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Taj // Multi-Texture Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
T:
My name is Taj White. My family is from the island of Jamaica by way of California. I have lived in a few different states throughout my life. Spent most of my adult life in Southern California (shout out to Los Angeles) and I moved to Dallas/Fort Worth with my family about 6 years ago.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I have been natural for over 10 years, but I have only been rocking my curls for 3 years. 10 years ago I decided to stop getting relaxers because I could no longer bare the scalp sores. My poor scalp was constantly inflamed. My strands looked healthy, but my scalp said a completely different thing.

How would you describe your texture?
T:
My hair is big, naturally voluminous, and dense. It has a mind of its own 🙂 I have a little bit of all the 3’s and some of the 2’s in there. My hair does not like to be manipulated. Since my strands are fine, a lot of manipulation that can cause me breakage. It’s a free spirited kind of mane. My strands are predominantly 3c/3a curls. My 3a curls are very frizzy. They sit at the crown of my mane. I have only met one product that can tame my frizz and help encourage those looser curls. What product would that be? Kinky Curly Knot Today of course. Lol. I use the Kimmaytube mixture (2 tbsp of Kinky Curly Knot Today, 2 tsp of castor oil, jojoba oil, and 2 tbsp of aloe vera juice). It’s slightly modified to fit my hair needs. Other than that I don’t fight against the frizz anymore.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
I am a wash ‘n go girl! Every so often I will twist my hair and wear it in a bun as a protective style, or do a twist out. I wash and deep condition once a week. I use Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner to wash and detangle. Once every two weeks I will wash with a clay mask mixture of apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil. Since my scalp is prone to build up, I like to deep cleanse as often as I can. I finger detangle my hair when washing and conditioning. This process was revolutionary for my hair when I discovered it. I experience a lot less breakage after I began this process. I LOVE my Denman brush to smooth the strands out before any product is applied. I apply my leave in (Kinky Curly Knot Today), sometimes a moisturizer (Soultanicals Marula-Muru Moisture Guru or Hairitage Hydration Coco Aloe Hair Hydrator). A butter to my ends (Hairitage Hydration Castor Infusion Hair Butter), and a gel (Super Wet Hair Styling Gel) to help the style last longer. This gives me a real nice shine, feel, and the look I am going for.

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
I usually try and set a chunk of time aside in the morning to prep and wash my hair. This typically takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes. I am a slight product junkie. So I rotate products often! But my staples are Kinky Curly Knot Today, Hairitage Hydration Castor Infusion Hair Butter, and Super Wet Hair Styling Gel or Kinky Curly Curling Custard. During the cool months, I diffuse the roots of my hair and let the rest air-dry. In the warmer months, (It’s hot enough here in Texas) I air dry all the way. I shampoo or co-wash, deep condition, apply my leave in of choice, butter, and gel. That may sound like a lot to some, but I almost never have to re-moisturize until it’s “wash day” again. I aspire to get 5–6 days out of my wash ‘n go. And this process gets me there.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
This will be a big surprise based on my previous answers, but… a wash ‘n go is my “go-to”. I say, “Let it be wild and free”. If my curls are wild and it’s one of those days that freedom needs to be taken away, I wear a bun or a puff. Lol.

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
I usually don’t fight it. I just roll with the shrinkage that comes. Some products will cause more shrinkage than others, but by the time my hair hits day three I usually get a pretty good amount of stretch from my nightly pineapple. I also enjoy the shrinkage because it gives me different looks.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
I would have to say my nape and edges tend to get drier than the rest of my hair for some reason. I have to water and butter them up every other night to fight against that. I also keep my ends nice and buttered up regularly, as they have always been prone to breakage. Butters and gels help keep them coiled, clumped and happy.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
Hair butters! I absolutely need them! Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall 🙂 I experience a lot less dryness and breakage just from incorporating butters into my regimen. That has made the biggest difference in my hair journey. The second would be deep conditioning. Thirty minutes and a plastic cap works wonders for my hair. This helps me to retain moisture and elasticity, which my hair naturally lacks. Alright, I’ve got 5 (I’m sorry :)… My nightly mist of water and my nightly pineapple, AND I have to wear my satin scarf to bed. It’s also a must for me.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
My hair cannot take constant heat. Prior to going curly, I would flat iron regularly. My hair has thanked me for stopping that process. The next would be regular manipulation. Since my strands are fine, manipulation makes it look VERY thin. No amount of picking and fluffing can change that.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
Yes. I am on YouTube “Curlversation Pop” with my home girls and fellow naturals. And, I love Instagram 🙂
YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNKLbn1SxaM5-zjEn8VLtWA
IG: http://instagram.com/tajwhite25
FB: https://www.facebook.com/taj.white.10

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barbara
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barbara

lovely hair. i like your hairstyles too

taj
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Thank you!

