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Nikki // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Nov 21, 2013

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Introduce yourself!
N:
My name is Nikki Chanel. I’m from Houston, Texas, but I live in Austin.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N:
I broke up with creamy crack years ago. I’ve been natural since 2007. I decided to go natural in college. It was a time of self-discovery for me. I figured if I was ever going to take the dive; I would start there. I’m glad I did. College is a place where everyone is doing their own thing and finding their place in life. It was okay to be different than the person you were in high school. The actual impetus for this change was after a really bad sew-in. When I took the weave out my hair was so knotted up that I had to chop it off. It was really bittersweet. Aside from those knots, that sew-in was bomb.

How would you describe your texture?
N:
I would say that my hair is 3c. It is fine, but dense, and it’s always thirsty.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
N:
When I have actual time to style my hair I love to do coily twists and two strand twists, however I usually stick to wash and go’s throughout the month. When I’m in a hurry or on the go I like to roll my hair into a halo style. That way my ends are protected and my hair is off my shoulders and out of my face. To do this, I just use a little Oyin Handmade Hair Dew and spray some water to moisten my hair if it’s dry. To create the twists, I LOVE Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Pudding, Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls, and a little olive oil. For my wash and go, I love using the LOC method because it makes the style last and keeps my hair moisturized for a longer period of time. I use a bunch of different products, but my mains are Kinky Curly Knot Today, coconut or olive oil, and Curl Junkie Coffee-Coco Curl Crème. I’ve tried tons of products and you can’t go wrong using this method, so almost any products in those categories will work if used in that order.

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What does wash day look like for you?
N:
Wash day is an event. At first I honestly thought going natural would mean I’d just hop in the shower, shampoo and condition, and be done with it. It literally takes more time to do my hair now than it did when I was relaxed. With the detangling, styling, all the products, and on and on, wash day is a whole big thing now. I usually pre-poo with coconut oil. I only shampoo twice a month (maybe) with either Kinky Curly Come Clean or Bobeam shampoo bars. I work out a lot, so to keep my scalp clean I co-wash with As I Am Coconut CoWash. After my scalp is clean, I condition with Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner or Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi All Natural Deep Conditioner. The Elucence has a lot of slip, so I can detangle in the shower. After that, I just detangle using Kinky Curly Knot Today and proceed to styling. Sometimes, on wash day I will let the deep conditioner sit in my hair for a few minutes under the Hair Therapy Wrap. It’s nice to feel that heat.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N:
I love a big poofy curly bun. The bigger; the better. I work for NaturallyCurly, which means I have a job that really embraces natural hair. So it’s never an issue how ridiculous the size of the bun is. Buns just look so playful and yet sophisticated.

How do you combat shrinkage?
N:
I don’t. I don’t combat shrinkage. I just let it happen. I’m fine with it. Plus, it’s much longer now. It still shrinks quite a bit, (like 40%) but when my hair was shorter it was more of a challenge. I am not sure I did very much then either though.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
N:
The middle back of my head suffers from frizz. I usually have to really rub in smoothing products to that area. My whole head will look super cute, perfect curls…Then I turn around and the back of my head has lost its mind. It’s just disrespectful.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
N:
Two do’s for my texture are detangle and moisturize. I’ve been able to wear my wash and go so much longer using the previously mentioned LOC method, and my hair would still feel soft and not dry. I know it’s something in particular about the actual method and less about products. I know this because I’ve tried a million products as I work for NaturallyCurly.com. Detangling sucks. It’s probably every natural’s nightmare, but I could never skip this step. I MUST detangle or my hair would probably call me mean names and make me look bad in front of my friends.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
N:
One, do not dry detangle. I know this works for some people. For me, I haven’t found the perfect way to detangle my hair dry so I just gave up. I lose a lot less hair when it’s wet. Two, do not over manipulate. I love touching my hair (it’s soooo PRETTY) but doing so makes it frizzy and causes split ends. I’m a work in progress. I hope to overcome this. Ya’ll pray.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
I blog at ChanelWears.com about style, hair and life. I’m also on Instagram and Twitter @nchanel.

