*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
N: My name is Ni’Cole, I’m from Detroit, Michigan but currently residing in Los Angeles, California.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N: It was a culmination of a lot of events. I hadn’t considered that I was going natural until after the fact. I just stopped getting relaxers after a few of my friends brought it to my attention that it was kind of out of style. I also had just seen “GoodHair” and taking into consideration how sensitive my scalp is I decided to just stop relaxing. Then it became a matter of having two different textures of hair which was really crazy to work with so I decided to big chop to make it easier. I’ve been natural since about August 2009 and big chopped in March of 2010.
How would you describe your texture?
N: I think I’m 4A/4B ish type. I have very thick dense hair. It’s fairly coarse and can be hard to define my natural tightly coiled curls.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
N: I typically wash my hair once a week. I try to deep condition every other wash. I mostly rely on two strand twist outs. I don’t use direct heat. I just straightened my hair for the first time in over two and a half years and I think that’s mostly because I’m lazy and straightening it myself just seems like too much work. I pretty much just wear a two strand twist out week to week.
What does wash day look like for you?
N: On a wash day I use a combination of shampoos and conditioners. I usually start with Trader Joes Nourish Spa Conditioner, then Giovanni Smooth as Silk and finish with Shea Moisture African Black Soap, in that order. I start conditioning by applying the Shea Moisture to my scalp as I have a tendency to have dry flaky scalp. I section my hair into quadrants and then those four quadrants into two or three sections. I saturate with the Giovanni SAS and begin detangling with my Tangle Teezer. If I need additional conditioner I use the TJ’s Nourish. As I go through each section I twist and clip each one. If I’m deep conditioning I sit under the dryer with two caps on over all my clipped hair. I rinse the conditioner starting at the front section by section and I reclip them but don’t retwist (because then I tend to forget what I’ve rinsed and haven’t rinsed). I pretty much start twisting as soon as I’ve dried off and dressed. It usually takes about 5 hours total.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N: I mostly wear a fluffed out two strand twist out with one side pinned up. If I don’t have time, I fluff out whatever style I had yesterday and maybe add a beanie.
How do you combat shrinkage?
N: If I’m trying to combat shrinkage I’ll stretch and bobby pin my twists.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
N: I think dryness in my strands and scalp are my problem areas. I use kimmaytube’s leave in conditioner on my strands along with a little oil concoction of olive, vitamin E and jojoba oils. For my scalp I find the Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner helps. I also use another concoction of castor oil and a splash of tea tree oil.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
N: Moisturizing and satin bonnet.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
N: Skipping detangling whooo such a bad idea, ideally I detangle weekly but sometimes I push it to two weeks.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?