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New Year, New ‘Do- Versatility at its Best!

By January 27th, 2021169 Comments

While standing in the mirror this morning at 4am, jet lagged, overwhelmed and feeling as if I’d been hit by a truck, I realized that not only did I not feel like doing my hair, I wanted to try something a lil’ different. I was thinking cut and color… or better yet, cut and flat iron, which sounded slightly less drastic. I’ve been cutting and shaping my own hair and hadn’t been to a stylist (or worn it straight) since Feb 14, 2007, so this was kind of a big deal. I got hubby on the phone to get his opinion and he was like, ‘either way… either way it’s getting pulled!’

I called Marie, Syl’s stylist, for a last minute favor (seeing as how it’s back to PA tomorrow) and she obliged. I told her I needed my twist-outs to fall between chin and shoulder length without having to curl the ends and beyond that, she had total creative control. Her work was masterful and I couldn’t be happier.

Super posh Shi Salon in St. Louis, MO
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
Poo, condition, and an aromatherapy scalp massage. Hot damn! It felt amazing having someone else do my hair… it’s been a long time.
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
I’m clearly talking ish here…
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
Detangled and 80% dry. You can see the henna glow!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
Sectioning and prepping to blow dry… Boogie had to get in the mix!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
all blown out…
Marie was surprised at how nearly even I’ve managed to keep my hair with my at home trimming sessions! I snip the ends of my twists (a little shorter in the back) once every two months to keep a chin length-ish bob, which gives my fine hair improved volume. Apparently it’s a pretty effective technique!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
Boog was not having it…
by the way, that ain’t her bracelet and it ain’t mine either. Boss.
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
commence flat ironing…
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
She used Davines from start to finish. Totally blown away, I bought every. last. expensive. ass. product! I’ll report back soon!New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
Super straight, right? She used very little heat… it was cray.
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
all done!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
Chop chop!New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
She recommended Hakari brand hair shears for my future DIY exploits

New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!

New shape!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!

even got some fringe… what?!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!
Curls, duh.

New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!New Year, New 'Do- Versatility at its Best!

So it looks like I’ll be a pin curling sista for the next couple of weeks. If you’re ever in STL, you must pay Marie a visit… and tell her Nik sent ya!

Later Gators,

Got any new plans for your hair this year?


  • melissa says:

    What type of flat iron did she use???

    please and thank you :)

  • Anonymous says:

    How much heat did she use on your hair?

  • LW says:

    So cute! How long were you able to maintain it?

  • Anonymous says:

    Looks beautiful and I love the pictures of Boogie! (who clearly wasn't paying any mind to you lol!)

  • Unknown says:

    ITs so prettyyy!! Where can we get these davines products??

  • Anonymous says:

    could you tell us the brand of the flat iron she used on you hair?

  • Noveechops says:


  • Anonymous says:

    i straightened mine 2 for a good trimming but the heat burned my scalp

  • Nekema Everella says:

    Just beautiful! It always feels good to have someone else do the work and then do an amazing job. :-)

  • Divatobe says:

    I too prefer a salon and my salon does slammin' twist outs. Ever in NY goto Mane Advocates. Chile folks thought I had a wig or extensions. All in all – 100% compliments. I started 2012 w/ a flat twist out and I adore it! Look forward to many more.

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair looks absolutely amazing!!!!!Healthy and strong and your daughter is beautiful. I plan on flatironing for Valentines day I think lol

  • Carla says:

    Hot damn your hair looks good! I've used Davines conditioners in the past and it was wonderful. I think Ill get some for the next time (in 9 years) I blow out and flat iron my hair. I generally don't straighten my hair because I will only sweat it out the next day working out!

