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Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)

By January 27th, 2021340 Comments
And the winner is…

KIA JACKSON!

Email me (nikki@curlynikki.com) with your address and contact info! Congrats chica!

Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)

Remember this?
The tragedy of watching hubby ring in his 30th birthday in State
College was too much to bare, so we decided to meet up in LA with ‘The
Crew’ for a few nights to celebrate on some real levels. It was
damn near perfect- my parents were already in State College, all ripe
for Boogie sitting, and I had a few over-due Hollyweird business
meetings, so I could efficiently execute the motto– work hard,
play hard. I used the descriptor ‘damn near’ because despite the fact
that I was traveling Boogie-free, for the first time in a long time (no
leaky ass sippy cups, no bulky strollers, no poopy diapers that only get
that way the minute after we board), just about everything that
could’ve went wrong yesterday, did.  I won’t bore you with the details,
but I landed at LAX at 10 am and didn’t get to my condo ’til 3.  You do
the math.  Ish was ugly.  So ugly that I was seriously contemplating
calling it a night when a tweet came through from an old friend.

Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
 

I text messaged her and she was all, ‘get up, get dressed and get here boo! It’ll be fun, I promise!’ I thought long and hard because I was down to my last nerve, but (1) I’ve been meaning to catch her show for a while, (2) I miss Kim, we hadn’t hung out since the Grow Out Challenge, (3) who could resist a girl’s night with drinks and laughs?! I couldn’t and apparently, The Crew couldn’t either, so me and 4 dudes descended upon The Comedy Union. They totally crashed Ladies Night.

Peep the view- 

Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
 Kim shut.ish.down. We’ve kicked it
before-with bof’ feet- but this was my first time seeing her
in her element.  Truly inspiring.  If you’re in or around LA, get to The
Comedy Union STAT.  Laughed so hard I pee’ed a little! While commenting
on how she slayed with the big sexy hair and all, she disclosed that
it’s a weave. She said, ‘it’s a protective style, but it still looks
like me!’ Genius.

 The Crashers

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Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
They were so smitten with Kim. Kept commenting on how buttery
smooth her skin was… I was like, stop touching her, lol, give her 50
feet, got damn!
Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
those gorgeous ladies with Kim are CurlyNikki readers and fellow naturals!  *waves* hey Nichole and Kendra, girl!
 But they weren’t the only crashers… Kevin Hart showed up and showed the hell out! 

Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
I died, met a doctor in heaven, got resuscitated and died again.  He’s only the hottest comedian working right now… also happens to be the host of this year’s MTV’s VMAs!

Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
He wanted to take a few of his VMA jokes for a test drive. And yeah, he’s gonna kill it. 
Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
 #WeBoutThatLife

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Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
what i wore- jumper from Loft and sandals from ASOS
So there you have it folks.  The terrible, awful, low down, rotten day turned, well, E.P.I.C.!
Thanks Kim, Kev and Comedy Union for an amazing night!  We will be back πŸ™‚
Oh, and later that night…
#Roscoes
Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
started eating before I remembered to snap a pic!  
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GIVEAWAY!
Tell
me what measures you take to protect your tresses in the name of
progress (be it health or length) for your chance to win a YEAR’S SUPPLY
of the Beautiful Textures line.

Ladies Night Out- CRASHED! (and a Giveaway!)
Tomorrow at 5pm EST, one lucky curly will be randomly selected to take home the goods!

Good luck dolls!

340 Comments

  • Shashou says:

    I'm absolutely horrible when it comes to protecting my hair. But when I do I seal my hair with oil and sometimes I'll rock 2 strand twists and put them in a updo.

  • Melissa Sharma says:

    Hi Nikki, I have just started my natural journey with a BC about three weeks ago. I am loving it! I recently came upon your site and it has some great information!

  • Cherilyn White says:

    When I flat iron my natural tresses, I always use heat protectant to prevent breakage & damage!!

  • Jaleesa Smith says:

    I cowash most of the time to avoid stripping my hair of moisture with shampoo.

  • shajk66 says:

    I focus on my overall health. Going natural has made me stop procrastinating about the health of my body, weight and mind. I look forward to being able to dance salsa, go walking on the beach and in the woods for the rest of my life. A natural journey on all fronts is the key to my success. Specifically to my hair, I dedicate at least one day a week to deep conditioning and relaxing. I wash n go, so 3-3 times per week I moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Thank you.

  • Naturallyfree says:

    When it omens to my hair, it's health is just as important ( maybe more) as the length. I keep my hair clean with co-washes and a good shampoo once a month. I treat my tresses with Rhassoul clay and Tamanu oil. I make sure not to use a lot of dry heat on my hair because it damages and drys out my ends, causing me to have to trim more often, so I make sure to stay away from it. Braids are my best friend! I style my hair with big braids and stay away from the tiny ones.

  • Deborah Hayward Stokes says:

    Hi Niccki – In the fall and part Summer months I wear braids and or weaves for protective styling and moisture daily. I also eat healthy – lots of fresh fruits and green vegetables.

  • Megann B says:

    I have been natural all my life but i used to strIghten my hair fairly often. So i gave myself a 2 year no heat challenge. I have not strayed from my plan once. Only 3 more months to go. My hair is changing back to its natural curl pattern. My curls are tighter and shinier than they have been since I was a little girl. Even after my two years are over I can't see myself putting a hot comb, flat iron, or even a blow dryer to my hair.

    Long live the curls!

  • Ebony Jovetta J says:

    I keep my hair moisturized and healthy by taking care of myself on the inside and out. Drinking plenty of water, eating right, and taking supplements daily. I also try to use natural products on my hair. Water is my hairs best friend and I make sure I get plenty; inside and out!

  • Angela WallaceLittle says:

    I have pledged to…
    – read labels.
    – moisturize every night.
    – wear my bonnet every night.
    – no longer use shampoo.
    – drink lots of water.

  • Car-ra Brimley says:

    I haven't always had a healthy relationship with my hair, but going natural was the best decision I made. This Monday made 2 years since my last relaxer (YAY me!!!) and I was officially a full-fledged bona fide member of the Natural world on January 1, 2012 (YAY me again!!!). During my transition I wore my hair mostly straight and sometimes in roller-rod curls, but I rarely did my own hair. I had always been somewhat reliant on paying someone to do it. My last style prior to my big chop (it was actually a little chop, but very big in significance) was a sew-in which caused me to use too much heat on the hair that was left out.
    In the name of progress, this June I started doing my own hair and working to eliminate heat (no flat ironing, blow dried it once to see if it made a difference in my braid-out… it didn't). I don't have a strict routine as of now for washing, but each time I do I pre-poo with coconut oil and deep condition with olive oil and honey (I love honey in my hair!!!). Since June I have been wearing my hair in braid-outs. For me this means I'm making sure to moisture my hair and seal it. I re-braid my hair every other night depending on my hair's needs, time constraints, and my schedule. I also rock puffs. I'm in the process of incorporating more protective styles… in the name of progress πŸ™‚
    Currently, I'm in at an awkward length area, so I'm mainly focusing on health. Healthy hair is better than any amount of length I could obtain (β€œlong hair don't care” doesn't mean anything if your hair is dried out with split ends). Not only have I been focusing on the health of my hair, but I have taken a holistic stand by also focusing on my health in general. I have been working out more, drinking water more, and for the past two months I have not ate fast food.
    A while ago my best friend introduced me to the Beautiful Textures line. I actually use their moisture butter and curl control when I do my braid outs. If I won, I’d be super ecstatic to be able to try the rest of the products in their line on Xena (Yes, Xena… my hair is a warrior princess!!!).

  • Car-ra Brimley says:

    I haven't always had a healthy relationship with my hair, but going natural was the best decision I made. This Monday made 2 years since my last relaxer (YAY me!!!) and I was officially a full-fledged bona fide member of the Natural world on January 1, 2012 (YAY me again!!!). During my transition I wore my hair mostly straight and sometimes in roller-rod curls, but I rarely did my own hair. I had always been somewhat reliant on paying someone to do it. My last style prior to my big chop (it was actually a little chop, but very big in significance) was a sew-in which caused me to use too much heat on the hair that was left out.
    In the name of progress, this June I started doing my own hair and working to eliminate heat (no flat ironing, blow dried it once to see if it made a difference in my braid-out… it didn't). I don't have a strict routine as of now for washing, but each time I do I pre-poo with coconut oil and deep condition with olive oil and honey (I love honey in my hair!!!). Since June I have been wearing my hair in braid-outs. For me this means I'm making sure to moisture my hair and seal it. I re-braid my hair every other night depending on my hair's needs, time constraints, and my schedule. I also rock puffs. I'm in the process of incorporating more protective styles… in the name of progress πŸ™‚
    Currently, I'm in at an awkward length area, so I'm mainly focusing on health. Healthy hair is better than any amount of length I could obtain (β€œlong hair don't care” doesn't mean anything if your hair is dried out with split ends). Not only have I been focusing on the health of my hair, but I have taken a holistic stand by also focusing on my health in general. I have been working out more, drinking water more, and for the past two months I have not ate fast food.
    A while ago my best friend introduced me to the Beautiful Textures line. I actually use their moisture butter and curl control when I do my braid outs. If I won, I’d be super ecstatic to be able to try the rest of the products in their line on Xena (Yes, Xena… my hair is a warrior princess!!!).

  • MsMicky says:

    I would love to have the time and patience to do pretty and creative protective styles like the natural professionals I see around town and on youtube. But what I can do is throw my hair in a bun to keep it up and out of the way. I also like hats and scarves in the winter/fall to serve double duty keeping my head warm and my curls protected!

  • Jamie R. says:

    I never eeever leave my hair all free and whatnot. I'm prone to SSKs and my hair coils up more than the average girl's. Soo I keep it stretched at all times and I don't do wash 'n' go's. I'd LOVE to, but it'd be tragic. Or maybe I haven't found the right products yet, but I tried it once and it ruined my whole life. k, bye.

  • FluffyRoachie says:

    I would like to begin with I LOVE MY HAIR! I am a new natural so I am all about learning and understanding my fro. My hair is very dense and full but my shrinkage is off the meter. For the first time in my 35+ years I absolutely adore my very coarse, super kinky hair. I learned that I hate spending hours on trying to get texture by twist, bantu knots, etc. for my hair to barely have any definition. I protect my hair by keeping it moisturized (water (my life line..drinking and spaying into hair daily), & lots & lots of heavy cream moisture) and quenched with natural oils. Guess what product I love..(Don't laugh) old school Afro spray by Sta Sof Fro. I know a lot of naturals cringe at such products, but Honey it is my saving grace on a lazy fro day. I live in NYC and some people act as if the Afro is a new thing they stop me and ask me how do I maintain my fro..What???? But I get compliments on how healthy my fair looks and soft it feels (total strangers ask to cop a feel..lol)
    Still learning but wanted to tell ladies that less is more in my book!

  • Karen McCray says:

    I would like to begin with I LOVE MY HAIR! I am a new natural so I am all about learning and understanding my fro. My hair is very dense and full but my shrinkage is off the meter. For the first time in my 35+ years I absolutely adore my very coarse, super kinky hair. I learned that I hate spending hours on trying to get texture by twist, bantu knots, etc. for my hair to barely have any definition. I protect my hair by keeping it moisturized (water (my life line..drinking and spaying into hair daily), & lots & lots of heavy cream moisture) and quenched with natural oils. Guess what product I love..(Don't laugh) old school Afro spray by Sta Sof Fro. I know a lot of naturals cringe at such products, but Honey it is my saving grace on a lazy fro day. I live in NYC and some people act as if the Afro is a new thing they stop me and ask me how do I maintain my fro..What???? But I get compliments on how healthy my fair looks and soft it feels (total strangers ask to cop a feel..lol)
    Still learning but wanted to tell ladies that less is more in my book!

  • Felicity Rhode says:

    Two strand twists. They always come out chunky and ugly, but they leaves my hair super moisturized and soft. And of course they make for great twist outs.

  • Carla M says:

    I am not paying attention to growth or "my hair isnt growing"!! Im focused on low minipulation styles, letting my hair be my hair and moisture. Ive been doing loads of cowashing vs. shampooing. Im trying to shampoo twice a month and then to once. Im working on a healthier lifestyle. So with all of this, i'll turn around sometimes and im like…whoa my hair is growing and its so soft!! πŸ™‚

  • flower says:

    Trimming.Especially when the splits are further up the hair shaft.It takes lots of snipping and tears in this healthy hair growth journey πŸ™‚

  • Positively Jewls says:

    Nikki, you and the crew looked like you def had an awesome time. Both Kim and Kevin are hilarious, would love to see them live, notating this place so hubby and I can make a trip during our next CA adventure. πŸ™‚
    Hope it's not to late to join the giveaway (love this product) so here goes.
    For health and length purposes (on the outsdie) I pre-treat, shampoo and deep condition every or every other Sunday and style my hair in a protective style that will last the remainder of the week. I figure the less time i spend playing in my hair the more hair will stay on my head. πŸ™‚ I also try to wear as many protective styles as possible and break out the curls when weather is permitting. I also, make sure to dust/trim once a month, depending on my needs. Lastly, I moisturize daily with oil and my moisture of choice.
    As a bonus, for health of hair and self, I drink lots of water and great, and eat lots of veges, fruit and protein. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for the giveaway Nikki.

