Where: Georgia International Convention Center,
2000 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337
***I’m giving away 13 gift packages which include 1 ticket (2 day) and a selection of Taliah Waajid Natural Hair Care Products.***
In the comments below, share the one thing you’ve taken away from CurlyNikki.com. The piece of advice, article, or story that has influenced you the most.
The contest will close on April 8, 2011 at 5pm EST. On April 9th, the 13 randomly selected winners will be announced here on CN!
Good luck divas!
Shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘World Natural Hair Show’ in the subject line. I’ll be in touch with further details.
I won’t be able to make it, so please have some fun for me… and take tons of pics and send them in!
congrats to all the winners!
This is where I first learned about Henna…Im still itching to try it!
The most important thing that I have learned is that everyone hair is different. I need to listen to my hair. And also that moisture is really the key to natural hair. As I have seen in other postings, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!
Thanks Curly-Nikki for your website. It has helped me tremendously!
One thing I learned from this site is to not sacrifice my health for my hair. Before this site, I did not work out because of my hair, but since going natural I work out 4-5 days a week doing intense cardio. I have lost 30 pounds, and gained a truck load of confidence. Not only is my body benefiting from this, but so is my hair. The few articles that I have read on this site about this topic has been God sent, helpful, and most appreciative.
One thing I learned from this site is to love my own hair and texture. When I first discovered Curly Nikki via LHCF, I loved her hair and wished I had the same texture as her….let's just say her hair was my dream hair. However, God showed me a thing or two, and gave me the hair He thought I should have. My hair is far from Curly Nikki's and I had to learn that the hard way, mainly through money. When I first big chopped I bought all kinds of hair products that I can't do anything with, and actually they are just sitting at the bottom of my cabinet collecting dust….almost $120 worth of products :(……I get boiling mad just thinking about how much money I spent on trying to achieve a curl. So, in conclusion, I basicly learned from this site is to love my own hair that's growing out of my scalp, and stop comparing my hair to other naturals, to get something I don't have.
The one thing that I learned about that has completely changed my hair around is henna; love it!
One of the biggest yet simplest things I have taken away from the site and the forums is loving what you have. There is no one size fit all for hair care/products/styles. Learn what works for you and grow from there. 🙂
I have just started my natural hair process. I did my big chop about three weeks ago now because my hair got tangled after taking out box braids. I was a blessing though, because I am learning to love my new hair. I love curly nikki so much. I have started making my own recipes, and enjoy reading about how other peoples journey with natural hair are going. I can't wait to try henna.
A brief journey background:
Summer 98'-1st BC after attempting to transition and loosing massive amounts of hair everyday.
Fall 98'-started my locs, wore for 7yrs.
Spring 06'-2nd BC, bye-bye locs, hello natural TWA
Spring 07'-texturizer, Summer 07'-relaxer, Summer 09'-Color…loved it!….following week, relaxer time…..half my gorgeous, thick shoulder length hair in the shampoo bowl.
Fall 09'-Hubby pulls out clippers and helps w/ 3rd BC. Kinky, curly, coily ever since.
Point is…….I don't know when exactly I stumbled upon CurlyNikki.com but the site has definitely served as an informative resource for me. That spring 07' texturizer probably would not have happened had I known about care techniques and products and heard the stories/videos/reviews of other naturals for support and motivation. Now, although my regi isn't perfected by any means, I have a handle on what my hair needs and guides for styling and reviews on products, ets….Back when I was relying on salons to take care of my TWA, I was allowing them to transfer that frustrated energy onto me making me feel that my hair couldn't be cared for properly. Now, I'm the best hair stylist I've ever had! CurlyNikki.com is like our salon only we don't have to wait around in it all day. So thanks for all you do!
Nikki, Nikki, Nikki,
This site is so inspiring. I come from a family of women that believe that lusciuos hair down your back defines who you are. The women that I have meet here on curlynikki.com have inspiried me to be myself. I am not my hair. My hair does not define Me, Jada, the mother, wife, daughter, or friend!
One piece of advice I have gotten from curlynikki.com is to realize that no curly head is alike and I should never expect to get the same results as the next person when experimenting with styles and products.
This site has been a godsend my second and forever decision to embrace my true self. I've learned so much! Biggest lesson though would be there is a wealth of information, everything doesn't work for everybody, find what works for me … DO ME!
For me I think that I love how you highlight all types of naturals. Coming to the site on a regular basis not only keeps me motivated but give me inspiration on different styles and technique to keep my hair and me feeling fresh and new.
I have learned so much from this forum and it has become my healthy addiction. Where do I begin LOL…. my first attempt at going natural was a bust because I did not have the proper knowledge but my second go around I came across this forum and was blown away. I have learned so much especially when it comes to protective styling. In the beginning of my transition I wore my hair out all of the time and did not understand the importance of protecting my ends to retain length. I can happily say that I have about 7 inches (BC'd six months ago I had 3 inches)I love the fact that everyone is so helpful and that you can lean on others and learn from others. I love you naturalistas!!
Nikki, I have learned so much from you and your followers. I am a current transitioner, almost 6 months in, and without you beautiful ladies I would piled that "creamy crack" on my head months ago! As a transitioner, I have benefited most from the stories involving current transitioners as well as those who have "BCed". I now detangle my hair using a totally different method (water and creamy conditioner) for less breakage. This method has worked wonders for me. I have not combed my hair in its dry state in months 🙂 I also choose to wash my hair in sections versus piling it on top of my head, rubbing it around, and creating a tangled mess! There is so much information to be learned and it is great to know that I have wonderful and reputable sources to rely on. Thanks ladies!
Henna Gloss is the best thing that has ever happened to me! Its definately a process, but I love the results. I also was really inspired by the article on Chicoro. It made me look into her and her methods more closely and helped me to learn how to be patient when washing and detangling my hair. This was always the reason I was losing so much hair. Being too rough and impatient, instead of treating my strands like a fine piece of fabric. For that, I will always be grateful.
I think this site has helped me feel like I'm not alone with my natural hair journey. I appreciate hearing about the journey of others and their highs and lows with their hair.
I have gleaned so much information and inspiration from curlynikki.com! What stands out the most is the camaraderie and support that's encouraged and embraced on this site. If you're stumped on what to do with your hair, deciding upon which product may work best, or needing a little word of encouragement to remind you that natural hair is glorious, it's all here! Your site helped me find my confidence in being naturally me. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
What I take away from Curly Nikki's site is the fact embracing your natural is more than creating styles. It's what how you see yourself mentally. It's taking care of your body physically and just loving and accepting your unique you. I'm fortunate the come to the page on a regular basis to get new ideas and new perspective on just life and living in, general.
My name is Melanie T and I would have to say the biggest thing I've taken from this site is all the love and support from the natural community. I was very apprehensive about how I would be accepted once I went natural but have come to realize that we are beautiful just the way God made us and that no one can take that from you. I love seeing the versatility of natural and knowing that being a 'curly' comes in all textures and colors. It's great to see a community come together the way we can here! 🙂
As a ten year natural I've found many sites that have spurred me on, helped me through "tough" hair times and given great advice. But I enjoy your site mostly because I love the way you incorporate your family, mother grandparents, aunts, sister, husband and your sweet little baby girl Gia, in different posts on your site. Family is an extremely important part of any ones life but nowadays you don't see many people treating it as such and showing love for family members. I love the hair posts and related articles, but don't ever stop show-casing your family!
