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

 

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!

  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.

  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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