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Hair Today- Twist-Out, Henna & Black Cinema

By January 27th, 2021103 Comments

Hola Chicas,

Believe it or not, a football game shut the entire city down and I’m currently held up in my house. With groceries (and wine) fully stocked and movies on deck, I’m hereby proclaiming it… Henna Saturday!

I just took down my twists… been in them since the last post

if you click on the pic to blow it up, and look at the front right,

near my face, you can see what henna does to my grays… that one anyway.

Hair Today- Twist-Out, Henna & Black Cinema

Hair Today- Twist-Out, Henna & Black Cinema

The mix–

200g of Rajasthani Twilight

1.5-2 cups of warm Green Tea

Honey (a tablespoon or so)

The Plan–

I will whip it up and immediately apply to my dry, detangled hair and commence resume wine drinking and movie watching. I’ll probably rinse and DT tomorrow morning.

The Random–

Growing up in a Catholic household, I was very VERY sheltered and missed much, if not all of 1985-1995 Black cinema. Shocked and disappointed, hubby has slowly been introducing me to the classics, and as of this year, I can say that I’ve seen Higher Learning, Boomerang, Sprung, Juice, Boyz n the Hood, and Dead Presidents (just saw this one last weekend)! Um… why do I have a thing for Chris Tucker? WTH?! Anyway, I hope to apply for my Black Card after checking out Harlem Nights this evening.

What movies do I need to add to my MUST SEE list?

What are you doing to your hair this holiday weekend?


  • Adole M says:

    Omg! I can so relate to missing out on "most" cinema – I was also raised Catholic. On our first date, my now husband and I watched The Last Dragon, and I was so confused! To this day, my husband still makes fun of me because I missed out on so much! I still haven't seen crooklyn, Don't Be a Menace, Boomerang (fully). I just recently watched The Best Man, and all those good Taye Diggs/Morris Chestnut movies. Lol!

    Anyway, I'm dying to try henna! A little confused about it, but I'll try anything for my hair at least once! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    go to for you henna…and their on fb
    signed sharon keylolo kardashian jackson

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm late but if it hasn't already been said you need to see
    1.coming to america
    2.menace to society
    3.jungle fever the right thing

    Happy movie watching!

  • Anonymous says:

    In your mix, what did honey do to the mixture?

  • Ria Scott says:

    You need to see Brown Sugar (Suga?) and Love & Basketball!

  • Anonymous says:

    Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, Mahogany, Lady Sings the Blues, Claudine and Sounder that should fully bring you back to black–hahahahahhaa (yeah I know these are the 70s-80s)!

  • kiki says:

    ok you gotta see Hollywood Shuffle, The Mack, I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, Crooklyn, The Wiz (the black one with Diana Ross…Boog will prob enjoy it also), Black Dynamite…just to name a few

  • Anonymous says:

    Im sure these have been mentioned but anywho..
    Love Jones (A MUST SEE), All the house parties 1 and 2, Jason's Lyric, The Best Man, The Wood, Crooklyn, Set it Off, Strictly Business, Im gonna get you sucka, Hollywood Shuffle, and Coming to America just to name a few.

  • Scrappy Peacock says:

    Henna does the same exact thing to my grays! And even though I'm only 31 I've got tons. I've been thinking about trying indigo for some time now because I'm not sure I love having so many red strands.

  • Anonymous says:

    lol@black card comment. I was joking with the hubby that my black card is on the verge of being revoked since I don't seem to watch any of the shows that many Black Women (at least my family and friends) are watching right now. I don't (didn't) watch Hawthorne. I can't get with The Game on BET. And all the Housewives and Basketball Wives series just are not appealing to me.

    I jokingly told him I have to brush up on my blackcent, just in case I have to whip it out to get out of jam.

  • Anonymous says:

    Luv your hair. "Love Jones" is a fav…best of all times is "Imitation of Life". Not of the era but OMG all black women should be required to see this movie!

  • Anonymous says:

    St. Louis Blues – 1958 starring Nat King Cole (also Ruby Dee, Eartha Kitt, Mahalia Jackson & Pearl Bailey) is one of the best movies ever! In 1990 I fell in love with Daughters of the Dust (Julie Dash, director) is a beautiful film (check out all that gorgeous natural hair!!!)

