Intro­duce your­self!
Hel­lo. My name is Julianka and I’m from Mary­land. Cur­rent­ly, I’m a grad­u­ate stu­dent study­ing food pol­i­cy, applied nutri­tion, and pub­lic health.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
Decid­ing to go nat­u­ral was the result of a relax­er gone wrong. In fact, I had no inten­tion of ever going nat­u­ral. I’d been get­ting relax­ers since I was about 8 or 9 years old, so I nev­er knew what my nat­u­ral hair tex­ture looked like. I didn’t even know that I had curly hair! In 2009, I decid­ed to give the chem­i­cals a break and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve been nat­u­ral since August 2010.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I have 3c hair that’s very thick and frizz prone.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
Most of the time I do wash and go’s, which last any­where from 5 days to a week. After I cleanse and con­di­tion, I use Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie to define and rein­force my curls. Every now and then, I’ll twist my hair with Carol’s Daugh­ter Healthy Hair But­ter and seal my ends with Laven­der Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil. Then, I’ll style it in an up-do. I’m not a fan of twist-outs any­more because it always ends up look­ing thin and life­less. Also, I love wear­ing my hair in a sleek, low pony­tail!

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What does wash day look like for you?
Before hop­ping in the show­er, I apply DevaC­url No-Poo Cleanser to my dry hair. Then I hop into the show­er, wet my hair thor­ough­ly, and begin cleans­ing my scalp with my fin­ger­tips. If I have a lot of build up, I rin­se with Bragg’s Organ­ic Apple Cider Vine­gar. After­wards, I fol­low with a gen­er­ous amount of con­di­tion­er and begin fin­ger detan­gling. I switch up my con­di­tion­ers every few months or so. Some of my favorites include, Yes to Car­rots Pam­per­ing Con­di­tion­er, DevaC­url One Con­di­tion, and Every­day Shea Mois­tur­iz­ing Con­di­tion­er. I always leave a lit­tle con­di­tion­er in because I have thick, frizz prone curls. At least once a mon­th, I deep con­di­tion and sit under my Hueti­ful Hair Steam­er for 20 min­utes. I have yet to find the per­fect deep con­di­tion­er for my hair tex­ture, so I’m exper­i­ment­ing with new brands and recipes every mon­th.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A sleek, low pony­tail.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I use met­al clips at the ends of my hair to weigh down the curls while it’s dry­ing.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
Def­i­nite­ly at the nape of my neck. In order to pre­vent tan­gling at the nape, at night I add a few twists before bed.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Fin­ger detan­gle and deep con­di­tion.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
No heat and no sil­i­cones.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Blog (com­ing soon): www.julianka.com
Insta­gram: @juliankab
Twit­ter: @julianka


Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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i love your hair


Gor­geous hair and your tech­niques are very help­ful! Thank you for shar­ing! :))


So, so, so very pret­ty! I love that pic with the glass­es!


Whoo, look­it all that hair! Nice length reten­tion and love the broc­coli!



“I use met­al clips at the ends of my hair to weigh down the curls while it’s dry­ing.” BRILLIANT! Why haven’t I thought of this? lol


beau­ti­ful wom­an and hair! who did your pho­tos?


what a beau­ti­ful girl and beau­ti­ful hair <3


Flip I wish I had 3c hair :(!


Gor­geous hair and girl. Ahh­hh length, I’ll get there one day.


Smart, sexy, and fab­u­lous hair!


Excel­lent field of study! I see you love your veg­gies & fruits too! :)) makes a marked dif­fer­ence in hair health, that’s for sure… Well done!


I’m with Court­ney — who cuts/shapes your hair? I’m in Bal­ti­more and would hap­pi­ly dri­ve to find some­one who can han­dle my 3c/4a hair. Gor­geous hair, gor­geous wom­an btw :)


Beau­ti­ful! I’m in the DMV area too. Where do you get your hair shaped? It’s gor­geous!


Hey Court­ney. Thanks! I get my hair shaped once a year at Devachan Salon in Soho.


I’m tak­ing a trip to NY in Octo­ber. Do you go to April? She has a lot of pos­i­tive reviews on YT.


I don’t have a par­tic­u­lar styl­ist. I just make sure I call and let them know my texture/curl pat­tern ahead of time. They always get it right :)


Julianka, you are absolute­ly GORGEOUS and so is your hair :). Love the pho­tos and thank you for shar­ing your hair jour­ney with us.


Beau­ti­ful and i love your hair


Beau­ti­ful hair! Our hair looks sim­i­lar, but I am the worst with styling it (so I just rock wash-and-gos con­stant­ly). Can any­one tell what kind of hair­style she used in the 9th pic­ture (the one where she’s in the den­im v-neck jump­suit)? Is that a ban­tu-knot out, twist-out, or what? Would love to try it. Thanks, ladies!


Hey Ash­ley. Thanks! I just rolled my hair with big rollers and then pin curled it at night.


I was mind­blown at pic­ture two. Do you cut your bangs to fall like that? And am I right to assume that is just a wash and go with the method you described?


Amaz­ing! I am so excit­ed to try this, as our hair looks so sim­i­lar and I LOVE that hair­style on you. Do you usu­al­ly do this style on wet or dry hair?


I roll my hair while it’s wet, let it air dry, and then pin it while it’s dry :)


Same with the main pho­to (gray shirt, blue feath­ers). Can you ladies tell what style she used for her hair?



Very pret­ty girl

Antoinette Stewart

You have the per­fect amount of frizz — very min­i­mal just gives it tex­ture! Love your eyes, you are beau­ti­ful!


Your hair is every­thing :)


looove your hair!! you kind of resem­ble Amerie!


I see a bit of Zoe Sal­dana


i was think­ing the same thing


Wow she’s beau­ti­ful