Jessica Washington Wikipedia, Reporter, Journalist, Instagram, Biography
Jessica Washington Wikipedia, Reporter, Journalist, Instagram, Biography – Jessica Washington discussed her hair journey and how, following the “big chop,” she gained confidence in her natural hair.
Explains how she gets past her concerns to love her natural hair
The Dallas Weekly’s Chief Operating Officer, Jessica Washington, recently spoke with Tashara Parker of WFAA. In her speech, Washington discusses how she overcomes her fears to accept her natural hair and the significance of altering the stereotypes about Black hair and what is appropriate for the job. She discussed her hair journey with WFAA on a Rooted episode. Here is that tale.
Parker, Tashara: Discuss your hair history. When it comes to your hair, what are the levels, peel, some of those levels for me?
Jessica Washington: Without a doubt. Therefore, there was a specific period in my life when I did not believe I would be able to confidently display my natural hair. I was so insecure that I didn’t even realise it. I do remember plainly expressing in front of my pals who wore their hair naturally, that I wasn’t about to go down that road.
They carried out the action. And I had taken a different route. And I expressed it in a way that suggested I was on a better course and didn’t want the impression that I had something to hide.
They carried out the action. And I had taken a different route. And I stated it in a way that suggested I was on a better course, as if I didn’t want to give the impression that I had to take this particular route. You may be confident and you know, and you can do this, it appeared like in the early 2000s. However, because I didn’t feel confident, I judged others who did, which is a hateful move.
After having my kid, I began to consider the kind of mother I wanted to be for him. Like the kind of lady I wanted him to bring home—like, did I want him to bring home someone who shared my perspective on insecurity and required that I wear my hair bone straight because else, no one would find me attractive. I’ve just realised that in order to make him want better, I must first improve myself.
Tashara Parker: So, when you say “go natural,” explain it to someone who doesn’t know what we’re talking about.
Jessica Washington: My hair was simply being cut off completely to reveal my natural curl after going from bone straight to, ugh, again. When I made the decision to transition, I had to mentally get ready for all the uncomfortable questions I would have to answer. And I, I was in no way ready for that.
Parker Tashara: How did you ultimately mentally get yourself ready for such situations?
Jennifer Washington: You must be very direct in your communication with others and unafraid to make your points clear. It took me a while to realise that there was nothing wrong with saying things like, “I don’t want to put harmful chemicals in my hair anymore,” or “I just want a different path,” rather than just saying, “Oh, I’m just trying something new.”
I have a hairdo like this. The fact is that they weren’t intentionally slandering me; they genuinely had no idea. I suppose I had to match my level of discomfort with their inquiries and realise there was a middle ground. Although it wasn’t combative, I believe that by the end of the conversation I had altered my mind about a few things.