  • socialitedreams says:

    Friday!!! House Party πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Cosigning on "Cooley High" and "Lean on Me".
    But for some hair inspiration, "Mahogany" & "Lady Sings the Blues".
    Diana Ross is FIERCE!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    i say "Lean on Me". great movie and morgan freeman was amazing in it too πŸ™‚

  • ismith says:

    Life & How High

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair looks awesome and healthy as always Nikki! As for Black movies that you must see, check out "Just Another Girl on the I.R.T."

  • Anonymous says:

    do you still use the celestial green tea? if so is it ok to use the one that contains the white tea? thanx in advance. love your site btw

  • Anonymous says:

    Ok…this is not a movie but you have to get all of the "Martin" series and In Living Color…I think these are more early 90's but talk about comedy! And Love and Basketball…."Monica: I'll play you Quincy: for what Monica: your heart"…..lawd talk about the ugly cry!

  • Donnie says:

    I'm Gonna Get you Sucka and Don't Be a Menace II South Central Why Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.

  • Shay says:

    all i'm gone say is….


    don't feel bad, the hubs introduced me to every movie you named =)

  • Anonymous says:

    Definitely watch Do The Right Thing, The Women of Brewster Place, The Color Purple, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Love and Basketball,,,there's plenty more but I can't think of them right now…In the mean time, enjoy!

  • CurlyChellez says:

    you must see Friday and Set it Off

  • Anonymous says:

    Poetic Justice and Love and Basketball

  • Anonymous says:

    Set it off, Waiting to Exhale, Love Jones

  • Anonymous says:

    new jack city, a must see!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    LOL @ Doc! Check.

  • Doc says:

    um..i'm watching babs on bet right now… i'd like to remove that one from my suggestions. i was way younger the last time i watched it
    thank you

  • Anonymous says:

    I cannot remember when the movie, "Friday" came out, but if you haven't seen it, yet, rent it. I think it is funny! I think Chris Tucker is in that film, too!

  • Anonymous says:

    Ditto on any Spike Lee joint (loved Crooklyn & Do the Right Thing, She's Gotta Have It), School Daze, Love Jones, House Party, and some 70's Black cinema–Cooley High, Sparkle and Shaft, Superfly, Dolemite and Foxy Brown—as for my hair, I am doing a Henna/amla gloss tomorrow for conditioning–I am trying to rotate every 4-6 weeks with henna/amla/ and indigo treatment for my black color (and to cover grays) with a henna/amla gloss

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, the Henna is really pretty on your 2 strands of gray hair. hahahahahaha
    But for real, you gotta add "I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA" to your movie list. Keenan Ivory Wayans directed the movie and it had Walona from Good Times, Antonio Fargas=Huggy Bear, Isaac Hayes,and Jim Brown,(to name a few) who played in it. It makes me laugh just thinking about it. Enjoy!
    Allnatural1 (Michelle in TX)

  • Anonymous says:

    I dont know if someone mention this but I always loved Five Heartbeats

  • Cassandra says:

    Just completed my first Henna treatment by following up with Indigo. Love the results! The henna did loosen my curls a little but I'm okay with it since I'm newly natural and need all the length I can get right now;)

  • Doc says:

    ah yes, the inkwell is one of my favs!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Girl, you need to take it ALL the way back and see "Let's Do It Again" & "Uptown Saturday Night".. this weekend is the big reveal for my natural hair! I've been hiding it under wigs and extensions and head wraps for almost three years. I'm SO excited πŸ˜‰

  • Anonymous says:

    Claudine, HavPlenty, Boyz n da Hood, Cooley High, The Best Man, Roots, Cadillac Records (more recent but still good)

  • Raquell says:

    The Inkwell πŸ™‚

  • Sista Curl says:

    To truly appreciated Black Cinema, you might want to go back one more decade and see Shaft, Superfly and my favorite, Cleopatra Jones! Beware gratuitous nudity and poor acting, but Pam Grier's afro is fierce! I've always wanted a fro big enough to stash a gun!

  • Doc says:

    Cosigning on SPARKLE! ( i love that movie) and School Daze (i was doing that little routine for months)

    BAPS is another stupid, kinda cute, kinda funny one

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks for all the amazing suggestions ladies!

