Name: Nikki-Jean Amair
Occupation: Managing partner, Curly-Centric JA
From: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Natural Since: October , 2010
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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 facebook.com/curlycentric and on Instagram @curlycentricjamaica
KiK: Thanks again and all the best in your continued natural hair journey