  • K.P. says:

    I decided to go natural in Dec 2008 and became fully natural Aug 2009. My decision to go natural was to gain my healthy hair back, but I had to simply change everything including my diet. Before I didn't eat a lot of fruits and veggies nor take ny vitiamins and ate a bunch of fast food. All the changes in my diet and excercise changed my health and hair for the better. My hair is so full and beautiful like never before. I treat my have like a delicate flower. I water it and give it nutrients it needs and taking care of the inside will definately show on the outside. Hair, skin and nails. :-).

  • Jami says:

    The measures I take to protect my hair is by simply following a routine. I wash every 2 weeks co-wash and deep condition every week. I keep it moisturized and wear protective styles, styles that require no heat and keeps my hands out of my hair (braided updo, twist, ets)

  • Carlita Johnson says:

    I make sure that my body is healthy. I stay active, hydrated, happy, and full of nutritious foods. I also take fish oil supplements daily. Additionally, I've found wetting my hair at least twice a week keeps it from drying out. I shampoo at least biweekly to keep product from building up in my hair, and cowash all the other times. My hair loves oil! It keeps it smooth and supple! Another saving grace to my hair: henna! Without it my strands snap, snap, snap off! Most importantly, patience. Whenever I rush through a detangling session or pull out the blow dryer my ends suffer later.

  • Kim Robertson Tanksley says:

    I put my hair in protective styling (twists) throughout the week and only wear my hair "out" on the weekends to retain length and health. I simply adore wearing my hair "out" but I reserve that style as a treat only.

  • Lena Townes says:

    Since I cant hold arms up to do my hair, I get it braided…like all the time.

  • Blair says:

    What measures do I take to protect my hair? Well, I do protein treatments and deep condition twice a month, I don't use direct heat, and I ALWAYS sleep with a satin bonnet. I also eat pretty healthy and exercise 2-3 times a week, and I drink a lot of water.

    P.S–That jumper is so cute Nik–I almost bought it at LOFT but decided to wait, and when I went back it was gone…wasn't meant to be. Oh well, I just have to shop around for another one…lol!

  • Zadia says:

    Well first off, I’m living in the Caribbean, so I don’t have access to all the wonderful products that those in the USA have as it relates to natural hair. However, I have managed to purchase some online, although with the difference in currencies it’s quite pricey.

    I would label myself not as a product junkie, but a trykie (i.e try anything) as it relates to my hair. In this regard I’ve even recently purchased β€œMega-Tek Rebuilder Hoof, Mane & Tail” from amazon, ASIN: B001CCZMMQ, it is said this product can be used on humans to help in the strengthening and growth of hair. I haven’t tried it yet though. I’m an avid youtuber who not only wish to improve the health of my hair, but the length also. I constantly keep up with these persons/sites (kimmytube, beautifulbrwnbabydol, CurlyNikki and Naturallycurly.com and others) for tips on how to achieve this goal.

    Recently, my hair has been through a breaking spell, probably due to lack of moisture/moisture retention and a bit of heat damage. So I’m on a quest to rectify this problem; trying to grow them longer & stronger for my b-day in November (^_^).

    Now back to the hair; Every two weeks I’ll wash, deep condition (be it with a garlic infused conditioner, hair mayonnaise or a homemade blend, then used a leave-in conditioner. Just Sunday I tried the kimmytube leave-in conditioner for the first time, which by the way was AMAZING!!! (got a half used bottle of knot today from an ebay seller) I made my own Aloe Vera juice too! From a tree I have in my yard. I will now be rocking protective styles for the most part till November. My daily routine involves spritzing my hair with a wash down version of the kimmytube leave-in conditioner/ with my water and glycerin mix depending on how I feel, then coat with shea butter & oil mix, or β€œgrease” that I’m trying to use up and get rid of. Sometimes I wear a hair piece to help protect my ends, and sometimes I even wear a wig. With my meal, I religiously take hair vitamins as a multivitamin. At nights I tie my head with a stain headtie that I made from extra satin material I had from making a dress. If my hair had been super moisturized during the day, I’d put a plastic bag on it, to help keep it all in then tie it down with my head tie.

    Quarterly I used the Aphogee two step treatment and every eight weeks I β€˜try’ and dust my ends.

    So that’s my hair story. Oh, and I remiss to mention that I now use PH strips to test the products I put in my hair (thanks to kimmytube!).

  • Toby says:

    When coming out of the shower, I gently pat my hair rather than vigorously rubbing it to dry. You be good to your hair, it'll be good to you! lol

  • Thatallqt says:

    I try to drink plenty of water and try to pay attention to what i eat. I wear a satin bonnet at nite along with sleeping on a satin pillowcase. I have a moisturizing spritz that i "wake" my hair up with in the morning. I deep condition every wash. I use a sulfate free shampoo and i love to layer products to seal moisture. I also try to be flexible – im not obsessed with length so while i do enjoy a nice protective style i also have fun with my hair!

  • Ebonee Evans says:

    In the efforts to grow my hair longer, I have been wearing protective styles faithfully! I love BIG hair, but in order to get the kind of BIG hair that I want, I know that I have to be patient and in due time, it will happen. So for the past 6 months, (after the Dominican FALLOUT) I have placed no heat on my hair, and been rocking 2 french braids. Simple and low manipulation πŸ™‚ When I get the urge to take the braids down and rock out, I have to tell myself "In due time!" Outside of styles, i drink lots of water and do scalp massages along with satin night cap and pillowcase!

  • dijah la garveyistaღ says:

    Hmm..measures I take to protect my tresses..let's see:
    – I NEVER take my scarf off unless i'm about to comb or wash it. Which means when i'm inside my scarf is always on lol.
    – i ALWAYS moisturize and seal my ends after a wash, and every other day, so I can have luscious ends πŸ™‚
    – I now only use all natural products. No sulfates, cones, parabens or mineral oil for me!!!
    ..and last – I keep that "dont you dare touch my hair" look on my face when I wear my fro out and someone looks like they're about to give it the TSA treatment. I dont know where your hands been dammit! >.<

    I do all of this for health btw.. πŸ™‚

  • Sabrina C says:

    I moisturize and deep condition to help keep my hair healthy. I also do protective styling on weeks that I don't shingle my hair. I try to reduce the stress in my hair.

  • Ivie Bush says:

    I protect my tresses by keeping it cleansed, oiled, and moisturized. I wear a two strand twist weekly and I retwist every night. When I go to bed, I wear a silk bonnet and sleep on a sating pillowcase. I "try" to eat right, stay active, take multi vitamins daily and drink plenty of water.

  • AB says:

    Looks like a great night!
    Moisture Moisture Moisture

  • CurlyChic says:

    tons of moisture!!! KIS!

  • Nia says:

    As the colder weather is approaching there will be no cute hats without a satin cap or lining underneath and lots of moisturizing!

  • Kudos says:

    Okay, okay…show looked like so much fun!! Kevin Hart is ridiculously hilarious and talented! That laugh-so- hard-pee-pants-trickle is a b*&(^!!
    …um, to protect my tresses, I'm down for every protective style known to man – weave, braids, updos, whatever! When I don't have synthetic or other human hair in, I'm dc'ing once a week, washing (no-poo, with shikakai) some where in the month..maybe. I also try to baggy 3x a week.

  • Kayla says:

    Note…I am jacking your hair while you sleep. Your new cut & curls combo is killin em'

  • Brittney Imani says:

    I keep a spray bottle with water and a drop of leave in conditioner handy in order to keep my hair hydrated i like to keep water in my hair through out the day rather than throw a buch of products in it. I also choose to eat healthy even when everyone else around me is pigging out i walk and hour a day everyday no matter how i feel I'm going to be healthy wether i like it or not

  • BranH says:

    I've started pre-pooing before every wash, wash in twists, and stretch by putting freshly twisted hair in a ponytail after washing – less tangles, less shedding!

  • Brittney Imani says:

    I keep a spray bottle if water and a drop of leave in conditioned handy in order to keep my hair hydrated i like to kerp water in my hair through out the day rather than throw a buch of products in it

  • Renee Richardson says:

    Looks like you and the guys had fun. I try to use the least amount of heat as possible and also try to eat balanced meals (nutrient rich), exercise, and drink plenty of water. Thanks for the incredible giveaway!

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  • Shakerah says:

    I give my hair TLC on the daily basis. I massage my scalp with coconut oil with a hint a rosemary for 5 minutes and then I spray my hair until its slightly dampened and seal it with castor oil. A satin cap at night is a MUST!! Also, every week I give my ends some special care; I wet them and apply extra virgin olive oil, Then I wrapped them in foil (slightly ghetto I know) and dip my foil covered ends in to a bowl of hot water for 5 minutes. I wash majority of the olive oil out and let my ends dry before styling. SIDE NOTE:I cut my hair off 2 years go into a bob that stopped below my ears, now I have waist length hair. I believe its due to the extra love and attention I give my ends.

  • Christin D. says:

    I make sure i keep the moisture up and my ends clipped!

  • nylse says:

    Well..indirectly it keeps me calm, which reduces stress, which causes my hair to flourish. I've seen the negative effects of stress on my hair…so anything that minimizes or reduces stress is good for me and my hair. HTH

  • Taylor Palmer says:

    I keep my hair under control by sleeping with a satin bonnet (over twists), deep conditioning, doing a slight daily semi-deep condition (lol, after detangling to get more moisture, which I have none of sometimes), and finger detangling in the shower. Haha, the things we all do for our hair πŸ™‚

  • Traci L says:

    I usually go for a protective style that will keep my hair out of the harsh elements (winter months lol). I prefer twist sets that keep my ends protected, and I also love to rock a great bun! It' sooo important to keep your hair moisturized to keep it strong and healthy.

  • Kay H says:

    To protect my hair, for both health and length, I moisturize as often as I can (both hair and body; constant water guzzling). I make sure to be careful when I'm de-tangling, even if it means an extra hour during my wash sessions. And will even wear two-strand twists for the entire summer to give my hair and myself a break!

  • ebstar321 says:

    i work out, drink plenty water and wash my hair regularly with co washes also. i love trying new moisturizers and conditioners as its always good to switch it up now and again

  • Ebonie Noel says:

    i work out, drink plenty water and wash my hair regularly with co washes also. i love trying new moisturizers and conditioners as its always good to switch it up now and again πŸ˜€

  • Jennifer Iloegbunam says:

    I refuse to take my hair out of its protective twisted updo….its just so easy and I'm just so overprotective

  • Jennifer Iloegbunam says:

    Since I'm in college now, I'm afraid of taking my hair out of its twisted updo for fear of my hair falling out, even though I know it will never be that dramatic I'm still overprotective :/

  • Glenda Y. says:

    I drink as much water as I possibly can, take a women's multivitamin, exercise often, deep condition weekly, and spray my hair with water glycerin quite often!

  • Kandis Richardson says:

    I moisturize regularly, drink plenty of water and try to avoid/eliminate stress which can cause hair loss. I also try to eat a reasonably healthy diet.

  • Jenifer Brown says:

    I protective style by putting in twists and rolling them into a bun.

  • Adrianna L says:

    I also don't use heat much. I've banned any heat products. I only use heat when im deep conditioning or doing a protein treatment. I don't believe in braids and I don't do weave. I always would rather have my natural hair. washing once a week with kinky curly && conditioning is my routine.

  • Lisa says:

    Well, with my illness. I take my meds faithfully, try to eat right. I drink plenty of water and take my multi-vitamins. I walk on my treadmill, when I'm not walking my son to school or walking around campus.I keep my hair moistuized and seal with whatever oil I have handy. I try to keep it in twists. But if I'm not going anywhere, I will keep my satin bonnet on and try to relax.

  • Anna says:

    I moisturize often , taking advantage of the humidity in Florida to use humectants to my benefit, I protective style 90% of the time and I only co-wash and deep condition, to retain the moisture.

  • A. Yancey says:

    I sleep on satin pillow cases and bonnets, cowash weekly, limit heat, limit manipulation, spritz daily with water to moisturize and finally keep my ends trimmed, all in an effort to maintain hair health. Thanks for the giveaway Nik! xoxo

  • Ings says:

    I refuse to go anywhere without my silk scarf and a beanie. You never know when you'll be stuck and it'll be time to put your hair up. I will not be caught snagging my tresses on some rough chair backs – besides – the hat and beanie serve as protection from whoever sat there before. No but seriously, I take care of everything, sleep enough, eat well, be active, be happy, work hard, play hard.

  • Kerissa Keri Rosales Khan says:

    What don't I do? lol, I've been wetting my hair everyday all summer to keep it moist, and taking advantage of the heat as a natural heat cap. I even got braids for a couple weeks. But as we are getting into fall, I will bring back out my huetiful steamer. I do regular protein treatments, roller/rod set, sleep in satin cap on my satin pillowcase. I take biotin, fish oil, garlic, and vitamin c. Also, drink lots of water.

  • jas says:

    I use quality butters on my ends.

