Natural Hair: The Versatility, The Freedom

THROWBACK! So much versatility.  My natural journey started in 2009 and I haven't looked back since. I transitioned for 10 months and BC'd in 2010. I'm knocking on 5 years natural and loving my journey every step of the way (even the epic fails).

And Now - embracing my new hair cut and fresh start!

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From Big Chop to Hip Length with Jewellianna!- Natural Hair Growth

Jewellianna writes: 

Hi CurlyNikki community!

You may remember me from my glam idol feature!  I recently created a "4 Year Natural Hair Journey: Hip Length from Big Chop" video that I would like to share with you. 

Natural Hair Journey- From Big Chop to Waist Length

by Alicia James of

My oh my how things have changed...

I have been completely natural for over four and a half years and both my hair and regimen have gone through so many different changes.  I've changed too.


Tuesday Inspiration: 2 Years of Natural Hair Growth

Whoever Said Natural Hair Does Not Grow Fast…Lyed!!!!

I remember just two years ago, I was sitting in a salon chair about to make one of the biggest decisions of my life. I had decided the morning of May 15, 2011 to cut off all of my relaxed mid-back length hair to a short boy fade. Yes, I was one of those few bold ladies who didn’t see the point in transitioning… Just cut it & get it over with.

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Brittney Celebrates 3 Years of Natural Hair!

 Brittney writes:

**BLOWS CANDLES OUT** Happy anniversary to my beloved natural hair. How long has it been? Three glorious years. On June 26, 2009 I walked into the salon and had my hair chopped off. It wasn’t until April 2011 that I actually told my “big chop” story here on CurlyNikki, and now I’m back again to reflect and reminisce. Looking back, the journey has been nothing short of amazing. My hair is healthy and my afro is fierce.

Life gets hectic but I always make sure to find time to give my kinky curls the TLC it wants and needs. This summer is all about length retention and maintaining moisture. 

Current Regimen:
-ACV rinse every other month
-Co-wash approximately every 10 days.
-I leave an oil mix in overnight (much like a pre-poo). It makes my hair easier to detangle and it’s much softer
-Wash with Hello Hydration Conditioner
-Apply castor oil to wet hair
-Let it air dry some before applying my whipped shea butter and twisting.

I leave my hair in twists most of the time. I re-moisturize/re-twist once a week to prevent fuzzy twists. I apply a small amount of oil to my ends every day because it’s very important to protect them. I sleep in a satin bonnet on a satin pillowcase. If I need to get fancy, two stand twist bantu knot outs are my go to style. Since my hair is already in twists, I spray them with a mixture of water and aloe vera gel to give it a damp feel (curls are more defined when my hair is damp). I give myself about 15 knots and let it dry (usually overnight). I take them down, style and leave the house looking FIERCE!! 

Current Products:
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration
Whipped shea butter (shea butter, EVOO, coconut oil)
Castor Oil
Aloe Versa gel/water mix
Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner

I keep things simple because I’m a very busy lady and I live on a college student budget. I love Curly Nikki and the natural hair community. Keep encouraging healthy and natural hair growth ladies!

I’m snap happy with the camera so be sure to follow me on Instagram (@musikizme) and on Tumblr (

Tina's On The Grow- Walking Down Memory Lane

Tina writes:

Hey Nikki,

 It has been 26 months since I Big Chopped (March 2010) and looking back it’s amazing how far I’ve come emotionally, physically and creatively. I decided to look back at my own journey and reflect on how amazing it has been! I love my hair … but even more I love the effect it has had on various aspects of my life – I’m more confident, I have a greater sense of ME, and I am ever branching out into being more creative (as far out as jewelry making now, lol). Wanted to share a few pics, my regimen and my gratitude for the wealth of information you and your readers give me everyday. Without the amazing natural hair community, my mane would not be where it is today!

My current regimen:
I pre-poo with mixed oils then co-wash my hair every 7-10days and always follow through with my homemade deep condition mix (fav conditioner, honey, coconut oil, essential tea tree), and rinse with diluted apple cider vinegar (ACV). Next I twist- rocking the twists a few days before I release it to 'twist-out'. Somewhere in between days 7-10 I wash and start over again. For hair treats, I henna every other month (If I’m not too lazy, lol), and do a Bentonite clay treatment once a month.

My nightly routine:
If in twists – I prep as seen in this video ( ). If I twist-out, I pineapple and twist the top or simply twist without the pineapple depending on the look I’m going for the next day. I’ll mist sparingly with water and a apply moisturizing butter as needed to replenish my strands with moisture.

Current Products:
Cleansing: Bentonite clay w/ ACV and aloe vera juice

Rinse Out Conditioners: Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, VO5 moisture milks
Deep Conditioners: Combination of Aussie Moist 3 minute conditioner, honey, coconut oil, essential tea tree oil

Leave in: Modified Kimmaytube mix

Sealants: Coconut oil, jojoba oil

Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl enhancing smoothie, homemade whipped shea butter mix

A girl on a tight budget, I keep my regimen and products very simple. While every now and then I might try something new I find I always come back to my basics outlined above. For more info on my journey please check out my youtube channel (where I also share quick, easy recipes) or my Facebook Hair Journey Album

Thanks for letting me share!

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