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Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Jil­laine. I’m Amer­i­can, of Irish, and Jamaican descent. I grew up in both the Bronx, New York and Palm Beach Gar­dens, Flori­da where I cur­rent­ly reside.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
I’ve been nat­ur­al since birth! My mom didn’t want to get my hair relaxed. She liked my curls and learned how to work with them. There was a point in time where I didn’t like my hair and want­ed it relaxed, but then real­ized it could dam­age my curls, and I didn’t end up going through with it. I real­ly start­ed embrac­ing my curls my sopho­more year of high school, back in 2010.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I would say my hair is pre­dom­i­nant­ly 3c and my curls are very fine. My hair has a mind of its own, which I’m okay with most of the time.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
My styling reg­i­men is real­ly sim­ple actu­al­ly. I’m a wash and go type of gal. I wash my hair every 2–4 days. After wash­ing it, I sep­a­rate my hair into two sec­tions and apply Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner/Detangler and One ‘n Only Argan Oil Treat­ment. I have yet to real­ly exper­i­ment with dif­fer­ent hair­styles because for one I’m lazy, and I’m also real­ly hap­py with the way my hair falls most of the time after wash­ing, so I find no need to play around with it. So my hair is either down in its nat­ur­al state, or up in a bun/ponytail. I try to deep con­di­tion every two weeks as well, and when I do I use Shea Mois­ture Raw Shea But­ter Deep Treat­ment Masque.

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What does wash day look like for you?
My wash days are also pret­ty sim­ple. As men­tioned ear­li­er, I wash my hair every 2–4 days. I hop in the show­er, soak my hair in the water, then lath­er my head with sham­poo. I use the DevaC­url No-Poo, which I love. I let that sit for a few min­utes, then wash it out. I then sep­a­rate my hair into two sec­tions and take two pumps of my DevaC­url One Con­di­tion and start work­ing on one side of my head. I use the Revlon Sig­na­ture Series Pad­dle Hair brush to brush out each sec­tion of my hair, start­ing from the bot­tom work­ing my way up. Once I fin­ish con­di­tion­ing and brush­ing my hair out, I let the con­di­tion­er sit for a few min­utes then wash it out.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
I just let my hair do its thing! If I’ve just washed it I’ll let it air dry or dif­fuse it real­ly quick. If it’s one of the in-between days, I just wake up, fluff my hair a bit, then run out.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
Hon­est­ly, it doesn’t both­er me, so I don’t real­ly do any­thing if I’m being hon­est. I recent­ly just cut off a lot of hair (impulse deci­sion that I should’ve thought through more) so I’m notic­ing the shrink­age a lot more now. I live in a cli­mate where the humid­i­ty is always extreme­ly high, so I know my hair is going to shrink and frizz – it’s inevitable. I don’t mind it. The com­bi­na­tion of shrink­age and frizz makes my hair look real­ly volu­mi­nous, which I love.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
The hair that’s on the very top of my head. That hair is always direct­ly in the sun, and it is notice­ably dri­er and hard­er to deal with than the hair under­neath.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
I would say to make sure you detan­gle when your hair is sop­ping wet and lath­ered in con­di­tion­er, and make sure it’s nice and mois­tur­ized on the reg­u­lar!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
I try to not use heat that often, as that can real­ly damage/dry your hair out, and I make sure to avoid to the best of my abil­i­ty any prod­ucts that con­tain sul­fate.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
There is! You can find me on Tum­blr:
My user­name on all four is itsjil­laine.


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

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Napturally Kia

youre so pret­ty. love your hair


Hey guys! This is Jil­laine. That com­ment up there wasn’t me, I don’t con­sid­er myself “white” like that per­son imper­son­at­ing me said. I am bira­cial and proud of who I am. I do iden­ti­fy more with my Irish roots but I absolute­ly do not iden­ti­fy myself as being sole­ly white. Any­one who had any ques­tions should’ve gone to my tum­blr or twit­ter and asked! :) I don’t know why any­one would pre­tend to me to try to start trou­ble but it’s not the first time it’s hap­pened and it prob­a­bly won’t be the last.


