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March 4, 2010

Beach Hair Styles


Hola Chicas!

So, I'm off to St. Thomas USVI next week for a much needed vaca, and I need your help! I've never been during the 'on' season, and I hear that it's ridiculously humid. Ideas (and pics and how to vids, lol) for some cute updo styling options besides my trusty bun, would be much appreciated!

I'd love to learn to french braid before I head down there, but that's highly unlikely. I can see myself with a huge, bright flower near my ear, and a simple, chic french braid to the back, but I'm seriously challenged when it comes to braiding. Any suggestions??

I tried mini-twists last weekend...yeah...my hair is wayyyy to fine to rock those. It was extra scalpy and the twists looked like twigs! Not hot. Styles like that remind me that I don't have as much hair as I think I have ;-) After a 3 hour styling session, and a 12 hour period of trying to learn to love them, I promptly took them down (which was hellacious). Sad.


I bought a cute floppy hat (it's HUGE and so diva!) and some beautiful scarves for the days I don't feel like dealing with it at all... I've been wanting to yank my hair out in ZERO humidity weather, so I can only imagine how frustrated I'll be in the islands. I've got some pretty serious pregnancy hormones raging through my system and I find myself reaching for the scissors on a daily basis, lol! Yep you read right... ;-)

So ladies, please save me from shaving my head and donning a wig! I need a style that is chic, cute, and most important, up and out of the way.

Later Gators,
Nik

166 Chime in!:

NaturallyMines said...

Oh my...did I read that right? Are you with child? Did I miss a post or something? If so, congratulations!!!!! Unfortunately, I don't have any styles for you. I just BC'd and only have about 3-4 inches of hair grown from my scalp. But enjoy your vacay! Have some fun for the rest of us still working.

Angeltae said...

Well I lived on st. thomas for about 8 years and yes it is VERY humid!!..But many people there have natural hair and most of the times there hair is in french braids. There are many people who french braid on the beach but that is if your willing to pay money to get it done.

I also wore my hair in a puff or a bun all the time.

Hope that helps you out a little bit!

And did you try pinning up the mini twists? Im sure they would have looked beautiful pinned up!

LB said...

I NEVER comment, but I read the word "pregnancy" (forgot what the post was about) and just HAD to congratulate you! Enjoy your trip!

LuvMeLuvMyFro said...

Congrats!! A little natural is on the way (if it is a girl I bet you will learn how to braid) LOL. I am in FL and the puff or a bantu-knot out (I would place four large ones in my hair nightly) are my BFFs.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy. Enjoy yourself!
Serenity23

MahoganyCurls said...

OMG! Nik!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!!! Congrats!!!! woot! woot! I think you should just do a wash n go for the beach! The salt water is actually good for your curls...dont quote me on that, but i remember reading it somewhere...and just condition, condition, condition!!!!!! But If i were you, I would definitely wear that beautiful hair out, in the sand and sun! Again, Congrats!!!!!!!!!

ashima said...

wow, Congrats Niki..very happy for you. Enjoy your trip and don't stress about the hair.

Chrissy said...

Congraaaaaaaaats!!! Girl when all else fails, Wash and Go!!!

Je'Kendria said...

Congrats!!!! I think a big twist and curl will be fine if you don't mind all the hair in your face. The hat will compliment it well!

TruCurly said...

Nikki, congratulations!I have followed your blog for over a year now and you are such a compassionate person. I know you will be a great mother!By the way, the scarf looks super cute with the twists. Relax and enjoy!

mothereartha said...

awh Nikki! Congrats! Congrats! Congrats!

When I went to St. Martin I had lots of hats and BAF (big fros) with headbands thrown in the mix. My hair was totally organic. I was like a local celebrity! I didn't see anyone else with hair remotely similar. I guess people assumed I was someone important b/c my hair was huge:) lol. have a safe fun trip.

Beautywithcurls said...

Congrats Nikki On The Pregnancy!!....Wow You're Coming My Way, I Live On The Other VI Island, St. Croix....What Happened 2 Visiting St. Croix, LOL...I'll Actually Be In St. Thomas Working For The Day Monday And Then St. John Either The Same Week Or The Next. Yes It Can Be Humid But It's Not That Bad. I Wear Twist And Twist Outs Alot..I Just Braided My Hair In Individual Braids Bcuz I Don't Feel Like Dealing With It For The Month!! I Think Twist and Pinned Up Would Be Good Style For You Here So You Won't Cut It.

I Would Love 2 Meet You, We Should Have A Curly Event Before You Leave!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your pregnancy Nikki!!! Wash and go's work well in the islands. I lived in jamaica, and that worked well for me. Also try cornrows / flat twists at the front and then medium twists, plaits in the back. I have fine hair and that works really well for me when i go home on vacay(so i don't look like a "scalpy" crackhead!!! LOL!!

beautywithcurls said...

Oh And Those Twist In That Picture Look Beautiful On You!

Melinda said...

CONGRATULATIONS NIKKIIII!!! I am voting for a healty BEAUTIFUL girl with a head full of natural kurlzzz. Enjoy your pregnancy, it is the most miraculous and magical time there is!!! Enjoy the extra hair growth that you will have also. Oh yeah, enjoy your much needed vacation lady. As for your hair, just let it do what it do, stick a flower in it and keep it movin!!

P.S. I love this... said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy!!!

Nadia said...

OMG! I read this post and was like I'm sorry what? Woohoo! Congratulations Nikki! You'll be an amazing mom! Hooray for a new curly baby! :o)

CURLYNIKKI said...

thanks chicas!!!

