My name is Leslin Jones and I’m from Cape Town, South Africa.
2. What would you consider your hair type to be?
I consider my hair type 3B / 3C, fine kinky curly hair with medium porosity.
3. How long have you been natural/transitioning?
My transition started a year and a half ago after I had my last straightening perm in May 2015. Since then I have been trimming my ends every couple of months. The next trim I do I will be completely ‘au naturel’ and I’m extremely excited about it. My patience and care for my hair has finally paid off. What a feeling!
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
Since I was a teen I had the desire to return to my natural hair texture, however society’s view on hair impacted the way I took care of my own hair. How I treated and styled my hair was based on these views society portrayed in the media. The social conditioning didn’t allow me to begin my transition at that stage of my life.
But when a work colleague pointed out to me that my hair was falling out, I knew in that moment I needed to do something about my hair. It wasn’t just me noticing but other people as well were seeing that my hair was not healthy, it was breaking off, thinning and not growing. That was when I made the big decision that I had had enough and that I was going to start my transition back to my natural hair.
I have always been fascinated about the life of curls therefore the decision to go natural came easy. I really wanted my curls back, and more so, I wanted to come into my own. This whole experience has taught me a lot about what embracing natural beauty is really all about and I hope to inspire others to do the same.
5. What has been the hardest thing about returning natural?
I found the hardest and most frustrating part trying to handle two different hair textures and trying achieve that perfect Bantu knot, twist-out, braid-out and constantly failing at it. I find it very challenging to plait my hair which leaves me feeling discouraged at times.
There have been a lot of questions as well as backlash from the general coloured community in South Africa. This motivated me to stay on my hair journey. The main thing I keep in mind is that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and remind myself to have patience. I’m happy I stuck it out and my patience has paid off.
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
My hair regimen is very simple:
I co-wash (conditioner wash) once a week and use a sulphate free shampoo when needed. On shampoo days I use a scalp massager and then condition (using my fingers to detangle). I leave my conditioner on for several minutes while I continue with my shower. A wash day is never complete without a weekly deep conditioning treatment, my favourite treatment is Dr. Miracles Deep Conditioner Extra Strength. During the week I also ensure I apply a hair mask to keep it moisturised. Some days I apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my roots, this helps with hair growth and overall strength of my hair. I also find when doing a wash and go, the LCO method (Leave-in Conditioner | Cream | Oil) works best for me.
7. What do you love most about your hair?
Everything! I love everything about my hair and I loved every part of my transition to being natural. I love how healthy my hair is and how quickly it has been growing. I love how versatile my hair is and most of all I love how my tight curls feels between my fingers.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
I dislike the amount of drying time it takes to achieve a certain hairstyle. I don’t always want to diffuse my hair nor sleep with damp hair. If I could somehow speed up the drying process I could save time by experimenting with different hair styles if my original style doesn’t come out as planned.
Try not to manipulate your hair too much, have regular trims and keep your hair moisturised.
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
Just be patient, treat your hair as if it’s a newborn baby. Learn how to take care of it, love it and enjoy it. Your sacrifices will be worth it, I love every single curl on my head. Be free! And watch how your hair flourishes in all its natural beauty.
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, etc.)?
I am a social media fanatic, you can find me on the below!
I'm Chisomo, a Communication Science graduate in my mid-twenties who lives on endless cups of tea. I'm also a natural hair enthusiast, a stay-at-home daughter, a sister, a wanderer and lover of all things pretty who loves Jesus on so many levels I can't even explain.
Oh, fro! began as a result of a simple expression used by a girl in love with, you guessed it, her fro. This is just my tiny space where I share about my hair, regimen and all things hair...and a few tidbits of things I love. So find a comfy spot, settle in and I hope you enjoy every bit of this bumpy ride as much as I do!