That can’t be the real Jil­laine. Why in the heck would she con­sid­er her­self white? No one else on Earth would. And her fea­tures and blood line are results of black/African blood.


Thank you for rec­og­niz­ing that! I don’t con­sid­er myself white, I con­sid­er myself bira­cial. Don’t know who stirred up that white com­ment but I can assure you it wasn’t me! :)


So, if you con­sid­er your­self white, why are you on BLACK girl with long hair?

Pretty Doll

I believed the site asked her to do a fea­ture on her. This site fea­tures a lot of bira­cials and mul­tira­cials on it. There was even a fea­ture on a His­pan­ic girl with curly hair, Ana and a White girl from South Africa with curly hair. It real­ly isn’t that seri­ous. I’m mixed as well (Lithuan­ian, Bangladeshi and Black) and iden­ti­fy as mixed and I go on hair sites for curly hair regard­less of the intend­ed demo­graph­ic.


I would have thought she had a lit­tle bit of Asian her­itage. She reminds me of my neice who is Black, White, and Asian. Any­way, she is beau­ti­ful nonethe­less. :)

I always get asked if I’m part Asian, but I’m not. I mean not recent­ly any­way. I’m African Amer­i­can and like most AAs, we are very diverse and have a mixed back­ground. I doubt any AA is straight up African from Africa. I haven’t real­ly done any research on my blood­line, all I know is I’m black and I iden­ti­fy as black. My fam­i­ly could have White and Native Amer­i­can ances­try, even pos­si­bly Asian… but I am not 100% sure so I don’t claim any of those eth­nic­i­ties. Btw, Jil­laine didn’t say what kind of Jamaican her Jamaican par­ent is.… Read more »

I get asked if I’m mixed with some type of Asian a lot more fre­quent­ly then one would think! My father isn’t mixed with any type of Asian though, just black :)

East Coast Mixed Chick
East Coast Mixed Chick
To me she could pass for a Puer­to Rican. But then again a lot of us mixed chicks can pass for Puer­to Rican and any oth­er type of His­pan­ic. I ALWAYS get asked if I’m Puer­to Rican or Domini­can. Peo­ple come up to me and start speak­ing Span­ish. It doesn’t help that I live in New York, and there’s a ton of Puer­to Ricans and Domini­cans here. I have a lot of His­pan­ic friends so I guess that’s anoth­er rea­son why some peo­ple think I’m His­pan­ic. I get hit on by most­ly Ricans and Domini­can guys, and most of my… Read more »

Every­one has their own opin­ion. I don’t think she looks Puer­to Rican. I think she has some Fil­ipino fea­tures which is why I said what I said. My niece is mixed with Black, White & Fil­ipino and she looks a lot like this young lady here.

East Coast Mixed Chick
East Coast Mixed Chick
Um I wasn’t try­ing to start an argu­ment. I don’t know why you seem to be get­ting upset. Does it real­ly mat­ter what she looks like? She’s a per­son first of all. Who cares what her race is. It’s sad how race is still such an impor­tant fac­tor these days. Peo­ple are freakin peo­ple. I have gone through so much crap through­out my life. I wasn’t white enough for the peo­ple, and I wasn’t black enough for the black peo­ple. Then I had peo­ple say­ing I was lying about my race, and that I was real­ly a Lati­na who was… Read more »

It was a mis­un­der­stand­ing. I was not get­ting upset hon­est­ly. I apol­o­gize for seem­ing like I was irri­tat­ed.

Yes, it is a sad thing that peo­ple focus on race too much. I don’t know your beliefs, but I believe God made us all equal. I am sor­ry peo­ple have treat­ed you bad­ly before. Some peo­ple are just so bit­ter and evil unfor­tu­nate­ly. I pray that God will soft­en their hearts.

Have a nice day.


You remind me of some­one (like an actress or a singer). Dang I wish I could think of the per­son, but you’re giv­ing me some vibes of them. If I can think of the per­son I’ll come back. LOL. 

