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Hair Today and Weekend Plans… (Updated)

By January 27th, 202161 Comments
Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)
3rd day hair.  

I did ‘The Tracee‘, rinsed, smoothed in hella Ouidad Hyrdafusion and got out of the shower. While standing in front of the mirror, I sectioned out the upper most layer of hair that frames my face, as well as the upper most layer of the crown.  I created 4 two-strand twists (medium size)- two on either side of the part and one at the crown (in the middle, going to the back).  Why? Because I heart the volume and shrunken awesomeness of a WDTM&G, but the chunky definition of a twist-out.  The problem is that wet-set twists can sometimes leave my fine hair flat and limp.  So with this, I get the best of both worlds- the definition where I want it the most (on top, where people can see), with the bottom layers remaining piece-y and fluffy to provide the illusion of a lot of hurr.  This idea is not at all novel, in fact, I used to do this in graduate school (circa ’06)… it was the last evolution of my Wash&Go before I moved on to the Twist-n-Curl, which, of course, reigned supreme until this year.  I preferred wet-set ‘Twist-n-Curls’ over ‘Twist-outs’ because (1) the rolled ends gave the look of a shorter bob, resulting in the illusion of volume, and (2) stretching the ends kept the single strand knots at bay.   I’m sure I’ll be revising the wet-set TnC shortly. But I digress.

Stay tuned this weekend for more pics… I drove 13 hours, got stuck in disrespectfully slow moving traffic, and ate ratchet-ass McDonalds not once, but TWICE, in order to arrive in St. Louis to help my grandmother celebrate her 87th birthday.  Happy birthday Gma! We shall party like rockstars.

Later Gators,

What are your weekend plans?!
and for my St. Louis curlies, where’s the party at tomorrow night?! 



We basically stormed Grandma’s house un-announced, bringing the usual Lee family gourmet buffet – DQ ice cream cake and Ponderosa chicken. Of course, her initial reaction was, ‘y’all better hurry up before I fall asleep’. Smh…we love you too Grandma. 
Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)
Meanwhile, Gia, in typical baby diva fashion, flashed her nails all
night and did a very Vanna White-esque introduction for every new guest
where she’d walk up to each family member and say, ‘dis mama’ and ‘dis
is ‘ain’ all the while her nails were on display. Apparently, in her
mind, she was the host of this little shindig.  

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)

Old dusty wall photo shot of the 4 sons she had (my dad is on the left)…

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)
… and then the 7 kids they produced… peep me rocking my college afro puffs! 

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)
 and just for fun… that big head ass baby? Me! Kicking it with Grandma! 

 Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)
 We gave grandma a crap load of lottery scratch offs, her favorite
past time! And we’ll take her to the boat on Sunday. I don’t gamble,
but I do enjoy the cheap drinks… even at 11am, I’ll have a glass of
wine… it’s 5pm somewhere! 😉

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)
#SecretLifeOfNikki I’m just a big ol’ kid

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Boogie got passed around like a hot potato
and loved every second of it. She’s with Aunt Joan on the left and with
Grandma ‘Ain’ on the right. I think ‘Ain’ is her interpretation of
Elaine, but my dad insists it’s short for ‘Ain‘t the paw-paw’… and
he’s ‘the paw-paw’… calls his name ALL DAY.

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)

“See my nails? See ‘em!? Lookit!”

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)

My sister-in-law, Drea. She’s 1 month into her transition and loving it. She’s rocking a rod set here.

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)

I’m sure she just said something mildly inappropriate, but no doubt hilarious. #LoveMyGma

Hair Today and Weekend Plans... (Updated)
Sweater- Gifted from Romwe


  • CurvyCurly says:

    Parkway South haaaayyyy……..

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Yes ma'am! And I haven't forgotten about you 😉

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Dope! Hope you had a blast!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks boo!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Fellow St.Louisan?! What highschool did you go to?! 😉 I went to Metro.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Keisha!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    where are y'all from?