Among the amazing education on how to care for natural hair but what I took away was the new viewpoint that natural hair is BEAUTIFUL. I always hated my new growth as it grew in but Seeing these beautiful women on this site has dispelled my negative beliefs about my natural hair and gave me the courage to finally BC. I love my hair and it is beautiful. The advice I would give is to someone coming on this site thinking about transitioning or BCing. Don't be scared and accept yourself. Its a great experience and a liberation from the norm. The hair that grows out of your head and sits on top is GOOD hair! Love it, Own it, and you betta work! hehe
I don't know how I could tell you the ONE thing I've taken from Curly Nikki bc I've learned soooo Much here!! When I first decided that I wanted to go natural I knew nothing of this site so I was flat ironing and not taking care of my hair the way I should have been. Since finding Curly Nikki I've become a mistress, learned to be my own stylist, and have retained more length in this past 10 months than ever…I would have to say though that the best thing I've taken away is the knowledge I need to maintain beautiful hair just like you and the beautiful ladies that offer an unspeakable amount if support. I've even gained confidence here! I mean who knew the girl who said she'd never stop getting relaxers is 14 months post relaxer and loving every minute of it!! Thanks Nikki!!!!!!!!!!
I think the one thing I learned is to be proud of who you are. God made us who we are and we need to be proud of how God made us. I Love my natural hair.
What have i learned? wowww the list is endless. Although EVERYTHING that I know about natural is from this site, I would have to say that as a teenager transitioner, I would have to say that the most valuable piece of info would be to not let others ignorant attitude control what I do with my GOD given natural hair.
OMG i literally play the video every time i want to do a twist out for my hair. That video alone started me on my natural hair care adventure. Plus are you fellow tar heel!!!
I mastered the art of using Henna from your website. I discovered reassurance from hearing other naturals talk about the travails of discovering their natural hair. Finally, I swoon over your beautiful hair and seeing your progress in 2 years. I also like to hear your motherhood adventures.
I have learned so much from your site but one knowledge that has the most impart on me is henna. I never knew what henna was until I visited your site, you have taught me how to care for my hair thank you email@example.com
You Nikki have inspire me to be myself, not caring what people have to say. you made me realized that i'm not my hair, I should be judge by what my hair look like but from what comes within. thank you for helping me to find myself cux what more can a girl ask for know that i own me and no one else
CurlyNikki has been my backbone since going natural. This site has helped me in more ways than one. I love the articles about treating your hair and being natural and self confident. I also love the forum. The forum has been great to because it allows me to communicate with others that are natural. I recommend CurlyNikki to any and everybody who is interested in natural hair. I love that one of my friends recommended this site to me when I embarked on my natural hair journey.
What I've learned is when you're comfortable in your own skin, secure with who you are, and love who you are….your hair doesn't matter.
CurlyNikki has taught me that true beauty comes in so many different forms…so many times growing up I have looked at magazines, books, tv shows, and the list can go on-wondering to myself-if that is what true beauty is, that is unattainable. But, over the last few years, I have seen that true beauty IS attainable-it is looking right back at each of us in the mirror. I especially appreciate your site showing many parents teaching their children from infancy to love themselves (hair included) which is evident in each picture displayed with a young person. So, if you haven't heard it lately-Thank you for being a great mother, a great wife, and especially a great natural hair role model:-)
I have learned several things from curly Nikki but mostly how to keep my hair moisturized, I have found relief in hearing others struggles, and I am still learning how to reduce my one strand knots (grrr)
The one thing I have taken away from CurlyNikki is the sense of community of all the other naturals in the forums and on the blog in general. Regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or even gender we all have this one commonality and it brings us together. I’ve never been a hobby type person or fanatical about anything, but I have become so attracted to this natural hair movement and I love every minute of it. The article Rene Syler’s Target Moment spoke volumes to me in that someone whom I look up to as a celebrity had to go through the same journey of self discovery that I am going through. As a single African American woman in rural eastern North Carolina, searching for work I love that will also keep the lights on and kick Sally Mae in the behind, she summed it up perfectly and I concur that never again will I let my hair or ME be patted into a shape we were not meant to be.
Confidence, I'd have to say is the most important thing I have taken away from this site. I was so incredibly worried about what other people would think about my natural hair once my transition is done that I was starting to reconsider. After finding this site and this community of natural women I have found the confidence I need to continue with my natural hair journey and perhaps one day I can contribute my story to the walls of this site.
Empowerment; Reading every single transition/big chop post gave me the strength to transition into the natural hair world. I have been a reader of you site & natural for 2+ years now & know for a fact I couldn't have done it w/o you & this beautiful community. Thanks 🙂
Well the main thing I have gotten from your site that sticks out to me is the Big Chop/Transition articles when you ask them about their BC. That's what drew me in to your site and what helped me want to BC. Then when you featured ME, I was completely hooked on the whole world of natural hair. Thanks for helping me with my confidence.
I read you blog all day everyday!
But, actually, the one thing that has influenced me wasn't about hair. It was in the self concept article for 03/31/11. The young lady quoted Will Smith "“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
That touched me so much, because I know as women we can hold on to things and allow hate to fill our hearts… It made me fill so good to read her article because that has been something that I have been struggling with, but NO MORE!!
If you want to talk about me, disrespect me, hurt me… go ahead. I'mma let go and let God!! Don't get me wrong, I will stand up for myself and anyone else, but to allow someone to destroy my day, week, month, year, and life… Oh no!
Life is too beautiful and precious to waste time:)
I have learned to be patient with my hair. I had to realize that if I wanted strong and healthy hair, then I needed to take my time and bee gentle with every bend, curl, and spiral that grew out of my scalp.
I just started to review your site over the past week and I have to say that it is very informative and uplifting with the different products, stories and styling tips.
I have learned how to nuture and maintain my natural. Someting that I thought I knew how to do. Your site has been a great resource for me and from what I see, many others.
Continue to keep us informed and uplifted.
Peace and Blessings!
Nikki, today was the first day rocking my natural out in at an event that people who knew me from high school would be at. Let me tell you, I was nervous as all get out. I wanted to wear my signature hat and call it a day, but I knew if I did not rock it today, I would always be ashamed to. Well, some people liked it, some people looked at me like I was crazy. But you know what? I really didn't even care. Nikki your site has given me courage I never knew I possessed. This is really the only natural hair site I visit on a regular (everyday) because it's so positive and uplifting. The forum ladies are not rude or snarky and they help you out even when you ask a thousand crazy questions! Lol! Thanks for starting this site; please don't ever stop doing what you do.
I'm a natural who would consistently heat-style. After chopping my BSL hair to chin-length because of heat damage in 09, I began to hit the blogs for inspiration and CurlyNikki.com has helped me embrace my actual curls so much. You taught me how to get my curls to Day 7 with proper maintenance by re-twisting and moisturizing nightly. I will continue to visit this site everyday for awesome tips like these =)
the most important thing that i've taken away from this site is that healthy hair is beautiful hair. once i stopped trying to "make" my hair beautiful and focused on growing healthy hair i've managed to maintain length and have the hair i always wanted and didn't know i had.
hello curly nikki, ive learned numerous things from your site. 1. was how to love my natural hair, 2. how to care for and maintain my nappy/natural hair, 3.HENNA, 4.home recipies. basically ive learned alot from all the advice, inspiration,product information and the Q&A with other naturals. I just want to say THANK YOU for opening my eyes to the many ways i can style and care for my hair.
What can I say Miss Nikki, I have finally found the courage to do what I've always wanted to do since my early twenties and that was to reveal ME in the most natural and beautiful way that shows the world, I LOVE WHO I'am! I did the BC in December 2010 and truly have no complaints about my "new hair". I loovvveee the NikkiCommunity via way of sharing inspiration,product info,your Henna journal,talking to sister's that all have good things in common,getting advice,giving advice……I'am not even a web person,this is the first time I have participated in a forum. Thank You Curly Nikki for what you have built,Thank You Curly Sister's for what we represent.PEACE
I've learned so much from this site and the boards, but if I had to say one thing it would be to trust my instincts, listen to my hair. It will tell me what it wants. When I first heard that, I thought that's crazy, over the top but now I know that it's not, because if I'm really still and quiet my hair will say, "try the Jojoba oil" or "use a little gel". I swear. I purchased an inexpensive moisturizer for my body last week and I came home and added a little jojoba and glycerin to it and it's wonderful. I never, ever would have known that you can add a little something and make something right. I've always thrown away products that weren't perfect. I'm no mixtress, but I hear that voice and when it says do, I do and it's always right.