I was thinking wash&gos, puffs, buns, and TnCs too... thanks for the recommendations! I wish I could take one of you skillful braiders with me so I can see how I like the single french braid!

Thanks for the support and well wishes too! I'll be 4 months along tomorrow... due August 20th or 21st. We're very excited, nervous, scared, happy... all of that! I just wish my baby bump said BABY instead of BLOAT so that it won't look I had one too many doughnuts in my bikini. Oh well :) I'm rocking out in St. Thomas either way :)

Thanks again :D

Daretobecurly said...

Congrads on your pregnancy!

CURLYNIKKI said...

yeah, I thought it'd be much more fun to slide it on y'all then to make a huge announcement, lol.

I'll take lots of pics in St. Thomas!

Anonymous said...

You're going to make a stunning prego lady! I'm sure you'll be glowing even more. Congrats Nikki!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nikki, I wondered if you were pregnant. I noticed that you weren't posting personal articles as frequently. Congratulations.

Tia said...

When I went to Jamaica plaits were a life saver. They took about 3 hrs to do but it was worth it. I did not want to worry about my hair when I was on vacation. Little did I know....all the guests were going to have the same hairstyle, lol.

Maria said...

Ha! I KNEW you were pregnant! When you kept complaining about not wanting to do your hair. Congratulations mommy!!!! I hope its a girl so we can enjoy her hairstyles! I'm so happy for you.

As far as St Thomas, girl you're going to a beautiful island so don't worry about your hair too much. Honestly if you're going to be on the beach most of the time then maybe putting your hair in a ponytail is the best way to go. Buy cute headbangs and rock your best wash and go. Just bring lots of DevaCare One and some gel. Have fun!!

Anonymous said...

awwww Nikki congrats on your pregnancy!

Anonymous said...

1st off...IMMA BEAT YO ..ok this is a public board so I won't say it. How you gonna just slide that in there?? Anywhoo..I will wait til your have the baby before I threaten you anymore. CONGRATS DARLING!!!

ok for that hair. I think the twist look nice. We are our worse critics sometime. To learn to braid you can go to trusty youtube. Worse case when you get to the island they will have braiders stalking you. Get them to put a braid down the back and rock that. LOL!!

Hope to see ya soon and have a safe trip!

Naturalnixon

Lynnieluve said...

Congratulations Nikki!!! I know you will make a great mom!

JustTrena said...

Whoa! lol That is wonderful Nikki!! Congrats to you and the MR! Just go down there and let that hair flow; don't even think about it! Take care and E.N.J.O.Y. the whole experience!!

Sheila said...

Congrats!!! Stressing over hair is not allowed on vaca, just relax and enjoy : ).

Veronica The KurlyLioness said...

I'm just starting out so I dont really have any tips but..Congrats to you and your hubby!

A85 said...

Nikki Congrats!!!!!! Awwww Yay!!!!! Idk why but i'm so excited for you lolol

As for hairstyles...what about a side braid like this http://blogs.glam.com/glamblush/files/2010/01/Alexander-Wang-Side-Braid.jpg you would only have to braid one big braid loosely at the nape.

Again YAYY

Anonymous said...

congratulations!!! so happy for you. as for your hair your twist was alright. I'm in Africa and i can tell you that french braids are the best in your condition.that way you dont need to constantly worry bout your hair.just got braided up myself bcos the weather makes my hair dry.

Anonymous said...

I had to post on the pregnancy! Congrats Nikki! I am so happy for you and the family :) Have a great time on your vaca!
As for hairstyles, try a pony puff or a wash n go. I have hair similar to yours so try pulling it up in a cute bun and rock a headband or really big jewelry:) Works for me everytime and it's my go to look when I wanna vacation in style!

Anonymous said...

WooHoo!!!!!! Congrats Nikki.

brittbritt14 said...

Awww..congratulations Nikki!!!! So, happy for you!! I'm with the other curlies wash and go's, buns, and french braids are the way to go!

Nicole said...

Congrats...I feel like I'm so late posting but thats such awesome news. I'm from St. Thomas so maybe I just don't notice the humidity but I really don't think it's that bad. If anything I feel like I like the way my hair curls more when I'm home in STT then when I'm up in the states. My advice is defintiely to do the wash-n-go. One of my biggest reason for going natural is because I want to enjoy the beautiful beaches of my home more. I can't tell you how many times I didn't go swimming with friends cause I had just done my hair. So do whatever is easiest. Just make sure you go to the beach as much as possible and eat some local food for me. Definitely get a johnny cake, some fried plantains, and try our potato stuffing. :) I recommend Lindqvist beach to try if you get the chance :) Have an awesome trip.

ORGANICBLOOM said...

Woot!! Such a blessing...enjoy it mama!

BrownBabe said...

Congrats Nikki!!! I say enjoy the sun, the sand and the fam - let the hair do what it do. You will look fabulous either way.

CurlySwan said...

I was like, "OMGosh, did she say PREGNANCY HORMONES!?!":-O I had to stop and re-read...LOL! YAY!!!:-D Congrats to you and your husband Nikki! You're going to be a great mommy!:)

I don't have any hairstyle tips for your trip but you're going away on vacation so don't stress over your hair. Even your so-called bad hair days look great;-) so whatever happens hair-wise while you're there, you'll be gorgeous as usual.:)

Enjoy!

-CurlySwan

P.S.
LMBO at your "scalpy" comment but I think the mini twists look cute on you especially with the scarf.:)

Marcia said...

Congrats Congrats!! So exciting!!

