The Wash & Go Perfected for Kinky Natural Hair

I have a new series on my channel called The Salon Experience. Although I'm natural hair vlogger who's known to whip up a bomb hairstyle that you can do at home, I'm a huge advocate for going to a salon to get a haircut, color or anytime you want to be pampered and have someone else do your hair for a change. Since it's somewhat of a challenge to find a good stylist who can work with natural hair properly, I figured I'd showcase salons that I've tried and trusted with my own kinky tresses and delivered awesome results.

On the first episode I headed out to mid-town Detroit where a stylist Markquisha St. Clair blew my mind! She gave me an amazing wash and go that I never thought was possible for my kinky texture. I've tried this style time and time again on my YouTube channel and vowed to never try it again since I thought my hair was too kinky to deliver favorable results, but when she did this style on my hair, It did what I thought was not attainable.

I'd love to feature St. Clair's technique with your readers who may also believe they cannot attain the wash and go look. Watching this video may change their minds! 

4C Healthy Hair Routine- Paville and her Tapered TWA

Introduce yourself!
Hello loves! My name is Paville (pronounced Ah-Vee-L) and I am a Vlogger, Blogger, and Talk Show Host. I make content focused on makeup, natural hair, and skincare. I also have a talk show on my channel where I feature other up and coming Vloggers/Bloggers.

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural on & off for four years. I initially big chopped Dec 10' and remained natural for a year and then I relaxed my hair. I decided to big chop again in Aug 12' and AGAIN in Sept 13'.
I think this will be the last time I cut my hair, but who knows?

Defining Curls on 4C Natural Hair

Juelzy writes:

"I am an avid reader of Curly Nikki and love your website.  I have a YouTube channel, where I cover style tips for Black hair whether wigs, weaves or natural.  I change my hairstyle up a lot but I am a 4b/4c extra kinky natural.  I haven't done many natural hair videos because that's not my core audience.
However I did do a tutorial that has totally made my hair a lot more manageable and helped me to achieve that every desirable curl."

Voluminous Flat-Twist Style for Fine Hair

Charnika writes:

I just created a super cute and fun summer style that I think you will enjoy! It features a flat-twisting method that will benefit naturals with fine and or thin hair. I call it the "double decker" method because it involves creating two flat twists in one section so you get more volume and texture than you would if you did single two strand twists or flat twists alone.

Type 4 Hair- Tips for Chronic Dryness, Breakage and Styling

by Jamillia via AroundTheWayCurls

I’m having a hair crisis. I have 4c hair and I don’t know what to do with it. When I try to do a twist-out, the style only lasts for a day. Any time I try to manipulate my hair, it is so dry that hair is just falling off. I’ve tried deep conditioning and hot oil treatments, but I’m a sophomore in college and I simply can’t afford these fancy hair products. What is an inexpensive way to take care of my 4c hair?- Keleigh

Read On!>>>

Natural Hair Care Tips for Type 4 Curls

by Susan Walker of Earthtones Naturals

For new and experienced curlies it can often be difficult to develop a hair care regimen that is beneficial to the needs of your hair. There are so many resources available to gather information from and making sense of everything can be a huge task. Women with type 4 hair can often find it challenging to manage and care for their hair effectively, as well as find the best ways to bring out their kinks, curls and coils. I have type 4 hair and, while no two hair types are exactly the same, there are enough similarities among women with type 4 hair that general hair care and styling guidelines can be discussed. If you don’t know what type 4 hair is it’s considered to be hair that is kinky or coily in curl pattern. The strands are typically very closely packed together and this hair type has fewer cuticle layers than other hair types. In terms of strand thickness the hair can be fine, medium or thick. The curl pattern can range from an “s” pattern to a “z” pattern and everything in between! Due to the thickness of the strands and the way they are packed together, the hair of some type 4 curlies appear as though there is no defined curl pattern.


Wash Day Routine for 4c Natural Hair

Watch as Jouelzy shares her wash day routine for highly textured natural hair- 

Chunky Flat Twist out on Natural Hair

Watch the gorgeous LiveNaturallyLove achieve flat twist-out greatness, while the background music track gets you ready for the weekend!

