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Curly Nikki

Natural Hair Tip

By January 27th, 202140 Comments

Natural Hair Tip
Hola Chicas,

For the first time in what felt like months I had an excellent hair day! First, let me premise this by explaining what I’ve been doing:

  • I wash once a week with whatever is in the shower
  • Condition, detangle with fingers or brush, and rinse
  • Apply lots of SheaMoisture Leave-in or DevaCurl One (out of the DevaCare)
  • Braid the hair into 7-8 braids
  • Dry overnight and take down in the A.M., usually to reveal a flaky, somewhat dry mess.
  • I’d then pull it up into a bun and go about my business
  • Maybe 2 days later, I’d finger detangle, and make 7-8 braids (on dry hair) applying shea or castor oil as I go.
  • Spritz completed braids with water/conditioner mix (lightly damp, not wet)
  • Air dry overnight
  • Take down in the A.M., to reveal a non-uniform, dull, frizzy braid-out that I’d wear up in a fuzzy bun.

It’s gone like this since the end of December! Very frustrating… very, very, very frustrating.
So, I changed it up a little. I remembered that my hair likes a little product (not loads), so when applying the DevaCurl, I only used about a dime size amount for each section (4 sections, split down the middle), as opposed to gooping it on and coating each strand. I then braided as usual with shea, air dried overnight, and the next morning, my hair was shiny, defined, and moisturized with zero flakes! I wore it out for 2 days, and then re-braided using my Whipped Shea from Oyin Handmade. Instead of spritizing it with water/conditioner, I spritzed with filtered water, and then sprayed some DevaCurl Set it Free into my hands and applied to each braid. My hair the next day was so fierce! It was huge, fluffy yet defined, moisturized, and soft.
Best of all it was SHINY… not dull… I hate that ๐Ÿ™

The moral of the story:

  • Use less product– I always think that more product equals more shine/moisture, etc. This is why I get so heavy handed. Unfortunately, this method leaves me with build-up, and my hair looks dull, dry, and sometimes even flakes. Less is more!
  • Switch it up from time to time– leaving behind my water/conditioner mix was a tough decision, but the best! You never know what will work until you give it a fair chance.
  • Don’t abandon tried and true products– I hadn’t used DevaCurl Set it Free in forever. I’m happy I’ve rediscovered it. It is most certainly packed for the islands!

Later Gators,

p.s. Thanks for all the well wishes and support! I thought slipping in the ‘preggo’ announcement would mean more than giving it it’s own thread ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re truly blessed and happy, and I’m overjoyed that I finally get to share it with all of you!

I’ll be back soon with the view from Saint Thomas, pics of my hair… maybe even my growing belly ๐Ÿ™‚

p.p.s. Why didn’t y’all tell me I’d be this dang HUNGRY! I’m like a one woman demolition derby at the buffet. Not sexy, lol!


  • Daphne says:


  • shake says:

    Oh my gee! Congrats Nikki! I'm so happy for you two!

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats on Baby Curly! I'm a 10 year natural who is 7 months pregnant with baby #1. Your pregnancy will be just that… yours. Mine has been completely uneventful (no morning sickness, no weird cravings, no increased appetite) and healthy from the start. Don't think something is wrong if it doesn't follow the textbook "standard."


  • Unknown says:

    Congrats on the new addition!!! I laughed so hard at @ Kattya b/c I did the same thing when I text my best friend about the great news!!

    Me: Girrrrrrrrrrl… Guess who's PREGNANT??
    B/F: Who is it now?
    B/F: Shaw or Curly?
    Me: C-U-R-L-Y!!
    B/F: Ooooh YAY!! What are we gonna name it?!?!?!
    Me: IDK my BFF Jill??

    Oh and to stay on topic, I looooove SIF on my ends when I do flexi-rod sets. It makes the curls last for days even when I throw it up in a bun at night ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    First i just want to say Congrats on the new addition. Children are a blessing from GOD. Enjoy your pregnancy from beginning to the end, the good and the bad,(drink lots of water, get lots of rest, eat lots of fruits and veggies and take prenatal vitamins with DHA in it). Second I found DevaCare One and Set it Free at Target in Bakersfield, CA half price so i desided to finally buy it. I loved them both, I'm going back to Target to see if that last bottle of One condish is still there. I used a little the first time i used only because it cost so much and i wanted it to last. LOL. But less is much better. Finally, u will Love St Thomas, the weather is in the 80's year round with light showers through out the day that only last 5-10 minutes. Make sure that you take the boat over to St John's and go to Trunk Bay Beach. It is one of the most beautiful beaches i have every seen. God Bless you and your family.

  • Winnielours says:

    Congrats darling!! I am so very happy for you and the hubby…its gonna be the ride of your life!

