T: I am Tiffany Nichols of TiffanyNicholsDesign. I am a 30 year old “Natural Hair Enthusiast” from OKC, OK. I work fulltime and I love to blog and vlog to help uplift, educate, and promote the beauty of natural hair.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T: I decided to return to natural hair after discovering YouTube and the many beautiful ladies who were sharing their natural hair journey with the world. I learned what transitioning was, what a big chop was, and how to maintain your hair during both phases. After watching tons of videos and doing my own leg work researching the benefits of being natural, hair products, ingredients, etc, I finally made up my mind that I was ready to stop relaxing my hair. After close to 20 years of relaxing I received my last relaxer in June 2009 and transitioned for 9 months before doing my big chop in March 2010.
How would you describe your texture?
T: Like most naturals, I have several different textures in my head. My hair is wavy in the front, coily in the crown, and curly in the back. I must say I am very proud of my edges though, they are easy to smooth out and they stay laid! LOL!!! If you are into hair typing, I would say my hair texture is 4a and 3c. My hair is also low porosity which means it’s very hard for it to absorb moisture.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T: If you know me, you know I like to switch up my hairstyle almost every other day. LOL!! My favorite style is a twist-out, after a couple of days I will quickly throw it up into a high ponytail, swoop and pin it over to the side, or put it into a high bun in order to change up my look. I also like to wear simple and easy protective styles that can last me a few days. Marley braiding hair and yaky braiding hair have become my best friends when it comes to these quick updos. This month, I have been wearing a lot of high buns and ponytails because I’ve been in the pool a lot and don’t have the time to really style my hair. However I choose to wear my hair, I always make sure it is properly moisturized and conditioned. So, I have been co-washing twice a week with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner or Tresemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner. I always use a leave in conditioner, which is Paul Mitchelle’s The Conditioner or Kinky Curly Knot Today. I use my own hair butter and curling smoothie as a moisturizer, and seal with a light oil (sweet almond or grapeseed oil) before styling.
What does wash day look like for you?
T: I mainly co-wash my hair instead of using shampoo. I co-wash at least once a week and shampoo maybe once every 3–4 weeks. I found that co-washing allows me to keep my hair moisturized and still gets my hair and scalp clean without stripping it like most shampoos do. My conditioner of choice is Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration Conditioner or Tresemme Naturals Radiant Volume Conditioner. When I shampoo my hair I use Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.
If my hair feels dry, I put my hair into 4 sections and pre-poo with coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Simply apply both oils to all of the sections and then braid them up. I will let that sit for about 30 mins or overnight then I wash my hair one section at a time. If my scalp has been itchy I do an apple cider vinegar rinse before washing. After I finish washing each section I apply my conditioner, detangle with my fingers or a wide tooth comb and let the conditioner sit for about 10 mins. I rinse it out one section at a time and then squeeze the excess water out and use a cotton shirt to absorb any extra water from my hair. Next I apply my leave in — Paul Mitchelle’s The Conditioner — to each section followed by my Moisture Butter or Curling Smoothie for added moisture. I then apply either sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil to seal it all in. Then, I proceed to style my hair.
I two strand twist my hair doing 3–4 twists per section depending on the look I want. I let the twists sit overnight then I untwist my hair, separate with coconut oil on my hands to add shine and to minimize frizz, and then fluff. My hair always looks moisturized and is defined when I do my twist out, which is one of my favorite go to hairstyles.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T: If I am in a rush and didn’t pre-plan my hair style the night before (giving myself the *side eye*), I will throw my hair up into a high bun, which is ideal for any occasion. I may also turn to a wash’n’go high ponytail when I am running low on time and need something quick to do.
How do you combat shrinkage?
T: I try to embrace the shrinkage, but if I am looking for a more elongated look I wait and start styling my hair when it’s close to 75% dry. That is how I do my twist-outs and braid-outs, so I can get that hang time! I may also do the banding method or bun my hair to give it a little more stretch.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T: The crown of my head. That area has a lot of springy, coily curls, so I have to make sure I detangle with care and apply more leave-in, oil, and moisturizer in that area to make sure it is well moisturized.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T: I must do weekly deep conditions. My hair texture can become very dry, so I have to make sure I keep it well moisturized and weekly deep conditioning treatments help me do that. I also have to make sure my hair is detangled very well. I detangle while my conditioner is in my hair and use my fingers, a wide tooth comb, or a Denman brush.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T: I better not go to bed without a satin scarf or bonnet on my head, or laying on a satin pillow case. Sleeping on anything other than satin or silk will simply suck all of the moisture out of my hair, making it brittle and dry which can lead to breakage. I also cannot go overboard with heavy oils such as EVOO or Black Castor oil as a sealant. Those oils tend to sit on my hair and don’t absorb into my strands, leaving hair with a heavy and greasy feeling.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T: Yes, there is. You can check me out on my blog: www.TiffanyNicholsDesign.blogspot.com
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