Kinky Wash and Go- Natural Hair Tutorial

I just recorded a video on my wash and go on kinky hair. After many trial and error sessions, I have finally found what works for me and would love to share it!  Enjoy!

Are you Supposed to Comb 4c Hair?

The runway worthy, GlamFun, shares her philosophy on detangling and styling 4c hair.

"Don't Be Worried, It Will Grow!"

Peep facebyj's natural hair journey- 

"This is my natural hair journey so far, I wasnt' too sure about putting it up because my hair looked so bad but; then I realized that I was encouraged by someone who put up the same kind of video. So, I truly hope that this blessses someone and encourages them to embrace their natural self, the way we were meant to be!"

CN Says:
But that music choice, tho!  Giving me life this gloomy morn!

Empress Bun w/ Marley Braid Hair

Jouelzy shows us how she achieves a large, elegant bun using Marley Braid Hair. 

Ashlei's Naturally Glam!

 Meet Ashlei. Originally from Charleston, SC, she currently lives in Chicago, IL.   She's working toward a master's degree in Fashion Merchandising and has a fashion + natural hair blog - Kinks Are The New Pink, that y'all should totally check out! 

How long have you been #TeamNatural and why did you do it? 
I've been natural for a year and a half - it seems much longer than that though, haha!  I remember the day I decided to go natural as if it were yesterday. I was having a really bad hair day, I was due for a relaxer and I was just frustrated with my look that day. While I was on the bus on my way to work, a girl got on and she had the cutest fro and I could not stop staring at her, she probably thought I was a real big creeper! And I thought to myself, my hair can do that too, right? So I spent all day at work researching about going natural and by the end of the day, I was convinced I wanted to do it.

What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?
I remember my roommate at the time was one of the first people I told I was going to go natural and he gave me this confused look and asked 'What does that mean? Ew, are you going to stop shaving? Is Derrick (my boyfriend) going to be okay with that?' Haha! But after I explained to him what it actually meant, he was all for the new look, and overall I got really positive responses from everyone - boyfriend, family, and friends.

How did you do it? BC or transition?
I attempted to do the whole transitioning thing, but that only lasted for a few weeks as my hair was really damaged and it was just frustrating trying to put it into protective styles, so I just went and got it all chopped off on February 24th, 2011!

What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
When I first saw myself in the mirror my initial reaction was 'holy crap, I look like my brother, this is not good!' Haha! It was a bit of a shock and definitely took some getting used to, but of course I ended up loving it and now that my hair has grown, I actually kind of miss my super short twa.

What do you love most about your natural hair? 
I love that it makes me feel like myself. When I would get relaxers, I felt I was always trying to imitate someone else, but my kinks are unique to me :) I also love that my hair isn't holding me back anymore, I used to be very self-conscious when it came to my hair, I didn't want to talk about it, didn't want people to touch it, I would get very defensive. Now, I'm much more carefree and have a je ne sais quoi kind of attitude, my hair is what it is and it pretty much does what it wants, and I'm okay with that.

How can the CN community stalk keep up with you and those curls? 
You can find me all over! But here are the specific-
InstaGram: @kinkyNcoily_Mo
Twitter: @kinkyNcoily_Mo

Miranda- A Story of Transition

Meet Miranda, fellow blogger, vlogger and of course, a natural beauty!

