Rihanna Calls Her Bantu Knots "Ghetto"


It's not much of a shock to us whenever rebellious Barbadian megastar Rihanna shows up somewhere with visually enticing hair, fashion, and make-up. The killer combo makes up what we adore about the edgy pop princess. But did she take her shock value a little too serious yesterday when she showed up at the iHeartRadio Music Awards rocking some bantu knots and captioned it on her Instagram page as "ghetto"?

Share Your Natural Hair Compliments!


We all get them...and usually when we least expect it! While walking out of the grocery store, primping in the ladies room, or ordering a drink at the bar, you've most certainly been stopped and told how amazingly awesome your natural curls are.  Besides putting some pep in your step, it confirms that all of your time, energy, and moola spent, has been well worth it!

So dish! Share your favorite compliments...

NaturallyCurly's Best of the Best Survey!

Participate and you could win the 'winning products'!  Good luck!

Look Ma, I'm on Instagram!

Hey y'all!

 I reluctantly joined Instagram a while back but made nary an update.  I didn't get it.  Still don't.  Why in the entire hell do I need another outlet to share ish... between the blog, the facebook and the twitter, I imagine y'all would grow weary of me.  I would.   Anyway, at the urging of the homie Dr. Anderson, I'm doing better and updating regularly, attempting to share even more of myself with you. So follow me if you like... to witness the shenanigans and debauchery realtime.  

Beyonce's Enormous Braided Bun & Baby Blue Ivy!

King B's braided bun... RIDIC, but that baby though! OMG! The cheeks! 


You know, Michelle O won't take my calls.  Maybe B will... yeah... *puts on stalker shoes*

Naturally Blonde Hair Around the World

via naturallycurly

 Hair is simply amazing. The human body and the mechanisms by which it adapts to its environment are mind boggling, and our hair color, texture, porosity and everything else plays a massive part in how well we succeed in a particular environment (or at least it did before we started living in these air conditioned covered boxes).

We all love and nourish our hair, but it’s so easy to forget just how magical these dead cells growing from out of our scalp really are.

Enter the Melanesians, a native group of people living on the Soloman Islands northeast of Australia famous for their beautiful dark skin and naturally blonde hair. Yep, that’s right. They don’t sport weaves, wigs, extensions, permanent dye, temporary dye, some weird henna reaction, or whatever else anyone uses to get the blonde look that’s so typical of the caucasian persuasion. Ten percent of these islanders actually come by it naturally.

The odd combination has got scientists wondering about how such a color combo develops over time. According to the Global Financial Newswires, many scientists have long thought that their blonde hair was a result of a diet high in fish, perhaps bleaching by the sun and salt water, or a reminder of the island’s historic relations with people of European descent.

In fact, the blonde Melanesians have blonde that is unique solely to them. According to the study in which scientists compared 43 blonde hair islanders to 42 dark hair islanders, blonde Melanesians have a variant of a native gene called TYRP1 that plays an important role in the melanin biosynthetic pathway. This variant is completely separate from what causes blonde hair in Europeans, and doesn’t even exist in the European genetic set.

What’s truly beautiful in this fascinating discovery, as so perfectly stated by the study author Sean Myles, a geneticist at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, is that “it’s a great example of convergent evolution, where the same outcome is brought about by completely different means.”

And that makes hair of all textures, types and colors absolutely unique and absolutely beautiful.

This Ish is Hilarious- Friday Fun!

via Antoinette & Shanti of AroundTheWayCurls

This woman is really talented. Check out her Youtube channel TheDarmirraShow. She had me cracking the hell up. Look and laugh. 

"Oh, Beyonce? Can you put Jay on the phone please?"

"Hear those bird in the background? I own them too."

"If I would have had a baby I would have named her Pink Friday."

Can't Tell Him Nothing

via Around the Way Curls

He May Be A Complex Man But He's A Genius.

CN Says:

I concur.

Hubby and I just spent the last 20 minutes starting and stopping this vid trying to guess the songs before the reveal, and we'll probably spend the next 20 on iTunes. HUGE Kanye fans over here...

What about you?

Happy Birthday to Venetta!

Aloma writes:

Hi CurlyNikki,

My best friend, Venetta Brathwaite (from St. Croix USVI), has been a fan since your initial blog post... today is her 34th birthday and I would like for you to give her a shout out! She is into her curls and is on your site daily to read about new updates. She encourages all of her friends to wear their hair natural, including myself, and uses your blog as the first reference. She is quite conscious about exercise and her eating habits!

CN Says:
Everyone join me in wishing the lovely Venetta a very happy bday!
That pic is BOSS. #BlackDontCrack

Michelle Obama Goes Curly?!

The tweet that made me lose it--


now let it marinate.

Photoshopped... yes, sadly, but I can stare at it all day long. Hell, I might even print it and pin it up.

Also, whoever is responsible for this... *raises hand* me next!

The Twitterverse is buzzing with the following sentiment- 'it's gorgeous but America ain't ready.'

