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Welcome to Rio- Partying with a Purpose!

By January 27th, 2021128 Comments
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Welcome to Rio- Partying with a Purpose!

Hubby and I’ve been grinding nonstop for years- skipped vacations, put college degrees before tropical degrees, birthed a baby, forgone club hoppings (mostly)- and concluded that we
need some shade and a vacay. From what we can tell, we’re about 5
vacations behind and have decided to play a serious game of catch up.  Looking
for motivation to determine our next destination, I remembered the posts from Marques about race and hair relations in Brazil.  I heard about an organization called Estimativa  (means ‘esteem’ in Portuguese) that works primarily to empower women of color and couldn’t help but want to do a little more.

Now, if this was a movie, we’d just fade to black, and *poof* bring the women and their
members here…but this ain’t no movie, and I ain’t Oprah. We ain’t got
it like that. *Yoouu get a trip, and youu get a trip!* Nah son.

So then I thought perhaps I could go to them… bringing the CurlyNikki
community with me, armed with curl knowledge and translated articles to
share.  I called my good friend Mahisha at CURLS and she too wanted to get in on the action and donated a TON of products.  I plan to work a little, play a little lots, soak up some sun, the culture and take in the sights… specifically, all the curls!  I’m even thinking about starting the Brazilian Butt Lift (*work out plan girl!*) so I can convert my spongebob into a donk, or at least whatever my skinny genes will allow!

So here we are…

Stay tuned for more ways that you can contribute and get involved too!


g-chatting with Boog… 
Welcome to Rio- Partying with a Purpose!
 I ‘ugly cried’ shortly thereafter. 
I always feel grown when I’m making the reservations and then feel guilty/sad/like she’ll forget me as the trip gets closer. #neurotic 

Welcome to Rio- Partying with a Purpose!
…the first thing I did after our 10 hour flight? Jumped online to check in! 

GIVEAWAY ALERT!
Welcome to Rio- Partying with a Purpose!

Of all the articles on CurlyNikki.com over the years, leave a link to your favorite one below in the comments… or the one that you most believe will benefit the women of Estimativa.
 On Wednesday, May 16th at 5pm EST, 8 winners will be randomly selected to take home one full size bottle of CURLS’ Cashmere Curl Jelly!

128 Comments

  • Bobby says:

    I WON…YESSSS!! Thanks Nikki & CURLS!

  • Carla says:

    Thank you Nikki!! I really look forward to hearing about the Brazilian women's perspectives on these articles :))

  • Butterfly3000 says:

    Go To Marius….If you visit the Copacabanna area. Best Brazilian food I've ever had in my life!

  • TTsGurlBB says:

    Congrats winners!!

  • Divadeb says:

    YAY! Thank you Nikki!! I know I don't have to say this, but plenty of pictures please!! I also love the article of being an emotional cutter!! Needed that today 4 real!! Much love Deb aka KinkyNappyHappy!!!

  • Alicia says:

    CONGRATS DEB! SHARE YOU PRIZE W/ ME! LOL

  • Stesha says:

    Have fun on your trip!

    I don't know why, but the Raven interview was my inspiration to go natural: http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/02/raven-symone-natural-hair-interview.html

    Hugs and Mocha,
    Stesha

  • Unknown says:

    AND thank you for sharing your trip with us. Your photos are wonderful! Nice to have a girlfriend join you too~!

  • Unknown says:

    I don't have a favorite because there are so many and my memory is bad. But I just want to give a shout out and compliment to whoever comes up with your article titles. Because no matter what, they compel me to come to your site to get my 'read' on! I hope you have a WONDERFUL time in Rio! One of my dream spots, too!

    One thing before I go. When you mentioned you were checking in on the barometer of race relations, hair etc. Reminded me of the song that was banned because of the negative reference to the songwriter's wife's hair.

    I had a recent encounter with a Brazilian woman online via Amazon.com who took issue with my referring to my hair as "African American hair" while giving feedback on a product I'd tried.

    Turns out she was looking for an opening to make racist remarks about dark people and specifically dark Brazilian people.