CN:  Were you a long or short term transitioner?  Why?
I was a short term transitioner.  I transitioned about 4 months with braids, but after that I didn't have the funds to get my braids done again, lol!  So I told myself, either I'm going to do this or I'm gonna get a perm because I can't look crazy for anybody I know now that I could have worked with it, but I didn't at the time)! That weekend, I showed up at a random beauty shop and got my big chop. 
CN:  When did you BC?  What was your initial reaction to your natural hair?
I big chopped on April 10, 2010.  I did really good at first.  I brought my sister with me for moral support.  However, on our way back to my house, as soon as we exited the highway and I saw my hair in the side mirror... I cried like a little girl, lol!  Needless to say, it took me a minute to get used to seeing myself differently. 
CN:  How did your family and friends react to the new you?  What was your response to them? 
Initially, my family and friends weren't on board.  I would get comments like "why did you do that???" and ugly stares.  Most people really wouldn't say anything, they would just give the ugly stare.  Now that it's been 2 years, everyone loves it.  Funny... When people see the confidence you have with your look, they in turn begin to love it.  My Mom has since gone natural, my little cousin tells me she is transitioning and several of my new friends tell me how much they love my hair.  Women have even come up to me and said, "I just wanted to tell your hair looks so cute like that, you know everyone can't pull that off but it is just so cute on you"!
CN:  Why did you choose to go natural? 
I chose to go natural because I have a sensitive scalp and relaxers have always burned me.  It had even gotten to the point where sensitive scalp relaxers were beginning to burn.  I saw a few videos on youtube by accident and decided to do it.  I figured I could at least give it a try and if I didn't like it, I could stop anywhere nowadays and pick up a perm. 
CN:  What's your current regimen?
I currently wear twist outs most often.  I co-wash, deep condition, and detangle with the deep conditioner while in the shower.  I then rinse and re-apply a little of the co-wash conditoner before stepping out and wringing the water out once or twice with a towel.  I never rub my hair with the towel, just wring it out.  Also I never fully dry the hair after this.  Afterwards, I twist my hair in medium twists with a creme gel and let it airdry over night with either a silk scarf or bonnet on.  If it's still not dry I'll wear a twisted updo the next day and then take them down on the 3rd day for a super cute twist out.  
CN:  What your nighttime routine?
At night I'll do one of two things depending on my time and laziness, lol!  I'll either re-twist with my sheamix or make about 4 mini pineapples before putting on my bonnet and going to sleep.  In the morning, I'll spray down with an oil spray and then take down the twists or mini pineapples, fingerstyle, and go. 
CN:  What are your current products?
Mind you I'm a PJ and do product reviews on my blog, but for the most part I stick to the following products as of now anyway lol...
Shampoo:  Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Shampoo or SheaMoisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo (I only use shampoo every so often and then I only do one rinse cycle)
Co-Wash:  Aussie Moist
Deep condition:  Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (This stuff is heaven on earth)
Style:  Miss Jessies Curly Pudding or ORS Smooth and Hold Pudding
Moisture:  My Sheamix or SheaMoisture Deep Moisture Masque
Shine:  ORS Natures Shine

Monday Inspiration!- Walking Down Memory Lane

Check out the growth on this one...

hair journey

Who says our hair can't grow? #boom

Defining the Curl in 4b/4c Natural Hair

Indigochild613, a 4b/4c textured beauty, shows us how she achieves curl definition. Her trick? Applying product to dry hair.

Thanks Sharifa for the heads up!

Shea Moisture Organic Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Kinky Curly Coily Me! shares her experience with Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie:

In search of a product to help define my hair into something that resembled curls, I chatted with my natural hair sisters on Twitter. I got lot's of feedback and decided to purchase the Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie from Target for $9.99 for 12 ounces.

The first thing I did in the store was read the ingredients. There's a long list of ingredients NOT found in the product. This was great because I'm learning what to stay away from and this just made it easier.

  • No Parabens
  • No Phthalates
  • No Paraffin
  • No Gluten
  • No Propylene Glycol
  • No Mineral Oil
  • No Synthetic Fragrance
  • No Animal Testing
  • No PABA
  • No Synthetic Color
  • No DEA
  • No Animal Ingredients
  • No Sulfates

Woah! Thats a great list! With all that not in it, what is in it?

  • Water
  • Shea butter
  • Mango Seed Butter
  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Aloe Leaf Extract
  • Silk Protein
  • Neem Seed Oil
  • Carrot Seed Oil
  • Essential Oil Blend
  • Honeysuckle Flower Extract, Lonicera Flower Extract, Japenese Flower Extract
  • Vitamin E

This is an awesome list of ingredients!

