Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Jessaye and i live in Boston, MA.
How long have you been natural?
As of August i will have been natural for three years.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I do freelance makeup and hair when i have the time. My real, bill-paying job is at an Italian Clothing store. I love it there because not only is my natural hair accepted, it’s practically encouraged. The company’s ad campaigns have a lot of different races and tons of fros in their ads! (United Colors of Benetton) I can come to work looking as wild as I want.
Describe your hair.
My hair is made of so many textures. I’ve to go online and look up what type of hair i have exactly, and it’s come to this. I think i have mostly 4 (although I’m not sure if its A or B) and on the sides near my temples its more and a 3C. It blows out bone straight and it’s a lot harder to hold a curl in those areas. I used to think it was heat damage but after 2 years I’m realizing its just genetics.
What is your best hair advice?
My best, best, best hair advice is to stop thinking of managing your hair as a chore, and more of an activity. For me, I really could spend all day doing things with my hair. I love touching it, feeling, stretching it, and seeing it live (my hair has a life of its own, i swear). I enjoy spending an hour or so conditioning it and braiding it. It’s relaxing. I put on a fun movie or a TV show and just enjoy the time i have put aside to do my hair. Also, my other tip is never stress over length, curl pattern, or what other natural/relaxed people think. If you want to dye it, Do it. If you want to flat iron it, be safe, but DO it. Do not feel the need to follow someone else’s tips or advice because what works for them may not work for you.
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
Hmm, well, when I first started transitioning I worked at a mall and I wore a weave. When I finally took my hair out and started doing braid outs, people would literally come up to me and just grab my hair like it wasn’t on my head. They would OOH and AHH and ask me stupid questions and I felt like someone’s puppy. Although another upsetting story is when at a different job a co-worker touched my hair and pulled away saying “Eew, black people hair!” and commented on how oily it was. (i had just been moisturizing with coconut oil!!) That had me really upset.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
My personal fashion style is so hard to describe because it’s constantly evolving. I guess i would call myself a recovering grunge hippie trying to retain the layers and patterns while still trying to stay sexy and somewhat bohemian with a little urban/punky edge. Wow, so many words, do they make sense? I hope!
Do you have a blog/website?
Love yourself! be yourself! Have a sense of humor towards all aspects of the way you look, act, etc. The way people react to you, and the way you see the world.
What makes you a bush babe?
I’m an Urban Bush Babe because i am confident, i love my hair, i love fashion, i am proud of who i am, and I do my best to represent my personality through fashion and my physical appearance!