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Curly Nikki

Swag on Zero…

By January 27th, 202167 Comments

…had no choice but to wash and resurrect the curls! Still silky and luxurious, my almost disrespectfully fine hair wasn’t even thinking about reverting, making this wash, totally premature and unnecessary. I was jonesing for the volume… the texture… the swagnificence!

After a week of perusing the web about ways to naturally thicken fine hair, I came right back around to vitamins, water and henna (as well as the conclusion that ‘maybe she’s born with it’, is more than just Maybelline’s motto). I’m drinking half of my body weight in ounces in water, taking my vitamins erry day and two nights ago, whipped up 100 grams of henna (with tepid green tea) and let it sit overnight. The next morning, I mixed in a cup or so of Generic Matrix Biolage Balm (Sally’s Beauty), an egg just ’cause, and some honey. I applied the mix to my dry, straightened hair and let it percolate for 4 hours and then rinsed. I forgot how absolutely divine henna glosses are… easy to apply, even easier to rinse… why in the hell would I ever subject myself to a full strength henna treatment again?! But I digress… I rinsed with Aussie Moist, applied Davines Masque mixed with a little organic oat flour (allegedly enhances volume and fortifies fine strands) and rocked the heat cap for about 30 minutes. I rinsed that, air dried for 15-30 minutes, spritzed with Davines Shelter Leave-in and tension blow dried on moderate heat. I’ve enjoyed blow outs this winter… keeps re-styling down to once or twice a month.

Curls back popping…
Swag on Zero...Swag on Zero...
Stretch, stretch, stretch! If hubby wasn’t snapping pics, I must confess, I would’ve still been naked… and this is why I don’t do Youtube.
Swag on Zero...
Results… my hair felt like silk. I’m impressed with that ‘shelter’. Why the name?Swag on Zero...
added a teeny bit of Davines’ cone laden Beautifying Potion

Swag on Zero...
Next, I twisted with some gifted Oyin Handmade Sugar Berries put on my satin cap and went to sleep. The next morning, my ends had come unraveled and the waves weren’t really set. I re-twisted and set the ends on flexi rods… only for Moxie’s Hair Bling to be delivered about 10 minutes later. Damn damn damn! I really wanted to try it first… Boogie… where you at?!

I must say, I’m not one hundred percent happy with the set… the waves aren’t as deeply set as they would’ve been with Dax, but my hair is fluffy, moisturized and doesn’t feel weighed down or product-y at all… there’s like, zero greasiness, so there’s that. Oyin’s Sugar Berries Pomade is most certainly worth a try and it could become a mainstay in my routine, I just wish it had more hold.

Swag on Zero...
looking for way more definition…Swag on Zero...

Meanwhile, Boogie was doing her own hair. Had I put that headband on her, she would’ve pulled it off… directly. She put it on herself and left it in for the rest of the night. Grown.Swag on Zero...Swag on Zero...Swag on Zero...

Next up, Moxie’s Hair Bling. I’ll post thoughts and pics soon!


  • fabwtalk says:

    Nikki, your hair looks beautiful! Boog is such a cutie pie! πŸ™‚

  • Unknown says:

    Yours and Boog's hair look great!!!

  • Samantha says:

    Nikki, your hair looks absolutely gorgeous!
    And Boogie's so cute, pretty, beautiful and adorable… πŸ™‚

    I love both you and Boogie's hair! πŸ™‚

  • Naturalgirl says:

    Nikki, so happy the curls are back. I was worried you might want a relaxer.Boogie looks just like you, beautiful.

  • Carla says:

    Love your blow out! Boogie is a doll!

  • chilid856 says:

    Your hair is gorgeous. And Boog is so pretty.

  • Anonymous says:

    Yay! Glad your curls came back. Although your set didn't come out defined, it still looks pretty, full, and fluffy. P.S. Boog is growing up so fast! (sniff, sniff) ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    your curls are gorgeous and Boogie is getting so big!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks ladies!!!

    and yep @ Sharon, this is the one–

    love it!

  • Sharon Keylolo Kardashian Jackson says:

    Hey Nikki girl, quick question, I clicked on your highlighted "Davines Masque" and it took me to Amazon for Davines MOMO conditioner. Is that what you are referring to that you used or is it actually Davines Nounou Nourishing Repairing Mask. Thanks. I did get my Destress Shelter, MOMO conditioner and shampoo….cant wait to use it and report back

  • Sparkle Arts says:

    I definitely agree with the henna glosses. They save time, water, and energy πŸ™‚ Your hair is beautiful CN and Gia….ANTM!!!

  • Tina says:

    Cute baby

  • Twirly says:

    Henna does loosen the curl pattern…I've seen people with tight 4A hair go to loose 3B and waves.

