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Fall 2011 Natural Hair Regimen and Products

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Fall 2011 Natural Hair Regimen and Products
My fall routine is pretty much identical to the summer one. Only I’m retiring the magnetic rollers ’cause I ain’t got the patience, the blow fryer ’cause my ends ain’t got the strength, and the tools ’cause I ain’t got the bulk to lose. The theme for this season… Functional Protection. Mainly because of time, but also because occasionally you just need a break from your hair. I’m there… we need some time apart!

Here’s a quick look at my Fall regimen–

  • Wash once or twice a month
  • Curlformers to stretch
  • No combs or brushes… fingers only… for everything
  • Rock twists 99% of the time
  • Henna once a month (at least)
  • Oil every day
  • Moisturize every 3 days
  • Protective styling
  • Satin bonnet scarf, every night, no exceptions

For those that want the nitty gritty–

Every 2-4 weeks, I remove my twists, and-

  • Apply a deep conditioner and/or oil to my dry hair, apply a plastic cap and heat cap for 15 mins.
  • Hop in the shower and rinse.
  • Thoroughly saturate hair with water and divide into two (left and right).
  • Cleanse hair with shampoo– one side at a time. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Apply a slippery conditioner, usually Aussie Moist, to both sides in a smooshing motion.
  • Pass my head back under the water stream for a second, for better distribution and added slip.
  • Clip the hair up and out of the way to complete shower rituals.
  • Take down the right side and finger detangle a bit — detangling the rest under the water stream with fingers only. 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! *Since my hair was previously detangled and in twists, this step takes no where near as long as it used to!*
  • Hop out of the shower and allow hair to dry for 15-30 minutes… blot excess moisture. Apply Lacio Lacio leave-in and oil.
  • Stretch the hair with Curlformers.
  • Allow to set overnight until dry.
  • Remove the rollers and finger comb through the curls with oil. Wear hair in two big flat twists, or one high bantu knot, or a bun, or, most often, chunky twists.
  • For chunky twists, 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. Finger detangle with a little oil to smooth and twist. After the twists are complete, I apply Qhemet’s Cocoa Ghee or the Lacio Lacio to the length of each twist, focusing on the ends. I don’t use much… just enough to lightly dampen and moisturize. This also helps the twists to set.
  • Once all the twists are complete and slightly damp (from the moisturizer), I tie on a satin scarf, leaving the twists dangling, but the crown secure to control the frizzies. I then tie on my satin bonnet scarf. This is how I sleep.
  • I leave my hair in twists 99% of the time, rocking them under hats, or pulled back. Nothing fancy.

twists are moisturized, oiled and pinned up
Fall 2011 Natural Hair Regimen and Products
tucked away for safe keeping under my satin bonnet scarf
Fall 2011 Natural Hair Regimen and Products
Made less frumpy with a slouchy beanieFall 2011 Natural Hair Regimen and Products

Fall 2011 Natural Hair Regimen and Products
To maintain the twists-

  • Re-moisturize at least twice a week, re-twisting frizzy twists whenever necessary.
  • Oil EVERY.SINGLE. DAY. It keeps my hair soft and pliable. I usually do this at night before going to bed.
  • Heated moisture/oil treatment at least once a week

For when I wanna get ‘cute’ (once a week)-

  • Add moisturizer to the ends, and roll the last few inches of each twist on a skinny flexi rod. Or pin curl the end with a bobby pin.
  • Allow to fully dry.
  • Remove the rollers, and release the twists.
  • Fluff and go!
  • Later that evening or the next day, I re-twist using the steps above.