  • Sharon Keylolo Kardashian Jackson says:

    Nikki, I would like to know which Davines products did she use on your hair. I looked on the site and they have so many and I'm not sure which ones I should get. I don't mind them being pricey….as long as they do what they claim to do. I have a little heat damage in the front crown of my hair cause those curls are so much different than the rest of my hair. I even know to reduce the heat for this particular patch of hair. But I still like to flat iron every 3-4 months.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikki!

    diamondsandcurls above asked a very good question…while your hair is flat ironed, what are you doing to keep it moisturized…oil alone only seems to work temporarily, but if you put a creamy moisturizer in it wil frizz out…

  • Anonymous says:

    I look forward to seeing this length in your infamous twistouts :) It will be chin length again! which you rock beautifully! The longer twistout was gorg too though!

  • Kia says:


    Your looks great! I am ready for a change also! I found a natural dye to put in my hair.. here's the website:….. my appt is next Friday and I am excited for the change!

  • Anonymous says:

    My sisters, let's keep it positive in 2012 going forward. Let's up-lift each other. I promise you it will not cost you a dime to give a compliment. Nikki opened this web-site to share with us…'s an option….so if you don't like something on her web-site…keep it to yourself……but if you have something positive to say….say it. Nikki, your hair is Absolutely Beautiful…..and thank you for sharing. Keep doing you!!!!!

  • Sharia Nicole says:

    Beautiful! She did an amazing job on your hair and it looks so healthy and shiny! I can't wait til my hair gets that long!

  • Margaret says:

    Nikki, you are absolutely GORGEOUS!!! How long are you planning to keep this? I know you will share the progression throughout that time until you go curly again. :)
    I bet Boggie did a great job of entertaining everyone. She is a little Doll!

  • thecoolywooly says:

    Ah your hair is way too slick in any form! Love it- and your captions were cracking me up! I think I need to go to a professional when I feel like having straight hair and I like your trimming method. I think I'll have to cop that.

  • Laleepop14 says:

    THAT LOOKS ABSOLUTELY FAB!!!!! It looks great and I am glad she used little heat. Heat damage can be no joke!!!

  • Mell says:

    I am so afraid to straighten. I am not opposed to straightened hair, but if it's burned then I do questions if I would cut, trim, or just perm it. I think that I would do the latter. That's why I didn't haven't straightened so far. But WOW Nikki your hair is so cute, it's awfully tempting.

  • Anonymous says:

    It looks so beautiful and shiny!! She did an amazing job!!! Wish I had someone like that here in VA!!! She seems to be very into healthy hair even when straightening and I love that!!! Thanks for the inside view of the whole process!!

  • Anonymous says:

    looks good Nik. I love it!!!

  • IndianSummer says:

    Love your hair Nik!!! Wish I lived in STL because I'd definitely check the salon out!! I have tried a lot of Davines products through a stylist I had met–I have tried their Momo shampoo (can't say that I love it–it's okay), their Vegan Conditioner (love it), Oi Oil (it smells amazing!) and I frequently use their well-being destress spray (extremely moisturizing and hydrating–can I also be used on the face/body).
    Also to Rachel…I also live in Columbus, OH…I have not found a regular natural stylist that I love! However, I know a lot of people that go to Synergi Salon (they have a website–focuses specifically on natural hair but the majority of their clients get their hair straightened, but the stylists do not mind twisting/braiding etc you up and they specifically use Synergi Salon products)…also check out the Salon Lofts, on their website you can normally see the stylists' work and/or if they style natural hair

  • Prinie says:

    Yay! That stylist did an amazing job with the straightening! Your hair looks so healthy too!

  • MsTommieg says:

    Nik your hair is gorgeous! I decided to start out the year the same way – STRAIGHT! It was a much needed break from doing my hair and i'm loving it but I miss my curls. I washed my hair over the weekend after having it straight for 2 weeks……….i had to make sure the curls came back and THEY DID!!!! Welcome back Nik!

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous hair and Gia! Can't wait to read your review on the Davines products that she used on your hair.

  • Teyah says:

    Hey nikki,

    I've just recently done the big chop I love curly hair but my new growth is in that awkward length stage and I don't like it, but I don't want to perm; so i got a cute cut but it only looks good straight I have a straightener that just isn't doing the job anymore do you have any suggestions?

