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January 31, 2012

A Good Hair Day...(that just keeps on giving)


It's official, the cut is bomb... everything I envisioned. It volumized my situation and trimmed about 30 minutes off of my detangling and styling time. Got me grinning from temple to temple...

This is the result of a partial Twist-n-Curl. I say partial, 'cause I used about 4 flexis on the sides to create some fake layers. I styled wet, with, get this... MOUSSE! I'm wilin', I know. But it was in a box of complimentary goodies and I couldn't help myself. It's alcohol free (but full of other ish) and my hair feels productless and airy. I'm gonna wait to review until I've tried it a few more times.

After rinsing my conditioner, I air dried for 15 minutes and applied a bit of Davines De-Stress Leave-in. I followed up with TIGI's Totally Baked Hair Meringue (the mousse) and used a teeny bit of Davines' Beautifying Potion to remove the twists once they were completely dry.


the requisite bathroom shot...

...and the Boogie Monster... literally.
'who drank my apple juice?!'


Have you ever used mousse on your curls? What kind?


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Last night, to preserve the curly awesomeness, I pineappled... loosely gathered my hair on top of my head with a satin scrunchy and covered with a satin bonnet.

serving up sexy.
This morning...

not gonna lie, it was a little more difficult coaxing it all back down! Harder than usual... probably because I'm missing the weight of the extra length. Tonight, I may do a low loose pony instead :)

Boog didn't get a second day out of her 'do

105 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

New hair cut for the win! Lots fab!!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful hair Nikki!

Sweetdrk1 said...

That hair right there is the BOMB!! LOVEs it!

Look at my Boogie butt! Awwww

Anonymous said...

The cut is everything and your curls are popping! Boogie is hilarious!

Joie said...

The cut definitely suits you Nikki. I honestly prefer it :)

Anonymous said...

Fugin fly. You're hot Nik!

Dalora said...

I started with mousse (Vigorol-very ol' school!) back in the natural dark ages. It worked fine, meaning it did it's job of providing soft hold, but I tossed it over for products that provide hold and moisture.

Anonymous said...

The Boogster, how cute--she's got mini bantu knots there! You're looks great Nikki

Anonymous said...

Uhm... the title should be, "Friggin' Awesome Hair Day!" *sigh of jealousy*

---MrsDjRass

Christie B. said...

So beautiful Nik! I love how Boogie is just laying on the couch, LOL! Does she have two bantu knots in her hair? She's such a beauty!

ClosetConfections said...

Your hair looks AWESOME! I used mousse when I was relaxed but not since going natural. I'ma have to check that Tigi stuff out.

Anonymous said...

Both of you are gorgeous! That cut is ALL DAT!

Anonymous said...

Sometimes it's good to mix up the hair products, gives your hair a chance to like other stuff. A stylist once told me, it's good to change your products ever now and then because your hair gets used to them and stops performing ((shrugs: don't know how true))

Chocolate Mom aka Blupoetres said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!

And Boogie looking adorable in her knots!!

Anonymous said...

I've used mousse -Metamorphosis Set It Up! Mousse by A Natural Affair Beauty Lounge. It's a nice mousse.

Anonymous said...

I like Morrocan oil's mousse alot! Dries quick and gives me a wilder not as tamed look. Your hair looks fab as usual and look at sweetpea yellin, lol, love it!

M said...

Looks Fab!

leesicam said...

Gorgeous! If not for the iPhone, that B&W pic could have been shot in another era...timeless.

k. lynn said...

awesome cut! I know I could use a good cut myself. I would love to find a salon that I can afford to go to for the works! being a struggling grad student is no joke lol. and of course Boogie is adorable :)

DrChuck24 said...

yup the cut looks awesome on you...

Unknown said...

Beautiful cut straight and curly.. Davines you say?? I'm sold!

Anonymous said...

The Moroccan Oil is very light and moisturizing. Gives great curly definition too!

Laxmi from luckycurls.com said...

Love it! Gorgeous! Lmao @ 'who drank my apple juice' you come up with the best captions. Never tried mousse, but am not even gonna go there- for a while...part of my 'new hairs' resolution was to not be a pj anymore.

Erica B. said...

I use mousse too. I use Tresemme Flawless Curls.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

That black and white pic is amazing!

sassncurlz.com said...

Love love! I am in serious need of a trim/cut and this is total inspiration. As for mousse I haven't tried any yet but it has been in a thought in the back of my mind.

TwistedMarie said...

Beautiful Nik! I love it :)

Gigi said...

It looks really good! I used to use mousee back when I was relaxed interesting that I have not used it as a kinky curly girl, the irony. LOL

hairscapades said...

This is the post that I've been waiting to see!!! I wanted to see the full on TnC with the new cut. GORGEOUS NIK!! It reminds me of that huge TnC you had when you were pregnant or shortly thereafter! The volume is RIDIC!! And Boog is wil'ing!! LOL!!