I've learned so much from this site as a current transitioner going on 6 months. The road hasn't been easy (due to lack of product knowledge and styling) but the one thing I have learned from this blog is recognizing that we as black women are truly blessed to be curly and natural and to realize our true potential.
I am currently transitioning and I've learned a wealth of knowledge from your site. If I had to choose just one thing it would be to love my natural texture. Love and work with what was given too me.
I'll keep it short but the best thing I learned was that no 2 heads are the same. When I started transitioning, I would buy up all of the products that you mentioned in your reggie. Some worked well, some not so much. Even buying products that were used by ladies that looked like they were my hair twin sometimes worked, other times didn't. Came to the conclusion, with this site's help, that my hair is unique just like me and I need to listen to her and not try to make her into something she is not : )
I've definitely learned to have more patience with my natural hair and enjoy the journey. Thanks to CurlyNikki I have a solid hair regimen that works for me! I've been able to avoid my past urges of product junkism and stick to my holy grail. I love seeing other woman going on this journey like me, it motivates me to keep going. Now I rock my natural hair with more confidence than i had when I first BC'd. Thanks CurlyNikki for providing the platform!!
At curlynikki.com i've learned that there are PURE AFRICAN BEAUTIES / CURLY BEAUTIES who are willing to accept who they are and invest in what they have been given and so have I. I've been Natural for years now just never quite as expressive and bold as i am now and i'm grateful for the CONFIDENCE i happened to stumble upon (within myself) when i came across curlynikki.com
I have taken away that natural hair is beautiful and strong. Also, I've learned that if you love your hair it will show you love in return. Thank you for being such a reliable and honest source for help with natural hair.
Two things- to love your natural hair is to love yourself and
henna is good!
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hmm one of the main things I've taken away from CN is being comfortable in myself and learning my own journey. I feel like since finding this community, I have become more in tuned with my hair and am not ashamed of the fact that I love my hair. for a while i thought i was obsessing with my hair because no one else around me took care of their natural hair and so i wouldn't take care of it the way i knew i needed to. but now i have knowledge to take care of my hair and also knowledge to help my other friends and family members that have decided to go natural after me
Definitely Henna! How to apply it, the best kind to use, and how FABULOUS the result can be from your pictures! Before this site, I had never even heard of henna, but now I love henna so much and my family does too! Thanks nikki!
I've learned loads and loads of info from the site. I think the biggest and most important thing that I've learned is the fact that I'm not alone in my hair journey. There are lots of us out there that take this natural hair journey serious, however, I don't have friends or anyone in my close circle that takes it as seriously as I do. So CN is very refreshing. It's nice to come to the site and see that other people have some of the same issues, questions, concerns, etc. that I do. I love looking at the pictures and getting styling ideas. Thanks for the site!!!
I would have to say the Twist N Curls has been the most helpful. I transitioned for over 2 years and could not have lasted without stalking your site daily 🙂 email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The thing that has influenced me the most would be your positive attitude,the way that you share your knowledge,how you are so open and allow us to share pieces of your life. I feel like I know you even though I have never met you. I like the different features like henna, hair tutuorials,interviews,fierce fridays. Your site is one of the first ones that I have looked at since deciding to wear my natural hair. I love reading about people having the same issues as me and this was a place I could come to and vent my frustrations,get suggestions and learn about different products,ways to style my hair,different tools to use. I suggest this site to any new natural.
Let me preface this response by saying curlynikki was the very first natural hair blog I found while transitioning two years ago, and I love it even more now than I did then(:
The most significant thing I've learned from this site is to think positive and act positively so everything you produce will be POSITIVE! The self-encouragement on Thursdays is wonderful((:
i've learned how to henna and that henna is the bomb 🙂
well like most from Curlynikki is that my overall health ( physically mentally, spiritually) contributes to the health of my hair. I have to say, focusing on those three aspects has really aided in my personal growth. Culynikki has provided me with a place where I know I'm not alone in the struggle.For that, I will be forever grateful.
I love the positive energy that radiates from this site. I enjoy the insightful posts and a glimpse into the life of a stranger who I feel like I know. Thanks so much for all that you do Nikki!
I've learned more about Henna, patience, and how to become a product junkie!! LOL
I've learned so much from your website. First I learned I was a voyeur because I've been coming to your site every day for two years and never joined… but I'm a member now.
I've learned to accept myself for who I am. Your site has helped eliminate a lot of hair envy I was experiencing. It's not all gone, but it's slowly going away. I've learned that what works for one, doesn't work for all. I can't expect someone else's successes or failures to be the same for me and my hair. As not to make this post too long, I'll share one final thing. I've learned that natualistas are diverse, unique, and caring women. At times, we as women fight over the smallest most insignificant things but here in CNW (Curly Nikki World) we are supportive, understanding and caring. I've learned about hard work and dedication because I've watched you grow your brand into something really special. So thank you CN and all the women who frequent your page making it my curly home.
PS… love my Curly Nikki App
The piece of advice that I have learned the most from Curly Nikki is that: No two curly heads are the same. I have to do what is best for my hair and listen to what my hair says. I think that is the best advice and it has allowed my hair to thrive on its own.
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Heyy Nik!!! Where do I begin?? Well I have been a member for a few years now and have learned sooo much from the website. The one thing that Ihave learned from you and this website is the benefits of henna'ing. I never knew that henna could be used in your hair and it's benefits. I follow your mix to at and it works lovely for me. I also love the stories of transitioning and BC girls because it gives memotivation. I have also learned tons of information from the forum. I learned about co-washing, and deep conditioning and/or pre-pooing overnight by the baggy method. I could go on for days!!! I thank you so much for creating this site and taking the time out of your life to mantain and upkeep it. I don't know where I would be on this journey if it wasn't for your website in particular. I have found other natural hair sites out there but I guess since you were my "first" I always stay with you. I have to check curlynikki.com at least 3-5 times a day. I dont want to miss anything. I would love to win this giveaway. Fingers crossed. Keep up the good work!!!
i loved the article on Keisha Knight Pulliam. We are roughly the same age and I used to pretend I was Rudy when I was little. I have always admired her hair and my heart leaped when I read the article about her being natural. I love the celeb interviews you do its nice to see that everyone struggles to find out what works best with their curly hair.
by visiting this website, it made me realize that i gave up to quickly on my natural hair journey. this website has inspired me to go on the natural hair journey. the story of various ladies and thier big chops really inspire me and the fact they are enjoying their journeys really makes me mad at my self that i gave up on my natural journey to quickly. curly nikki is going to be my go to source to be reeducated about natural hair. when i go on my natural journey again, i wont give up too quickly.
I know you said to say one thing but seriously Nikki you're simply the best at what you do. You inspired me to go natural, since I have been following your blog since 08. Your site gave me the courage to discover myself, I realized that I'm beautiful, inside and outside and I stopped looking down on myself. This was self discovery for me and my hair. Through you I realized that a Nigerian girl like me had curly hair and I learned to embrace it. You're a role model to your generation and I have gained wisdom that will remain with me forever.
I have given your website to so many struggling sistas that are transitioning! My sister, my mother in law, her mother in law! Everybody…The funniest thing was when my husband told me one of his co workers told him that my hair was gorgeous and she asked what do I do to it? He said, "I'm not sure, go to curlynikki.com" And I fell out laughing! We are are a PR tag team! Thanks for all you do!
Not sure if I can pinpoint just one but I'll try. Your blog was very essential in helping me transition. I am natural now but I know for a fact that it would not go as smooth as it did without this blog.So are the tips and features of transitioning and those transitioning were very appreciated 🙂
Patience is key.
I learned to love my hair. Plain and simple. 🙂
I've learned to embrace my hair and be patient with growth. This site is so informative as far as products, turtorials and life in general and is the main reason I went natural and will remain natural forever!