  • Anonymous says:

    Eh, Miss Nikki–I just went to the site to check out the hair shears…are you aware that the prices range from $350-$500 (and that's the special price listings)! I love my hair and nice stuff but I think that's too darn expensive in my book. If I was a professional cosmotologists the could easily makeup the investment with a good clientele but not solely for me. I'll pass on the recommendation.

  • Maria says:

    Love those big curls! That's definitely more you. You should take another picture of the front of your face with the curls. Your hair is fabulous!

  • Anonymous says:

    TMI on *getting the hair pulled… But the hair looks great.

  • Anonymous says:

    what flat iron she use, please tell us.

  • Anonymous says:

    HA!!! I AM in StL and have been contemplating getting my hair straightened for a trim, but I've never found a good stylist. Looks like I've got one to try. Woop Woop! *does a jig*

  • Anonymous says:

    Looks beautiful as usually and love the big curls…I just had my hair straightend and been keeping it moisturized and frizz free with avocado, coconut, and/or grapeseed oil and occassionals CHI Silk Infusion…Now 2 weeks my scalp feels dry and a few tiny flakes I was hoping to last 2 more weeks but let me get to my question

    What will you be using to keep your scalp from getting dry after a week or two?…and what are you using for moisture???

  • Kelem says:

    Gorgeous!! Love it!

  • Anonymous says:

    I loved seeing the whole process. Thanks so much for giving us a little glimpse. Inspiring.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love the style Nikki! Nik I trimmed my hair myself…Guess what I'm going to go get my hair professionally trimmed. I so want to color my hair. I haven'y used henna since July. Is it safe to color?

  • Anonymous says:

    Damn, she didn't get a perm she just got it flat ironed. Even if she did say she wasn't going to straighten it, why can't she change her mind? It's not your hair it's Nikki's, so if you are upset bc she straightened her hair then you may be a little obsessed. Rock that ish Nik!

    Back to the question I wanted to post: how did boog react to your hair being straight? Did she like it or did she give you the stink face?

  • Anonymous says:

    She did a good job with her cut! Your hair actually looks great both ways! Mishie

  • Anonymous says:

    Marie did a good job. Your looks so nice.
    I haven't straightened my hair in a loooooong time. I exercise (sweat) waaay too much to be able to warrant spending the time, energy and effort to do what it takes to get it straight and smooth. Then, I'd turn around the next day and sweat it all out.

  • Natarsha says:

    Nik, you do you 2012! Awesome as always! Once I find a salon that appreciates and respects natural hair then I will give it a go. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nik! Your hair looks awesome. For my 1 year natural anniversary, I am interested in blow drying and flat ironing my hair. What brand blow dryer and flat iron would you recommend?

  • Anonymous says:

    Nik!!!! It looks absolutely gorgeous!!! You're motivating me to hop in the shower and do my hair- too lazy. Haven't detangled in over a month *hangs head in shame* But there's a natural salon right scross the street from me that I want to try out. You've just given me motivation!

  • Anonymous says:

    Its so pretty and so are you and Gia!!:)

  • Bridget says:

    Your hair looks amazingly beautiful and healthy. I love the versatility of natural hair and it is one of the main reasons that I deceided to go natural.

  • Erika says:

    Sometimes you just need a break! Super cute!

  • Anonymous says:

    Ooh la la–I wished I lived close, I'm in IL :-(


  • Joanna says:

    Gorgeous Hair Nikki!! I straighten & trimmed my hair in September, 2011. My hair came out shiny, straight and gorgeous. Some people just do not get it…… natural hair can be straighten. Toward the end of the summer I went to the salon got a trim and flat-iron. It was better looking than the lady next to me with a perm. I had the bump on the ends straight syle. It was so pretty.

  • Jessica says:

    It's so pretty! Nik, what product did she specifically use to straighten? That shine?

  • Kelly M says:

    A New Year…Rocking a New Look! Go Nikki!! I LOVE IT!! :-)

  • Anonymous says:

    Go Nikki, Go Nikki!! I love your hair! It is a New Year do you Lady!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I thought you said you weren't going to straighten your hair?

