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October 12, 2008

As Promised- The T-n-C Tutorial is Here :D

Hey Ladies :D

I did it! I finished my very first how-to vid. I've never had the desire to do this...its hard work! But, since you guys asked so nicely, I felt obligated ;0)

Please leave your comments and suggestions for tutorial number 2:
Bunning 101- How to Make it Look BIG :D

Later Gators,

~CN~

video

Disclaimer: No two heads are the same. Do (and use) what works best for you, I'm just sharing what works for me, in hopes that it can help someone :D

~CN~

90 Chime in!:

misscoily said...

oh wow! thanks for the tutorial. i do my t-n-c totally differently, but yours seems soOo much easier. now i understand how you do it two or three times a week.

and i didn't realize how LONG your hair was :oD

great job!

Anonymous said...

i'm going to try this on my daughters hair soon. thanks for the tutorial. i always had trouble with her two strand twists unraveling from the root and this solves the problem.

http://public.fotki.com/creolequeen/ said...

Personally, I can't deal with the hair rollers, but I just had to compliment you on your GORGEOUS head of hair--just lovely!!!

LaDonna said...

Hey Chica!

I will probably do the T-n-C by Thursday. My hair is thick but I want more length. I might try henna next yr. How often do you henna? I also plan on moving to NC..I think the city is Greensboro. Can you give me some pros and cons of North Carolina. Do alot of black people live in NC?

Thanks chica

Stay Happy being Nappy! :)

Dyani said...

YAY! It was great! Look forward to the next one. :-)

Nobelle said...

Thanks sooo much for risking the death of your camera to educate the masses, lol. I've been meaning to try your T-n-C method forever, and now I know exactly what to do!

Jordan O's mom said...

cute cute cute CN

CJ said...

As always, you are awesome! Thanks for tutorial,especially the tip about the clips at the roots...

Frizzcurls427 said...

Beautiful!!!

Beautifully Human said...

YAY! So glad you did this. Now I know EXACTLY what I should be doing! Awesome. And gorgeous hair as usual :)

diva/margo said...

Hi I love you blog you are one of my hair idols *grin*

but I did have a question did you sleep with you hair wet and let it dry like that over night?

natashamck said...

Thanks for posting the tutorial... When I tried the T-n-C I didn't clamp my roots...

Oh - and that Alicia Keys song is one of my favorites!!

juvenescent said...

Looks terrific. Very cute! Thanks for the tute.

CURLYNIKKI said...

Thank you ladies!!! I'll do another one soon! ;0)

~CN~

CURLYNIKKI said...

I dry my hair over night. It generally takes 8-11 hours depending on conditions (i.e. if I sleep under a fan or not). I don't use a hooded dryer, but I don't think it would hurt anything if you do.

NiRosha K said...

This was an amazing tutorial. I loved the pictures! Even though I was so distracted bys inging along to the music! Lol. You're off to a great start! I heart this!

Maria said...

Oh your hair is just so darn perdy! I love it! Who helped with the video? Your husband?
Anyway, I'm going to try this over the weekend. I love absolutely love how this style looks on you.

Anonymous said...

Your hair is so beautiful! I love this style. How do you maintain this style for the next day look?

Muffin said...

Nice vid! You have very lovely hair and great techniques ;).

momo7 said...

THANK OYU SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS VIDEO CN!!! I am definitely gonna try this out!

Mo :)

Katherine said...

I think I found my hairstyle for the upcoming holidays. Nice tutorial, beautiful hair.

LongHairDontCare said...

thanks for this!

www.longhairdontcare.net

Yvonne said...

Your hair is absolutely gorgeous and super long. Great video!!

Aniece said...

Thank you for this. I always used a roller on my ends, but I never thought to secure the twist at the top. I tried it and my twist-out turned out better than usual, Yay. :)

Stephanie said...

Is the bottom half of your hair naturally looser/straighter than the top half or is that just the result of the T and C?

Eva D. said...

Curly Nikki,

Thank you so much for taking the time to show us how you style your beautiful hair.

Darline said...

I came across your tutorial after reading your post on nappturality. I tried it immediately. Now, my hair is nowhere near the length yours is, (it touches my shoulder stretched) But with your T & C method I now have a fullness to my twistouts that I normally wouldn't get until it was 3 days old. This will now be my staple style. Thanks for this.

amaralice said...

AWesome tutorial!! Very helpful.

AlexiaB said...

how do you maintain the style?

LBell said...

Hi CN (waving),

I just wanted to let you know that I've been doing/wearing a variation on this style for the last couple of days. I have about half your length and a much tighter and shrinkier texture...but I get a similar result in that it's stretched at the roots (almost straight, actually...my hair just does that) and coily on the ends.

