*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
N:
My name is Nicole and I am orig­i­nal­ly from Sil­ver Spring, MD. I have lived in NYC for 7 years.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
N:
I got my last relax­er 13 years ago, and I have been com­plete­ly nat­ur­al for 12 years. I went nat­ur­al because I want­ed to see what my own tex­ture looked like. I was look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent. I always kind of marched to the beat of my own drum, so break­ing away from relax­ers seemed like a fun chal­lenge.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
N:
I nev­er knew about the whole grad­ing sys­tem until very recent­ly. I have about four dif­fer­ent tex­tures in my hair, which include 4a, 3b, 3c and a mix­ture of what­ev­er would be in between. My strands are def­i­nite­ly not fine, but not coarse either. They fall some­where in between and my hair is extreme­ly dense.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
N:
My styling phi­los­o­phy is that less is more. The only thing I put in my hair, besides sham­poo and con­di­tion­er, is Knot Today by Kinky Curly. Of all the dozens of hair prod­ucts I have tried, this one works the best because it is not too heavy like a gel, but it’s not too light to give me def­i­n­i­tion either. It is the per­fect con­sis­ten­cy, plus the ingre­di­ents are all nat­ur­al and organ­ic.

For my month­ly reg­i­men I wash my hair once a week using sham­poo about every oth­er wash, and using just con­di­tion­er for the oth­er two wash­es. I comb my hair only when it is soak­ing wet, full of con­di­tion­er, with a wide tooth comb. While I am still in the show­er and the hair is still wet, I sep­a­rate it into four braids. This will keep my hair wet as pos­si­ble while I pre­pare to add the Knot Today to it. Then I undo one braid at a time, and thor­ough­ly work some Knot Today through each sec­tion. I make sure to fin­ger comb it through­out so every strand is com­plete­ly cov­ered. I then put this sec­tion back in a braid, and repeat this for each remain­ing sec­tion. Once I am done, I let my hair dry in the braids for about 3 hours. This is just long enough for there to be par­tial dry­ing and some added def­i­n­i­tion to my curls. I then undo the braids, which are still about 50% wet, and let them air dry the rest of the way. By let­ting my hair air dry for the last half of the dry­ing process my curls are able to take on their nat­ur­al pat­tern, as opposed to just hav­ing the wavy pat­tern of braids.

What does wash day look like for you?
N:
I have nev­er been too par­tic­u­lar about the sham­poo or con­di­tion­er I use. I will use pret­ty much any sham­poo, and focus more on the con­di­tion­er. My favorite line right now is by Organix, with the Tea Tree being in first place.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N:
My go to style is just to tie a scarf in the front into an asym­met­ri­cal bow, and leave the rest out in the back to do its own thing.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
N:
I don’t wor­ry about shrink­age. Being that my hair has so many dif­fer­ent tex­tures in it, I just opt to let it do its own thing. Some areas are tight­ly coiled and shrink up, while the hair right on the top cen­ter of my head is loose and wavy. I find that it is too frus­trat­ing to try to make your hair do what you want it to do and act a cer­tain way, so I would rather take on the non­cha­lant atti­tude of, whelp, my hair is going to look short­er in the one sec­tion. So be it.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
N:
Cur­rent­ly, I have a large sec­tion of my hair dyed a light brown/blondish col­or. I only dyed it about half way up the strand, and only chose a large chunk in the front. I did this so I could add some col­or with­out com­pro­mis­ing the health of most of my hair. I did the col­or myself using a Man­ic Pan­ic bleach­ing kit from Ricky’s. Over the past few months, I have dyed the bleached part fuch­sia, indi­go, pur­ple, and some­times a com­bi­na­tion, also using Man­ic Pan­ic dyes. The bleach did change my tex­ture slight­ly, but only on the very tips of some parts where my hair had been sub­ject to the most tor­ture over the years. The major­i­ty of my tex­ture stayed the same.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
N:
I wouldn’t say I have prob­lem areas, but the hair right on the sides of my face is the most dif­fi­cult to work with. That’s where my hair tends to be the most frizzy and where it doesn’t seem to want to blend.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
N:
Two do’s for my tex­ture would be:
1. Only comb the hair when wet and full of con­di­tion­er.
2. Find a nice leave in con­di­tion­er to become the sta­ple of your reg­i­men.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
N:
1. Do not over­due it with the prod­ucts. Just because so many dif­fer­ent prod­ucts exist, it doesn’t mean they were all meant to be used at the same time.
2. Do not use any­thing dry­ing, such as gel.
3. Do not press or blow out your hair reg­u­lar­ly. The dam­age from the heat will per­ma­nent­ly change your tex­ture.
4. Do not allow some­one to cut your hair who doesn’t under­stand nat­ur­al hair, or more specif­i­cal­ly, your tex­ture.
5. Don’t over­due it with the dying because regard­less of what dif­fer­ent prod­ucts promise, you are severe­ly dam­ag­ing your hair. I dyed my entire head blonde before and I regret­ted it every minute until it grew out.
6. Don’t lis­ten to hair advice from peo­ple whose hair does not embody what you are try­ing to go for.

That’s two right?

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
Yes! You can find me at ShopNuBambu.com. I am an acces­sories design­er and this is my main hub. Thank you!

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­ur­al hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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22 Comments on "Nicole // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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Spotlight921

You and Your Hair ROCK!

Jacky

Love­ly hair,pretty girl

Tai

Beau­ti­ful! I just used Man­ic Pan­ic bleach­ing kit on my hair and I love the results! 

BGLH- Can you ask her/do you know where she got that awe­some gold chain hair acces­so­ry? I want one!!! <3

Bianca

Beau­ti­ful!

Mika

So, so, so, so cute! Slay­ing in every sin­gle pic!

For the Love of Curls

Beau­ti­ful hair. I can’t wait till my hair gets that big.

Dawn

I like her curls and high­lights.

BGLH–Can we get more fea­tures of women with low­er den­si­ty??

Yes
Yes
Yes
Liana Vine

AVID! That’s my D.I.V.A. sis­ter look­ing ever so fierce.

JoAnn

Gor­geous hair! Thank you for the inter­view!

Michelle @Radiant Brown Beauty

Beau­ti­ful! I love those pink ends. I saw some­one with blue ends and didn’t like it at all but I real­ly like this one…

Nicole

Beau­ti­ful hair!! I think it’s amaz­ing and sad (for me) that you only use 3 prod­ucts. I aspire to be like you one day. You have put my PJ issue to shame.

keisha

beau­ti­ful woman and hair!

marie

Thanks. Will try the dry­ing trick.

Chay

i have a hair crush.

areille

LOVE her hair!!! Love all the dif­fer­ent high­lights she has.

Zanthe

Oh the styles you can do with this length! I like her pomp and the colours plus that head­band.

melanie

LOVE LOVE LOVE her hair. LOVE. I want it right now.;)

Marcia

Such beau­ti­ful hair! Thick and lush. I love knot today too! Still one of my favorite prod­ucts!

Jessica

Her hair is beau­ti­ful! Loves her style and the fuch­sia high­lights. When I saw that first pho­to, all I could say was “yassss girl!” Lol.

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