  • Unleaded says:

    Only drinking water, excerising daily, eliminating beef/pork from my diet, and consuming more fruits and veggies.

  • Lisa Gilmore Summons says:

    "NO HEAT" period

  • Tatiahna Allen says:

    I bun like crazy in order to protect my hair. Usually the bunning is done on damp hair so that my hair is moisturized and I don't have to constantly reapply moisturizer throughout the day. I just cowash in the morning, apply moisturizer, bun, and go.

  • Real_Marie says:

    I use Jamaican black castor oil and coconut oil. I also take vitamins in addition to eating right.

  • Robin Jackson says:

    I deep condition weekly after a wash with HoneyChileHairLove conditioner, follow with a combination of JBCO, jojoba and sweet almond oil and do either two strand or three strand twist with HCHL's lush curl and cover with a plastic bag overnight. Undo and shake in the morning!

  • Shashou says:

    Love the venue. Reminds me a great jazz night out. Chill fun and relaxing.

  • StellaRut says:

    I am a physician and I will go to work with my hair in a satin scarf under a scrub cap on several days that I don't even step foot in an operating room. Patients think I must have had surgery but the nurses know that I'm sporting some unstyled protective twists for the week.

  • Julia A. says:

    For my hair specifically, I'm gentle and patient. As its gotten longer I'm keeping it in protective styles more often. I need to find a way to keep my ends from becoming too dry while they're protected so I'm working on that right now. For myself, and by extension, my hair, I exercise and eat well- mostly whole un packaged foods. For my son (4) and daughter (1 1/2) I am gentle with their hair and committed to being a positive example of a balanced black woman who is (finally) confident with herself πŸ™‚

  • Ashley Rae says:

    What do I do to protect my hair:
    1) Keep it moisturized either by using a leave in conditioner or distilled water/aloe vera juice mix. That is a must.
    2) Cover it up! I've found a bunch of ways to tie a scarf on my head so it looks pretty and on purpose ( not like I just rolled out of bed…so trifling) and I've found colorful hats. Plus I learned how to crochet and I've made myself 2 hats.
    3) Low maintainece styles.I find that when I'm not complicated with my hair, it doesn't fight with me.

  • Adel says:

    I take 5000 grams of biotin and, 1 capsule of horsetail silica daily, as well as fish oil. I use Vatika oil and it is a staple product. When my hair is dry, I use Burt's bees avocado treatment as "grease". But the biggest thing is that now I leave it alone! No blow dryers, flat irons, no hot rollers, NOTHING!!!! It works!

  • Megan RG says:

    I would love to win this! Currently, I DC once a week, moisturize nightly and care for my ends.

  • Jessica says:

    Well, I drink lots and lots of H2O and I co wash at least every other day and do My hot oils with grapeseed oil once a week along with a deep condition. I also oil my scalp lightly with the grapeseed oil during the week to keep it from itching so bad because my scalp is extra dry!!! I LOVE THE BEAUTIFUL TEXTURES line and the smell makes me close my eyes every time i take the top off of my jar!!! Ummmmmm

  • Tisiphani says:

    I protect my hair by moisturizing religiously. No matter what my style, protective, or loose I moisturize my hair EVERY night. And drink lots of water. My hair is extremely thick and extremely dry so I moisturize from the inside out. I also am very tender with my hair to keep breakage to a minimum.

  • Natasia Marie says:

    I go as far as writing you an EXTREME LONG MESSAGE telling you how much I obsess over my Tresses… Lol Just Kidding. My hair is as simple as it gets Number uno. Im Gentle & Number dos. I moisture both of these procedures are done daily !

  • Steph says:

    I exercise and do my best to eat right. Then for my hair, I seal my ends with castor oil and put it in two strand twists before bed.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Nikki, that jumpsuit is to.die.for! Your hair was purrrfect too! #on.point.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    No heat whatsoever. Low manipulation between styling session. Sleeping with a bonnet and satin pillow case without fail! Deep condition once a week.

  • SherLynn James says:

    I detangle sections Slowly!!! I would love a year's worth of the Beautiful Textures Line

  • Rochon says:

    Im new to this transition but I work out regularly, take a women's active multivitamin and eating healthier. I've found protective styles that compliment my face and age. I have also made my own flax seed gel and creamy Shea butter to lock in moisture.

  • Crystal Bess says:

    conditioners and oils to keep my hair healthy

  • Tara Johnson says:

    I deep condition every time I wash my hair. I also try to drink lots of water and I also take a multi-vitamin. I also plan on incorporating more protective styles into my styling regimen so I can work on retaining length.

  • Crist says:

    weaved protective styles for months on end, mostly kinky twists. It's great because my sister does them amazingly well for FREE (bless her heart) so what we do is redo the edges of my hair and redo the twists that show the most given the way I part my hair…doing this keeps my twists looking fresh and it allows me to keep them in for wayyyy longer. Before I know it my hair sprouts 3 inches and has full length retention, its a win-win πŸ™‚

  • SavanahRae says:

    Protective styling for the health of my hair

  • Taisha says:

    I exercise, take a multivitamin, keep my hair moisturized with a homemade hair spritzer and oils, eat better than I used to and protect my hair with styling whenever possible. πŸ™‚

  • Quaneasha W. says:

    Protective styles
    Satin bonnet
    Multivitamin
    Drink lots of water
    Condition condition condition

    -Quaneasha W.

  • Cynthia says:

    Currently I am transitioning, its going to be 1 year and 9 months this month! I wash my hair once a week, I shampoo as needed, I apply a leave in conditoner in the shower and I always seal with coconut oil! Coconut oil has made a huge difference in my hair. The only style that I do is a braid out, I use heat rarely only when I blow out my hair which is about every 4-5 months just to check the length. I sleep either in a satin bonnet or a pillowcase. I have been trimming my ends as needed as well. So far my hair is at bar strap length when blown out.

  • jamie says:

    mayo and olive oil

  • ChrissieDM says:

    I lightly wet my hair, seal it with shea butter and use a satin cap at night. Deep condition during the weekends.

  • Tamrenb says:

    Taking my vitamins, and I'm not all into taking medicine. I had to force myself to take them. More effective of course with exercise.

  • Bridget Daniels says:

    Drink plenty of water, deep condition, keep my hair moisturized, sleep with satin scarf or bonnet and workout regularly.

  • Nia_J says:

    I detangle (with fingers, then wide tooth comb) on damp hair with a small amount of conditioner before washing in braided sections. This has greatly decreased detangling time & unnecessary breakage. My staple style is the low manipulation, 2-strand twists.

  • trini4christ says:

    Nikki, can't believe you move to State College after I leave πŸ™ Pooh. Anyways, I keep my hair protected by drinking lots of water and doing protective styles like two-strand twists or weaves. I always feel like staying hydrated effects your skin and hair so positively. And vitamin E supplements definitely doesn't hurt to add into my routine for a few weeks, every few months. I find that two-strand twists help my hair stay moisturized no matter what climate I find myself in. It is my go-to protective look. But I definitely don't hate on the weave because when the weather gets cold and windy, a weave done in a healthy way that isn't pulling at my edges, keeps my hair from drying out and breaking.

  • cecily malone says:

    i'm starting to embrace the twist out, i've used twist out most of the summer because of this Texas heat

  • cecily malone says:

    My 2 strand loose twist has worked well for me to protect my hair from breakage, deep conditioning weekly using Beautifully Textures repair that is great for my 2 textured transitioning 4a hair LOL.

  • Niccetta says:

    My main thing to do is to eat a well balanced diet, I am almost vegetarian as I try to eat very little meat and I make sure I eat organic foods high in antioxidants and nutrients especially foods for healthy hair and body. I work out in the gym no less than 3 times a week and I drink plenty of water. My hair is not how
    i want it to be yet, but I'm working on it as I try to develop and maintain a regimen, which includes protective styling, sleeping in a satin bonnet, weekly washing / co-washing and I try to keep my hair moisturised and sealed. I am open to trying new products as long as they are not damaging to my hair or scalp.
    Thank You for this opportunity

  • DesireΓ© Battiste Watkins says:

    The one thing I do to always protect my tresses is MOISTURIZE!!! When my ends get dry and frizzy, it doesn't look good and I don't feel good.

  • Ollie Moss says:

    I drink plenty of water, and I try to get enough sleep and avoid stress as much as possible. I also try to keep my hair hair in a protective style as much as possible.

    Thank you,
    Ollie Moss
    ollimo91@aol.com

  • Kierra Smith says:

    I'm transitioning right now and I'm still figuring things out. But so far I've stuck with my hair/wash day routine, why mess with a good thing if it seems to be working? I haven't done a lot of product testing because I love the products that I began to use when I started transitioning which just so happens to be Beautiful Textures shampoo and conditioners, African Pride oil, and shea butter.

  • Catherine Wallace says:

    to protect my hair i keep in in buns mostly and eat a vegan diet. it's good for my hair as well as skin and insides πŸ™‚

  • Bri says:

    I keep my hair moisturizer and drink much more water! I've started exercising and wear more protective styles.

  • Canjie Turner says:

    I went natural by force after a horrifc accident and have been on quite a hair journey. When funds allow, I get my hair steamed (with a steamer)-it seems to make a tremendous (miraculous!) difference in the health, capturing of moisture and ease of styling of my hair. I avoid texturizers (no I didn't think of them as 'chemical' but I get it now) as they seem to disagree with health and growth of my hair. I've learned from sites such as curlynikki the importance of moisturizing my hair day and night, easier combing/detangling while standing under a shower head. I understand the importance of a good trim a few times a year and adhere to this. I wear satin caps and sleep on a satin pillow. This is still a learning journey for me but these are some things I have tried for hair safety and growth. Have a great evening everyone

  • Cint says:

    Since I am still transitioning I have moved from trying many different styles so closely together and have stated to alternate between protective styles and down and out styles (wear a protective style for at least 2weeks then a down and out style and back to protective). I also deep condition every time I wash which is every week when I am not wearing protective styles in addition to drinking enough water and minimizing useof heat which is done once every 3 months to trim my ends.

  • Davina916 says:

    I couldn't agree more!

  • Nia Danielle says:

    I always, no matter how tired I am protect my hair at night. I also deep condition every week and try to protect my hair 2-3 days a week with a cap or other hair accessories.

  • TR-A says:

    I keep my ends trimmed, deep condition and avoid sulfates. I keep my hair protected with satin scarves and/or pillow cases. I did color my ends but have since begun the process of trimming them off. Im still working on the HIH syndrome lol!!!

  • Tomecca says:

    I am prepooing at this moment and was so excited to log on to fb and see this post and read about Nikki's epic night:) After I wash, I am going to deep condition and detangle with my denman brush and fingers. Then I will be doing chunky twists with my moisture butter by Beautiful Textures! Love this product! Good luck everyone!

  • corodgers says:

    I mostly wear protective styles using weave. I kind of got tired and frustrated with sew in's so now I alternate between rocking my naturally curly hair and wigs. Also I take a multivitamin everyday, I drink plently of water and I make sure to exercise regularly. I have however been in need of a moisturizer and other products made for naturals so I would love to try products from the Beautiful Textures line! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • shea says:

    Deep condition every wash and massage scalp with jbco and rub the excess over my hair

  • Ayanna Davis says:

    I drink lots of water, take a multivitamen daily, wrap my hair in a satin scarf or bonnet when I'm at home and mostly just leave my hair alone to do it's thing. I'm of the mindset that "a watched pot never boils".

  • Shana R. B. says:

    Satin scarves and buns plus moisture, moisture, moisture!

  • Tai says:

    I listen to my fro. If she's thirsty I deep condition. If she's flaky and weak, I pump her up with rhassoul or henna. She basically gets whatever she wants..But don't get me wrong, if she starts showing out splitting and taking hours to detangle, I will cut her! for her own good.. lol.

  • Nemetria Wilson says:

    I'm trying to make healthier choices. I eat more vegetables and fruit now. I exercise more than I use too. I do do research on products before buying them unless the packaging just really caught my attn. I try to do protective styles haven't mastered any just yet but I am getting there. I moisturize every 3 days. I am always on youtube, curlynikki, and naturallycurly trying to figure out what's best for my hair.

  • Jen says:

    Just did the "big chop" to get rid of relaxed hair. My natural hair journey is just beginning. This is definitely going to be a work in progress.

  • missmajestic says:

    I wear a satin cap at night. I don't comb my hair unless it's wet or at least damp with water or a leave in spray. I never use heat -a benefit of warm weather (but I do intend to in the future, with a protectant.) I'm not sulfate free but the shampoos I use list a sulfate as the 4th or 5th ingredient.

  • La:Dolce:Vita Fashion Fix says:

    I deep condition, make sure my hair is moisturized and keep my ends protected.- Candace A.

  • Shana says:

    I pre-poo once a week with coconut oil and deep condition every time I wash. I don't go to bed without a satin bonnet and try to keep my hair stretched because shrinkage means tangles and SSKs. As far as styling, "low manipulation" is the phrase that pays.

  • Charisse says:

    To protect my tresses I am staying Hydrated from head to toe. I am drinking lots of water and eating fruits and veggies. I recently gave birth 3 months ago so I am still taking prenatal vitamins. I moisturize my hair everyday and cowash once a week. I gotta stay healthy for the sake of my daughter!! On another note I went to college in Kansas with the guy in the red shirt in your pictures!!