What say you?

I Promise, Last Time... Forreals...

...Okay, after this, I'm done, so get your 7 chuckles in...

ish people say to naturals...

ish nobody says...

hahahahah! @ 'yay buffering!'

okay... last one...

ish nobody Black says

want more, check out--

Ish Relaxed Girls Say to Naturals


Ish White Girls Say... to Black Girls

Ish Relaxed Girls Say to Naturals & Other Parodies

The 'ish girls say' parodies continue, and you know #teamnaturalhair had to join the party! Among the many 'ish naturals girls say' vids, my girl CharyJay decided to take a different approach. Homegirl's off the chain. Love her!

and now...

ish naturals say--



Ish White Girls Say...to Black Girls

Chescaleigh is back at it y'all! Thought I'd share so you could get your seven chuckles in today...

And now, 'Ish Black Girls Say'... some language. 'and I say hell yeah'.

'White Only' Swimming Pool in Ohio

Nnenna writes:

Hi CN Fam!

Happy holidays! Just wanted to pass along an article that I just read on CNN.com about an apartment complex owner posting a "White Only" sign on a swimming pool gate after a biracial child swam there. The owner's rationale- her hair contained products and chemicals that made the pool 'cloudy'.

Here's the link: Whites Only

CN Says:
Um, yeah. No. Where in the jim crow did she find that sign in 2011?

What the hell?

Just for Fun...

So we all know Taneica as the wonderfully positive and talented guest blogger that brought us such gems as Lessons Learned and It's Not Your Hair, Honey, It's Your Attitude. But did y'all know that homegirl's crazy as hell?! This, THIS is why I adore her--

I think I peed my pants a little @ 'wiggle wiggle wiggle' around the 2:13 mark #dead
Sherica and Taneica, I thank you.

Black Friday Shopping Tips

by Tammy Goodson of Curlychics

Hitting the stores for those holiday blow out sales can be overwhelming to say the least. However, sometimes a deal is simply too awesome to pass up and you have to put your big girl panties on and brave the crowds. Here are a few strategic tips to get you through without catching a migraine!

• Wear comfortable foot wear
Forget what you seen on the latest episode of Basketball Wives where they hit the stores in 5 inch heels. I know it looks fly on television and its very “fashionista”, however, the goal is to conquer as many sales as possible with minimal distress. The bigger your heel, the shorter your shopping experience will be. You can be comfortable without sacrificing style with a pair of Uggs or a low heeled leather boot that are easy to take on and off. Remember you will be standing in long lines and covering lots of ground. Trust me, your toes will thank you later.

• Wear an across the shoulder bag
A small, hands-free bag just big enough for your wallet, cell phone and Carmex is sufficient (and shopping list if you have one). I love a big bag just like the next chica, however, you will already have enough packages to carry without having to worry about toting around your favorite Michael Korrs bag.

• Minimize the accessories
No fuss, no muss. You do not want to risk your bangles snagging on clothing while browsing or necklaces getting caught while trying items on. The only accessories you will need are a stylish scarf, gloves and a pair of chic sunglasses.

• Wear comfortable clothing
The key to a successful shopping endeavor is preparation. Wearing layers will ensure that you are temperature ready without the bulk of a huge winter coat. A multi layered outfit such as leggings or skinny jeans with a fitted t-shirt, accompanied by a long sleeved shirt and warm jacket is perfect. Your comfortable ensemble should be easy to take on and off in case you need to try something on.

• Hair out of the way
The last thing you want to worry about when dealing with those door buster sales is your hair. An effortless yet chic bun is a great way to accomplish this. For shorter lengths, wearing your hair off of your face will prove to be less bothersome, thus keeping the attention on the task at hand. Steer clear of beanies and tams because they will make things difficult when slipping clothing over your head.

• Exercise patience
Recognize the fact that this is the biggest shopping day of the holiday season which means you should expect long lines and massive crowds. This should help you keep an even temperament and lessen the intensity.

Sharing hairstories and life experiences from a curl’s perspective. Find Tammy at her blog, Curlychics, on Twitter, and Facebook.

Buy Seagram's, Get Du-Rag. Really Though?

Andrea H writes:

I just saw the attached picture on Facebook (a free du-rag with the purchase of Seagram's Gin) and thought it would be a good discussion topic for the ladies of Curlynikki.com.

CN Says:

Just when you thought you'd seen it all...

I just... I can't. It's too early in the morning for this rachet foolishness.

After doing a quick Google search to authenticate this one (thought it was some bullish), I came across HotHipHopDetroit's appropriately titled article, 'Hold Up, Hold Up, Hold Up Whoa Der', where they share Michigan Liquor Control Commission's July document discussing its approval. Oh, and here's an image of a guy wearing one.
This is a joke, right?

Does the idea of this make you feel some kinda way?

Brown_Beauty08 and Her New Christian Louboutins!

Hola Chicas!

