Natural Hair Profile: Nikki-Jean from Jamaica

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Nikki-Jean's Bantu Knot-out on  Her TWA
Nikki-Jean’s Bantu Knot-out on Her TWA

Name: Nikki-Jean Amair

Occupation: Managing partner‎, Curly-Centric JA 

From: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Natural Since: October , 2010

Nikki-Jean's natural hair with texturised ends
Nikki-Jean’s natural hair with texturised (chemically treated) ends and colour

KiK:  When and why did you go natural?

Nikki-Jean: The care and styling required for relaxed hair was interfering with my workout routine. My health is more important than a hairstyle, so I cut it off. I was also becoming more aware of the effects of things I put in and on my body. ‎And the relaxer didn’t fit the healthier me plan.

Cornrow Updo with Two Strand Twists
Cornrow Updo with Two Strand Twists

KiK:  How did you go from relaxed to natural?

Nikki-Jean: ‎I cut all my relaxed ends off after about 2 months following my last relaxer. Then I texturized  coloured it and wore it low. Convinced at that time that the texturizer was significantly less damaging than the relaxer. I realized after a few months that wasn’t the case, when my hair was feeling very dry and rarely retained moisture. So I stopped texturing, cut those ends and rocked my TWA.

Nikki-jean's First Twist-out while Pregnant
Nikki-jean’s First Twist-out while Pregnant

KiK:  What is your current hair regimen?

Nikki-Jean: On the day before or day of washing, I finger detangle with coconut oil and leave the oil on my hair from 30 minutes to overnight depending on how my day is. I pour diluted apple cider on my scalp then wash my hair in sections. Then I massage castor oil on my scalp, apply a protein or moisture deep treatment to my strands and deep condition for 30-45 minutes. I rinse that out and do an oil rinse, then rinse again. I stretch my hair with large cornrows or african threading then style. I normally wear my hair in a protective style. It fits into my schedule much better than out styles.

Nikki-Jean's High Bun on Natural Hair
Nikki-Jean’s High Bun on Natural Hair

KiK:  What are your favourite products that you use?

Nikki-Jean: Coconut oil and my shea butter mix. I currently use the Ettenio l‎ine for my wash day and I’m loving it.

A flat twist out on stretched hair
A flat twist out on stretched hair

KiK:  What is your favourite hairstyle and how do you achieve and maintain it?

Nikki-Jean: Its a toss up between loose two strand twists and the flat twist out style. I flat twist on stretched hair overnight and then gently unravel in the morning. I install the flat twists again in the night, tie with a silk scarf to maintain. For the loose twists, I moisturize with a little water and coconut oil, then tie with a scarf

natural hairKiK: Have you ever coloured your hair? If yes, how did affect your hair and what advice do you have for others who want to colour their natural hair?

Nikki-Jean: I coloured my hair when I texturised it and it was really dry. I would advise a deep conditioning treatment after every wash to combat the dryness and possible breakage.

Nikki-Jean's Natural Hair Updo
Nikki-Jean’s Natural Hair Updo

KiK: What advice do you have for others who are newly natural or struggling to stay natural?

Nikki-Jean: The love hate relationship will be more love than hate as the learning continues. All the trials and errors will be so worth it. When it’s a fail, just rock it like it’s your intention. Love it!

Faux Tapered Afro
Faux Tapered Afro

KiK:  Thanks for doing this feature. Where can we keep up with you or your
hair journey online?

Nikki-Jean: Thank you for allowing me to share. ‎I haven’t been publicly keeping track of my journey, but will do so soon. You can keep up with pictures of my journey and other naturalistas on and on Instagram @curlycentricjamaica

KiK:  Thanks again and all the best in your continued natural hair journey

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