Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Sasha Jones. Originally from Elyria, OH (about 20 miles outside of Cleveland), but I’ve been living in Los Angeles for the past 3 years.
How long have you been natural?
My whole life, I guess. I had it relaxed a few times in jr high & high school when I had no idea what to do with my curls. But the older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to love and truly cherish my curls. My hair is such a huge part of me now. But I’d say within the last year or so, I’ve really just sort of let my hair be.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I work a boring 8-5 office job Monday-Friday. I also work part-time with an online clothing store doing 365HANGERS.com as their social media manager, I have my own fashion blog, and do some freelance photography. Photography is my true passion, so being a full-time photographer is my ultimate goal. I don’t have any issues with my hair in terms of work, I’ve been pretty lucky as far as my employers go, and can sort of do what I want when it comes to what I wear, my hair, etc.
Describe your hair.
Curly, big, wonderful.
What is your regimen?
I wash it once every 7-10 days. Right now I’m using TRESemmé shampoo & conditioner and I.C.O.N. India Oil after washing it. I just started using the India Oil the past 3 months and I love it. It detangles my hair, and moisturizes it without making it look greasy. And it smells AMAZING!!
What is your best hair advice?
The best advice I can give is just to figure out what works best for you. I’ve tried a lot of different things and different products and what I’m doing now is working well for me. Even now, though, I find myself wanting to try out new product. There are so many options for our hair now, so it’s really just sort of a trial and error kind of thing. I’m pretty low-maintenance and like to do as little as possible when it comes to my hair – so the India Oil is working really well for me right now – just run it through my hair & go!
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
Oh my.. so many. No way could I pick just one. I guess in general, it’s just strangers always asking to touch my hair, asking how I could POSSIBLY deal with it/comb it, and their absolute shock when they touch it and realize how soft it is. Um, yeah, my hair is soft – weird, I know.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
My personal style varies depending on the day, and my mood. I suppose if I had to describe it, I’d say it’s a mixture of boho-chic with some rock ‘n roll influence. One day I might be in a flowy maxi skirt, the next day in leather leggings with an old band t-shirt I stole from my boyfriend. I just wear what I like, and what makes me feel good.
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion for fear of being judged by others?
Let. It. Go. What you wear is a way to express your personality. Wouldn’t you rather have people look at you and think, “Wow! She’s crazy for wearing that!” instead of not noticing what you’re wearing at all? Don’t worry about what other people think – if you put something on and it makes you feel fabulous, then who cares about everyone else? Besides, those people are just boring anyway. It’s ok to think outside of the box when you’re getting dressed! Get creative with your wardrobe.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from my surroundings. Living in LA has inspired me immensely in terms of my fashion sense and personal style. I’m inspired by other fashionistas, music, street style photos from all over the world. The Olsen twins, Florence Welch, old photos of hippies, and old vintage fashion photos in general. All of those things, and more, inspire my style.
Do you have a blog/website?
Yes I do! My baby, LA Inspiration. I began blogging in October of 2009 after attending my first LA Fashion Week fashion show & was super inspired by the runway shows – but even more inspired by the attendees and their fashion. I’d recently began following The Sartorialist and decided to fuse my love for photography + fashion and create my own LA street style fashion blog. Since then it’s grown and I have a little bit of everything going on; personal style posts, coverage of local fashion events, interviews with local designers, etc. It’s been an amazing creative outlet for me and a way to share my passions with the world.
Don’t try to tame your hair or your style. Be bold in every way. Have big hair, wear funky clothes.
What makes you a bush babe?
I’m an Urban Bush Babe because I’m not afraid of the things that make me stand out. I embrace them.