  • LaNeshe says:

    I would think that since stress can cause hair loss, having quiet time relieves stress, making the hair healthier.

  • DYTG says:

    I only apply heat to my hair once a month and wear my protective style which is a bun. My goal is to keep my hair healthy at all times πŸ™‚

  • Tekeilla P says:

    After my initial attempt to transition my hair I was only focusing on appearance; however, I realized in order to protect my tresses I had to be gentle with my hair on the outside and diligent about my health on the inside. By doing this I not only feel more comfortable with my hair, but I also feel more comfortable with myself overall.

  • Toya D says:

    I keep my hair stretched with curlformers and then place into a bun. I also moisturize with oil and water, and drink at least 64 oz of water daily.

  • AA says:

    I am new to this whole process, I did my first co-wash last week and after I rinesed and towel dryed my hair I added the argan oil to my hair and then styled. I am taking it week by week to get my hair transitioned, there are just too many products on the market to know what is going to do your type of hair any good.

  • Niki says:

    Since I am a stay at home mom, I only wear my hair out when I'm either going "out" and sometimes when I go to church. I keep my hair in 4 half braid half twist and then wrap a scarf around my head. I wear this soooooo much that I actually had one acquaintance ask, "me was I Muslim cause I always wear a scarf'. I co wash in the shower and put it right back in 4 braids. Since I have been doing this I retained 1 1/2 inches.

  • Yohanna says:

    I sleep well, attempt to have a balance diet, and moisturize my situation every few days. I'm all about hair health though I want longer locks.

  • Gwenn4ya says:

    Well during the week I keep my hair in two strand twists and I keep the ends tucked. It really plays out well cause on Saturdays I can wear a great twistout! I try to maintain moisture in my hair during the week by applying a water based moisturizer (KCKT for me) and sealing with coconut oil. That usually does the trick!

  • Dafnie Nacius says:

    I've got very tight curls so I always keep my hair moisturized to prevent it from becoming a tangled mess. My best moisturizer? Water! I love co-washing and I've got my handy dandy spray bottle with me (always!). I use a non-sulfate shampoo like once a month to get my scalp all cleaned up. I'm more of a wash and go type of girl but every once in a while I might do some twists or twists outs. πŸ™‚

  • ambrey watkins says:

    because i'ma newb and learning how to style my only protective measure is no heat. This september is twist out month. i'm doing a month of nothing but twist outs. Best believe i better be a twist out queen come November!!

  • Ludny Charles says:

    Well right now I am practicing this whole roll and tuck thing. Moisturize my hair, roll, tuck and pin…so hopefully that will help my hair survive and be protected during these cold months πŸ™‚

  • LaSheena Vaughn says:

    I've been transitioning since January. Since March, I've tried to cut out heat (only using it twice since then). When i wear my hair out, it's typically a flat twist out. Otherwise, I wear braids or wigs and keep it moisturized. My hair seems healthy with this regimen. Going to get some of the relaxed ends cut tomorrow!

  • desirabletoot94 says:

    Protective styles and castor oil has helped me tremendously.

  • Stacy Chaplin says:

    Once a week I sleep with shae butter, coconut oil an olive oil in my hair. My hair is covered in Saran wrap and my scarf. It makes me hot and uncomfortable but I do it for
    Soft healthy hair.

  • Del says:

    I leave my hair in twists most of the time, spritz it with an oil & water mix when it feels dry & occasionally sleep w/a satin bonnet on. I wash & condition my hair weekly.

  • Breana Higgins says:

    I focus on making sure I am happy because if I am happy, my hair is happy. When I have a great day, I just love to play with my hair for some reason and then that's when I do research constantly to see how I can better my hair heath and length. I think when I research everything and be willing to figure out ways to better my hair I am helping it more and more. I do protective styles, and since I am to afraid of heat, I usually do everything the night before and wrap it up in a satin scarf. I make most of my moisturizer with coconut oil, shea butter, and other oils and I am always looking for a healthier conditioner and shampoo. I just make sure that I care enough about my hair because I love it so much! πŸ™‚ Love your hair and it will love you back!

  • Jocquise Robinson says:

    It has been eight years since my last relaxer and I am just now learning how to actually take care of my natural hair. How crazy is that? LOL Just now learning about cowashing, proper conditioning, moisturizing and sealing, and protective styling. It's a process, but I'm excited to be on the journey, and now that I know a little more about what I'm doing, I can't wait to see the results! P.S. Beautiful Textures helped me get my first successful wash-and-go. Great product line.

  • Kasandra Heard says:

    Going natural is all new to me. But what is working for me is no heat. And doing my research with trial and error is what I'm currently doing right now..

  • Michelle Lee says:

    I am just starting my natural journey, and I co-wash every 2 weeks and wear a satin cap at night!

  • KRB says:

    In an effort to 'protect my tresses' I eat lots of fruits and veggies, drink 80 oz (or more) of water daily and exercise. I co-wash my daily, as I have a TWA and deep condition weekly. I want healthy hair to go along with a healthy body. πŸ™‚

  • TraciB says:

    Bonnets, scarves,and moisturizer. I am consistent in tying my hair up at night and keeping it moisturized!

  • FireMama_x3 says:

    i'm a product junkie and have lots of moisturizing products. i keep my hair moisturized w/ various conditioners & i seal w/ a variety of oils. i recently started using the moisture butter whipped curl creme and i really like it! it left my daughter's hair super soft & shiny.

  • sandyy says:

    what is length without health anyway?….AM ALL ABOUT MY HEALTH..LENGTH WILL COME AFTA!

  • Kamilah says:

    I do several things. I look at ingredients in my products, wear a satin cap at night, cowash often and use the LOC method. I actually tied a scarf to the headrest in my car to protect my hair while driving. LOL I work out regularly and eat/drink healthily.

  • Mallary Michelle Frierson says:

    I have one cardinal rule….leave my hair alone! I was and condition my hair regularly and moisturizer every few days, but I put my hair up in a bun 90% of the time and tuck my ends out of sight. The results are great and it's one less thing for me to think about.

  • sandyy says:

    what is length without health anyway? ALL ABOUT HEALTH….LENGTH WILL COME AFTA.!!!

  • GGyrl says:

    I have an awesome hair stylist who gives me beautiful protective hairstyles (flat twists). When I don't go to her, I keep it clean with sulfate free shampoo and moisturizing conditioner and products. Its thicker and healthier than its ever been!

  • bibsuv says:

    Drink plenty of water, and eat well, to make your skin and hair beautiful starting on the inside…

  • jordanNamyasmommy2 says:

    In another month I will officially be ONE YEAR NATURAL!!! (claps hands.. yayyy me!!! lol) The thing that I have focused on the most this year is MOISTURE!! In the first several months, I had no clue how to combat dry natural hair so there has been a lot of trial and error for me! But recently, I have started spritzing my hair twice daily and sealing with olive oil! That is pretty much it and I have noticed a drastic change in the health of my hair over the past few months! I deep condition/hot oil treatment once a week and wear twists or puff! I've found that not stressing over my hair and doing what works best for MY hair has really helped me soooo much! Looking forward to my one year mark and continuing on this healthy hair journey!!!!

  • sandy says:

    this month will be my 1 year anniversary of natural hair, at first all i knew was that in my heart and my spirit i just wanted to stop putting relaxer in my hair. then about two months in i started looking up how to care for my hair and realized all about the natural hair community. this was a whole new world where i saw so many ladies showing off how puffy and curly their hair is. one day i sat at my computer desk for hours and watched countless amount of you-tubers that were showing their Technics about wash and goes and other varieties of hair styles. they all looked really good, then i started coveting and i wanted my hair to be like what i was seeing. so i did my own big chop on my head,(crazy! i know) and i started taking vitamins and trying be best to make my hair grow out. ALL I WANT IS MY HAIR TO BE LONG, that was my motivation. But then as time moved on and i started bonding with my hair and realized that i was missing the experience. instead of me embracing my roots i was trying to fast forward whiles looking at other people. now, i could care less. i really don't care about the expensive products or how nice my TWA wash and goes look. i care about truly knowing me for who the most high created me to be. And with that i will be an example to the youths of tomorrow showing them not to fall for society's lie of beauty but to embrace who they are. so with that said, i am all about the health, and spirituality. teaching other young women to be healthy and happy in all aspects of their lives.

  • Shauna Luv Your Curls says:

    I forgot to add I drink at least 64 oz of water a day which is what's recommended and try to maintain a balanced meals. I can't say diet because I'm not that strict lol.

  • Brittany Alexis says:

    I make sure that I protect my strand by never combing/detangling dry hair. I also keep it moisturized by using the LOC method. Once I have co-washed my hair, I seal it with an blend of oils or just shea butter and use a cream leave-in to top that. It keeps my hair full of moisture and makes it easier to manage day to day.

  • Lakeisha S. says:

    Here are the steps I use to protect my natural hair..

    + Pre Poo my hair every 2weeks with evoo, sweet almond oil, tea tree oil, jojoba oil, castro oil, and conditioner for 2hrs
    + Shampoo once a month with a sulfate shampoo to get build up and product out of my hair
    + Co-wash my hair in sections every 2weeks with a conditioner that has great slip
    + Deep condition once per month with eggs, mayo, honey, oils, and conditioner
    + Leave-in conditioner
    + Braid my wet hair in sections, apply moisturizer and oils to seal *( I trim my ends if needed)
    + Pineapple
    + Satin bonnet every night

    + I drink lots of H20 and that is it..

  • Madam_C says:

    I've been natural for almost 2 years, and I FINALLY have a technique that works for me. The first year I protected my hair so much to the point that I wasn't nurturing it. I was transitioning and I didn't want to see the breakage so I hid it under weave. #yikes! Went through some tragic hair loss because of the sew-ins so I went on a no weave hiatus, and actually took the time to LEARN my hair. Now my process is simple: Moistureeeeeee, seal, and protect. I'm obsessed with my hair, and after discovering its potential I couldn't keep my hands out of my it. So I have to hide my hair to keep my hands out of it. I DC weekly, protein (biotin and cholesterol) treatment monthly, and hot oil (castor and tea tree) treatments monthly. Styles: Buns, flat twist, mini-twist styled up, etc. MSP ladies! (Moisture, seal, protect) πŸ™‚

  • Aina Lee Makeup Arti says:

    I am going on 5 months loose haired and natural. I had locs for 15 years and did my second Big Chop in April. I really love discovering my new hair and learning about my texture. I try to take care of myself from the inside out. I keep my hair moisturized, I henna once a month and use shampoo and deep condition once a week. I also work out and making healthier food choices and drink lots of water!

  • Ariel says:

    In my Natural Haircare regimen, I, first of all, Try my best to live a healthy lifestyle, by drinking plenty of water a day and also adding juices and green teas to my diet. Also I eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, and for me since I am pescepollotarian (meaning I only eat poultry and fish) it helps me to maintain a healthy lifestyle by watching what i ingest into my body. I also, take multivitamins and biotin everyday to increase my growth in my scalp and to maintain a healthy body. The main way i take care of my hair is my shampooing once a month, and once a week cowashing, which benefits my scalp in so many ways. Also in my haircare regimen i include plenty of olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter to my scalp and hair since i have horrible dry scalp and hair lol . And lastly, I make sure to use water as a moisturizer…and my hair loves it!

  • Shauna Luv Your Curls says:

    I do so much for my health and hair, my sister thinks I'm crazy! I make my own herbal teas that I drink and use for hair rinses, I infused herbs to make my Miracle oil and its smells really good and keeps my hair moisturized. I seal seal seal my ends every few days to keep them protected with my shea butter mix or coconut oil. But to be honest I do all that for me, my deep conditioner keeps my hair so defined and moisturied, that I have get hair to 6 days hair if I want too! My hair is growing like weeds! Give me some time and I will have my product line πŸ™‚

  • ChanelG says:

    im protecting my hair for health reasons and to retain length. before i was natural my hair was thin, wouldn't grow pass my ear and would break easily. ive only been natural for 6 months and my hair has surpassed my expectations. for heath reasons i maintain a healthy diet, drink 4-6 bottles of water, exercise daily, moisturize and plan to keep my hair in protective styles for the rest of the year!

  • Toshika E. says:

    I believe water is essential for healthy hair and body. I keep things simple. Sleep on a satin pillowcase (head wraps give me a headache). Co-wash or shampoo on a weekly basis. I wear my hair out or in an updo, so I moisturize with a leave-in conditioner, raw shea butter and water to compliment the other products I may use for styling.The hardest thing to learn was that I didn't need to brush/comb my hair as much… finger detangle or comb while conditioning and I use my hands to smooth my sides and edges (this creates less stress and pull).

  • Tajuana Shyanne says:

    My regimen is pretty simple. I wash, steam, and deep condition every week. I also use the L.O.C Method to keep my hair moisturized.

