(Featured photos: Vivienne Mok)
Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Coralie Jouhier and I come from Paris.
How long have you been natural?
I’ve always been natural.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I used to be a model but…
now I have my own business with my boyfriend. We are making veggie hot dogs on a Food Bike. It’s called “Le Tricycle”.
Describe your hair
My hair is long, curly and red.
What is your hair regimen?
I don’t do so much, I use pure shea butter for my hair all the time. I braid my hair and leave overnight because my hair is very dry.
What are the three biggest factoring you attribute to your length?
I do not use chemical based products (hairspray, gel ,color…), I try to use natural oils and products.
What is your usual style to go?
I let my hair down or I tie it up and make a huge bun over my head
What is your nighttime routine?
When I have time and I’m motivated, I braid my hair before bed (I should succeed in doing this more often because I feel that my hair is less dry when I take the time to do this)
Your top three favorite products?
Your best hair advice?
Let you HAIR BREATHE!
Ultimate hair crush
Solange for diversity of style that you can do with afro hair and I love…
What is the strangest how, request or hair story?
Maybe when someone calls me Bob Marley on the streets (people are not so open-minded and poorly educated) how can I look like Bob Marley?
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
I am not so into fashion for the moment, although I admire people who know how to lend to fashion games. I have a rather discrete style, like a little boy sometimes, more street casual, a good jeans, a nice t-shirt, a pair of boots or platforms sometimes.
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion sense or natural hair for fear of being judged by others?
The judgment of others is of no importance, especially if it is only a physical judgment that we can not change, what is really important is what do you do and not what you look like. It’s just hair or style, frizzy, smooth curly, red, black, we really don’t care! Concentrate on what you like and what you can do, don’t lose your time on people’s judgments.
Now there are more and more young women who can be role models and can encourage the world of black women or mixed race love and rediscover their beauty.
Pictured with her younger sister
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
I ignore them and I do not waste my time! Time is precious their judgement is not.
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
The inspiration come from everywhere, especially when you live in a big city like Paris. It is easy to have a sense of style and know how to dress with internet, blogging…
If you could name one person from the past whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
Aaliyah, I love her style her femininity and her tomboy style.
Favorite stores and places to shop for vintage or thrift
Small vintage shop of the street St Martin or Guerisol in 18 arrondissement of Paris. You really have to look but you can find a nice piece less than 2 euros.
Current music playlist and favorite book
Now I am listening to a Guinean group; Bembeya national jazz, I love their music and their energy.
Favorite restaurant and dish you would not want to live without?
The Tiep bou dien from my mother, is the national dish of Senegal.
Do you have a blog / website?
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I’m natural, conscious and passionate.