I studied in the Caribbean in college and it was super humid and I just did wash and gos and maybe through on a nice scarf as a headband to hold my hair back. Easy breezy!

I have tried to do lots of two-strand twists as well and it also turned out looking rather wack, fine hair and twist left in just don't mix :( I just stalk others who have those beautiful full twist and drool (I openly admit jealousy)

Congrats again!

Samantha said...

OMG Congrats!!!!

Ok, for your hair, I'd suggest two flat twists. What I do is I part my hair wherever I want (usually to the left of center), and then starting on the right side I flat twist (grab two small pieces of hair, hold taut, and twist once. Using the hand that's "under", grab more hair from your head to continue the twist) until I get to the back of my head. Pin the ends. Then I do the same thing on the other side of my head. Finally I take the two tails and twist them together and pin them up. So in the end you should have two flat twists circling the perimeter of your head with a cute little knot in the back.

I find this style to be chic and easy, and it gives you a great wavy flat twist out when you take it down. Have fun on your vacation!!

nellboogie said...

YAYYYY!!!! Nic! Congrats! Coming from a fellow natural preggo, I know EXACTLY how you feel about wanting to put scissors to your locks daily...Hold on and be strong, this too shall pass...LOL! Enjoy your vacation.

mood_indigo said...

How you just gonna slide that in there like that?!?! Congratulations!!!!!!
Okay, you did ask about hair right? If you start off with your TnC by day 3 you canrock a puff and then do a low bun for days 5-7. Then you can rock your hat over the bun. Congrats again!!

Davina916 said...

Congratulations Nikki! Wishing you and your husband a healthy pregnancy. Davina916

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the little natural, lol. Well, I went to Jamaica last summer, and yes it was hot, but to me not unbearable. Because I am a summer person and I love hot weather. Just make sure you have plenty sun block. I only had a twa last summer and I am still growing it out. So I just co-washedmy hair a lot. But I was natural many years ago and I did have two strand twists for about 4 years before I fell victim to the creamy crack. Now I am starting over on my natural journey. Twists would be great for this trip, because there is a lot to do, especially if you are on a resort, and trust me you do not want to be fooling with your hair so much! Just don a scarf/or hat like in your pics if you are worried about it looking scalpy. Have fun and please bring us back some pics!! :)

Nichelle said...

Congratulations Nik...That's Awesome! I def would say to hell with thinking of cutesy styles next week. Wear wash n go's and high/low buns...those are just as cute.

Anonymous said...

Congratualtions on entering into motherhood Nikki!

I think your twist look nice, you could try to pin curl them, or just play around with a few bobby pins to create an updo.

Have a great vacation!

- CurlyErnie

b. said...

GLORY! Happy for you Mama Nikki :D

My hair loved the humidity when took a Caribbean cruise last April. I wore twists but I think a WnG is fine too. It'll look fuller and organic. Just co-wash and put in big twists at night. Remember...you're not going to work so you don't need your hair to lie semi-flat on the top. Let it do what it do and go on! :D Again, congrats!

Adriane said...
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Adriane said...

This is my first time posting on your blog. I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS! I was shocked to see that snuck into there. I also had to re-read. LOL. I know how it is about the pregnancy hormones. I am due August 22nd. I never feel like doing my hair now. Are you going to find out what you're having at your baby's anatomy scan? Definetely keep us posted about the pregnancy, as well as, how you styled your hair for your vacation. I thought your twists were pretty, but I know what you mean about it being scalpy. My hair is fine, too. I think the french braid is a good idea if you can get someone to do it. Other than that, I would say rock a puff or wash and go to keep it simple. Anyway, enjoy your vacation and have enough fun for all of us!

Keisha said...

Ha ha, that's funny about you sliding the news in there! People were like, what??? Anyway, congratulations to you and your hubby, I know you're going to be a great mom! As far as the styles, I like Samantha's idea and I have done it before. The two flat twists come out looking beautiful (I had that pic as my avatar once before). It will also keep your hair out of the way so you won't chop it off. It works well for us that are "braiding challenged".

KindredSmile said...

Congrats dear! I'll be keeping up with this post so I can take notes for my Jamaica vacation in June!

Anonymous said...

OMG!! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PREGNANCY!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Nikki...

Holly said...

Congrats on your pregnancy Nikki! Your hair is going to get bigger with the pregnancy yay! When I go to DR I usually start with a wash and go, then gather it into a high curly bun or I slick it into a low ponytail and braid the ponytail (the last style lasts longer since I can then rock my braid out) Enjoy your vacation!

Anonymous said...

Ok, that was smooth how you slid the pregnancy in on us. CONGRATULATIONS Senorita Preggerita! About your hair...if you don't mind someone else hands in your hair, I'm sure that you probably could find a local to put two beautiful french braids in your hair when you get there. If not, just enjoy your vacation and rock Nefertiti/Badu head wraps with those colorful scarfs you purchased.

Moni said...

Congrats to you and your hubby on the pregnancy! As for your trip, mini twists would be ideal. I'm from Bermuda, so I know all about heat and humidity and a style where you can easily rinse your hair and not have to worry about it tangling is ideal. I also have fine hair that looks scalpy in twists, so I just pull them back into a bun. That hides the scalpiness and also helps keep them protected. Have fun!

Gigi said...

Congrats on the baby!!! Blessings just keep flowing!

lawsmd said...

Nikki, hubby and fam, blessings to each of you. I am excited!

As far as St. Thomas hairdos, I love WnGs when visiting beaches. Just remember to use aloe vera gel and shea butter, if you can. They have sunscreen properties--not a lot but some. Sounds like you have a plan and you will look marvelous.