PRODUCTS:

Shampoos-
-KeraCare Natural Textures Cleansing Cream
-Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

Deep Conditioners-
-Jessicurl TooShea
-Curl Junkie Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment

Detangling Conditioner-
Aussie Moist

Leave-in-
Lacio Lacio

Moisturizer-

Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee

Oils-

Treasured Lock’s African Argan Oil Elixir
-Castor and Moringa Softening Serum

Tools/Accessories-
CurlFormers

Hair Therapy Wrap
Slouchy Beanie
Satin Bonnet Scarf

Henna-
Mehandi.com


*NOTES:

-I believe this routine works for me because (1) I only work out 2-3 times a week, and (2) I don’t have a true 9-5… my chunky (and in my case, scalpy, lol) twists are worn around town, in the house, and to my appointments with clients. If I had to be ‘in public’ more, I’d feel the need to change up my look and professionalize it a bit.

– I’ve learned that applying the wet product to my loose, dry hair, can sometimes cause tangles and matting, but applying it to the twists prevents the drama. Thus, I often apply the moisturizer AFTER I twist.

-If you noticed, I apply my leave-in to damp (not wet) hair that has been gently blotted. This prevents the excess water from diluting the effects of the conditioner/moisturizer.

-I’ve reincorporated henna and apply it to my dirty, dry hair prior to my bi-monthly washing.

-If you’re a stretcher, get some CurlFormers. It’s the most effective method I’ve used to date.


What does your fall routine look like?

56 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Your Curl Junkie Rehab link is broken, Nikki! Here's the new one: http://www.curlmart.com/product/curl-junkie-curl-rehab-moisturizing-hair-treatment/

    Brandie R.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am trying to find the Threadmill's hats. Is there a website? Thanks.

  • Syd says:

    Nikki, I just have to tell you that I LOVE LACIO LACIO!!!!! You recommended in another post and basically said buy a bottle and thank you later. . well. . THANK YOU. I purchased a bottle off Amazon and it works amazingly. My hair is super soft after using it. I'm going to stock up because I've been looking for a good leave in. (My reserve of Thermasilk spray leave-in detangler is almost up). Thanks again!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki – first of all, love your hair and love your blog. I've been successfully natural for 10+ years and am always looking for new methods to try. That said, I've spent considerable time reviewing your regimen and the methods of others who've posted on your site in an attempt to find something that will work for my 4b/4c hair. A few thoughts/questions for you:

    1. I've tried oils, and sealing with shea butter, etc, but find my hair to be super-greasy afterward. When I oil, I do so in moderation, but the result always ends up the same. Hair appears/looks great and shiny, but I end up as the posterchild for SoulGlo whenever my hair come in contact with my pillow case, my hands, or bumps against someone on the train, etc. I've experimented with oiling up during different phases of my regimen to no avail, and oiling up pre-poo doesn't make much difference for me. Do you find this excessive oiliness to be the case for you and if so, how do you combat this considering the amount of oils & butters you use daily? It could simply be the case that my hair doesn't like oils & butters, but am interested to hear your thoughts.

    2. Looks like your regimen is actually a 2-3 day process, which is totally cool if it works for you. As a busy mom/therapist/hair guru/etc, how have you modified your regimen down to one day (or a few hours) when you're short on time? While I enjoy my hair, I've found that I don't have 2 days to spend on it – nor do I want to spend 2 days at a time on it – so am curious to hear your feedback on this as well.

    Thanks and keep doing what you do!

  • Nicole S. says:

    Dear Nikki,

    I noticed that you use the deep condition on dry hair method, as opposed to after cleansing (as my mother has taught me since a little girl)? Is there any specific reason you do it that way? I am currently using AOHR Moisturizing Conditioner for my Deep Conditioner, and I noticed the directions also call for using on dry hair, so I'm wondering if I should change up my routines?

    Thanks girl! Absolutely LOVE the blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AListeningEar says:

    Your hair is gorgeous! I really want to adopt this style or a form of it for the winter. Would you share what the front of your hair looks like without the hat (it's super cute but I can't wear them to the office). Thanks soooo much! I really think this is a regimen that I can do long term.

  • Anonymous says:

    Ladies, are any of you finding that the Curlformers are difficult to use while transitioning? I have armpit length hair and I'm 13 months into my transition to natural. I have a much more difficult time getting those Curlformers in than regular, hard rollers, which is a bit surprising. At this point, stretching is a must.