P.S. You’re super cute and pret­ty! I wish I had lips like you. They’re perf. Xoxo.


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She’s very pret­ty. She reminds me of my Domini­can friend.


Gor­geous big hair. On a note unre­lat­ed to this love­ly lady I am get­ting tired of the “com­bat shrink­age” ques­tion. I absolute­ly want to know what peo­ple do after they wash their hair but pre­vent­ing (worse com­bat­ting) hair from doing what it nat­u­ral­ly does shouldn’t be a focal point. Just a mini vent. Maybe you could just ask “How do you style your hair after wash­ing?”


I agree. Her hair is gorj!


I nev­er under­stand why you guys give these trolls the time of day. That atten­tion is exact­ly what they’re look­ing for. Vote “thumbs down” and keep the focus on these gor­geous hair icons :)

Youngin girl

What can I say? It’s love­ly. I like how sim­ple your reg­i­men and wash days are.


One word.…BEAUTIFUL!


OMG her hair is great but her face is even bet­ter, what a cutie pie :D


What a pret­ty girl!




So love­ly!

Cia Bia

You and your hair are BEAUTIFUL!! I love your hair… so thick and lush and it falls per­fect­ly.


Self­ie-tas­tic! Fab hair — looks lush and healthy


Why do you only always com­ment on 3’s? **Just won­der­ing :-)**


@Angel- Are you a stalk­er? Damn, why does it even mat­ter who some­one com­ments on?


Bet­ter yet how/why do you even notice?? That’s strange board­er line obses­sive. Any­way this girl is gor­geous and her fea­ture was nice.

Biracial Beauty

I agree with Lo and May.


why does it mat­ter what pic­tures some­one else com­ments on?


LOL don’t even both­er ask­ing.…


Beau­ti­ful young lady..beautiful hair.


Pret­ty girl, pretty/healthy hair :-)

Once again, this is not me. I don’t con­sid­er myself white. I am bira­cial, my moth­er is white and my father is black. I embrace both sides. Grow­ing up with my mom, I iden­ti­fy more with my Irish roots, yes. But nonethe­less, I love and appre­ci­ate both sides of my fam­i­ly and do not iden­ti­fy myself as being sole­ly “white” or sole­ly “black”. I iden­ti­fy myself as being mixed, mul­ti-racial, bira­cial, etc;. If you have any ques­tions or con­cerns I would rec­om­mend find­ing me on one of my social media accounts and talk­ing there because some­one is imper­son­at­ing me on… Read more »
Natasha W.

Is this the real Jil­laine or is it some­one pos­ing as her? Most mixed peo­ple do not con­sid­er them­selves white. Even the ones who look more white than black. Mari­ah Carey, Nicole Richie, and Rashi­da Jones con­sid­er them­selves black. I’m not telling you what to do, and I’m not con­demn­ing you by the way. I’m just curi­ous as to why you con­sid­er your­self white. Are you clos­er to your white side?


This is not me — I can assure you of that. Con­tact me on my tum­blr or twit­ter if you have any ques­tions!


That is the dumb­est thing I have ever heard in my life. You are what you are…and YOU aren’t in a posi­tion to tell oth­ers what they are. Your genet­ics deter­mine what you are and you get them from both par­ents. I am mixed with white but often mis­tak­en for not being mixed at all…being all Black. Stop box­ing peo­ple up.


@CalltheDoctor- You’re a weird one aren’t you.…


Hal­ley Berry’s mom is white & she con­sid­er her­self African Amer­i­can. Ali­cia Keys’ mom is white & Ali­cia also resides as an African American.…I’m half Native & African Amer­i­can, pale as a ghost & I Am An African Amer­i­can. Poor child, you are tru­ly show­ing how igno­rant you are in Nationality…love you & leave the rest to God.…He knows…peace

Biracial Beauty

She also said she’s half Jamaican, you moron. Most Jamaicans are Black. She is black and white. How is that con­sid­ered just white? Fuck off.

Biracial Beauty

How in the world does she look “white”? She looks mixed. She is a beau­ti­ful bira­cial girl. Stop trolling, racist idiot!