Madison
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Madison

That’s my mom

WhyMe?
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WhyMe?

awww, your Mom is lovely 🙂

taj
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Thanks lol!

Steve
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Steve

This is a great article. I love your hair and all the styles you do. You are amazing.

Rachel
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Rachel

Love her hair!!

Chat1
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Chat1

Gorgeous hair 🙂

taj
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Thank you!

Donald
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Donald

I love your hair it is very natural

Sonya
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Sonya

Your hair is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing your story.

MelyB
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MelyB

I’m a new subbie to your You tube channel! Gorgeous hair, great spirit & videos. Thank you for sharing your regimen & reviews.

taj
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Thank you so glad to have you and looking forward to hearing from you.

Pat
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Pat

Great hair, different look in every photo!

taj
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Thank you!

youngin girl
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youngin girl

Wash ‘n’ go’s are pretty tight.

taj
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Lol thanks

Ertasha Jackson
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Ertasha Jackson

Your hair is gorgeous Taj!

Lucca
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I told my grntomdaher how you helped. She said, “bake them a cake!”

k
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k

@ bglh. The title “Taj from jamaica” is misleading. As a jamaican living in jamaica I was hoping to read something about regimen for our tropical weather

trish
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trish

same thing i was thinking too. when i read it i was like “she’s from california/dallas”. I have a cousin who left Jamaica from she was a teen and her hair texture changed completely due to the atmospheric conditions. the “from Jamaica” is very misleading indeed.

cora
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cora

Why do I see so many naturals use the same main stream products? It’s ok to use products other than what the natural hair community says you ought to use.

taj
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Thanks Cora, this is true. And To Most Naturals It’s Pretty Important to Be Able to Find The Product you Use Most On The ground. So that makes Kinky Kurly, Shea Moisture, Cantu, etc very popular. I am sure you noticed I use a lot of private label companies i.e. Hairitage Hydration and Soultanicals. I agree with you about encouraging other naturals to use products that are not as popular.
Thanks Cora.

kadeisha
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kadeisha

hi i have the build up on the scalp problem as well what do you use to cleanse your hair?

taj
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Hi Kadeisha,

I use the Indian healing clay (I buy it from my local grocery store), water, all natural tea tree oil, & apple cider vinegar. I make a paste and apply it directly to the scalp. I massage the scalp for a minute or so and let the clay sit for about 20–30 minutes. Then rinse, co wash or shampoo. I do this once or twice a month. It all natural so you can do it more often if needed. I hope this helps 🙂

BEEJ
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BEEJ

I enjoyed this article. I have gone for two years with no perm…and when I wore my hair natural this past October, I loved it. I haven’t tried to do the various hairstyles with my natural hair because I wear a lot of weaves…but I think I may do that the next time.

taj white
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Hi BeeJ

I think it’s awesome your going to wear your natural hair out more in the future. I hope you continue to enjoy your hair, and play around with a new style every so often 🙂
Have fun!

emie figueroa
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emie figueroa

Did you transition when you decided to become natural? Or did you do the big chop?

taj white
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Hi Emie, I did not big chop. When I transitioned I didn’t know anything about big chopping, or transitioning (as far as lingo and ways to do it). I wore a bob hair style at the time. Told my hair dresser that I no longer wanted to get relaxers. I continued to straighten my hair for 7 years after the relaxer completely grew out. Since the hair was already so short then it only took about a year or so for me to be completely relaxer free. Now that I understand the lingo. I guess I did transition with heat.… Read more »

Anelya
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Anelya

Taj, love the natural look on you, your hair has always been amazing, I have not been brave enough to go all natural, but I have taken on a regimen to use product that moisturizes and also use less heat. It’s looking really healthy, now I am working on the length. Thanks for all the great tips! Miss you!

Tatiana
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Tatiana

Love your versatility and inspired to become a “slight product junkie” so that I can find new things to work new styles for me! 🙂

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