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Curly Nikki


By May 25th, 202116 Comments
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Nikki Walton is a best-selling and NAACP Image Award-nominated author, TV personality, podcast host, and licensed psychotherapist (UNC Chapel Hill). In 2008, Walton launched, which became the #1 natural haircare / beauty blog in the world, reaching millions of women in over 30 countries, and influencing the marketing and formulation of products for major beauty brands.


Walton’s first book, “Better Than Good Hair” (Harper Collins, 2013) became an instant bestseller, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. In 2016, Walton partnered with L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetic company, to publish her second book, “When Good Hair Goes Bad,” as a special feature for the brand.


Walton is a leading expert in inner and outer beauty, and has been featured nationally and internationally in publications including The New York Times, Forbes, People Mag, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Guardian (London), Huffington Post, Ebony, InStyle, Essence, and Parent’s Magazine. Walton is a top beauty and hair expert for the Dr. Oz show (2013-present, appearing in more than 20 segments); and she has made dozens of TV appearances on shows including The Today Show, The Steve Harvey Show, Nightline (ABC), The Tyra Banks Show, and Katie Couric. Black Enterprise named Walton one of the web’s most influential voices, Essence named her among their ‘Top 35 Under 35 Young, Black and Amazing,’ and Blavity named her one of their 28 Black Leaders 2018.


Tamron Hall dubbed Walton, “THE QUEEN OF CURLS” during an episode of The Today Show, and celebrities including Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae and Wanda Sykes count themselves among Walton’s fans.


Over the past 12 years, Walton has leveraged her influential and ever-growing platform to uplift women and promote self-love and freedom through her website, newsletter, social media, events, appearances, podcast, and as co-founder and host of the BeHer Summit (developed from her popular hashtag #BeHerNow)—which features industry leading experts, and is backed by corporate sponsorships. BeHer Summit has been featured in Forbes, MadameNoire, The Grio, Teen Vogue, The Root, and The Breakfast Club.

In 2020, Walton partnered with Ram Dass’ Be Here Now Network to launch a spiritually based podcast, “New Growth,” to take her audience from self-help to self-transcendence. Walton’s podcast features discussions with celebrities and leading spiritual figures, including Tracee Ellis Ross, Sadhguru, Jeannie Mai, Rupert Spira, Byron Katie, and many others.


  • Anonymous says:

    In order to transition, I took a look at this video:

    There's also tons of videos on styles. It's so great to see I'm not the only one finally appreciating natural beautiful hair. Thank you!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Blessing (Bella) Love ur bio-its giving me the power to believe, no matter where I am in my life, I can return to my first love, so I will be returning to school soon. Thank u so much in all you give.

  • Anonymous says:

    PSue says….
    Hello Out There,
    About a month ago, I went in for my first BC consultation ; I had spent weeks prior going back and forth with a classmate( who is about 7months natural) about it and talked it over with my bf ( he has been pretty supportive about it ). I was willing but nervous to do it . My class told me she would go with me to the consultation for moral support. I went in for the consultation with the expectation of doing a BC the same day…but chickened out :(. Usually I am a “go getter” and risk taker… but this was one of the biggest decisions and couldn’t make it based on spontaneous impulse. I could see all the excuses popping up( i.e. career, may not look right etc.) . And so later that day of the consultation, I did a "mini chop" to transition me through. My classmate told me I would know when it was the right time to do a BC. So I made the decision that I would BC on my b-day which would be three weeks later. A week later, after I got my eyebrows done, I stared myself in the rear view mirror and said "its time" ; the next day, I went in and "BC"ed. At first, I was in love with it… but then I kept getting these shock sessions when I would pass the mirror and it took a little bit to get used too. I am three weeks in and have grown to cherish and nourish my hair in a way I had never done when I was relaxed. It ‘s so strange… its like a whole new appreciation for my hair… and I promise you I have whole new swag, lol…. I enjoy looking for new ways to nourish my hair and get excited when its time to deep condition every three days, lol. I always felt like I was hiding under my weave, but now… its different. So far out of the ooodles of positive of great reviews on the new look, I have only had one negative response ( my mom). But not moved at all considering we don’t live cities away ,lol. But anywho, I just wanted to take an opportunity and write down my journey and just get some support and hear how others are transitioning emotionally and physically; I promise the next time I write it wont be as long :(). So hats down to those who have walked this walk and encourage those who are looking to travel this road…

