When we returned, he had disappeared into the building. So we boarded the elevator, which was shady as hell, and made our way up into the unknown. When the elevator stopped, the doors opened and all I could feel was BASS. Like, 'make your heart work' and/or 'skip several beats' kind of bass. The air was thick with smoke, but the vibe was dope... laughter filled the air.
She says, "Being in Japan, it was really easy to go natural simply because good or bad hair day, it didn't matter, nobody knew any better! The funny thing now that I am natural and my hair is curly, my work colleagues think that I am rocking a curly perm. They give me a mean side eye when I tell them it's natural. I am a die hard product junkie! I loooove trying new stuff especially conditioners. But my absolute staples are Shea Butter and Herbal Essence's Totally Twisted and Hello Hydration.
I learned about CurlyNikki after going natural and I am soooo glad I did. I check it daily and I love the support and inspiration that is found here."
Keith has been in Japan for 4 years, working as an English teacher. He shares, "...since growing my hair in a hi-top fade, my students are amazed my hair grows upright. Japanese people are not familiar with other textures like wavy or curly, so they think it is a perm. So I get the, "perma?" question so often. Whenever I go to my elementary schools, the kids feel my hair and smell it. They claim it has a good smell, like coconut! Haha!"
Linda is from California and has been in Kawasaki, Japan for 4 years. She's been SISTERLOCKED for 9 years! She shares-
"I come from a family of permming, hot combing, long-haired women that cut their hair short. I was raised with perms and hot combs. Before moving to Japan I learned to put my own perm in, trim my ends, and stocked up on hair products. The salons charge too much for just a wash and trim ($100) and I didn't trust a Japanese beautician with my hair styling. I finally found a salon to do my perms, which I reduced to twice a year, and touched up weekly with a wash, blow dry and flat iron routine. After I made it through my 1st super humid summer with no perm, and rotating to natural wet buns, pinned up, and huge Diana Ross styles, I haven't had a perm in over 3 years.
keshia gets the goods! Congrats diva!