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Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

By January 27th, 202172 Comments
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

On Sunday, Nina invited us to, ‘Zimbauê Celebration & Trançando Idéias’. Uh huh. Yeah. Again, no idea what to expect. So when her and her friend Jane picked us up outside of our condo I asked, ‘where are we going?’, to which she responded, ‘the party, of course!’ How’s that for clarification! Forty five minutes later we rolled down on something magnificent. There was the intoxicating aroma of homemade Feijoada in the air, and people were dancing, playing cards, singing, laughing, eating… there was beer flowing and little kids running around cutting up… I’d say it was like a family reunion, but no body was flippin’ over the spades table.  Although pretty much no one in the bunch spoke English (save for Nina) we immediately felt welcomed.  We were not guests, we were family, no side eyes from anyone, just lots of hugs and love from everyone.  Check out the view–

on our way to the partay!
Cool pic, that’s Jane in the foreground and me in the backseat taking in the views of the neighborhood
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

 Nina explaining to me the purpose of the party.  I was able to gather that they were celebrating the 23rd year of their organization… and that she just so happens to be ‘The Queen’! Like, seriously. She’s the Queen and head dancer of this very large group called Afro Zimbaue. #HBIC

I also concluded that just like Black folk in the States, they need no reason to party… it was clear that it was going down, anniversary or not!

Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!


  Adorning the Queen…
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Nina exudes confidence and power.  She owned the moment when she was up there dancing… masterful and inspiring.
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There were people of different ages dancing for their family and friends… kinda like being in a church play and your family is looking on all proud and stuff.
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bad ass kids dropping ish off the balcony
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Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

Dude’s hair was everything.
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Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

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Hair braiding station…
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She demanded to see the picture #LilDiva #MyBrazilianBoogie
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There was what seemed to be an endless supply of food and I swear, every time I sipped my beer someone was filling it back to the brim. There was a very communal feel about everything… no ‘there ain’t enough to go around’ sentiment. It was refreshing.
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 pigging out… I believe this was my second plate! Best Feijoada ever! 
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and of course we partied into the night… we were there for 8 hours and as we packed up, folks were setting up more microphones! #Gangsta
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

MONDAY, May 21

After getting to know Nina and her friends, I decided it was
time to revisit the wash & go, adopting their model of ‘
simplistic beauty’. With the humidity rising and our frequent beach
visits, it was a good idea in theory but the thought of the tangles,
knots and dry ends had me sweating bullets. I hopped in the shower,
rinsed, applied Redken’s Smooth Down Butter Treat, rinsed again and then,
while still in the shower I applied AG Fastfood in a raking motion,
gathering clumps of hair between my fingers to encourage a curl pattern.
I got out of the shower, blotted my ends with a scarf, got dressed and
rolled out. We headed straight for the beach and I was rocking a full
on ‘ramen noodle’. I hate the feeling of wet hair on my neck and dripping
down my shoulders about as much as I hate soggy socks, but I embraced
the feeling and resisted the urge to fluff or manipulate the curls as
they dried. Once my hair was 80% dry and shrinking, I fluffed a bit to
rid myself of the soulglo situation and was pleasantly surprised at the
results. It only got cuter as the day went on and I think I may even
get second day hair!

80% dry
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
The awesome beach chair and bartender guy, Jose, from what I could surmise, asked in broken Spanish if I was in ‘novellas’ or music.  With his hands, he made the shape of an afro around his head, gave me the thumbs up and pretended to sing on a microphone.  Then he came in hot… and of course violated the curls, but his intentions were good so I rolled with it 🙂
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

Later we made new friends and asked Jose to snap a pic, which turned into a bizarre and hilarious photo shoot! 
of them spoke English and we only know 4 Portuguese phrases between
the 3 of us, so it was cool how we connected and had a full conversation
for like an hour!
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Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun! 
 She taught me a new way to dap… we also sang Beyonce songs… and they showed us their Samba skills
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My hat became sort of a prop, and yes, that’s a gold tooth.
giving face…
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Jose stayed snapping portraits of himself between shots of us!
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Hair was 100% dry, 6 hours later!
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Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

curly beauties I found while exploring…
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Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

The waves were SICK and the tide kept surprising us and flooding our little chill space.  Of course my shoes and jacket were carried out to sea… 
Ocean 2, Nikki 0 
Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!

And later that night we went back to the same spot for Feijoada. Two Caipirinhas later, toward
the end of the meal, the waiter brought out the desert. 