  • MiMi says:

    Looking good lady! At the Ulta in downtown chicago ALL of the Davines is on hella clearance. When i say hella, i mean hella. as in a $10 mask on clearance for $4. SO…what do you want me to pick up for you? lol

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow….Boog's mum your hair is sooooooooooooo lovely i cant wait to get ma hair flat ironed in a couple of weeks, i havent flat ironed ma hair since 2003 so you can imagine the xcitement wooooohooooooooo, you go gurl =)

  • Imogen says:

    hot darn girlie! you look FABuLOUS!

  • laurie aka newlynatural26 says:

    Oh i definitely have plans to go get my hair trimmed every 3 months as well as to wash my hair more often, it's not like i have a perm so why not?! I love the way your hair came out and if i was was in STL i'd stop there for sure!

  • Kimberly says:

    NIKKI!!!!!!!! Your hair is gorgeous!!!!! I LOVE it!!!!!! Giiiiiiiiirl, I just googled the Hikari Shears. I may have to do a Lay-a-Way for these shears. Expensive, but I'm sure their worth it. I'll just put these shears on my "Wish List". Again, your hair beautiful!!! I just love seeing Boogie!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Love it and your blog!

  • Miche'al says:

    YOUR hair looks f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s!! (rapping) I so want to straighten my hair out and have been doing research on a good flat iron. I just don't want to do any damage to my hair. I thought about banding my hair and then using the flat iron on small parts. I saw some version of this it youtube from TraNaturally. Thanks so much for sharing this post. I also want to say that you and several other bloggers give us a personal glimpse in your life and I feel (even if it is an opinion)no one has a right to judge or be nasty to you.

  • Anonymous says:

    You look fantastic Nikki. It's amazing that you haven't gone to a stylist in 5 years and your hair is so healthy. What I love best about my natural hair is the versatility. I plan to straighten my hair in March for the first time since my big chop and am a bit concerned about heat damage. Please update us on how your hair reacted to the heat. You look fierce as always. I love your site and thanks for all of the great info.

  • Sally Mae says:

    Your hair is FAB and so are you!

  • nellboogie says:

    You are beautiful, Nik! Your hair is always on point and I appreciate you sharing your opinions, style, Boogie, your wit and humor with us. Please continue to be a force in showcasing the diversity of natural hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    Do you think the lack of heat has to do with your hair type? You are not a Type 4, so I can see why less heat would be required to get your hair straight.

  • Niqui36 says:

    Looks great!

  • Anonymous says:

    I will be going to Ms. Marie this Friday, I'm so excited because my birthday is Saturday and I wanna look fierce!!! Thanks Nikki

  • Janel says:

    Eeek! I love it! It looks so smooth and bouncy! I can't wait to see your twist outs with the new cut after faking the funk with the twist and curl. ;) Actually, I think the tnc would look fantastic with the cut, too! Don't forget to show us how it reverts. :)

  • Tina says:

    Looks great Nikki! I Can't wait to straighten mine but it won't be until September this year, my 1 year natural anniversary! :)

  • Hershe_82 says:

    Extremely great results! Your hair looks so healthy, thick and shiny! She did an amazing job!

  • Anonymous says:

    @nik, you don't need to pin curl this style. I wore a similar style for years before I transitioned. If you pineapple the hair @ night you'll be good. The curls will eventually stretch, but the look is gorge and effortless. Do this toward the end of this style time period so you have less risk or you can pin curl it if you want more curls. My sister does a combo of pineapple than pin curling the hair at the top, but leaves a pin curled out bang out in front. Finally, you can create waves in the hair by making a tight bun @ the top when the hair is on it's last leg.
    Trust me, we boss bishes out in Cali doin' this… #new swag 2012!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair turned out so pretty! I love the versatility of natural hair!

  • Devon says:

    Nikki, dah-ling, it's absolutely GORGEOUS!! I know hubsters is in love!!