    I'd be curious to see if you encountered any overt or subtle racism while there.

    I know you're there for a little work and a LOT of play SO—-have fun girl!!!!

  • Faith says:

    Personally, this one REALLY spoke to me and helped me with my journey.
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/believing-in-who-you-are-when-no-one.html

  • Charel says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/02/transitioning-ignoring-urge-to-return.html

    As a new natural, I found this article helpful.

  • TraciB says:

    The Dictionary was the BEST thing I ran into when I started my natural journey! Every blog I read used abbreviations and that drove me crazy! Not EVERYONE knows what a WnG is. I HAD a TWA and didn't even know it at the time… Share your dictionary with them.

    http://www.curlynikkiforums.com/general/179-natural-hair-dictionary-detangling-terms.html#post1177

  • Jamie says:

    I'd have to say that the realization that I had thick hair BUT fine strands really made my life A LOT easier. I nominate the whole "SO Fine" articles, but if I had to pick one I'd go with this:
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/03/so-fine-natural-hair-part-4.html

  • MsLea says:

    This article really helped me when I first big chopped and was struggling with the process. I always refer back to it when I feel like back-sliding and making an appointment with my stylist for a relaxer. This article is saving me from the creamy crack!
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • Danielle Morvan says:

    Thank you Nikki for all of your wonderful work for us girlies in the states and of course this great effort in Brazil. One post from the site that I think the girls will be able to completely relate to is the one about believing in ones self. In the case of these brazilian beauties they may need to become completely convinced that they are beautiful as they are and have the accompanying belief that their right to express themselves however they see fit.

    And so I offer you….
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/believing-in-who-you-are-when-no-one.html

    A wonderful piece that will give the girls a little inspiration, since after all embracing our natural hair is not just a hairstyle but a lifestyle focused on self love and self acceptance.

    Have an amazing time!

  • Zaakirah says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/05/affirmations-for-when-you-feel-like.html

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/forgive-and-forget-theory.html

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/to-broken-hearted-girls.html

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/believing-in-who-you-are-when-no-one.html

  • Jenga says:

    I chose this article because it is similar to my natural hair and self confidence journey and that of many other natural haired women i know struggling with self-identity versus the images portrayed on the covers of magazines, television, movies and music videos. It can be difficult to find beauty in our natural selves when we are often bombareded with images of perfect long silky hair and photoshopped impossible body parts. Self – love and genuine appreciation is one of the greatest achievements there are. Regardless of ethnicity, language, religion or nationality, I think all women can identify with this article, especially the women Estimativa.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • Ayisha B says:

    Hi CN, so I love the fact that you are on a mission for fun and relaxation with your hubby but also on a mission to help the naturals in Brazil embrace who they are and tell adversity to shut its mouth when its talking to them. I think Estimiva can benefit from this http://www.curlynikki.com/search/label/Stylin%27%20and%20Profilin%27 and this http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/12/henna-pictorial.html. These articles have truly been a benefit to me and my curly tresses. And also gives me confidence on days when I'm low. Thanks CN…your Awesome!

  • marianela says:

    To be very honest I am very new to curlynikki.com but I think that the articles I like the most are the ones with celebs showing their natural beauty. The reason I think these articles would help the estmativa organization in Brazil is because (whether I like to admit it or not) celebs play a vital role in women's self esteem, especially women of color. When you see someone that is in the spotlight and excepts their natural beauty the way God intended it, it speaks to women world-wide because it shows that society has undergone a real change in the way women with natural hair are viewed. Everyone wants to feel accepted and beautiful, that is part of what builds confidence and self-esteem. Plus many of these celebs were not only honest, but also inspiring as well which in a way makes the natural hair revolution so much more real and effective world-wide.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/search/label/Celebrity%20Interviews

  • Divadeb says:

    I don't post much in the forums anymore, but I read the articles every week. You've provided us with great information and inspiration; therefore, you should provide the ladies with iPods with the CN app already loaded..lol I'm so serious but to follow the rules I've include a link to one of the top 5 articles I've read and enjoyed since joining the CN community over 2 years ago. The link below is one I re-visit from time to time. Reading this has helped me more than you know, and I know sharing this will help others as well.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/06/5-hair-care-mistakes-most-naturals-make.html

    Nikki have a wonderful trip/vacation, and please continue doing what you do.

