Whoa Wednesday! Meet Jini

1. Name and where are you from?

Mi name is Jini Lopez and I am from Toa Alta, Puerto Rico.

2. How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a peaceful and happy person.  I also like meeting new people.

3. Tell us something about you that will make us say WHOA!

I am a self taught makeup artist and now I am certified! I started doing makeup when I was 17 years old and just loved it.  I am currently give makeup seminars and contribute to makeup articles for an online magazine but would also love to give “Learn to love your curly hair” self-esteem speeches/semimars here in PR. My passion is to help others.

4. How long have you been rockin’ yo rizos?

I have always had curly hair! But I mistreated it with harsh hair dyes when I was younger. I grew up in a country where having curly hair wasn’t all that cool but still I rocked it!  I felt different because I’m light skinned and  hispanic and did not understand why my my hair was not straight so I used to tie a long scarf around my head to pretend I had long straight hair LOL!  It was a year ago when a decided to go completely natural, no harmful dyes, no chemicals, all organic/natural hair products and fully Rock My Rizos!

5. What is your hair routine (including staple hair products and home made recipes)?

This is a long one!  I wash my hair every 2 weeks, some times even longer because I do protective styles on dry oiled hair (if your curly headed you understand). I hardly use shampoo and when I do it has no sulfates – usually Shea Moisture.  Every month I wash my hair with an apple cider vinegar recipe because it helps get rid of product buildup, eliminates dandruff and it is natural! 

My recipe consist of:

  • empty bottle
  • apple cider vinegar (Bragg- organic) 
  • water 
  • (optional) rosemary, tea tree, or lavender oil. 

Pour equal parts of water and vinegar in the bottle and add 2 or 3 drops of any essential oil and there you have it!  After I wash it, I add Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner.  It’s great for all hair types and is organic.  I then apply a cream- the ones I use are: Shea Moisture Coconut Milk, Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream, Cantu Shea Butter Coconut milk shine & hold.  After this I style my hair, I alternate between doing the curly girl method by Lorraine Massey author of Curly Girl: The Handbook or I just watch SunkissAlba on You Tube (she’s a doll)!  I alternate between air drying my curls and diffusing my hair on medium heat. For protective styles I use: organic virgin coconut oil and avocado oil with Eco Styler Olive oil gel.

6. Where can we find you on social media?

Instagram: @jiniusmakeup 

Facebook: Cursos De Maquillaje 

Youtube:    JiniusBeauty

7. Any last thoughts? Anything you would love for us to know?

Happiness comes from being you. Don’t try to be any one else because there is no one like you! Rock what you have, whether your hair is long, short, thin or thick hair, big curls, small curls or even if your bald.  Embrace what you have! Own it because God made you the way you are for a reason. You are perfect in your own way! Simply be the best you can be.