Olympian bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator shares her natural hair journey as a professional athlete.
PHOTO CREDIT: JAMES FARRELL
NaturallyCurly: Tell us about your curly hair journey. When did you go natural and why?
Jazmine: I have been natural and curly my entire life. I have never used product to change the texture and I have never worn extensions or weave.
Have you ever received negative comments about your hair?
Jazmine: When I was younger I did receive negative comments, such as nappy, wild, crazy, why is your hair like that, etc. They were mostly from school kids who were unaware and ignorant.
What are your thoughts about the droves of women accepting their naturally wavy, curly, and coily textures?
Jazmine: I think it is still very tough for women to accept their natural hair. What makes it tough is the past perception of curly natural hair women, which has altered so much now that they have the urge or confidence to go natural and accept the potential of a grueling transitioning process. Curly all the way! I love the ringlets and coils in my natural curls.
How do you protect your hair from the cold?
Jazmine: I protect my hair with strong conditioners that are free of drying alcohols and harsh chemicals. I limit use of shampoos on my hair and try to deep condition weekly.
How do you style your hair when you're exercising?
Jazmine: My hair is quite short. I am in the process of growing it out after making a drastic cut two years ago. I just leave it in a curly fro while I exercise. As it gets longer I’ll use a headband or a beanie hat in the winter.