  • Rachel says:

    I straighten my hair when I feel like it because I get bored easily doing the same hair routine. (Sometimes sew-ins helps too) but my question for Mrs. Curly Nikki, I am from Columbus, OH and I have a hard time trying to find a salon that has at least ONE person specializing in natural hair. When I had relaxers, I loved going to the salon, but last time I went to the same person, she tortured my hair and was not familiar with my new natural locks. What should I do?

  • Anonymous says:

    *laughing* at the people up in arms about people's opinions and comments…get over yourselves

  • Anonymous says:

    Looks great! :) Nothing wrong with changin' it up every now and then.

  • Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty says:

    Oops I almost forgot with my righteous indignation. Hair plans. Umm for me, I'm thinking of getting extension corn rows to protect my hair. Then in April I'll get my hair trimmed and straightened too. It will be 1 year that I've gone with no heat.

  • Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty says:

    Super gorgeous! And I don't get the negative comments either. So what you straightened your hair. Is that a sin?

    Do you Nikki. If you want to shave it bald (ok maybe not), it's your prerogative! (singing)

    Lord have mercy. People.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow! Your hair is so pretty like that!

  • Anonymous says:

    @ anonymous 10:20pm

    Bish you crazy, stop it boo! Have you not gotten the memo, the natural hair thing on this website is about having healthy hair options, not being a Nazi. Take that ish somewhere else. Nik, you really do have some crazy stalker type haters hugh…

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow Nikki! I can't believe you straightened that hair! It's beautiful and so shiny.

  • Anonymous says:

    I trim my hair at home too in order to maintain a shape created by my stylist a year ago. I'm going to try those shears! Your hair looks beautiful and healthy!

  • Anonymous says:


  • Anonymous says:

    Yes ma'am! Your hair looks AMAZING! I can't wait to flat iron my hair later this year. Marie killed it!

  • Barbara Naturally Speaking says:

    Hi curlynikki! Your hair looks gorgeous, healthy, and shiny. I've been wearing my hair flat ironed for the past 5 weeks. I flat ironed in 2011 and it lasted for 3 weeks. My curls bounced back perfectly after a co-wash, a little shampoo and a co-wash. Then I flat ironed again once more right before 2012. I have 5 more days before I will complete week 3 and then back to curly. Like you, I just like to do something different with my hair once or twice a year. I posted pics at Check them out when you get a chance!

  • Unknown says:

    I was in St. Louis last spring and called Shi salon the week before my trip every single day trying to make an appointment with someone there. No one picked up and no one returned my calls. I was pretty disappointed, but your hair looks beautiful Nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! You have the most beautiful hair!

  • Unknown says:

    Your hair looks great!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki your new do is sooo gorgeous!! I was tempted to get my hair flat ironed for Christmas but was scared I will lose my curls….its been 2 yrs….I am in STL and will have to check out Marie at Shi!!

  • madameredith says:

    GORGEOUS!!! as always :)

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm so scared to get my hair flat ironed again. Still have sections of unreverted curls from last summer.

  • Anonymous says:


    You look great no matter whether your hair is curly or straight! But, Syl's stylist did a wonderful job on your hair, girl! It's shining like a diamond.

    Yesterday, I decided I needed a change, too! I ended up coloring my hair for a subtle, but new look! I absolutely love the slight change! I figured a demi-permanent hair dye would be safe enough. I definitely don't want to cut my hair because I only recently had a trim and I'm still trying to grow it out. Whenever I can find a stylist who knows how to cut curly hair, I will get my hair shaped up so it can look even more fabulous in its curly state.

    Take care and welcome back to the States!

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  • S.Smith says:

    hey! super cute! can you list the products she used?

  • Wendi says:

    I say there's nothing wrong with a little bump and curl. It's a refreshing change of pace. Recently I did the same thing. As long as you moisturize, heat protect and don't flat iron every day it's fine. Hubby was right, "either way it's getting pulled."