My response? 

hearty, ‘gracias!’ 

He did a double take, laughed and said, ‘that’s
Spanish not Portuguese dear! Maybe after one more Caipirinha she’ll be
speaking Russian!’ #ShitsReal

Make New Friends- More Brazilian Fun!
Wondering who that handsome couple is? Why that’s Hubby’s good friend and Kappa brother Brandon and his gorgeous wife Tammy. #YoGotDamn #Nupes

So I was thinking… when you travel to a new land, you have to make a friend to truly
experience the culture. Otherwise you’ll never get past the barriers,
and be trapped in tourist purgatory. We made a friend in Greece (our
host, that we still FB frequently!) and I’m proud to say we now have
friends in Brazil. They welcomed us with open arms and I truly feel
blessed for the experience.

More pics later!

what I wore-
Mustard Yellow Skirt and Pink Tank- Forever 21 
Beanie- Gifted from Threadmill 
Flag tank- Gifted from ROMWE
Denim Shorts- Gifted from Romwe


  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    YES @ LaShelle, they'll take you there quick!

    thanks everyone for your comments and participation! Love y'all!!!xx

  • LaShelle says:

    Just left Maputo, Mozambique 2 days ago. Saying thank you in Portuguese is too complicated! I had some Caipirinhas as well. Those drinks were nice; they will take you there! Glad you're having fun!

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG! This was beautiful! Thanks Nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG! This was beautiful! Thanks Nikki!

  • Aysa says:

    Rio!!!!!! It's so refreshing to see again!! The people are so beautiful and I miss the beach and the monkeys in the trees!!!! Nikki Bravo!!!

  • Thaís says:

    Seja bem vinda ao Brasil!


  • Asia says:

    Your wash and gos are my dream hair.

  • Maxine says:

    Great post. You have me excited to travel the world!!!!

  • Carla says:

    Your hair is hot in this post!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair looks amazing!

  • Unknown says:

    Oopss..that was gorgeous on the wash n go

  • Unknown says:

    I love your hair in wash and go….goooooogeous!
    Re the questions i think they did not have the bottom on the glass made when the put in the kiwi and apples and when they put them in then the sealed the "glass" bottom. No I would not let my 2 year old baby girl go naked on the beach…too many "strange"characters and it is setting a president at an early age. Next vaca in Guyana, Georgetown..not far from your current location…why FAMILY REUNION!!! can't wait

  • Anonymous says:

    Madam CurlyNikki,
    I had to write a comment thanking you for showing the true beautiful face of Brazil. I just saw the new ads for Macy's about Brazil. There are no shades of brown Naturals in the bunch. I have so much respect for you doing this. I have just booked my tickets to Florence, Italy & London, England. I will be on the search for all the Brown Natural Beauties (male & female) that I can find. From one curly to another, I salute you.

  • Anonymous says:

    Peace/Blessing I love your blog, I wore locs for 12 years, and a 1 year ago, i cut my hair. I had a hard time at first. but my good friend told me about your blog, and I have been having a ball, reading about health, diet, and all the things I need to keep me going when it comes to my hair. My blessings to you and your family, keep the photo coming. well done….

  • Anonymous says:

    LOVE the pics and commentary. Had to laugh at the NUPE reference (my hubby's a Kappa too)!
    Thanks for sharing

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    lol @ lin, yep 🙂

    Thanks ladies!!!

  • Lin says:

    "violate the curls"…lol, is that a J Cole reference?? I too LOVE the WnG! La vida loca…

  • Kimmie0810 says:

    Love the pics.

    I like the W&G better than the T&C on you. I know I've read posts where u explained why u don't do W&G, but for someone who likes big hair, that's some BIG HAIR! I guess I'm biased b/c W&G is my staple style from transition period til now–2yrs natural.

    Whoever suggested an international meet-up was on point! That would be something totally awesome. I too, like to find local friends when I go on vacation. My trip to Jamaica was so un-touristy and I had a BALL!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    ^^^ will do! in the meantime, email me 🙂 Let's chat!

  • Crishair says:

    Love your wash & go, Nikki!!!!!! Please, do it more times!

