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The Curl Whisperer on Alcohols

By Curly Nikki 5 Comments

Fatty and Short-Chain Alcohols There is widespread concern about the use of alcohols in hair and skin products; common perception is that alcohol is drying to the skin and hair, so many individuals seek to use products that are alcohol-free. What is not commonly known, however, is that there are two types of alcohols: fatty and short-chain alcohols. There are…

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The Curl Whisperer on Carrier Oils

By Curly Nikki 6 Comments

Continuing our series on product ingredients – carrier oils. Carrier oils are oil extracts from seeds, fruit, vegetables or nuts that are rich hair emollients (moisturizers). They can also be used to “carry” essential oils, which are either too concentrated or will evaporate upon contact on their own, into the hair. Unlike essential oils, carrier oils, which are also known…

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The Curl Whisperer on Essential Oils

By Curly Nikki 4 Comments

Continuing our series on product ingredients: essential oils. With more and more individuals moving towards “green” and natural living, essential oils are playing a much larger role in the formulation of hair care products than ever before. What are essential oils? Essential oils are concentrated liquids from plants containing the oil of the plant material from which they were extracted….

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The Curl Whisperer on Petrochemicals

By Curly Nikki 4 Comments

Nikki and I have decided to do a series on product ingredient classes so that the readers of CurlyNikki can better start to identify and understand common ingredients listed on product labels. Last week, we covered humectants; this week, we are going to talk about petrochemicals. Petrochemicals are by-products of crude oil and are reportedly added to hair careproducts as…

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The Curl Whisperer on Humectants and Humidity

By Curly Nikki 10 Comments

With the onset of summer and hot, sticky weather, it’s time to talk about one of the most moisturizing (yet frustrating) product ingredients found in hair care products: humectants. Humectants are included in many hair care product formulations to promote moisture retention within the hair shaft by absorbing water from the atmosphere. They can also slow down the evaporation of…

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The Curl Whisperer on Finding a Stylist

By Curly Nikki 5 Comments

Curly hair care aside, one of the most frustrating problems for any curly girl is finding a hair stylist who knows how to deal properly with curly hair. Of all the complaints I hear from clients who sit in my chair, finding a good stylist who loves, appreciates and knows the world of curls is probably at the top of…

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The Curl Whisperer on Hair Cuts

By Curly Nikki 16 Comments

Some curly hair advocates, myself included, are fairly adamant about not cutting curly hair when it is wet. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I can give you my own philosophy on why I believe curly hair should always be cut dry. Curly hair is three-dimensional; therefore, it only makes sense to cut it in its natural, three-dimensional state….

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The Curl Whisperer on Summerized Curls

By Curly Nikki 7 Comments

Hey Ms. Nikki, I don’t know if you or Tiffany can even answer this for me, but I thought I’d shoot it your way anyway. I’ve come across products here and there that says contains sunscreen or protects from sun damage. I’m a light haired curly natural, redhead to be exact, and I’ve always thought this California sun has done…

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The Curl Whisperer on the ‘Holy Grail’

By Curly Nikki 3 Comments

Many curly girls get obsessed with finding what is known among us as “The Holy Grail” for their curls–that mythical, miraculous, one-of-a-kind, priceless treasure of a product that will give us impeccable, frizz-free, red carpet curls–the kind that always snap back into perfect ringlets even in the worst rain, hail, humidity, sleet and hurricane-force winds known to mankind. The good…

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The Curl Whisperer on Liquid Keratin

By Curly Nikki 31 Comments

This article was originally posted by Tiffany Anderson, our resident Curl Whisperer, on Live Curly, Live Free. Lately, she’s been fielding tons of questions about this straightening technique, and thought it’d be important for me to share this info with you gorgeous gals. __________________________________________________________ Liquid Keratin The latest round of questions I’ve been getting is about a treatment called “Liquid…

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