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Nicole // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 11, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
N:
Hi there, my name is Nicole and I live in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N:
Hair is a really big deal in Atlanta, and when I would get sew-ins or relaxers with my hair laying all nice…I would never be fully satisfied. It really just didn’t fit ME. My last year of school I decided to cut my relaxer off, and I have to say at first it was one of the hardest things I have ever done. There were days when I cried. Days when I cursed under my breath at the fact that I had to get ready for school in 20 minutes with my hair looking like mushed taco meat, and days when I just didn’t feel beautiful.

Now with it being a little over a year I have to say this was the best decision I have ever made. Everyone says it fits me so well. I feel good about myself, inspire others, and get a LOT of attention (sometimes attention that isn’t needed :/). And I get more compliments than the girl with the long Remi sitting next to me. I’ve been natural for a year and two months now! I’ve really learned to love what I was born with.

How would you describe your texture?
N:
Um I’m a 4a, which took some getting used to. I had to realize that my tight curls were just as beautiful as a 3b. Since day 1 my hair does what it wants, frizzes up, shrinks, the whole nine. But I am able to manage it more as time goes on. It’s extremely thick.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
N:
When I had my TWA I used a lot of Miss Jessie’s products — wetting it in the shower and adding some Curly Pudding and coconut oil before I walked out of the door. I really liked the whole curly look. As it got a little longer I would do a lot of wet twist outs using Jane Carter products along with Mixed Chicks. I usually twisted with regular conditioner (yes I know some people don’t agree with this). Then I went through the whole I want it big and long phase where I would wash it with As I Am products, blow dry it, do big dry twists, and let it go wild for days. I got tired of blow drying it…fast. And now I vary doing all of the above depending on how I feel.

What does wash day look like for you?
N:
My wash day starts out with me bracing myself because it takes a while lol. I wash my hair in the shower using As I Am poo then using various conditioners like (Jane Carter, Giovanni, Shea Moisture, or just whatever is the closest!) I then get under my Huetiful Hair Steamer with Miss Jessie’s Rapid Recovery. I wash that out then finish off with Mixed Chicks Leave in Conditioner and coconut oil, then style!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N:
My favorite go to style is my good ol’ pin up. I part the back down the middle and roll both sides up, pin up my sides and wet or pick out the top. I actually get the most compliments with this.

How do you combat shrinkage?
N:
If I know it’s going to be a rainy week I deal with shrinkage by blow drying my hair and keeping argan, olive, or coconut oil on it. This really helps stretch my hair and keep it at a good length for as long as possible.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
N:
I got a little bored when I was first growing my hair out and decided to get a little color added. Now that my original color is really getting some length on it the added color wants to break off. I just deal with this by keep my hair moisturized.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
N:
Oil and water are our friendddd, put a bonnet on that head at night and moisturize from root all the way down to tip.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
N:
Stay away from cheap gels, we don’t have that type of hair lol. Try not to keep so much tension on it by using stretchy headbands 5 times out of the week and don’t go a day without using some type of moisturizer

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
Follow me on Instagram if you’d like: CleopatraTheFox.

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

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Maya
Maya
8 years ago

Beautiful girl! Love the hairstyles as well ! 😀

Alisha
8 years ago

Love her hairstyles! Very cute.

koopagrrl
koopagrrl
8 years ago

I love how confident she is about her hair!
I wish I was like that at her length.

Mel
Mel
8 years ago

That’s a little over a year’s growth?! That is A LOT of hair for aprox. one year. Beautiful hair…the curls reminds me of my hair. I also get frustrated. usually I just leave it in a curly fro…twists out just make me look crazy and homeless (maybe because it’s only about 5 inches long), and i’m not the type of girl that does bows, flowers, and scarves in my hair. If I want to go fancy I pin up the sides and do a frohawk and I’m good to go. I was thinking about adding a bit of colorful highlights,… Read more »

Barbara
Barbara
8 years ago
Reply to  Mel

I don’t think she included transitioning.

Joan B. in S. C.
Joan B. in S. C.
8 years ago
Reply to  Mel

“crazy and homeless,” is now my new way to describe hair.

Nicole, I love the style in your main photo which shows up in several others. It’s so old Hollywood glamour.

Kimberly
Kimberly
8 years ago

Thanks for sharing you story along with your beautiful pictures of your hair. Your hair grows fast and looks to be healthy. I have another hair crush to add to my collection
🙂 I will check you out on Instagram ms lady.

Avanti
Avanti
8 years ago

Fabulous hair and styles chica! I love the pic of your side shaved, tres-chic!!! And I SO feel you on the getting complimented more with natural styles versus other styles! Definitely been there. 🙂

Lynn
8 years ago

Yayyyyy.… ATL!!!! Love the hair!!!!! It’s looks really healthy and the curls are darling! Thanks for sharing!

Xox
Lynn

Shia
Shia
8 years ago

Aww i went to high school with her.… Gorg!

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