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February 7, 2012

Denise Richards Talks Big, Wavy Hair!


Lately, my Google searches go something like this--

'at home hair thickening treatment',

'naturally volumize fine ass hair',

'mousse for bigger hair'

...and things of that nature. Hundreds of henna, beer rinse, oat flour and sexually inappropriate results later, I happened upon something that caught me off guard. Apparently, Denise Richards has a volumizing hair care line. Denise Richards. You know...actress, model, white she-devil from Undercover Brother... Charlie Sheen's ex-wife? I couldn't help but reach out and I'm glad I did! She's super down to earth, friendly and a fellow curly. She'll also be in the new Tyler Perry movie! #WINNING

CN: Your hair is stunning! It's obviously naturally textured, but how would you describe it?


Thank you! My hair is thick with a bit of natural wave. Although it's very full, I feel like it's gotten less curly over the years.

CN: What was it like growing up with wavy hair? Did you always like it?

As a kid, we always want to be part of the ‘status quo”, which usually means having perfectly straight, shiny hair. I battled with my hair at the time (hey, it was the 80’s!) but through the years I stopped fighting my hair and found a style that works for me.

CN: What are your go-to products?

Speaking of the 80’s…. it’s all about the hairspray! But a much more grown up version, like the Volumizing Hair Spray from my Volume Extend line. I’m currently obsessed with my new line of products- they’re so luxurious and make my beauty routine a breeze.

CN: Tell me of this new volumizing haircare line?

My new hair care line, Volume Extend, is a volumizing line I created with celebrity hairstylist, Cristophe that uses cutting-edge formulas to achieve the perfect balance of volume and thickness without any frizz! It should go without saying, but these products are never tested on animals and are sulfate and paraben free.

CN: What is your current routine? How does it differ when you're working?

When I’m working, I have the best in the biz making sure I look perfect from every angle; I just let them work their magic! But when I’m at home, it’s all about my kids, which means my beauty routine is pared down to the bare minimum. I think the best way to keep it simple is to adopt a beauty routine that keeps your hair healthy and your skin glowing.


CN: As a new mother, I always ask celeb moms this question- How the hell do you do it? How do you save your last nerve while juggling career and kids?

I think it’s important to take time out for yourself. As a working mother, it’s easy to lose yourself in the demands of others, but what’s most important is maintaining a healthy, happy ‘self’. I recommend taking an hour to go for a walk, meditate, spend quality time with your friends – these are the things that maintain sanity.

CN: Any new and upcoming movie projects?

I recently guest starred on 30 Rock and I am currently working on a new Tyler Perry film, “Madea’s Witness Protection”!

CN: Dope. Can't wait! Where can we connect with you on the web?

You can follow me on Twitter (@DENISE_RICHARDS) or on my website at www.DeniseRichards.com. You can buy my products at www.cristophe.com!

41 Chime in!:

Anonymous said...

Cool!

Anonymous said...

I still watch Under Cover Brother from time to time...guilty pleasure.

Anonymous said...

I do too! Love Under Cover Brother, her hair is lovely.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see what's she's been up to. I didn't know about her hair care line. ~KF519

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous hair. After watching her reality show, my perception of Denise Richards changed for the better. She seems to be warm, positive, a great mom, and devoted daughter/sister/friend. I also admire her ability not to bash her crazy ex-husband, respecting the fact that he is father to their daughters.

Anonymous said...

Nikki, I'm all for expanding our view of curlies around the world, but I guess I'm wondering why you interviewed her. Are just providing celebrity interviews? If so that's great and I'm glad you're able to get big names on the couch. However, if these interviews are meant to inspire, I have to say I didn't get a lot from this.

I usually come on the site and am inspired by women of color who have "natural" hair because it gives me the courage to deal with my own. I don't want to discount her experience, but her line of volumizing spray does little to inspire me.

Anonymous said...

I love diversity as much as the next person, but as a woman of color this interview does very little to inspire me. It kind of reminds me of reading mainstream magazines and they have a "Hair" section that does very little to speak to me or my hair. I applaud her acceptance of her hair, but I can't relate.

Anonymous said...

She has great hair. The volume is amazing. Good to see she's coming back!

Anonymous said...

i think her people pretty much reached out to CN because she's going to be in a Tyler Perry movie...I can imagine this post might get interesting....

Anonymous said...

Wow, you now getting the curly white girl interviews--COOL, CONGRATS! I like the 2nd picture of her.

ShoeHOTLINE said...

Great Job Nikki! Since I'm from team thin hair I'm excited that her products are sulfate free might have to give them a try.

Anonymous said...