The variations: My hair's not saturated with water; I've just been spritzing. I used rollers (Soft Spikes, actually) the first night only, and I didn't get much sleep but the hair looked good. The second time I just did the Lisa Akbari method of rolling the twists to the scalp and tucking the ends in.

Finally, I haven't been using nearly as much product as you (just shealoe) BUT since I will probably wash my hair tonight I will see what I can accomplish with a little more product help and (sigh) some actual rollers.

I enjoy reading your blog. Keep up the good work! :)

lanaboogie said...

Ooooooooohhhhhhhh. So that's how you do it. Great tut. I can't wait for the bun routine. I've read your how to but i can't get mine to come out right. Question- have you noticed any hair loss around the place where the goodie band is? I went to my hair dresser for a trim and she could see exactly where i was putting the band, the hair was thinner there. I would have never seen it myself until she showed me. She said i should definitely move the bun around if i plan on wearing it a lot.

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Theresa said...

your hair is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. thanx for the vid. Good one btw. I usually braid and then twist/ I will try that clipping at the root idea. peace love & blessings...Theresa (known as Shooaholic on YouTube)

Theresa said...

your hair is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. thanx for the vid. Good one btw. I usually braid and then twist/ I will try that clipping at the root idea. peace love & blessings...Theresa

Anonymous said...

One Word: Beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

OK I tried this over the weekend and it came out much better than my prior attempts but no where near as full as yours does in your pic. How do you get it so full?

Anonymous said...

great video. However, makes one want to buy a weave, you have soo much hair!

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much!! You have changed my hair with this tutorial. My hair looks so cute!! I checked out your before pictures and your hair looks like mine so I thought what the heck just give it a try. It worked great!! I am so surprised that the shea butter worked. I thought it would be too heavy for my hair but it just absorbed and my hair is so soft. I am hoping to get about three days out of the style. You have convinced me!! I am going to try henna next. Thanks for sharing this information and not keeping to yourself. I was not happy with my wash and go and I was gettin those weird single stranded knots that were messing with my length. Also this style gives so much body in my hair. Great job!!!

Suburbanbushbabe said...

I'm doing this tonight with foam rollers, but I don't have end papers. I put the shea butter in before I twisted over a little Sheamoisture and Abba Nourish and Jane Carter nourish & shine. Also a little AV gel (security blanket). Like the shea alot. So glad you did this vid, because I would never have thought of clips. Or end-papers

Traci said...

Hey! Love the site -- been following your hair tips on naturallycurly for a minute, and now am a regular at curlynikki.com!

I stumbled across the twist and curl by accident, mostly because I have some stringy heat damaged ends and the curlers were the only way to blend them into the rest of my hair.

But since adding your WDT/One Condition combo, the twist and curls are on another level! My hair's kinda your hair's evil, heat damaged twin. Hoping it'll look like yours once I get rid of these ends!

Since you've been so great with all your tips, thought I'd pass one along to you -- as great as the WDT is for the twist and curls, I think I've discovered something even better!

Try it with Karen's Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Moisturizing Hair Mask as a leave-in. Amazing! If it did wonders for my struggling hair, I can only imagine the heights to which it'll take yours!

Sorry to stoke the PJ fires, but just couldn't keep it to myself! Try it!

Anonymous said...

Hi CurlyNikki,

Do you twist your hair all the way to the ends or just half way before you roll the twists up? By the way your hair looks so deva. No pun intended.

CURLYNIKKI said...

I twist my hair all the way to the ends. I probably don't need to, since the rollers flatten that hair out anyway.

Traci, I'm so gonna try the KBB. I'll let you know what I think.

Thanks ladies for all the comments!! I appreciate it :D

Anonymous said...

when you take out the twists how do you fluff to get so much body? do you just keep separating the twists with your fingers? do you scrunch? I can't seem to "get" that part of the finish. I hate that you can see the "parts" from where the twists were after I take them down so I usually end up pulling the whole thing into a bun.

CMOM said...

Hi CurlyNikki,

When you apply the WDT and DevaCare One to your hair are you just massaging it from root to end or are combing one product through and then the other. I tried doing this with my daughter's hair and found that by the time I had reached the front part of the head, the hair was already starting to dry and hard to work with. I was apply the Castor oil to the ends as I went along. Thanks for this site. It is great!!

CMOM

CMOM said...

Hi CurlyNikki,

When you apply the WDT and DevaCare One to your hair are you just massaging it from root to end or are combing one product through and then the other. I tried doing this with my daughter's hair and found that by the time I had reached the front part of the head, the hair was already starting to dry and hard to work with. I was apply the Castor oil to the ends as I went along. Thanks for this site. It is great!!

CMOM

Nico said...

Thank you, thank you! Your hair is ultra fab. I can't wait until mine gets that long. Vitamins, vitamins, dt, seal ends, so much to remember..lol.