    By the way, I just tried Lasio Lasio and it is awesome. Anything that minimizes my frustration is a Godsend.

  • knapsis says:

    I have learned so much about caring for my natural hair thru your website. But I don't know what you (and others)mean when you say "stretch". Do you mean "straighten"? Also where can I purchase the cut crocheted hat?

  • mangomadness says:

    Weekly:
    -Finger-detangle stretched, sectioned (10 parts), spritzed & oiled hair ; two-strand twist each section
    -Shampoo & ACV rinse (w/ two-strand twists in)
    -Squeeze water out of hair w/ a black t-shirt, moisturize & braid (16-18 braids)
    -Air-dry overnight, un-braid & style

    Nighlty:
    -If wearing a braid out, re-braid and cover w/ satin bonnet.
    -If wearing a bun, cover with satin scarf.

    Styles: Braid Outs, Braid Out Buns (sock buns, cinnabuns and banana clip buns)

    Products: water/aloe vera gel/veggie glycerin spritz, coconut oil, Shea Moisture's Moisture Retention Shampoo, water/ACV/honey mix, Shea Moisture's Deep Treatment Masque (as leave-in conditioney only), flaxseed gel (for buns)

    Hair Info: super coily and highly textured; 1 inch past collarbone length (approx. 11 inches in longest part)

  • Blessed says:

    Great regimen and very well explained.:>
    I really do love this site its like a family for all curlies yay!
    My routine is pretty simple:

    Co-washing,KimmayTUBE leave-in,Airdry in braids and keep 'em till the weekend when i rock a braidncurl.
    Rite now i am rocking box baids on my own hair and loving it,plus i did them myself too. Moisture wise my hair is happy so i just use EVOO to keep the itches and frizzes at bay.To refresh my braids i mist them with water and re-apply EVOO. My hair is very happy when i leave it alone and keep it simple.

  • Eby says:

    Thanks for the hair update! You've got such gorgeous skin and complexion too.

  • hairscapades says:

    Alimom, I suggested that Dottie make hats for kids too! I showed one to my sister and asked her if she would buy something like it in Rutgers colors (it's my sister and bro-in-laws alma mater. My bro was a Rutgers football player and they go to games often), and she said she would for sure buy one for my niece. So, I'm trying to see if Dottie will make a lined one for her:)!

    Shelli

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm leaning toward the fingers only detangling. I had twists in for a month. When I took them down to detangle they had more product buildup than usual for me. I had a detangling session with hair that had been in fairly large twist not long before I put the small twists in. In the earlier detangling session, I felt that I lost more hair than I should have even though I used a wide tooth comb. So this time I decided to use finger detangling. I added some olive oil and separated the clumped hairs with my fingers. After detangling a section that was a little larger than a medium twist, I'd twist that section and move on. It took a long time but I was amazed at how little hair I lost by finger detangling. I don't usually get so much build up with my twist. But, I was really pleased with the small amount of hair loss. I plan to use finger detangling regularly.

    My hair care routine is as follows:
    1-2 times per month wash session consisting of prepoo (oils and sometimes added conditioner),shampoo or cowashing (depending on how dirty my hair is) then, deep conditioning.

    Daily — Moisturize and seal; always sleep in satin bonnet or scarf.

    My routine doesn't change much with the seasons. Also, I rarely wash loose hair. I even do henna in braids. I may take it aloose one braid at a time to try to get out as much of the henna grit as possible. Usually, there is some grit left behind. I'm hoping to try one of the mehandi brands. Until I find a henna with less grit, I just deal with it because it rarely comes out completely during the wash session in which it is applied. I protective style 98% of the time. My life is too hectic for frequent styling sessions. However, if I do a protective style that I hate (like today for example), I will change it. I try to live with a style for at least a week. The infrequent styling sessions also means I can forget about the grit for a while. LOL

  • luvmylocs says:

    hey curlynikki, thanks for sharing. at one point you used and liked the ouidad double detangler. does it not work for you now or do you just feel like you don't need it? you mention using your finger. are you finger combing? just curious because your hair seems very smooth so trying to better understand your finger combing technique.

