*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/

Meosha

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

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15 Comments on "Ni’Cole // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Adrienne

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”

Patricia Kayden

Love the styling ver­sa­til­i­ty.

Dana

Love the con­fi­dent glow. And the hair is killer!

Micaela

Beau­ti­ful hair and SMILE!

Ni'Cole

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.

Nakara

Thank you!

Mika

Great pics! The one with the glass­es is just too cute!

Nakara

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!

Anonymous

Final­ly, I found some­one with the same exact hair as me!

myblackfriendsays

You wear that red lip­stick well (:

Jacky

BEAUTIFUL HAIR,SO FULL AND LOVELY!

Jj

Love­ly hair!

thelady

you have such nice thick healthy hair

Meghan

Ni’cole is gor­geous!

Sassy24

Pret­ty

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