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Hey cuzzo 🙂

  • CurlyNikki says:

    That's the best– mother/daughter day! I hope you had fun! My maiden name is Lee and we have fam from all over… maybe we're cousins!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol, thanks Cecily!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks girl and YES! Try the Tracee and report back STAT!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    I saw a similar one at Urban Outfitters if you have one near by

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Carla! I HEART that sweater! I've already worn it 3 times!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    You and me both! I get my 8 hours every night… unless of course Gia has other plans :-/

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Yup, I like that, lol! 87 is the new 67!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    lol! yours too! Funny!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks G2G! And yes, gmas are blessings! Mine is a trip and I'm grateful to have her in my life!

  • G2G says:

    This made me smile 🙂 Such a blessing that your grandmother is still sharp and kicking! Looks like there are some really good genes in that beautiful family. God bless.

  • Shashou says:

    Gia, dive all the way around. The picture with the wooden walls, my grandma totally had walls like that in her house. Oh the memories. Smile all the way around.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    This pictures are adorable! Granny looks awesome! Hell, is 87 the new 67? Gia knows she can steal a show!

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Thank ya! Girl, I will hold you to that!

  • Derika says:

    My grandma's birthday was on Oct. 2 and my family did cake and ice cream for her. Lol @ your grandma telling y'all to hurry up before she falls asleep. I have a feeling I'm going to be the same way. I love my sleep!

  • hairscapades says:

    Girl, I'm done with the WnG for now … those knots are too much;)!!

    And your dad looks JUST like your gma!!! He's her mini-me!!! And OMGosh, Boog has me cracking up over here with the nails!! She is serious about those!! LOL!!

  • Carla says:

    This is perfect! Happy birthday to your granny Nik! She's looking great and I'm loving that sweater from Romwe 🙂

  • Stephanie Denise says:

    So sweet that you drove all that way to be with your Grandma. The party looks amazing!! Also, I really think I need to try The Tracee, bc your hair looks sooooo good EVERYTIME you do it!

  • petra says:

    everybody loves them….its like damn…do u like my other hair too? got a girl feelin insecure about her ish…but im lovin it!….ill post a pic

  • cecily malone says:

    Happy Cake-day Gma!

  • Megan M. says:

    I taking my mother out for her birthday late. Her birthday was 9/25/12 so just mother daughter day for us. The name Lee are also in my family middle names and last names. Love your hair! God bless your mother 87 keep going.

  • Jada07 says:

    Fun!!! Girl, my mother's maiden name is Lee; we might be related somewhere down the line! 🙂

  • keisha says:

    happy birthday G-Ma! She deserves every bit of her celebration! Gia is too cute showing off her nails!

  • Thetruthisoutthere says:

    Soo wonderful! Happy birthday to G-Ma! Thanks for sharing the birthday pics – as a STL girl I get so homesick – but I'm not hatin! LOL!
    Puhleeez consider doing some Tracee vids for your instruction impaired readers! LOL!
    Planning to have supper with some of my former classmates this evening!

  • Joyce says:

    Cute sweater! Happy birthday grandma!

  • Angel Bunton Miller says:

    I am going to the natural hair and holistic food expo in philadelphia pa today and I hope to gain a wealth of information for my natural journey (as well as a host of product samples to try) 🙂

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    Beautiful family! Those genes are strong! I love abiogenesis showing her nails! Lil Diva!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Great minds boo! Sorry it didn't work for you though 🙁 Try it with your wash&go and make the twists smaller.

  • CurlyNikki says:

    If I could make a good flat-twist, I'd totally try it!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Sweet! Thanks Trisha!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    haha, yes! Happy bday to Grandpa!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    JEALOUS! Did y'all have fun?!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Petra! How did the knots turn out?