I have learned so much from Curly Nikki but I most admit the one true thing that I have learned is to accept your hair texture for what it is. When I bc 04/2010 I was soo into having curly hair and with me being 3c/4a (kinky) thats not always going to happen. I was always on the hunt for that perfect curl lol. Healthy hair is happy hair! Thanks Nikki 🙂
I have learned tremendously! Products to use, hair type, embracing my natural self, and tons more. Still learning on a daily basis:)
The very most important thing that I have learned is to accept your hair for what it is. No two heads are alike so chasing after another’s texture isn't realistic nor is it productive for your hair. You gotta learn your hair and what works for you and roll with it. I struggled with that in the beginning; buying products and wanting a curly texture until finally I learned. Do what works for me and be happy.
I'm currently transitioning and I love this site! It provides a place to ask questions, vent, cry, laugh, and just share who we really are without being judged. This one thing that I have learned is to embrace who you are and your curly, kinky, coily hair. No two heads of hair are the same and here we have learned to love and embrace the unique look that God has given us. I was nervous about going natural because of what everyone else would think but now I have confidence and I can't wait to show my curls to the world 🙂
I joined this site in my darkest hour with my hair. I would literally be upset and crying because I couldn't get a relaxer anymore. (I had to stop because I had a severe reaction to the last lye perm I got), My edges were falling out and I was losing soooo many strands a day. But I found you Nikki, and this site you create, I told the lovely ladies here, I was nearly about to give up, and they encouraged me. They suggest products, stlying, conditoners, and moisturizers and I've used those same ones sense. They taught me that sometimes a regimen and simplicity is what is best, and most importantly you have to learn to love yourself more than anyone else ever could. Thank you!
I found this site a little late in the game, so what I learned did not have anything to do with taking care of my hair. The best bit of knowledge I've taken away from this site involves how hard Black, female celebrities and their hair have it in the industry, especially the natural women! I've always thought that they should be like all other naturals and not "hide" their hair under weaves and wigs. But now I know that it is very difficult to wear natural hair if you're a celeb, simply because of the upkeep. We normal naturals can have hair days where our style isn't quite right or a certain product didn't work for us. When you're a celeb, you can't afford to NOT look good, so while I wish it was different, I can understand why Black, female celebrities wear weaves and wigs for work. Weaves and wigs also protect their hair from getting damaged from daily styling.
So many things to pick from! But the most important thing I've learned from CurlyNikki is that everyone is different so everyone's hair is different. What might work for someone of the same hair type may not work for you. So do you. Learn to love your hair for what it is.
…It may take a while to find your "hair groove" and then, you may change it again. Don't listen to all the hype when it comes to a particular product or process. Use what works for you and enjoy your hair.
The most important thing I have taken away from this site is love. I should love my hair and body. I grew up very ashamed of my natural hair because I felt like it was unacceptable and I hid my hair in braid extensions from the age of 5 to 20. And through your site I have grown to embrace my hair and all of their kinks. I see all of the wonderful styles and textures and it makes me appreciate the God-given beauty of my hair
Hi Nikki! The most important thing I have literally taken from this site is acceptance. With that comes humility, self love, and so much more. Curlynikki.com was the very FIRST natural hair blog I found when I was first introduced to the world of natural hair. I stalked the site for months reading the many struggles that hundreds of women from all over the globe were dealing with pertaining to natural hair. I read almost every inspirational natural hair story, taking note of what products were used, how many BC'd, but the most important piece of advice I took was that your hair is YOUR OWN HAIR and that in order to be comfortable and stable in the natural hair journey, you had to do away with any expectations of having hair like anyone else's and accepting the natural hair journey as your own. Thanks for the giveaway!
I was very fortunate to discover this website three years ago, very early on in my natural journey. Through this website I learned about shea butter and henna and those have become staple products for me. I also learned the importance of low manipulation. My hair has thrived in the three years that I've been natural. I went from 0.5" of hair two months before med school graduation- my parents thought I had lost it, LOL, to bra stap length hair. This month marks my 3yr napptuversary!!!
I have learned to have more confidence with rocking my natural hair in its natural state. I have been natural for 7 years however I have always worn my hair straight/flat ironed. It wasn't until 4/2010 when I came across you site that I felt more comfortable wearing my hair naturally curly. Every time I come in contact with a newbie I refer them to your site as a starting point.
This blog has helped me realize there are thousands of different ways to wear and love my natural hair even when there was negativity all around me. I transitioned for 9 months and it has been one month since I cut out the remaining relaxer. I'm proud and excited to be me! So thanks for this forum.
On CurlyNikki I've seen that everyone's hair journey can be different and similar at the same time. I like to see the common themes of the articles about people's hair journey and finding similarities with my own, but also learning something I may not have thought about.
Other than learning to really take care of my hair. I have learned not to have natural hair envy, and jealousy. Way before the journey, I used to look at people with big, beautiful curls, and envy that my hair didn't do that. Tracee Ellis Ross is my envy. And recently, Jaden Smith, lol. Through your blog Ive learned to appreciate, and not be jealous of other heads. By doing that I no longer work against my head to get it to do something it just isn't meant to do, or flat out refuses to do.
I have learned how to really take care of your hair, everyone's hair is not the same and all products will work differently depending on your hair type. I enjoy the transition profiles even though I am been natural 10 years. It is very informative there was nothing like this 10 years ago. Being Natural is great!!
The one thing that I learned isn't going to be a whole page or extremely over the top response but what it is is.. I love my hair, My hair as well as my body deserve the best from me and I do too, taking care of my mind body and spirit is so important..thank you for ALL the helpful videos, self concepts, and tutorials that help out all of us on this journey. Much love Afiya
One article that stood out to me was the one on "Sandy Brown hair". I definitely fall into this category, but didn't realize that others shared similar experiences. It was nice to read another person's perspective.
Patience, patience, and more patience! And just because one curly hair acts a certain way doesn’t mean yours will
I stumbled upon your site when I first went natural and would find myself on it all day…lol. I would say CurlyNikki.com is the place to be. I tell every new natural I meet to bookmark this site…make it their homepage, because you will find everything you need to know.
What I learned and appreciate the most from your site is that while most of us don't know one another there is a strong desire to encourage, support, educate and uplift each other. If we can take that same desire for a stranger and incorporate that into every aspect of life, how much different the world would be.
Applause and thanks to all the beautiful natural women…positivity…yes!
I have learned so much from this site from hair care info to product suggestions to styling tips to healthy eating, living, thinking, and overall self acceptance. Its wonderful that there is such a wealth of information for those who are already natural, transitioning to natural, or even just considering going natural. There's something here for everyone!!
P.S. I absolutely love the personal accounts and stories.
CurlyNikki helped me to find my calling.
It's almost strange to think that something such as hair has made such a huge impact on my life. You taught me about Henna. Such a small topic has allowed me to discover that I have a love for Ayurveda. As a matter of fact, three new Ayurvedic books are sitting on top of my printer right now. *You should check out Ayurvedic Healing by Frena Gray-Davidson 😉
After researching Ayurveda, I discovered that I can become a Holistic Health expert. I am a Freshman Biology Pre-Medicine major, but I knew that my old goal of becoming a Dermatologist was just scratching the surface of what I'm really here to do. I began to discover my true, natural beauty by wearing the hair I was born with on a regular basis. However, now, I have discovered something much more profound. I now have a sense of direction for my life.
Thank you Nikki!!!
I love to watch and read about the different hair journeys that people go through. I love the encouragement from this website and the confidence that I have gained. I learn so much about what natural products work great on hair and I especially love learning about the science aspects of hair and the way it acts to various products. Curlynikki.com is just GREAT! I learn something new every day!
Omg Nikki Sooooo much…..you were the first blog that gave me hope to being natural!!! and now 3 years later im comfortable with myself because im comfortable with my hair…….I henna once if not 2ce a month and this week i have mastered the twist and curl!!!!!! Im working it!!!!
The most important thing I've learned is not to manipulate my hair as much as I used to. Also, your TnC and henna tutorials have helped out tremendously.