  • Natakue says:

    I'm way late on your original posts about your straight hair, so I'll just say here that it looked gorgeous! But I know exactly what you mean about your fine straight hair making you miss your voluminous curly styles. Don't you love the feeling of standing under the shower and watching your curls come back? Like an old friend =P

    Love the new shape too, btw.

    Lil Miss Gia wants to style her own hair. Are you surprised? She gets it from her mama!

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! You're such an inspiration!

  • Kelem says:

    Your hair is perfect!! You look so powerful in the 5th pic. Boogie is cuter each day!

  • Margaret says:

    I knew you would come back to Curly!!! You did a great job! Your hair is gorgeous!!! Boogie is just as cute as a button.
    BTW…I agree, you absolutely tell the best πŸ™‚

  • Sophie says:

    Oh Boogie! She is going to be even more hilarious when she starts talking!

    And I like the blowout. My tension blow dries have come out sort of dry, but I might try something closer to what you did here to see if it works! I have my hair straightened right now too, so it might try this when it's time to get the curls going again.

  • keisha says:

    awwww too cute! love the blow by blow straight to curl swag view….and Boogie is adorable! just wait to she start talking..

  • Anonymous says:

    Your blow out is so full! It's bigger than you!

  • Anonymous says:

    Last pic of The Boogmister is your hubby all the way!

  • Anonymous says:


  • Erica S says:

    I'm really surprised you kept the straight hair in for so long, but I really like your regimen to get the curls back poppin. lol

  • Marcia says:

    I love the hair! Blowdryers and my hair just do not get along, no matter what I use my hair turns out dry…

    What is the lip color you are wearing?

  • Anonymous says:

    i'm lovin the blow out look on you nikki. you should wear your hair like that everyday! for definition, try qhemets aethiopika butter. that stuff is da truth!

  • Tiffany says:

    The blow out is gorg!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikki! Which henna did you use?

  • Anonymous says:

    Boogie is too adorable! Thanks for the update and glad to see your curls back!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, I have very fine hair also, so I recently started using Komaza care protein strengthener every two weeks. I can feel the difference in my hair already. I henna also every 8 weeks. I believe all fine-haired ladies should do a protein treatment.
    I just found out through hair blogs that it should be hydrolyzed protein, which penetrates into the hair and bonds to build strength. I was using conditioners that just said protein and it was not doing anything for my hair.
    Maybe this will help your hair.


  • Nicthommi says:

    If you like red lipsticks, may I recommend MUFE #46 and maybe #43 since you like Ruby Woo…great texture and great colors..

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, your blow out is amazing. I love your volume and you've got me wanting to try henna!

  • EngProf says:

    Nikki, its cool to see you experimenting with lipstick…the color is looking great on you. I've only started wearing lipstick since I've gone natural and I'm loving it. Between A Curls Best Friend and K is for Kinky, I have about 15 new lipsticks…for real!

    You are going to love Rebel (I saw Ashanti from ACBF wearing it in a pic and asked her about it). That has become my go to color for the fall. I get compliments ALL DAY LONG!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, you are so beautiful!! I love that you are funny and pretty. I always LOL'd at your made up words. I actually like the blow out on you, I wanna wear my hair like that once i've achieved the lenght. and you're right about the curl definition..not happening. thanks for the detailed are one of my hair idols..thanks again

    Flower child

  • dajewel1982 says:

    boog is growing up so fast =(

    is it just me or does ur curl pattern seem to have loosened ??

  • Anonymous says:

    You may to try using oyin handmade shine and define with a little sugar and berries. They work well together for me. Right I'm digging healthy hair butter and sealing with mimosa hair honey, great combo for my very thick coarse dense hair. Love it!

    @anon 9:40 are you using products that have lot of glycerin n them? If so that could be the reason your curls are crunchy in the cold. This happened to me when I first went natural and switched up my products during the cold months.


  • Dana says:

    So glad to see the return of the CURLS! Love the big hair. I've been expirementing w/ Original Moxie's Hair Bling and am really diggin' the results. I started with the Jane Carter N&S but it didn't have the hold and couldn't create the definition I wanted. The Bling is better I assume because of the beeswax. Still like the N&S but mostly use it on my daughter's hair and as a body butter πŸ˜‰

    Oh by the way……Gia is a C-U-T-I-E+P-I-E! Those are really good pics of her.

  • Anonymous says:

    I LOVE your blog. I read it everyday (can you say stalker???). I've gotten so many ideas from you and just wanted to say thanks. I love your hair by the way and your boogie…ohhhh…she's so cute!

  • Anonymous says:

    Curlynikki – Don't fret about not having thick strands, your hair looked perfectly full straight IMO. It also looks pretty full with the curls! What type of henna did you use?

    I have super coarse and thick strands – think Chrissy from Love and Hip Hop – and although I'm really blessed and happy about what God provided, I really don't have the ability to do my own hair. Its just too much! I've been attempting to go natural but I just don't know how I would do it.

