Hey there! My name is Jessa and I’m 26 years old. I’m a first grade teacher and sometimes it makes me want to pull my hair out! Haha. Come on! We all have those days. My family is white and jewish, hence my curly jew fro. As a curly girl I have had my own journey with this curly mop of mine. I can proudly say now (as of this year) that I completely LOVE my hair.
I have been natural all my life. When I was very young I had a short curly fro. My mom used to give me mayonaise masks and I HATED it! She combed my hair with a brush (bad idea). As I got older, maybe second grade and on I wore my hair in a bun. Partially because that’s how my mom wore her hair and partially because my hair was so different than the norm…at least where I came from, the country, where everyone had straight hair.
In middle school I wore my hair in a curly ponytail on the top of my head with straight bangs that I straightened with a wide rounded curling iron (burned my forehead once). Oh how badly I wanted to get my hair permed straight. Thank goodness my mom didn’t allow me because it is so bad for your hair. In high school I mostly wore it in a high ponytail, but forget the bangs. Towards the end of high school, I discovered the flat iron! I straightened it every once in a blue moon because it took forever!
I was very insecure with my hair up until now. Hardly anyone I knew had curly hair that they embraced. Kids used to always want to touch it and stick pencils in my hair (annoying). I remember being in class in middle and high school and kids would throw pencils at my head. Finally, in college I started to wear my hair out more. And now, I LOVE my hair! Since the new “natural movement,” I have been experimenting with all kinds of styles. I have finally found some really great products that really moisturize my hair. I am beginning to understand how curly hair works and how to maintain it and keep it healthy.
As far as style, I love colors! I have a weakness for Target. I have recently discovered thrift stores. Since I’m a teacher it’s hard to be edgy while still maintaining professionalism. I wear whatever feels comfortable and whatever I’m in the mood for. My closet is full of skinny jeans, dresses, and skirts. I love to be girly.
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