Shelli

Rhonda C said...

The Gia and the cut are definitely keepers! I love the shape and it has given you the look of instant volume and thickness! Amazing!

BTW, tried Jane Carter mousse -- hated it - lol! I seriously wanted to love it in a bad way, but it made my hair hard and crunchy in a weird way.

Anonymous said...

I love your picture captions LOL =)

hairscapades said...

Oh, and the shine is off the hook too!!! I haven't used mousse in ages and don't see myself going back down that path ... but you wear it MORE than well!!

I think Ok Dani uses mousse ... or, at least, she used to (if I'm remembering a youtuber correctly:). Seemed to work really well for her. So, go for yours;)!.

Shelli

Pecancurls said...

Nik,nice cut!! Awesome volume and shine. As always, the Boogster is too cute. Never used mousse. It made my permed hair dry and crunchy back in the day.

@anon @ 8:42 pm ---interesting take on switching up products periodically.

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Anonymous said...

Your hair looks the BOMB!!!!! Awesome volume Nikki!

Barbara Naturally Speaking said...

I used mousse on my hair on Saturday to create a wash and go. I loved it! My hair was airy and light and looked great on day 2 as it got fuller. Your hair looks amazing!

Daphne74 said...

Did you drink the apple juice !! Oh Mommy. :) She is too cute. When I had dreds a few years back I used Smooth and Shine mousse. I worked great for my thick hair.

Michelle said...

Love your hair! Is that considered a deva cut? Totally inspired me. I've been hangin' on to these dead ole' ends for months.

Anonymous said...

You look so pretty!

sarah said...

Suave Captivating Curls mousse is pretty good. Provides weightless hold and feels creamy, like it has oils in it. I like.

Anonymous said...

I must admit that although you hair looks great here, nothing has beat the shine and definition you had with DAX...

erica t said...

WERK

Anonymous said...

WOW. I love it!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Nikki! I'm loving your haircut, too! It's looks nice, girl! To answer your question, I've never used mousse on my natural hair. I've heard some bad things about it, so I really have not been tempted to try it all. I still don't know if my curiosity is peaked, after hearing about your great experience with mousse. I think I'll pass on it! :)

-Foxyrou

Dani @ OK, Dani said...

@hairscapades - Great Memory girl!!!!

I did use mousse...like it was my JOB! Loved it, and will still use it if I'm in a pinch. I'd just use a moisturizer or leave-in of some sort first.

Nikki, your hair is lookin FIIIIEEERRRCCEEE

CURLYNIKKI said...

thanks ladies!!!!!! I'm so loving the shape! I just pulled it up into a pineapple... excited to see how it'll look tomorrow.

@ Dani, I JUST emailed you!

Erica S said...

I used this cheap mousse/setting foam stuff on DRY hair when I did my first twistout ever and it was horrible! I'm not sure if it was the mousse, or the fact that it was on dry hair, or maybe since it was my first twistout ever, but it was just a terrible experience. lol

Nichelle said...

I use mousse all the time by Samy called Curl Activating Mousse. Its also alcohol free but I like it because it used to make my curls a little stiff so they held their definition after I un-twisted my twist out. But sadly my hair is getting used to it :/

Tanya said...

The shape and the volume is perfect! I'm going to look into this mousse!

Anonymous said...

Love the volume!!! Love the curls!!!

Nikki, did you miss your curls much when you had straight hair?

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Anonymous said...

Your hair looks so much healthier than before the cut! THe shape is awesome !

Your experience and the way your hair looks further validates one of my pet peeves. That is, us naturals should NOT be afraid to cut, if necessary, to achieve a healthier, sexier style! Lol! I get sick of seeing beautiful haired naturals with raggedy ends holding onto them for length.

It's not that your hair looked bad before, it's just that you brought out the bling by shaving off those ends in a nice way!
I had a Deva cut last year ( a serious process which took 1 hr and 45 min). I have maintained it by trimming the ends every 3 months and staying away from heat. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way the ends look when they have been clipped.
Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Hopefully, it will encourage some of us to be more comfortable with the beauty of hair HEALTH while reducing the intense obsession with length!!!! So awesome.

leandra said...

Yeah, like someone else said "awesome hair day" would be more appropriate. WHAT?! It looks pretty amazing. I can't wait to get hair long enough to cut into a style that has me making that same understatement. Soon, though, right? ;-)

"Who drank my apple juice?" LOL! Was that really what was on her mind?

Anonymous said...

@Michelle,

A Devacut would be one done on the hair while dry and curly.

I THINK that going by the pictures, Nikki's cut wasn't done that way but I could be wrong.

I actually go to a salon that does that type of cut but I think Nikki got what I get, which is a straightening and then a cut.