FlowerChild said...

Thank you for directing me to this video... It is exactly what i was looking for. Now I'm just trying to figure out how in the world you sleep with those big rollers in your hair, lol. I can't sleep with ponytails, rollers, bantu knots, etc. Guess my relaxed head is just used to everything being flat, lol.

Anonymous said...

I saw the method on a fotki acocunt and traced it back to here....I've been dying to try it out ever since but I'm embarrased to say, I own no rollers! lol, yeah you read right! no rollers... I do plan on getting me some, I FINALLY know where to get them from over at my side of the world.

I jst couldn't wait any longer, so guess what I did? I put large highlighters (the kind you mark notes with) as rollers! lol...they're on right now, It'll be interesting to see howthey turn out to be... my hairs only damp, so it shouldn't take too long to dry...even though rollers work better since they're punctured...

Farah said...

that anonymous one above was me (=

I finally got myself plastic rollers, I think initially they were 2 inch ones which were too big and the twists jst looked flat and awkward when I took them out...I then got 3/4 " ones...and my twists don't flatten out like Nikki's do! they still maintain their twist/curl definition...jst a bit more straightened out... anyone know why my hair's acting this way?

Anonymous said...

ur beautiful. I wish i were u.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Compliments on your hair! I love your method.
I just bought some Shea butter and I was wondering if I could not only seal my ends with it but apply some all over on my hair. Do you have any advice?

And again, I love how your hair looks!

- a fan from France.

Anonymous said...

Hi! Compliments on your hair! I love your method.
I just bought some Shea butter and I was wondering if I could not only seal my ends with it but apply some all over on my hair. Do you have any advice?

And again, I love how your hair looks!

- a fan from France.

Anonymous said...

Amazing and beautiful...thanks so much for being so open and sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love the outcome of your hair! I cant wait to try it!

*TRaNsItiONig2NatUrAL*

Anonymous said...

You are a true inspiration(along with so many of you naturals!!),keep up the amazing work. I highly request a video or picturial on your henna routine.

Mave said...

This is similar to the tnc I stumbled across when I was transitioning. I needed something to make the relaxed hair blend with the natural hair... so I would 2-strand twist and then take a fabric roller (they're like sponge rollers wrapped in fabric with wire in them so you can tie it closed after you roll it) and roll my hair after the twist (I leave the last 2 inches or so untwisted and smooth with a rat-tail comb and conditioner and moisturizer). Then I sleep on it.

The soft rollers (I think Conair makes them still) are much easier to sleep on.

But I think I might try the hard rollers and the end papers just to see if I get more smoothness this way. I think it might dry faster too.

I typically do a wash and go because ever since I got the last bit of relaxed hair cut off, my ends will curl up now on their own, but I miss the length and fullness I got with my tnc sets.

I still have fullness with the wng, but less length... it shrinks a lot.

Thanks for the tutorial - I was searching all over to find it!

Wendi said...

I am a new comer and in the transitioning phase. Just wanted to let you know I love your site! I was used to doing the flat twists when my hair was longer but I got it cut about a year ago into an elongated bob so the flat twists weren't working anymore. Then as I was googling ideas I came across your Twist and Curl.

I tried it night before last and I love it! The idea of clipping the roots was so helpful to reduce the puffiness. Thanks so much for that!

I too have a problem with sleeping on my twists and waking up with bedhead or flat spots. But thanks to a friend of mine I found an additional helpful solution some may like to try: I slept on a travel pillow covered with a satin pillow case and draped my hair over the pillow so that I wasn't laying on it. I woke up this morning with no flat spots! I am LUVIN' this!

slimdoublem said...

omg this website is fantastic! but where do i find all of these products?

Elle said...

I just started transitioning a couple of months ago and alas, I don't think this will work for me yet...my hair is so thick it NEVER dries overnight. Your hair is lovely though--when I see pics of natural girls like you it gives me encouragement!

Jasmine said...

That was a great tutorial. I'm currently relaxed and keep going back and forth about transitioning or just relaxing lightly 2 to 3 times a year. But I've been experienting with the twist and braid out and was thinking of another way to achieve the look I want and viola I stumbled upon your video today!! Your hair is beautiful!! Great website!

EmbraceNatural said...

Awesome!!! Thank you so much for sharing! :) My hair is shorter in length and my idea of twist n curl was doing two strand twist and straw curl which I love doing.

It does take a few hours to complete and once I gain alot more length your tutorial will help me save alot of time while I still give my hair some TLC. I love the use of the small clips on the root of the hair.. i definitely will do that!

artgyrl said...

Oh wow. Great tutorial. My hair is much shorter than yours, but maybe I can try some variation of this style.

Anonymous said...

