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Curly Nikki


By January 27th, 202123 Comments

-How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural all except 4 or 5 years of my life, and wearing my hair unstraightened since 1996.

-What is your regimen?
I don’t really have a consistent regimen. Before finding the hair boards in early summer 2007, I washed once a week, conditioned (usually), detangled with a pic, lightly blow dried, and put into a puff. Occasionally I did twists. Since finding the hair boards I decided to try to grow my hair out and this regimen is too hard on the hair for that.
More than I have a consistent regimen, I know several things I can do and which have the highest rates of success. Two good routines for my hair are:

1) Twist the hair in medium twists. For each 1/2 of the twist, coil it before twisting the two halves together. Only in this way can I wash twists and not have them try to lock up on me. Wear these twists for one week, wash, wear for another week, wash, and wear them or their twist out for the 3rd week. Then take them down. This way I can avoid combing for up to 3 weeks.

2) Wear a twist out or braid out. Detangle hair before washing by coating in castor oil and V05 Vanilla Mint Tea conditioner in sections (at least 10). I can use fingers or a comb. Fingers cause less breakage, a comb is faster. Twist or braid these sections up and wash and condition hair in these braids or twists. When I want to apply my treatment, Aveda Damage Remedy intensive treatment, I’ll undo a braid after washing, coat in the treatment, and braid it back up. Leave on for 5 or 10 minutes and rinse out. Let air dry. A braid out will last 3-4 days and I can rebraid that 4th night and that should take me through the rest of the week. A chunky twist out will last about 2-3 days and I can retwist at night every other night until the end of the week.

-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
For many people I hear that being natural in this society is a hardship. I don’t want to downplay anyone’s experience, but I also want to emphasize the role of perspective. Maybe the perspective can be altered. I have 4b hair, what has never been called “good hair” by anyone. My parents didn’t like my kinks and wanted me to continue pressing. They told me I couldn’t get a job or a man with my hair like this. I went natural in the 90s, before it was popular and before there was so much to cater to naturally curly and kinky hair. I did it in southern California, what some might call the land of the fake, um, faux. Yet despite all this, I didn’t feel like my hair was a hardship. Maybe some people didn’t like it, but there’s always people who aren’t going to like something about you. Just pay them “no nevermind,” as they say. There will also be people who don’t care (I think this is most people, actually) and people who like it, especially now that natural hair is becoming more popular.

-How do you maintain length?
This is a hard one for me. My hair is very prone to tangling and getting the tangles out is generally what causes breakage or actual cutting. The best thing for me is to try to keep the hair from getting too tangled in the first place by one of the two routines I talked about in the regimen section. Also, I try to be very gentle with my hair and how I detangle. Just approaching combing and detangling in this new gentle way has made a lot of difference.

-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
There are a lot of benefits. My big hair is ultra-fab in a world full of same ole straight hair. I can take care of it all by myself, my initial reason to stop straightening my hair. That last saves me time, pain, and money. Also, my hair can easily be styled in so many ways without too much skill on my part.


Mwedzi!!!! Mwedzi!!!!Mwedzi!!!!Mwedzi!!!!


  • BreakageInAtlanta says:

    I had to go back and read this before reading the current article. What beautiful hair!!! She is my new hair model.

  • AuNappturale says:

    Ha, I'm all late! Mwedzi is one of my favorite hair twins. Her hair never ceases to amaze me. Her volume and length are a testament to the fact that our hair type can indeed thrive and grow long.

    Thanks for featuring her, CN!

  • NubianPrize says:

    Fantastic looking hair! That bun shot is THE TRUTH !!I had a BAA in the 70's
    then 28 yrs of curly perms,did my own BC on Feb 13,2009 & am hoping to get my BAA back now that there are so many new products for OUR HAIR !!!

  • BekkaPoo says:

    I’m all late, but yes her hair is the fierceness.. I don’t know why so many people pine away for 3c hair. I love 4b hair because it seems to be so very versatile.

  • modest-goddess says:

    your hair is gorgeous and very inspirational for us 4a/b’s that are new to natural hair care and hoping to grow our hair long

  • Mel says:

    her hair is beautiful and so is she! it goes to show that any hair can look beautiful its all in how you present it.

  • Serita says:

    WOW!!! Absolutely beautiful and liberating! Keep loving yourself…it’s contagious!!!

  • Mlle M. says:

    Your hair is GORGEOUS!! I love it! You are totally representing 4b in it’s natural state. I aspire to have that much lovely hair. Keep up the good work girl!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is absolutely beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your hair as well. I’m sure my hair looks like this but, I have no clue. :(

    Good job, Nikki :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Yes, we 4bs are overlooked way too often. It bothers me because I still think there’s a lot of the “good/bad” hair mentality around, even amongst naturals.

    It doesn’t help someone who’s thinking about going natural to hear someone be happy discovering their hair isn’t “nappy” or to see someone who is nappy using everything under the kitchen sink in a specific attempt to be “natural but not nappy.”

    Yay Mwedzi! And yay Nikki for showcasing her and her gorgeous hair! ALL natural hair types need to be celebrated.

  • Anonymous says:

    you and your hair are fabulous…..and i love your perspective on the journey. true very true….and girl you do have good hair!

    lastly, there are many 4b hair idols out there with beautiful hair..unfortunately they are often overlooked.

  • Suburbanbushbabe says:

    This is an excellent feature, and I’m with “jaw dropped” – your hair looks wonderful; healthy, stylish and soft.

  • The Misfit says:

    **Jaw Dropped** Your hair is Beautiful! I don’t mean to be offensive but I don’t think I’ve ever seen 4b hair look so good. Just drives home the point that any hair type taken care of properly can be gorgeous!

  • Unknown says:

    You’re hair looks WONDERFUL!!

  • Unknown says:

    You hair looks great, so full & thick.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your hair.

  • msjaim says:

    i love this sisters hair!!!!

  • msjaim says:

    I love this sister’s hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    All that beautiful hair! Wow!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wonderful testimonial and beautiful hair!

  • Unknown says:

    Gorgeous. I really love that bun shot!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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