Jemy1415, aka Jennifer, is our 4c Hair Chick of the month. We selected Jennifer because she did something that many of us might struggle to do if the shoe was on the other foot. She cut off her long 4c hair to rock a TWA. We love Jenn’s ability to embrace herself and her curls and we are excited to share her story with you.
Q&A with Jenn aka Jemy1415
The most popular video on your channel is the one where you recorded your big chop. By the way, we love the scream and instant reply that you added in the final edit:) You discussed the reasons why you chopped on your blog. But for our readers who don’t know the full story, can you please re-share why you decided to big chop?
When I originally started my hair journey in 2009, it was because of heat damage. My hair started to fall out in clumps. Even with the lack of knowledge I had about my hair at the time, I knew something was horribly wrong. I started to seek out ways to make my hair healthier. However, somewhere along the line, I lost that focus. I became obsessed with how long my hair would grow and how fast it was growing. I was holding onto split/damaged ends for the sake of length. I knew I had to take action once the condition of my ends started to bother me, but I was afraid. One day I finally overcame my fears and started over. Despite the negative comments from my family, I have never felt so free.
What is your home town?
I was born and raised in Thomassin, Haiti. However, I lived in Miami for a few years and I am now in Canada.
As a 4c Hair Chick that once had long hair and now your hair is growing back, what is your opinion on hair length? Is it important to you? Do you have a personal preference for long over short? Why or why not?
Ever since my big chop, I am more focused on the health of my hair rather than its length. I have realized that if my hair is healthy, it will grow. I believe that both short hair and long hair have their pros and cons. I actually really liked my short hair because of how easy it was to detangle and style. However, there are certain styles that are easier to achieve with longer hair. I think that it is really important to accept and love your hair, despite its length.
Do you believe there is an unhealthy obsession with length in the natural community? Why or why not?
Yes! I feel like some individuals don’t see the beauty in their natural hair unless it is long. People are absolutely obsessed with length and fail to realize that our hair is beautiful no matter how long or short it is.
What initially inspired you to start a YouTube channel?
I came across African Export, while aimlessly searching on YouTube. She was one of my first subscriptions. I would spend hours watching her videos and educating myself about how to take proper care of my hair. I was attracted to her channel because her hair texture was the closest I could find to my own. I later discovered other channels such as KinkyCurlyQueen and RusticBeauty who inspired me as well. I found myself pretending to be filming hair tutorials and talking to myself when I would do my hair in my bathroom, lol. I wanted to be part of the community so I started my own channel months later when I finally overcame my shyness.
As a popular vlogger, you obviously receive many comments on your page. What’s one of the most off-the-wall comments you recall reading?
There have been plenty, but one comment that I will always remember came from a younger subscriber. She sent me a touching e-mail to inform me that I’ve given her the boost of confidence that she needed to style and wear her natural hair. I never imagined that I would be able to inspire others, so it is truly an honor. By the way, I wouldn’t describe myself as a popular vlogger.
Share your top 3 favorite YouTube channels that are related to hair?
Which of the videos you’ve produced for your channel is your favorite?
Ah, this is such a hard question because I put a lot of work into filming and editing my videos. They are all my favorites! But if I had to choose just one, it would be my Big Chop video simply because it has inspired so many other women to embrace and wear their TWA.
Do you shop online for natural hair products? If so where?
I no longer purchase many products online. I only buy the Terressential Mud Wash, as it isn’t available in my area. I am also on the hunt for a good deep conditioner and recently bought the Bee Mine deep conditioner. I have been cured of my product junkie-ism, so I rarely purchase products online.
What is the natural hair movement like in Canada?
Sadly, it is very sparse, at least in my area. Although I have seen an increasing number of people wearing their natural hair over the last couple of years, it is definitely not the norm.
Do you wear weaves in your hair from time to time?
The one and only time I had a weave was for prom and that was quite a few years ago. I don’t feel comfortable in weaves because I cannot access my scalp freely. They just aren’t my thing.
What is something you tried with your natural hair that consistently didn’t work for you?
Wash and go’s! I am sure many of you can relate. My hair absolutely HATES them. They don’t exist in my book lol.
What advice would you share with 4c hair chicks that are newly natural?
The biggest advice that I can give anyone is to embrace their natural hair’s texture to the fullest. Stop fighting your hair and trying to make it do things that it doesn’t like. If your hair is like mine and doesn’t quite turn out right in twist-outs, so be it. Find what works for you. Also, shrinkage is part of the journey. Embrace it! Don’t obsess over the length of your hair. Soon enough, your hair will grow and you will regret not experimenting with it when it was short.
Do you see yourself still having a YouTube channel 5 years from now? Why not?
Of course! I really love filming and editing videos so I will continue as long as someone out there is watching
Did you struggle with any insecurities when you were younger? If so, which ones and how do you deal with them now?
I started getting acne early in my teenage years. It has been and still is an ongoing battle. Needless to say, my confidence took a big hit when I was younger. At a certain point in my life, all I could see when I looked in the mirror was my skin. It got worse as I got older, especially since I don’t wear make up and couldn’t hide them. However, I came to realize that the people that truly love me accepted me with all of my flaws and saw past them. It took a long time for me to realize that I am not my skin. Although I still care about the state of my skin, I do not let it ruin my life.
What are 3 natural product brands that you love?
I use the bare essentials when it comes to my hair. I don’t get caught up in brands anymore. The only brand name product that I use is the Terressential Mud Wash.
Based on the products you are currently using please fill in the blanks:
- I detangle my hair with my fingers
- I shampoo my hair with the Terresential Mud Wash
- I moisturize my hair with water
- I style my hair with shea butter
- I oil my scalp with a mixture of castor oil, olive oil and coconut oil
4cHC Crew, we hope you enjoyed our interview with the lovely Jennifer of Jemy1415 YouTube fame. To stay connected with Jenn, follow her on YouTube at Youtube.com/Jemy1415. Do you have additional questions for Jenn? Or perhaps you just want to give her kudos. Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!