    KinkyNappyHappy aka Deb

  • ANH says:

    I think that this post would be both inspirational and relevant.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/07/self-concept-thursday_15.html

    akira_poodie@yahoo.com

  • Shana says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/05/curly-hair-101-revisiting-basics.html

    I think this would be a very useful article to help lay the foundation for healthier hair care practices.

  • kiminprogress says:

    kiminprogress@gmail.com
    This is the one of the first articles I read when I was flirting with the idea of transitioning. Once I made the decision I remember a family member of mine telling me that based on my hair when I was younger I "had to" do something to my hair to tame it because "it was just so big and curly." Until that article I thought a relaxer was a must; this helped me see it was a choice I was making based on self esteem and concern of what others thought. http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • Unknown says:

    beliving in who you are when no one else deos, whats holding you back, and knowing the truth about yourself, How have you thanked me lately. In my opinion all of these stand out as inspirational,spiritual and Truth. EVERYONE, I repeat everyone will need inspiration at one point when their feeling down. If you have no inspiration, insight, positivity deep down in your soul, when your down you have Nothing to pull from to get you through the rest of the day or week even. #Marriage, parenthood and Henna too K.wallace757@gmail.com

  • haitianbeauty says:

    Definately……

    How have you thanked me lately?
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/how-have-you-thanked-me-lately.html

    Hey,…It's ok to say no. (I'm sure we all have difficulties with this and there are some people that take advantage of knowing that.
    http://www.curlynikki.com/search/label/self-esteem?&max-results=6

  • Charisse H says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/believing-in-who-you-are-when-no-one.html

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  • Netta says:

    I love these 2 articles.

    Low maintenance and funky style 🙂
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/04/chic-janelle-monae-style-for-natural.html

    These recipes saved me from sooo many hair problems.
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/02/curlwhisperers-home-remedies.html

  • watkinsabob says:

    Actually having everyone post their favorite link, helps me see some of the other great posts I may have missed. This one is a great example. Hotness! Thanks CN!!

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • Renee says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/10/we-will-not-lose-our-love-our-marriage.html

    -Renee J

  • Renee says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/10/we-will-not-lose-our-love-our-marriage.html

    -Renee J

  • Onome says:

    Helped me a lot !!!!

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/08/seeing-your-natural-hair-through-new.html

    Onome E

  • Purp says:

    Since I did my 2nd henna treatment this weekend I feel like an article about henna would benefit the ladies!!

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/two-step-henna-indigo-process.html#comment-form

  • KayDanai says:

    I really wanted to find one link, but I love everything on here and think it's useful information. Learning and laughing at the same damn time.

  • deep.honey says:

    Love your adventurous spirit! Have a great time in Rio! Please post details re the name of the hotel and the neighborhoods you visited when you return. I need to take another trip to South America…

  • Quite says:

    This is one I feel is really important

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/facing-reality-about-hair-you-have.html

  • DeidreLynn says:

    Have fun in Rio I hope that you have a wonderful productive yet relaxing trip. I am glad that you are going down their on a mission to sow some "free your mind and your hair will follow" seeds! Hopefully more women over the years will learn to love, embrace, and take care of their natural textured hair, be it coiling, curly, wavy or straight. PLEASE TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS 😀

  • ymorris says:

    9-5-2011 A Curl is a Curl: Are 4c Spirals Coveted? By Antoinette of acurlsbf.com

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/09/curl-is-curl-are-4c-spirals-coveted.html

    This is an article that I printed and give to woman that have similar hair texture as mine (4a – c) that ask me what products they can buy to change their hair like so-in-so's. I tell them to accept their hair texture in it's natural state no matter what grade/type/texture it is and focus on growing healthy, natural hair!!!

  • DreamchaZer1920 says:

    After I saw your "baby doll" hair, I turned into a Henna head!