This site has been extremely helpful and encouraging. When I first went natural I was discouraged and wasn't confident about my tresses. I would constantly say "my hair texture isn't like yours – you have good hair" but I pressed it out and finally cut all of my relaxed hair off and decided to wear it in it's natural state. I've fallen IN LOVE with my hair. Your site has motivated me and has taught me to love my hair because it's ME…It's what God has blessed me with…people would say "why you want to wear you hair nappy, girl you need to comb your hair" and my feelings would be crushed but now I'm like "pssssh I look fly..I love my hair – it's ME". Just reading the articles and comments from people it's just great to see I'm not the only one that gets frustrated when something doesn't go right. Your site has given me another outlook & not just my hair but I can actually apply this to my everyday life *to never give up (motivation)*. Thanks for encouraging us to never give up and to be open to try new things.
Hey Nikki 🙂
I have learned SO much from this website, but what has most impacted me is your regimen. I have learned how to find the right products to properly care for my hair. If curlynikki.com existed 10 years ago when I was natural, I would never have relaxed my hair again. I love the wealth of information and support that all of the participants on this site have to offer! THANKS 🙂
There is no particular article that I can point to; rather, it is the site itself, a sort of combination of all of the articles, the comments, the purpose, the gist. I've learned that you are not your hair, sort of. And that you should only focus on your own hair and not lust after others', kind of. That bandwagons are too fast-moving and are often very full, until they're not. That you should believe some hypes – everyone IS going natural. 🙂 That we hold certain truths to be self-evident, and that one of those truths is that all curls, kinks, and coils, are beautiful. That having kinky hair is like a club where acronyms and abbreviations say so much and membership has its privileges. That youtube and hair forums breed humanity through something so simple as hair texture. And I have definitely learned that until we realize that we are in a truly special, envied position because of our kinky hair, we will continue to reinforce our own insecurities about our hair and continue to believe that separate can be equal.
I've learned EVERYTHING about natural hair through CurlyNikki.com! 🙂 When I made the decision to transition, I told a few of my friends that were already natural. One of them referred me to the site and from that day to this one, I have been an advocate for natural hair and have referred every Black women I know, whether relaxed or natural to this site, lol.
The main thing that clicked for me through reading others' stories, experiences, rants, raves, and struggles is that everyone's hair is different and THAT'S OKAY.
The fact that hair needs and thrives on moisture was also a big thing for me. When I was relaxed and rocking my blow-out or Doobie, the LAST thing I wanted was for my hair to get wet. Now, my thinking is totally opposite because this site helped me realize that water is my and my hair's best friend. (My hair's name is Sasha, by the way.)
Nikki, thanks so much for what you do. I also want to thank all the other curlies out there who have shared anything on this site because I learn just as much from the comments as from the posts.
The 1 thing I've taken away from CurlyNikki.com is that healthy begins from the inside not. It's not enough to just get good products to apply to your hair. You have to be good to your hair by drinking plenty of water, maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising among other healthy activities.In short, healthy hair means a healthy body. Thanks for that great piece of advice!
I've learned so much from your site, but the most significant thing would have to be to love myself rather than looking for validation from the world. I knew this already, but through your Self Concept Thursdays and Fierce Fridays, and all of the love and support that the ladies on this site dole upon each other, I have learned how important personal affirmations are…I feel tremendously blessed to be aware of such a positive site.
I have learned to accept my hair texture for what it is from curlynikki. I have been able to realize that not everyone has curly or fine hair. I have seen some beautiful women with hair like mine and it has inspired and encouraged me to keep going on this natural journey:-)
It would be impossible to choose just one thing that I've learned from this site because I've learned so much about my hair and myself. One of my favorite blogs, however, are the Self-Concept Thursdays. I sometimes struggle with feeling good enough, with feeling successful, with feeling beautiful and worth it. The articles are so uplifting, so encouraging, such a kick in the rear!
One I remember very often was by Leandra of "What My World's Like" when she was talking about how natural highs are possible but they require some work. It was an awesome post!!
I love your site Nikki. Thank you for all the work and dedication you put into it : )
The one thing that changed the game for me was all the information concerning Henna. And I thank you for that.
There are so many things I have learned from you since joining your site last year. The natural hair community is like a big family & visiting this site is like having a family reunioun everyday. This site is the go to place for all things natural! Most of all I appreciate the confidence & sense of pride that you and guest bloggers give to the natural hair community.
The interviews you do with sisters who have chopped or transitioned has been a HUGE help to me on this site. Listening to other sistes discuss their journey's helps put mines in perspective! Keep up the good work!
I have learned that natural hair takes patience. The right styles, techniques and products won't all come together overnight because it is all learned through trial and error. I've also learned that each head of hair is unique whether it is wavy, curly, coily, or kinky.As someone else stated above what works for one head won't always work for others.
I've learned that you really have to learn from experience what your hair likes and you can't just follow someone elses routine and get similar results.There is so much info on the web, products to try but you have to realize that you dont have to try everything. Transitioning to natural hair is a journey and that you should love your hair at whatever stage you are in. When I had a TWA I admired and wanted a BAA and now that I have it some days I miss the TWA.
I would have to say the information you provide on Henna is the topic that has immediately come to mind. I was interested in Henna a few years back when I was shopping in the local Whole Foods Store and saw some Henna treatments among the natural hair care products. But your site really gave me additional information on the benefits, type of henna to purchase, the cons of using it, how to mix it, and so much more.
A few weeks ago I did my first henna treatment and after that first time I am now hooked. So I really thank you for the great information you have provided on this topic.
I have learned that my struggle and challenges are universal and that if I pay attention and give it my best shot, I can do ANYthing! Peace
The most important lesson I learned is just to appreciate MY hair for what it is and what it isn't. When I started I would spend a lot of time looking at other women's hair hoping mine would look like that, but eventually after reading so many hair journey's I learned my hair is unique, it'll do what it'll do, and I'll love it as it is.
The most important lesson I've learned is that Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder. As long as you are confident and true to YOURSELF no one can say anything to hurt your. Love THY SELF. You are beautiful weather you are natural, relaxed, bald or anything in between. I'm glad I traveled this journey it continues to amaze me. I found YOU Nikki and this forum and some wonderful ladies in the process.
Curlynikki.com has helped me transform my life. My natural journey happened later in my life because I thought that everyone would think I was ugly. The first natural diva that I saw was curly nikki and I fell in love with her hair. I loved her confidence and the fact that her husband liked her natural too. To be honest the male response to natural hair is important to a newby. The idea that natural can be sexy and beautiful is the most important thing I took from the site. Thank you Nik your loved by all your curlies!
One, of many, things I've learned and taken from this site is to value and embrace your hair. Whether it is a "good-hair day" or a bad one, we should find a reason to *smile* each and everyday when it comes to loving who we are. Taking pride in your hair regardless of texture is a must. You just have to find what works for you and never be afraid to change it up a bit. Thanks for sharing all of this awesome knowledge with us Nikki!
I'd say I've taken away that it's important to not be afraid to try new things. Just because you've heard something hasn't worked for one curly, doesn't mean it won't work for you.
I would have to say the one thing I have learned from this site is that no two heads are alike. Love the hair that you have and make it work. YOu have to learn how to create a regimen and products that work for your hair. I am currently in transition and this site has been a blessing.
hello, the best thing i've learned from curly nikki is her signature hairstyle. i get alot of compliments every time i do it. it's very feminine and cute.
Hello-most interesting thing is about Henna and I am looking forward to trying it. at 40+ covering gray is about to become a necessity. Love the product knowledge you share and the recipes. Thanks BTW been natural 8yrs.
Hey Nikki! I think the most important thing that I've learned from your site has been to embrace my own napps. Granted we are all kinky, curly, coily girls…but we are all still different…and what works for one may not work for another. This lesson is one that a lot of us natural hair gals have to learn the hard way. But your site helps us to see that natural hair comes in so many different varieties and that you should just embrace your own naps and enjoy this journey!
