Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Jessica Marie Franklin, but some people might know me as Heygorjess! I’m from New Jersey.
How long have you been natural?
6 years, I did the BC going into my sophomore year of high school.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I’m currently a student, a Junior at Rutgers University. So no, there is no resistance there. But my major is Business, (Supply Chain Management specifically) and so I’m sure there might be some resistance once I get into Corporate America. But I’d like to use my business degree working for either a fashion, hair or make up Corporation, or end up being my own boss. So if things go as I hope then I shouldn’t have to worry. But even if there were an issue, I wouldn’t let a job stop me from wearing my natural hair because it is a part of who I am.
Describe your hair.
Where do I even start! My hair truly has a mind of its own (which I love and hate lol). It is so unpredictable! And of course it always looks the way I want it when I’m in my pajamas watching ‘Scandal’, but when I have to go somewhere it doesn’t cooperate lol. I am the only one that happens to? Anyways, I have 3C/3B hair mixed all around. My curls are pretty tight but soft. And my hair is THICK and voluminous. Those are the two things I love the most about my hair. It is big and I’m finally starting to embrace it.
What is your hair regimen?
I co-wash every other week and cleanse in between. I detangle with Tresseme Naturals Conditioner (and also co-wash with it) and I cleanse with Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I’ve currently been deep conditioning under the Huetiful Hair Steamer with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner which I love!
What are the three biggest factors you attribute to your length?
Finger detangling changed my natural hair journey drastically. I didn’t know about it until a year ago and it has helped me retain length so much ever since I started. Also, moisturizing and trimming my hair myself using the “search and destroy” method is a huge factor. I used to get trims every 6-8 weeks which KILLED my length. So trimming it myself has helped me retain length a whole lot.
What is your usual go to style?
My favorite style is a wash and go. I style it by first applying Kinky Curly Leave-In while its soaking wet, then finger rake with Kinky Curly Custard, and seal with Aloe Vera. I dry my hair a little bit with an old t-shirt (towels make your curls frizzy) and then let it air dry. Then it grows nice and big like I like it! I stretch my hair a little bit by blow drying my roots. After 3 days I normally detangle it a little bit with coconut oil, put it in about 8 two-strand twists, and put it in a high, big bun. I love buns because they’re easy, super cute, and a protective style for me.
What is your nighttime routine?
Most nights I’m too tired to do much so I just put it in a pineapple, wrap a scarf to cover my edges, and sleep on a satin pillowcase. On a good night I’ll spray my ends with water, moisturize with coconut oil and seal with Aubrey Organics’ Aloe Vera.
Your top three favorite products and why?
- Kinky Curly Custard- I definitely can’t live without this. It’s the only styling product I’ve found that is all natural and really defines my curls while leaving them shiny and moisturized.
- Coconut Oil- Who doesn’t love coconut oil?? Its good for moisturizing, conditioning, styling, hair growth, your scalp, I can go on and on.
- Tresemme Naturals Conditioner- I don’t think I could detangle my unruly hair without this! It has the best slip and it leaves my hair really soft.
- Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner—I just tried this as my deep conditioner and I fell in love! It made my hair superrr soft and shiny. I’m hooked. And I think the fact that it’s only $2.99 makes it even more lovable!
Oops that’s four, hehe.
Your best hair advice?
Be gentle with your hair. For yearsss I was so rough with it. Dying it, detangling with combs, straightening it too much, splitting my ends etc. Take extra care of it and you’ll get the hair you desire. Remember that your hair is your crown! So treat it like it J.
Ultimate hair crush
I was trying to be original and think of someone that no one knew, but I can’t deny that I absolutely adore Tracee Ellis Ross . Not only is her hair beautiful, but I love how she carries herself with such class and elegance. I also love HeyFranHey. Her hair is perfect and she seems like the sweetest person!
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
“How did you get your hair like that? Did you curl it or something? Crimp it?” No. I was born with it.