  • Parece says:

    I actually just found this site and It is very helpful…I have not had a perm in almost a year and it seems like it's taking forever but I'm being patient…I have to find some good products out there now that I dont have anymore perm in my roots…I don't know if I want to do the BC but if I do I would be donating my ahir to locks of love. I currently have 16 inches of ponytail and I would love for a child to have that. I figured I would see what the summer holds and how far I get then I'll make that final decision

  • eureka says:

    Hey. I love your site. I have a few questions to ask you. I have always been natural. For three years I had my hair in locks. Recently i Combed my locks out. I wanted to ask you for some tips that you can give me to help me get the full thick hair that i had before i took my locks out. Thank you for this website. I have learned so many new things.

  • Anonymous says:

    are you Haitian????

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi Ladies,
    I've been natural for about two years. This was my second attempt. I too became frustrated the first time I attempted to take the journey. Well this time around I did lots and lots of research on natural hair. These is a ton of good information out now because many sistas have embraced their natural tress and are sharing info. Best advice: use protective transitioning styles like braids, weaves, and
    twist-outs, etc. The big chop is great for those that are used to wearing short hair but for those like me who had long hair the "big chop" can be tramatic, especially when most people are gonna be very critical so expect them to be. If you are aware of a natural stylist in your area, seek one they are great at assisting you with your journey. Stay strong and hanging there, everything everyone I asked about their hair told me the same exact thing "you're gonna love your hair". They were absolutley right I love my hair now more than ever and I feel so free. Thanks CurlyNikki for creating this site. Kudos two you!!!

  • msccheryl says:

    I have decided to go natural. But before I do the BC. I'm doing research on hair products to use and the hold process of maintaining my hair in it's natural state. The problem I'm having is finding sisters with really fine wavy hair, that has gone natural. I was born with fine hair. How do I deal with it????? HELP!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I am going crazy right now people…. I'm facing wall and don't know what to do… I may just cut this hair right away. I've done a second big chopped 4 months ago. But my stress levels are at all high my food intake is horrible and drinking water is…let's not even g there. My hair is full of split ends and is horrible and it hasn't been growing this past few months. To add to this stuff my family specially my mother is so critical of my hair is preventing me from enjoying my hair journey. I was loving my hair when it was short, but now that it is in long enough to look a mess but not long enough to do anything… I really getting emotional and stressed. I don't know what do… Please have in consideration that I am broke… and hairdressing is not an option…

  • Anonymous says:

    This site is awesome!!! I am a newbie (only 2 weeks in) to natural hair but I am loving it!!! thanks for all the helpfull information.

  • Samikki33 says:

    I myself am a psychologist currently living in the state of Texas, and have lived here for about a year. When I moved here I wanted to change my life, my personal mantra as well as my hair. I have been natural for some time now and I love its health and natural glow. Thanks for the natural voice!

  • Anonymous says:

    Scared. I have fine…kinky hair. Getting to a point of freeing my mind from all the negative comments I received as a girl. Hair definitely not like my sister's….have to make a decision soon.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hello CurlyNikki,

    Are you going to be in Oklahoma? I heard that you may? If so, Do you Need Mary Kay Vendors. I'm a Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant if so. Thank you CurlyNikki,

    Blessings Always, Tiffany Taylor (P.S. Just Liked you on Face Book)! I'm also working on going Natural!

  • Anonymous says:

    YES!!! I finally have officially made the switch to natural hair for life!!!!!! Thank you for this website and all of your informative tips! I am a follower for life!

  • wisecurls says:

    So inspiring.

  • SwirlieCurlies says:

    lovely.. 🙂

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