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JoAnn
JoAnn
7 years ago

Gorgeous lady with gorgeous hair! Excellant interview. THank you for all of the info and tips!

Dotty
Dotty
7 years ago

I truly thought it was It’sMyRayeRaye

OT: this site is still very buggy on ipad for me

Oluchi
Oluchi
7 years ago
Reply to  Dotty

I thought the same thing; the resemblance is very strong

Ray
Ray
7 years ago

Gorgeous girl and hair!

Chocolatecurls
Chocolatecurls
7 years ago

Like, yeah, ok! Hillary Banks is that you? Just kidding. She was chic and so are you! Nice hair!

Chat
Chat
7 years ago

Gorgeous girl and hair!

my pretty
7 years ago

Although I don’t know her personally, I really like this girl (from her blog). She seems so cool and of course her hair is gorgeous!

CherishBomb
7 years ago

Whenever I see soft and smooth textured hair like hers I often wonder why they ever wanted to relax in the first place. It’s what we used to think of as “good hair.” ‑shrug- Different strokes for different folks. It is certainly a gorgeous head full of curls and I love, love, love the highlights.

elsa
elsa
7 years ago
Reply to  CherishBomb

I guess they didnt see their hair as “good hair”, they just saw that it doesnt match the ideal of beauty, at least that ideal that gets celebrated in advertisings or on the tv. Black people always had beautiful hair from 3a to 4z, but when you get taught by the majority that its not beautiful, then you will believe it.

Cherri Moon
Cherri Moon
7 years ago

Then I turn around and the back of my head has lost its mind. It’s just disrespectful. LOL! she is too cute, and so is her hair.

elsa
elsa
7 years ago

Beautiful hair and woman 🙂

sherita vance
7 years ago

What is the loc method an what is co washing an should you alway do it??

jhoas
jhoas
7 years ago
Reply to  sherita vance

The loc method refers to the process of applying liquid, oil, and cream to your hair in that order. It is a way of sealing in moisture. I wouldn’t say you should “always” do it. Different things work for different people. Some people say they have had success with this method. I personally do not do it regularly. I second Sambista below. You can find more info about this method on this website or elsewhere online.

jhoas
jhoas
7 years ago
Reply to  sherita vance

Oh and co-washing is washing your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. Some people do this between regular washes.

Vya
Vya
6 years ago
Reply to  sherita vance

Yeah I agree. Cos I don’t wanna just cut my hair all the time if it doesn’t need it!And yeah I’m trying to find the bacanle with keeping my hair stretched AND moisturised simultaneously, simply because it is SO much easier to manage and detangle when it’s stretched but then as soon as water hits, BAM shrink-city.. Ah I guess I just have to embrace the nature of afro hair and suck it up. But yeah, I’m doing all that, I’m not a fan of protein tho.. I tried a deep cond’ with egg (+ other stuff) once, but I… Read more »

Sambista
Sambista
7 years ago

Sherita vance, good questions. Search for those words in this website and you will find loads of info.

Guest1234
Guest1234
7 years ago

Pretty!!!!

Diogo
6 years ago
Reply to  Guest1234

Ecieomons are in dire straits, but I can count on this!

hair
7 years ago

You have a really cool hair ! Is it somehow related to an hair extension ?

laavida
7 years ago

The Hair Therapy Wrap is the business. I started using it 2 months ago and have seen progress on my already healthy hair.

imani
imani
7 years ago

I had 2 laugh when I read her comment abt her problem area,cute curls in the front..turn around and the back of her head has lost its mind! So true! I feel validated! Happens everytime I’m loving my hair,I get the handheld mirror 2 take a peek and “wtf! Its like someone took a lawn mower to the back of my head!lol”.so I saturate that area all the time. It really is a shame!

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