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Curly Nikki

The Gorgeous TRENELL!

By January 27th, 20214 Comments

Vital Stats
Hometown: Orlando, Fl
Married with a 2 year old son
Age: 34
Graduated from UF with a BS in advertising, which sits on a shelf. Went straight from UF to Stella Adler School of Acting 2 year program in NYC.
Profession: Actress

-How long have you been natural?
I transitioned for about a month and a half. I did the BC Dec 2000. So, almost 8 years.

-What is your regimen?
What regimen!! hahah. Product junky-ism is what’s keeping me down. I’m trying to lay off the “regular” shampoos. I really like shikakai and alma powder in a tea for cleansing. I don’t use it all the time (see product junky-ism). I then slather a lot of conditioner and comb through my hair under running water. I (sometimes) do an herbal rinse. (Nettle, horsetail, rosemary and Marshmallow boiled in water. Then add a bit of ACV). Knot Today as a leave-in. Then Kinky Curly Custard. At this moment in my life Kinky Curly is my Holy Grail.

There was a website that I looked at months ago and just saw you reference the site on your page.
I’m not biracial, but I figured “What the hey” I actually tried it today. I incorporated my products into her routine. So:

-Herbal Cleasning rinse
-Condish wash: Herbal Essence Totally Twisted
-Herbal ACV rinse
-Coat hair with Knot Today
-Brush in sections (I was really nervous about this)
-Then I went back an smooth the section with Kinky Curly and let hair dry. It took a long time, but I had really good 2nd day hair. Unfortunately I had to work at Disney where I wear a wig so…

-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
I’m big on BCing. I tell you, it is SO liberating. Plus, you can get use to your hair as it grows. But, everyone’s journey is different. My ah-hah moment was when I stopped trying to make my hair do things that it couldn’t. i.e. perfect frizz free ringlet. Not gonna happen.

-How do you maintain length?
I don’t mess with it a whole lot. Now that I’m on my “I’m going to be nice to my hair” It may grow even longer.

-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
I feel free. I feel like me. I’m not beating my hair into submission. I just think we look so beautiful in our natural state. Also, I can have so many different looks. I was in rehearsals a few weeks ago and my director mentioned that I wore my hair in a different way every day that week.

The Gorgeous TRENELL!
My brother and I

The Gorgeous TRENELL!
My 2nd Big Chop. It was summer 2006 and I was 7 months pregnant. I didn’t want to look crazy in the delivery room, so cut it all off.

The Gorgeous TRENELL!
Headshot 2008. Twist-out.

The Gorgeous TRENELL!
This is from a Make-up shoot I did for a friends MAC Portfolio. She also designs jewlery. Couture Adornments

The Gorgeous TRENELL!
Baby Isaiah!


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