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/im-henna-head.html

    Take lots of pics!!

  • DiscoveringNatural says:

    I'm currently transitioning and love the option of not doing the big chop. Not a lot of people outside the US know of this option of transitioning.

    This article helped me not return to relaxer whenever I hit a tough phase during my transition. I hope it will help another transitioner.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/02/transitioning-ignoring-urge-to-return.html

  • Sieglinda79 says:

    Being that I'm about to start my "Henna-Head" journey.. I'm posting the Henna Benefits link!
    Thanks Nikki for all you do! Have fun in RIO!!

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/im-henna-head.html

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Nikki! I read the article about race and hair relations in Brazil and it stated that the standard of beauty is "tall, slim, white women with light eyes." I find this to be extremely unfortunate. Beauty comes in all shades, and beautiful hair comes in a variety of textures.

    I think the articles:http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/01/hair-self-esteem.html AND http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/12/theres-more-in-mirror.html, really would benefit the women of Estimativa because they will encourage them to embrace their natural beauty and hair regardless of the environment around them and other peoples opinions AND to remember that true beauty really does come from within. There really is power in focusing on the positives instead of the negatives.

    Have a safe trip and God Bless!

    ~caramelcurls

  • Tashana says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/12/henna-pictorial.html

  • Anonymous says:

    You are gonna love Rio. I studied abroad in South America and got the opportunity to visit there and Sao Paulo and Salvador.

    You're gonna love love love it and when you leave you'll have tons of saudade!
    Enjoy yourself.
    -Brit

  • Anonymous says:

    This post made my day! I firmly believe you will continue to be blessed for taking action such as this.

  • FelicityRhode says:

    I think this article is awesome. It provides some really cool alternatives to the products we used when natural hair products were more limited.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/05/updates-to-old-school-hair-care.html

  • Anonymous says:

    off to buy some curls products. #yougiveigive

  • Bridgette D. says:

    For all of us SuperMoms out there who never slow down or give up the good fight:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/05/got-that-s-on-my-chest.html

  • Andrea H. says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/12/teaching-our-sons-to-love-our-natural.html

  • dbiz says:

    i actually bookmarked this one! it's the 7 best oils for natural hair. gives a breakdown of what's in each oil and why it's good for you! as a transitioner this has been soooo educational!!!!

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/05/7-fabulous-natural-oils-for-natural.html

  • melmorgan4 says:

    Have a wonderful time.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • DeAndra says:

    Have an awesome time! Thanks for sharing your journey!

  • DorShann says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/01/hair-self-esteem.html

    After transitioning for a year and finally cutting the rest, I was so unsure of my new hair self and thought my husband would hate me for the change. This was a great article for me. I now love everything about my curls and my husband does too. I recently got a roller set and he hated it – told me he's use to the curls and wanted them back!

  • G. Cradle says:

    Hey, Nikki!

    My favorite article is "It's Not Your Hair Honey, It's Your Attitude."(http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/12/its-not-your-hair-honey-its-your.html)
    I think the women Estimativa could benefit from the message of self-love and acceptance-it's REALLY important. Your individuality and uniqueness are priceless. You have to be happy with yourself first. Find your own swag & do you! Have fun in Rio!

  • Kudos says:

    Oh yeah, and Boogie won't forget you!

  • Kudos says:

    Have fun! Enjoy and be a blessing.

    My favorite articles, which were most beneficial to me, and I believe will be beneficial to the women of Estimativa are:
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/if-we-were-friends.html
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/01/you-will-never-measure-up.html

    …it was funny because this white lady at work this am was just talking about how she took her 6-yr old son to get his hair cut, he wanted it cut a certain way because, "he has all these African-American friends whose hair is curly. I was like, Eric, you hair can't do that…"

  • QueenDBW says:

    My favorite article was the recent re-post about hair porosity. I finally figured out why my hair "grew" to epic proportions on some days. We'll see if I'm able to apply my nw-found knowledge as I deal with this Hot-Lanta summer……

  • Mom2Ian says:

    Well, since you're taking this thing global why not take a trip to Africa next? I'd love to know more about their hair practices. There was an article or two on CN about hair banding and hair practices of school aged African girls. It would be cool to experience it through you.

