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Elle Varner on Her Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202128 Comments

Elle Varner on Her Natural Hair
Newcomer singer-songwriter Elle Varner in On the Couch, dishing about that gorgeous mane and why we’ll be hearing that unique and beautiful voice of hers for years to come.

CN: With all ‘dem curls, one can only assume you’re Team Natural…
EV: My whole life I’ve never had a perm. Every once in a while, I’ll do a blow out. In the winter, I mainly wash and set because it’s easier to not wet your hair that often. I’ve always been curly. I love my curls.

CN: Your curls were GORGE in the ‘Only Want to Give it To You’ video. Was that a set?
EV: We took tiny pieces of hair and pulled it around a 1/8 inch barrel curling iron to get a bunch of tight curls. Then we took the bottom of a rattail comb, the fine pick, and gently pulled them apart so that it didn’t look like noodles. So it looked more natural.

CN: Did they have to blow it out first?
EV: It was done with my hair washed and dried. We dried it naturally and brushed each piece prior to curling. No need for a blow dryer.

Elle Varner on Her Natural Hair
CN: Where on Earth did you find those super cute nerdy glasses?
EV: The wooden ones? I’ve had them for a couple of years. They came from NYC.

CN: Which products are you crushing on?
EV: I actually make a homemade mixture of shea butter, mango oil and vitamin e oil. It’s thick and good for nighttime. I use it to nourish my roots and protect my ends. Other than that, I use Miss Jessie’s Quick Curls, because it’s lighter than the Pudding and you can use it everyday. TIGI’s BedHead Afterparty is my main product. I love it!

Elle Varner on Her Natural Hair
CN:You wash and set during the winter. What’s your favorite set?
My favorite? Roller sets with those little foam noodle rollers. I don’t have to worry about re-wetting for days.

CN: What about summer curls?
I just wash my hair, comb it while it’s wet, style it and then lean my head over and wrap it up in the Curly Hair Towel for like 2 minutes. That’s it. I found the towel at TJ Maxx. It’s a little thinner than a regular towel and less harsh.

CN: Tell me about your music? How is it different that what’s out?
My music is yesterday and tomorrow’s today. It’s like giving you some nostalgia, something you haven’t heard yet and it’s all relevant to right now. I write all my all songs so you’re getting my story. My own personal experiences, the way I feel about different issues and you can just expect really big things. I write pretty universal songs and I’m planning on a big, long lasting career.

Follow Elle on Twitter!


  • Anonymous says:

    music is different she is different NATURAL IS DIFFERENT LUV LUV

  • The Curly Oenophile says:

    Elle is fast becoming my favorite newbie. Hope she sticks around!

  • Kinsmankid says:

    Talented!!! Great song and video.

  • chi2caramel says:

    I think there must be a mistake in it….cos I never have seen a curling barrel of 1/8 inch?? :)

  • Anonymous says:

    That's what's up! Must put scissors down and download that jam.


  • voo says:

    Homegirl is off the chain!!!!

  • Candace4life says:

    She is Gorgeous and a great singer, plus all of that hair is so pretty and thick. I love those eyeglasses, but ladies you can also check at and they have some great eyeglasses deals going on at their site.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Shoe- It is Elle's song. She does not sing the hook. However, J. Cole raps a hook. LOL

  • Jay-Jay says:

    She's one of my hair crushes!!! I was scrolling through channels and immediately stopped when I saw her video. I was in amazement at her hair and ended up watching her video again on youtube….lol!!!

  • ShoeHOTLINE says:

    I love that J Cole song just never knew who was on the hook. Her hair is gorgeous

  • Wildhairedzulugirl says:

    Loving Ms Varner all the way from South Africa! She is such a talent.

    Great interview CN.

  • DiJah says:

    Nikki quick curls is the shiznit! I just dont like it in my hair the day after. Flakes and extreme dryness is not the bizniz at all hunni.

    Elle might just be my new hair crush..she's beautiful and so is her music

  • AuNaturelDiva says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE Elle!!!!! Been crushin' on that mane for a minute! Thanks so much, Nikki!

  • DrChuck24 says:

    love the song…love her hair…love her style lol.

    I wish her the best in this industry!

  • NaturalNerd says:

    This is soo funny because when I saw this video in my college cafeteria. I was like I wonder when CurlyNikki is going to interview Then the next day you do. Great interview. She seems like a woman with beautiful soul and spirit.

  • Syl says:

    Great music! Great hair! Wonderful interivew, Nik! :)

  • Cassandra (C.) says:

    OMG!!!!! I've been trying to figure out who sang this song for the longest!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

    Oh and I love her hair too.

  • Mandi says:

    NIKKI!!! Thank u :-D…Ive been sending u telepathic msgs for the past couple of months about getting in contact with Elle so glad to see u got them LOL!

  • Anonymous says:

    This now my favorite song!!! Sorry Bey Party was my favorite before I heard this.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love this song and her style! Her hair rocks!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nice interview Nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki you just totally put me on! Just asked myself why i haven't heard it before but I am so glad I am aware now. Awesome song, awesome voice, awesome hair!!!! Is her album out yet? If not I will totally buy it and blast it everywhere :)

  • Anonymous says:

    Love that song!!!! and her outfits (I love the african print, makes me wonder why I don't wear more). Her hair is gorgeous of course and I really appreciate how she described her music "yesterday and tomorrow's today" (might have to tweet that real quick…lol)

  • Anonymous says:

    I *heart* her!

    Nik, Quick curls is one of the few MJ products I've heard really good reviews about. Not that I'm encouraging your PJ or nothin' ;)


  • Anonymous says:

    Same here!! ^^

  • Anonymous says:

    So glad to see Elle here! I've been following her for a few months now after seeing her video on VH1-Soul! Her song is super dope, she is cute and her hair is COLD!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    me thinks Elle just sold a bottle of Quick Curls and Afterparty. I'm already looking up ingredients ;)

  • Anonymous says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this girl! Her music and her hair!! She is def one of my "hairCrushes" lolz..and i love her two releases!

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