Why can't all hair salons....

So here is a video of a local beauty shop who specializes in natural hair care. I just wish all salons really had this much care! It's called Natural Roots Styling Studio

CurlyNeekMe Profile

 Hey Curlies! This is the first of MANY profiles that I will be featuring!

On CN: CurlyNeekMe

Name: Shanikwa, Neek. 
Social Media Names: CurlyNeekMe on CurlyNikki
URL: thebarbienamedneek.tumblr.com

How long have you been natural or transitioning?
I have been transitioning for about 3 months. I realized that my hair was severely damaged and seriously wanted happy, healthier hair. I started transitioning in May.

When did you BC or plan on BCing?
I BC'ed on May 25. I was just so frustrated with my hair, constantly breaking off. I had plan to transition for a year but I was fed up, thus Monroe was born. I still have a bunch of relaxed ends but it's okay 

A short regimen you can share?
Well when I have my twa, I usually co-wash with Hello Hydration by Herbal Essences about 2-3 times a week. I apply Shea Moisture Curl Milk and apply olive oil or jojoba oil, then apply my styler, whichever I plan on using that day. Once a week I wash with Hello Hydration by Herbal Essences, and DC with whatever is handy.

Right now I have in kinky twists, so I basically just focus on MOISTURE! Moisture is the key to healthy, happy hair!

Do you have any favorite products?
I LOVE Shea Moisture Curl Milk, and Kinky Curly Curling Custard! And I also love Hello Hydration Condish! I'm dying to try Carol's Daughter products.

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
Being natural is a lifestyle. Not only is it physical but also emotional and mental. With being natural, you will discover will power you never thought you had and an amazing self-confidence! Embrace what God has given you and ROCK IT OUT  Also, do your research, you are NEVER alone in your journey, there are tons of support on different websites.

Shea Moisture BOGO 50% off!

Who's got the news?? I do!!!! Shea Moisture will be on sale for buy one get one at 50% off at Walgreens. This could be the perfect time for any of you who are new to the brand to give it a try!

New Product Coming Soon!! Shea Moisture Gel

So have ya heard the news??? The Shea Moisture line is coming out with a gel? Am I the only one that is excited about this??? It has been the talk for months in the natural hair community and I had just gotten word that will be released August 28th in Target stores ($11.99) and also will be released at Walgreens stores.

Here are some details on this product!

It is an all natural gel that contains no alcohol, silicone, mineral oil, synthetic color or fragrance. The product includes these great ingredients:

  1. Agave Teqilana Leaf Extract
  2. Sugar Cane Extract
  3. Pectin
  4. Vegetable Glycerin
  5. Baobab Extract
  6. Coconut Oil
  7. Certified Organic Shea Butter
  8. Pro-Vitamin B-5
  9. Aloe
  10. Vitamin E
  11. Flax Seed Oil
  12. Hibiscus Extract
  13. Potassium Sorbate
  14. Essential Oil Blend

Each and every one of these ingredients promote healthy hair. When was the last time you've seen this? I'm sure I will be doing a product review on this as SOON as my twist are out! Look for it!

Profiles soon to come!!!

So I have been chatting with some ladies on the Curly Nikki forums and I've decided to feature other curlies on my blog. About once or twice a week you will see a profile of another curly. The whole point in this is to support one another and also to give inspiration to other women who may want to go natural or curious about it. I am going to start off with my own profile so you guys can get to know me a little more but in then next few weeks to come you will meet other FAB curiles!

Name: Victoria
Social Media names: @ThatGirlVkey
Hair Type: 4a/4b
URL( if any): Classycurlies.com

Q:How long have you been natural or transitioning?
A:I transitioned for 14 months and I have now been fully natural for 2 months

Q:When did you BC or when do you plan on Bcing?
A:I Big Chopped July 11,2011 in my bathroom J

Q:A short regimen you can share?
A:I cowash every week or two with Aussie Moist and then I do two-strand twist from there using a gel and Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

Q:Do you have any Favorite Products?
A:Aussie Moist, Tea Tree Oil, Africa’s Best Herbal Oil, Shea Butter’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Q:Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
A:It will be one of the best things you will ever experience and always remember to have confidence. Being natural is not just about an physical change, it’s also a mental.

Tea Tree Oil for the Scalp

Hey Curlies,

Well I've had my twist in for almost a month and at the beginning I had really dry itchy scalp. At first I thought it could be because the twist were fresh and tight so I gave it the benefit of the doubt. 