    Maybe folk can participate in future trips by donating products or tagging along?

  • Lisa Michelle says:

    I've been talking quite a bit recently about having Curly Confidence, and I know the Brazilian curly hair/light skinned vs dark skinned issues have been in the spotlight recently. I would love for the girls and ladies of Estimativa to realize that their curly hair is beautiful, their skin color is beautiful, and that THEY can create their own standard of beauty. My blog motto is "Learn to LOVE what you've got" and I think we'd all be a better people if we remembered that. thishairofmine.com | www.facebook.com/thishairofmine

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/01/hair-self-esteem.html

  • Anonymous says:

    This post has been the most beneficial to my hair so I believe the women of Estimativa will greatly appreciate it as well -Tia N. http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/12/henna-pictorial.html

  • Anonymous says:

    Looking forward to more Rio posts! 🙂
    My favorites are all articles that are about the CG method. Such a simple method/inexpensive method to follow if it works for your particular hair.

  • Alicia says:

    Here is one of my favorite articles: http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/09/homemade-product-recipes.html

    I think this would be very helpful to the women of Brazil who cannot afford to buy expensive hair products. They can use this to make their own and still keep their curls looking gorgeous.

  • Unknown says:

    This is so hard. umm I'd have to say my favorite article is " You will never measure up". After I read this I really satrted appreciating my own hair!
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/01/you-will-never-measure-up.html

  • DiJah says:

    Your 2010 winter hair regimen helped me a lot as someone who wasn't sure about products and styles, even though i've been natural for years, and i believe anyone can benefit from these tips.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/12/2010-winter-hair-regimen.html

  • Zaralynette says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/if-we-were-friends.html#comment-form
    This one!! I thought it was really touching 🙂

  • Abby says:

    I don't really think about Brazil that often but your article… well if I'm honest it didn't really inspire me to do something about Brazil. I think they're are a ton more stigma's and insecurities in the natural community and no matter how much black people as a whole of progressed I still get the little snide comment from my 'sisters'. Off the topic your hair and cheekbones are beautiful. Você é incrível e inspiradora

  • Rosa Leal says:

    Naturally curly hair holds so many implications and, more likely than not, negative connotations for so many people around the world. Spanish-America, perhaps just as much as America, hold its women to the same conditioned standardized perceptions of beauty. The articles that I identify with the most and the ones that have given me the most strength are ones that empower women to love themselves and their hair as well as express the beauty of being natural. I believe that these articles will do the same for the women of Estimativa:
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/05/beauty-of-different.html
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/02/tears-ive-shed-on-couch-with-kurlybella.html
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/08/seeing-your-natural-hair-through-new.html
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/06/teaching-your-daughter-to-love-her.html

  • NaeNaeBoo01 says:

    Every one needs some affirmations in their life… A Postive focus when going though trials– And on the day this was posted– I needed it:)Loved it…
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/05/affirmations-for-when-you-feel-like.html

    A wonderful article that helped me to change my life when I decided to go natural…
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/10-steps-for-growing-healthy-natural.html

  • CurlyChellez says:

    My favorite post has always been your Hair Story. http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/my-hair-story-pt1.html

    I also think your henna tutorials are great too!

  • Anonymous says:

    Please don't stop posting because of so few people that can't be happy for someone doing well. Brazil is on my bucket list, so please share. Happy you are able to go, sorry you are missing your baby! Thank God for Skype!
    Xoxo,
    Diane

  • Andrea says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/05/natural-hair-graduation-styles-reloaded.html

    so many good styles that can be worn all the the time, not just graduation

  • Tara J says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/secrets-to-simple-natural-hair-routine.html

    I think this article is very helpful because it goes over the basics of establishing a hair care regimen.

  • Anonymous says:

    To start I really enjoy this website as a whole. I'm a daily visitor and truly believe Curly Nikki has an awesome work ethic.

    I also will not let someone else's life dictate how I feel about my own. I too have a fabulous life in my own rights.