  • 2ManyThoughts41Mind says:

    have you ever considered doing a travel post Nikki?? you seem to travel a lot and are always staying in places that are NOT hotels and i am very interested in doing the same and curious as to how you find/found these places…I plan to start travelling and have been doing research but i DONT want to stay in hotels. I believe you can get more from the experience or travel and really immerse yourself in the locaties staying in condos and such as you do. any tips (from anyone) or a post would be great.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Whoa, such beautiful commentary ladies. Thank you so much for following me along on this trip. Every AM I rise and think about the posts, the messages, imagery, etc. and how to best bring Brazil to you. I hope you all make it down this way, it's even more beautiful in person. More pics tomorrow! Thanks again!


  • Anonymous says:

    OMG Nikki… this has been the best travel post thus far! I really absorbed it all like I was living it along with y'all lol. Awesome pics!

    Love that tidbit about making friends in other places… I have always worried about language barriers holding me back in my thirst for travel but you just gave me a boost with that, so thank you.

    Keep them coming!

    P.S. That WNG? FAB.

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG! You are too too funny! Thanks for sharing your life with us.

  • Anonymous says:

    Love your wash-n-go!!

  • keisha says:

    Girl I am enjoying this vacay thru your eyes! Looks like so much fun…so where are we going next?? 🙂 Beautiful women and gorgeous hair! Your WNG is fabulous! Do you think you'll do them once you get back via the 'brazilian way'?

  • marianela says:

    Omg! The beaches look so beautiful and so do the natural hair styles. I can't to be able to go on a vacation like this but I have to wait for my kids to get a lot bigger and a lot more mature in order to go out the U.S. lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nina is fierce, and that head wrap is everything…you go girl!!!

  • Candace4life says:

    @Nadia 4:38pm

    I know right lol…..Curlynikki will be telling us about another baby soon. All of that partying and a another blessing will arise from it lol….

  • Nadia says:

    Your daughter is gonna be like my parents were kick ass!
    Doing the damn thing at work and play, I wouldn't be surprised with all that great , hair, food, friends, and festivities that there won't be a little sibling joining Boogie soon! Have fun for all the parents who can't party right now .

  • Abstract says:

    Honey your WNG is BOSS!!!!

  • TTsGurlBB says:

    Fantastic post as usual. Nina is dope!! And you are rocking that wash-n-go. Very nice!!

  • Carla says:

    Nikki, I absolutely enjoyed reading this article 🙂 First off, Nina is GORGEOUS and exudes confidence even in her photos. Secondly, you look like you're having a blast…work hard, party hard. Thirdly, thank you so much for making the connection with the lovely Brazilian ladies. I LOVE to travel and making new friends and exploring the culture is what it's all about.

    I understand that Brazil has it's own set of setbacks…racism, high crime, poverty but what place doesn't? These people look so happy because despite it all it is THEIR home. Safe travels lady…

  • Anonymous says:

    Bravo! You always look gorgeous, and the women out there are beautiful as well. Looks like you are having a blast!

  • Anonymous says:

    Looks like you are having a blast! Thanks for posting all the pictures. I think Brazil has moved further up on my bucket list lol. BTW, your hair looks great in the beach pics. So voluminous. Hope you wear it that way more often!

  • Candace4life says:

    I must say those pictures are gorgeous, and everyone definitely was having fun :). Now onto the hair style, so loving that Wash n Go you must definitely do more of that style. Your hair styles that you've done is great as well, but that wash n go was just perfection. I just wanted to reach through the computer, and put my hand in it real quick j/k lol…lol…

  • Anonymous says:

    ^^ Well said anon 1:03; I completely agree. Thanks for this Nikki!

  • sandy says:

    Wow…thanks for these pictures. I watch the Zimmern travel show and I love his shows. His point, the same as yours, is that the people are what is important. You learn about the food and its connection to culture and its people. And that certainly seems what is happening with you on this vacation. I've learned more and you've really captured the essence of the experiences there. This was your best travelogue yet. I was sharing this with my husband and he said we will really need more shows showing our folks interacting with the folks of different diaspora countries and continents. I agree. This would have made a wonderful tv show. I like what I see. I've learned about hair, food and how it all connects with the people and their culture. Thank you so much CN.

  • Anonymous says:

    The head wrap on the queen…someone please show me how to do my wraps like that. So BEAUTIFUL!!

    Nicol C.

  • watkinsabob says:

    Didn't know you weren't a fan of wash and gos. I guess its always good to revisit things we've deemed "not for us" haha!! Loving the travel diary!!

