If you're an avid watcher of YouTube and have sought tips on caring for Type 4 hair, chances are Jouelzy has popped up in your search results. If not, read up: she offers advice to people with particularly coarse and coily hair. Not to mention her bubbly yet straight-to-the-point personality jumps out of her videos and can't be easily ignored.
1. How long have you been natural?
I don’t really have a ‘natural hair journey’. I have hair that grows out of my head, I like to style it and also like it to be as healthy as possible. So I do things to keep it cute and healthy. I’ve shaved my head several times — but it’s about 5 years since the last complete shave.
2. What's your daily hair routine?
Put a wig on. In all seriousness, during the winter time I wear a lot of wigs as ‘protective styling’ because I can’t deal with the cold air and it zapping all the precious moisture from my hair. Daily routine is highly dependent on the hair style that I wear and I try to avoid having to put my hands in my hair daily.
3. What are your favorite products?
4. What's your nighttime routine?
Put a satin cap on and go to sleep. If my hair needs to be reset I’ll do that but that is usually chunky twists or chunky bantu knots.
5. How did you get your hair color, and how do you maintain it?
I henna my hair black, but that’s more for health and shine.
6. How do you maintain your hair in the winter vs. the warmer months?
Wear a wig. Deep condition, twice a month.
7. Do you ever get tired of curly hair?
I don’t have curly hair to begin with, so to tire of it...I don’t have that option.
8. When did you start blogging?
I’ve had several blogs over the years. I use to run some blogs for big music artists, so this was a no brainer. I actually started because I wanted free weave and to try some virgin hair that everyone was raving about but I refused to pay the insane amount for.
9. How did you become a successful blogger?
By just being me and being true to me. I think people respond to genuineness. Not everyone is going to like you but I prefer to have a smaller fan base that likes me as me, rather than pandering to folk as someone I am not. So I just stuck to being me and I provide quality information that wasn’t being offered to an overlooked sector of natural hair.
10. What do you like most about blogging/vlogging?
I like inspiring others in a positive light. I got an email last week about an at home nurse who is able to style her wheel chair bound patient’s hair and make her feel better about herself. They watch my videos together and decide on what styles to try. You never imagine the reach you have when you do these videos. So things like that is what I appreciate the most.
11. What do you want to do beyond YouTube?
Live free and prosper.
12. Do you have any advice for new natural hair bloggers?
Google is your best friend. And I’m not just talking about the search feature.YouTube channel. And connect with Jouelzy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!