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Early Hair Memories

By Curly Nikki 15 Comments

Early Memories of Natural Hair: Extensions by Curly Film Chick of Relaxers (or perms as I knew them growing up) were not a normal thing in my family. Women in my family wore their hair natural but not necessarily loose. After being part of the natural hair community for about a year and some months now, I’ve come to…

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‘Nappier Than Expected’ Syndrome

By Curly Nikki 65 Comments

Nappier Than Expected by LV Burns of Natural-Ness Okay…it’s confession time. Here goes… When I first BCed, my hair was nappier than I expected. Go ahead – get your grunts, moans, head shaking out of the way, but please keep reading. Yes, it was nappier than I expected. You see, before I BCed, I visited a lot of hair albums….

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Curl Becomes Woman

By Curly Nikki 23 Comments

Curl Becomes Womanby Nefertiti If I’d heard the phrase “big chop” two months ago, I would probably think it was some kind of kitchen appliance. But, in recent weeks, I’ve become acquainted with all sorts of natural hair jargon and acronyms, and now fantasize about things like reaching “APL” in 2011. Indeed, I’m new to the natural hair community, but…

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Simplistic Living- Simplistic Hair

By Curly Nikki 30 Comments

“Simplistic Living – Simplistic Hair”by Sheena of A woman at work asked me why I didn’t wear my hair straight. I said ‘it doesn’t grow that way and I’m too lazy to make it do that’. She asked what I use in my hair to create the funky styles I wear. I said ‘hardly anything’. (The style in the…

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Neo Soul Sistah- Perceptions

By Curly Nikki 25 Comments

“Neo Soul Sistah“by Sheena of I was once riding on the bus and a guy started talking to me. Eventually the conversation led to him playing guessing games about my personality type. “Let me guess. You listen to Neo Soul. John Legend. Alicia Keys, Musiq Soulchild…..” he went on. I rolled my eyes. Did he think that because of…

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Is Relaxing Hair Child Abuse?

By Curly Nikki 79 Comments

Is Relaxing Hair Child Abuse?by Maria of As we wrapped up my women’s studies course for the semester this week, I was to report a summary of my action project to the class. My action project was the very beginning to creating the Naturalista’s student group which has now, rather quickly, sprung into many different things. My class is…

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Protective Styles for Your Natural Hair

By Curly Nikki 5 Comments

The Best Protective Styles for Your Natural HairaJwitaFrO Protective styling is a cornerstone in most natural hair care routines, especially if overall health and length retention are goals. In this post, I share with you some of the best types of styles to use when protecting the hair, and criteria that you should consider when you are determining which ones…

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What Does it Mean to Be Natural?

By Curly Nikki 78 Comments

Obsessed with hair manipulation…am I truly a natural?Doc I’ve been pondering this for a while now. What does it mean to be natural? If I dye my hair and constantly manipulate my hair texture, can I still claim to be a natural gal? I started thinking about ‘going natural’ in late 2004 during my last year of college. I think…

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Hillerie’s Gorgeous Bantu Knot-Out

By Curly Nikki 25 Comments

Hillerie writes: Hi CurlyNikki Community! I’m finally learning how to work this natural hair thing. Lately, I’ve been rocking a Bantu Twist- Out. This is done by twisting the hair (big chunks) and then wrapping each twist around itself into a knot. They end up looking like little meatballs, but the result is a gorgeous twisty roller set! What do…

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When Are You Going to Relax Your Hair?

By Curly Nikki 75 Comments

Didi of AdventuresofaKinkyCurly writes: Reflections of a Natural Head… When are you going to relax your hair? This is a question I have heard frequently in the last month. I have been interning at a prominent law firm in Nigeria this summer and when people find out where I’m working, they are shocked that they allow me to rock my…

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