Jillaine // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

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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: http://itsjillaine.tumblr.com/ef
Instagram: http://instagram.com/itsjillaine
Twitter: https://twitter.com/itsjillaine
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/itsjillaine
My username on all four is itsjillaine.



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


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43 thoughts on “Jillaine // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. 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 :)

  2. 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?”

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  4. 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.

  5. 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. :)

    • 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 boyfriends have been Hispanic. My boyfriend is mixed. He’s half Puerto Rican and half Italian.

      • 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.

        • 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 self-hating (yes this really did happen to me).

          • 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.

    • 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. No doubt they are black because she does look mixed with black. BUT Jamaica has many races living there. There are Chinese Jamaicans and Indian (from India, not Native American) Jamaicans, you know…. Her Jamaican parent could have some Chinese or Indian from past generations. Tyson Beckford and Naomi Campbell has Chinese in their bloodline. So it’s not impossible for a Jamaican to be part Asian.

      • 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 :)

    • 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.

  6. 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! :)

  7. 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.

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