Hi Nikki,
I’ve been natural for about 10 years. I started off with locs, cut them all off, and then went back to locs again. I decided to comb out my 2nd set of locs after about 2 years……a very time consuming and painful task…..and I lost a lot of hair in that process. As a result, my hair has become really fine and I have some bald spots. I texturized which was a major mistake (talk about extreme breakage).

I’ve been natural since 2008 and I love it most days. My hair has several textures….it totally takes on a life of it’s own! Sometimes I must admit that I get totally frustrated because of the lack of availability of products in Trinidad, but I make do with what I can get here, and occasionally when someone is making a trip, I’m able to order some stuff.

Right now, I’m using Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream- – it leaves my hair really soft but with a ton of build up which I’m not fond of. I’ve tried Ms. Jessie’s and Paul Mitchell but they don’t seem to like my hair very much. I’m learning that less is more… the least amount of product I put in my hair the better I guess, especially because the products are not all natural. So right now I wash my hair every weekend with any shampoo, and I use Hello Hydration as a leave in, apply a little Cantu Shea Butter, give it a shake and that’s it! Sometimes I twist, sometimes I braid…it depends on my level of patience that day. I would have to say that my protective style is a bun. Sometimes I go on youtube and try new styles, but a bun is the easiest.
I really enjoy your blog I get a lot of inspiration and hope to some day be able to have thick healthy hair. Thanks Curly Nikki Community!

My 32nd Birthday Feb 2010– I went to the hairdresser (she uses Paul Mitchell)

September 2010– I think I just used regular conditioner mixed with Carol’s daughter hair milk

At the beach with a 3 day old twist out. My hair was blowing in the wind for the first time in years!