Don't know, but just cutting hair that happens to be natural isn't a devacut. You can probably find them on You Tube. I've watched them do it in my salon and they literally go curl by curl. I honestly don't know how they do it all when the hair is in tiny curls or very kinky.

Anonymous said...

I used Proclaim Foaming Wrap lotions when I used to flat iron my hair. Just re-visited the olive oil version (mixed with Elasta QP Feels Like Silk) for my first flexi rod set. Will use it again.

Markita said...

It's super cute Nikki! I actually love Paul Mitchell's conditioning foam mousse. Smells awesome and my hair loves it. Gives excellent and I mean excellent hold and shine for coil outs. You seriously don't have to use anything else in the hair when you use it. (3c curly with 4a tendencies)

Asia said...

I love it! I was considering getting my hair once the weather breaks (my hair keeps my neck warm), and this might just make me go through with it! I always use mousse on my sets, I've tried pomades, curling gels, ect. and I hated them all. Plan old Olive Oil setting mousse has been good to me. Lol

Annabel said...

Loving the volume and the matching pjs are so cute!

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Anonymous said...

A bit off topic, but I couldn't resist chiming in:

Devacut is a unique and distinct process which is altogether different from cutting straightened natural hair. The hair is cut curl by curl- first in the dry state, then refined when hair is wet. It can be and has been done successfully on very curly hair that has kinky components.
Ouidad also has a carve and slice technique for cutting curly hair.

I have experienced all three ways of cutting curly/natural hair (Devachan technique, Ouidad and Straightened then cut) and BY FAR, the best results I've had have been with the Devachan technique. The straightened then cut comes in second and the Ouidad was something I would NEVER do again (a disaster).
The skill of the stylist, of course, plays a role. I went to THE Ouidad salon in NY, so I feel like I gave that technique the best chance. I had a highprofile, specially trained stylist do the Devachan cut and the straightened/cut technique was also done by a 'celebrity' stylist.

Nikki, your hair cut looks great. Gia is too cute!

Anonymous said...

I had a Devacut too. It changed my life. Regular textured hair, but it did the damn thang! I was visiting NYC In November and left from the salon, had lunch, and went to a Broadway play and I felt super pretty. I haven't straigtened my hair since and plan to get a cut this spring @ the new Devachan in LA. :)

ShoeHOTLINE said...

OMG look at your bouncing and behaving. It looks Fabulous.

SN: Love the little superstar pony tails and her face is priceless :)

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful!

CURLYNIKKI said...

Thank you ladies!

Anonymous said...

I love your hair....I can't wait until mine get that long. Right now my hair is neck length and I'm starting to get a litte depress because my stills are limited.....You site keeps me inspired.

Anonymous said...

I happy to see boog again :)

Ordered Steps Productions said...

So seriously trying not to buy another nutha product....but you're making it HARD!!!! I love it! Never tried mousse, but er ah - I see it in my future! ps- I have an interview this weekend, can I borrow your curls just for Saturday? lol! :)

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful!

Trina said...

Sounds interesting, mousse!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Nikki, the hair is fab! I could never get that kind of volume. I, however, get my best definition and shine when I use Design Essentials Compositions Foaming Wrap Lotion with Coconut Oil & Wheat Protein. It tames my frizz and keeps the puffy roots at bay.

Anonymous said...

Curly NIkki - u gone make me go natural again!!!

Candace4life said...

You look good in all of the pictures, and the hair came out gorgeous. Little Gia is a trip love the facial expressions :). By the way CN do you do makeup tutorials of yourself on here yet? I wasn't sure if I had missed that blog.

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Also I love the recent video of Charjay doing a makeup tutorial, and like the hairstyle she has on as well. Video titled: NYX Smokey Kit Make-Up Look Tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dlt53sy9wg&list=UU_ntSr05CDWC6bLOoqgMGPQ&index=1&feature=plcp

Anonymous said...

omg your twist and curls are the bomb!! i definitely have to try this style someday and hopefully it comes out just like yours!!

Wonder Woman said...

Hey Nik...I just did a roller set on my curls over the weekend and I used mousse!! My hair felt airy, bouncy and light...LOVED it!! :-) This was my first roller set on my natural hair.

Here's a link to my video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a73siU08MkY

My channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/KinkycurlyTree03

Wonder Woman said...

Hey Nik! I just did my first roller set on my natural hair this past weekend...and drum roll please...I used MOUSSE as well. My hair turned out airy, light and bouncy. Loved it!! I also used a little heat, but that part is totally optional!!

Here's a link to my video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a73siU08MkY

My channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/KinkycurlyTree03

Anonymous said...

wow to the wow! looks much better than your hair with the oyin and original moxie. so shiny and defined! what are you going to try next?