  • Deia@LoveInTangles says:

    Looks like you should be doing more wash n go's. Your hair and curls were so gorgeously delicious!!!! Love!!!

  • CurlyLove says:

    Your hair looks amazing! But I have to say Jose sneaking pics of hisself…hilarious!!

  • Lorenda says:

    Lmaooooo #noshirt#noshoes#noservice I love you for that Nikki

  • slyplace3033 says:

    I love, love, love these pictures! Brazil looks amazing as does your hair. I have been growing my hair for almost two years and can't wait for it to be longer.

  • Abby says:

    I am so jealous of you right now. I would love to go to Brazil the culture and the history is stunning and interesting. Black people are so diverse in every country.

  • Aiyana Q says:

    i'm living vicariously through you with these posts about brazil. you look like you are having an amazing time!!

  • Annabel says:

    Nina is gorg! Love the wash n go on you, look forward to seeing how it turns out on day 2. It's been a blast seeing Brazil through your eyes!

  • Tanika says:

    I really appreciated your post Nikki. Brazil is my favorite South American country and seeing your photos brought me back. I am happy that you felt the natural warmth of the people. I studied abroad there in '96 and went for my honeymoon in 2011. In any case, you mixed in well and can pass for being Brazilian. Hopefully, you got a chance to pick up "Raca" magazine – it's the Brazilian version of Essence. Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

  • Aiyana Q says:

    i'm living vicariously through you with these posts about brazil. you look like you are having an amazing time!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki! Love the pictures. You made me feel as if I was there. You go girl!!!!!!

  • Meena says:

    Loving the mustard colored skirt! where did you get it?

  • Moe says:

    Once again I looooooove these pics! Hell I almost felt like i was there lol Keep em coming!!!!!

  • MsFarrah says:

    your hair…..#Gorgeous!!!!!!!
    LOVE IT:)

  • Anonymous says:

    Great pics!
    The Brazilian ladies really look extremely fit! Nice to see that these ladies are taking care of hair in a simple fashion and definitely taking care of their bodies. I see now why they have the reputation they have! They look lovely and very positive/friendly!
    Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  • Devon says:

    NIKKI! Omg, your wash & go, I HEART it! Looks like you guys are had the time of you life, how amazing!

  • moya says:

    I also LUV the wrap on the Queen of afro zumbue!!want to learn how to do that.

  • GGmadeit says:

    that Wash n Go is EVERYTHING on you my friend! Work it!
    I love traveling through your eyes! I love how you do it!

  • moya says:

    WOW it look so beautiful.. and you hair looks good.. the Brazilians seems so friendly!!enjoy!!

  • Kinsmankid says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos of your trip to Brazil. You are a great ambassador for the natural sisters.

  • Davina916 says:

    Loving your hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    Really enjoying these pix. Keep'em coming. Your wash-n-go looks great! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikki – How about organizing an International U.S.A./Brazilian Natural hair meet-up? That would be fun.

  • makaekae says:

    nikki you are rocking that wash n' go how did you get your hair not to shrink up so much?!

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  • QawanDee says:

    Nikki, it looks like ur having soooo much fun!!! God is really blessing you and your family! Your hair looks amazinggggg hun! (:

  • Dani @ says:

    PS your hair looks AMAAAAZING in that pic "curly beauties"

  • Gwenn4ya says:

    Wow! You are making me want to take a trip to Brazil…..yay!!!

  • Dani @ says:

    Oh it all looks so wonderful. I agree that you need to find an "insider" buddy when you travel to new places. DH is so social, we always seem to make a few local friends…once they stop thinking he's FBI or a cop LOL

  • Kudos says:

    Love this post! That's exactly how I feel when I visit another country, the tourist-y spots are okay, but it's THE BEST when you truly get to experience the culture!!

  • Pecancurls says:

    Nik, love the pics! It is cool that you get to truly immerse yourself in the culture sans tourist purgatory. Your wash and go is ridic!! Love it! In my next life I will be able to achieve such a fierce wash and go. 🙂

  • AquaCurls says:


    You seem to be having a blast on your vacation! And, your hair in each picture is always on point! Thanks for sharing your vacation with your readers! 🙂

  • Rhonda C says:


    The best post ever! I have traveled to Brazil before visiting three cities several years ago, but looking at your photos and realize that I was in "tourist purgatory" *lol*. Maybe time for another visit?

    PS. I love the hair in the beach scenes! #keeper

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