  • Rachel says:

    I wear my hair in a bun/twists/braids about 5 days of the week. And, while in these styles I keep my hair as moisturized as possible!! I

  • Alina says:

    I like to focus more on health than on length. I used to be mid back length and then one day I just chopped it to shoulder length! I deep condition weekly and have stopped using shampoos for the past couple of months. Before my chop, I felt like I was taking good care of my hair. Sometimes I feel like my hair needs a break (even though I try mostly low manipulation styles with a wng.) When that need comes about, I am happy to throw in some braids or twists and leave them in for a couple of days. My hair thanks me later lol. Occasional protective styling and trims when needed help my hair flourish. Can you believe my hair is already grazing BSL?

  • Mahalia Logan says:

    I have changed my whole life in the sake to make my hair healthier! I am currently on a water diet so that my hair and body stays hydrated. This was a major change because I drunk nothing but soft drinks and coffee water was a NO NO. I now deep condition reguraly after finding out how important it is to my curls thanks to this website. πŸ™‚ I have bought silk pillow cases and a satin bonnet. I had to finally learn how to twist and braid for myself which was a difficult but neccessary task. My measures go on and on! But I know that as long as this website is up I am good! πŸ™‚

  • Resa Amai says:

    I have color-treated hair, so the most important thing for me is to make sure my hair stays moisturized. I use Cantu Shea Butter as a leave-in and seal with grapeseed oil because my hair gets that greasy feel when I use heavier oils. To retain length, I try to keep my hair up and protected from the elements as often as possible.

  • thatsDrKJHtoYOU says:

    To protect my tresses I like to pre-poo my hair with oil, deep condition once a week, and do a lot of protective styles. This helps my hair stay healthy as well as retain length!

  • BOBBY says:

    For me its all about protecting/retaining my hair length! Im 12 months post relaxer and it was truly be an amazing journey. After, reading so many stories saying transitioning cant be done your hair will break at the demarcation line, I can tell anyone it can be done with miniminal breakage. I plan to continue growing out my hair til its fully natural. To protect my hair that means moisture, moisture, moisture and having a go to style to thats easy and stress free on my strands.

  • Nisha says:

    I make sure to wash my hair weekly due to my scalp condition. I also wear protective styling about 3 weeks out the month. I implement the LOC method (everyday or every other day) on my hair because my 4C texture tends to dry out very easily. I also make sure to deep condition my hair weekly and avoid over manipulating my hair. I am now in the habit of dusting my ends. I was getting to the point of craving length over health. I had to cast aside that superficial side and have some common sense! I also sleep in a satin bonnet.

  • Mrs. Naturally Curly says:

    Although I have been natural since 2000, I only started gaining length when I:
    stopped using shampoo
    use heat only once a year
    protect my ends
    keep my hair moisturized
    and never let my head lay down w/o some satin underneath it!

  • Sophisticatedfunk06 says:

    Steam treatments 2xs a week, multivitamins, biotin, msm, co-washing and regularly oiling my scalp.

  • Alexandra G. says:

    Nothing to drastic, but I carry a pair of scissors with me in case i run into a single strand knot or split ends.

  • AWilliams says:

    I spray my hair daily with my favorite spritz mix (KCKT,Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Rosmary Oil & Aloe Vera Juice) My hair loves it! My hair stays moisturized and my ends curl right up πŸ™‚

  • Brandy says:

    Hey Nikki,

    To keep my tresses healthy I use protective styles 50 percent of the time and during the other 50 percent I use my go-to low manipulation style( twist outs). I also drink tons of water and re-moisturize my hair 4 times a week. I also religiously sleep in a satin bonnet. My hubby doesn't like it but my curls love it!

  • Carmella says:

    This summer was hotter (and dryer) than normal. I tried a homemade avocado mask mixed with mayo (gross, I know) and my hair thanked me for it lol. I also only detangle at night in the shower. & Lately, I've been wearing my damp hair in a teeny tiny bun at the nape of my neck with the ends tucked in. At the end of the day, my hair still feels damp πŸ™‚ Now that's saying a lot in Vegas weather lol

  • nikole says:

    I'm all bout healthy hair. I'm not a member of the natural hair club but i have been natural for almost 10 yrs. I mainly wear my hair in a shrunken fro since it's in that awkward not too short but not too long phase; and it works for me. Wash every 2 weeks, if i can't co-wash. Add oils and dax (i love this ish) or design essentials stretching cream-can keep my hair moisturized for 2weeks. Molasses, honey and yogurt treatments and trimming every so often. When it needs a break i wear regular/crochet braids

  • Jackie P. says:

    I wear protective styles often for both health and length purposes. Whether it be sew in weaves, buns, wigs (my hair is braided underneath), twists, ect.. I seem to especially do this during the hot summer months when my hair just doesn't want to seem to act right!!!

  • Jerica says:

    I am locked and loving it and my routine is simple. I don't wash or twist frequently but I'm always moisturized. I do much more protecting for my children. They are young so the pillows and scarves aren't working but i stay on top of moisture and protective styling is our best friend. My infant son is in mini braids and just came out of mini twist and its going well. My daughter is in chunky twist and they are both taking their vitamins and drinking plenty of fluids along with a well balanced diet.

  • Stacy says:

    I focus on the whole person. I TRY to drink a lot of water and eat a balanced diet. I wash my hair weekly and most of the time keep it in twists. Pretty simple but that's what I do!

  • ayanna says:

    I concentrate on health rather than length! i've learnt that less is more so i always remember to moisturize with water and oils! my hair just drinks water like nothing!!!! so i always have to keep spraying. Also, i try not to play with my hair much. Just keep twists and braids in….i try not to comb or fuss….just let it be!

  • Curlz Girl says:

    I drink lots of water, make a fruit based shake, keep my hair moisturized and wear a satin bonnet. I am entering my first winter with my hair not locked or relaxed so I am reading up on how to do some protective styles and thinking of getting some satin sewn in my hats to create a protective lining.

  • shweezie says:

    Im a full time college student, so 90% of the time my hair is under a wig or sewn under a weave. My wash day include co washing my already sectioned hair and i have swapped my shampoos for oils and this has helped with my transition. Health wise, I work out a lot, I barely sit on my butt! From school, to work and off to the gym! My diet is not 100% healthy but they there is no place for fat in my body since im burning them off 5-4 times a week. I really hope I win this contest…..never won anything but im trying my luck!

  • Joy says:

    Low manipulation, homemade leave ins, alcohol free products whenever possible, BRAIDOUTS!!! And pre-pooing and dc'ing whenever I remember πŸ™‚ I keep ish simple πŸ˜‰ I am a PJ at heart but try to stick to the same products, i.e Tresemme Naturals condish, olive oil, coconut oil, Pantene shampoo, and Softee gel πŸ™‚

  • Sabrina Gay says:

    Recently I've started wearing my hair in twists for two weeks at a time. This makes it easier to not worry about over manipulation and makes it easier to get to my scalp. Although, since I've been pregnant for the last 15 weeks, I have noticed a difference in moisture retention. I'm not sure if it's my massive intake of water or the prenatals. But I guess I also should be saying that getting knocked up has worked wonders for my tress πŸ˜‰

  • Alysa Long says:

    Lately Ive been changing habits to obtain healthier and longer hair. A lot of focus has been making changes internally. Cutting out fried foods, red meats, eating a lot of vegetables, daily intake of vitamins and lots of water have been the nutrition goals as of late. I even tried out a green smoothie this morning (we'll have to work on that). As far as externally, Ive been doing protective styles such as twist to prevent tangling and buns with added hair to retain moisture by putting plastic over my own hair (baggy method). So far so good. We'll see, but I love the products that I've tried so far from beautiful textures curl line and it would be great to win a year supply. Thank you!!

  • Sandy M. says:

    I moisturize my hair like crazy and I believe in the power of protective styling no matter the cost.

  • Dani @ OK, Dani says:

    I protect my hair by wearing a scarf at night, moisturizing and hiding my ends via buns and pinned up styles as much as possible, and putting a satin scarf under my hats in the winter. This gives me great progress in growth and the health of my ends.

  • Amber says:

    I make sure i plait me hair in big doodoo plaits (as we call them) EVERY night before i go to sleep making sure the ends are moisturised and sealed. Living in London means my hair deals with all kinds of conditions so night time is when it can rest and recharge. I am also giving my hair a nice rest for 2years and i have vowed to not use any heat appliances on it (e.g blow-dryer and straighteners)…. im one month in!

  • Citaluv says:

    To protect my tresses I deep conditioner my hair every wash and proceed to lock in the moisture with a leave in conditioner and oil to seal. I also moisturize every night when needed and carefully finger detangle first, following up with a comb if needed when styling. Lastly I sleep with a satin pillowcase or headtie to ensure my hair is protected at night.

  • Arvetta LordtouchRenee' Moore says:

    I began with making sure my atmosphere remains pleasant and positive… I realize that what ever goes on in the inside of me; dictates what goes on outside of me. My Hair is protected right along with my body, spirit and mind… I nurture it, infuse it with quality of care & then tuck it away safely in Buns and other styles that require little manipulation. Every time I touch my hair, I truly thank God— I never knew how beautiful my hair (black hair) truly was… We are a blessed people– full of surprises and mass potential… Thank you for the chance to share:) Be blessed Nikki!

  • CurlySha says:

    In order to protect my hair I wash my hands in lukewarm water, squirt a pea sized amount of argan oil in my hands and retwist every night then secure with a satin scarf! Thanks (twitter: @1stnameshatera)

  • Jasmine Shelby says:

    For the past month or two, I have really been treating my hair like the proverbial "red-headed stepchild" No shade to red heads or step children. Anyhoo, for the last two weeks I started moisturizing every other day, focusing on my ends, and deep conditioning weekly. I have either protected my hair by wearing buns or french braids.
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  • Tanisha McCray says:

    To protect my hair I eat right (i.e. veggies/heatlhy lean proteins/fruit) because if the inside is together then my hair/body will be healthy. I make sure I workout at least 4 times a week alternating between zumba/weights at the gym again focusing on the inside. My hair is washed (because a healthy scalp is a healthy head of hair) with shampoo once a wk since I am so active, deep conditioned and styled protectively throughout the week (unless I have an event that I want to be fancy for and I let "the bush" loose lol! *Pick me, pick me! πŸ™‚

  • Constance Johnson says:

    I am making sure to drink plenty of water!! Atleast 100oz each day, on top of a more well rounded diet in general. Although I would love to do a continuous protective style challenge (6 months or so), I love my twist outs too much… so as long as I only have my fro unleashed 15% of the time.. thats a win!

  • Lori Blair Cole says:

    Co-washing, protective styling, oils and my "a-ha" moment came when I first tried kimmaytube leave-in conditioner!! I can't believe how much my hair loves it!!

  • JJai says:

    I moisturize my hair with coconut oil and deep condition EACH week (I wanna win!)

  • Karima Pope-Robinson says:

    I believe in order to look good on the outside you have to work on the inside. So I have been drinking water, taking vitamins and working out. African Americans will spend money on weaves, sneakers, purses, clothes but we will not spend the money to work on our body. I went natural because I work out so much it was useless to continue to get my hair done since I was sweating it out. (Shout out to Shaun T and Insanity). Being natural cost much money than being relaxed but paying for the right products. Making sure I have satin pillowcases and taking the time to take care of my tresses is vital. Pretty soon I will be going out on interviews in a majority white town, I hope to win these wonderful products so that I can continue to shine.

  • Erika H. says:

    Protective styles! I love twists and without them, I don't know if I would've ever figured out how to properly retain length. Yarn twists and washing in twists have saved my tresses!

  • cocochanel says:

    coconut oil, satin pillowcase and low manipulation…..

  • Crystal Sanders says:

    I do protective styles year round….I would love those products!!!

  • Gina says:

    I recently started deep conditioning and wearing my hair out less. I mostly wear buns and twists.

  • LaKesha Bankston-Glover says:

    While I am constantly learning what my hair does and doesn't like, I have a regimen of either washing or co-washing once a week (what I do depends on how much product I have put in my hair during the week). On a monthly basis I do a deep conditioning under a heat cap. For my nightly routine I moisterize and seal with oil and the next morning I will just use my oil again for a shine. I try not to manipulate my hair too much, so I use alot of protective styles…including wigs (my winter time fav).

  • Netta says:

    In order to protect my hair, I protective style like none other lol. Right now I just did my first ever set of yarn braids and I'm also doing kinkycurlycoilyme's castor oil challenge. I try to only mess with my hair once or twice a week. I deep condition every time I wash my hair and I'm the finger detangle "spokesperson" of my friends. I had the worst self esteem when I wore my hair straight all the time, so now I do any and everything to protect my kinks and curls.

  • Janele says:

    To protect my tresses, I have been using protect styles at least once a month. I moisturize, seal, and use a satin bonnet or scarf at night. I workout, drink h2o, and take vitamins. I did a second big chop in January, and it has grown back healthier and fuller.

  • Deborah Jefferson Burnett says:

    I've been letting it (my hair) rest under weave, and keeping it clean and moisturized.I'm trying to keep the heat out of it while transitioning. And I'm almost done because my hair was shaved in the back and in a short crop-cut, so the only relaxed hair is about 2 in. on the top and sides.