    LOVE Purple Rain!!! OMG, I watch that movie like once a month, lol. The music is NUTS. That and The 5 Heartbeats. LOVE. Maybe my parents let those two slide because of the amazing soundtracks, lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    PURPLE RAIN! Classic movie, I swear I cry everytime Prince sings "Im a Star" at the very end….it's like going to church! (maybe not church…but really close LOL)

  • Anonymous says:

    FRIDAY, MENACE TO SOCIETY and POETIC JUSTICE. PS…I have a thing for Chris Tucker too. πŸ˜‰ Enjoy!


  • Tiki_Green says:

    UMM the color purple, Foxy brown, Jason's Lyric, Set it off, Soul food,Poetic justice, any of the House party movies,cool runnings, and new jack city

  • Anonymous says:

    Coming to America as many have suggested, and definitely the Spike Lee joints (Do the right thing etc.) they have great social commentary. He was quite perceptive. Oh and Devil in a blue dress with Denzel.

    Yes, let us know how the Rajasthani works. I used the Duhlan for the first time last month and my neck was itching, so I'm not inclined to try henna again. Meanwhile some grays become red, and I was not even looking for that to happen since I mixed conditioner in the henna.

    BTW you sure are making up for the Catholic household with the wine. Lol!

  • Jivelene says:

    Welcome to PA where Happy Valley dictates your life. Just join the Penn State cult now, you'll have to eventually.

  • Marissa says:

    wow, a lot of good ones have already been suggested so i am going to stress the importance of watching coming to america, it's one of my favorites! also check out trading places it's eddie with dan akroyd and jamie lee curtis very good. for spike lee films crooklyn and do the right thing are some of my favs. happy movie watching!

  • Sharyn says:

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Imitation of Life and To Sir, with Love are my fav's.

  • Beana says:

    New Jack City is a definite must-see. Oh and Hollywood Shuffle! Funniest movie Ever!!!

  • Cristal H. says:

    oh you have to see Clara’s Heart —one of whoopis lesser known movies but very awesome she plays a very dynamic character…it is a serious movies…not a tear jerker, but you will laugh, you will think deeply, and you will feel like you never want the story to end once it is finished.

  • Natural Sunshine says:

    Not a movie but the soulfood tv series is Awesome. I've watched it straight through twice with my husband. It was a good series and we have had some good conversations from the series.

  • Anonymous says:

    you have to see LEAN ON ME! it is a MUST Morgan freeman is in it…it is an awesome movies dealing with a poor school with low test scores and a principle who pulls them out from being the worst to the best. its heart warming.

  • Anonymous says:

    Sorry, but this one is from 1976, "Sparkle". A must see.

  • WendyE79 says:

    Just Another Girl on the I.R.T., I just watched it a couple of days ago!

  • April says:

    Oh… The Five Heartbeats.

  • texture me natural says:

    Can't wait to the see the henna results with the new henna. I love books and movies. Some of my favorite movies (pre & post 90s) – American History X, Just Cause, Imitation of Life (starring Lana Turner and Juanita Moore), Lackawanna Blues, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Juice, Sugar Hill, Set It Off, First Time Felon, The Last Dragon, The Wood, Disappering Acts (book was really good), Jason's Lyric, Above the Rim, Women of Brewster Place, Mommie Dearest, School Daze…just to name a few πŸ™‚

  • April says:

    There's also a movie called A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich. It stars a very young Larry B. Scott and Cecily Tyson among others. Brilliant, brilliant movie.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, if you like Chris Tucker, you must see Money Talks. That is my favorite Chris Tucker movie, besides Friday. Also, I love Strictly Business (with Halle Berry), Poetic Justice and Love Jones.

  • April says:

    Berry Gordy's The Last Dragon and Two Can Play That Game.

  • Anonymous says:

    House Party and Just Another Girl on the IRT!!! House Party is my FAVORITE movie!!!! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous says:

    Sugar Hill and Purple Rain

  • Sunshinecurls says:

    School Daze, The Wiz,

  • Naturally Nita says:

    I definitely recommend Love Jones, Brown Sugar, & Love & Basketball. Enjoy yourself!

