1. Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Rachel Joy Jones. I’m originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I’m currently in Alabama finishing up my Bachelor Degree in Fitness and Wellness. I’m basically a gym rat which is why I love my protective styles so much. 

2. How long have you been natural?

I’ve been natural for six years, with the exception of color in the last year

 3. What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?

I’m a Fitness Instructor/ Personal Trainer. There is resistance, but not serious. It’s just that AA women are not as well represented in this industry, and when they are they have weaves a lot of times to cut down on time and so on. To a point I’m usually so spontaneous that people are usually shocked when I do something normal. LOL I straightened my hair once and people nearly passed out!

4. Describe your hair.

My hair is comprised of several different textures. 4c at the crown very dense and tightly coiled. I like to say that my Dad’s Ghanaian roots settled there.  Its coil is very loose if not nonexistent in the top front and has a tendency towards reddish in the summer (Irishmen landed here), and always has been since childhood. The back near the nape of my neck up to the crown makes silky 3a curls and even the strands are thicker and that where I say the Choctaws and Chickasaws. So it’s clearly a melting pot of hair that isn’t really unified unless straightened, but its mine and I love it. It is quite thick according to all the hairdressers I’ve had.

5. What is your regimen?

-I deep condition and do a hot oil treatment once a week whether in TWB or not. To cut time I now apply both condish and vitamin E oil at same time, cover with processing cap, and sit under jet bonnet for 30-45 mins

-Never go to bed on a sweaty head

-When in TWB I co-wash or just rinse with water daily. I do this because my active lifestyle and all makes for a sweaty head.

-When not in TWB I co-wash in 5-8 big braids (NEVER LOOSE!) every one to two weeks, still deep conditioning with a hot oil treatment

-Wrap my head with a satin scarf nightly

-I keep TWB for one and a half to two months, and spray daily with mixture of Paul Mitchell the Detang. Condish, Vitamin E oil, Essential Oils of Grapefruit and Rosemary, freshly blended aloe vera meat (just the jelly inside not the green part), and artesian well water

-Always detangle before combing

-Mostly finger comb, and only real comb after laden with gobs of Paul Mitchell the Detangler Condish or Giovanni Organics Smooth as Silk Condish. 

-I take yaeyama chlorella. It makes your hair grow like it’s on CRACK! LOL AND its good for so many other things! It’s a superfood.

6. What is your best hair advice?

Leave it alone! Let it be, and let it retain length!

7. What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?

-”Oh! that must feel delicious to lay back on! Sort of like a pillow huh?” Although it was true and coming from a precious person, I thought odd and endearingly amusing.

-”The big hair is working for you. You kinda look like a brat doll.”  Again, sweet, but funny, and a little odd.

-Topping the charts. From a black person, “It’s not Black History month is it?” LOL strange AND sad.

8. How would you describe your personal fashion style?

EMBrioniC (Ecclectic/Moody/Bohemian/Chic) It’s really EMBrioniC, as I’m always growing, developing, evolving so does my style. I’ve always liked unusual things, and even as a child never wanted to match. (My poor Mother!) I LOVE VINTAGE and repurposing hand-me-downs (as long as I can fit it into whatever theme I’m dreaming up at the time)!!!!

9. Do you have a blog/website?

No blog/website to date.

 10. What makes you a bush babe?

Unapologetic self-acceptance. A friend once said “There is no one more beautiful than a woman who believes she is”!  I believe her!