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What is your name and where are you from?
R: My Name is Rik­ki Danielle and I am orig­i­nal­ly from Kansas City, Mis­souri. I’m cur­rent­ly liv­ing in Hawaii.

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­ur­al hair jour­ney with us!
R: I was a big chop­per! My very first big chop was in 2005 when I was a senior in high school. After a few short months of tran­si­tion­ing with braids and twists, I went all the way and cut it to an inch! An inch in the nat­ur­al world looks like a cen­time­ter! Over the years I would let my hair grow out and ten months lat­er, I would chop it off again! I used to tex­tur­ize my curls because at that time, there weren’t too many nat­ur­al hair prod­ucts and I didn’t real­ly know what to do with my hair. My last tex­tur­iz­er was in 2013 after a chem­i­cal burn. Now that I have done more research on my hair and what to use, my hair has nev­er been so beau­ti­ful!

I decid­ed to return nat­ur­al because all the women in my fam­i­ly had beau­ti­ful hair. Waves, curls and coils on every head. My big sis­ter tran­si­tioned when she was in mid­dle school and her hair was AMAZING! I thought to myself, okay, we have the same par­ents so I know my hair is just as beau­ti­ful! I chopped and nev­er looked back! 

How would you describe your tex­ture?
R: My tex­ture is pri­mar­i­ly 3c/4a. I have some super dense hair! It’s THICK!! My hair is also low poros­i­ty, so it only behaves when I put warm water on it. 

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions.
R: My styling reg­i­men is pret­ty sim­ple. I am in love with fin­ger coils! I love the style because I can wear them for a week before restyling and I love the def­i­n­i­tion of my curls. Fin­ger coils are the best when using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie and Eco Styler Gel MIXED (I have a YouTube video on the blend)! I fin­ish the style with Ann Car­ol Beauty’s new Revi­tal­iz­ing Oil in Pep­per­mint Chamomile or Coconut Laven­der (whichev­er one I grab first)!

What does wash day look like for you?
R: I love wash day! Crazy, right? Most dread going through the hours of cleans­ing and con­di­tion­ing, but I think of it as spa time! I also like to use prod­ucts that I buy in entire­ty before mov­ing on to anoth­er brand/product, so my cur­rent was day starts off by pre-poo­ing my hair with 2Curls1Mission’s Jojo­ba Rose­mary Mint Oil for about ten min­utes. I cleanse with 2C1M’s Blue­ber­ry Con­di­tion­ing Cleanser OR Kinky Curly’s Come Clean if I need a deep­er cleanse. I then apply Kinky Curly Knot Today as a light con­di­tion­er and detan­gle with my Den­man brush, then my wide tooth comb. After rins­ing, I deep con­di­tion with Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil Masque for an hour. After rins­ing the DC, I add a small amount of KCKT as my leave in.

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Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
R: My favorite go-to hair­style when I don’t have time is a head wrap! I wrap it with my satin scarf first, then the wrap! Throw on some hoops and I’m out the door!

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?

R: My areas that always need extra lovin’ are my crown and my tem­ple area. The crown is always the thick­est and more frizzy than the rest of my hair, so I have to smooth more prod­uct on it than the rest. My edges in the tem­ple area are more sen­si­tive because the hair there is a tad bit fin­er. I’ve had to regrow hair in those areas due to box braids that were too tight. I make sure that I don’t pull on those areas or do too much manip­u­la­tion. 

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
R: 2 DO’s are to 1. MOISTURIZE!! Water water WATER!! Whether you’re run­ning your hands under the faucet and rub­bing it in or spray­ing it on, water is the MOST impor­tant! 2. Must have a leave-in! I nev­er knew the impor­tance of a leave in until my final chop this past Novem­ber ’14. Leave ins make a dif­fer­ence I tell ya! It keeps your hair soft and more man­age­able. I can’t  go with­out a leave-in!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
R: The biggest DON’T is going to bed with­out tying the hair with a satin scarf or hav­ing a REAL (because there are a lot of fakes) satin pil­low­case. There is noth­ing worse than wak­ing up to dry, torn up hair! My sec­ond big DON’T is going too long with­out dust­ing the ends. Break­age is so real and when I see a split or fraz­zled end, I trim it off! I’m about that length reten­tion life! Break­age is not wel­come here!

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
R: INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/rikki_danielle

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/_rikkidanielle

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/mrsrikkidanielle

PINTEREST: www.pinterest.com/MrsDaniJ

YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/RikkiDanielle

TUMBLR: mrs­danij

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and prod­uct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­ur­al hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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4 Comments on "Rikki Danielle from Kansas City // 3C/4A Natural Hair Icon"

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Sabrina black

The coils are too seri­ous. I like # 8 and 9.

jjac401

Seri­ous­ly, you have a gor­geous head of hair!!! Love the styles. Thanks for this inter­view.

Myllee

Her styling skills are on point, I would like to see more fea­tures of short nat­ur­al hair, it’s a very nice change. She looks gor­geous and favors a lot the gorg YTber MsDan­ti1.

KnottyNatural

RE: I would like to see more fea­tures of short nat­ur­al hair, it’s a very nice change. 

I was think­ing the same thing!

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