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The Curl Whisperer on Hair Routines

By Curly Nikki 3 Comments

A lot of us have one…an established, rarely-varied, almost-religious hair care routine we use on a regular basis to maintain and style our curly locks. The question has been asked, however: is having a hair routine a must? I don’t think there is any “right” or “wrong” answer to that, frankly; I think that depends on you, your particular hair…

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The Curl Whisperer on Layers vs. Blunt Cuts

By Curly Nikki 10 Comments

When it comes to trying a new style or haircut, curlies have their reservations. No one wants to make a mistake that will cost them their beautiful locks. One of the questions I hear a lot from fellow curlies is about layering curls. Are you wondering, should I layer my curly hair? Will it work with my texture? Well, here’s…

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The Curl Whisperer on Shine Enhancers

By Curly Nikki 7 Comments

Oh, the elusive state of shine in the world of curly hair. Historically, we ladies with curly tresses have more issues with natural shine than our straight-haired sisters because of how our hair catches the light. Straight hair reflects light, giving it a shiny appearance; curly hair refracts, or diffuses, light, making it appear dull and drab. Consequently, girls with…

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The Curl Whisperer on Curly Kids

By Curly Nikki 10 Comments

My daughter, Katie—the love and pride of my heart—will be five years old in December. She inherited her mommy’s curls but, unlike most children of her age, will tell you all about her “pretty curls” with little prompting. And she always notices others with curly hair. “Look, Mommy,” she’ll say when we are out shopping and pass a woman with…

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The Curl Whisperer on Ethnic Hair

By Curly Nikki 43 Comments

I get a lot of questions on whether or not I know how to handle “ethnic hair” or about the special needs of ethnic hair. And I’m here to tell you there is no such thing. Hair is hair is hair. Period. Your hair is fine, medium or coarse. Your hair is porous, overly porous, or has low porosity. Your…

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The Curl Whisperer on Porosity

By Curly Nikki 7 Comments

There are a lot of myths out there about hair porosity and how it relates to curly hair care and maintenance. Let’s see if we can’t set some of the record straight. Porosity is, simply put, the hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. Porosity is a critically important factor in determining one’s curly hair care. Since moisture is what…

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The Curl Whisperer on Silicones

By Curly Nikki 6 Comments

For our last article on product ingredients: silicones. There are few product ingredient subjects that inspire as much debate as silicones. Silicones are polymers used used to coat the hair shaft to provide a smoothing effect. All silicones, however, are not created equal. Many conditioners and styling products on the market, both professional and drugstore brands, contain non-water soluble silicones…

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The Curl Whisperer on Surfactants

By Curly Nikki 5 Comments

This week: surfactants. A surfactant—sometimes referred to as a detergent—is a substance that, when dissolved in water, gives a product the ability to remove dirt from surfaces such as the human skin, textiles, and other solids. It is what is responsible for all the suds and bubbles in your shampoo. A lot has been written in recent years about the…

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The Curl Whisperer on Protein

By Curly Nikki 12 Comments

The ‘Curl Whisperer’ is back after a summer hiatus to get some business in order. I missed you, ladies! Continuing our discussion on product ingredients: this week’s article will be on protein and its importance in curly hair care. This information becomes critical when it comes to understanding how to choose products best suited for your particular hair type. Hair…

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The Curl Whisperer on Hair Color

By Curly Nikki 6 Comments

In light of the recent discussion on the dangers of highlighting and bleaching, I thought I’d re-post the following article. While many curlies have healthy dyed tresses, others experience breakage, splitting, and chronic dryness. I had my experience with brown/red highlights and it was an absolute disaster. Never again. If you choose to go down this path, arm yourself with…

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