PS - I'll be in Charlotte Amelie (sp?), St. Thomas again March 21!

ChrsLvsBks

Catherine said...

Hello, Nikki,

First things first: congratulations! I'm glad you have that beautiful kernel of joy coming your way, and I wish you and your family the best. On a side note, it's very encouraging to see such a successful young woman thrive and have a family.

As for hair in the islands, I found that wash & gos are really nice to do. I live in Martinique (Caribbean too, although French) and I scuba dive a lot, so salt water and humidity are a given for me. Well, wash & go followed by my trusted EV coconut oil then my shea/jojoba/castor mix is all I need.
Again, congratulations, hugs and kisses!

Catherine

puff said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! all the best to you and your hubby :D

on the subject of hair... i say either a simple wash and go (with plenty of conditioner and shea butter to seal against humidity) or a bantu knot swept into a bun. making a few simple braids and pinning those up with a flower would also look super cute and also make sure you don't have to fuss with your hair too much and can focus on enjoying the sand/sea.

Terra D said...

OMG!!!! Congrats Nikki!!! (Why am I trying hard to not jump up and down!) You are totally going to make such a cute mommy! On, the hair note, I say try the french braid, take your time, adding a little hair at a time. You can do it!!! I love your messy buns, those would look extra cute. You have totally got to rock at least one braid out with the floppy hat! Have fun and congrats to you and the Hubs again!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! You'll be really cute, baby bump & curls! Hope you have fun in the islands!

CheapisCute said...

Congratulations on the Baby & many more blessings to you and your husband :o) I hope your trip is aweome!

Natakue said...

=D My mouth is still open in surprise, haha! Congrats Nikki!! =*) I'm soooo excited for you!! (I need to calm down. I'm still at work and people are looking at me funny now, haha!)

Enjoy your vacation! I know what you mean about the twists. Mine usually turn out that way--skinny and scalpy. You might want to try it on dry hair next time, for added thickness. I know you don't do wash-n-go's anymore but humid weather is perfect for poofy wng's and puffs. Let your hair soak up the moisture and do what it do. A headband or clips/pins can keep it out of your face.

Congrats again!!! Squeeee!!! =D

Raquel said...

I rarely comment, but I just had to say congrats on the little bundle of joy!!

oh, and buns are great for vacations-you might also want to get your hair cornrowed while there for cheap.

Christina said...

I love St Thomas and visit frequently - usually around April and Nov/Dec. I've worn, kinky twist extensions, my own hair in two-strand twists, twist-outs and wash and gos. I think your hair will be fine.

AND CONGRATS ON YOUR PREGNANCY!

KeetaRay said...

Wow, congrats on your pregnancy!! Aww... Very happy for you and hubby! Hmm... I will see if I can come up with some styling ideas for you :) Have a GREAT time on your vacation!!

Shones said...

CONGRATS on the baby!!! Praise God!

Anonymous said...

A curly baby is on the way... Yay...Congratulations!!

Wishing you an easy pregancy, a wonderfully healthy baby, and a great vacation! TheRYL1

Miracle Girl said...

Congrats on your pregnancy! What a way to slip it in you trickster :) Hope you enjoy your vacay!

xx

Anonymous said...

congrats.. have a fun vacation...

Sarah said...

congrats on the pregnancy!

about French braiding... it's not that hard. i am one who grew up in the spoils of having a mother, cousin, and an aunt as beauticians, so i never even learned how to cornrow. however, i looked up a how-to video for French braiding. from then on, it was a go-to when i was feeling lazy! at least try it out; it looks easy and breezy on curly hair. have fun!

Clevelandhottie said...

I check this site faithfully everday but I never post anything. However, I had to congratulate you on your pregnancy. Congrats and enjoy your vacation!

Passion said...

Congrats on your pregnancy! My husband and I were thinking about going to St. Thomas or Bora Bora for our anniversary this year so I look forward to what you have to say about your stay. As for your hair I would do what most of the other ladies suggested but wash-n-go would be my stable because they don't take as much time. Also, take plenty of hair accessories they will help you spice up your look! I would also suggest trying to braid your hair because you may end up liking it even if it isn't perfect...you have to start some where :-)

Kay C, The Quiet Storm said...

Awww...congrats!

I was thinking that same thing about going on my first cruise in May.

I plan on rocking the WnG (which makes my hair a big curly fro ;-) with some dry braid outs for big wavy hair. Maybe some colorful scarves to pull it off my face? My plan is for some serious R&R and fun so doing my hair is the least of my worries!

Metiya said...

OH MY GOSH NIKKKI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
I AM SOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU,
I THINK YOU ARE GORGEOUS I CAN NOT WAIT FOR YOU TO HAVE THE BABY, HE/SHE WILL BE AMAZING LOOKING.
i never ever post anything but I'm a massive fan in the UK!!! and I read your blog EVERYDAY
you are soo naughty for sliping it up in there just like that! But you are BEAUTIFUL
and may God continue to bless you and your family, and may his riches fall upon you and his angels forever guard the path that you walk upon.

Many many mnany CONGRATULATIONS!
Metiya

Sunbaby said...

Oh, CONGRATULATIONS Nikki!!! Have a great vaca!

Ms. Harmony said...

Oh my! Congratulations on your bundle of joy!!

Shelly said...

Nikki!!!!! Congratulations on your pregnancy. I can't beleive you snuck in your announcement in a hair post. I was thinking "I follow the blog everyday, how did I miss baby talk." I'm so happy for you and your husband.

