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Curly Nikki

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By January 27th, 202111 Comments

Since March of this year, I’ve only used conditioners and all natural butters for moisture and styling. In years past, I’ve used everything from Sebastian Potion 9 to Fantasia IC to ‘define’ my hair, but it seemed that I was sacrificing health for beauty. My hair never grew past shoulder length, and my ends were snapping and popping all over the place. After reading Teri’s blog– which is all about leaving in conditioner after detangling, I decided to give it a try.

All I can say is WOW. My hair has made a complete 360 since 2005. It stays hydrated and the shine is brilliant. I leave in one conditioner, one deep conditioner (yes, my hair is that dry), and shea butter. Below, you can find each of my current faves, along with ingredients and a pic, if available. Check out My Regimen for details on how I use each one.

Giovanni 50/50 Shampoo– I purchase this at Target for 8 dollars and some change.
I’m loving this! I use it once a week for the most part, prior to detangling and DTing. It doesn’t contain sulfates, but it still gets my hair clean (removes the amodimethicone in my DevaCare). It leaves my hair soft, not stripped.

My Products

Water, Extracts of Rosemary Oil, Nettle Oil, Thyme Oil, Birch Leaf Oil, Chamomile Oil, Clary, Lavender, Coltsfoot Leaf, Yarrow Oil, Mallow, Horssetail, Oil, Soybean Protein, C12-14 Oletin Sulfonate (coconut derived), Cocamiddopropyl Betaine,Vitamin E, Trace Minerals, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethdyl glycinate, Sodium Chloride (sea Salt) And Grapefruit seed * Certified Organic
Co-Wash Conditioner:
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration- You can find this at almost any grocery or drugstore.
Check out my description in this post.

My Products

I can’t find the re-formulated ingredients. Just know that this one doesn’t contain cyclopentasiloxane.
Leave-in Conditioners:
DevaCare One Condition– Get it here or ULTA
Words cannot express how much I love this conditioner. It is ultra moisturizing, provides great slip and smells great (if you don’t mind an orange-cream smell)! It has a slight hold, which is why it is the perfect leave-in. I highly rec’ this one ladies…you must try it πŸ˜€ I give it 11 stars out of 10.

My Products

Ingredients: Aqueos Extracts of: Achilea Millefolium, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel; Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Choloride, Amodimethicone, Centrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Orange Peel Wax, Olive Oil, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Trideceth-12, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Fragrance, Red 40, Yellow 5.

Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment– Purchase here.
According to the Jessicurl site: “Weekly deep treatments with heat really moisturize and strengthen the hair, and they’re just plain fun to do. This treatment works best with a plastic cap and left on for 20 minutes. This thick conditioner uses cocoa butter and shea butter to add some serious moisture to your hair.” This stuff is simply amazing. I use it as a DT and a leave-in.

My Products

Ingredients: Water infused with Lemongrass, Nettle, Burdock, Kelp, Marshmallow Root, Horsetail, Basil, Bay Leaf, Oregano, Rosemary, Peppermint, Sage and Thyme, Aloe Vera Juice, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Glycerin, Lecithin, Fragrance,Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate.

Un-refined Shea Butter– I use shea butter on my skin at night, my hands, my feet and everywhere else!!!! For my hair, I use it like a pomade. It holds my curls together really well and protects it without a greasy or gunky feel. I’m in love with shea butter and I’m contemplating leaving my husband for it πŸ˜€

Benefits of Shea Butter:
-Daily skin moisturizer (face and body)
-Dry skin relief
-Dry scalp
-Skin rash- including diaper rash
-Skin peeling, after tanning
-Blemishes and wrinkles
-Itching skin due to dryness
-Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
-Sun and wind protection
-Even skin tone
-Reduce blemishes and scarring
-Absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue
-Helps restore elasticity to skin
-Restores luster to hair

Occasionally, I still use DevaCurl Set it Free– purchase here or ULTA.
I use it to smooth frizzies on second and third day hair. It works like a charm every time, and also aids in locking in moisture. A little goes a looooong way. Shea butter has almost replaced the need for this product, but it still has its place.

My Products

Ingredients:Aqueous Extracts of: Achilea Millefolium, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus, Humulus Lupulus (Hops), Melissa Offcinalis (Balm Mint), Rosmarinus Offcinalis (Rosemary), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Isopropyl Myristate, Acrylates/C12-22 Alkylmethacrylate Copolymer, Ceteareth-20, PVP, Beeswax, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Lipids, Sodium Hydroxide, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance.


  • LambHair says:

    I find Giovanni Direct Leave In conditioner to be the best leave in ever. It detangles and keeps hair moist. I really don't want to use cones in my hair because I henna. I found that cones clash against my henna'ed hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Do not leave Herbal Essence Hello Hydration has a leve in conditioner. It gave me horrible frizz, but it works well when you just wash it off.

  • Anonymous says:

    I've been using the DevaCurl OC based off of the recommendations on But now that I'm looking are your blog, looks like I've been using the wrong one. What's the difference in the result between the DevaCurl & DevaCare OC? I'm hennaing right now but am tempted to run out and get it! lol!!!

