Skin Story: Jalina Porter, NBA Dancer
Jalina Porter is an NBA Dancer; she takes a low maintenance approach to beauty. If you think that’s an oxymoron, tell that to Jalina the Peace Corps volunteer, Jalina the former NFL Cheerleader, Jalina the corporate communicator, or Jalina the business school candidate. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Jalina wants me to know that one of her favorite quotes (and personal philosophy) is Maya Angelou’s “You are always in style when you are true to yourself.” I believe her—the proof is in her story—the story of a high school athlete who turned to cheer in college. When a professor spoke of the Peace Corps during a business orientation class, she placed post-college opportunities afforded by her marketing degree on hold and found herself in Cambodia, looking down the barrel of a two-year experience where bucket showers and colorism were equally commonplace.
As a teacher in the Cambodian countryside, Jalina’s lessons often extended outside of the classroom. Her hair, for example, was an interminable point of interest; pulled with curious fingers regardless of an invitation.
In return, Cambodia taught Jalina the art of simplicity in beauty. Emu and olive oil moisturized her hair and body while Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Soap and Miss Jessie’s supplemented the remainder of Jalina’s beauty routine.
Returning to the states, a simultaneous stretch in corporate communications at Jamba Juice and cheerleading for the Oakland Raiders sharpened Jalina’s multi-tasking and makeup skills. On the field with the Raiderettes, two lessons were learned: 1) primer is key (her favorite is Givenchy’s Mister Mat) and 2) dry shampoo saves hair after a Sunday afternoon spent entertaining thousands of Raiders fans.
After participating as a coach on MTV’s Made, she moved to D.C., joined the Washington Wizards’ dance team, and began studying for the next chapter in her never-boring life: business school.
There’s always a place for skincare, which for Jalina comprises of Neutrogena Treatment Pads swept along her face in the morning, followed by Neutrogena moisturizer with SPF. At night, she cleanses with Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes and then replenishes with Vaseline or coconut oil.
Her makeup stash is streamlined to efficiency. For foundation, there’s Chanel Perfection Lumière while NARS blushes and bronzers color her cheeks. Her eyes are enhanced with liquid liner from MAC and mascaras by Chanel and Guerlain. Special evenings call for Too Faced’s Smokey Eye Shadow Palette. Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray prolongs her foundation while rouges like MAC’s Ruby Woo and Damned by NARS paint her lips.
Hair and body care is another story. Conditioners like Aubrey Organics’ Island Naturals and Nature’s Gate Biotin nourish Jalina’s hair. For a deeper condition, Curl Junkie’s Repair Me, prepared with a heated conditioning cap is essential. But remembrances from Cambodia still linger, especially within Jalina’s hair and body wash routine, where Dr. Bronner’s cleanses once more, delivering the same results under a different set of stars.