Last year when I vacay, instead of french braids I made two flat twist on the side bunnedup in the back. It was a very cute look with or without my flower clips. Have fun and take plenty of pics.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the other day that Jamila would be a perfect name for a little baby. LOL Maybe I've been looking at your gorgeous henna pictures too often? :-D
Congratulations!!!!

Enjoy your beautiful holiday. Maybe some big, quick twists full of monoi and some yummy buttery conditioner, all pinned up in a messy bun with a flowery silk scarf headband, and a coconut, and a pair of sunglasses, and a white dress and a pina colada and music and...

...Oh, I could go on forever :-)

Valentina

Heavenly Hummingbird said...

congrats nik!!! Have fun in saint thomas...I heard it's very hot & humid during the day but very cool @ night and the early morning....so i would suggest doing twist and making them into a cute pin up style.

LadyCook said...

Awwww!! Congrats, Nikki! That is so exciting! And yes, you DEF snuck it in on us =) Enjoy your vacation!!

Tiff (CupOf*T) said...

Wow!! Congratualations Girl!!!! I hope you and your husband have a great trip and fun pregnancy. Also I went to St. Thomas and its a beautiful island, I wore a half wig to protect my hair at the time, but in retro I wish I had of just let it loose. I'd say just make big braids at night with a good leave in and let it loose in the day. I'm sure it will be beautiful however you wear it :-) have fun!!!

Skeeta said...

Yea! Congrats on your pregnancy!

So if you want a french braid but can't do it, why don't you do 3 big plaits (loose braids). One on top, one in the middle and one in the back. Do the top first and connect it to the middle and braid the middle one into the bottom one. Then you will have the "look" of a french braid but it won't really be french braided. Congrats again! Can't wait for curlybaby to arrive!

Courtney said...

....sneaky Nikki lol!....

I almost fell out of my chair when I read this! But, like Natakue, I had to calm myself down since I'm at work and was attracting some questionable looks haha!

CONGRATS ON THE BABY!!!! I'm so happy for you!

As for the hair....My whole fam (on my mom's side) is from St. Croix, a sister island to St. Thomas, and to give you advice from my grandma castor oil is your friend when it comes to humidity...she swears by it. I don't know the scientific facts behind this but her hair NEVER frizzes...and yes, she's natural. Also, braid, Braid, BRAID!...and if all else fails, bun-it! : )

Congrats again, Nikki, you are an inspiration to us all in more ways than one!

~CurlyCurious

Anonymous said...

Big congrats on the bundle of joy on the way! You and your hubby must be so thrilled!

About the hairdo. I only skimmed the other suggestions so I'm not sure if someone has already posted these, but I think you'd look cute with
*two buns style--one on each side--sitting kinda high--with big loop earrings.
*two braids/plaits with decorative ornaments on the ends, again wearing with nice big earrings.
*you could also take these two braids and pin them up and let them meet at the top of your head.
*A French roll

FemmeFox said...

Congratulations Nikki! I wish all the best for you and your family. As for your hair, something low-maintenence will definitely be the way to go.

Anonymous said...

When I went to Saint Thomas last year, I rocked my puff some days, I also did wash and go's and a ballerina bun. I didn't think it was that humid when I went there.

Lena Jolie said...

Congrats to you and your hubby Nikki!! I totally missed the "pregnancy hormones" part until I started reading the comments lol I was like "whoa! say what now?"

I agree with the twists and wash-and-go's b/c that's all I know! lol

Of course to add some flair to any of the styles, a coordinating flower clip on either side would be cute and island perfect :)

luvmylocs said...

congrats to you on your pregnancy. wishing you a safe and happy pregnancy. enjoy your trip too!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the Baby, what a blessing. My hair grow crazy thick and long with babies. Have fun on the vacation!

Thick Hair said...

Congratulations on the pregnancy Momma! Your hair is going to grow superfast and don't forget to take your prenatals on your trip! I vote for french braids and buns because the last thing you should worry about on vacation is your hair!

Natural Nini said...

AWWWWWWW!! congrats on your pregnancy! :) your going to be a great mother and I bet your child will grow to have beautiful hair too

Indulgenceiskey said...

Congratulations!!!!! Enjoy your vacation and the new life that is growing inside of you!! Try donning some Bantu knots and wearing your scarves with maybe one of the knots unraveled and hanging from underneath the side of the scarf.

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS NIKKI AND HUBBY!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats :)

Donelle said...

Sorry Nikki I don't have any suggestions for you because I'm a newbie and I get ALL of my advice from you! just wanted to say congratulations...I hope you continue posting because I NEED it. Enjoy ST.Thomas!!!!

A85 said...

Another suggestion what about busting out your curlformers!!!

cmo said...

OMG! COngratulations on God's blessing. May you and your husband enjoy every moment of this journey. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

Like others on here, I never say anything, but this seems like a good time to come out of hiding! Congrats! ~PetiteBebe

Anonymous said...

First off congrats on the new blessing! I went to St. Thomas for my honeymoon. It is hot and at times very windy/breezy. I would suggest buns (side bun with a flower would be really cute), ponytails, french braid is also good (youtube a video and practice),bigger twists styled into an updo or bun, wash and go for night excursions. These are all options that I thought of before going, but because I got married just before and tormented myself on what to do with my hair for the wedding and honeymoon, I got micros. I was concerned about heat damage (for the wedding) and worrying about chlorine damage from excess swimming. On a side note: take a tour of St. Thomas, take a day excursion to St. John, and I went snorkeling with sea turtles which was beautiful and and a highlight of my trip.

