How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for two-and-a-half years! I made the decision to do so because of my daughter. I wanted her to appreciate her natural hair. I also saw how older women in my circle of family and friends had some issues with their hair after so many years of relaxing. Lastly, I noticed that friends of mine in their late 30s and up were starting to thin and have breakage with relaxing. I didn’t even want to go down that road.
What is your current regimen?
Although it is forever changing, my latest regimen is washing and conditioning once a week with Giovanni’s 50/50 Shampoo and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner. I then air dry about 80 percent, apply Kinky Kurly Knot Today leave-in, twist or braid my hair, seal with an oil (almond or castor), and oil my scalp with pure shea butter. When I do DC, I use your honey and EVOO recipe or a similar version.
In the summer, I experienced a lot of growth by co-washing with HEHH conditioner and applying the generic version of Paul Mitchell conditioner found at Sally’s as a leave-in. At night, I would pineapple.
How do you maintain length and moisture?
I maintain moisture by spritzing a light mist of water before re-twisting or re-braiding my hair at night. If I do not have time to re-twist, I’ll pineapple my hair to protect it. I try to sleep on a satin pillow case or use a satin bonnet. A combination of all these things helps me maintain length. I rarely straighten my hair (two times a year, max) and this too helps retain length. Last time I straightened it, I was at BSL. I have a lot of shrinkage.
What is the most damaging thing I have done to my hair?
Hands down, coloring my hair has damaged it the most. A close second has been not trimming my split ends as often as I should.
What is the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
I would say the freedom, versatility and connection to one’s self. When I initially cut the last couple of inches of relaxed ends off (as a transitioner), it was liberating! I really felt a load lifted off of my shoulders! I felt closer to knowing who I was and it gave me a new kind of inspiration. Being natural has helped me connect with new people because of the questions I receive about my hair. I am always happy to share the knowledge I have gained from this site and other naturals to help someone else. Lastly, I love the fact that my decision to be natural has helped my daughter to embrace and love her curls! Mission accomplished!
Nikki, your spirit, your willingness to share, and this site have helped so many people! Often, I will share pictures from CurlyNikki and things I have learned with my daughter. When I told her I was going to be on your site, she was so excited! She asked, “Mommy, is CurlyNikki a celebrity?” LOL!
By the way, she loved the pics of Gia at the salon when you recently got your hair cut. Hmmm – Curly Gia for kids?