  • Anonymous says:

    CURLYNIKKI said…
    @anon, you don't have to change a lot… just focus on moisture and protection

    ah ok! What are some protective style options for twa? All I can think of is wigs, weaves, braids and beanies!

  • Anonymous says:

    I've pretty much adopted twists as my staple. Mine are mini-twists I have professionally done in a bob style once a month. I use an herbal cleanser on my scalp & twists, as well as Oyin's Juices and Berries for moisture and Jane Carter's Nourish and Shine to seal the ends. I take them down 2-3 weeks later and rock the curly. I usually have to do chunky twists twice during this week. The last week,I'm in a pony puff until the next appointment (like right now lol). I just can't be bothered anymore. Too time consuming. My hair is about bra strap length, thick, dense and coarse…3c/4a. I love the freedom my twists provide.

  • Carla says:

    Daily:
    * Moisturize daily.
    * Seal with oil daily.

    Weekly:
    * I shampoo with diluted shampoo or a cleansing conditioner.
    *Cowash weekly (usually once)
    * Black tea rinse weekly
    * Deep condition once a week – Usually homemade made w/conditioner & oils

    Monthly:
    * Henna every 2-3 weeks
    * Protein treatment monthly

    Style:
    * Keep hair stretched using twists or flat twists.
    * Keep hair in buns most of the time depending on the weather
    * Hats, scarves, etc.

    Notes: I wash my hair so often because I work out and sweat at the gym most days of the week. My hair doesn't do well in general not watering it often.

    Hair type: 4a/3c porous, dense, medium to fine strands.

    Length: Bra strap length.

  • Ashley Jane says:

    Wash or cowash and deep condition once a week
    Moisturize and seal once a week
    Henna once every other month
    Twist and pin for the week after washing
    Wrap with scarf each night

    ** Way to lazy for anything else lol

  • honeybrown1976 says:

    Wash once a month
    Cowash once a week
    Deep condition once a week
    Henna once a month
    Moisturize and seal daily
    Rocking buns mostly with wigs occasionally and flat-iron once every two months

    I'm transitioning (16 months!).

  • BlondeByDesire says:

    Nikki – when you say oil everynight – are you just oiling your ends or the full length of your your twists?

    Thanks,
    BBD

  • Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty says:

    Nikki, weirdly enough I don't usually get knots wearing my hair out. It was when I washed. I washed in twists but had to take them out to add the conditioner. It was weird. I don't usually get knots. I was especially surprised since I had trimmed a few days before.

    I think I've had 4 knots in the past year.

    I don't leave twists in longer than a day. They don't last. They just unravel.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Nikki! I am a Wash N Go girl, however, now that I'm almost four years in, my hair is too long and too much. It doesn't dry quickly and I just don't think I can do another winter of wet hair every three days. Thanks for posting this routine. I'm definitely going to try newer, dryer, and more protective styling this fall and winter season.

  • Alimom says:

    @hairscapades…I saw your post about your hat last week and ordered mine right away!!! Her hats are sooo cute. I also suggested she do children's hats with the lining. Would love to have one for my daughter this winter!!!

  • hairscapades says:

    Thanks Nik! I think I'll probably end up alternating them.

    Anon @ 8:36, yes, you can apply henna to dry hair. If you search the site or Nik's tab about her hair/regimen, she did a post on her dry henna process earlier this year.

    Anon @ 10:16, Threadmill is an Etsy shop. Dottie is the creator/owner and is a wiz!! Love her! I have several beanies from her, including my most recent, which is satin-lined (I gave her the idea:)!! She now has an option to buy a satin-lining for any of her hats for an additional $12.