    This weekend I'm going to be going to a variety of cookouts & doing a little organizing at home.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm doing a patch test of henna this weekend. I bought a sample of the Henna for African hair, Cassia, green tea and a little oil. I mixed the two together and I'm going to apply to hair from my comb. Since I have highlights, I was thinking about putting a little patch on my head but I chickened out. LOL!

  • Anonymous says:

    Anything from spike lee…my faves "shes gotta have it" and "bamboozled"…also "juice" was amazing and so was Dissapearing Acts, Eves Bayou and New Jack City…..all my faves.

  • Anonymous says:

    To add to the list I would say Juice, Clockers, Hoodlums,

  • Shanae says:

    I LOOOOVE Harlem Nights. Della before Touched by an Angel. Hilarious!

  • MoreKinkyThanCurly says:

    I am doing henna for the first time this weekend. I am so excited! It's a long weekend and I have plenty of time. I'm slightly nervous just because I have A LOT of hair and even more HEAD! This is a project that I am doing all by myself but I am definitely up for the challenge. I am also whipping up a DT because my scalp has been super itchy. Oh, and I am trying Shea Moisture this weekend. My hair will be happy!

  • Dolores says:

    Crooklyn is a must see! It has some themes about hair that you might be interested in, and it's a lovely story. It's Spike Lee's best!

  • Anonymous says:

    B.A.P.S! It is playing on TV one this weekend πŸ™‚

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    4 hours is the minimum to get maximum dye uptake. The longer you leave it in, the richer the color, but obviously there is an upper limit. folks have done tests on and I remember them saying that after 10 hours, you're not really reaping any additional benefits. I leave mine in for so long out of laziness… plus i don't (usually) allow my henna the chance to release the dye before applying. So while many will mix and let it sit for 8-12 hours and then apply for 4 hours (with great results), I apply directly and let the dye release while it's on my head. It's the lazy way, lol. Works just as well. Plus, I don't have apply and rinse in the same day…

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the Henna updates Nikki. Is there a reason why you have to leave it in so long? Will you get less color if you rinse out sooner? Thanks. I'm actually sitting here on Sat night with a heat cap on my head DCing and seriously contemplating Henna because I've had some edge thinning and my crown is not growing at all like the rest of my head a lot of breakage there. Happy holiday weekend everyone!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks for your list (and the compliment) Tasha! I've seen Coming to America! Loved it… never seen Crooklyn or Brewster's Place though. On it!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @amon 7:54, I can't recommend it for anyone just yet… this is my first time using it. I can say that the texture is creamy and it was very easy to apply. With that, BAQ (body art quality) henna from a reputable source is what you need. Just remember that although there are a ton of benefits, henna is a mud and can be taxing on the strands if you're not careful. In your case, I'd be very careful with applying, manipulating, and rinsing… paying special attention because you have the line of demarcation (the place where your relaxed hair meets your natural hair… a weakened place). You may want to do a patch test, no matter the brand you choose, just to make sure your transitioning hair can handle the weight of the mud.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love jones is my favorite of all times, check that out and the inkwell, laurenz Tate was the ish in the 90s. And check out all the spike lee joints. Malcolm X is a must!

  • Tashacu02 says:

    Your hair always looks great!

    But add to your list Coming to America, Crooklyn, Brewster's Place, and all six of the House Party's! LOL

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    each package is 100g… so no measuring necessary!

    As far as the water, I tried to measure this time and it seems to be right at 2 cups… maybe a bit more.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, would you recommend the Rajasthani Twilight for transitioners?

  • Carmen says:

    Hi Nikki, How did you measure out 200g? Kitchen scale? Thanks

  • Missy says:

    Forgot my movie choice – Their Eyes Were Watching God – love it!!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @Missy, welcome to henna land! Glad you had a good experience. I've been there too… left with bits of stems and ish in my strands. Very frustrating. The Jamila never did that to me and I don't expect to have that with the Rajasthani either. I'll post an update tomorrow or Monday!

