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Curly Nikki


By January 27th, 202136 Comments

CN: How long have you been natural?
Z: I have been completely Natural for almost 2 ½ years!

CN: What is your regimen?
Z: My regimen is short and sweet! I have altered it slightly over the last two years as my hair evolves but for the most part I co-wash with aubrey organics conditioners 2 xs per week and use certified virgin organic coconut oil 1x per week as a leave in and shine enhancer. I do use raw shea butter occasionally following the 2 weeks post shampoo or when I need a weather protectant. I keep my hair in a protective style during the week (Braids or twists!) and then style out on the weekends. I occasionally use aubrey organics B5 gel to braid or twist but most of the time I use just water under the shower! Every 4-6 weeks I Deep Condition, shampoo and use a homemade herbal hair rinse. And then every season I DETOX my hair on shampoo day, using my herbal hair rinse mixed with ACV!

CN: What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
Z: I would recommend to her to find a knowledgeable mentor to help assist her with her journey! The journey to nappturalism can be a challenging, emotional rollercoaster for some. If you have a mentor to lean on-ask questions too, seek guidance, support and motivation, the journey can become less stressful and much more enjoyable for a newbie!

CN: How do you maintain length?
Z: I do live a very healthy lifestyle; nutrition and exercise are a huge part of my hair care regime. I drink a homemade herbal hair growth tea almost every day which is also a great health & wellness tea…. I keep my hair in a protective style 80% of the time, and I’m always consistent with my hair care techniques…I also use inexpensive high quality natural products! Some of the other things that help me retain length; I NEVER use heat and get my hair professionally trimmed every 6mos!

CN: What led to your decision to solely use natural products and ingredients?
Z: I didn’t like the way my hair looked or felt when I first went natural. It wasn’t at all how I imagined it should look. The commercial products I was using were depressing my hair for real! I had lived an alternative holistic lifestyle for quite a few years before I decided to return my hair to its natural state, so I decided it was time for my hair products to go natural too! Since I have stuck with 100% pure natural products my hair has thrived beyond my imagination.

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
Z: Oh wow I have to say that wearing your natural hair texture separates your beauty from others in a way that creates a divine natural beauty of oneself! Hair is a huge part of a woman’s image and no one else will have the same style or texture because God made each strand specially for you and that is GLAMOROUS!!!!

OMG...It's ZHARA!!!
OMG...It's ZHARA!!!
OMG...It's ZHARA!!!
OMG...It's ZHARA!!!
OMG...It's ZHARA!!!
OMG...It's ZHARA!!!
For more of Zhara, check out her Fotki


  • Amy Irvin says:

    Whoa, I'm in love with Zhara's hair now!! Thanks so much for sharing!! This is a huge inspiration to me :-)

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG! Your hair is just so beautifull.
    I've also read your post about your homemade herbal tea, i will also try that. :)

  • msjakkia says:

    I am speechless. Truly beautiful. People like you make me excited about what my crown and glory will look like and I can't wait to see it once the transition is over.

  • Anonymous says:

    You have the same name as meeeee =D. The only difference is that mine has no h ^_^. Andand, your hair is soooo beautiful =D. It inspires me! Thanks for allowing your story to be on Curly Nikki’s site and thank you Curly Nikki for posting it ^_^.

  • Anonymous says:

    You have the same name as meeee =D only mine is without the h ^_^. Andand, your hair is soooo inspiring =D. Thanks for sharing with all of us ^_^.

  • D_luv says:

    I love Zhara! Her fotki is amazing also, and she’s very friendly and forthcoming. Nik, thanks for having her on ur site — and nice new logo as well! Keep it coming gurl!

  • Deborah says:

    What a beautiful curly!

  • Anonymous says:

    ok, that 4th photo is my DREAM hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    WOW ladies! i`m overwhelmed thank you all so much for the LOVE! lol I truly feel black women must keep the unity and support one another no matter what journey we embark on! So keep the love circulating…to answer some of the ladies questions, I detangle with a good ole traditional pic and I only use shampoos from aubrey organics they are 100% natural and fabulous for natural hair. I have a tonn of tips, advice and natural product info thoughout my albums ( if your a fotki member ) so if you have a question the answer may just be a click away! If not contact me :)

    much love and HHG!


