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Curly Nikki

Hair Tip of The Day

By January 27th, 202113 Comments

Hello Curli Nikki, I couldn’t help but notice how smooth your edges are. Do you use hair gel at all? Can you please tell me how you get your edges that way? Thanks so much

I stopped using gel a long time ago. I realized that while it gave me a sleek look for a short period of time, my hair would quickly dry out, and shrink up.

While wet styling (twisting or bantu knots), I make sure to distribute the styling conditioner (usually DevaCare One) throughout my hair, paying special attention to the edges. When it comes time to twist the hair around my face, I make sure to smooth the shorter hairs into the twists. As always, it important to avoid touching the hair until it’s completely dry.

The next morning, I take the twists down, and choose whether to leave it out, or pull it up into a high bun, or gather it into a low side bun. If I decide on a high bun, I use my hands only to secure the bun (combs and brushes will create frizz). To help the edges lay, I tie on a silk scarf for 30 minutes before leaving the house.

Every night after that, I tie the scarf on to preserve the hairstyle. By day three or four of my bun, I apply Shea Butter to any unruly edges prior to applying the scarf for the night.

Not using water or gel to slick the edges, keeps all of the hair wavy and textured. I love it! Remember, smooth edges start with the initial set.

Hair Tip of The Day
Hair Tip of The Day
Hair Tip of The Day


  • Curlstatic says:

    Your hair is very prettt. Keep it up. You are doing a great job.

  • nkese says:

    hi val yes i have type 4c hair, what type of aloe and glycerine do u use?

  • val says:

    I have type 4b hair, taming it is not as easy as other hair types. Everyone's just gotta experiment with what they can do with their individual hair to achieve the best hair they were meant to have.

    Personally, lately, what has worked for me is mixing a little shea butter with aloe and glycerine, wrap it up… and voila.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki am so glad i've found you and all your techniques are sooooooooooooo good, i particulary love that 1st img on the top of this page, its real nice. Cant wait to try out the twist n curl and get ma hair up like that. God Bless x

  • Keli223 says:

    These styles are great…I've been wearing my hair natural for six years and I always have trouble finding cute styles to do. These styles are really cute…I will have to try them.

  • Anonymous says:

    thanxz but do this method works on 11 year olds my child loves the style but her her is shorter and its in kinky twist

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    No problem, I hope this tip works for you too! And yes, I usually sleep on my satin pillow case for added protection. Sometimes my hair gets a bit smooshed, but as long as I take the scarf off about an hour before I have to be out of the house, it poofs up just fine 🙂

    I get my flowers from Target.

    Thanks ladies!

  • Professah Monee says:

    The flower in your hair is beautiful. Where did you get it?

  • Quel says:

    Love your site. I’m excited about trying some of your tips. I’m just paying attention to my hair again since I stopped nursing my baby. Now it’s time to nurse my natural hair back to good health.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki-you’re using the scarf again plus the satin pillowcase or the scarf alone?? Your hair doesn’t get smushed?

  • Nyla Coils says:

    Nikki- I love the flower! I am wearing one today, myself!

  • keisha says:

    i’m going to have to try this butter thing for my edges. i’ve had some reasonably good success with using butters on my thick roots. thanks for sharing, nikki!

  • Our Forever Continues... says:

    I love that hair girly…beautiful!

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