What is your name and where are you from?
R: My Name is Rikki Danielle and I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri. I’m currently living in Hawaii.
Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
R: I was a big chopper! My very first big chop was in 2005 when I was a senior in high school. After a few short months of transitioning with braids and twists, I went all the way and cut it to an inch! An inch in the natural world looks like a centimeter! Over the years I would let my hair grow out and ten months later, I would chop it off again! I used to texturize my curls because at that time, there weren’t too many natural hair products and I didn’t really know what to do with my hair. My last texturizer was in 2013 after a chemical burn. Now that I have done more research on my hair and what to use, my hair has never been so beautiful!
I decided to return natural because all the women in my family had beautiful hair. Waves, curls and coils on every head. My big sister transitioned when she was in middle school and her hair was AMAZING! I thought to myself, okay, we have the same parents so I know my hair is just as beautiful! I chopped and never looked back!
How would you describe your texture?
R: My texture is primarily 3c/4a. I have some super dense hair! It’s THICK!! My hair is also low porosity, so it only behaves when I put warm water on it.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
R: My styling regimen is pretty simple. I am in love with finger coils! I love the style because I can wear them for a week before restyling and I love the definition of my curls. Finger coils are the best when using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Eco Styler Gel MIXED (I have a YouTube video on the blend)! I finish the style with Ann Carol Beauty’s new Revitalizing Oil in Peppermint Chamomile or Coconut Lavender (whichever one I grab first)!
What does wash day look like for you?
R: I love wash day! Crazy, right? Most dread going through the hours of cleansing and conditioning, but I think of it as spa time! I also like to use products that I buy in entirety before moving on to another brand/product, so my current was day starts off by pre-pooing my hair with 2Curls1Mission’s Jojoba Rosemary Mint Oil for about ten minutes. I cleanse with 2C1M’s Blueberry Conditioning Cleanser OR Kinky Curly’s Come Clean if I need a deeper cleanse. I then apply Kinky Curly Knot Today as a light conditioner and detangle with my Denman brush, then my wide tooth comb. After rinsing, I deep condition with Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque for an hour. After rinsing the DC, I add a small amount of KCKT as my leave in.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
R: My favorite go-to hairstyle when I don’t have time is a head wrap! I wrap it with my satin scarf first, then the wrap! Throw on some hoops and I’m out the door!
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
R: My areas that always need extra lovin’ are my crown and my temple area. The crown is always the thickest and more frizzy than the rest of my hair, so I have to smooth more product on it than the rest. My edges in the temple area are more sensitive because the hair there is a tad bit finer. I’ve had to regrow hair in those areas due to box braids that were too tight. I make sure that I don’t pull on those areas or do too much manipulation.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
R: 2 DO’s are to 1. MOISTURIZE!! Water water WATER!! Whether you’re running your hands under the faucet and rubbing it in or spraying it on, water is the MOST important! 2. Must have a leave-in! I never knew the importance of a leave in until my final chop this past November ’14. Leave ins make a difference I tell ya! It keeps your hair soft and more manageable. I can’t go without a leave-in!
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
R: The biggest DON’T is going to bed without tying the hair with a satin scarf or having a REAL (because there are a lot of fakes) satin pillowcase. There is nothing worse than waking up to dry, torn up hair! My second big DON’T is going too long without dusting the ends. Breakage is so real and when I see a split or frazzled end, I trim it off! I’m about that length retention life! Breakage is not welcome here!
Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
R: INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/rikki_danielle