Articles By NikkiG

NikkiG

The internet is FULL of sage advice. I do have as many hours in a day as Beyonce. I should keep calm and carry on. With all the good advice out there, one wonders how we ever got such bad advice about naturally curly hair.

But we've said it once, we'll say it a million times: What works for you, may not work for the next curly. And these tips just did NOT work for us. Whether it's an ill-advised detangling tip or a poorly placed bang, we bear all in our latest video for our YouTube channel, The Twist. If you're anything like us you'll wince at the words "2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner" and "fine tooth comb." But what we really want to know is, what is the worst curly hair advice you've ever gotten?

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NaturallyCurly Email Marketing Manager Nikki decided to straighten her hair recently and, as we do with all hair experiments in the NaturallyCurly office, we told her to film it! Nikki only straightens her hair a couple of times a year so this is a big deal. 

Hey guys, it's Nikki! I don't always do this, but when I do, it's with a flat iron (Dos Equis voice). A few weeks ago, I flat ironed my 3c hair and thought you guys might like to see how I did it.

What I Used

How I Did It

  • Apply heat protectant throughout freshly washed hair
  • Divide hair into sections (I do 4 big bantu knots)
  • Blow dry each section and then twist it back into bantu knots 
  • Take smaller sections and flat iron using the chase method (I chase the flat iron with my comb)

I like a fluffier look when I straighten my hair, and I'm sure there are other ways of doing this so let me know how you flat iron your hair in the comments below. Stay curly my friends!

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PHOTO BY TODD WHITE, MAKEUP BY VANITY SALON, TOPAUSTINMODEL OF BUTTERFLYENTERTAINMENT

For some of us the decision to big chop can be daunting. We consult our friends, our YouTube feed, our boyfriends, anyone who will listen. But for NaturallyCurly Graphic Designer the choice was an obvious one (and one she'd done twice before).

 

"I feel like I now have freedom to let my hair just be my hair and not something I'm constantly worrying about how to take care of or style. When it was longer I just didn't have the time or ability to style it in a way that felt really polished to me and I like to be able to have that look. My close shaved fade gives me that without me really having to lift a finger. I was a bit nervous leading up to the big chop, because I thought I might regret it since I had quite a bit of growth. But then I realized that caring for longer natural hair just doesn't suit my lifestyle right now.

Particularly with my new modeling endeavors, it's a relief to walk into hair and makeup prep for a photo shoot and once my makeup is done, I'm ready—as opposed to spending the entire day before preparing my hair for a 10 minute photo shoot."

 

We all admire Priscilla's confidence to rock her hair just the way she likes it, and to spontaneously dye it blonde on the same day! Watch the video to see the full cut and color, and we'd love to hear your big chop story in the comments!

Would you ever shave your head?

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PHOTO CREDITS FROM VIDEO: TOPAUSTINMODEL OF BUTTERFLYENTERTAINMENT  1. MAKEUP BY VANITY SALON, 2. DESIGNER NICOLE MARIE; ACCESSORIES SIMMANG DESIGN; MAKEUP RAE COSMETICS ; PHOTO PETER TUNG PHOTOGRAPHY, 3. BOUTIQUE WILDFLOWERS; STYLIST BRITANY WALKER; MAKEUP RAE COSMETICS; PHOTO PETER TUNG PHOTOGRAPHY, 4. DESIGNER KRISTA HARTY; MAKEUP RAE COSMETICS; PHOTO PETER TUNG PHOTOGRAPHY

My Grammy timeline was all abuzz with Beyonce's performance the other night. For a minute, we all thought maybe Queen Bey was trying to make the "wet" look happen. Happily, once her short wavy do' dried and the memes of a shaggy dog stopped, the beehive was struck with all the glory and glamour that is, Beyonce. For all of you wanting to get your life and steal her look, we've made you a little "how to" for you.

For a show-stopping wet, sexy look inspired by the 1920’s, start with clean, wet hair.

  1. Next, work the Pantene Pro-V Curly No Crunch Curls Whip into hair from root to tip to define frizz-free curls. Then brush through with a paddle brush to create soft, piece-y waves, and scrunch hair to help keep its definition.
  2. Spritz the Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist to add brilliant shine.
  3. To go from sexy to modern ‘20s chic, dry hair with a diffuser. Point the diffuser toward your crown to keep hair smooth at the root and use underneath at the ends of hair to achieve volume.
  4. Continue to scrunch hair until dry for added body. Use a 1/2 inch flat iron and wrap small pieces of hair around it to create additional soft waves, similar to a curling wand, to create a few additional waves.
  5. Tame flyaways at the roots of hair by using the Pantene Pro-V Stylers Shaping Hairspray. It’s important this style looks messy and flawless, so a small amount of product at the crown is all you need.
  6. Finish off the look with the Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist for shiny, effortless waves.

Finally, Saturday Night Live hired a black woman! It has been 5 long years since Maya Rudolph left the cast, so  this is a real cause for celebration. Saturday Night Live recently came under fire for the lack of diversity on their cast, and since then the producers have been on a hunt for talented black comedians.

We are happy to announce that Sasheer Zamata will join the cast along with musical guest, Drake, on January 18th.

Zamata is a comedic veteran with an impressive resume to prove it. Zamata graduated from the University of Virginia and was performing at the UCB Theater in New York before scoring the new gig. The triple threat comedian writes, directs, and acts.

We particularly love the web series Pursuit of Sexiness (warning: adult humor) that she created with Girl Code’s Nicole Byer (another amazing comedian). See, Kenan? There is talent out there.

In addition to her stand up performances, she has appeared on Inside Amy Schumer and Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell. And Cosmopolitan just named her one of 13 Women to Watch in 2014!

Of course, at NaturallyCurly, Zamata's natural hair caught our eye. Whether it is fro’d out or pinned under, we appreciate that she embraces her natural texture. Since natural hair is such a defining feature for black women we can’t wait to see if and how her hair will play a role in upcoming sketches. Let’s hope they don't all require a wig.

We're so excited about this new addition because, though we thoroughly enjoyed it, we couldn’t possibly ask Scandal’s Kerry Washington to make another guest appearance in which she plays every single black character again. Nor will we sit and suffer through any more of Kenan Thompson’s female impersonations!

We're looking forward to seeing more of this fresh new face on SNL in 2014.



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