  • Curly Chellez says:

    My hair is either in a weave or a bun to protect it. Although I want to rock a huge twist out, its not always the best thing for my hair

    BTW, I have been meaning to check out Ladies Night at the Comedy Union, now you really got me wanting to go. Wish I would have knew you and Kevin Hart were going to be there, then I would have really went!

  • Des says:

    I cowash weekly and try to DC every two weeks to help with moisture and to strengthen my wiry/fine 4B/4C hair. Will do a sew-in's for the winter months for protective styling. I sleep at night faithfully with my satin bonnet or scarf.

  • Chi chi says:

    I sleep with a satin pillowcase and am all bunning and the magic that is deep conditioning. But at the end of the day, what helps me most is keeping in mind that it is just hair. I want it to be healthy and (eventually) long, but reminding myself that my self-worth, mood, and disposition are not dependent on whether my hair looks bangin' or has decided not to cooperate makes the biggest difference in ensuring "progress"!

  • Fenaye says:

    Hi Nikki! I recently started green smoothies for breakfast, green vibrance a few days per week, exercise 3 days a week, and for my post partum edges castor oil and NH Edge Taming Taffy. Hoping my edges can regain normal thickness before New Years.

  • Ivy says:

    I keep my hair in a bun about 80% of the time so my ends are protected and there is low manipulation.

  • Michelle says:

    Because I'm trying to grow my hair back out after cutting my waist length hair, I've been sacrificing wearing my fro and opting for my protective styles like twists and updos. I'm also back to moisturizing and sealing daily and covering my hair at night

  • Mohawk Tay says:

    i try to moisturize every day and wrap every night. minimal heat unless it's for a special occasion.

  • Shawnta Howard Bailey says:

    I always protect my hair at night before bed by wearing a silk scarf or bonnet & sleeping on a satin pillowcase. I condition & moisturize my hair mainly using water, coconut oil & conditioner. I also drink plenty of water daily. I TRY to avoid mindless behavior where I'm constantly touching my hair and 'twirling' my curls when bored, sleepy, or in a daze…LOL!

  • mahli2010 says:

    i eat balance diet. i take vitamin for hair and nails plus multi vit. i really buy hot products according to reviews like oils, care and styling products, shampoo and conditioner, do old tricks like massaging scalp, right comb and brushes, hot oil treatment, hair cut as needed. i started taking care of my hair since i got cancer and bec of many medications it started to fall and i do become so upset and depressed when my thick long hair went so thin. i do cry a lot consulted doctors, hair specialist, and even my hair stylist. some of advices and treatment works and i still continue my quest for that magic potion to have my thick long wavy hair back.

  • mzlin33 says:

    In order to keep my hair healthy, I make sure to keep it well moisturized. I seal twice daily, using a leave in condish and castor oil. I wear my satin cap to sleep, drink lots of water, and cowash and dc weekly.

  • Derika says:

    I DC every week and wear low manipulation styles. I sleep on a satin pillowcase AND I sleep with a satin bonnet. Double protection lol

  • Sheena B says:

    To protect my tresses in the name of PROGRESS… It's a must to protect my ends, i try my best to keep my ends cover or tucked in and moist. I live on an island where it is hot alllll year around so i have to protect my ends from drying out from the heat and humity. – Apart from my morning rountine of rinsing, moisture and oil I would spray some water on my hair lunchtime then repeat my mositure and oil at night before bed.
    I also do deep condition on weekends and/or homemade hair treatments. I mix up goodies from avacado, eggs, to yogurt, mayo and my new yummy favourite banana treatment. – The smell is lovely.
    I love water so much until co-workers call me the mermaid so I drink alot of that and i'm currently still working on the healthy eating part … I'll get there eventually. When i do workout i rinse my hair afterwards just to get any salt that was formed from the sweat from around my edges and hair.
    I also try not to manipulate my scalp too much so i will do braids for a few weeks or so deep condition and/or treat then braid up again … its not that costly for me since i braid my hair myself. πŸ™‚
    I've official been natural for two-years now … yayyy me!!! …. i did a length check the other day where i went to the salon and got a blow dry …. dont think i will be doing that again .. mostly because i miss my curls so much πŸ™ … I got a blow dry on Friday and wash out my hair last night … not too bad i lasted 5 days – for some reason the straight hair that i once loved so much, became a bother to me …Yea i know i was surprise too … its official #naturalrules.
    I do hope my story help and encourage some of my natural sis n bros, take care!!!!

  • abrunnin says:

    what does quiet time do for your hair health?

  • noremak98 says:

    Moisturize and seal, Deep conditioning at least once a week, finger detangle, minimal manipulation, sleep on satin pillowcase or with satin bonnet (even on vacation- can't forget), and watch out for hidden hazards.. purse straps that pull on hair, fabric hats or car headrests, my car window is even dangerous (on the way up my hair was blowing outside the car and got caught!) Also take care of your health from the inside as well because if you don't your hair will suffer.

  • Pami says:

    The one thing that has changed my life and really seeing progress in my hair that I wasn't doing before is finger detangling. It takes me a good 40 to 45 minutes with all the hair I have but, I ve noticed much more density and length in my hair especially when adding in cowashing only, Leave in moisturizer, coconut oil, my chunky twist, satin pillow case and exercise!

  • Andrea J. says:

    I deep conditioner after every wash and lately I have been making fruit smoothies to try and increase my overall health.

  • Neptucia Ko says:

    In order to take care of my hair i try to do protective styling (braids, twists, bun, kinky twists…etc…) as much as possible, i make sure to moisturize my hair throughout the week. I co-wash every 1-2 week(s) and deep condition afterwards for a couple of hours or overnight with a homemade deep conditioner, a store bought one (with some oil added). I shampoo my hair only once or twice a month depending on how much product buildup i have. I oil my scalp at least 3 times a week with a mixture of pepperming oil with castor oil or coconut which prevents my scalp from being itchy (i often experience itchy scalp & found this to be very helpful). I also make sure to stay hydrate throughout the day. I dry my hair with an old t-shirt instead of a towel and wash,condition, and detangle my hair in sections in order to prevent breakage & simply the washing process. I also not only sleep with a satin bonnet but i only sleep on a satin pillowcase. I also mostly comb my hair on wash days and when styling, i don't brush my hair except my edges & nape sometimes with a soft bristle brush.

  • Katherine Gilbert says:

    I keep my hair braided or in twists year round. I keep it moisturizer by using a combination of coconut oil, water, and conditioner.

  • Dilana A. says:

    When i first began my natural hair journey i was ALL about length. I would watch all the beautiful ladies on YouTube and on this site and wanted my hair to look exactly like what i saw. Further down the line i began to realize that its not about comparing what you have to others but about having the best hair YOU can have. That to me is fairly simple, protect, moisturize, protect and clip. I make sure that the majority of the time my ends are protected by the hairstyles i wear and keeping them trimmed when needed without going overboard. Moisture is the most important to me because my hair and scalp are naturally dry so doing regular deep conditioning sessions and mid-week refers are a MUST for me.

  • Sherice Jones says:

    I try to eat right and I jog every morning before work with deep conditioning my hair if I want to wear a wash a go. I research products and the reviews that come from ladies with my like hair texture before/ if i try them. However my actual routine is very simple which leave me room to try new staples if I feel like it's worth it. I'm also very gentle with my hair and have learn to take my time when styling and washing. I also remember to keep my protective styles well moisturized throughout the time period.

  • Nece says:

    I stopped flat ironing my hair because it would shed like crazy afterwards. I make sure that I wash my hair once every week to remove all the build up my hair accumulates through the week, and I also have stopped using combs to detangle my hair, instead I just use my hands πŸ™‚

  • Tenesha Polk says:

    I prepoo with My fav oils n shea butter.(recently purchased a 80s style sweat band to stop oils from running in my face ) Still auditioning daily moisturizers

  • Andrea H. says:

    To protect my hair, I don't use heat, finger detangle and wear protective styles about 80% of the time.

  • Kammese says:

    I make sure my hair is moisturized, sealed and protected. Length retention focuses on keeping your hair proctected from the elements. Natural hair rocks!

  • Rosalyn Collins says:

    I've been natural most of my life, but only in recent years have I worn it more and more in it's natural state no extensions when wearing braids or getting a Press-n-curl.
    This gets some getting used to, but what I've found is that I when I am taking good care of myself (exercise, enough liquds, more veggies, and REST & MINIUM STRESS!), I tend to do the same things with my hair. (deep treatments, applying water on a daily, etc.)
    Oh and no matter what I put or don't put in my hair (Gel, Conditioner, etc.) it usually does well when I apply H2O, finger comb, and feel good about it!!!

  • ladyjvel says:

    I start from the inside out. I eat lots of fruits and veggies, vitamins, a lil exercise, no heat on the hair, and lots of moisture for my 4c curls, and cover at night.

  • naturalily says:

    I try to keep it as simple as possible……I co wash with As I Am and plunk (first applying FSG and then putting Curls Unleashed Mousse on top of soaking wet hair). I most usually do not use any heat at all except for those times I HAVE to get out of the house with a dry head. Once a month or so I Rhassoul clay with a mixture of Palm oil infused with Hibiscus & Rose petals (recipe from roots4u45 @ YouTube) that I add a mix of essential oils to that are helping with excessive shedding.

  • Carla says:

    Ahhh! I love Kim Coles, but Kevin Hart πŸ™‚ I really want to see him live, lol πŸ™‚

  • sanielj@gmail.com says:

    i follow a raw vegan diet-no meat, no dairy, no processed foods, nothing cooked above 225 degrees. raw kale salads, green drinks not only helps my body but my hair and skin are better than ever!! thanks

  • LaWanda S says:

    I do a lot of buns and roll & tuck styles to maintain the health of my ends.

  • Lola Bunny says:

    I usually do protective styling, minimal heat exposure, multi-vitamins and lots of water inside and out!

  • Rockin' what God gave me! says:

    I have started eating better, exercising regularly, co-washing twice a week, moisturizing and sealing my hair, wearing a sating bonnet whenever I am at home to protect my strands, doing protective styling (well, my only option right now is single-strand twists since I have a TWA, lol), and minimizing stress in my life to keep my hair healthy.

  • Tina says:

    This article arrived just as I was browsing my private hair journal. This year, I've noticed that my hair has grown back faster than it ever has. The differences this year is that I've kept my stress levels in check, kept my hair moisturized & conditioned, and in protective styles regularly. My hair simply wanted to be moisturized and then left alone! Once I stopped doing my complicated regimes and curbed my product junkie-ism, my hair thanked me.

  • Jara Sturdivant-Wilson says:

    I try to take a holistic approach to caring for my body inside and out. I follow a clean food diet with no processed food. I try and look at clean ingredients for my hair and body as well. Those products I do choose for my hair and body tend to be non-processed products. Key word is tend. I finger detangle my hair a few times a week, using coconut oil and being extremely careful not to damage my hair. I will wash/clarify my hair at least once a week depending on how my scalp is feeling. I work out every day so I have to watch the moisture level of my hair. Lately I’ve been wearing my hair in protective twists at the gym, home and work. I sleep on a satin pillowcase or wear a satin scarf to watch my hair at night! I’ve seen a huge difference in my hair length and thickness.

  • Deborah says:

    In order to protect my hair I stay away from heat, salons, junk food and cotton pillow cases. I co wash, finger detangle, use a wide tooth comb and denman brush plus coconut products and food based products to keep my hair clean and soft while wearing my hair braided or twisted 5 out of 7 days per week.

  • Frankie says:

    I exercise, and hydrate my body, and try to eat healthy so my interior is healthy, working on moisturizing and protective styling to prevent breakage and retain length.

  • Stephanie says:

    The measures I take for healthy hair is a healthy ME. I start from the inside since whats on the inside will show … outside hah. Multivitamins, Folic Acid, Zinc (I take the extra two depending ate or didn't eat during the week) and not just dieting, just plain ol' eating healthy (and trying to eat CLEAN). Now for the outside, my hurr still have to look proper boo haha, I co wash, rinse, blot dry with an old towel and from roots to ends slide down the hair strands with my oil concoction (coconut oil, safflower oil, castor oil and olive oil). I do this every day. When it's Gym day, believe it or not I use Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter on each section then use my oil concoction. LESS breakage, LESS fairy knots all round healthy hair, healthy ME!

  • Royisa Gorousingh says:

    Since I've already reached (surpassed) my hair length goal and I mostly focused on the health of my hair (i.e. making sure it's moisturized, no breakage, etc.). I achieve this by deep conditioning weekly, low manipulation of my hair, and continuing to take my vitamins and supplements for overall health.

  • SuchAnAfroholic says:

    I pack a satin pillowcase when I travel and accept all the weird looks my friends give me when I swap off their pillowcases before crashing on their couches. Visiting my college girls is awesome, but we don't *do* cotton, lol.

  • Dominique Mitchell says:

    Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize! Protective styles… Plus, I just let my hair do what it do…

  • Wild Haired Mavens says:

    I trim often

  • Marcia Alexis says:

    I tend not to focus on length, but more so general health of myself and my hair. That being said, I deep condition every week, and I use low manipulation and protective styles. I try to drink as much water was possible and i just overall do not stress too much about my hair. It'll do what it wants when it wants, and most times it works well πŸ™‚

  • Eve @ Confrugal says:

    I do a lot to take care of my hair. I think in order to have healthy hair your have to have a healthy body. I exercise, take vitamins including biotin.