  • Missy says:

    I am on lock down too because of the Grand Prix so this weekend I put henna in my hair for the first time. After several hours of rinsing, DCing, rinsing again (coz I hadn't rinsed out all the henna), then DCing again then rinsing, and looking like a raisin, I finally have completed my hair routine. Love the henna but think I will use a different brand coz I was left with piece of henna plant in my hair that were tough to rinse out. I used the Henna for African hair from Mehandi. Nikki let us know your results from using Rajasthani. I will like to use a different henna brand next time. Needless to say my hair is luscious and I love it. Definitely converted to using henna

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @anon, see this post–

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    okay, I should've said save for the Fridays… I've seen all of them and my fav is still the first…cause of Chris Tucker, lol. I had also seen House Party (while in college). Just about every other movie y'all have suggested (all of yours Chrslvsbks) I haven' seen!

    Thanks for the recs!

    @Anon, see my last post as to why I swapped out hennas.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki – Why did you change brand for your henna?

  • NaturallyLovely81 says:

    Sorry about the lock-down, but football cities are serious about their sport and will gladly shut the city down! Good movies: School Daze, Love Jones, and Trading Places.

  • Anonymous says:

    Welcome to Happy Valley…Well on the plus side Penn State kicked butt!

  • Anonymous says:

    Crooklyn & Low Down Dirty Shame……. Have fun with ur hair this wkend.

  • Anonymous says:

    Today I will be henna-ing for the very first time. Why am I nervous?…hehehe πŸ™‚ And I know you said 1985-1995, but The Wood is always a good classic.

  • Mickey says:

    Wow. Football games still shutting down the entire city, huh? I left in 1999 and it was like that then, too. Weird. I'd love to see how much the campus has changed, though.

  • kinkycurlyhair says:

    Any Spike Lee movie and Love Jones. Enjoy!

  • Trei says:

    Nikki, I'm SO glad you mentioned Rajasthani Twilight! I just ordered and used it for the first time (Jamila 2009 is just about gone). Waiting for my twists to dry so I can check out the color. I took advantage of the Saturday off too.

  • LaShelle says:

    I reccomend School Daze and The Color Purple

  • ChrLvsBks says:

    First, congrats on having henna time. Second, what "grays"? I saw one copper colored strand. As far as movies, Poetic Justice, Love Jones & Jason's Lyric.

  • Jeannette says:

    You poor thing, I can't believe that you missed so many of those movies!!! LOL LOL The only movie that I have not seen among the ones you mentioned was by choice and that is Dead Presidents. I love Boomerang and love watching the commentary section. Higher learning was pretty good and I forgot all about Sprung. I'm also a huge fan of House Party. Just last weekend I went through a Sanaa Lathan marathon and enjoyed every moment. Enjoy your Black cinema weekend!!! Let us know how you liked Harlem Nights. I never saw the whole movie because there was waaaaay too much cussing in there for me.

  • Alisa says:

    You are my hair idol!!! I cant wait to see your results (and to do another treatment on myself) and I grew up in a catholic home as well and my SO is amazed at all the movies that I haven't seen. he's been slowly catching me up over the last 2 or 3 years.

  • Anonymous says:

    House Party is a defn a must see! I forgot about the Chris'es lol, Nikki I was wondering if you have ever seen the 'HEENA SALON' We have one here in Dallas and they charge 15 bucks to mix and apply Henna to hair and you go home and wash it all out. What do you think about that?, I havent tried them yet but I think I might. So Lazy! dont judge me! lol

  • Anonymous says:


  • Anonymous says:

    i Henna'd, DC'd and Mini Twisted my Hair.. love how the Henna make my hair feel


  • Vanessa says:

    Anything from the Spike Lee Joint Collection!

  • Eve says:

    Some of my favorite movies from that era were: A Rage in Harlem, House Party, Bebe's Kids, School Daze, and my all time favorite, Daughters of the Dust.

    I hope this helps πŸ™‚

  • keisha says:

    Mo' Money and Car Wash(late 70s but still good with Richard Pryor) are good ones too!

  • Anonymous says:

    I just saw Higher Learning last year for the first time. Just watched Mo Betta Blues last month for the first time. Still haven't seen Harlem Nights. My friend says I am the whitest black girl he has ever met. Still working on earning the Black card.

  • keisha says:

    LOL! don't feel bad…as there were some movies i missed due to parent layoff and therefore no cable so when i see a video from the 90s i'm like WOW! LOL! LOL! Strictly Business is a cute movie. When I think of some more I'm gonna add a comment. As for my hair…I'll be washing it since I've had it straightened for the first time this year!

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