    Stay Blessed!

  • Anonymous says:

    What did you think of Davines's Deep Conditioning Mask? I've had my eye on it for months now but it's pricey. Your looks gorgeous and healthy!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your hair!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks ladies! At purplegirl, I said the exact same thing when I looked at that pic! It's uncanny and a bit unnerving, lol! The older I get the more I look like her and less like my dad. *whispers* sometimes I act like her too… Lawd!

  • Anonymous says:

    What is a henna gloss and how do you use it, etc?

    I'm interested in henna, but the former method seems like it might be difficult for me. In other words, I'm afraid that I might mess up.


  • Anonymous says:

    So glad the curls came back. I'll have to look into Davine's heat protectant.

    @purplgirl48 Spot on. I thought the same as well.

  • Anonymous says:

    Boogie is growing up before our eyes for some reason on that picture she didn't look like a baby she looked like a big girl. Nikki your hair looks good blow dried either way really but the blow dried picture is really nice and full.

  • PhenomenallyMe says:

    Her hair is growing too! Both look gorgeous!

  • KISS says:

    I love you Nik, you are the best story teller ever. you are funny and i love reading your posts. your hair is gorgous! and Boogie she is too cute.

  • Anonymous says:

    I liked it when you had it all big out & proud! Looks better than when you styled it. Boog is just too cute!

  • ShoeHOTLINE says:

    Ok so my hair is super thin as well and looks similar to yours after I wash it. I tried henna ruled it out (because I'm a little lazy and want highlights lol) but your hair has so much body I may have to reconsider… Unless the oat flour work so please keep me posted.

    As always I adore boogie she's a little star in training. Can't wait to say I knew her as a baby :-).

  • purplgirl48 says:

    Nik, you look so much like your mama in that 6th picture.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love your big hair. I have thin hair cant wait for some big hair, taking prenatals and everything that could help but like you said maybe shes born with it. Nikki Have you tried entwine couture? Rhonda

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous Nikki!

  • thenaturalmo says:

    OMG, Boog is definitely your hubby's spittin image. She is growing so fast and pretty in pink! I know you will love that bling. I'll be anxiously awaiting your report. Like the oyin there is not much hold, but the shine and results are FABU!!

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG Nikki, give me your hair lol!!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    lol, thanks ladies!!!

    @ ACBF, 'Lickable'… bought it when I got the Ruby Woo. I'm waiting on my Rebel to be delivered πŸ™‚

    @anon, I've heard great things about Banding! Try it out!

    @Denea… captured it perfectly, right? That's how she looks alllll day.

    @Shelli, I'd like to say 'yes', I noticed conditioning and thickening from the oat flour, but honestly, it could've been from the henna. At my next wash, I don't plan to henna, but I will do another oat flour condition and I'll let you know! In the meantime, try it out and report back!

  • GGmadeit says:

    Lol at my baby doing her own hair! Get it Boogie! You my dear heart are always beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nicki! As always love the hair and Gia is just as cute as ever…. I was told about this " banding" technique and saw it on You Tube. Do you know very much about it and how useful it is. Thanks πŸ™‚


  • DeeDee says:

    Lovely (both baby and mama)!

    Now, what exactly is a henna gloss? How does one do that? Purchase? Mix?

  • Rapunzel The Future of Hair says:

    She is a cutie!!!!

  • Justme says:

    First let me just say, Boogie is one cutie pie!!!!
    Your curls came back poppin'! πŸ™‚ And as always, your hair is gorgeous!

  • Denea says:

    That first pic of Boogie holding the headband is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E. Her face looks like she's plotting for world domination!!! Lol

  • Devon says:

    OMG, look at all that hurr, lol! Furious, big, and full of body! Boog know she's a doll & I see her looking all cute and stuff on that riding toy like my Buggie has. All I gotta say about that Bling is chile, you are going to fall in love….

  • Anonymous says:

    Boogie is adorable. you have so much fun with her. what would you do with a boy?!!
    OAN: Nobody ever told me my fro would get crunchy in the cold. πŸ™

  • Laxmi from says:

    Love that big hair!!!

  • Denaturalistas says:

    You should try mimosa hsir honey next since it is more similar to a grease

  • hairscapades says:

    Nik … as everyone always says, you're the best storyteller:).

    Boog is so frickin' cute … I can't STAND it! I just want to hug her all up!!

    As to your set, yeah, definitely not your normal amount of definition. But, I'm feeling the big tension blow out hair!!! Love it! You should rock it like that;)!! For real … I'm totally serious! I love it and the shape is divine!

    Well, did you notice any difference with the oat flour?!? You know I'm in the same boat as you with the fine strands! So, loved to know if you feel like it did something!!


  • Caray says:

    YOUR BAAACKKK! Looking good Nikki!

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