    This is a post on my site with pics of mine:

    http://hairscapades.com/2011/09/10/threadmill-satin-lined-hats-have-arrived/

    And here is a link to Threadmill:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Threadmill?ref=seller_info

    Shelli

  • CupOf*T says:

    I have realized that in order to minimize the SSKs, I must stretch my ends- all of the time ๐Ÿ™‚ Therefore, my super fine and thin hair will be in a flexirod set every week. Airdrying overnigt, moisturizing with Darcy Botanicals Herbal Mist and sealing every day with Trader Joe's EVOO cooking spray (yes I said cooking spray- it's marvelous!) So far it's working well and my ends stay moist throughout the week. I plan to cover my curls with a satin bonnet then a tam or scarve everyday that I leave the house until I get to my in-door destination. Anytime I am in my house the curls will be covered with a satin scarf. I also religiously sleep in a satin scarf. I was inspired by Kairox146- Nikki interviewed her as a hair idol a while ago- she has a youtube video for her flexirod sets.

  • Anonymous says:

    I have to do Aphogee protein treatment once a month. It has made a huge difference. I henna the next weekend and do honey/evoo DC (which is messy but I love) the weekend after henna. I have put down the comb and denman a while ago (once a week at most). My shea butter/coconut oil/evoo mix throughout the week does me good.

  • Anonymous says:

    Senegalese twists. Wash twice a month. Spray daily with water and peppermint oil mix.

  • Anonymous says:

    BBC (before big chop), I didn't wear hats often at all…threadmill hats…is that a brand? a style of hat? where can one find these? dept store? target? help! thanks!

  • Minimalist Beauty says:

    This fall I'm going back to twists or braids versus constant braid-outs. I tried Naptural85's conditioner with Greek yogurt/ACV and it was amazing! I'm definitely adding that to my beauty routine as a pre-condition treatment. I'm a big no-poo girl so I only cleanse with my DIY Green Tea Cleansing Rinse. I style with a mix of shea butter, mango butter, camellia oil, hemp oil, and aloe vera. I'm going to wear twists or braids for this winter in pin-up styles or under my beanie. I'll only wear my hair out when I absolutely need to for auditions or performances.

    Condition Weekly-Greek Yogurt & ACV
    Cleanse Weekly-DIY Green Tea Cleansing Rinse
    Moisturize Weekly/As Needed-Butter Mix
    Oil Daily-Camellia Oil
    Henna Monthly
    Deep Condition Monthly-Coconut Milk & Hemp Oil

  • DFig says:

    This may be a dumb question…but my hair is SUPER thick and curly (crazy tight coils all over). Like I am dreaming about post baby thinning hair you are talking about. THAT THICK! I love it. But, will henna make it thicker?? I want to take advantage of the other benefits I have heard about henna but the thicker effects I hear about terrify me. LOL

  • Anonymous says:

    You apply henna to your dry hair?? More details please! I thought henna could only be applied to damp hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I've been waiting for this post! Thanks CN for all the details and tips. Im going to revamp my routine as well, and do something similar. Beautiful skin too!

  • The Glam Garage says:

    Hi Nikki, did your hair ever start to smell in the summer with this routine…if so how do you keep in smelling clean?

  • Anonymous says:

    So Nikki, seeing your hair up in the beanie makes me think you would look FIERCE with a short hair cut. Not sure if you would ever consider rocking a short 'do , but you definitely have the face for it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this update Nikki. I've been waiting. Wish I had the guts to henna but I have brown hair and love the color and scared to death my hair will turn really red. But your hair is SO GORGEOUS….so tempting!

  • NancyM says:

    Thanks, Nikki. This is a great post!

    I'm currently transitioning (8 months so far). I can't keep braid- or twists-outs for long since my relaxed ends are so darned straight.

    For my Fall routine, I will continue to do roller sets and where buns primarily as my protective style. I do plan to try flexi-rod sets now that I have over 4 inches a new growth competing with my relaxed ends.