    With that said, i also can see the viewpoint of anonymous @ 8:45pm.

    ***but to the point of this post I like most of the articles but I really enjoyed the one about be happy with what you have right now***

    Rhonda

  • Anonymous says:

    You're living the good life son!
    But this is absolutely one of my favorite articles of all time.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/believing-in-who-you-are-when-no-one.html

    Ashley L.

  • An Aspiring Natural 318 says:

    This site is a wealth of information and is hard to chose just one. This one is currently helping since I'm on the hunt for a conditioner that will help with my detangling process.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/05/secret-to-super-slippery-conditioners.html

  • Re says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/08/tightly-curly-method.html

    that's my favorite – helped me alot!

  • NappySpirit says:

    This is the best advice i've ever received for my curls. 🙂
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/10/low-manipulation-styles-knowing-when-to.html

  • JeweJeweBee says:

    Great skin Nikki!!! I'm 18 and I WISH I could have skin like yours. lol
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/be-grateful-for-what-you-have-right-now.html

  • Ti'ana says:

    I love every article! Check it on a daily, but this one appeals to me a lot..

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/finding-best-shampoo-for-your-hair.html

  • Carla says:

    Hey Nikki, I love, love, love this! Firstly, Brazil has been one of the top places on my list to visit for so long. I'm so fascinated by the diversity and culture as well as the deeply rooted racial tensions in Brazil. It's a goal of mine to make it over there one day soon and I look forward to hearing more about ways to get involved with Estimativa!

    Since we're not focusing solely on hair but also the esteem of women in Brazil, I have to say that the message from "The Key to Your Happiness & Success" stuck with me long after I read it. As a current transitioner (7 months in to be exact), I've quickly learned that no matter how many products you have this natural journey is one of self approval…seeking not only to love your hair, but yourself as you are in this moment in time and as God created you. That message can never get old 🙂

    Cuidate y tengan un buen viaje!

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/key-to-your-happiness-success.html

  • MzNicole83 says:

    Natural Hair and Self- Esteem article

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • Anne Hill says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/04/mahoganycurls-roller-set-how-to.html.
    I just love love love her hair. This is my all time fav.

  • Nolee S. says:

    The benefits of the CG Method:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/cg-method-and-natural-hair.html

  • Anonymous says:

    This is beautiful! Such a great cause!

  • Tiffany A. Woods says:

    Any Curly knows you need a good conditioner. I enjoyed reading about them in this blog www.curlynikki.com/2012/05/secret-to-super-slippery-conditioners.html

  • KayDee says:

    What spoke to me is: 3: Your hair is yours. Embrace it! When going natural one must accept their strands for what they are. Just because Keisha can rock a fierce flat twist out, doesn't mean you can't either. Just accept that it may not look the same. There's beauty in that.

    For some reason I NEVER thought about that! I am learning so much on this journey and I just started transitioning my 6 year old 2 months ago. I can't lie, I was frustrated with her kinky, coarse hair and saw all the little girls in pictures with neat, pulled back ponies and was like "why can't my baby look like that?" I am disappointed in myself for damaging her beautiful locks but proud of the fact I'm taking her on this journey with me 🙂 [I'm 14 months after the BC]

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/01/going-natural-101-things-to-consider.html

  • Natural Sunshine says:

    I love everything about this site…,
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/10/lock-maintenance-palm-rolling-vs.html

  • uzo says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/02/too-ugly-for-twa-teeny-weeny-afro.html

    hope you have fun in Rio Nikki i am only 13 and reading your blog makes me want to enjoy the present, but also look towards the future.

  • Sunshinecurls says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/09/dry-damp-or-wet-detangling-natural-hair.html

    Detangling is number 1!! I'm always looking for better ways to safely detangle my hair! Have fun ma'am!!! Get some sun for me!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Oh Nik!!!! I can feel that sentiment about leaving Gia elsewhere. I already know when the time comes for me to leave my boy I'll be in tears and my husband will make fun of me but will cry deep down inside, lol.

