I know it has been a while since I have done a Whoa Wednesday feature and I couldn’t think of anyone else to kick it off but my buddy Jason. I had the pleasure of meeting him through a mutual friend and my initial thought was Woooow, his locs are awesome! I mean his style was on point also but there was something about his energy that was intriguing and I was right. Everyone meet Jason…
1. Name and where you are from?
My name is Jason Reynolds and I’m from Oxon Hill, MD, but have lived in Brooklyn, New York for ten years.
2. How would you describe yourself in five words?
Creative, diligent, compassionate, curious and…tall.
3. Tell us something about you that will make us say WHOA!
I learned to crochet when I was younger due to an obsession with hats. I could never find hats that I liked — my kind of hats — so my mother had a friend of hers teach me to crochet. One of the best things I’ve ever learned, especially since now I have so much hair. Oh, one other quick thing, the lady who taught me was a “see-er/reader.” A psychic. I grew up in a house with psychics and meditations circles and palm reading and all that was the norm. I used to be scared to tell people that because…y’know. But now, naw. I’m proud of my upbringing. It was different. It was special.
4. How long have you been rockin’ your locs? What made you decide to loc your hair?
So I’ve had locs for about eight years. I think. And I wish I had some sort of groundbreaking story about how and why I started them but the truth is, my hair has been long most of my adult life, but just sort of “wild.” I’ve lived as an artist for a long time, and just didn’t really feel the need to be clean shaven, not to mention my father has never been. He’s had long hair, and a full beard my entire life, so it just seemed natural. I think I somehow equate it with what men are supposed to look like (though I know this isn’t necessarily the case.) I also like being scruffy and hairy from the neck up but really clean and neat from the neck down. Keeps people on their toes.
5. What is your hair routine?
My hair routine. Well, and this is going to be embarrassing because this is a hair blog, but I don’t do much. As a matter of fact, if it weren’t for my girlfriend yelling at me, I probably wouldn’t do anything. I wash it a few times a year. Yes, you read correctly, a few times a year. More in the summer, because of all the sweating. Surprisingly, it’s never dirty and it doesn’t hold any smell. I don’t know why, but I’m grateful! And I keep it moisturized with Oyin Hair Dew, and Cantu Shea Butter. I don’t do any re-twisting or any of that (obviously.) I love them as they are.
6. Where can we find you on social media?
* I’m on facebook but you just have to search for me. Lol.
7. Any last thoughts? Anything you would love for us to know?
Everyone who reads this, after you finish moisturizing your rizos, go out and buy my latest novel,
WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST. Boom!