    Here's the routine:

    Daily: Use oil to moisturize. I use several kinds, which ever is handy: olive, jojoba, argan, almond, apricot. Satin scarf and pillow case always.

    Weekly: co-wash or wash (alternating) with Mizani, Suave, Aussie Moist or HE Hello Hydration — which ever is handy. Roller set and wrap.

    Monthly: Henna gloss (using Nikki's recipe as outlined in her "Henna" section of the web site). I absolutely LOVE henna; I have stronger hair and less dandruff since using it — plus it covers my grays. ๐Ÿ™‚ I use Jamila henna and always deep condition (with one of the aforementioned conditioners) after henna.

    Bi-Monthly: Trim off relaxed ends. I plan to big chop in spring 2012 (if I can wait that long).

    I confess that I am a full-blown product junkie, but I'm trying to use up my stock of these products (particularly the conditioners/shampoos) before trying any others, plus for now they work great.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki you are beautiful thanks for the details!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @ K.riggs Sallys!

    @Curlblestpearl, thanks!!! Cetaphil daily facial moisturizer and SmashBox Tinted Moisturizer on occasion.

    @Michelle, do you get the knots after being in twists or braids for a while or is this after wearing your hair out?

  • k.riggs says:

    Does anyone know where I can purchase the satin scarf bonnet? I have been looking for that type and can't find it.

  • curlyblestpearl says:

    okay. . .never mind the hair — what in the world do you wash your face with– it looks AMAZING!!!

  • kwnatural says:

    Alas, this will be my first flat-iron free winter. When I did flat iron, my hair was wrapped and tied up most of the time because I work primarily from home.

    This winter, I will have class twice a week, and I haven't gotten the hang of protective styles yet. I've already been *crying* about not getting twists to stay in my hair.

    I'm definitely going to set my hair throughout the winter months and I will see how twisting and setting works (thanks to this site).

    Hopefully setting my hair more often will allow me to only wash once a week or even bi-weekly. I wash with Shea Moisture products; I always use a leave-in conditioner, and I use castor, jojoba, or coconut oil to seal.

    Pretty simple! I'm still learning which products work best for my hair.

  • Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty says:

    Mine is pretty easy cause I found a new go to DC! (Tropical Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner). I plan to use this twice a month and use Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask with some added honey on the other two weeks.

    I wash weekly and pre-poo the night before it with Vatika oil (thanks to Shelli ๐Ÿ™‚

    After washing, I use Kimmaytube LIC or Giovanni Direct Leave in and then seal with Jojobo oil or Shea Butter and the ends with Jamaican Black Castor OIl

    Every 3 weeks henna and zizyphus – no exceptions

    I don't oil daily but do so every 3-4 days. My hair stays pretty moist with using Kimmaytube's LIC

    I also detangle my hair every 3-4 days that don't include wash day with Lisa's Hair Elixir. Love the smell of that stuff!

    Still trying to get better with less manipulating though. So many cute hairstyles to try! However, today I have it in box braids and am attempting to leave at least til Thursday.

    Nik, do you ever have problems with tangles that turn into a knot? I got 2 today (1 at the nape of my neck) and one on the side that was pretty bad I had to cut it! I was shocked too because I did pre-poo and detangling was real easy in the shower. I got the small nape of neck knot in the shower when rinsing out my conditioner and i got the one on the side as my hair was drying while braiding the rest. Any suggestions?

  • Anonymous says:

    I will be rockin a fly wig all winter. I wore different variations of twists all spring and summer and my hands need a break. Every three weeks I am going to henna, moisturize and then put my hair away into cornrolls.

