On the Couch with Stacey!

Hello,

First off I want to thank you for taking the time to make such a great site. I love it! I've learned so much about my own hair I just can't get over it. I don't have a transition story because I've never permed my hair. We were always taught as girls in my family that your hair was your glory and you should do all you can to keep it in the best condition possible. So no chemicals but I've had my hair pressed many, many times. And I have to admit that I've never really taken good care of my hair. I just basically let it do what it wanted to do. I've worn it very long, very short and everything in between.

My decision to be consciously good to my hair and a true curly girl came after my father made a comment that my hair looked thinner after not having seen me in a while. I knew I was having breakage (a lot!) but I hadn't really allowed myself to think about it until he made that comment. I came across your blog after looking for tips to stop breakage on naturallycurly.com. I cannot believe what I difference I have seen in my hair in the last 6 weeks. For the last 3 weeks I've been doing weekly henna/amla treatments and that has made the most difference in the texture and strength of my hair in my opinion.

I also wanted to thank you for posting about the twist and curl. I was generally a wash and go girl. I didn't like taking the time to do twists when they were only lasting me one day. Way too much work. I've since learned about the pineapple and this is how I sleep to get 2, 3 even 4 day hair. I'm also getting much better curl formation now that my hair is healthier. One modification I made to the style was to use curl formers on the ends of my twists instead of rollers. The first set I bought were way too short for the entire length of my hair so I just put them on about halfway up my twists. I find this a lot easier to sleep in for me and my hair seems to dry faster in the breathable curl formers.

Thanks again for all the info on products and styling tips. Now I just need to get my daughters hair in tip top shape as well and all will be good in my household :) I've included some pictures of her as well.

Best,
Stacey


Twist-n-Curl Day One






Wash&Go



Daughter Tina!

Curlynikki Testimonial- Jalana!

Hi Curlynikki,


So I've been stalking you since before you started your site, and I just want to say WOW! You're amazing and so motivating, congratulations on all your success! Anyway, I wanted to say that I've learned so much since following you on Naturally Curly, Nappturality and now Curlynikki. I did my big chop years ago but had no clue what I was doing. I re-permed for corporate jobs (because I thought I had to) and dyed to loosen curls in the beginning.

I was in a huge state of denial and not used to seeing my natural hair. With your help, I stopped dying about a year and a half ago (but my last perm and BC was in 1999) and the change in my hair is amazing!!!!! I wanted to share some pics - please feel free to post if you'd like. They're dated so you can see my progress (I'm still struggling with trimming so the growth could probably be better, but the thickness and health are friggin' amazing but I'm at the mercy of scissor happy hairdressers for now). Thanks again - you're such an inspiration and not just for hair but for being fearless, creative and limitless with your biz!


February 2008

September 2008

February 2009

May 2009


Jalana will be submitting a Hair Idol interview in the next few weeks! Stay tuned :)

Ebony's Sleek and Shine Results!

Hey Nikki!

I just wanted to thank you for recommending Sleek and Shine! My hair just LOVES it! This is now my staple leave-in conditioner because my results are just Awesome, mind you this is 2nd day hair!!! My hair would've been a hot frizzy mess by now, but it's holding rather well in this Detroit 90 degree heat today.

I used the S&S conditioner mixed with a little S&S leave-in conditioning cream. I sealed the ends with Dark & Lovely daily moisture cream and rolled with flex rollers. I put a bunch of twists in because I cut my hair a little too short last week and I wanted super defined curls, let it air dry and untwisted. My hair is soooooooo soft and SHINY!!! I didn't have to use a glosser today. I went out last night and I got so many compliments on my hair and people coming up to me asking what i did to it. I'm waiting to see how it will look in a few days because like you, I'm a fan of volume not length. I didn't puff it up too much today because it's humid out and I'll let it puff up naturally.

I just wanted to share with you my results and to say thanks again for the recommendation.

