Model Nikia Phoenix is On The Couch!


On her hair story…
I got my first relaxer when I was 6, and my last one at 28. I did a combination of transitioning and the big chop.

On embracing her natural hair…
I didn’t know what my natural hair was really like until a year and a half ago. But I can tell you this, that new growth between relaxers used to irk me. The longer I waited between relaxers, the more I started to like it. I kept seeing women with great natural hair, and I told myself that I could have exactly that.

On her current routine…
I wash my hair once a week, but I probably co-wash every other day. I’m low maintenance and I like it like that. When I Wash & Go, I wash, deep condition (comb through with conditioner), rinse, and finish off with oil or a leave-in conditioner.

On her hair routine for photo shoots…
To be honest my routine doesn’t really change. I’ve only worked with a few hairstylists that really know how to style black hair period. Having my hair short and natural makes it easy. All anyone has to do is moisturize it and voila!


On her favorite products…
I really like Free Your Mane. I’ve tried other product lines before, but I think this one is perfect for me. The one thing I can’t live without is my Afro Master. Do you remember those? It’s the only thing that will successfully comb through my hair.

On her nightly hair regimen…
I don’t have one, but maybe I should. It just feels nice to have to wrap my hair up like when I had a relaxer.

On the best thing about being curly…
Not having to fuss over my hair. It is what it is, and I embrace it.

Advice for transitioners and naturals…
Love what Mother Nature gave you. It’s your crowning glory. If you hate it, then you’re not loving a part of yourself.

On upcoming projects…
I’ve got a campaign running for Smirnoff, and I’m waiting on a few more to debut. I recently shot in New York with photographers Peter Dean Rickards, Quazi King, and Kwesi Abbensetts. I like creating art whether that’s through my words or photographs.

Her message to the CurlyNikki community…
Whether you’re rocking cropped curls or a big kinky mane, you are beautiful. Squash the hair envy, and love what you’ve got.