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CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!

By January 27th, 202128 Comments
CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!

The verdict is in. New York curlies go hard y’all. Damn hard. I’m JUST getting home, literally walked in the door a second ago, and ‘beat’ isn’t even the word. I can barely see straight, so I’ll keep this quite short–

1. The response to my 3 year blogging anniversary party was overwhelming. After receiving 1500 rsvps in 48 hours and changing venues to accommodate more curlies, sadly, we were only able to ticket 650 of those interested. I was flattered and frustrated… happy and disappointed. I wanted everyone to be able to attend, but (1) a venue that holds 2000 folks in NYC would cost abajillion dollars, and (2) I wouldn’t get a chance to meet and mingle with everyone and y’all know how my midwest ass does. *smiles big, waves and motions for a hug*

CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!
CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!
CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!

2. The L’Oreal Mizani sponsored event was nothing short of amazing… wall to wall curly splendiferousness. More than 600 curlies turned out and it was all. the. way. live. I had a ball and from what I could tell, everyone else did too. Boogie was there and I heard she danced all night… until she passed out of course. Oh, and I extended invites to past interviewees Janet ‘Aunt Viv’ Hubert and Karyn ‘Hilary Banks’ Parsons in hopes for a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion of sorts… and they came! Big thanks to Mr. sweetdrk1, Ben of onethurteen for snapping some amazing pics!!!!

CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!

3. The after party with Christina of LoveBrownSugar at Pranna rocked my socks. I ate, drank (more), and schmoozed with fellow bloggers and those curlies that wanted to keep the party going. Patron shots all around!

4. The ever flyy Folake of helped me conceptualize what became my fit for the evening. I wanted help ‘color blocking’ and she sent me several amazing options to choose from. I pulled from her ideas, sprinkled in a bit of my own flavor and this is what we ended up with–

CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!
CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!
  • Gray Boyfriend Blazer (2 years old)- Urban Outfitters
  • Chambray Shirt- J Crew
  • Brick Red Jeggings- Pac Sun
  • Green Snakeskin Court Show- Zara
  • Chunky gold chain- Express

CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!

As for the hurr, just as I did for my Wanda Sykes and pumpkin patch adventures, I dry twisted with… [scary music here]… Dax Green… GREASE… *drops mic, runs off stage*

CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!
CurlyNikki Takes New York- Recap!
I know, I know… I can hear the ‘awww hell naws’ all the way over here. But don’t write me off yet, I can explain. But not now, Iz tired! Just know that although my hair is attracting a bit more lint, lol, it’s defined and moisture doesn’t escape for like 4 days. Forreals… it’s a better sealant than any oil I’ve tried to date and no, it gets no where near my precious scalp!

For pictures from the event, check out my FaceBook page, here.

Later Gators,


  • Anonymous says:

    What was the name of the twisted rod type tool used to curl one of the Mizani models hair? Started with an L…


    It was awesome meeting you at the after party! Loving the photos. Christina, you and I were such an eclectic fashion mix. I love it! See you at your next NYC event!!

  • Bree says:

    Nikki that's me in the first pic with you!!! I was soo super duper excited to meet you!! Continue to do what you do because you are an inspiration not only to me but to other curlies out there. Xoxo

  • fabwtalk says:

    Looks like I am the only one out of the DAX loop but then again my mom may have used the stuff in my hair when I was little and I didn't even know it. Hmmm… Anywho, all the pics came out gorgeous and everyone looks so fab. Nikki, love the outfit. :)

  • Valencia says:

    I used to have the longest, most shiny, and STURDY braids off of the Dax Green when I was little. I am not mad at you at ALL! I think we would all agree that it does your twist outs VERY well!

  • Dunni says:

    This was my first curly girl event and I absolutely cannot WAIT for the next one. I was absolutely overwhelmed and so appreciative of the positive atmosphere…Everyone was complimenting each other & "oohing & aahing" over hair styles & outfits! It was a BEAUTIFUL display of sisterhood.

  • DrChuck24 says:

    Nikki….ummmmm…DAX is the truth! IS the secret formula. I haven't used it since I was younger but back in they day whenever we were done with washing and drying regime, we always cornrowed our hair with DAX. My little cousin uses it to press her hair. My entire family swears by I totally get it. I haven't returned to it since I permed and went natural again. Does it attribute to any dandruff or flaking?

  • Anonymous says:

    This is why I LOVE your site. You don't condemn the naturals who've decided to use hair grease and all the other taboo items. I for one stay using the green Dax! So now we're grease sisters!LOL. Your hair looks gorgeous as usual! Glad the event was a success!