    Nic, you Go Girl! =)

  • Mauve_Avenger says:

    Lookin' goooood ;) Being able to change up my style like this is what I LOVE about being natural. How do you keep it moisturized when it's straight? I've noticed that using the oils that I normally use when my hair is straight, it gets stringy and greasy.

  • Lorian says:

    Gosh…I gotta get back to hennaing…so when I get my hair straightened some day…it will come out as shiny and smooth and healthy as yours! GORGEOUS!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thats what I like about Natural Hair as you do it Nik, straighten your damn hair when you want to…NOT because you feel like you have to or because your a slave to the heat. And, if your careful you can STILL have healthy hair. Natural hair Nazis can love it or leave it. You look great, Werk…

  • A.S. says:

    Looks great! That's the versatility of natural hair…feel free to be you!!

  • Nashira says:

    Your hair looks great! Your raves on this salon are making me consider WashU's MPH program, LOL.
    This year I plan to cut the rest of my relaxed hair – either in August after I take the MCAT or Nov24, my 2yr transitioning mark.

  • Anonymous says:

    U went against everything you are SUPPOSE to stand for. #bigdisappointment

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful! I used to think that your hair was much longer than mine, but actually, we're about the same length. You're more experienced with reducing shrinkage than I am, I think. I def need to start practicing with more tension-styles.

  • Anonymous says:

    I like the recent curly hair photo on F–ck Yeah Curls of you in the hat while in Greece.
    I like your style better in curls.(This style makes you look older) But if works for you–then great. I just hope if any naturals with beautiful curls decide to emulate you, they get it done professionally. I've seen a lot of women starting over with big chops because of heat damage.

  • MotorCityMoxie says:

    If I ever go to stylist again I'll pay her a visit.

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful look, but that was a lot of heat in one styling session: blow dry, flat-iron, curling iron.

  • dcyrill says:

    It looks good. I cut my hair last year and it definitely make you feel good.

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG!!!! Your hair is ridic, I'm so jealous. What was used as a heat protectant on your hair? It's so shiny and healthy

  • Dana says:

    Hey Nik your hair looks sooo shiny, healthy, and plain gorgeous! I was thinking about straightening sometime soon because it's been over a year; I just hate how I end up sweating it out from working out or having to wash it by the end of the week because of the itchies and frizzies. I'm jealous you can make yours last for so long!

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh and I love your hubby's response!!! LOL


  • Anonymous says:

    I was just thinking about you straigtening your hair the other day and here you are with straight hair. Very beautiful.


  • Unknown says:

    Really pretty, looking forward to long and beautiful hair myself. Still have a twa. Way to go Nikki.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love your hair!

  • Unknown says:

    really pretty I Flat iron my hair too for the holiday

  • Jennifer S. says:

    OMG your hair looks fantastic!!!!! I can't believe you haven't been to a stylist since 2007!!!


  • purplgirl48 says:

    OMG! Your hair is the bizness. Love the shine!

  • amwilsn says:

    I'm so glad you did this post b/c I've been considering having my hair flat ironed for the first time in the 5 years I've been natural. I have almost BSL hair (big ups to you and all the curlies and and your tips on sealing for achieving that feat) and I'm pretty apprehensive about the heat. What type of heat protectant did your stylist use on your hair? Or if you other ladies could give a strong recommendation for a product, I'd really appreciate it!

  • AllThingsMe says:

    Your hair is GORGEOUS! I've noticed a few other comments of readers who want to straighten, but are afraid of heat damage. Well I'm in that number!

  • Pecancurls says:

    Nik, absolutely beautiful hair! So healthy looking. I have been all natural since sept after a one year transition. I am new to this and always afraid that my curls won't back if I get it flat ironed. Work it girl!

  • Rhonda C says:

    Nik, the "change" looks absolutely amazing on you! Very sophisticated.

