Ni’Cole // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
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.

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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?
N:
http://niapostrophecole.tumblr.com/

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15 thoughts on “Ni’Cole // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. Yass Ni’Cole !!! I love it! I wonder what she uses to define her twist outs? A sista would love to know! If any of you have similar hair as the lovely style icon…please let me know and it will be deeply appreciated!

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  2. THANKS!!! For all the comments and compliments! Nakara when I set my two strand twist I just use a leave in conditioner more often than not its the KimmayTube one that I mix myself.

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  3. So if someone had told you relaxers were in-style you’d go back to getting relaxers? I’ve always been confused about the whole “in-style vs. out-of style” thing so I apologize if I’m coming off as disrespectful. But I am curious as to whether you would still made the decision to go natural if relaxers were currently “in-style”

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