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Nikisha // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • May 18, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
N:
My name is Nikisha. I’ve been living in Brooklyn since age 3, but I was born in Toronto, Canada. I’m a teacher and co-founder of the online publication UrbanBushBabes.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N:
I got tired of conforming to fit in. I finally embraced what God gave me and stopped living for others.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
N:
My hair was natural until I was in the 8th grade, that’s when I relaxed it. After that first time I kept it straight with blow driers, hot combs, flat irons, curling irons, clothing irons…lol, yes the iron you use for clothes. I was almost a senior in college when I finally stopped straightening it. I had to cut it to about chin length and kept cutting it little by little until all the damage was gone and I got my curls back.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
N:
For one, I finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I have more freedom as far as swimming, working out, I don’t have to hide from the rain like I did when my hair was straight.

How would you describe your hair?
N:
I have 3c hair type. Pen sized tight spiral curls that are fine. My hair without any product has a natural frizz and gets bigger as the days go on after wash day. The dirtier my hair, the bigger and better it is!

What is your regimen?
N:
I wash my hair once a week. I start with wetting my hair and applying a deep conditioner like Camille Rose Algae Deep Conditioning Mask and leave it on for 30–60 minutes under a gel heating cap. Then I finger detangle in 2 sections, rinse out and put 2 big twists in my hair and shampoo with Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. I rinse out and apply a conditioner like Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner, finger detangle some more and then comb with my wide tooth Jilbere comb. I rinse, then I semi dry my hair with an old t‑shirt. I apply a small amount of leave in like Giovanni’s Direct Leave-in or Camille Rose Moisture Butter. I seal with Treasured Locks African Argan Elixer. I also do apple cider vinegar rinses once a month. When I wear protective styles I seal with Belle Butter’s Double Agent Butter.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
N:
Drinking lots of water and juicing everyday does a lot. I believe true healthy hair starts from within. I also use products that are pretty much all natural in ingredients. The deep conditioning once a week adds lots of moisture for me. A good leave in with water as a first ingredient and then sealing with an oil as my last step has saved my hair’s life! I spritz with water when my hair feels dry and reapply some oil on the ends. Protective styles such as buns and two strand twists have also helped me achieve length.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
N:
I don’t mess with heat and I don’t bleach or dye my hair anymore. I don’t pull my hair back in tight ponytails; all of those things have contributed to thinning, breakage, and loss of my natural curl pattern.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
N:
My diet is the most effective (lots of water, juicing, healthy eating) as well as switching to products that have all natural ingredients. Sealing with an oil is the best too!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
I have a website with my bestie Cipriana called UrbanBushBabes. You can find me on urbanbushbabes.com or on our YouTube channel, Facebook, and Twitter under urbanbushbabes.

Anything else you want to add?
N:
God doesn’t make mistakes, you are who you are and you look how you look for a purpose. Embrace it and enjoy the journey! Thank you Leila, and to all the beautiful women that contribute to this amazing site. Inspiration is powerful so keep inspiring!

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Lexi
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LOVE Nik & UBB! I didn’t know she was born in Toronto! That’s where I’m from 🙂

Nikisha
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T‑dot in the house!!! We love you too! 🙂

Althea
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Althea

Yep, T‑dot represent!!!!! OMG Nikisha, there is a natural revolution happening in Toronto.

Stacey
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Stacey

One of my favorite natural girls! I check UBB religiously and I love Nikisha and Cipriana <3

Keep being amazing health, beauty, and life role models ladies!

I had no idea Nik was a teacher though! Now you’re even cooler in my book

Nikisha
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Thank you so much for the love and support Stacey! xoxo

Rou
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Rou

I love UBB, too! Also, I did not know Nikisha was a teacher! But, she does look like teacher! 🙂 This was a great interview and NIkisha gave some good advice on taking care of ourselves from the inside out.

Nikisha
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Thank you so much Rou, we love you too! xoxo

Cipriana
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That is my girl!!!! Just as beautiful on the inside!!!

Nikisha
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No…you my girl Cipriana!!! Your the most beautiful inside and out!!! Thank you…

Mary
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Mary

Love UBB and the way they keep it positive and informative on their site!

How did you get your “bangs” in that first pic? Th front of my hair is too long for traditional bangs and I don’t want to cut it…but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to part my hair and secure it to get it like you have yours in that pic.

Mary
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Mary

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Nikisha
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Thank you so much Mary!!! My bangs are bra strap length, so these are faux bangs. I just take a chunk of hair in the front and roll it under, tucking it with bobby pins. For that pic in particular I just tucked them under and pulled it to the side. I have a “modern day pin up” tutorial on our youtube channel where I show you how you can do faux bangs. I hope that helps :).

AfroKisses
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AfroKisses

Oooh I like the bangs to and I definitely like the UBB Channel! 🙂

Nikisha
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Thank you so much AfroKisses! 🙂

merry
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merry

hot body in that bikini… 🙂

Nikisha
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Oh why thank you Merry, I’ll take that compliment :).

Annie L.
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Annie L.

Great interview! I love UBB and that loose ponytail is sensational!

Nikisha
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Thank you Annie! We love you too! Muah!!! 🙂

Rai
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Rai

When i first saw the name without having seen the picture yet i thought,could it be Nikisha from UBB?
To my great surprise it is 🙂 🙂 🙂
I love you and Cipriana.
Great blog and Yu Tube Chanel.

Nikisha
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Thank you so much for the love and support Rai!!! We love you too!

EG
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EG

Great interview Nikki.…and yes she is beauty inside and out

Nikisha
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Aww…thank you love! 🙂 xoxo

Charlene
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Charlene

Thanks so much for sharing! Beautiful Hair / Beautiful Person!

Char

Nikisha
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Thank you so much for your kind words Char! It was my pleasure to share! 🙂 xoxo

Bianca
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Bianca

Love this addition! She has my exact hair and I have been STRUGGLING with keeping routine! I was curious what “juicing” was, ugh! I feel like a noob :S

Nikisha
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Hi Bianca,
Juicing is when you get a bunch of veggies and fruits and put it in a juicing machine where it extracts the juice and leaves the pulp behind. I hope that clears it up :).

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Sarah
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Sarah

Is Nikisha biracial?

Melissa
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Love her hair! Big & beautiful!…This is my first time hearing of her site, but I’ll definitely be visiting it 🙂

jungfrau1010
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jungfrau1010

Beautiful head of hair and beautiful woman. Love Nikisha & Cipriana and URBANBUSHBABES.

Maiya Phillips
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Maiya Phillips

How long did it take for you to fully grow your hair back out?

Miss Esi
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my hair is EXACTLY the same !
woehoee found my hair match 😀

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