  • Courtney says:

    Beautiful! So shiny! It looks really healthy. I just got my hair cut & straightened for the first time in almost 2 years yesterday! Changing it up every now & then is good!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Curly Nikki,
    Do you still have problems with single strand knots? And do they show when you flat iron your hair? How does single strand knots affect the way your hair looks when you flat iron?
    …I'm scared to flat iron because of them :(

  • RNatural says:

    Your hair looks GREAT, I'm jealous! :)

  • Anonymous says:

    ^^^^^ – Eskyra

  • Anonymous says:

    You can't tell me they you don't look like Sylvia in this pictures. Your look great. My friend has natural hair and went to Shi for a color and cut and she really liked it.

  • Anonymous says:

    You have been the resource for me as Ive made my transition. I just did my first henna treatment and I already saw a slight loosening of the curls and a strength to it I hadn't seen before.

    This year: it's all about the henna!!!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thank you ladies for the compliments!!!! Can't wait to get to PA to show the hubby ;)

    @Anon, the reason I stopped 'wash and going' was 'cause of the single strand knots. They were taking over and I learned very quickly that in order to keep them at bay (as well as split ends), I had to start stretching my hair. That's why i turned to twist-n-curls and twist-outs and continue to this day. If your hair is long enough to stretch (meaning don't let it dry in its natural state)… with braids, twists, rollers, etc., I bet that would help a ton!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Curly Nikki, This is the first time I've ever commented on this site and I want to tell you how beautiful your hair looks!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait till my hair gets long like that to flat iron it! But I have some questions I'm hoping you can answer:

    Right now I've noticed single strand fairy knots on my hair :(, and remembered when you had the same problem waaaay back! I was wondering if you still have the same problem and did they show on your FLAT IRON hair? I'm scared to flat iron because of em :(


  • Anonymous says:

    I just got my hair cut last week! Great minds!

  • jurisdoctordre says:

    GORGEOUS! I'm so happy b/c we're about the same length now. Welcome back to the states!

  • SerenityCurls says:

    Its so beautiful! Congrats on healthy hair!

  • Tanya says:

    GORGEOUS! Your hair looks very healthy girl, good job!

  • Anonymous says:

    That's why I love this blog! No natural hair nazis here! You look great Nikki!

  • DanielleG says:

    It looks amazing, I love the curls. I know this was a big deal. I am nervous to get mine straightened still but looking at your pic tells me its time! Ulta here I come!

  • Unknown says:

    Your hair is soo pretty!! I had my hair straighten over the holidays and it lasted for 3 weeks!! I washed my hair today and did a deep condition on it too and now its in twist. I had to get use to my straight hair again because I haven't had it straighten since May, it was okay but I really did miss my curls though. Since transititiong for 11 months and cutting in July my hair is back to the length I started with when I started growing it out so I was happy about that. Now I want to see if it will grow past shoulder length!! ;)

  • Anonymous says:

    Wish i was in STL so i could get the hook up. The hair looks wonderful. I also have natural hair and its very long, still looking for someone to beautify me.

  • Wonder Woman says:

    I love it Nik!! I've only flat ironed my hair once in 2 1/2 years and I LOVED it! I'm thinking of doing it again. It felt fabulous dawwwling lol. Change is always nice. It looks great on you and it should last a while too. Pin curl it boo :o)

  • M says:

    Oooooh, Too cute! Love it! :-)

  • GGmadeit says:

    Looks fab! Welcome back!

  • Tasha25 says:

    Omg! It looks gorgeous! I was just writing in the Romwe giveaway post that I would love to see you do more styles with your fab hair. This looks great and of course your hair looks super healthy!

  • Justme says:

    Nik, your hair looks beautiful! Love the look!

  • keisha says:

    it's beautiful! so freaking healthy!

  • Vori Johnson says:

    Love it Nikki! I'm sure the hubby does as well.. Nice way to kick off the New Year, new do!

  • Simply.elle says:

    Hair Twinsies! Lol

    Thank you for sharing Miss Gia is so cute, and Lovely lovely hair!!

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  • Anonymous says:

    When I looked at your hair the other day on your Greek pics, I was wondering what your hair would like straight as it has grown so much this year. Looks good. I too have gotten an urge to do something different and have already scheduled with a natural hair salon to have my hair flat ironed.