CurlyNikki,

Love your site it has given me sooo many new ideas!! Great tutorial please do one for the bantu knot out!!! I have been natural for seven years its nice to know someone else is rockin natural curls.

Blessed be!

BrinaB said...

Is there a product that I can use in place of the Jessicurl WDT? Something that I can purchase at the store up the steet?

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your site but how long did it take you to reach your length. I've been natural for two years now and love to see my beautiful black sisters with long natural beautiful thick hair. Thanks and blessings :)

Anonymous said...

nice! but what do u do for bedtime to keep it fresh n da morning?

Anonymous said...

very nice!!! I am new to the natural hair life and I loved seeing your tutorial I will definitely try the clips the next time I do a TnC

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki,

Love your site!!
I had a question regarding the texture of your hair. I noticed that the tips of your curls are looser than your roots even when your hair is wet. Is this due to the Henna treatments or is there another reason?

Natural83 said...

Nikki, I really like how your hair turned out! I have hair that is very similar to yours...I currently wear it in a wash n go style most of the time. I have never tried the twist and curl method, but I do twist it up at night! Can you please list everything I will need as far as products to do this style??? I prettymuch know the tools I need, but can you give me the exact products that you use????

I'd really appreciate it!

Natural83

She She said...

Do you go to sleep with wet hair?

Anonymous said...

Great Site...thanks for sharing

mlea04 said...

How exactly do you emulsify the shea butter?...looks a little oilier in your hand than when I rub it between my hands. You're beautiful! And thanks!

Miko Lee said...

Love the tutorial. It was very informative and I love how you showed each and every step without leaving out a thing like some tutorials do. You have beautiful hair! And keep doing your thing. I read your "about me" page and I love to see young black women, like myself LOL, doing their thing.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
Every body has a question and so do I. I am a new transition with some gray hair, do you have any suggestions for conditioners and shampoos? Love to know what you think.

BNatural said...

OK gonna try my twist and curl again!!

Anonymous said...

I have 2 questions--is it okay to sit under the dryer? I have one I bought from the beauty supply store to give myself deep conditioners on the cheap. My second question is once the hair is complete how do you maintain it for the next couple of days?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tips! My hair is a little curlier that yours but for all intents and purposes its the same. I did this last night, made my twists a little bigger (3 per section) and got so many compliments. I usually wash (or rinse) and go everyday so it was good to have a dry style that looked cute. My question for you is...how do you preserve it? My hair usually doesn't preserve "set" styles...it flattens and straightens out...any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

what if i dont use all of the products that you have?

jacquelyn said...

Could I get a run down of all the products you user?

Nika said...

What song was playing in this vid? Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Curly Nikki,

You dont know how much your site has helped me. I have never had a relaxer, but I have had a press and curl pretty much all of my life. My hair was very healthy and I loved it as is, but I wanted to change! I wanted to be able to manage my hair in its natural state. Thus far, I have tried braiding and the flat twists (I actually prefer the twists over braiding) and have been pretty successful. Your hair is beautiful! My challenge is puffy roots. It seems as if I have three or four different textures in my hair. Did you find that when you were first transitioning that it took some time for your hair to get used to being in its natural state?

Odinaka said...

Can you repost your video for the TnC?
Thanks

Anonymous said...

I decided to grow out my relaxer and go back to my natural beautiful roots. I made this decision about 6 weeks ago and I must say how thrilled I am to find a community of women who love their natural hair so much. I enjoyed watching the video! Do you know if the results will be similar if I am in the transitioning period? I have about 1 inch of natural hair compared to about 7 inches of relaxed hair. :(

Patricia said...

Hi Nikki! I have a question, are there any other product combo for this hair style that you can recommend? Something that can be found in local stores.

Nicole said...

It's gone.

Anonymous said...

Now I have a transition hair style to try other than these cornrows I've been putting in my head. Thanks a bunch!

Anonymous said...

Where is the video?

Anonymous said...

Hi. Recently I've been doing twist out and I'm happy with the results except for the roots. They are very very puffy when i'm done taking the twists out. I want to know how to tame it a little. I don't want my roots looking straight, but I want them to look (semi-polish) if that's a word. If anyone has any suggestions I will be very happy and pleased to know. Thank You!

Anonymous said...

Please help me. I need to get a good twist job. My hair is falling out and I need to give it a break while I figure out what is wrong.
I like Melissa Harris-Perry's twists. I live in Brooklyn NY where can I go to get the same style. Maybe some can tell me what kind of hair she is using.
Thanks. MOMO

Nixmom said...

If you flat twist or twist the roots around your finger until it coils in on itself ( like bantu knots but only for the root) I found that eliminates puffy roots and gives them a smooth textured wave that matches the twist n curl's texture. :) HTH!

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