Anonymous said...

Nikki, you and your hair are beautiful as always! And of course Boogie is her naturally adorable self!:)

-Curly Swan

Jada07 said...

Beautiful as always. I haven't tried mousse but who knows what the future holds. BTW, try 4 smaller pineapples instead; helps each section stay where it's supposed to.

keisha said...

wow! this is off the chain GORGEOUS!!!! I mean GORGEOUS!!!! love boog and her facial expressions!

Micheal said...

I love the cut!!! I really want to cut my hair but it seems like so many people are so caught up on length. Also I am a bit too scared of shrinkage...

Sawah said...

Very nice. Even with a cut, your hair looks absolutely divine!
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Raynata said...

Very cute and flattering cut! Love that length!

Migdalia said...

A little late but, That is friggin cuuuttteee!!!!I love it Nikki!

Anonymous said...

Very very nice. I'm loving it!!! Boogie is a cutie. I've tried mousse when I was relaxed (loved it) and when transitioning I forget what brands. I didn't like the turn out. Maybe it was because I was transitioning. Have not tried it since being natural. My hair is very thick so I don't think it will work too well. Don't hurt to try though.

Margaret said...

Nikki, the cut is fabulous!!! I love the volume, sheen and the length!!! I can see where this would decrease detangling and styling time. I have to comment on Boggie as well. She is a living doll!!! :)

fabwtalk said...

Very fab cut and boog as always, to cute!

Anonymous said...

Loving yr hair - it looks so healthy & beautiful. You should be happy with the results.

As for mousse, I was addicted to clairol 3-in-1 conditioning mousse.

Gloria said...

You have beautiful hair Nikki. The cut turned out great!!!

Quaneasha said...

Wow! I can honestly say that you look beautiful with or without length. Your hair is so amazing.

Boog's pics always keep me smiling :)

Michaela said...

Your hair looks great!!Whats your (or anyone who wants to answer)secret to great twists-n-curl? I tried it using kinky kurl kustard and it just did not last more than a day. Any suggestions would be great! thanks!

Naturalgirl said...

Nikki you have beautiful hair, and I follow you on thursdays. I started trimming my own hair due to cost, and it turned out great doing the twist than cutting the ends, plus I co-shampoo and love it.thank you and please keep up the good work.

Samantha said...

I love your hair, Nikki!
And Boogie's just so adorable! :)

Anonymous said...

Nikki, Your new haircut is classy and beautiful. I love this length on you - it brings out your natural hair texture and facial features. Your hair looks so healthy and sexy. You go Nikki!!!

Anonymous said...

Your hair is AWESOME!

surVIVEr28 said...

GRRRRRRR. i hate you ( not really ) You are FF ( Freakin' Fabulous!) I at a downer time right now. I am closing on my first home which means a tight budget, which means not enough moolah to spend on my fav products (Kinky Curly, Beautiful Curls. sniff). I get back to my former self soon . In the mean time...STYLE ON MY SISTAHS! I must live vicariously through you! Stay Fab!

The Kinky Apothecary said...

I was thinking recently, about how my braidouts don't hold up as long in Lagos humidity as they used to, and reading this, I remembered I used to use Jane Carter Solution Wrap & Roll. I vaguely remember it made my hair a little crispy, but now I've sorted out my moisture levels, I may revisit and play around with leave-ins/finishers. I just checked and still have half a bottle left.

That bathroom shot is beautiful, by the way!

Anonymous said...

i'm sold on the hair cut its fantastic... love it.

Habiba Kaba said...

i used mousse when i was relaxed, and i LOVED i mean, it was my bFFE, Aussie's mousse/leave in conditioner... they actually changed the name on the product, but its still available. it says that its a leave in too on the bottle. so it can be picked out. It never let me down or told my secrets (like that my hair was not really as cute and charming as it seemed, but was a real mean-girl kaliba most of the time... my hair was smooth, my curls were poppin, and it all looked under control. the best part though, was that my hair stayed extra moisturized, non greasy, non crunchy, and extra sexy. when i first BC'd, i could use the mousse still and i got the same effects. However, now that my hair is longer i hesitate only because i dont like to test stuff out on my hair cuz, like i said, my hair is a bully...

Adole M said...

You are so cute! I love this site :)

Anonymous said...

You are adorable!

Anonymous said...

I love mousse, the Totally twisted by Herbal Essences, gives body and definition w/o weighing it down like gels did. I use a spray moisturizer under it. I just dampen my hair and work it through and air dry. I keep my natural hair on the short side, love, love it. No more gels flattening out my hair!!

Anonymous said...

Where do you get your henna from? the link on the other page for mendavina.com doesn't work anymore.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

what is the name of your cut nikki blunt?

Anonymous said...

Id like the same cut nikki what should i ask my stylist for?

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