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The one thing among many that STAND OUT about this PHENOMENAL website, is that,it's MORE than JUST a Natural Hair site!:)It's a community,a place like no other, where Naturals from all walks of life, and all over the Globe, can come together and collaborate in unison on all things Natural! Like Cedric The Entertainer said in the movie the Barber Shop…"It's like our own Country Club" Where black people can come together and be themselves! lol (All kinds of Naturals in our case).
To add, Nikki, you have not only provided us with a SPACE to feel comfortable, you have gone beyond and giving us advice…tips, tutorials, Self Concept Thursdays( which i look forward to, and even save), and Fiers Friday's, and a whole host of other things.
The one article that stood out to me was an article on Iranians with Afro's…I thought that was so unique to see Natural beauties women and men alike Sporting their CURLIES on the other side of he world!:)
Lastly, and most appreciated is the fact that you TRUSTED us enough to let us into your persoal life! We have met Mom, Dad,Grandaddy,Your Hubby, Auntie, and most PRECIOUS OF ALL…THAT LITTLE ANGEL OF YOUR'S…BABY GIA!SO CUTE…I want to pinch her cheeks just thinking about her. Seriously Nik your like family girl, and we LOVE YOU!…To the HARDEST working women in business…U ROCK!!!;)
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I have learned soo much as a trasitioning natural from your site, but one thing I can say I took away was learning and sticking to a regimen fit for my hair. I read about how soo many stuggle with the two textures but I believe because I have a regimen and I'm pretty gentle it hasn't been that tough for me.
One of the many things I have learned from curlynikki.com is the importance of moisturizing my ends and SEALING them daily. Another biggie is HENNA! I love the results, even if the process can be a bit long. Thanks Nik!
The amonut of information that I have learned from viewing your blog is countless. I struggled with the idea of "going natural" since 2003 it wasn't until 2008 FIVE YEARS later when I made the decision to do the dang thing and cut it all off. At that time I had NO IDEA what I was getting myself into all I knew is that I did not want to be a prisoner of my relaxer anymore.
On a mission to figure this natural thing out I came across your blog. For the past three years your blog has been my primary source of gaining knowledge of taking care of my natural hair. With all the many tools, tips and stories that are posted on the blog the best or the most prominent knowledge that I have taken away from your blog is that we as women should be confident and comfortable with ourselves regardless of hair type or style. As black women we tend to fall victim of the good hair ideal but your blog not only educates but celebrates our textures. The open dialogue and stories allow women to look beyond those negatives and be strong within ourselves so we can get past the negative and really embrace our natural God given tresses.
Thank you for helping me embrace my "NATURAL". I have learned how to take care of my hair and love the way it looks, but regardless of the good hair days or the bad ones, I can always be a glowing confident woman.
I've learned so, so, many things from this site! From henna to style inspirations to healthy habits, it keeps me coming back on a daily basis!!! But one key piece that's helped me retain the most length (which is my personal goal) is moisture, moisture, drench my locks in moisture!
Sectioning, detangling on dry hair, and WASHING IN TWISTS!!! These techniques are God sent and have made my wash sessions much easier! Thanks!!!
I've learned that the amount of intelligent, confident, beautiful & admirable Black women in this world is not scarce as the media would have you to believe — just look at these natural hair blogs! The natural hair blogs are flooded with us! The confidence these women show every day by big-chopping & living in all of their natural glory inspires me! Keep posting Nikki & ladies, keep striving – if no one ever tells you EVER again, I've told you TODAY that you're BEAUTIFUL!
I have been natural since Dec '07 and since stumbling across this site (via another natural site), I have learned lots! The two most striking points are that 1) what works for one natural, regardless of similarity of hair "type", do not work for all naturals. Case in point, HH causes my hair to become very matted and dry, while I so LOVE Henna and my hair loves it too! 2) As your hair grows out from the TWA stage to shoulder length to BSL, your methods of managing your hair changes. When you expect the change and are open to suggestions, the transition isn't very difficult.
Thanks so much for your hard work and dedication to maintaining this site, Nikki!
I have learned how to style my hair. I have never worried about what others thought. At times, I have been frustrated about styling my hair. I now have my own signature style. Thanks!
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I can't begin to pick one thing I have learned from your site. I must say what I love the most is the self concepts. So much needed and wanted information for myself and to share with my girls. I love being a natural black woman and I pray more sisters will embrace the beauty that is uniquely ours!
I think that I have learned quite a bit from the various articles and topics of discussion. I think to try and sum it all up I've learned to listen to my hair, understand the types of products that I purchase and that what may work wonders for one person may not work for me.
I have also learned just from other people's comments that I need to be happy with the hair that I have on MY head, and that I need to do me.
Sorry, I meant that I am STRIVING to achieve that CONGRUENCY in my life! (darn auto-correct)
SELF-CONCEPT THURSDAYS without a doubt. They are always on time and on target with me. Everything from how I'm handling my hair, my life, my relationships, my work… the articles cover it all. I get fresh perspective and new resolve to live my best life. One in particular was about making sure that you don't live a contradictory life; that you make a conscious effort to match your actions with your intentions – it was short, sweet and powerful…and I am starving to achieve that confluence in my life. It's great that this blog/website isn't always about hair, it's focused on the total person. And of course I love all the Glam Hair Idols!
I have learned to be patient! It takes time to get a regimen that works for my hair, to get the length I would like my hair to be, and also comfort that other people feel my pain! This website helps me in every way possible and gives me the strength to stay positive and not be a slave to the "creamy crack"
The one thing I have learned from the CurlyNikki site is to explore. Explore hair styles and experiment with products. Not to be afraid of my natural beauty, and to accept myself as I am. It's funny the very thing I taught my daughter is the one thing that I had to relearn myself. Thanks CurlyNikki and see all my natural sistahs in Atlanta.
What I have come away with is a sense of pride about ones hair that is found on this site. Pride as well as encouragement and uplifting comments especially after a photo feature (on a non-celebrity) has been done. I love the fact that sisters leave wonderful positive comments. I know from my own hair journey that this is a process, so when I see someone else going through it and what wonderful results they receive in the comments section, its uplifting to keep on keeping on. Every women is beautiful, but that one (or three positive ) comments may just be what she needed to read 'hear' that day. I love the overall Positivity of the site, is basically what I am trying to say!!!!!!!
Curly Nikki has become my second addiction next to FB but I enjoy the wealth of knowledge from the ladies on here in regards to product reviews, different hair styles and tutorials.
That my hair is beautiful no matter what texture it is and that taking care of myself is a part of taking care of my hair.
I check in on this blog everyday; I don't wanna miss a thing. The post that influenced me the most was the post that provided a list of different proteins. I am very sensitive to proteins, and when I figured that out, I wanted a list of them so I could identify them on product labels. Of course, I found it here. Thanks!
I have benefited from this Curly Nikki community in so many ways. It's a constant reminder that I am not alone, and there are so many others with stories like me. I think one thing that has MOST benefited me is the SO FINE chronicles, let's just say it kept me just that much more educated about my hair. Making that much more easier to learn my hair and what it likes and what I like to call it: it's "unique personality". This website in general is like my daily news, I visit it several times daily. 🙂
The most important thing that I have learned from this site is that what I put IN my body affects my hair as much as what I put ON it! I have taken more interest in being healthy from the inside out & I definitely owe it to visiting this site. When people ask me for hair/skin tips, I always recommend that they check out this site. Thank you, Nikki!
The self-concept Thursday posts have influenced me the most. While I enjoy reading about hair, looking at the pictures to get ideas about new styles to try, none of this would be possible if I hadn't began to read the self-concept posts. My hair was relaxed when I was about six or seven years old, if not earlier. I only knew how to work with relaxed hair. At the age of 35 I began the process of transitioning, but continued to press my hair because I was still not comfortable or confident with my hair "not being straight." Thanks to the self-concept posts I was able to gain the strength to even begin to try to experiment with styling and wearing my hair naturally. Here I am three years later, knowing that I WILL NEVER go back to relaxing my hair. It has been nearly two years since I've pressed it:) Thank you for keeping us inspired!