Anonymous said...

HI Nikki love your blog, Now from one pregnant woman to another , I just gave birth to twins a month ago. Don't put so much thought into your hair a nice bun will always do, with accessories. Enjoy your vac. As you will come to realize the texture of your hair will change with pregnancy and this will not always be fun . As I learnt the hard way, work with your hair not against it. Enjoy your blessings.
Fricasis.

Kinky Rhonnie said...

CONGRATULATIONS NIK!!!

I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU TWO!!!

FYEcurls said...

Congratulations!!! And Wash-n-go! I would love to see your hair in this style again!

Fyecurls

Veronica said...

Congratulations, Nikki & family!!! I know you'll be a wonderful mother and I'm sure your parents are estatic. Don't overdo it now, you're blogging for two ;)

Notthecoolmom said...

Oh my... is this the same Nikki that said she didn't hold little ones??? My little one won't hardly let me hold her now. Get set Mommy!!!

Nappattitude said...

OMG!! Congrats!! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats Curly Mommy!!! Your twists look great tho! I think that would be a great style. I live in the Caribbean and right now we're in a serious drought, so its corn rows and twists all the way.

PS. You need to perfect that twisting/plaiting technique cuz if you get a girl, u will have some work on your hands.

sky said...

your best bet is some nice french braids, a bun or a puff, its wayyyyy to hot to have your hair down...you'll be sweating all over the place trust me!! but sometimes at night it gets nice,breezy and cool then you can wear your hair down...hats tend to be really uncomfortable in humid weather..congrats on the pregnancy!
best wishes to you and your little family :)

Stacy said...

CONGRATS ON YOUR BLESSING!!

Jennae @ Green Your Decor said...

I'm actually from St. Thomas, and I can tell you it's not that humid, really. It's hot as all get out, so you will sweat, but the humidity isn't as bad as most other places I've been and lived, especially in the South. The breezes coming off the water keep the humidity at bay. But like I said, you will be hot.

I wasn't natural growing up there, but most of the natural girls/women I knew wore cornrows, twists or puffs. The salt water will also do a number on your hair if you go swimming (and you MUST...the beach is the best part), so a protective style is a good idea.

And congrats on the bun in the oven!

knatural said...

First of all, congratulations! Second of all, I hope someone can help because I'm going on a cruise in June and I don't know what to do either. I was told the humidity will make you want to get micros. Congrats once again! Don't chop off your hair honey! Most of my BCs' came when I was pregnant(emotional and impatient). Someone on this forum is sure to have some great ideas!

Cygnet said...

Hi, Nikki! I don't have anything to add to the excellent list of hair suggestions you've already gotten, except for heaven's sake, don't cut it off! You'll shed plenty after the birth of your precious baby, congrats on that (thought I'd slip that in on you, hee, hee :-)), so keep what you have and enjoy it. Truly, though, I'm happy for you and your husband, and I'm excited to see how this affects the contents of your blog, not to mention the absolute adventure of joy your lives are about to become! Be safe and enjoy your trip, and I pray God blesses you with an easy pregnancy, quick delivery, and a healthy baby.

Anonymous said...

I like how you slid the prego up in here. lol Congrats! Girl....Yaaaaas! Sorry Im not commenting on the hair part, but yasssss! Baby and all, you are gonna be flllly...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I've been reading your blog from day 1 and rarely miss a day. I never post but this is definitely worthy. Wishing you and hubby the best. I would alternate between braid out and buns. Have fun.

Anonymous said...

congratulations to you Nikki and hub, dont worry about your hair keep it simple, bun it enjoy your vacation!

Syl said...

yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! cannot wait til my baby bean gets here!! :) :) :) have fun kickin it in St. Thomas without me.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Nikki and to your dear husband on your new baby! Parenting is the hardest job you'll ever love! Enjoy your pregnancy - it goes so fast!

Mrs. AKAtude said...

Congrats Nikki! So happy for you and the hubster! It's so you to just throw that in there, lol Blessings to you for a wonderful pregnancy and the birth of a healthy little Curly!!

I'm going on vacay in May to Los Cabo San Lucas, MX and I plan on wearing french braids and a braid out at night if we have an outing or just wash n go.

Enjoy your vacay and don't sweat your hair! Do you, you're on vacay lady!!

Tina said...

Congratulations, Nikki!!! Enjoy this wonderful period of life and have a fabulous time in St. Thomas. Personally, I think your mini twists are cute and would probably look great pinned up, and then towards the end of the trip you could rock a loose style, then a puff/pony on the way home. I'll be skimming the comments to get suggestions myself as I will be heading to the Caribbean soon; however, my hair is waaaay shorter than yours and needs much TLC. :o) Have fun on your vacation and may God continue to bless you and your husband as you become parents. Yay!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! To you, your hubby and the extended fam :)
I think the best beach hair is, wash and gos, messy buns and even a tnc.

Malyboo.Barbee said...

OMG CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Christiana said...

Omg!!!!!!!Congratulations curly Nikki ur having a baby :D As far as a good style thats out of the way I vote extensions!!!!! There awesome I have in genie locks right now and all I do is get up and go with the occassional retwisting of my roots (every 2 weeks) Another great style if you dont want to get extensions is tiny small indicidual braids I find the looser ur curl and the neater ur braids the less likihood of them locking i had mine in for 3 moths and they didnt lock at all and I refreshed them everytime I got into the shower great beach hairstyle.
-Christiana

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Nikki!!!! Oh my gaw! I'm soo excited! Here's to a healthy, wonderful pregnancy!