    Can't wait to hear about your time in Rio! ENJOY!!!!!!

    @Anonymous May 14, 2012 8:45 PM

    Ma'am/sir… I'm so tired of people like you, busy picking bones wherever you can find them, busy expecting other people to stop living the life THEY can live just so your jealous coveting ass can feel better about yourself.

    Nikki is NOT responsible for your self-esteem/mental health. GO SIDDOWN SOMEWHERE.

    Sorry Nik, I had to. Ol trollin ass troll.

  • Anonymous says:

    Every curly should remember that no one or their society should decide how they wear their hair. No negative comments or reactions should detour you from being you.
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/ive-never-seen-that-before.html

    Brooke B.

  • Rhonda C says:

    Nik,

    I must agree with Shelli and Marcia. The henna tut and t-n-c-tut were the most informational for me.

    Links:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/12/henna-pictorial.html

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/as-promised-t-n-c-tutorial-is-here-d.html

  • Nadia says:

    This article is a great foundation to start with for ladies who are transitioning http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/01/how-to-transition-partial-primer.html.
    Good luck on your trip and enjoy. Congratulations to you and your husband on all your accomplishments, I wish you both continued success.

  • Tara Shenéa says:

    Very beneficial article for me last year and hopefully to women of Estimativa this year.

    The Tightly Curly Method
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/08/tightly-curly-method.html

  • moya says:

    Like everyone it was hard to choose, henna cloring for hair,, which when i started had know idea wht that was.. but now lovin it…keep up the good work…

  • srednov says:

    There are so many it was hard to pick one, but this is the one that I beleive will be most beneficial to the women of Estimativa: http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • Quaneasha says:

    @anonymous

    She is going on this trip for a cause!! She manages this blog and her daily life all by herself so she should be able to take a vaca without feeling guilty about it.

    And why would you feel depressed by seeing someone else's fabulous life. Yes, she receives free things (and I admit I'm a lil jealous of that lol), but so what? That shouldn't affect you that much or cause you to feel alienated. If you don't like these posts, then skip em 🙂

  • Quaneasha says:

    My Favorite:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/04/lets-talk-about-sex-parental-advisory.html
    LOL (don't judge) 😉

    Most beneficial for the cause:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

    Good luck ladies!!
    -Quaneasha

  • Anonymous says:

    I think you alienate some of your readers with all of the emphasis on your fabulous life. All the trips, free clothes, free products, etc. is actually a bit depressing. Many of us are still feeling the effects of the recession and cannot attain or even think to co-exist in such a reality as yours. Don't quickly dismiss this as being jealous either. That's an easy way to disregard this. Coming here, seeking affirmation, becomes demoralizing with repeated posted like this.

  • TTsGurlBB says:

    There were two articles that I felt would be really beneficial for the women of Estimativa:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/10/finding-your-natural-hair-swag.html
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/10-steps-for-growing-healthy-natural.html

    Have a wonderful trip.

  • Terysa says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/04/modified-princess-leia.html

  • Terysa says:

    One of my first and most favorite articles:
    http://www.curlynikki.com/search?q=2+buns

    My weekend protective style 🙂

  • Amanda says:

    Welcome to my city! I hope you enjoy your stay!
    You will see that here curly hair is accepted, but natural hair is not. Girls with "cabelos crespos" go to a salon called Beleza Natural, were they use chemicals to have naturally curly hair (???). The problem is more serious than what you may think. They/we have a deep self esteem problem, so I think that if you can talk to young girls about how their hair is not a reason for shame, that would be already amazing! Be awesome!

  • annydie says:

    This article. Changed me !!! I readit al the time
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/07/self-concept-thursday_28.html

  • L says:

    I cant reference an article in particular, but I can say with certainty that this website helped me to be confident about going "natural".

    However, I do have a bone to pick with Curly Nikki for not answering an email I sent regarding the field of psychology!

    All in all, continue to do what you do. You and your hubby are a true inspiration!