  • Maria says:

    Suburbanbushbabe was kind enough to hand over her Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. OMG I love the smell and it made my hair so soft! I’ll continue to buy it. I’m still using the DevaCare One condish and I’m liking it more and more each day. Thank you Nikki!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Hey Maria! I’m happy you decided to try it! The price is ridiculous, which is why I only use it as a leave-in. Using it this way, allows me to use one bottle for 2-3 months! I never use it to detangle…i’d be broke!

  • Maria says:

    Hey Nikki! I bought the DevaCare One conditioner yesterday at Ulta. It hurt my feelings to pay $18 for a conditioner, but I really like it alot. I probably won’t buy it all the time because of the price, but when I don’t mind splurging I will def purchase again. I bought it from Ulta.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Hey Beautifully Human!

    I’m sorry that I’ve enabled your inner PJ πŸ˜‰ But I’m soooo happy to hear that your efforts haven’t been in vain! Our hair seems to respond to the same products…if you try Karens stuff before I do, please submit a review for me to publish for the other readers! I’ve always been curious about her products, and I’m tempted to try them πŸ˜€ I’m suppose to be on a budget, but you know how that goes πŸ˜‰

    Stay in touch girly! Do you have new pics up yet? You take wayyyy too long with that, lol!


  • Anonymous says:

    *warning long comment!*

    So thanks to your blog i’m slowly reaching PJ status! πŸ˜› lol I purchased the Jessicurl WDT last Thursday. My girlfriend and I went to this distributor who carries a whole bunch of natural/curly hair products you can normally only purchase online so I was in hair product heaven to say the least, but stopped myself from going crazy and managed to come out of there with just the jessicurl WDT. I’ve used it twice so far as a leave-in. Once on co-washed hair and last night I used it on freshley shampooed and DT’d hair. I mixed it with my Karen’s hair milk and then proceeded to put my hair in twists.

    OMG! Fantastic! I unraveled my twists this morning and I have the most shiny defined twist out! I have never achieved a twist out this awesome looking before. I think the blend of leave-in’s did the trick for me but the thickness and moisture level of the jessicurl I think was the secret ingredient to a great twist out for sure!

    I’ve just started getting into twist outs and have tried them a few times always feeling frustrated in the end b/c by the end of the day its frizz city. But the more I follow your rules of saturating the hair with intense moisture the more I truly believe this is the key to not only more moisturized hair but also to better style outcomes!

    Also, since reading up on how you use shea butter to seal your ends I decided to go back to my Karen’s hair cream which is a combination of shea whipped with various yummy oils. I found that the reason I didn’t like it the first time was b/c I wasn’t properly emulsifying the cream in my hands before applying it to my hair. Which as you know for us fine haired gals means coated weighed down hair! So this time I made sure to really work the cream into my hands making sure I had a thin layer of shine in my palms and then on dry twists I just gently rub it through from top to ends. Fabulous!

    And to finish off lol I tried some of my girlfriends hello hydration condish in my hair last week (wanted to test it before I purchased) and I’m truly impressed! This will be replacing TJ’s Nourish spa for me. The only reason I was able to obtain TJ’s is b/c my mom lives in Jersey and when I visit her I make her take me to NY to hit up the TJ’s there so I can buy out an entire shelf full of the stuff lol But now that i’ve tried hello hydration I enjoy the moisture level and its the perfect consistency. Me likey πŸ™‚

    Ok i’m done! And not that I should be encouraging your PJ’ism but I’m patiently waiting for you to try Karen’s body beautiful prods. I freaking love love love her stuff! I’m visiting my mom in NJ for christmas and we’re taking a special trip down to Brooklyn just to visit her store! lol I’m saving my pennies πŸ™‚ If/when you decide to try her stuff PM me so I can give you some rec’s that I think you’ll enjoy. She uses wonderful all natural ingredients and the slip her leave-in hair milks provide is unbelievable. Plus her customer service is amazing and its black owned which is a big plus πŸ™‚

    Ok i’m really done now. lol I’m so happy you’re doing this blog btw. I’m learning A LOT!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Kayasmommy, I actually ran into a guy selling it, while I was out of town (on NC A&T's campus). I plan to order some online, but I haven't chosen a story yet. Do you know of any good places?

    Dyani, I use Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Hair Gelly to slick my edges. Not a lot- just enough to cover them on wet hair. I then immediately tie on a scarf to let it set in the 'down' position πŸ™‚ Fantasia IC was too hard on my hair and I believe the protein in it broke my fragile ends off.

    hth!!! Thanks for the questions and comments ladies πŸ˜€

  • Cholena Dyani says:

    Do you use gel to lay down your edges when and if you pull your hair back? I am currently using IC Hair Polisher (Blue for color treated). It holds, but the jury is still out on that one.

  • Anonymous says:

    Where do you get your shea butter? I’ve seen a couple of sites claiming to sell it harvested straight from Africa…but I’m a little leary of companies overpromising online. The potential for substandard business practices just seems too great to me. Ok, that was probably too much info. Lol! Anyay… any recs would be greatly appreciated.

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