I agree with some of those who commented above. I am so grateful for this blog and I realize that you can do whatever you want because it is your blog, but don't "they" (yes, by "they" I mean WHITE PEOPLE) have enough already? Don't we see so much about their hair enough in commercials and in magazines that won't even consider using black women in ads? I'm pretty open minded, but I have to be honest...When I saw Denise Richards's photo, I actually looked up at the URL to make sure that I was in the right place. (And nothing against her personally...I loved her in Undercover Brother and other movies.) Maybe I am too territorial in my mind when I think of this blog because when I come here, I feel beautiful and celebrated. I feel as if I already know that I am going to see a woman of color with curly and/or kinky hair. If I see a white woman, she at least has curly hair. I guess I don't expect to see today's version of Farrah Faucet.

Anonymous said...

Thin ice Nikki....very thin ice.

Why oh why was this interview even done?

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think the interview speaks on the similar experiences we have as natural curlies, irregardless of race or nationality.

I found inspiration in her statement: "... we always want to be part of the ‘status quo”, which usually means having perfectly straight, shiny hair. I battled with my hair at the time (hey, it was the 80’s!) but through the years I stopped fighting my hair and found a style that works for me."

Isn't that what most of us who have done?

Her new line is supposed to help you 'achieve the perfect balance of volume and thickness without any frizz'. Sounds good to me.

I am woman of color, but I am also a woman and mother just like Denise.

Kudos to Nikki.

Anonymous said...

I've always thought her hair was awesome! Jessica Simpson's hair is really pretty too. Many Caucasian women have thin hair and rely on extentions for volume. It's a hair issue we can relate too...

Also, I COMMEND the shift from being so exclusionary on this site and others. We all know the core audience is Black women with beautiful 'natural' hair and it will stay that way. For SO LONG our natural hair was ignored in magazines, blogs, hair shows, TV, and other forms of media. And it still goes on, BUT we need to stop with this self centered way of thinking. It's so silly. Many of us cling so tightly to our culture, heritage, etc and I'm with you! I'm protective too. But we can't complain of bias, discrimination and exclusion if we DO THE SAME THING.

Kudos to you Nikki :-)

Alexandria said...

My God, look at the bigots coming out the woodwork. Imagine if white people were parroting "what's she doing on our blog" talk back to you.

Curly hair is curly hair. Period.

Nice interview, Nikki!

Kudos said...

Soooo, seeing as the name of this website is CURLYNikki and not BlackNikki, coupled with her prefacing the interview with googling how to thicken fine hair and "I couldn't help but reach out and I'm glad I did!"...I don't really see what the problem is.
That's like saying you wouldn't use JessieCurl because the owner isn't black...I mean she still has curls.

I don't come to this site to learn how to define my blackness, I want to define my CURLS! I have naturally thick hair, I mean THICK, but I decided to read the interview because I thought it's be interesting... that's the thing I think we all can agree on, this site reaches out to all curlies, from loose to tight- appreciate it Nik!

NikNak said...

Going back to the hair thickening at home, has anybody found anything verifiable that works?

Anonymous said...

You know, I have 4a/4b hair and I frequently see things on this site that don't pertain to that type of hair texture or it seems like there aren't enough articles on taming my crazy corkscrews, but I don't complain about it. I either don't read the article or I read it and I might benefit from it for someone else. My point is that if you didn't want to read about a WHITE person, you should have gone to the next article. Nikki interviewed Denise Richards because she CAN!!! This is her blog and she can interview whomever she dammmmm well pleases!!!! Nikki doesn't need me to make a point for her, but some of you women are too much sometimes!! Stop your complaining.

NikNak said...

I swear the racists always feel so entitled to speak their mind.

Anonymous said...

Um excuse me but isn't being black...black of enough for your race nazis? Nikki is black, her husband is black, her baby is super cute and black, her sister is black, her parents are black, and grandma is black. I would think that if she wants to TALK to a white woman every now and then...that would be ok.

Anonymous said...

I still watch Under Cover Brother from time to time...guilty pleasure.

Faren said...

There's a very diverse pool of readers within the CurlyNikki community. To suggest that an article is not for you and thus irrelevant has very discriminatory undertones.

Anonymous said...

I love this statement from anon @ 1:38 "I don't come to this site to learn how to define my blackness, I want to define my CURLS!"

I agree, I love this site, I love that you feature people from different ethnicities and backgrounds, as we all have our own hair stories; no matter if someone has 3a or 4c hair. Just because there's an interview here with a white woman, I do not feel a "different way" about visiting the site. Obviously, I prefer the articles/interviews with people who's texture I can relate to, but maybe there's an ethnic woman out there with hair similar to Denise's and she was informed by this post.

Keep doing your thing Nikki!

Anonymous said...

Nikki just interviewed Chaka Khan last week, and now yall call her a sell out because she interviewed Charlie Sheen's ex-wife? SMDH at the trolls.

Anonymous said...

"Wow, you now getting the curly white girl interviews--COOL, CONGRATS!"

lol i love how someone thinks CN now deserves high fives because she's getting interviews with white women...