  • Garner says:

    Zhara's hair is gorgeous!!! I was not clear as to whether she detangled w/ a wide tooth comb, fingers only, &/or Denman. Thank you Nikki for continuing to spotlight stories beautiful naturals. These have truly been inspirational and motivation to continue this transitioning journey. :)

  • Garner says:

    Zhara has gorgeous hair. I was not clear on whether she detangles with her fingers, a wide tooth comb or a Denman. Thank you Nikki for sharing these transitioning stories. They have truly been an inspiration to me during this transitioning journey. :)

  • Maria says:

    Wow what beautiful long hair!

  • A. says:

    Oooo…. My NEW HAIR IDOL!!!


    I need to know more about this tea.

  • A. says:

    My new Hair IDOL!!!!! GORGEOUS!!

    I need to know more about this tea.

  • mskimmi says:

    beautiful hair! would love to know your green tea mix!

  • Anonymous says:

    Zhara’s hair is absolutely gorgeous! If I had any doubts about my decision to go natural, these photos erased them :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Zhara, you are my hair mentor. You are always so welling to help. Thank you.

  • Kourtney says:

    You and your hair are lovely!

  • Anonymous says:

    WOW!!! Zhara, your hair is soooo boutiful! :o) I just ck’d out her Fotki..Lovely is all I can say.

    Thanks for being an inspiriation..


  • Unknown says:

    Beautiful hair, Nikki! And hey .. I spell my name the same way as you :)

  • Frizzcurls427 says:

    Yaaay Zhara! I have been and continue to be so inspired by this exceptional natural woman! She has a beautiful mane as well as a beautiful spirit to match! You go Zhara!

  • Suburbanbushbabe says:

    Total hair jealousy! {teeth gnashing}

  • Anonymous says:

    I have been a long time admirer of this woman’s hair. She is one of the reason I didn’t go insane during my transition. Thanks for featuring her Nikki and thanks for providing some hair wisdom Zhara!

  • Kinky Rhonnie says:

    OMG!!! is right Nik, Zhara and her hair are gorgeous.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love the “hair mentor” idea.

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is so beautiful Zhara. Simply beautiful.

  • Anonymous says:

    GGGGGOOOOOOORRRRRRRGGGGGEEEEEEOOOOUUUUUUUSSSSSS! keep it up girl. keep inspiring others to be as naturally beautiful as you!

  • D Alexandra says:

    beautiful! these pictures are HUGE inspirations

  • jasmineleann says:

    beautiful! these stories are my strength and motivation to keep going strong!

  • Anonymous says:

    Zhara? You ARE my mentor! Thank you for all you have help me with. You have shown me everything there needs to know about natural hair and you always answer any questions I have. THANK YOU! You're such a successful woman and an inspiration.

    Take care & God Bless!

    p.s. I ADORE YOUR HAIR :)

  • Anonymous says:

    your hair is beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    Zhara, your hair is Beautiful!! Nikki, you always showcase amazing hair. Luv your blog:)

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is absolutely stunning!!! And I can’t believe your routine is so simple. I have a few questions for you: 1. what do you shampoo your hair with? 2. How do you make this herbal hair rinse and do you use it as a final rinse after you’ve conditioned your hair? 3. Also how much ACV do you add to the herbal rinse when you do detox? I have recently adapted a vegan diet and I am slowly trying to make other aspects of my life (including hair) more natural as well, slowly that is. Presently, I preshampoo with pure unrefined coconut oil and DT with Aubrey Organics but everything else are commercial products that I am not quite ready to let go unless I find better options.

  • Anonymous says:

    Stunningly beautiful!!!

  • Tina Beanie says:

    You hair looks amazing! I have a new hair idol in addition to Nik…LOL! I’d like to know what tea you drink and your hair rinse as well. Thanks for sharing!

  • Afrocentric Mocha says:

    What does your herbal tea mix that you drink consist of? I totally love your hair :)

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