Oh and of course, “Is your hair real?” -__-. I’ve even gotten this question asked even by one of my own family members (she was like a 3rd cousin, twice removed though if that makes it any better lol).
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
I’m a girly girl so I love to—well, look really girly. I loveee love loveee leopard, dresses, chiffon, lace, silk, flowy tops, flower prints, leggings, leather pants, heels, sandals, jewelry, etc. I wear clothes that make me feel happy that day. But I also like to be laidback sometimes and wear a sweatshirt and some Converse or Toms. Most importantly though I like to carry myself with class, and so I make sure my style depicts that.
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?
Just tell them, “girl bye!” Ha, just kidding. That is easier said than done, and I won’t front and say that I don’t fear being judged myself sometimes. I’m still learning not to look for approval from people and to ignore their judgments. But more and more I’ve realized that you can only truly be happy when you are being yourself. There is only one beautiful, unique, “you”–handmade by God. So be the best “you” can be and then what everyone else says won’t even matter.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
Stay in your lane. Stop worrying about what others are doing and work on yourself first. And then turn your judgments into encouraging words that will build others up instead of tearing them down. We need more of that these days. Especially with women.
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
If you could name one person from the past whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
Hmm I never really thought of that. The first person who comes to mind is Diana Ross. (As you can see I love the Rosses). I would love to wear all her sparkly long dresses with the back out, and rock her huge long wigs lol.
Favorite stores and places to shop for vintage or thrift
Unique, Buffalo Exchange, and any random stores I come across.
Most embarrassing moment
Ahh too many to even choose from lol. Like when I’ve had a “blonde” moment and spoke without thinking. Or when I waved back to someone who was actually waving to the person behind me. Or when someone gave me a compliment and I said “Awww, reallyyy?? Thanks!!” And they responded, “Oh, I was talking to the person next to you.” Haha the list goes on and on. But I kinda like awkward moments, they make me laugh and make good stories. So most moments that people think are embarrassing I find hilarious.
What is your favorite life lesson?
Life has taught me so many. Don’t compare yourself to others. It’s okay to make mistakes. Be present in every moment. Life goes quicker the older you get, so enjoy it. When one door closes, a better one opens. Change is good. Give. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Laugh a lot. Take care of your body inside and out. Have faith. Stay humble. Love yourself. Love people. Love God.
Current music playlist and favorite book
I am the type to get stuck on one song and just play it over and over again until I can’t stand to hear it anymore lol. I’ve been listening to the “Live in New York” CD by Jesus Culture pretty much non-stop for about 2 weeks now.
I honestly don’t like reading that much—well I kinda do but I always end up starting one book, then find another one that is “just sooo good” that I have to stop reading my current one and go to the next one and it becomes a continuous cycle and so I never actually finish any lol. But I’d have to say “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan is one of my favorites.
Favorite restaurant and dish you would not want to live without
Cuban Petes in Montclair, New Jersey has been my favorite for yearrsss! It has the best food and ambiance. My favorite dish is my mothers Chicken Francese and I can’t live without APPLES.
Do you have a blog/website?
Yes! You could visit my website Heygorjess.com for more about Hair, Beauty, Health, and God anddd also you can find me on Instagram @Heygorjess, on Twitter @Heygorjess, or “Like” me on facebook at ‘Heygorjess’.
Always remember that your beauty first comes from within. You could have the “perfect” hair, the best style, and greatest accomplishments, but if you are ugly on the inside, your outward appearance doesn’t matter. Work on having the right heart and character, and then your beauty will naturally shine out of you.
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I try my best to be who I was naturally created to be. I embrace my big frizzy hair, my goofy personality, and I’m still discovering who I am. I don’t think I’ll ever truly know, because we are constantly changing as we get older. But I don’t mind that at all, as long as it is for the better.
Thanks so much for having me! I’ve always admired you beauties and your website. It truly was an honor to be apart. <3