After reading all of this in excitement, I opened the jar to assess the texture and the WONDERFULLY AMAZING fragrance hit me! BAM!

This product smells delicious! You really feel like you can eat it... it's very strong, but subtle at the same time.

As you can see from the pics this product has a very thick consistency--which my frizzy hair needs.

When I got home, I was so excited to finally get really defined curls. I slathered this product in my hair and then flat-twisted. I went to sleep and when I loosened my flat-twists they were gloopy, sticky, and not anything like I expected. My hair looked grey and I had white chunks all
over. The curls were hardly defined at
all... it just looked a complete mess!

I was very disappointed. After thinking about it, I figured out what I did wrong.

Well for starters, I didn't sit under a dryer to allow the product to dry properly and I was definitely heavy handed during application. I used so much because I watched a Miss Jessies tutorial on how to use their Baby Butter Creme and they used lots and lots of product on dry hair, so of course I thought I could do the same with any other product on the market, right? WRONG!

I couldn't give up on this product though. It has all the right ingredientsand it has none of the wrong ones. It smells delicious and its called Curl

Enhancing Smoothie for goodness sake!

So a week later, I tried the product again. I cowashed my hair, added my oils and then rubbed some (a quarter size amount) of the product in my hands and then massaged onto my hair. I then proceeded to set my infamous two strand twists so I could wear a twist-out. As I set each section of hair, I would rub a very small amount of the Curl Enhancing Smoothie on it from root to tip and then twist.

The next morning when I woke up, I could immediately see a difference in my hair, even before untwisting. It was shiny and it looked smooth and soft. I was eager to untwist each twist! After rubbing oil on my hair to prepare it for loosening, I began untwisting. My coils were tighter then ever! OMG!

They weren't hard or crunchy at all. They were smooth, soft and really defined! My coils just popped back into place when I pulled on them as opposed to frizzing up. Hubby even commented on my hair, he said, "your hair is really curly".

What had me even more impressed was how long my hair remained shiny. On the fourth day it still had shine!

While in the beauty supply store a few women commented on my hair (that made my day!)


If you have used this product, please share your experience.
If you haven't used this product, it's worth a try!

gisele69- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

Meet Gisele69... this natural beauty has a low maintenance plaiting routine that works wonders for her!

CN: How long have you been natural?
Gisele: I have been natural for almost 3 years. I cut off my relaxed hair in July 2007, 2 months after my last relaxer.

CN: What is your current regimen?
Gisele: Since mid-December, I have been wearing my hair in plaits or twists (without any hair extensions) for up to four weeks at a time before re-doing them. When I have my hair in these styles, I try to keep the maintenance as simple as possible since I have very little time to fuss with my hair. I usually wear the plaits/twists pulled away from my face in various updos for a more polished look. Every 4-6 weeks, I do a henna treatment and I deep condition each time I shampoo my hair.

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
Gisele: I focus mainly on keeping my scalp healthy. I believe once my scalp is healthy, my hair will grow well. I have been using ayurvedic herbs to clean and condition my hair. They seem to allow my hair to hold moisture really well. If I am not washing my hair weekly, I keep my scalp moisturized and clean daily with cotton swabs and herbal infusions until I am ready to shampoo my hair and I use coconut oil on the length of my hair to keep it moisturized. I pamper my hair ends with my homemade mix of castor oil and with unrefined shea butter. Additionally, I use water to dampen my hair as needed.

CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
Gisele: I oil my hair and put it in a single french braid, tucking away the ends. I then cover my hair with in a silk scarf or satin doo rag.

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Gisele: Don’t get discouraged if you feel you are doing everything right and your hair is still not responding as you would wish. It sometimes take some trial and error before you figure out what your hair thrives on.

CN: What's the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Gisele: Once my shampoo day is behind me, I have very low maintenance hair. I love the freedom of just removing my scarf in the morning, and heading out the door.

CN: Anything else you want to add?
Gisele: It is possible to grow your hair even if you do not have access to a lot of products specifically developed for our hair. You might have to be a bit more creative in using what you can find easily, but it is possible.