  • DiJah says:

    Love it!

    I myself is getting a cut in a couple of days. I've been going back & forth with the stylist via email. I told her basically I wanna still be able to do a ponytail every now & then as that IS my go-to style, but besides from that she can do as she pleases, minus coloring. I dyed my hair jet black over the summer, and I just want to leave my hair hair color free for a while, even though I am missing my honey blonde color :( but I am sticking to my word.

  • PhenomenallyMe says:

    Your hair is fab as usual! How long do you think it will take before you revert back to your curls?
    I had my hair straight for the holidays but it lasted all of a week and a half.

  • Ayana "TheHaiRazor" says:

    Beautiful change for the new year! Love the cut and curls!

  • C. Smith says:

    Your hair is gorgeous…I love it! I just recently hit my 1 year mark and had my hair flat ironed. It was almost the same length as it was when I did the big chop. I was afraid to do it in fear of losing my curls but i am still curly so its all clear lol. Thanks for sharing your story! Happy New Years!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    oh and for the record, I usually don't like straight hair on me either, but she was careful not to weigh it down… it's light, fluffy and has tons of volume! This, I can work :)

  • DrChuck24 says:

    your hair looks awesome!

  • VernessaGrant says:

    I'm so ready to do something special with my hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love the process and curly style, Miss Nikki. Thank you for sharing with us. Do know what type of FHI flat iron was the stylist using? Your hair looks so healthy. :)

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    @leila, she used a flat iron to create the curls!

    thanks ladies! It feels so strange, and looks so strange in the pics! I feel like I'm looking at Syl, lol!

    I love it though… a very welcomed change!

  • Tamandra says:

    i've always wanted to see you hair straight! it's so flossy, so glossy! loves it

  • Anonymous says:

    loving the curls! I got my hair straightened/cut/rewet/wash n go'd a couple of months ago because I was feeling the same itch and I feel it again, now too. But I hate straight hair on me [I'm really rough and tumble, work out lots, always forgetting to sleep in a cap, high- steam showers, etc. lol] and I'm too afraid of damage to dye it– so I just have to wait it out until that urge disappears.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki I love it. Your hair looks so healthy and beautiful as always. The cut is flattering to your face and you totally work it.


  • Leila says:

    Your hair looks FABULOUS. It always does but a different look is working on you TOO. And it always feels good to have a change. Love those big bouncy curls! What size curling iron did she use? GORGEOUS.

  • Monica says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Nikki!!! Been dying to see your hair flat ironed. Natural hair is so wonderfully versatile….curly one day, straight the next.

  • complexsimplicity says:

    I did the same thing…except due to the Jamaican humidity on vacation the curls didnt last long. Getting a good cut and someone else doing your hair is always a welcome break.

  • Mrs. G says:

    I'm ready to color and trim my hair.. I'm thinking an auburn, copper color..

  • KJ says:

    Gorgeous as always….hmm Maybe I need to male an appointment

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG Nikki….it looks amazing!!!

  • Elizabeth. says:

    Looks great! My plans are to color. Though that's been my plan for years and I've never had the guts to actually do it…

  • Anonymous says:

    Purrrty. Makes me wish I still travelled to St.Louis for my job.

  • CharyJay says:

    Your hair is gorgeous Nikki!!

    I definitely want to get a flat iron this year, but I am still soooo scared of heat damage. ARGH!

  • Jeannette says:

    I'm liking the style…always good to have a change every now and then. I'm thinking of coloring my hair this year but not sure if I really want to put color in my hair. I am like you, I haven't been to a stylist in years. As much as I love running my fingers through my hair, I love to be pampered by having someone else do it every now and then.

  • Lovely6FtDiva says:

    Very pretty Ms. Nikki

  • Jade says:

    Nikki, it looks amazing!!! Love the cut!

  • Anonymous says:

    It's looks great! I'm always afraid of getting my hair straightened…I get paranoid that the curls won't come back lol

    Always feels good to get a trim though.

    Looking fab.

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