Sheena, aka
Brown_Beauty08, bka Shoeacidal, won the Race to the Red Bottoms during my CurlyNikki's Favorite Things Giveaway. Her shoes arrived Friday and although she's not back to share them, she is back to share pics. Ms. Sheena should be grateful that we don't wear the same size shoe 'cause it'd be like both ours... we'd just keep 'em down at my house'. #Deebo'ed

Sheena writes:

Pardon My Red Bottoms #1 They are here!

by Sheena of Shoeacidal

The wait is over I have officially received the Christian Louboutin shoes that I won in the CurkyNikki "Race to the Red Bottom" Giveaway. Much love to Nikki for being a women of her word.

My girl did not hesitate to contact me upon my win and work out the details for getting me this FABULOUS prize. I've never won anything prior to this but, I'm sure in most giveaways you don't win and get the prize all in the same week. Especially not one of this magnitude. Much Respect!

I thought I was excited before but, I can't begin to tell you how anxious I was to open up the package containing these beautiful DIVAS. So without further adieu here's the official:

Pardon My Red Bottoms #1

(Drum roll please....)

OMG! there is a letter...

Aww... it's from Christian Louboutin

The Box


Dust bag & Heel replacements


Perfect Fit


Name: Pigalle 120mm

Color: Nude

Material: Patent Leather

Heel height: 4.7 inches

How they feel? Like a DREAM

The Victory Walk

ShoeAcial Thoughts:

Where do you think I should wear them? What should I wear with them?

visit www.shoeacidal.com for the details

Curly Ghost Stories (Giveaway!)

These stories were scary as hell! This was fun, we should do this camp fire thing more often. Although all the Jamaican and Caribbean stories scared the crap outta me, I think the award goes to...


Congrats diva!

Send me your address to [email protected]!

Hola Chicas,

I'd like to apologize in advance for being captain random, but...

I'm a HUGE horror movie buff. Not the blood and gore kind like 'Saw', more like the ghost and psychological thriller kind like 'Sixth Sense'... or 'The Others'.

I've spent much of the weekend and plan to spend the rest of the night watching ish that'll have me too scared to get up and use the bathroom. In between films, I've been reduced to watching 'Goosebumps' and 'R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour'. Which reminds me... remember the book series 'Fear Street'? How 'bout, Nickelodeon's 'Are You Afraid of the Dark'? Highly entertaining programming.

Anywhosers, I guess I just really like the genre. I prefer horror flicks over all others... even the rom-coms. And yes, I've heard the arguments about 'being scared of things that can actually harm you' like serial killers and the like, but ghosts creep me the hell out. They do, what do you want from me? And so I choose to watch programs like 'American Horror Story' (new FX series, LOVE) and 'A Haunting in Connecticut' often followed by nightmares, bouts of paranoia and relapses into my childhood fear of the dark.

Let me get a babysitter... I'd be front row center at 'Paranormal Activity 3'.

My questions...
Do you believe in ghosts?
Why or why not?
Got any ghost stories? Dish!

For those wondering, yes, I believe in ghosts... and aliens for that matter... hell, I believed in Santa Claus 'til I was 10!

**The teller of the best *true* story (or scariest one) will win 200g of Rajasthani Twilight henna from my personal stash!**

contest will close Halloween night at 8pm EST!

Casting Call- MTV True Life

Hola Chicas,

Earlier this week, a casting agent (who had been all over the site and had clearly done her research) reached out to me in hopes that I could lead her to someone having psychological and practical difficulties with their hair... someone in the throws of a rocky transition or early in their journey. Or a curly dealing with disapproving family members, hair loss, or things of that nature. You get the gist. Although the casting call is wide open, it'd be nice to have #teamnatural represented!

Interested? Check out the casting call and submit your story and tell them CurlyNikki sent ya!

Casting call for MTV's True Life documentary episode currently titled "I Hate My Hair":

Is your hair your obsession? Do you have unwanted hair, or not the “right” hair? Are you someone with a hormone imbalance that leads to hair loss, or facial hair growth? Culturally are you told your hair should be one way, but you want it another? Or perhaps you suffer from a condition known as "smelly hair syndrome?" How does it affect your social life? Does your hair make you feel unattractive and affect how you interact with members of the opposite sex? Are you undergoing a procedure to alter your hair or do you go to great lengths to manage it? Are you digging yourself into a financial hole just to manage your hair?

If you appear to be between the ages of 15 -28 and have hair that's making you unhappy, email us at [email protected] and tell us about your story. Please include your name, location, phone number and recent photos of yourself.

For more info on the
True Life series, you can take a look at the website, but the synopsis is below:
Since its first episode in 1998, True Life has provided a window into the struggles, hopes, and dreams of young people. Narrated solely by its characters, each episode documents the unusual--and often remarkable--circumstances of real individuals, whether it's about soldiers returning from Iraq, deaf teenagers, or people living with autism. We've given all of them--and hundreds of others--the opportunity to tell their own stories directly to their peers in this powerful, Emmy award winning series that uniquely reflects the experiences and cultures of this generation.

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