As time went on, they're still a little itchy until about a week ago when I started using Tea Tree Oil! On the bottle it says that it is specifically for dry and itchy scalp but I mean now a days what product doesn't? So I mixed it in with some water in a spray bottle and it WORKS LIKE A CHARM! 

I hardly EVER scratch my head anymore and my scalp is always moisturized. I also love how it smells, sort of like peppermint. Try it! What do you use for dryness???

BTW: Today I wore my twist pulled to the side in a low ponytail. It shows length and adds hair to frame your face.


Kinky Twist Regimen

So I've had my twist in for almost a month and they still look pretty good and I get complements on them constantly! Here is my everyday routine!

1.I wash my twist with Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Sulfate Free Shampoo every week or two. I usually massage only the roots to get the buildup out but every now and then I'll rub some on the actual twist. Soon after shampooing I apply Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner then rinse.

2. Every day, once in the morning and once at night, a have a spray bottle filled with water and about a third of Tea Tree Oil and I spray that on both my scalp and twist. It feels really good especially on a really hot day.

3. The week that I decide to wash my hair, I apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie to my scalp.

4. At night I just tie it down with a satin scarf of put a bonnet on and I'm good to go for the morning.

I hope this helps you all who have twist and want to learn how to maintain them! Moisture is key!

Female vs Male Hair Growth

Hey Curlies,

Maybe it's just me..but sometimes I think male hair grows faster than females. Have you ever noticed a man who keeps his hair cut...if he doesn't cut it for like 2 weeks he has gained like 1 inch of hair? smh It seems like they do not have to do anything to their hair for it to grow and I say it's not fair! lol What are your thoughts?

Natural Hair College Survival Guide #2

Hey Curlies,

Sorry I've been so M.I.A lately. I have been packing for school and now that I'm finally here I am a mentor for a  Multicultural program for incoming freshman and I have been so busy it's crazy! Anyway! I"ve been trying to make time to post so here it is :)

Although their aren't many other people on campus yet, I have seen about 5-7 Naturals and I am so pumped to see the number growing. I've seen puffs,twist outs and even wash and go's. So here are a few tips on the hot August days.

1. Try wearing a head band or puff on hot days, this way you'll be cooler and you won't have to worry about moving you're hair out of the way which may cause damage when becoming in contact with your clothes.

2.  Spray moisturizers work best in humid and dry conditions. Try and oil in a spray bottle with some water. Heavy product can weigh hair down and cause drippies!

3.Don't forget to deep condition. Heat drys hair out and the exposure of the sun isn't helpful.


Natural Hair College Survival Guide Part 1

Hey Curlies,

Many students have gone back to college (or went to for the first time) within the last couple of months, and it can be an interesting time in your natural hair journey.

The problem is, some students go to school in an unfamiliar place and have trouble finding a good salon in the area. Sometimes if they do, they are greatly overpriced.

I actually began my natural hair journey my freshman year of college and learned a lot during that time in my life....about my hair and about myself.

I've seen many questions about how to care for your natural hair while in school on a low budget. Also how to style hair with minimal time, well here's your: Natural hair college survival guide (Part 1)

Natural hair college survival guide

This edition is all about storing your products.

During my first year of school,  my dorm was a 12 x16 with desks, beds, dressers and a closet. By the time you move in all of your things, including shoes and clothes...where is the room to store hair items??

Here is one site that I recommend for storing your hair products.

Here are also some items from Walmart (although I despise this store, it's usually in most college towns).
Styling products can go in one,
hair accessories in the other...or how ever works best! ($20)

Great for hair accessories! ($10)

Great for holding shampoos and conditioners, also combs or brushes can fit on the side pocket. This item also hangs from the closet rail so it doesn't take up extra space. ($10)

These stackable (anything stackable is WONDERFUL in dorms) cubes can fit in corners of your room. ($20)


Natural Hair: Kinky Twist

Hey Curlies,

I got Kinky Twist done by some African ladies on Thursday and I've been waiting to post pictures because they were so tight!!!! The first night I couldn't even sleep well because I couldn't position my head in a comfortable way. Now they are way more comfortable lol. I'll be experimenting with some styles sometime next week!

In the morning and I night I spray my hair with Africa's Best Herbal Oil and some water and at night  I tie it down with a scarf! :)