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Anonymous said...

:) I'm going to add to the plethora of well wishes :) CONGRATULATIONS may God richly bless you and your growing family. You have been an inspiration for many and remember you have a huge extended family that loves and support you.

Much love to you, your husband and your baby.

Danielle

MJ said...

Best wishes and congratulations to you!!! =)

Enjoy your trip!!!

aubin said...

Congrats Nikki!!! Girl, you're gonna need to learn to braid SOON so you want have to tangle with your hair while the little one is running around ; )

Adrianesmile said...

OMG! OMG! OMG! I feel like you're one of my sisters (true family) and I need to offer some motherly advice. Congratulations! I know you will be a great mom. Just take it easy and do wash n go with lots of conditioner. It's easy breezy :-) Love an Blessings to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

CoNgRaTs! That is so exciting! I am happy for you! Enjoy your trip!

Tray said...

Congratulations Nikki! Your kid's gonna have the best hair on the block!

I can be of zero assistance with the vacation hair -- I'm trying to figure out what I'm going to do on my trip to Miami in a few months.

I feel like if I could get a decent wash n' go goin, that might be a solution -- otherwise I'll be straight bunnin it

The B Word in Vein said...

Hello Nikki!

Congrats on your pregnancy! You are going to have a little virgo running around the house!

Here is what I did on my last vaction:

1. Washed my hair and separated into 4 section.
2. Open air blow dryed each section on low heat until no longer dripping but still damp(about 20-30 seconds each section)
3. Spearate each section in half and use a moisturizing leave-in (especially if you are planning on being in the pool)
4. Bantu knot it but instead of two strand twisting them just twist each section on itself until it naturally makes a twist at your scalp and then wrap the rest around.
4. Stick a scarf over it and let it rock while you sleep.
5. When you wake up take down and fluff.
It provides a great base for almost every updo you can think of and it's super fast. If you don't want to blow dry just do morer knots ( I do four in the back, four in line with my ears and four in the front.)

It looks like you've got so many suggestions here you will definitely be set for a hair stress- free vacation!!

Congrats again!

Ren

Jessica said...

Congratulations!
Good luck on the vacation hair styling! It sounds as if you've got a good back-up plan with the hat and scarves. If it's super humid out, I say bring on the honey and/or glycerin!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Nikki!!! You're going to make a fantastic mom!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you and hubs! I thought hmmmmm I must've missed a previous post announcing her pregnancy (LOL). Don't stress over your hair, rather, go and enjoy yourself. I would wash and go and/or do puffy ponytails. I would also take headbands too.

Ann from the LOU

PhoMuCoCo said...

Hey Nikki! I'm from St.Croix, the neighboring island. When I go to the beach or sit in the sun, I try to keep my hair covered as much as possible because the sun can dry your hair out pretty bad. I suggest some pretty cornrows that go back in a bun. That way when you wear a hat, it won't look bulky. You can also dress up with that style too. Have fun and enjoy the U.S. Virgin Islands for me.

kisz4tj said...

Yeah, you knocked most of us off with that one. Cute way to slip it in. Wonderful news...God Bless

Curly Gigi said...

Have you ever tried the Shingling technique of Miss Jessie's (missjessies.com)? I live in Central America where it's 105 degrees most of the time and about 90% humidity. I use this technique with HEHH as a leave-in and my hair never frizzes. Each morning I spritz it with water bottle and add a little more of HEHH....Works GREAT! In fact I get compliments, daily, from people with long, straight Indian hair :) It's quick and easy and you'll look great in your vacation pictures.

Rasha said...

Congratulations!!! I'm SO excited for you. Best wishes as you expand your family. Have fun on vacation:-)

BeautifullyFree said...

Congratulations Nikki!!!!! That is awesome...as far as hair i'd just do what i think MahagonyCurls & some oters may have suggested which is just let it out..condition an let it do what it does which is curls up..awwwwwe have a relaxing time an again congrats!!

rjdorsey said...

congrats nikki!! i just had a little girl this past monday and I've been wearing box braids. I think your twists were cute and I kinda feel like my braids are scalpy when they're fresh, a few co-washes and rinses took care of that. Hubby and I are going on a cruise in August and I'll probably come back to the braids then. Good luck with the pregnancy and enjoy your vacation, think of it this way, if your hair is a mess, those people don't know you LOL

momo7 said...

I'm not sure if you mentioned it in another post but I may have missed it. OMGGGGG if you are pregnant (if I read correctly...cause my mouth dropped and I could not stop smiling and screaming silently of course cause it's late where I am lol) CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! OMGGGG this is sooooo great! OMG I can't contain myself LOL!!!! AAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (I let the scream out on here LOL! =P =)

Oh yeah, as for the hair and humid weather, I don't deal with my hair much so I can't really give advice on that. I do throw on a cool hat or a pretty scarf/headwrap (I wrap it with a bun in the back and put a thin silk/satin/whatever scarf doesn't pull out my hair underneath) and I massage and lightly oil my scalp about every other day. Surprisingly I feel less hot when my hair is covered. BTW your twists look great to me. That is a cool style as well. Although I do twists and don't show them (cause my hair is always covered), I protect mine in two big bantu knots (going down towards the back as if to make two pigtails) and tuck them inside themselves at night to protect the ends and take em down in the morning and they are bouncy too (I used to have a problem with mine looking scarce when I 1st do them and that helped it right away).

WestNDNBeauty said...

Ok first of all CONGRATULATIONS GIRLIE! Don't worry about the humidity just make sure to grab some aloe vera or you can get some aloes while your down there and rinse your hair well if you do get into the water.