  • CurlyNikki says:

    DAYUM! Get better soon… we'll get drinks next time 🙂

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks Gaye!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    under the bonnet for a few minutes. Thanks!!!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks girl! Check out pure aloe vera gel or make your own Flaxseed gel! Do a search for it on, there are several recipes and folks LOVE it!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Also try that Aubrey Gelly… good stuff 🙂 Thanks girl!

  • CurlyNikki says:

    Thanks girl!

  • CurlyNikki says:


  • Wild Haired Mavens says:

    Really like this style, it is so hot!

  • Jacqueline Miller-Perry says:

    Welcome back to the Lou Nikki…Have a blast at the partay!!!

  • Gwenn4ya says:

    This weekend I believe I will try a wash n go again using something other than the eco styler pink. Last time it came out great, but my hair was too hard. I didn't like that but I loved the curls. I couldn't believe my hair finally curled. I have some kiss my face gel and I am going to try that. No work for me this weekend and I'm at home on vacation. Hopefully the hubby will like the wash n go!! HBD to your GMA! Blessings!

  • Rissa Katharine Cobain says:

    Hey Nikki! Jealous of your Wash n' Go as usual. I have been trying to perfect my wash n' go, but my hair is sensitive to a lot of ingredients and I haven't been able to find even ONE gel without glycerin! As Product Junkie Extraordinaire, do have any recommendations?

  • Jillian says:

    How did you dry it?

  • Jillian says:

    Great idea Nikki! I'm going to try this over the weekend. Your results are very cute!

  • Sweetdrk1 says:

    Happy birthday to Gma! Have a blast!

  • hairscapades says:

    Nik, I tried this method on a dry set back in July and even did a post about Volume or Definition: That is the Question!" (, because my attempt to get the best of both worlds was a #fail!! Forgot to take pics of the fail, but you can see I tried to do the same thing with four twists on top of big hair!! LOL!!

    I'm backing off of the WnGs for real though. Too many knots!! They are driving me crazy!! I LOVE the volume and my natural curls, but can't deal with the consequences of that style choice on wash day!! Braid-outs have really become my hair's new BFF and I think a lot of my fall/winter styles will start with that style.

    As to the weekend, I think it's going to be nice one!! Having lunch with the Sci-5 (you know, my all things comic/cartoon/sci-five geek "club" ;)), to celebrate the birthday of one of our own. Then, my first Dominican baby shower tomorrow night. The reason I'm pointing out that it's Dominican is that the baby shower is from 7 pm to 2 AM!!!!!! I'm told that a Dominican baby shower ain't no "regular" baby shower, it's a party! LOL!!

    Now, about to hit Friday's for some fried green beans with this 20% off coupon;)!!

    Happy birthday Nikki's Granma!!!!! Can't wait to see the pics!!! Have fun and be safe!!!


  • CurvyCurly says:

    NOOOOOOooooo! I just had surgery on my foot and am stuck sittin' on my butt for about a week! Nikki you drove all the way 'home' to the STL. Oh yeah, Happy 87th to your granny…..but fun and partying is about to happen here in the STL while you're here and I'm stuck at home. *tear rolls down my face* I swear I have the worst luck!

  • Petra says:

    Happy birthday nik's grandma!!!! I'm doing a Bantu knot out on stretched hair… Have fun hon

  • Jada says:

    I'm doing my hair in a few minutes to get ready for some bar hopping with the girls!

  • Mel says:

    I totally understand the long road trips and having to eat awful fast food but I can totally one up you with 30 hours one way spent on the road in a cramped car with 2 children…..but no more. This weekend we will be celebrating my grandpa's 93rd bday. Happy bday to your grandma. Must be something in the water!! LOL I'll send a pic.
    I wish I had that head of hair, it's drool worthy!

  • Trisha says:

    Cute! I actually do something like that with flexi rods or straws but I do a lot more along the crown. It gives me good hair days after the second day and a little fluff in the shower. Thanks for the details!

  • BlueB says:

    Excellent results Nik! I actually wear a similar style, but I flattwist instead. Happy birthday to your grandmother and enjoy your stay here in St. Louis!

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