  • Anonymous says:

    PROTECTIVE STYLE REGIMEN-2011
    For wearing my hair in a bun or twists under a hat from September 18th through December 31st, 2011
    โ€ข Monthly:
    o Cleanse and detangle hair with
    Terressentials Left Coast Lemon Wash
    o Deep Condition with Aubrey Organics GPB and rinse(30 minutes)
    o Deep Condition with Aubrey Organics White Camellia Smoothing Conditioner and rinse (30 minutes)
    o Spray hair with AVJ, glycerin, water to restore ph levels
    o Moisturize hair with Texas Natural Supply Lotion
    o Seal with Palm Butter
    o Twist hair and cover with satin cap

    โ€ข Weekly:
    o Cleanse and detangle hair with Terressentials Left Coast Lemon Wash
    o Deep Condition with Aubrey Organics White Camellia Smoothing Conditioner (30 minutes) or Aubrey Organics GPB (30 minutes)
    o Spray hair with AVJ, glycerin, water to restore ph levels
    o Moisturize hair with Texas Natural Supply Lotion
    o Seal with Palm Butter
    o Twist hair and cover with satin cap

    โ€ข Daily:
    o Spray hair with AVJ, glycerin, water to restore ph levels
    o Moisturize hair with Texas Natural Supply Lotion
    o Seal with Palm Butter
    o Twist hair and cover with satin cap

  • Tiffany says:

    Preet much the same. Twists and hats.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate,
    Tiffany

  • Anonymous says:

    I am so tempted to henna that I can't even think straight! If henna makes your hair look that great, what am I waiting for?

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @Shelli, I haven't used the HE HH in a while, but when I did a head to head comparison (HE HH on one side, Aussie on the other), Aussie was better. HOWEVER, I find that, at least in the past, if I was to go back to the HE HH (after continued use of the Aussie), I would probably say it detangles better. They're on par.

  • hairscapades says:

    Love the simplicity Nik, though I'm still too lazy to venture into trying my Curlformers for the first time! I wish that I had a job where I could rock the twists with my Threadmill hats … but alas, I do not. But, rock them on the weekends I shall!! You have me intrigued with this Lacio Lacio too. PJ powers, activate! LOL!

    Btw, I just tried detangling with Aussie Moist instead of HE HH for the first time. I'll try it for the second time today. What do you think? Does it have more slip than HE HH? The jury is still out for me.

    Shelli

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @anon, you don't have to change a lot… just focus on moisture and protection!

  • Anonymous says:

    wow…i had no clue hair routines had to change this much for colder weather *sigh*

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks TheCurlStation!

    On the skin, whenever I don't do much of anything, my skin radiates happiness. I mean… I'm talking water to cleanse and some cetaphil daily spf for moisture. In this pic I had on a touch of SmashBox Tinted Moisturizer. LOVE this stuff. I don't wear makeup, but this stuff… this right here… awesomeness.

  • TheCurlStation says:

    This is super detailed! Thanks for sharing, now I'm all excited about starting my winter routine!

    On another note…your skin is AMAZING!!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks ladies!

    @AusetAbena, thanks! and OMG, the henna, after like 2 consecutive treatments thickens everything up. It also strengthens those hairs that were too weak to grow out. I've got 1-2 inch hairs all over and I'm loving it! Start your routine ASAP!

    @Sarita, I love Threadmill's hats. Super cute and reasonably priced. I get compliments on them all the time when I'm out… often times, people think I crocheted it myself.

  • AusetAbena says:

    Great regimen! I too want to throw out my combs. They seem to do more harm than good. Also, after leaving my internship I am starting henna, no excuses. I am pretty sure I will be purchasing mine from Butters-n-Bars.com. What color curlformers would you recommend for shorter hair? (Shoulder length stretched, medium size fro when shrunken). And from just a pic of your edges alone, that henna is doing the trick for you. Cute hat. Beautiful skin. Okay, I'm done gushing. lol

  • saritamoody says:

    gorgeous pic! i wish i could take that hat right out of the screen!! i'm a new "fingers only" member and i love it so far, much easier. and henna will be a staple for me this fall/winter too…awesome results.

  • Ms Hood says:

    Sounds good. Wish I could go without a comb!

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