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2010 Winter Hair Regimen

By January 27th, 202117 Comments

2010 Winter Hair Regimen
Current Product Rotation:

  • Rinse-out or Detangling Conditioners Herbal Essence’s Totally Twisted or Hello Hydration, Yes To Carrots or Cucumbers, Aussie Moist
  • SealantAfrikan Republic Unrefined Shea Butter from Butters-n-Bars.
  • Henna – Bridal Art Quality Jamila from I buy the Jamila in the foil pouch only, not the cellophane.

Hair Styles (listed in order of how often it is worn):

  • Dry Twist-n-Curl (see below)
  • High Bun– The same basic steps found in THIS VIDEO, but done on dry, previously twisted hair.

Current Routine:

Every other Saturday (yes, twice a month) afternoon I do the following:

  • Thoroughly saturate hair with water in the shower, and divide into two (left and right).
  • Cleanse hair with shampoo– one side at a time.
  • Apply conditioner of the day to both sides in a smooshing motion (usually Aussie).
  • Pass my head back under the shower stream for a second, for better distribution and added slip.
  • Clip the hair up and out of the way while I complete shower rituals.
  • Take down the right side and finger detangle a bit — detangling the rest under the water stream with Ouidad Double Detangler after the big knots are out. Follow up with the left side. If the conditioner is washed away and tangles are left, I add more conditioner, and repeat. The power of the water stream and the slip of the conditioner should make detangling a breeze!
  • Hop out of the shower, allow hair to dry for 15 minutes… blot with microfiber towel.
  • Make 8-10 twists- 4 or 5 on each side. **This step is to stretch the hair for the ‘real’ hairstyle**. You could also pull the hair into a bun, do cornrows, a roller-set, chunky plaits, or band. (If you don’t have time to do a wet set to stretch your hair in preparation for a dry set, you can blow dry your hair on warm, concentrating on the roots, and skipping the ends. A twist or braid-out on blown out hair may not last very long, but you’ll definitely be rocking the Joan from Girlfriends look. I would reserve this style for special occasions. The blow dryer is definitely a frenemy.)
  • Seal the ends with shea.
  • Allow to airdry overnight, using a bonnet dryer if you’re in a rush.
  • The next morning (Sunday), take down the twists and finger detangle if necessary. Divide hair into two. I now prepare to twist my dry hair for a wavy effect.
  • I do 10-11 twists total, 5 on each side (two in the back, one above my ear, one framing my face, and one immediately behind that one), and one at the crown.
  • Start with the back- left side. Brush the hair out (this is optional… I use a Denman paddle, but a wide tooth comb or fingers should suffice), apply a teeny bit of CURLS Souffle (leaves no residue and adds lots of moisture and shine), and twist with wet hands. Set the end on a flexi rod , and move on to the next one. Sometimes I skip the wet hands… the CURLS Souffle is wet enough and without the water results in a smoother set.
  • Complete all twists in the same manner– adding CURLS Souffle along the way.
  • Once all the twists are damp and the ends are rolled, I tie on a satin scarf, leaving the twists dangling, but the crown secure to control the frizzies.
  • On Monday morning, I carefully take down each twist and fluff.

Preserving the Style:

  • I re-twist once or twice a week. Since the hair is somewhat straightened and already detangled, my fingers and the Ouidad Double Detangler (instead of brushing) gets the job done.
  • On nights that I don’t re-twist, I pineapple (gather the hair at the crown and secure with a loose, satin scrunchy, and tie on a scarf), and sleep on a satin pillow case. I fluff the next morning with Philip B Formula 57 Serum.

I’ve been experimenting with this routine for a little over two months now. I like that I don’t have to wet my hair as often (only twice a month), and that it yields fluffy, HUGE hair on day one. It makes my hair look thick, healthy, and full of life.

** I will resume once per month henna’ing soon.
**I deep treat once a month.

Dry Twist-n-Curl

2010 Winter Hair Regimen

Dry Twist-Out

2010 Winter Hair Regimen
2010 Winter Hair Regimen

Side bun done on an old twist-out2010 Winter Hair Regimen


  • chichichick says:

    Hi Nikki,
    Love all of the information you give. I had forgotten about the curlz products, I used them on my daughter's hair before I was natural. I have a question- You do not spritz your hair with water or anything between the two week shampoos and it stays moisturized? WOW! I must try this routine, Thanks!!

  • Liberty says:

    Wow–I love your blog! Is it ok that I linked to it on my own blog about hair as it relates to race and adoption ( Very much looking forward to your future posts.



  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikki, just wondering if there is a specific reason why you no longer purchase henna from I only ask b/c I too, have fallen off my weekly/bi-monthly henna treatments but want to get back into it and need to order some more! I was going to order from mehandi again, but if butters-n-bars is somehow superior, I will check them out!? Thanks for the help and your hair looks incredible as usual!


  • RITA says:

    I don't wash my hair (with shampoo) that often, either. Thanks for this! I wanted to try this, and as soon as I'm out of my Hello Hydration, I may give it a go. I just sent you a twitter request, also!!

  • Curly Nikki says:

    Tomika, I don't have scalp issues so I never really pay it much mind. I've heard that tea tree oil treatments (in a preparation) are great for flaky scalps.

    Anon, I'm not a 'protective styler' or 'elaborate styler' I'm for simple and like sticking to what I know works for my hair. Even when I wore straight styles, I just wore it down… a little curl sometimes. Easy Peasy 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Are you going to be doing any new hairstyles as the weather/seasons changes? I was just curious because your styles are the same ones over and over again. I love your hair but just wandered if you did any other elaborate styles.

  • Tomika says:

    Hey Nikki your hair looks great but scalp wise is there a treatment or a step either after washing or styling that you do? My scalp has always been really dry resulting in lots of dandruff. I just started co-washing (7month transitioner not no BC yet ) and it has helped but I still need the poo… should I do something else like scalp treatment ot hotoil treatments to help with this…thanks, Meka

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    thank you ladies!!!!!

  • bonni says:

    I love the dry twist out on you. Like I said on fb, that's the style that made me bc. Now, if I can find time to try it!

  • momo7 says:

    u betta motha@#E!# WERK that hurr gur (spins and dips)!

  • Califabulous says:

    Curly Nikki!! your hair is always so awesomely gorgeous 🙂 THANK YOU for posting and sharing and helping and the tips and EVERYTHING. I seriously need help with my extra curly curls. OH MY and that little angel of yours is beautiful 🙂

  • Sonya says:

    Embracingmycurls…the Curls products that are available at Target are not formulated the same as the product you purchase online. The indgrediants are vastly different. I don't know why that is..but is. I found out the hard way. Just a friendly FYI before you spend tons of money.

  • Embracingmycurls says:

    Thanks so much Nikki! I was waiting for this! I love the Curls products and am excitied now that I can get them at my local Target.

  • KeetaRay says:

    Thanks, Nikki! Your hair always looks so healthy and pretty. Your tips are always so helpful, and thanks to you I love the twist 'n curl AND the pineappling method is the best thing ever!

    I've been looking for a good cleansing cream. Previously I've used (and loved) Hair Rules Cleansing Creme but it's pricey. I'm going to try Curls Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream soon 🙂

  • Quaneasha says:

    Hey, Nik! Can we see some pics of your naked hair please?

  • Sdot says:

    Awesome post. I'm swtiching over to my winter regimen also.

  • Unika Molden says:

    Hey Nikki,

    Thanks so much for posting this!!! You just dont know how much all of the information that you post has helped me to take better care of my hair. I love your hair and "Baby Gia" is beautiful.

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