- Name and where you live?
Nicole Wilson, Dayton OH area
2. How long have you been natural?
7 months natural on August 25, 2012
3. Why did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural when I realized that my hair was breaking off steadily over the years and would never get below chin length. It was thin and brittle and lifeless.
4. Did you do the big chop? If so, how long did you transition and how did you feel after doing it?
I big chopped. I literally decided one afternoon to pull out the clippers from underneath the bathroom sink and buzz off anything that was not natural. At that point, I had not had a relaxer for about 3 months so I had about an inch of natural hair.
5. What are 5 things that you have learned about your hair?
- My hair is beautiful in its natural, God-given glory.
- I cannot compare how my natural hair should look based on how others look. My hair has its own unique texture, and the styles I choose to rock will be uniquely my own.
- My hair needs moisture to thrive, oil to seal and give it shine, and gentle hands to manage the hair
- I can still rock a multitude of styles even though my hair is short
- I can grow it! It is a myth that Afro-textured hair cannot grow beyond a certain point!
6. What is your wash regimen and must have products?
I co-wash two times a week. My hair thrives on this routine because it helps me retain moisture plus with my workout schedule (I workout about 3 times per week and teach two Zumba ® Fitness classes) and shampoo/clarify with baking soda and apple cider vinegar once every two weeks to eliminate product build-up. After co-washing (or shampooing), I follow-up with deep conditioning my hair and covering with a plastic cap for an hour. Rinse, apply leave-in, then seal with an oil or butter.
My must-have products for different styles are as follows:
- Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo
- Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (co-wash)
- Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse (once per month)
- Yes to Carrots Conditioner (I always add a teaspoon of coconut oil and sometimes a ½ cup of warm raw honey to make it more beneficial and my hair loves it)
- Kinky Curly Knot Today (leave-in…my hair LOVES this)
- Organic Root Stimulator Curls Unleashed Leave-In Conditioner
- Kinky Curly Curling Custard (for wash and go)
- Shea butter/coconut oil homemade whip for twists
7. Do you straighten your hair? If so how often and what products do you use as a heat protector?
I do not apply heat to my hair at this time
8. How do you keep your hair moisturized ?
I spray liberally with water and a leave-in conditioner. I seal with coconut oil. Keeping my hair in protective styles such as twists also helps me to retain more moisture. I apply as needed (once a day usually).
9. What is your favorite natural oil to use for sealing your ends?
I am a huge fan of coconut oil…my hair loves it! I also like to use a coconut oil/ Shea butter whip for extra seal and moisture retention.
10. Do you protect your hair at night? If so with what?
I faithfully sleep in a satin bonnet on a satin pillowcase every night.
11. What natural hair styles do you like to rock most?
A wash and go or a baby puff were my go to styles for the first few months after my BC. Now that my hair is a little longer and I have more confidence, I am rocking two-strand twists, flat twists, fro-hawks, etc…
12. What natural hair tips would you like to share with other naturals?
Keep it simple. At first, I was a slave to the latest and greatest product or hair regimen that anyone claimed was the Holy Grail. You have to learn what products work for your hair, and they are not always the commercial ones (although there are some great ones out there). My homemade mixes of butters and oils work great! Adding oils to my regular conditioner gives me great conditioning without a lot of extra expense and time. My hair regimen is short and easy each night and day so that I will stick with it. Keeping it simple allows you to find what combinations or products work for your hair and will allow you to maintain a regimen that will improve and maintain the health of your hair.
Man, Nicole really had her regimen down and have learned all of the do’s and don’t about kinky Afro textured hair. She will be blessing us with some more of her styles and how she accomplishes them also.
Thank you Nicole foreseeing your kinky hair as being healthy, by taking care of it today!
P.S. I love your smile girl.