Anonymous said...

It's interesting how some comments on here have been in attack mode when people expressed their opinions on this interview. If someone doesn't find the post relevant, they are entitled to say that. Just as others are entitled to say that it is relevant to them and that they love it. I think that what those of us (and yes, I am one) who don't find it relevant have a problem with is that women of color with natural hair have been denigrated for years. It has only been with the advent of the Internet, blogs, magazines aimed at our demographic, etc. that we have even been able to see images of ourselves represented and celebrated. Although Denise Richards doesn't speak to what I want to read about hair wise, I can very easily keep it moving and read something else. But if I want to comment, I can do that, and I can do it respectfully. It doesn't make me racist. It means I have an opinion.

Anonymous said...

Glad to read about Denise here. I've always admired her lush gorgeous hair.

Anonymous said...

Whew, a thread full of bigots and racists, oh and haters. Get over it. Thanks for the interview Nik. No I don't have loose curls like Denise but I do have fine hair and like you, I'd love to find ways to make it appear thicker. I'll definitely check out her line!

Anonymous said...

@anon 2:18pm

Just bc you don't like the interview or find it has less relevance for you then say...chaka khan, does not make you a racist. I don't think that was the problem though. The problem was that women were coming in here saying stupid ish, like your "skating on thin ice"...why...for interviewing a woman that happens to be white. Now that IS racist and although they have a right to their opinion, I have a right to call them on their bigotry and point out that what they're implying/saying is racist.

Anonymous said...

Hey racist...there are tabs that say "YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE" at the bottom of every post. If you hate reading about white people try some of the other dozens of interviews with black ladies Nikki has done. It's not that serious boo boo!

Anonymous said...

I love the commenter who said this was Curly Nikki and not Black Nikki...
Too true, plus, if you are a black woman on the wavier end of things, Denise's hair is a good model for what you might try...we dont' all have the same hair and not everyone who has your hair is the same race as you.

Anonymous said...

what does color or ethnicity have to do with anything. great interview. let's just support each other as humans, as women, and get on with life. thanks nikki for your website and the great interviews you do.

Anonymous said...

Nikki all I'm gonna say is GREAT interview! The ignorance of some of these folks is why they will never be as accomplished as you are! I love your blog keep up the diversity ! I am a black female with course wavy hair not everyone on this blog sports a Good Times Afro! Lol

Anonymous said...

LOL! Y'all just mad cause she's white. No, take that back, she's very white. She's so white she played White Devil in the Eddy Griffin movie.

Anonymous said...

People really need to know the difference between racist and prejudiced. Cause wow...

Secondly if you don't own and operate it, it aint your safe place.

Some of you are a little tender, one white woman featured in how mnay posts, and suddenly mutiny?

Anonymous said...

Great interview as always Nikki. I hope to see more diversity in the future.

CurlyInTheA said...

Thick, curly hair is thick curly hair. I could see if all this site featured where white ladies. It doesn't.

This is probably the only On the Couch interview I've seen. Denise Richards' hair is thicker than mine -- and I guess I'm 4a (never pay those charts any mind anyway). IJS. And I bet the products that we (collective curly community) work better on her hair than products aimed at straight hair.

http://www.HairNista.Blogspot.com

Tanya said...

I'm for anything that will help me get bigger hair! I like the controlled frizz look. Thanks for the heads up!

Anonymous said...

I recently discovered this site and have been in love with it ever since. While I can't say that this article was one of my favorites, I respect Nikki's right to interview and feature whoever and whatever she wants to feature. I am disturbed by the comments on this post though. It seems that people who didn't find it relevant have been deemed to be racist. I guess that makes every woman of color who opted to buy her daughter a Black Barbie versus a White one is racist as well just because she wanted her daughter to have a doll that represented her (I won't even get on how there has been a movement to not only have African-American Barbies, but African-American Barbies that have hair that reflects a broad spectrum of hair textures as well). The issue that some people expressed is with the desire to see representations that reflect their culture, and ethnicity. I don't understand why that is a racist view. Racist would be saying that Caucasian women have nothing to offer and that they don't belong on this site. What I'm getting from the comments is that some people didn't find it relevant because it didn't pertain to their hair, curls, or whatever. Really, should they be branded racists just because they don't feel Denise Richards reflects their hair concerns? I say to each his own. As long as they aren't spouting hate filled language or attacking other peoples comments, I say respect the opinions. We aren't all going to love everything here every day, and there is nothing wrong with that. As for me, I don't have have a problem with ultra fine hair--quite the opposite. So just because I moved on past the article does that make me racist too? I think this is getting more focus than it deserves.

Anonymous said...

I love Denise Richards! I watched her reality show and I think she's beautiful with her gorgeous, thick wavy hair.

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