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats on being preggers!!! I cant wait until i get preggers!!! Until then i'll live vicariously thru you;-)!! Cant wait to see if you experience changes in your hair!! I've heard your hair just keeps growing beautifully!!!

  • Anonymous says:


  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats Curly!!!
    I told my DH u were pregnant, he's like "Huh? She's a real person?" Lol!!! I thought that was funny!!!!

    And yes Less is More….that's a lesson I learned after a bad case of PJism….:o)

  • momo7 says:

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! =D

  • svrbrownsuga says:

    CONGRATS NIKKI!!!! So Happy for you and hubby honey!

  • FrouLaLa says:

    LOLZ @ Kattya! Too funny ๐Ÿ™‚

  • coilyheadchick says:


  • Anonymous says:

    CONGRATS girl!!
    – Sunflower

  • Kattya says:

    Congrats Nikki and Mr.CN !!! I wish you a safe and happy pregnancy.
    Side note: When my husband came home I said " Guess who's pregnant?!?" He started naming many of our friends and family members ( he knew it wasn't me). And then I said " Curly Nikki!" and he looked at me and said " Bey, you are aware that we don't even know her, right"…. W/E Hater, we're all curly sisters.
    I'm still happy for you!

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats on becoming preggos.

  • Notthecoolmom says:

    EAT UP, I remember when my appetite returned to normal after weaning (I still get my eat on). Just eat the right things.

  • Raniesaj says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I missed the announcement the other day, but I am SOOOO happy for you!!! Enjoy it!!! It is the BEST time of your life-experiencing another life growing inside of you. I pray that you have a WONDERFUL pregnancy!!!

  • Nappturall says:

    I have 7 children, you'll LOVE it!…Congrats…Be Bless you, hubby and the little one.

  • Anonymous says:

    Congrats! I wish you an hubby a wonderful, healthy pregnancy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ljkelly says:

    I missed the preggo announcement, too! Congrats, Nikki! I am so happy for you two! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Unknown says:

    Congrats on your pregnancy….this is a very exciting time in your life so enjoy it!!

  • Congolaise says:

    Congrats Nikki. Enjoy every minute of it. I wish you the best as you go through this journey!!

  • Maria says:

    Hey Nikki, my hair changed with all 3 pregnancies. It was hard to style and I felt like it wasn't reacting the same to certain products. Maybe you're having a similar issue.

  • hesfaithful says:

    Yeah, the hunger can be a beast! I remember crying at an IHOP once because the waitress was too slow! Mind you, I had already eaten before we left home on our way to the restaurant! LOL!!

    Congratulations and enjoy the ride!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Congratulations! Good luck with that hunger. I know it's a monster.

  • Unknown says:

    Congrats! Can't wait to see all the wonderful hair your baby will have ๐Ÿ™‚

  • CocoEuro says:

    Great advice!! Less is more..I'll keep that in mind.

    Now for prego info, the eating will slow down when the baby grows and squishes your stomache to size of a pea (exagerating)! You will be full in two bites! LOL!!!

    Can't wait to see your "vaca" pics!!

  • lumii says:

    Hope you have a great pregnancy!

  • Lola says:

    Congrats! Yes you will be hungry ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy every minute of it, honey. Hair and nail growth, off the charts! Beautiful skin, the whole nine yards. Blessings to you and your family tree.

  • jlowman1 says:

    Congrats on the little curly! Awww, and have a wonderful and safe trip as well!!!

  • Tiffany says:

    I'll have to try this stuff. I want to have a good hair day so badly.


  • Chaka_Millz says:

    Awwww we're gonna have baby Curli lol congrats lady and I pray you will have a blessed pregnancy and that your baby will be healthy and as beautiful as you. Luv ya Nikki!

  • Tonya says:

    That was one of my greatest joys…eating!!! Lots of delicious healthy food! OMGoodness! Sheer joy!
    Enjoy the experience!
    Enjoy your vacation!

  • Wes says:

    Congrats chica!!!! Have fun in sunny St. Thomas too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chรฉri says:

    I Love DevaCurl Set It Free, I'm Almost Out So I Gotta Order More, LOL…Bring A Little Jacket It Gets A Little Chilly At Night ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ChrLvsBks says:

    I look forward to the pictures of whatever you may share. Again, enjoy St. Thomas!

  • caracara says:

    Congrats Nikki and hubby! Enjoy this very special time!

  • Ameenah says:

    Congrats NIKI yay your have a lil curly , yea the hunger is amazing , When I was preggo I felt like if I wasn't eating I wasn't breathing lol

  • Tiffyd says:

    When did you announce you were preggo? I missed it. Any who – Congrats! The entire experience is a joy. Oh yea, I acn't wait to see pics of your belly and hair.

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