  • Kiara says:

    I must deep condition weekly or ELSE! I've BC'd a few times now due to not being able to cope with my texture and it's dryness but this time around I'm ready and armed with more knowledge about my hair through trial and error rather than tryin to type my hair and categorize it. It's like a have an entirely different head of hair due to the moisture being put in.

  • Niababy says:

    I am completely OBSESSED about my hair. Constantly checking it with a ruler and keeping it in protective styles ever chance I get. I usually wear protective styes for 1 to 2 months then deep condition and hot oil treatments. I am constantly making sure my hair stays moisturized and SOFT as a cloud.

  • Kimberly Bauer says:

    I only wash my hair every other day. I put conditioning spray in before going swimming and I have never colored my hair.

  • Sarah Gee says:

    to protect my hair starts with maintaining the health of my scalp. focusing on my scalp ensures that my roots stay moisturized and won't get matted, which equals stress-free detangling sessions!

  • Jaslene says:

    I use Senegalese twist and keep them in for about 2 months and take biotin during that time. The first time I did it I was so surprised by the length.

  • Tasha G says:

    To help my hair stay healthy and grow I do a morning routine where I eat breakfast. I also take my meds and necessary vitamins that help keep my hair nice and strong. With hair moisturizing and nourishment, I use water, shea butter, and almond oil to seal my ends. I stick to protective styles especially with the Houston humidity out here. I keep my ends tucked away and moisturized with almond oil and olive oil. I wash my hair with shampoo once a month or twice depending on product build up. Other than that I always co-wash with As I Am Coconut Co-Wash. I drink alot of water and exercise so not just my hair is healthy but so am I.

  • Kyra Nicole says:

    I try to drink plenty of water, I do not use combs or towels, I cowash more than I shampoo, I stay away from silicones (my hair hates them), and I'm trying more preotective styles (coils) as I grow out my TWA.

  • Pecancurls says:

    Nik, thanks for sharing the pics from all that epic-ocity!!! Kim looks fabulous! I am digging that weave. Kevin Hart is the -ish!. Ok, the guys are too funny crashing the ladies night.
    I protect my tresses in the name of health — I figure that with health will come length. Also, health was my reason for going natural anyway —went from a 12 back to my 6 post babies. πŸ™‚
    I drink anywhere from 6 to 8 16.9 oz bottles of water from sun up to sun down. I co-wash every other week with Creme of Nature. I alternate between Qhemet Biologics AOHC and the cocoa tree detangling ghee as a leave in. I do my twist outs with Qhemet Biologics AHTB and seal with almond, avocado and jojoba oil. I do a monthly DC with Aubrey Organics usually. I sleep with my satin scarf religiously.

  • NaturalBeauti Hester says:

    I noticed that protective styles help me retain my length and I have been using castor oil to help me with more thick healthier hair. I keep my hair in micros most of the time to give me and my hair a break. I habe started to exercise regularly and I am working on eating better.

  • Yolly says:

    Not only have I been keeping my hands out of my hair, I've gone and got kinky twists set in. I also started taking HairFinity vitamins. I'm not only trying to get length, but I want my ish healthy! Also, started getting my work out on. It's only been 3 weeks and it looks like I've had these twists in for 3 months. I must be doing something right. πŸ™‚

  • Lanisha Lenore (CurlyDiva) says:

    Being Natural all my life, all i know is moisturize… moisturize… moisturize… but don't allow too much product build up on scalp especially. The scalp needs to breathe but with the right products (coconut, peppermint oils, etc.) be stimulated. No matter what your goal is (growth, health, thickness, etc.) the scalp is the source of it all. Hair is dead.

  • TheRYL1 says:

    AWWWW! I wish I had known Curly Nikki & Crew would be in the house…I would have slid on through!!! One thing I love about L.A. comedy, you never know who will pop up. πŸ™‚ Glad you had a ball!

  • Reva Hawkins says:

    Hi Nikki! I recently did a big chop even though I am completely natural! I wanted to define my curls more and start fresh with a new look and new curls! I wash 3-4 times a week. I can't stand stinky hair or product build up. I alternate between Joico complete moisture shampoo and conditioner and Mixed Silk elements product line. I also use B&B growth lotion as a moisturizer. I used it for twists and a leave in before I cut my hair. I sometimes use the Kimmay leave in conditioner mixture. I alos use Henna twice a month for its conditioning properties!

  • Deanna H. says:

    I make sure to pre-poo now even if I don't feel like it. My hair always feels better when I do. Moisture retention is the key, or so I've heard! πŸ˜‰ I make sure to keep in mind what products my hair likes and dislikes. I'm open to trying new products, but I stay true to my holy grails. I am better these about keeping my hair stretched because my coils are not feeling the wash-n-go….TOO MANY KNOTS!!!! So, even when I don't feel like it, I make sure to twist my hair when pre-pooing, retwist if any come undone with cleansing, and retwisting after applying conditioner/leave-in. I'm mdoing better with my HIH problem these days because it's hardly ever loose and free. And finally, I'm taking care to get the moisture back in. Can we say oil on the scalp? AMEN! Nik, you give tried and true info that is extremely helpful!

  • KiNkYnEsT says:

    I've started doing more protective styling and plan on hiding my hair until December 2012. A friend was doing the challenge and I decided to jump on to grow out the awkward hair cut I gave myself in February.

  • Deeza Peeza says:

    In order to keep the health of my hair at an optimum, I clarify when necessary, deep condition when necessary & oil when necessary. That's it. Been in the game too long for a long list of a regime. Hopefully I'll win lol

  • Tami Mac says:

    This week, I celebrated 1 year being natural…YAY! My regimen has been fairly simple and everyone is quite impressed with my growth – including me.
    I have been following the curly girl method for the past 4 months and my curls are POPPING. I only wash with conditioner; I will wash every few days, but DC on Saturdays.
    I just seriously started moisturizing and sealing every few nights, my hair is already loving it and just this past weekend, I did a braidout on blowdried hair. FABULOUS!!!!!!

  • tantay greene says:

    I try my best to avoid knots and tangles to maintain a healthy hair regimen by keeping my hair in twist after I wash and condition. Then, after a week of wearing different twisted updos; I wear my twist out for a week. Everyday I moisturize my hair with my water bottle filled with olive oil and kinky curly knot today leave in conditioner. Then, I add olive oil to my strands. I run and excercise 3 days out of the week and have been trying to eat healthier because when your body is healthy it reflects through your hair:-)

  • Christina 'Kouki' George says:

    hi hi
    i love ur curls !!
    so that's what i do for my curls to keep them healthy and looking great
    i wash it once or twice a week no more , condition it like every day to keep it as moist as possible , i do so home made masks , the best one i tried till now is the mayo !!! it is super , it makes ur hair so moist and lovely though it smalls not so nice but still its totally worth it !! btw i'm a 3b/3c . u inspired me to rock my curls. THANK U

  • Sincerely_Pat says:

    I shampoo and condition but my main thing is, NO HEAT and a lot of water. I don't worry about shrinkage. I try not to manipulate my hair very much. Oh, and I dust my ends with Blue Magic Conditioner (back to basics) from time to time, shh, don't tell anybody. I wrap my hair with a satin scarf and also sleep on a satin pillow case for added protection. My overall goal is healthy hair.

  • Miss Anne says:

    Progress: Towards healthy hair πŸ™‚

    1) keep my regimen simple as I'm still transitioning (nearly 8 months… Yeeee haaw!)
    2) Document what works and what doesn't
    3) I've been protective styling with kinky twists and leaving my edges out until they grow! Pamper them with JCBO… love the progress so far!
    4) Follow CN blog and forums for tips and advice I can learn from!
    5) Love my hair more everyday in all her imperfection πŸ™‚

  • Sydney Brown says:

    Same here! I love this style. It's super easy and it makes my mornings a whole lot less hectic!

  • Sydney Brown says:

    Lately what I've been doing in order to protect my hair is wearing it in two strand twists. I came upon this style completely unintentionally (one manic crazy morning when a section of my curl former set didn't "set" properly- so I threw my hair in 20 twists, pinned them up and ran out the door). Before I knew anything wearing my hair naturally I was a ponytail queen. It is just easy. Now once a week I do my whole cleansing routine, DT etc then throw in a leave in, seal with an oil and put my hair in 22 twists (perm rods on the ends that don't stay together). I dry overnight and wear the twists all week. I smooth them back and them in a ponytail with an ouchless band. I am noticing that not only is my hair retaining length like crazy but also, it is just "happier" (hard to explain but you know when it happens). I think I've been wearing the twists for about 6 weeks now (resetting weekly) and I love them so much that I don't see myself wearing my hair out any time soon. This is my month for a trim though so at the end of the month I'll be forced to flatten it out. I can't wait to see the length!

  • Noellyn says:

    Hi Nicki!
    My routine is really simple. To protect my hair I prepoo with jamaican black castor oil. Then use the sulfate free treseme naturals shampoo and conditioner. I then put my hair in medium sized twists for the week and wear twist outs on the weekend making sure to moisurize and seal my hair with water then coconut oil every few days. I really want to try the Beautiful Textures line! Good luck to everybody!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    They killed it!

  • Jasmine M says:

    I try to moisturize my hair daily and I go to sleep with Satin Ebonnet every night.

  • NJ Johnson says:

    I am currently transitioning (5 months) and have already bought hats and scarves to wear during the winter months. I mean a serious number of them already and I'm not planning on wearing them anytime soon, being that its still 100 degrees everyday. But I just HAVE to know that they are there….for my hair. Crazy. I know.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Gaye!!! You know we missed you!!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    The pics don't even do her justice! Her skin is flawless!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Rhonda!!!! And yes, no worrying about Boogie!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Roxanne!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    GIRL!!! Amazeballs! Thanks for inviting us! You are HILARIOUS! We had a great night, seriously. Thanks again!!

  • SherLynn James says:

    Kevin Hart and Kim Coles sounds like a Great Show!

  • Kim Coles says:

    Hey Lady! So glad that you and the St. Louis crew were in da house! xoxoxooxox
    Thanks for coming and posting pics too! We had FUN, huh?!

  • Davina916 says:

    As a protective style, I wear my hair in two-strand twists often. I try to keep my hair moisturized, and I always sleep with a silk or satin scarf. Thanks!

  • Kim Young says:

    I mouisturize and seal at night and go to sleep looking like Ms. Ceelie all in the name of health and length. I feel for my future husband

  • Anastasia Weeks says:

    I lovvve my twist outs on my twa but to keep the Fairies away with those single strand knots I deep condition weekly and make an all natural homemade protein treatment once a month to revive my curls and give it some life. I always put a satin bonnet on at night as well. πŸ™‚

  • Roxanne says:

    This is my first summer sans wigs as I transitioned for almost two years – August. For me, keeping my curly-Frizz'e moist and detangled is K-E-Y! I wore it out with wash and go's and cream and go's all summer. For the fall/winter, I will be braiding it again reverting to wigs as my hair and scalp adore the min-no manipulation. As that is currently the plan, keeping the scalp and braids healthy is my goal. ultimately, I am shooting for Health and Length Retention. Thank you and all the other naturals for keeping us newbies informed and glad you had fun out Girls Night Out – Crashed

  • Kim Young says:

    I mouisturize and seal at night and go to sleep looking like Ms. Ceelie all in the name of health and length. I feel for my future husband

  • Gina says:

    What steps do I take to protect my tresses… minimal styling (using my fingers to detangle as much as possible), protective styles and a satin pillowcase.

  • Victoria Williams says:

    I cowash at least once a week. I finger detangle when I can and wear protective styles such as single twist. I keep my hair moisturized with water and leave in conditioner and I apply oils day. At night I spritz with water and apply oil and cover with a satin cap. I have also recently started using Indian powders in my hair including Henna. I love the results.

  • L. Jonesy says:

    I only BC'ed 2.5 weeks ago but I am moisturizing as needed (almost daily) with water, olive oil and Shea Cantu Leave-in to protect my hair. I am also currently conditioning myself to keep my hands out of my curly TWA! I already worked out regularly (part of the BC inspiration) which I have continued and eat healthy constantly. I'm loving the way I'm feeling, looking and being perceived! I should've done this sooner!!!