Help Out a Fellow Natural!

Velvet writes:

Hi Nikki!

First off, I LOOOOVE your blog. Really a great resource for those of us who have no idea what we are doing when it comes to our hair. :)

I was hoping that the CurlyNikki community could help me out! I've been completely natural (no heat) for about 4 months now. I haven't permed for 5 years (since I graduated college in '05), but have flip flopped from press and curl to braids during the transition phase.

I have figured that my hair is generally 4b, but there are random patches of 3c and 4a here and there, which is SUPER annoying when it comes to styling. Not to mention, since I got a bad weave 2 years ago, the hair in the middle of my head is 4"-6" shorter than the rest of my head. Talk about frustrating.

I had a few questions for my 4b sistas:
1) what products do you use for an efficient twist/braidout?
2) what gel do you use (if any) to lay your edges down?
3) what is a great signature style for a 4b with shoulder length hair and excessive frizz?
Please help me! I want length, but I'm really close to cutting it all off and starting over.


p.s. I attached a few pictures of Badu (my hair). :)

Constance-- A Story of Transition

Meet Constance, newly natural with one regret...she wishes she would've done it sooner!

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a long term transitioner. My last relaxer was on May 24, 2009 and I big chopped on April 5, 2010. So I transitioned for about 10 months. The reason I chose the long-term route was I wanted to be fully prepared and accepting of my natural hair. I originally planned on transitioning for 16 months, but I felt that I had enough knowledge on how to take care of natural hair and I was very anxious to fully know my natural hair without any permed pieces holding me back.

CN: What was your initial reaction to your hair?
I did my BC on April 5, 2010 with the help of my sister and I immediately loved my hair. I thought I was going to be a little hesitant of my 4B hair and was thinking about rocking a twist out or braid out. But, I loved my hair so much that I wore my full fro to work the next day…and was so confident and could care less if I received compliments or not. The only regret I had was not doing it sooner.

CN: How did your family and friends react to the new you? What was your response to them?
My family was very supportive and all liked it once they saw it. I have two sisters who are natural so of course they were very happy and supportive. My mother, father, and other sister were very hesitant when I told them I would no longer get perms and was going to wear my hair fully natural. I received questions like “But, you’re going to straighten it right?” However, once they saw my hair in a puff they really liked it and said it looked very nice. My dad even said that he was happy black women were starting to love their natural hair and wear it.

CN: What was your transition routine?
The first four months of my transition I would wear my hair in cornrows and would maybe put a flower in the side to accessorize it. Every week I would co-wash my hair with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. I would then use Castor Oil Lotion, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In, or Cream of Nature Lemongrass as a leave in. After four months, I was tired of wearing only the cornrows and bought a couple of wigs and would wear those over my cornrows. After five more months I was really hating the wigs with a passion! So, I then started wearing my hair in a braid out that was pinned up. The pinned up braid-out received numerous compliments and many people would say they just loved my natural hair—even though I wasn’t fully natural at this point. So after a little more than a month, I BC’d.

CN: What was your staple hair style during the transition?
My staple hair style was cornrows in the beginning, wigs near the middle, and pinned-up braid out near the end.

CN: Why did you choose to go natural?
I have always had a desire to go natural beginning in 2004, however; I have always been a very insecure person and was deathly afraid of what others would think. My two sisters who were natural wore their hair in its natural state starting in high school after they decided perms were not for them. Ironically, my mother would not let us have a perm until we were in high school and when I got my first perm at 15 y. o. I was excited. However, my sisters were not fans of it. Yet, about a year ago, I started to re-evaluate my life at 25 y. o. and I realized I needed to accept myself and love myself fully the way my Lord intended for me to. I was done trying to please my peers and decided to please myself. Also, I should have never denied my God-given texture and should have accepted that He made no mistake when creating me. So, what right did I have to conform His work?

Relaxed Hair

Cornrows while transitioning

Pinned up braid-out while transitioning

Completely natural about 2 weeks after my BC.

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