Today’s feature is a fellow AGGIE & our sorority sister! Miss Jheri is Miss International; doing big things traveling the world & writing books! We’re so we’re so we’re so we’re so we’re so proud of her *Drake Voice lol* Check out her website MsJheriWorldWide & her hair story below:
When did you decide to go natural and why?
I began to contemplate going natural around January 2009. My Great-Grandma who is now 92 years old told me that one of her friends was going ape sh*t crazy in her old age. My Grandma attributed the madness to ‘all that perm fried up her brain.’ Her comment and my exposure to the Rastafarian spiritual movement solidified my decision to go natural. Oh, and the Coke can in Chris Rock’s ‘Good Hair.’ My final relaxer was on April 4, 2009. It was the day of my probate and flexi rods were mandatory. At the time I didn’t think it possible to wear flexi rods in natural hair. Oh ye of little faith!
We know you did the big chop because VeCoya was there with you when you did it! But can you share with us your BC experience? How did you feel? Did you regret it? What did you learn about your hair and yourself through this process?
OMG my big chop almost killed me. V was there and I am eternally grateful for the support! I remember that day like it was yesterday. I had eight months worth of natural hair under a head full of relaxed hair. Something had to be done.
I remember the stylist was terrible, completely unsympathetic to the loss I was enduring at her Edward Scissor Hands!!!! I had cut my hair into a bob a few months before the big chop to emotionally prepare myself. Regardless, to see all my hair on the ground was traumatizing. I can’t lie. It was my worst salon visit ever.
But VeCoya was there! And you kept encouraging me and telling me ‘you’ll be so glad you did it.’ I’m ecstatic that I listened! My lifestyle changed when I went natural and it continues to be a rewarding decision. My skin, nails, and hair have all benefited from the changes inspired by a natural lifestyle. I’ve learned that I’m a work in progress and when opportunities come around that can make me better or improve my quality of life – it’s best to be like Nike, just do it!
What’s your hair routine? & Do you have any hair goals?
My goal is to continue on the path I’m currently traveling. I don’t have any true routines. I wear my hair any and every way imaginable. I am into protective styling and wraps. You may catch me in twists from time to time. I often wear my hair straight. I’m trying to land a corporate job and I don’t want to scare anyone away. When I flat iron it I only do so once (no touch ups I just wrap it really well). I think it takes a strong woman to wear her hair in a natural state. But the fact remains, some are intimidated by us naturalistas. Thus, I tone it down when necessary.
What is the greatest lesson that you have learned through your natural journey?
YouTube is the guiding light! No just kidding, a little bit, anyway the greatest lesson I’ve learned through my natural journey is that you get out of your body what you put into it. If you put in work you will see the fruits of your labors. If you put in garbage that’s what you’ll see. Natural hair is about way more than just hair!
We’re always checking out your blog, you are doing your thing writing books and traveling the world! YESSSSSSS MsJheriWorldwide! Where do you find inspiration?
I am a writer and future Travel Channel host (a bit ambitious but why not?!)! I’m inspired by the concept of shared knowledge. We can all learn so much from each other as a global community. I think the United Arab Emirates is a perfect example of this concept. The UAE is only 41 years old and literally sprang up out of the sand. They studied positive and negative experiences of other countries in order to mold their own into a thriving global marketplace.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to develop relationships with people all over the world. I’ve come to appreciate when you sit down with someone drastically different both parties bring tremendous amounts of knowledge to the table. This shared knowledge I’ve unearthed in foreign lands inspire me. I’ve traveled to 17 countries at times in groups, several occasions for educational ventures, and others alone as an independent explorer. Emerson was right, it’s all about the journey the destination can wait! I think this same concept applies to natural hair. There will be tough days, literally! In spite of all that, enjoy the journey.
Any upcoming events or anything else you would like to add:
I would suggest you all stay tuned. I’m working on some really big things and you don’t wanna be the one scratching your head telling your friend, ‘Oh Ms. Jheri? I knew her best friend’s cousin’s sister our kids were in daycare together.’
How can people contact you?
I am often gone but not hard to find. The website is www.MsJheriWorldwide.com my travel adventure book M.E.E.T. me for Cheese and Chocolate is just a google away. Twitter @MsJheri and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/jheridenise
Thanks Jheri Boo. We can’t wait to see all of the great things coming your way!
~ The Greene Gals