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Tiffany // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
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.

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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

Watch me on my YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TiffanyNicholsDesign
Follow me on Instagram: @TiffanyNicholsDesign www.instagram.com/TiffanyNicholsDesign

Like me on Facebook: Tiffany Nichols Design

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chauntelle

Great styles indeed. Can’t wait for my hair to reach desired lengths! You go Miss Lady!

Tiffany Nichols
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Thank you.…and your hair will be where you want it before you know it. 😉

kimberly
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kimberly

hi, you have such gorgeous hair! just wanted to find out the process you followed to style your hair the way you did in the picture you put up of you in a light pink blouse.

hairscapades
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Gorgeous hair!!!!

Tiffany Nichols
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Aww.….thanks as is yours!!

chauntelle
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chauntelle

Huge chop! But I am inspired from your styles. I am on my way!

treece12
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treece12

Wow, just beautiful

Tiffany Nichols
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Thank you very much!!!

D.K.
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Wow, your hair looks so healthy and beautiful! Amazing shine and the many different styles so look great.

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Tiffany Nichols
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I appreciate that.…thank you kindly!!

Charis
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Charis

My hair crush!!!!!! I absolutely adore your hair ! I hope on your YouTube channel you have tutorials for all those gorgeous hairstyles

Tiffany Nichols
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Thank you, Ms. Charis. I actually have most of the styles posted in a video and the others are waiting their turn …lol! Feel free to check it out.

keisha
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keisha

love your hair! how did you get your hair in pic #3 and #11?

Tiffany Nichols
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Thank you, Keisha. If l am looking at the correctly. #3 is a twistout that l smoothed and pinned over to the side. On of my fav styles. #11 is an updo that l did with an added scarf for some pizzazz. Lol I actually have a video posted on that look.

keisha
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keisha

thank you for responding! i’ll check it out!

Natasha
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Natasha

Loving the styles!

Tiffany Nichols
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Thank you very much!

Jade
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Jade

Hey girl! — From a fellow Oklahoma native, now residing in San Francisco — Thanks for representing! 🙂

Tiffany Nichols
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Hey hey now.….an OK native. I hope San Fran is treating you right. And lady l had to rep my state OK gets overlooked for so many big natural hair events. I am hoping that will change soon. Much luv Jade!!!

Abbey
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Abbey

Hey Tiffany If you don’t mind could you list how you prep your hair before and after you get out the pool. I’m thinking about taking swimming lessons and I want to protect my hair and avoid any damage if possible.

Tiffany Nichols
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Hi Abbey, before pull my hair into a high ponytail or bun. I never swim with it loose because I don’t want it to tangle up. But, before I put it up, I apply conditioner and coconut oil to my hair and then when I get out of the pool, I will co‐wash my hair if my hair didn’t get too wet and if it did I will use a sulfate free shampoo and then apply conditioner. Then apply my leave in, my moisturizer and oil. and put it back up into a high ponytail.

Abbey
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Abbey

Thank you for the tips. Do you trim more often than you regularly would when swimming ?

anon
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anon

Your hair is very beautiful. But sometimes looking at these pics of girls with the prettier and longer hair is kind of depressing for me.You are VERY looky that you are not completely african descent and mixed with something but unfortunately for me that is not the case. I hate my short, ugly 4C hair that is sooooo difficult to grow. you less ”textured” hair people will never understand the difficulties of 4c hair. That is why people with textured hair like this are more willing to post pics of themselves as they have the nicer/ longer hair. I really… Read more »

Toni
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Toni

I sub to a lady on youtube named MsTanish1 who sports a lovely head of 4C hair. Maybe you should check her out. I hate that you feel this way about yourself. You have to learn to love and accept yourself first before you can expect another person to. We are all God’s creation and he doesn’t make mistakes.
Peace and Blessings.

anon
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anon

That has made me feel even worse because although she is 4c she has good genes because clearly she isnt completely african and mixed with something else.

Chaunta Black
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Chaunta Black

Toni ignore the thumbs down. It was an accident. The thumbs are tiny and too close together. Sorry!

nana
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Hi anon„ I get that you feel that 4C hair is difficult to take care of for you.., More over you may not feel represented enough but be sure that a lot of girls that share your type of texture are out there, through this site, forums, YouTube and in real life also. Find enlightment in another persons journey because it is a personal journey before all. One that is about acceptance. In addition to all that remember one good think BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL. Yes it is and no one, even yourself can tell you it is not. Having African… Read more »

kerisha
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kerisha

Anon please don’t do this to yourself do you if you love it other people will fall in line I don’t like the hair typing thing too much but our hair needs more moisture it craves it ‚I think once your hair gets a chance to drink in all the moisture you can have that lush supple feel I think your getting at , watch some more youtube videos of ladies with a tighter curl and you will me inspired and motivated just put in 4c hair care in there and see what pops up in the mean time love… Read more »

anon
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anon

It really is an absolute torture feeling like this. It is seriously causing me to become depressed and dislike myself even more. I have always been told how ugly i was because of the colour of my skin and my hair. In high school i was threathened by my entire class to get a perm or they will continue to torture me. Someone even told me that they would bring a gun to shoot me if i didnt do it. Now in my early twenties and despite being educated i am still feeling some negative adverse effects from the whole… Read more »

Anon BK
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Anon BK

Stop looking outside for answers. You should address the issues you have from school days. If you’re in your twenties, school was a long time ago and those people didn’t and don’t have power over your life. What do you want people to say? You seem stuck on the idea that mixed is better and looser hair is better than 4C which is not how other 4Cs feel. What you see when you see a lot of youtubers, is hair at its optimum health because they are taking care of it. Some use stretching methods. You should start watching Jouelzy… Read more »

Froofroo51
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Froofroo51

You need to get out of that mentality that you are not good enough, that your hair is not good enough. Why? Because it is most certainly not true. I suppose it’s different when you perceive yourself to be a victim, but I caution you to not be so negative about yourself. There are enough people in the world who would love to put you down; you needn’t do it yourself. I know that if you think of at least one positive thing about yourself, everything else will fall into place. Also, surround yourself with people who have a positive… Read more »

Zagen Etant
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Zagen Etant

Anon, I agree with Anon BK, Froofroo51, kerisha… Don’t underestimate yourself. But I think that whatever we may say won’t convince you because the problem is so deep; you need a medium/long‐time help to deeply help you change your mind about this and see things the way THEY ARE and not the way stupid people made you see them. I am sure you’re a great person and you just need to clearly see how beautiful you really are. How about a therapy? I think you should see a Psychologist or any other pro who could help you. Please, consider this… Read more »

Sojourner
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I always see your photos on Instagram (on NaturalHairDaily I think or maybe TeamNatural__)! I love your styles, so creative! 🙂

Tiffany Nichols
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Awww.…Thank you very much. What is your IG name?

Rebecca
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Rebecca

How do you straighten your hair? I’ve seen quite a few women on this site with great big curly hair who somehow manage to straighten it. I’m amazed lol.
I went to the hairdressers and it took her 3 hours, her hands were cramping so bad XD

Tiffany Nichols
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Hi Rebecca, l actually have a YT video on how l straighten my hair. Feel free to check it out. If you still have questions let me know.

Caramelcurls
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Caramelcurls

Gorgeous girl with gorgeous hair–and I LOVE all of the different styles!

Tiffany Nichols
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Thanks lady!!!

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abercrombie ??

amy
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amy

Shes 30??? She looks like shes 23! Gotta love how black women age!!!

Sheila
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Sheila

We have the exact same hair type, low porosity included!
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claudene
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claudene

I love it when I find someone that has someone that has a similar hair texture.

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