P.S.

Try visiting St.Croix (where I'm from) most women wear their hair natural and keep it in a bun or a french braid. Aloes and limejuice are great savers and keeps natural hair in the West Indies less frizzy. Tek it ez and buss a lime :o)

Anonymous said...

Try a sock bun. It's real easy on natural hair and you can find tutorials on YouTube.
Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

Enjoy the babymoon, Nikki! When the little blessing gets here your life (and schedule) are going to change in a big way.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Enjoy your pregnancy. They were a wonderful times for me. Wrap yourself in it and enjoy all the changes that take occur. Its amazing what your body can do to prepare for life.

Enjoy your trip, too.

Anonymous said...

Oh Congrats Nik!! Welcome to the Mommy Club :) I remember the humidity when I was in St. Thomas and let me tell you, it's nooo joke!!! Your best bet is definitely a style that keeps your tresses out of your face and if possible, off of your back. A french braid is ideal if you can find someone to execute it lol Wish you lived here in Philly; my sister has a salon and I style naturals so I'm sure we would be able to hook u up....but alas :( I will put on my thinking cap and try to send you pics of as many styling options as i can come up with!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! Odd thing is from some of your recent posts I got the feeling you might be pregnant. I don't know why but I did! Maybe women's intuition or something. Anywho Congrats on the baby!!!!!! I suggest doing high buns with flowers during the trip

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you and your hubby!!!! Regarding a hairstyle, when I visit humid places I typically do a wash and go with conditioner and kinky curly curling custard, and then form it into a high or low curly pony puff. I just spray the front with my water and conditioner mix, add coconut oil, shea butter, and little aloe vera gel to smooth the front. I tie it down for 10 minutes and it holds greatly. You can pull your bun up higher to keep if off your neck, and just let the curls pop.

barbaranaturallyspeaking

Anonymous said...

OMG Congrats Nikki!! Enjoy your trip! I would say wash, condition,and go! Bring some get and leave in and u will be good to go!

tsa919

Anonymous said...

Hi! I live in the Virgin Islands (the British portion), which is a 15-30 boat ride away. Anyway, my hair is also natural (3c-4a type curls) and the bottom of BSL. I actually wear alot of wash and gos using Devacurl products (No poo, One Condition) and DevaCare Arc Angell. After using the One condition, I use Sabino's Lok & Blok to seal in the moisture and block out humidity, and then put the Angell over that. I then scrunch with my "Curls like us" towel and leave the house. By the end of the day, my curls are almost dry, so I apply more Lok & blok and wear a high banded pony to sleep, baggy, and satin scarf. For the next days, until I cowash or wash, I shake, fluff and go, remembering to add more Lok & blok to my hair (sometimes I might scrunch in some water before adding the Lok & blok). This lasts me 4 - 7 days. By mid week, I'm usually puffing it up or anything really that I desire, but Lok & Blok is key in the islands. I get complements every day and no longer have problems with frizz. Using a little more than directed is recommended because of the humidity, especially close to the root area. I do clarify whenever I do wash with Kinky Curly's "Come Clean." Enjoy your trip. HTH

Tamren said...

Congrats on the pregnancy!!! :) I agree with the braids, and a nice bun..they will hold good while you're on vacay.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5KhF9LiFLY

this is a tutorial from PONTERR on how to do a fishtail braid. Congrats on your pregnancy!

curlyq145 said...

OMG!!! Congrats on your pregnancy! Have a nice vacation!! I would say sport some wng and buns with the flowers on the side! too cute!

Amaspiritartist said...

Your twists are beautiful, by the way!

Congratulations on your pregnancy! You are a blessing to us all!

Style Suggestion: Two braids pinned up in the back; or a C shaped braid around your head (or a large flat twist)

panamanian queen said...

I currently live in St. Thomas. well, a French braid is not that hard to achieve and certainly bodes well for the current whether here in St. Thomas. It is rainy. I hope the whether improves for your trip. I recently did a video in youtube with the look but did not do a how-to.

CocoEuro said...

Wait, your pregnant??? OMG congrats!!! Did you make an announcement? not that you have to BUT where was I??? mmm...congrats!!! Have fun on your vacation! I haven't been on vacation in years! (I'm a mom of three!)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!

D_luv said...

Congrats on the new addition to your family Nik! The world (and the CN blog) is anxiously waiting to welcome a brand new curly! Have a great vacation, and don't forget to share if you see any cool new styles or products out there in the islands!

SCRUG_A_LICIOUS said...

A baby is the greatest gift that you can give yourself and your husband!I am so happy for you.You are such a great role model for young women like me! I agree with you about your hairstyles and make sure you dont forget the flower!!lol

Robyn's Nest said...

Unfortunately, I don't have any hair advice, as I am approaching my 5th month of transitioning, but I had to say congratulations on the pregnancy!!!

kehosk said...

Awe congrats hun take tons of picts and videos they grow up fast!

Be Blessed

Key

Anonymous said...

Pregnant?? I nearly overread it when i scrolled down! Congrats Nikki and Mr.Nikki!! For the hair and the rest of your body and the carrbibean humidity. just go with the flow. you will be beautiful in every way. when i vistited ghana last year i just sticked with wash n`go´s and ponytails and concentrated on being happy :-)

xoxo from berlin, monika

Anonymous said...

Oh congratulations on your pregnancy. As for your trip just wash n' go or ponytail it and enjoy the island and all of its beauty.

savvybrown said...

Congratulations on your bump!
- savvy

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