  • Anonymous says:

    OK if ya'll using Dax then I might just have to get out the Ultra Sheen (it screams 1970s) LOL.

  • Anonymous says:

    looks like a FABULOUS event! I sholl aint mad at the dax grease! I been using royal crown for my twist outs and gots some blue magic too! So rock on! Grease and water worked back then and it can still works right now!

  • MrsDjRass says:


    My mother keeps telling me that everything they did in the past couldn't have been ALL wrong. It looks like you have proven her right. Rock on with your Dax!

  • Sophie says:

    great pictures!

    Nikki, your outfit is divine. I may or may not copy it (almost) exactly…

    and can we please talk about Boogie's amazing bone structure?? Those cheeks are already model material.

  • Anonymous says:

    i love me some Dax grease! takes me back to my childhood when my grandma would press my hair using that good old dax! hair was greasy and heavy as hell but i looked GOOD!!! aww good times good times!

  • Anonymous says:

    CN you brought out the celebrities! Aunt Vivian and Hilary are black royalty, I really wish I had gotten a ticket. Thanks for bringing so many positive beautiful people together. I appreciate all you do and wish you much continued success.

  • Tiffany says:

    Feeling the blazer.

  • GGmadeit says:

    Lmao don't run your hair looks fab! My Gia! Omg I adore her! Always camera ready! NYC was amazing! I had a blast, they showed up Nd out for you! Happy anniversary!

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    I LOVE how Gia is at every event! Too cute! Looks like a great time.

  • Anonymous says:

    I just said "AWWW BOOOGIE" all aloud like I knew your daughter lol!!! But she's so dang cute! But everybody and their hair look all pretty and nice :)

  • Pecancurls says:

    Pictures are fab!! As with every CN meet up, it looks like everyone had a blast. Alright, I need the scoop on the "hur grease." I may have to dig to the back of the cabinet underneath the sink if I could get results like that!!

  • hairscapades says:

    I ain't mad at ya Nik! Shoot, mineral oil has its benefits! I read a great article on ago about the differences between coconut oil and mineral oil and mineral oil does have certain areas where it is better than coconut and sealing is one of them. I remember the article said it was really good at facilitating clumping and sealing out frizz inducing humidity. I always say, do what works for you. I used to mix grease with gel for my WnGs and that did me lovely for many years! I used a light grease (TCB Lite), but still pretty sure it contained mineral oil. I advanced to Carol's Daughter Healthy Hair Butter and I preferred that because it didn't leave grease marks on my car seat like the TCB did though!! LOL!!

    And the event was so much fun! Can't wait until you do the one in Philly;)!


  • Emily CottonTop says:

    LMAO.. you had me laughing like I saw a freakin clown at 6 yrs old!!! OMG Im so sorry I missed it, NYKERS aint no joke! lol.. it looked beautiful well organised so much so that if I attend an event such as that one, I always use yours as a gage of 'classy'! About the Grease, that was so damn funny, but hell everybody know they use that issh on the hair on tha low! I love my grease and I aint mad at you! its all u booboo

  • Alecia says:

    Hi Nikki! I'm still on a high from this past Thursday's gathering. Your event was my first ever meetup & it was sooo awesome to be amongst my fellow naturalistas as well as meeting you & your lovely family. Thanks again for this event & for posing for a pic w/me.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki you are gorgeous!

  • Anonymous says:

    The party looks as if it was really fun. Everyone looks fab. And that last smiling photo of Baby G is too cute!

  • Rhonda C says:

    I've been waiting for a hot minute for you to drop the "secret product under review". Now I know why you "dropped the mic and ran off the stage". You've seriously returned to grease?! OK — where can I pick some up? LOL LOL LOL! Seriously, you must post back when you have a minute as to what lead you back ….like, what was your process, did you just wake up and say, "Hmm…let me try some Dax Green (really laughing hard right now)".

    I need the full and complete 4-1-1 – STAT!

    ~Rhonda C

  • Anonymous says:

    Girl, you are hilarious! I ain't mad at you….Do you boo! I'm glad you had a good time. Wish I could have been there.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    thanks! I don't use much and it turns out so fluffy and feels 'protected' and moisturized for so much longer. Corinne Bailey Rae, Amel Larrieux and Chicoro made me do it!

  • Candace4life says:

    Wow everyone looks gorgeous in all of the pictures, and glad to see you had fun. NYC definitely loved some CN :) if you ever come to GA again I may try to swing by. Look at baby Gia, always ready for the camera with a smile :). Also the grease and twists of your hair looks good. I recently brought some Royal Crown Hair Dressing after watching "Jcokes7" video on YT and did my twists. They came out sweet and very moisturized as well.

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