  • Marcia says:

    Honestly I have to take it back to your video/pictoral on how to do the twist and curl http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/10/as-promised-t-n-c-tutorial-is-here-d.html

    It seriously is the foundation of my hair care, my staple style no matter if I am using rollers, rods, etc. I was going to choose one about self-esteem, those are really important but I think acceptance only comes with time and constant self-affirmations. I have sent this video to no less than 30 people. It is great! So glad I found your blog!! Enjoy your trip!!

  • Bobby says:

    This has to be the most interesting and controversial story on here it got over 300 comments and I would love an update on this young lady..
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/10/we-will-not-lose-our-love-our-marriage.html

  • Jasmine H. says:

    So many to choose from, but I think this is what helped me out the most: http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • crimsonpeach says:

    The sentiment in this article I'm still trying to fully accept. Helps to come back to it every once and awhile to keep my head straight.

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/facing-reality-about-hair-you-have.html

  • erickaNicole says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • Anonymous says:

    The MENTAL TRANSITION required when you do go natural. Tips on hair products and techniques help. However,at the end of the day one has to believe that they are okay with their natural hair.

  • JaeAmor says:

    There are so many great articles but, I really like http://www.curlynikki.com/2011/10/transitioning-to-natural-hair-on-budget.html. When this article came out I had bc in August. I often found myself in Target and Sally's beauty supply to stare at the product prices in disbelief . I was determined not to be a product junkie and buy everything that had natural on it lol. Oh the power of knowledge 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Excellent!

  • Anonymous says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/01/natural-remedies-for-naturally-curly.html —Tnisha

  • Gloria says:

    You have so many good articles, but I like this one….
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/07/what-does-it-mean-to-be-natural.html

  • GGmadeit says:

    I saw the email and was like do it Nik! So happy for you and Dr Daddy! Enjoy!

  • Anonymous says:

    Good for you and Curls for giving back. I think your Thursday articles are the best, especially when you take into account the purpose of the organization.

  • Anonymous says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/05/updates-to-old-school-hair-care.html

  • Jillian says:

    This is an amazing idea! Good luck in your journeys!

  • Anonymous says:

    http://www.curlynikki.com/search/label/Hair%20Science

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm so jealous! I'm so happy to see you doing something so positive with your popularity. I hope you all stay safe, have fun and get us some good pictures!

  • iri9109 says:

    too many articles to have a fave, but i think this one would be good for the women of Estimativa, given the title…
    http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/11/natural-hair-and-self-esteem.html

  • Anonymous says:

    Sorry for not having the links but I think you should translate every celeb article that you've done because I think it will help give these ladies encouragement to know that MANY famous celebs are natural as well and it is A.O.K.

  • Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful Nikki!

  • WineGrrl says:

    This is a wonderful site, so it was sort of hard to choose…but choose I did!

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/believing-in-who-you-are-when-no-one.html

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/04/how-have-you-thanked-me-lately.html

  • Anonymous says:

    The hair stories that you used to get back in 2008/2009 were very beneficial in showing that no matter who/what/where you are we felt the same way about hair. Bridged the gap a lot. i read thos articles from a long way away from that States and still could relate. Maybe sharing some of those stories might help.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    *obrigado* is all I know, lol. I'm learning!
    Thanks lady!

  • hairscapades says:

    Ooooh, you are sneaky Nik!! I got the CurlyNikki newsletter this morning and was like, "What? Rio?!?!" LOL!!! Get it lady!! And that pic of your dad with Gia? Love me some Gia. She is just getting cuter and prettier in each pic!! In regard to my fave article? Guuurrrrrrlllllll, too many to chose!! BUT, I have to tell you this!! Back in 2010, when I first discovered your site, I was reading and printing tons of stuff from your site!! I then stowed the things to which I wanted to refer back under the lining in my vanity! Well, your henna gloss post and your regular henna were both in the drawer. As you know, I love my henna and I don't think it would be a Curly Nikki party without sharing the joys of henna:)!!

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2008/12/henna-pictorial.html

    http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/05/curlynikkis-henna-gloss-recipe.html

    Have fun, be safe and OBRIGADO for sharing !!!! (I've now exhausted my Portuguese)!! LOL!!

    Shelli

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