Happy Monday, everyone! We are back with another "Spotlight" interview! This week's Spotlight is another one of my favorite YouTubers. She's gorgeous inside and out and I wanted to share her with you guys so that you could witness for yourselves. I'm excited to welcome Queen Jaymiah to Heythat'sJaz!
Jaymiah was another inspiration to me while I was transitioning and while I am going through my journey now as a natural. She is more than just her flawless hair. Through her YouTube videos, you can see that she has a genuine, bubbly personality that anyone can easily connect with.
I hope you all enjoy this interview as much as I enjoyed doing it! Make sure you check her out on social media so that you can be inspired as well. Dios los bendiga (God Bless).
Introduce yourself king or queen.
Hi everyone! My name is Jaymiah, I’m 19, and I currently live in NYC, but I’m originally from itty bitty Connecticut.
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been a straight natural for most of my life. I started wearing my natural curl pattern almost three years ago, and I haven’t straightened since.
What motivated you to have healthier, natural hair?
It had a lot to do with identity and how I felt as a female and as black woman. When I started looking into healthier hair options I came across a lot of commentary and blogs that claimed woman of color couldn’t have the long thick hair they desired, and that shoulder length was the longest black hair would grow for most and a little longer if you were “lucky”. I felt more disappointment than anything that some people really believed that and that somewhat still fuels my motivation for my journey today, because there are still the “ALL that is YOUR hair?” questions. I didn’t want to believe that, and I want to know that others don’t have to feel like that either. As a female, I just wanted longer hair to feel pretty and I was under the impression that long hair would give me what I wanted and as silly as that was, I’m glad for those feelings because I never would have looked into how to have healthy hair and I wouldn’t be here now.
Describe your hair by using a song lyric.
“Ever since that day I drew my head high it was on, and now I'm mixing new music with the old school songs”
– Aaliyah – Old School
It was one of the first things that came to mind, so I went with it
When did you start transitioning?
I started ‘transitioning’ from damaged hair to healthy hair in December of 2011 and I guess you can say I still am since I still have about 2-3 inches of damaged hair left.
What are the challenges that you've had while transitioning?
My ends give me a hard time so it’s bittersweet when I gain length just to have to trim. It’s frustrating to have healthy, shiny hair at the top of my head just to have dull and frizzy hair towards the bottom. I don’t think I can pull that look off (lol). Because of that it’s difficult to retain moisture on my ends, it can seem like a never-ending battle.
What are some of the struggles that you are facing now being natural?
TEMPATATION TO STRAIGHTEN. Some days I say to myself, “oh wow my hair is so long” and then other days I say, “wow, my hair isn’t getting any longer, I don’t understand.” On those days I really want to go out to Sally’s or somewhere and purchase a flat iron. Also my ends are still damaged from heat damage three years ago and they don’t respond like the rest of my hair so its tough to get them to do what I want and it makes detangling a really long process.
Were your friends and family supportive when you decided to change your lifestyle?
A lot of my friends didn’t understand what I meant when I said I wasn’t going to straighten my hair anymore and when I mentioned my hair goals some of them didn’t believe that I was capable of reaching those goals. My immediate family was pretty uncaring about it.
Describe your hair regimen (in detail) and tell us your staple products.
My hair routine has recently changed since its getting cold out, and that routine can be found here -> http://youtu.be/d7sHuGIoVhI
Almond oil, Tresemme Naturals, and Shea Butter will always be the staples in my routine. Shea butter is my newfound love. I wash and/or co-wash at least twice a week. Towards the third or fourth day of my wash and go I’ll wear a bun or some type of protection style, such as a crown braid.
Who inspires you during your natural hair journey and who have you inspired?
When I first started my ultimate hairspiration was NaturalNeiicey because I found out hair to be similar, but I’ve grown to People comment on my videos and say that I have inspired them and I feel so humbled and proud for that. I hope I can inspire everyone who comes across my channel in some shape or form.
If your hair had a name, what would it be and why?
That’s such an interesting question. My hair is a lot of things, but I’ve put it through a lot before and on my journey so most of all it’s strong and fierce, so it would have to be a name that has those meanings behind it.
Where can we follow you and your journey on social media?
My YouTube channel is www.youtube.com/naturaalmonroe
My Instagram is www.instagram.com/naturaalmonroe and it’s split between hair related things and my personal life.
Any words of wisdom?
Enjoy your hair and do what makes YOU happy, and don’t settle about anything- in any area of life.