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Natural Hair Tip of the Day

By January 27th, 202121 Comments

Natural Hair Tip of the Day
Hola Chicas,

O M G. I’m so unbelievably tired! I went to sleep at 7 pm last night (missed 16 and Pregnant, Basketball Wives, and Rupaul’s Drag Race, lol!) only to wake up this morning feeling like the living dead. A wretched mess. Baby girl is draining me… but I guess it’ll all be worth it!

Anyway, hopefully you’ll recall that I used to use duckbill clips to secure my roots when doing a Twist-n-Curl. In the past months, I’ve tried braiding the roots (tedious), but most recently I’ve had great success with twisting the roots as if I’m about to flat-twist. To see it in action, check out the video on this post where CurlyChronicles starts her flat-twist.

Here’s what I do:

  • I section out the hair I want to twist
  • I then split that into two- – top and bottom, as if I’m about to start a flat-twist (or french braid/cornrow)
  • I complete 4 or 5 rotations of twists with the top section, and then grab the rest of the hair (from the bottom) and twist normally.

This allows me to twist closer to my roots without stressing my edges- – more definition, bye bye poofy roots! I also no longer have a need for the duckbill clips (makes for more comfortable nights), and even use a satin scarf on my wet crown to help the strays lay down!

I’m on a ‘wearing my hair out’ kick, but I’m sure it’ll be back in the Princess Leia buns very soon.

Later Gators,

Twists this morning after my walk

Natural Hair Tip of the Day

Set free without fluffing

Natural Hair Tip of the Day

ETA: I’ve been sitting in the same spot for 2 hours– I did my taxes (can we say procrastination), and blogged. I just went to stand up, and lo and behold, my feet are swollen… not a good look.


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  • Charris says:

    Your hair is gorgeous. I am transitioning and I hope my hair will grow as pretty as yours

  • Anonymous says:

    Awww! I have a ten month old princess and I promise the swollen feet are worth it. Thanks for the tip it worked wonders in my hair and my eight year old princess's too. Be Blessed!

  • Oranic Shampoo says:

    Nice post. Tip seems very good . Thanks for the information.

  • curlychronicles says:

    Omg Brilliant πŸ˜€ I never thought of that..but I'm definitely gonna give it a try.

  • Anonymous says:

    Congratulations Nik! I've been out of the loop for a little while so I didn't know you were having a baby πŸ™‚ Yaaaay! I feel you on the going to sleep at 7 and waking up feeling a hot mess. I'm going through the same thing right now. I hope this phase passes soon…

  • CurlyKye says:

    Awww look at the mommy belly!!! I'm so excited for you.

    Great tip on the roots..I'm definitely going to try!

    Hope you get your energy back soon!!

  • BigHair77 says:

    I'm going to try the "twist tip" this weekend when I wash my hair.

    As for the swollen ankles, I freaked out last month when I had them for the first time. As others have said, definitely elevate your feet when you can (and definitely sleep with a pillow under your ankles). If you're able, you can lay back and prop your feet against a wall or something until you feel a tingly sensation (I learned that in prenatal yoga). Also, drink plenty of fluids, water especially; the more your intake then "expel" through natural means, the less you retain (hence less swelling). It gets better:)

  • Jamila Reddy says:

    Your hair might be too big for this, but have you tried bobby pins instead of duckbill clips? I find that they're much more comfortable.

    Also, how do you feel about french braids? I think they'd look great on you, and they're sort of just a variation on your Princess style. πŸ™‚

    If I could do them myself (and if my hair was long enough, lol) I'd wear my hair in two french braids as a nighttime style (or wear them with buns).

  • LadyWritesTheBlues says:

    Such a cute post-HANG IN THERE!!!! Your hair is beautiful as always! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Great tip about flat twisting the roots. Thanks and hang in there. Pregnancy seems to be agreeing with you though. You and your hair look lovely. πŸ™‚ ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikki! That hair is looking good!

    Tip for swollen feet. Try to keep them elevated when you are sitting for a long period of time.

    Take care!

  • laleepop14 says:

    I think I am going to have to try this one..It sounds like a great idea. Your baby bump is too cute, and what helped when I was pregnant was to get up at least every hour to just get everything flowing and moving again…Keep those feet elevated and you are rocking that bump!!! Your hair is amazingly shiny/"mositurized-looking"(yes I made that up), how do you do that!!!

    I have a question for you? Do you find that your hair/nails are grwoing faster since being pregnant or at about the same rate? When I was pregnant my hair and nails were growing like crazy, think it was those vitamins…lol

  • Frizzcurls427 says:

    Aaaw Nikki Poo! lol…It will be okay! When you are able to try sitting with your feet up or when you go to sleep at night try to sleep with your feet elevated by placing a pillow or rolled up blanket(which ever you prefer) under them…Girl, I'ma have to give you a call! lol Seriously though, it is just the "joys" of pregancy! Babies do a number on our bodies…I love the idea of flat twisting the roots bc I had that problem as well…Lookin' good girl πŸ™‚

  • beautywithcurls says:

    I Got You All Beat On Procrastination The Only Reason Why My Taxes For 2009 Are Done Is Because I Finally Finished My Taxes From Two Years Before 2009 LOL

    Your Hair Looks Great Nikki, I Hope You Get Some Energy Soon And Your Feet Back To Normal πŸ™‚

  • miznissi says:

    That's so funny. I just started doing the flat twists on my roots last week. I've also fallen madly in love with 3 strand twists.

  • momo7 says:

    Your hair is so shiny in those blue shirt pics. Aww I can see the baby bump! You look great! Werk dat bump! lol aawww =p

    OMG RuPaul's Drag Race and Basketball Wives!!! You have great taste in tv shows.

  • Unknown says:

    LOL you are so funny! I totally procrastinated too, just filed my taxes. Tonight. I'm right there with you.

  • ChrLvsBks says:

    Great idea, thanks for sharing! So many things I am ready to try.

    I hope you elevated your feet above your heart and rested.

  • Balls Of Beauty says:

    i was toggling between 16 n pregnant and the tiny n toya show! i dvr BOTH cuz tiny n toya clashed with 16 n preggers! i love watchin teens think they know it ALL and have no clue, lol. dont feel bad im doin my taxes tonight too, i work better under pressure!! EEEK!!

  • KeetaRay says:

    GREAT tip!! I'm going to try this when take my mini-twists out. Thanks, Nikki!! And I hope the fatigue ends soon or gets better! My friend is going through the same thing.

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