  • MizCheryl says:

    To protect my hair, I do the following:
    1. I say NO to heat.
    2. I say NO to shampoo (only cowashing for me).
    3. I deep condition once every week.
    4. I wash and go…literally. Low hair manipulation.
    5. When I'm in for the night, I immediately put on my silk scarf. 2-3 times per week, I'll add a mixture of conditioner, oil or coconut oil and jojoba oil before putting on my scarf. My hair thanks me for it in the morning!
    6. I also sleep on a satin pillowcase for extra protection (getting ready to upgrade to a silk pillowcase).
    7. If I'm not doing anything special during the weekend, I keep a scarf (a pretty one) on my head during the entire weekend (with my conditioner/oil mix…see #5). If I have to go out, I'll throw a hat over it…or not.
    8. I eat healthy and drink pletnty of water (with Braggs ACV in it).
    It may sound like a bit much, but it's very well worth it!
    Cheryl

  • Mikkie Baker says:

    dang was Kevin Hart making the rounds, I was at the hollywood Improv on monday night and Kevin was there too testing his VMA material….he must really be nervous about…but yeah it seems like it will be funny…all i have to say is …..midgets

  • Brittney D. Hunt says:

    Love your pics!! My goal is health not length. I think often times we get so caught up on length and health. To protect my tresses I make sure I twist and cover my hair at night. I try to stick to a product routine and keep it moisturized. And last but not least I get trims whenever I need them! πŸ™‚

  • Marlene Garth says:

    I use a leave-in conditioner, and Vatica to seal in moisture. I'm still looking for the right products to use on my curls so that they are shiny and don't shrink.

  • Meika Sterling says:

    So glad you and your crew had an awesome time! I make sure to always do a deep treatment everytime I was and usually try to protect my strands by wearing twists or covering my hair with a cute scarf. I also try my bestest to moisturize on a consistent basis.

  • Wilkersl07 says:

    I protect my hair and my daughter hair by wearing protective styles during the week and washing, deep conditioning, hot oil treatments, and all the good stuff on the weekends. I spritz our hair every morning lightly with water and add some type of oil either coconut or castor to waken it up and keep it looking good during the day. At night we are Satin'ed up! Protective styles that we wear are always a combo of flat twist and two strand twist! My daughter's five and love keeping her hair done!

  • Christine Sylvester says:

    YouTube is my best friend in terms of natural hair care, styles, advise, and ideas. Love all the other natural ladies out there!

  • kasperdadon says:

    I usually never win anything, I just wanted to give this a try.

  • kasperdadon says:

    Well I just did my big chop, every morning I co-wash with suave almond and Shea butter conditioner, and after I add giovanni leave in to seal the moisture I add coconut oil. I take a multivitamin Nioxin recharged complex. At night I just add some kudzu oil. Viola

  • Megan M. says:

    Looks like you had fun. Well what I do to keep the health and length of my tresses is moisturize every 2-3 days protective style updo's and use my Jane Carter revitalizing leave in on days when I am on campus walking in the hot Las Vegas heat going to my college classes. My hair is being bleached by the sun so I use that leave in because it says it protects again sun and heat damage. I also wear a scarf and a hat sometimes. So far I see a difference in my hair its not turning orange-brown it is staying black on on other parts because I nearly freaked out on Monday when I washed my hair.

  • Kia Jackson says:

    I'm in a protective style right now, of box braids. But before them I was religious about wrapping my hair before bed.

  • SuNNiJae says:

    I made a agreement with my daughter that we would wear two strand twist through the fall and winter to protect the health of our hair and retain length. At first it was just something I wanted her to do so that I did not have to comb her hair every morning for school, but when I saw her hesitation I knew I had to lead by example. So starting this past Sunday we are both twisted up. The challenge will be what will our staple moisturizing and styling product be.I am flexible with whether or not she wears them in a bun, or a pinned up style. So fingers crossed we will see the results I am looking for- for the both of us.

  • Kanishia Wallace says:

    To protect my tresses I maintain my moisture/protein balance. No what I need and dont need in summer an winter. I have my hats satin-lined for winter. I M & S only wash days and moisturize the remainder of the weak. Unclog my scalp pores with ACV rinse. Keep my hair as ph balanced as possible. Use a conditioner to detangle before a wash if my hair is all tangled so I wont lose a lot of hair trying to wash detangled hair. Plus I talk to my hair, I try not to yell at it….ahahhahah #Natural hair is Work/PT Job

  • PennieNotPenny says:

    Seems like it should be SUCH a simple thing to just put my scarf on before bed but I fall asleep without it WAY too often. Damn kids πŸ˜›

  • Z. Bridges says:

    I have been trying my hand at doing my own protective styles with my hair. I love braids but there is a lot of commitment and money involved. I am strongly considering getting my sis to install a sew in for me. πŸ™‚

  • Tenika M. says:

    To protect my tresses I wear a satin bonnet to bed at night. I make sure to moisturize every few days so that I dont over moisturize, I DC weekly and I try to wear my hair in a PS (usually twists) to protect my ends.

  • mskay says:

    I moisturize with my Cantu Shea Butter Leave In and castor oil on my ends and edges. I am 1 year natural and all the extra attention works. I also do braids and twists when I want to give my hair a break from all the manipulation.

  • TEvans says:

    I deep condition once a week with Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair, use heat only once every few months and sleep on a satin pillowcase with hair in a high ponytail.

  • Adrianna L says:

    Well to protect my lovely curls, first I take care of my body. By drinking lots of water, exercise and eating a healthy diet. Being a Nutrition major, I have to take care of my body. Taking care of your body and not stressing a lot does wonders to your hair. It makes it look more lively. I daily moisturize. At night I spritz my hair and use a moisturizer with a little jojoba oil. Then put a plastic cap on and a scarf on top. This helps hold moisture in your hair over night. I try not to manipulate my curls to much so I wear my hair in a wash and go almost everyday. Being a college student I don't have much time to spend on my hair in the mornings. I also wash && stretch my hair with mizani stretching cream once a week.

  • nzinga says:

    I twist my hair and pin it up. moisturize throughout the week while in the shower and wear a satin bonnet at night. Easy peezy πŸ™‚

  • Treeves says:

    The best thing I've learned to do to protect my hair and my daughter's hair it to moisturize and SEAL! Always moisturized but sometimes sealed. Once I saw the benefits, it's a step in the routine I never skip.

  • Hilary L says:

    I take care of my hair from the inside out. Along with drinking more water, I take a multivitamin with a fish oil and msm capsule twice daily. I pre-poo with Vatika and olive oil before washing hair. I deep conditioner maybe once a week or every 2 weeks using either renpure argan oil conditioner or aussie moist conditioner mixed with olive oil, castor oil, and aloe vera juice. I usually seal my ends every now and again with either castor oil or my shea butter mixture.

  • Kyla H. says:

    My hair is extremely dry so I apply olive oil once every 2 days. I like to keep it simple so I minimize the heat and keep the ends of my hair tucked in by wearing it in buns.

  • Mo says:

    My hair drinks up any moisturizer so every night and morning I make sure to moisturize my hair with a conditioner then follow up with EVOO. At least once a month, I keep it twisted for at least a week once a month to let it rest as well (:

  • Ashley Nicole Robinson says:

    I use the loc method and moisturize and seal every other day. I also wear protective styles (usually flat twists) for the week and take them out for a twist out (usually when I'm trying to be fly, lol). Low manipulation helps me to retain length and the moisturizing helps to keep my hair healthy.

  • kwnatural says:

    Moisturize, finger detangle, and keep it covered with satin at night. No heat and very little to no manipulation.

  • Tanisha Bridges says:

    I wash my hair once a week. I oil my scalp, I use a mixture of grapeseed oil, coconut oil, and shea butter to twist it up and put a silk scarf on it. I have bought a curly wig that I wear as a protective style. But at night, I oil my scalp and put my silk scarf on it.

  • Amber Johnson Swinney says:

    I also do the LOC method and the low manipulation (braided extensions) I dont have a protective style for my hair when its out though…I think Im gonna try twists/twistouts for the winter

  • Shannell L-M says:

    I do mini twist with my shea butter mixture that I make with several oils that I keep in for 2 to 3 weeks, then I wash and wear my hair loose for a week and do it all over again. It helps with the health and length of my natural hair.

  • Natasha Betty says:

    Similar to my fellow curlfriends, I moisturize religiously, condition, condition and more condition..sleep with the holy satin bonnet night after night and treat my hair with as much love and affection possible. But what really saved my life this summer was trying boho box braids for the first time. I kept them in for about 7 weeks and it was the BEST decision ever. Truly one of the best and easiest ways to protect your tresses in the name of progress!

  • Natalie U says:

    Low manipulation is what I aimed for which turned into protective styling. Anything to keep me from touching my hair allows it to grow however it wants. Of course while my hair is in the protective style, I make sure I spritz my scalp and hair to keep it moisturized.

  • nomllih ahsieT says:

    I do the LOC method (liquid, oil, water). I use Infusium 23 leave in (water based), coconut oil, and beautiful textures moisture whipped cream.
    On wash days I poo and DC for 30 mins, and air dry.

  • Teresa Durham says:

    Great to hear your night turned around. I would have loved to be there. I love both Kim and Kevin! About my hair … i'm still trying to figure it out. I don't apply any heat to my hair and I only use a comb when my hair is wet and full of conditioner. I keep it wrapped at night. I don't know that it's helping because it doesn't appear to be growing (so it must be breaking as fast as it grows). Anyway, I do the best I can.

  • Tia M. says:

    In the name of health and length, olive oil seems to be the miracle moisturizer for me. It helps keep my tresses soft and moisturized. I add a tablespoon or two to my spritzer bottle of water and spray away. I also make sure to use a leave-in conditioner for that extra protection. This past April I decided to cut off about 8 inches of my all-natural, bra-length hair. Can I just say the new 'shorter do gave me a pick me up? For me with 2 little kiddos it's less to manage and quicker to style. Also, I never say "nighty-night" without putting on my satin bonnet. When my baby girl walks in the room with her cap on, her Daddy says, "Not you, too!" Yes, sir! This i show we do it! And if you peek under our bonnets, you'll see that we're totally twisted! ~ McCollors@yahoo.com

  • Candice NewMommy Stoutamire says:

    I recently did the BC and I finally have a regimen that works for me. I moisturize day and night with a water/glycerin/ACV mixture, sealing with coconut I cowash twice a week with SM CES and DC weekly with same product. I do not use heat at all. I sleep with satin bonnet. I shampoo or do a bentonite clay treatment twice per month.

  • Katrina A. says:

    I haven't yet figured out the protective styling thing. Does wearing a satin bonnet and using a satin pillowcase count?

  • ncdeltagirl says:

    Like most…I'm moisturizing daily and using the satin bonnet for coverage at night. But I've also moved to more no/low manipulation styling. I'm not using heat and have become more deliberate in my deep condish routine. I'm reading more so that I can learn more about hair and the impact of certain ingredients. And my health has become equally as important!

  • Asia Monique Mays says:

    I oil my scalp down as I twist my hair down at night, and take it down in the am, I simply run a leave-in through it along with the oil then pin it up!

  • PirmasensVet says:

    I co-wash my hair every two weeks and make sure that I alwasy sleep with a silk scarf on. I also apply a lite moisturizer on every morning.

  • Julia L. Willingham says:

    I make sure that my hair has moisture. It makes it more managable and I love the softness.

  • Angela B. says:

    I pre-poo with an oil, finger detangle, deep condition weekly & moisturize & seal when needed. I do low manipulation styles (a bun) and drink lots of water!

  • Elizabeth Gonzalez says:

    I try not manipulate my hair too much. When I keep it in a bun and don't touch it I see more progress.

  • Erica Day says:

    Finger Detangling, Co-Washing, Daily Moisturizing/Sealing, No Heat Ever…and let's not forget my trusty satiin pillowcase!

  • Rhonda C says:

    Nik,
    The new cut is EVERYTHING! And, love it when "EEK" turns "EPIC". Moreso, I love when you have a "Boogie-sitter" that truly has your back. #worththeirweightinplatinum

  • Jennifer W says:

    Most people are not that surprised when I tell them what I do to keep my hair healthy and protected. My regimen consists of daily application of a moisturizer either a product containing shea butter or an oil, weekly deep conditioning, finger detaingling, and quartely straigtening. I save all heat applications for the professionals preventing me from having heat damage!

  • Shannon says:

    My hair is finally long enough that I have taken to bunning and moisturizing every night. I tie my hair down with a scarf, and then top with a bonnet. I am going for health and length. My goal style is that fierce bun Nikki rocked!

  • Monica S. says:

    Looks like you all had a great night. Kim is gorgeous! For the last year or two I've mainly kept my hair in a low, loose bun. I get a little bored with the look at times, but I've retained a ton in length. Thanks.

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    oh I was post to talk about protecting Sasha..well does putting on a bonnet count? I am in 3 years deep…no frills here *shrugs*

  • Nikki Taylor says:

    I have incorporated pre-pooing into my regimen and I love how moisturized and soft my hair is. Increasing my water intake is doing wonders!

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    YOU my friend ALWAYS do it up large! I am so very happy for you!! Live CurlyNikki LIVE! love you!

  • beth says:

    To protect my hair, I keep a very basic regimen with low manipulation. I moisturize my hair often and alternate between twists and other protective styles. I also deep condition weekly and have cut down on using hair tools like combs and my beloved denman brush.

  • Antoinette says:

    The measures i take are making sure my hair is protected; in the name of health. So I wear two silk scarfs at night to assure maximum hair moistness.

  • nylse says:

    i focus on me – not just my hair; by that i mean i have a regular exercise routine, i have quiet time daily, i eat lots of fruits and vegetables – as a by product my hair and skin flourish also. specifically when it comes to my hair – i keep it moisturized and do protective styles that are cute and presentable as often as i can.

    keeping my fingers crossed…….

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