc your hair?
JG: My hair was locked by my mom, who was at the time rocking locs. It was a painstaking process, the length of time taken to do this thing from scratch was no joke! My hair was naturally of reasonable length (upper back) and I was locking from tip to root!! I had just started the University of the West Indies, and I thought, what better way to tame the untamed thickness of very tightly curled/wavy type hair to save me a bit more study time in the library (side eye). Honestly, I got a lil mix going on…so it wasn’t that bad…but…it still took way too long to wash and comb.
NIB: What’s your hair regimen? Any hair tips or tricks you’ve used or learned from others?
JG: No hair regimen ennuh. Funny enough, the only treatments I get done to this hair is when I visit the locticians. I was lucky to have had a full year of lovely products and treatment (don’t ask me what it was…I just went along with the flow, trust is a hell of a thing :)) I’ve been getting my hair done at Jus Natural, since I was the face of that company.
NIB: I’ve heard stories of women who have been pressured to process their hair or who have experienced harsh criticisms, negativity and/or even sabotage because they wear their natural tresses. Have you had any such experience(s) solely or partly because of your locs?
(b) If so, how did you react/respond?
NIB: What advice would you give someone who is experiencing such pressure?
JG: My advice to anyone going through this issue is, simply put, that job was really not for you. Be motivated to grab hold of another opportunity. There will come a time when you’ll look back and say, what was I beating up myself about? I would not have reached this stage of growth in my life, had I been accepted in that job/career area.
NIB: If you could describe your life, vision for you life, or guiding philosophy(ies) using three quotes, what would they be?
NIB: What would you say was your most impactful failure or ‘mistake’? How did you rebound and what lesson did you learn?
Thanks Jameela for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions.
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Love & Blessings,
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