"Basics of Protein Conditioners

A protein treatment has different protein properties that attach directly to the hair follicle and harden the cuticle layer. This places a barrier around the follicle, which protects it from further damage. There are four types of protein conditioner treatments: protein packs, reconstructors, deep penetrating treatments, and light protein treatments….”

- via JustCurlz

This post contains good information on differentiating protein treatments and choosing the right one for you. It also includes product suggestions for each type of treatment. Check it out! 



what the point of using a protein conditioner? —by Anonymous

Hey!  There are different types of protein treatments, so take note of that! But overall, a protein conditioner serves many various purposes. 

  1. If you are experiencing breakage, using protein will help to strengthen hair.
  2. If hair is relaxed or colour-treated, protein is strongly recommended because both relaxers and hair dyes break down the hair.
  3.  If you have fine strands of hair, then using protein is very beneficial. This is because fine hair naturally lack the structural support that coarse strands of hair do.
  4. If your hair is more limp than normal or feels gummy or too “elastic” when stretched—then a quick protein fix can make things right again.

This might sound strange, but it really is about “listening” to your hair—or rather paying close attention to what it needs. You will always know!

Lastly, here is a really helpful article to help you (or anyone else) decide which protein treatment is right for you :-) 



What is your hair type ? I've been on this natural hair journey and even after seeing numerous hair typing picture I still can't tell what's mine. I know I have two textured hair but it's hard to identify my curl patten on the chart. —by Anonymous

Hey! I am a combination of all the fours, but as I’ve been learning more about my hair (especially since I  am wearing it out a lot more), I feel that I can identify more as predominately 4B/4C—hair is wirey, cottony, and shrinks like crazy lol :-) 



Hello! I was making a castor oil mixture the other day and I used the JBCO but then I ran out of it. So I only have clear castor oil left. I was wondering if I could mix the both castor oil together or It wouldn't work that way? —by Anonymous

Hey! Interesting question. It’s up to you. if they have worked well for you in the past and just the same in terms of effectiveness, then mixing shouldn’t be a problem.

And to my understanding and from personal experience, the clear variety (or pale yellow) castor oil and the Jamaican Black variety have functioned the same in terms of how it was used—to regrow my edges.

But….there seems to be different results and/or different reactions to each. For example, some have said the clear variety works wonders, while JBCO contributed to an itchy scalp, hair bumps on scalp, or excessive shedding. 

Both oils are just processed differently, so take note of that.

Interesting fact to add: The reason why JBCO maintains its dark colour is because ashes are added to the processing of it—which is thought to increase the effectiveness of the oil. However, ash is also considered an impurity. Pure castor oil maintains the clear/yellow colour. (Perhaps that is why JBCO has that burnt, smoky smell compared to the clear variety, lol).

Side note #2: Just using my logical thinking here, but the scalp irritations with JBCO for some naturals could attribute to being unknowingly allergic the high ash content. For anyone else wanting know! 

I’m always adding extra info, lol. But I hope that answers your question :-)



7/20/14

Shrinkage be like…



Hello,when I 2 strands twist my natural hair the ends looks okay, but after 1-2 days they look frizzy. What does that mean? —by Anonymous

Hey! Frizzy anything indicates loss of moisture and/or oils. Dry ends or even the length of the hair that is dry has the tendency to frizz up. Here are a few solutions:

  • Make sure to saturate the ends with product when twisting, and then  just before you reach down to the very ends of your hair, twirl/coil your ends around your fingers to keep them from unraveling.
  • If you are doing the twists as a protective style for a couple of days or even for a week or so, ensure that you are moisturising your ends to prevent any moisture loss. Our ends are the oldest parts of our hair, and thus need extra TLC. 
  • If you have tried the above already, and your ends still get fuzzy after those 1-2 days, that may indicate that you are in need of a trim. Check to see how your ends appear, especially when in twists—as that can tell you a lot. Are they thinning out? How do your ends feel/look?

Hope that helps :-)



Hi! Iv been transitioning for about two months and I want to start using less heat and I was wondering if I start using perm rods in my hair would it look some what ok? :) —by Anonymous

Hey! Yes, perm rods would work great!

I would also suggest looking into Jane Carter Solution Wrap & Roll for doing no heat, roller set styles. It’s a wonderful lightweight product that provides great hold, and I have actually read that it not only works for those with natural hair, but some of the best results were achieved on relaxed hair and transitioning hair :-) 

Hope that helps! 



For some reason, I was feeling myself here, lol!

The humidity didn’t affect my hair too much either, except only shrink it up a bit—but that is standard :-)



are you taking any vitamins for hair growth? —by Anonymous

Hey! No, I do not take any vitamins for hair growth. I personally don’t believe in their hype and/or their cost—way too expensive. However, I do take a multivitamin just to supply my body with any necessary nutrients—they’re gummies and they taste great! I’m always excited to take it in the evenings, lol. I also just drink plenty of water (lemon wedges give it a great taste! So does mint), eat as healthy as I can, and exercise.

There are many means of achieving hair growth. What you put into your body as well as how you treat it definitely helps! 



Hey guys! 
I am currently going through some things, so I apologise for not replying to your messages or being very consistent with the content. Just gotta sort some personal stuff out first. I’ll have a new video in the next week! I just purchased some new lighting and it should be here in a few days :-) The new video will be my detailed wash day routine, since I know I receive so many questions about that. I’ve changed my wash day routine a bit, so I will definitely share that in the newest upload. 
Thank you so much for subscribing to the channel by the way, and for the support on this blog! Once again, I am really grateful that I can be of help to you! It”s crazy how much I’ve also been able to get myself out of my own comfort zone because of the support.
For those who may want the link to the YT channel, it’s: http://www.youtube.com/user/taikafilat :-)

Hey guys! 

I am currently going through some things, so I apologise for not replying to your messages or being very consistent with the content. Just gotta sort some personal stuff out first. I’ll have a new video in the next week! I just purchased some new lighting and it should be here in a few days :-) The new video will be my detailed wash day routine, since I know I receive so many questions about that. I’ve changed my wash day routine a bit, so I will definitely share that in the newest upload. 

Thank you so much for subscribing to the channel by the way, and for the support on this blog! Once again, I am really grateful that I can be of help to you! It”s crazy how much I’ve also been able to get myself out of my own comfort zone because of the support.

For those who may want the link to the YT channel, it’s: http://www.youtube.com/user/taikafilat :-)