I have learned many things from Curlynikki.com but the most important thing that I learned was to accept my hair for whatever texture was growing out of my scalp. I transitioned from January 2010 to almost December 2010. I big chopped right around Thanksgiving. Throughout that time, I was able to see pics of naturals with many different textures with many beautiful styles that worked for their particular texture. I began to transition my mind because I did not want to be disappointed with my texture and then go back to relaxing my hair. i knew that it would be thick and kinky but didn't know the level of kinkyness because it was hard to tell with the 6 inches of relaxed hair that I had left. Since I was relaxed since the age of 6, I couldn't remember what my hair was like. Being originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, all of my childhood pics were lost in Hurricane Katrina, and my mother is deceased so I could not ask her what my hair was like. Anyhow, I have been natural now for 4 months and I love my hair. It is 4b, thick as all get-out, and kinky as heck, but it is the healthiest it has ever been. Thanks to Curlynikki.com, I accepted it long before I saw it and will never relax again.
I have learned that all of our curls, coils, kinks, truly are unique! I love the fact that this site really does make it so that all of us, regardless of race can share and feel like one big natural hair family. Thanks for all that you do Nikki!
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I have learned that if you wet your hair you need to condition your hair. As a newbie, I would also get so frustrated when my hair would dry and be so stiff and lifeless. Then I learned through the many posts and conversations in the forrums that conditioning is a MUST for natural hair. Thanks for making my transition and natural journey that much easier. I recommend you website to every natural that I meet.
Guidance. This site has guided me on taking care of my curls, my body, and my life. No matter what new style I'm attempting, what product I'm researching, or if I'm just having one of those moments where I'm reconsidering the "creamy crack", Curly Nikki has always been there to guide. I am perhaps a CN Stalker-everyday, I look forward to reading your posts and check the site religiously 🙂 Thank you so much for taking time out of your day, to guide so many. It is appreciated!!
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The one thing I've taken from your site is self love. I found CurlyNikki.com and was amazed to see all the hair care articles and product reviews. I felt after seeing this, I could really take care of my natural hair and keep it healthy. Then one day a I read your Hair Story…"if you're not feeling your hair, you're not feeling yourself." I don't think it really resonated with me until I Big Chopped. I went from below bra hook hair to 3 inch kinky curls. I looked in the mirror at myself and was like "I get it." I've never really had low self-esteem in my adult life, but seeing my hair, my face, my eyes…something just kind of bursted within me! It was me and I loooved it! I've only been completely natural for about 3 weeks and I feel like my hair's been like this all my life! I'm definitely loving my hair and loving myself!
Oooo…fun! The biggest thing I've taken away from this site is the twist-n-curl. It doesn't take me hours to do my hair and tedious time to make sure every part is straight. I can twist it in 20-30 minutes 🙂
One thing that I've taken away from CurlyNikki.com is to LOVE yourself no matter what! Whether you have straight, curly, kinky hair, are black, white, red, or have any "imperfections", you are you and that's more than enough to take pride in. I vividly remember a fairly recent post by Kim Coles giving an update on her natural hair journey. It touched me so deeply as I read her bearing herself to the CN readers, allowing herself to be vulnerable to US, explaining how she sometimes has self esteem issues for different reasons (and I'm paraphrashing) but she'd committed to love herself each day!
That first of all set a great example for all of us and reiterated just how much we CAN and SHOULD love ourselves without fail! Whether we're having a great or bad day, a fabulous or wah-wah hair day, or living with an imperfection. Commitment to loving you just as you ARE is a gift that we should all give ourselves everyday!
Thank you so much for the tutorials and the real conversation and lessons on so many topics that you bring to us all daily! They all aide in encouraging this very sentiment of viewing oneself as TRULY BEAUTIFUL! Thanks – Jazz
Curlynikki was the first website I visited when I decided to transition to natural on January 6, 2010. Fourteen months later, I am still a frequent visitor and supporter of your informative website. I value the rich knowledge I receive about hair products, hair styles, interviews, transition stories, mini-discussions, etc. Nikki, I have obtained so much awareness about how to properly moisturize, shampoo, DC, and pre-poo my hair. However, I most enjoy your personal journey and reading your posts about you and your family. I will continue to visit your website everyday to stay abreast of natural hair care and most importantly, life lessons.
The one thing that I've gotten from CurlyNikki.com is that owning your natural hair is not just a fad. Although It only been one year for me deciding to rid myself of the relaxers, it was nice to come to a place and see people just like me that wanted a change. People who want to be different but also care about how they go about doing it. Having my natural hair shine through means a lifestyle change to me and many others that i connect with on this website. Nikki's down to earth personality and honesty to help others out in this world that are in need is remarkable and commendable! I want to personally thank Nikki for the support in my hair journey because with her help I feel its okay when my hair didn't turn out right, if I totally mess up a style, If i use too much of a expensive products for it not to work. Its all okay! SN: I really hope I WIN!
One thing I have taken away is hard to come up with because the site serves as a huge inspiration for me on many levels. I will say I have walked away with knowledge. While being relaxed, I trusted my stylist (who does a great job) with my hair every week. I took her advice and followed her guide. As a natural (since Nov 09) I am taking my own lead. I control my look and the concept of beauty I allow myself and others to take from me. I research often on new styles, products, and tips, and your site is instrumental in that. I have a new found love for me. I thank sites like this for that because they world says NO but curlynikki.com says Yes Yes. Yes you still have the same face and style, it’s almost like some women think natural hair takes from that. Yes you can be just as fly and yes you can walk with your head high full of curly, kinky, two toned natural hair. Thank you for making the journey easier.
Tawni – Atlanta
Hey Nikki…I think we can all say that there is a wealth of knowledge on your site, but the 1 think I've learned is to embrace my hair. I am a mature natural, and I had were a lot of concerns after my big chop about that were issues for me. I thought that certain styles were not age appropriate or that I wouldn't fit in the natural community. However, I've learned how to embrace my natural hair texture and not try to fit into what I think my hair should be like because I'm not in my 20's, 30's or even early 40's. I love how through the ladies on this site I've embraced any style, products (too many if you ask me) as well as embarking out and starting a blog to share with others what I've learned and still learning through CurlyNikki. Thanks for a wonderful forum to learn, bond and embrace this journey of discover and self-empowerment! KinkyNappyHappy
Hey Nikki, Like many other women I've learned a butt load of info on this site. I first saw you on The Tyra Banks show and checked out your site and its apart of my "daily tea":-). Most importantly I've learned that NOT all styles and products work on my hair. I'm still in the midst of finding that perfect product for my hair. And I've tried just about EVERYTHING. Anywho coming to this site, gives me daily inspiration. Because in this natural hair journey I sometimes want to revert back to a relaxer. *ducks and hiding my eyes*. Sad, but true…and honest. So hearing you and the ladies on this site chime in about their natural hair gives me an extra boost.
Curly Nikki has been my guiding light ever since I hastily chopped off my hair because of a bad kinky twist removal (September 2010). I stumbled upon this sight and after reading one article, I immediately scoured the rest the site. I went through page after page going backwards until I got to the introductory page about CurlyNikki herself!! While I've taken MANY, MANY things from this site, including Product Junkie-itis the BIGGEST thing was learning that other people were in the struggle like me. When and how often do I moisturize, should I press my hair, what the heck does polybutylyaddyyaddyya mean…so many questions and yet, so many answers! Not just from CurlyNikki but from people just like me! Henna is my buddy now (definitely didn't know it was a conditioner before CN) and essential oils are a mainstay! Most of all, the support and no holds barred convos about natural hair are what I with me everyday.
Hi Nikki and Natural Sistas,
I have learned so much from your site!! You are truly God sent..One thing that stands out the most is the Education on Herbal Hair Rinses. I have been able to rinse my hair with so many herbs that has allow my TWA grow out so much. I have been doing the Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse, Catnip, Chamomile, Lavender, Rosemary, Horsetail, etc…just to name a few. I can tell the difference in my hair. I had a bad hair experience some years back and with the help of the herbal rinses, I have been able to maintain a healthier head of hair! Nikki your website has truly been a blessing to me. Wish I could list them all. That article of information that was shared on Herbal Hair Rinses saved my hair..THANKS NIKKI, YOU ARE THE BEST!!