Ebony

Curlynikki Testimonial- Kristy

CurlyNikki -

I want to thank you bunches for sharing your hair tips and the love you have for the natural hair God gave you. Your blog has helped and inspired me to continue with my hair goals. I just wanted to share my results of your bunning technique. Since I have gotten serious about the health of my hair, I've tried different variations of the bun, I've tried the twist outs, braid outs, wash n gos but I haven't had much success. My hair is F-I-N-E. And after attempting different styles I became very frustrated because they just come out limp and scrawny looking. I tried your TnC back in October or November of 2008 but I didn't have much success at that either (so I thought at that time). I think in part it was due to my hair being shorter than I had liked and in part I was expecting my hair to come out looking just like yours...LOL! My thoughts were "I have fine hair and CurlyNikki has fine hair" and "CurlyNikki's and my hair are real similar in texture so surely my results should come out just like hers". When they didn't...talk about a let down! But the more I read the stories of other ladies' different hair journeys and learned that no two heads are alike and don't expect your hair to turn out like the picture you saw and love your hair for what your hair is, then I really started to fall in love with my hair. I've always liked my hair to some degree. I now truly love my hair!

I have been bunning for 4 - 5 weeks now and I will probably continue with it consistently through the summer months. I just love the way my hair looks. It has volume, moisture and shine. My hair is so soft. Thank you...thank you...thank you. :-).

The first pic is the very first bun I did. The second and third pics were done over this weekend. Now, I didn't use DevaOne Condition but instead used Pantene Pro-V R&N as my leave in. I used my homemade Shea butter mix consisting of Shea butter, Jojoba oil, Emu oil, Biotin, and Vitamin E. I love...love...love my Shea mix! I also used Silk Elements Revive and Restore Anti Breakage Creme. I love this stuff too!

Thanks again CN!
KristyzHair - HTL

Roxanne's Twist-n-Curl Results!

Hey Nikki,
I've been playing around w/ your TnC style and I think I've found the regime that works for me.
On day 1, I cowash my hair w/ HE Hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner. I rinse out about 50% of the condish and squeeze out the excess water from my hair. I then add a mix of shea butter, castor oil, glycerine, and aloe vera gel to hair and apply my hair into 30 twist. I then sleep w/my damp hair uncovered on a satin pillow.
The next day, I wear my hair in these twist. Then that night, I apply a small amount of my rosemary-sage spritz to dampen each twist and seal ends w/my shea butter mix. I then place each twist in rollers, cover w/ a satin scarf, and go to bed.
In the morning, I remove the rollers, uncoil the twist (but don't separate), and just shake my hair for fullness.
I love this style and get a lot of compliments whenever I wear it :)
Roxanne






Rashidah's Twist-n-Curl Results!!

I tried the twist and curl early this year and I loved it so much! I
followed the advice of one of the other readers of the blog who had
submitted a twist-n-curl review and set every inch of my twist's
length on perm rods. I always get so many compliments when I do this,
and my mom has nothing to say about my hair which is always a plus,
right?!

I washed my hair with Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus Castile Soap and trust
me it gets the job done. Trust, because I have serious dry scalp
issues and when I couldn't find anything locally that was vegan to get
the job done, I found trusty Dr. Bronner's. Then I followed with
Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner and let that sink in for a while,
rinsed, detangled my hair with a little more Trader Joe's Conditioner
and added some Neutrogena Triple Moisture Leave in Creme. After that,
I twisted my hair and sealed with a Coconut /Castor Oil mix. Let me
just say, Neutrogena Leave in Creme does wonders for my hair! It
moisturizes, conditions and styles all in one and its my godsend.
Nik, I definitely saw the fruits of the advice you gave me about not
using too much product, now if you could only come up with a solution
for hand-in-fro disease! But that one is really on the person isn't
it. Nonetheless I used little product and ended up with beautiful
Shirley Temple curls. Who said shoulder-length ladies can't have fun?

P.S. - Your twist-n-curl serves as a great going-out-to-the-club style too!

For more information on how to Twist-n-Curl, click HERE.

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