The Natural Photographer,
CURLYNIKKI.COM HAS BECOME MY #1 WEBSITE THAT I VISIT SINCE I HAVE BECOME A HARDCORE NATURAL. THIS WEBSITE HAS TAUGHT HOW TO HAVE PATIENCE AND KNOW THAT MY HAIR, IS ONLY MY HAIR. I CAN SEE WHAT I WANT MY HAIR TO BE, BUT IN THE END IT WILL ONLY BE WHAT IT IS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR KEEPING THE WEBSITE UPDATED AND FULL OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE NATURAL WORLD, BECAUSE I WAS DEFINATELY A LOST SOUL….SMOOCHES
I think the most substantial lesson for me was the importance of proper moisture. When I started moisturizing and then sealing I saw an INSTANT change in how my hair looked and felt. I have said it before but it warrants repeating…my natural journey has been a joy because of the supportive and informative enviorment you created! THANKS a bunch! Awesome contest by the way!!
I've learned so much from this Curlynikki.com, but the one thing that I really took away from the site was realizing when I was ready to finally let go of my relaxed ends after transitioning. All the inspirational stories of every single beautiful natural woman on the site helped to strengthen my resolve.
Hi ya! I learn so many tidbits on natural hair care that has helped me through my transitional journey like henna, natural oils, how to's on styling and other helpful hints shared via fellow bloggers featured here.
I have learned so much from curlynikki. One of the things I have learned is how to properly take care of my hair. For me this means making sure my hair is properly moisturized and treated delicately each time I put my hands in my hair. I love all of the stories i.e. big chop, transitions, and celebrity interviews etc but I especially love the hair idols. Seeing the hair idols keeps me inspired to stay on this natural journey. I would love to soon try henna. My girlfriend who is also natural tried it recently and she says it’s the bomb! lol
The one thing that curlynikki.com has taught me is how to properly care for my unique hair. Growing up I always felt like the ugly duckling in the family because of my hair texture…This site has taught me that my hair was and is beautiful and all it needs is a little tlc. Thanks Nik 🙂
I've learned that I am just as, if not more, beautiful with my natural hair as I was with straight hair flowing down my back. I've learned how to rock my God given gift with confidence and fierceness! I've learned how to smile in the face of people who says my hair looks "unkept" or asks "what did you do!?". I've learned to love me more for who I naturally am…and seeing other examples on CurlyNikki lets me know that I'm not alone!
I can honestly say that just having this community where I can learn and grow as a natural is how this site has helped me. Since I am in an area where natural hair is still seen as a widely negative, having a place where I can gain confidence to be fierce in my naturalism is helpful. I have learned how to properly take care of my natural hair this time around (second attempt at being natural). I have seen great product reviews (the positive and negative ones) and have gained insight into what it means to be natural. I tell everybody I know about this site. Its so awesome.
CurlyNikki.com has taught me to accept my hair for what it is. I can use the same products and techniques as the next person but my hair may come out completely different… and that's OK. My hair is unique and so am I. I have to have patience and not be afraid to experiment. Trial by error has been a great teacher!
The most important thing that I have learned is patience. That is an extremely difficult thing for me to do but I am a work in progress. I have to use patience to understand why my hair does not look like someone else's or why I just can't achieve the same hairstyle as others.
Thank you for you spirit and the vision to allow us all to discuss and appreciate each other. Not just an appreciation of our hair but our sisterhood.
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I learned everything lol! What I mean by that is I learned how to properly take care of my hair. Tips and techniques. Definitely what products to choose and what might best work for others might not work for me. How to be confident with my TWA. And also to know that I have others who share in my journey as well. I'm glad for this website. Without it, i probably would have been back on the creamy crack
I would have to also say….HENNA & Ayurvedic herbs. I would have never thought to use them for a return of improved hair texture and condition.
I was very impressed with the article about, "I'm a Henna Head" so informing, which lead me to do more research and go the that website " mehandi". I also found the pictorial very helpful, because sometimes reading "how to" is not as helpful as actually seeing in action.
Best Piece of advise that has helped me was to consider when looking at all the article and advisers, you still are working in your own head. Study your own hair and its responses to products that "everyone is using".
The story that most influenced me was a recent article on Natural Glam: Shelli G. I admired how she began and with hard work and dedication she accomplished a beautiful head of hair. I also admired her craftiness of making hair jewerly instead of purchasing…like me!
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I have learned so much from your blog it's hard to pick one thing that I've learned. But I would say that I have learned patience and gentleness with my hair. I think these are two keys to healthy hair and they have been working wonders for me
All my life i was a natural, but my hair was dry brittle and crunchy. The twist and curl gave me and outlet to wear my hair free and curly while it stays moist n supple to the touch. Just recently i have been dwelling on the thought of using henna for my hair, as ive come to realize i may be a protein-sensitive curly. thank you for blogging and being a a huge inspiration for naturals every where. What Ive learned is that knowledge is key for growth, whether its with yourself or your hair.
Nik, Your Hair Journey has influenced me the MOST from anyones on your site..I randomly was looking up Natural hair on "Google" and saw this interesting name "CurlyNikki" and quickly linked into your site I was Amazed to see story's of other women who were going natural and who already were..Then I click on "About Me" and feel in love with your story on going relaxed to natural and now I check your site every single day to inspire me more to STAY natural and embrace it ! I did the BC when I was 17 and now Im 18 I also have a youtube channel: Purpleeye92
It's funny that you say name "one thing" that we Naturals have taken away from your site when there are so many!lol I'm going with 2…I appreciate the "love" and "support" that one can recieve when they visit your site! I truely feel like this is a place made especially for us. we don't have many places where we can comfortably be and discuss issue's concerning our unique naturalness! I love you for this Nikki…please keep doing what you do best! Providing the best in natural hair advice…tips…tutorial…Interviews…etc. Your the Business Gurl! 🙂
The one thing I learned is to be proud of my napps. I don't have to hide behind some expensive weave or super relaxed hair. I can be me. My hair doesn't define me, I define me.
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The one thing I learned is to be proud of my napps. I don't have to hide behind some expensive weave or super relaxed hair. I can be me. My hair doesn't define me, I define me.
Hi Nikki! I have learned so much from this website, one of the most important lessons I have learned is self love. So many African American women have been conditioned to think that we are not good enough! We have been conditioned to think that our hair needs to be "fixed" or tamed from a young age and so begans the painful process of relaxers, hair falling out, weaves, and the longing for straight flowing hair. When I began this journey of going natural it was if a light bulb went off in my head, I could really look into the mirror for the first time and see who I was as a young woman and it was a beautiful thing. The funny thing is when you feel good about yourself other people notice too, and see the beauty that you possess. Sometimes when I am out and about women approach me and say your hair is so beautiful, I could never go natural though because my hair isn't "good" like yours, and I feel sad for them and relieved for myself because I know that I was once saying those same sad, defeating comments about my own hair. One thing I have learned is that you cannot argue with someone about their hair, it is a personal journey that each woman must discover for herself. Thank you so much for providing this site and giving a place where so many woman can share their stories of self discovery!
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I learned that a lot of people are just like me. We are all trying to figure out the best method and products to use to take care of our so it can be restored or thrive beyond our wildest expectations.
Hope this does'nt sound weird…but the 1 thing that i get comfort from is reading about others struggles. When i've just had it with a certain situation or stage with my hair, I can almost always find an article about someone going through or have gone through the same issue. It does let me know that i'm not alone and whatever it is, there is a solution and i'll get over it.
I have learnt a whole lot from your site but the one thing I will pin point is HENNA … when I wondered about it and wanted to learn more so I could use it on my hair, your site was my first resource for information and instructions on how to mix, apply, washout and deep condition after application .. this applies to both straight up application and the henna gloss.