Rockin Naturals You May Not Know But Should: Keisha Nicole
Heyyy! I am Keisha Nicole. 31 years old. Living in New York, raised in Belize, Central America. I am the face behind the blog http://hi-
imcurrentlyobsessed.com I have been natural approximately 5 years!
What or Who inspired you to go natural? Did you bc or transition?
Growing up I had thick very healthy relaxed hair! In my late teens I neglected to take care of my hair and gee dependent on weaves to conceal my choppy broken off thin hair. Whenever I took out my tracks and had to face the real condition of my hair it made me so depressed! The decision I made to learn how to properly care for my hair led me to stretching my relaxer. As I learned more about hair and the community of women in a journey to grow their hair healthy and long I decided to stop relaxing my hair all together. It was a terrifying experience for me but I was determined to get my long thick hair back! I transitioned for over a year. Ironically I transitioned using sew in weaves. Once I learned how to properly care for my hair while wearing a sewn in weave my transition was a cinch! I didn’t experience any issues managing the two textures and experienced zero breakage when handling my transitioning hair! I would have transitioned longer had I not been soo eager to see my natural texture. I big chopped prematurely, however, i kept my hair in a sew in till I was ready to debut my natural tresses! It was such an emotional process for me! I had been relaxed since the age of 2! Yes you read that right, 2 years old! I think I hold the record for earliest relaxer! I should contact Guiness and make that official lol
What are your current hair goals?
I am, and have ways been obsessed with long hair from a very early age! My mom used to own and operate a salon and I used to spend my Saturday’s as a little girl oogling and oggling her customers that had bra strap to mid back length hair! Now, being exposed to so many amazing natural haired women the possibility for growth is beyond what I used to think. My hair is currently around bra strap length, I am just eager to get to the next check point and keep that progress going!
Top 3 products and prices.
Since going natural I have never been into the hype of trying products to define my curls etc! I’ve focused more on proper hair care practices! I am very practical and have stuck to the same handful of products to maintain my hairs. I choose an all natural shampoo, currently Shea moisture Coconut and Hibiscus shampoo($11.99). I often opt for cleansing my hair with a 50/50 ACV and water mix. My conditioner is Tresseme Natural conditioner ($4.99). My one holy grail product that I have always used is Castor oil ($5.84)! I love it to seal my hair with as well as the shine it provides my hair!
Is there a product you have used that you would NEVER use again? Why?
The one time I tried to be open minded and try a new product was when I tried that “new and improved” Let’s Jam pudding situation! It was a hot mess! You know that frightening experience of using s product to style your hair and it turns your hair white but dries clear??? Nope! That joint left my hair a white flaky mess! A nightmare! I couldn’t be bothered with trying it different ways to make it work! It was just a dud!
Do you have a favorite go to hairstyle?
I am a style challenged natural! I’m not into the intricate updos and pin up styles. I’m also over wearing my hair in a puff since for most of the years I’ve been natural that’s all I knew how to do. My favorite style is actually a current trend, the half up half down style! This has always been a go to style of mine from I was a little girl and learned how to comb my own hair! I get to showcase some of my length in the back and my waves in the front! Loves it!
How do you protect you hair at night?
My level of shrinkage is ridiculous! So my night time routine involves banding my hair in three sections! A pinapple doesn’t work for my hair at this length and it also stretches my hair too much leaving it less textured and limp. So three pinapples or banding in three sections works best for me and I just sleep on a satin pillowcase! It’s a must!
Do you have a name for your hair or If you had to give your hair a name what would it be?
Generally I’m terrible with nicknames lol. But if I had to choose a name for my hair id refer to her as “Fancy err day”
If your hair is colored what do you use to do so?
Growing up in a country smack dab at the equator where the sun is always ablaze I had naturally rust colored hair! My mother used to hate it! So I’ve been coloring my hair for years! I tried some more daring colors in my younger years in my relaxed hair but black hair is so classic to me! I use Revlon Colorsilk in Black whenever my roots start to look “dusty”. I have blonde ambitions but I don’t think I’ll ever have the gall to do something that drastic! I am too much of a length horde to compromise my hair. But I am obsessed with the look of a carefree blonde Fro!
Sum up your natural hair journey in three words.
Dedication– I am committed and have unlimited patience with my hair and believe whole heartedly I will have ridiculously long hair! Even if it takes a lifetime lol
Amazing– My hair and my journey is a conversation starter! It instigates disbelief and inspires at the same time! My journey continues to open up doors to new experiences for me! Who would have thought hair would have that effect on my life!
Enlightening– overall my natural hair journey has enlightened me and put me in touch with my truest self! Being more secure with who I am and how the world perceives me while rocking my natural hair. I take great pride in showing the world how amazing kinky curly coily hair actually is!
Any advice to the natural newbies?
Yes! To my transitioners and newly naturals, understand that for a lot of us this is the first time really handling our own hair! It can be quite frustrating. Anticipate the style challenges that are bound to come up that could temp you to give up! Know that during your journey there will be date nights, weddings, graduations and regular days where you just want to look your best but are still learning how to style and handle your hair. Do your homework. Create playlists of styling videos, folders on your phone to file pictorials of styles you like and would like to try on your hair. Stay inspired! Allow yourself to admire other fly naturals. Know when to turn that admiration inward if it’s starts to resemble hair envy. And know that your hair will return all the TLC that your show it! Just be patient for your efforts to compound.
What is your favorite compliment you have ever been given on your hair?
Any compliment or conversation centered around my hair! People are always shocked to see where I started compared to how lovely my hair is now!
If you could tell your younger self NOW something about your natural hair THEN what would that be?
Start NOW! I wish I had gone back natural sooner!
Do you have a favorite YouTube Vlogger?
I have many Youtubers I admire! Collectively I just enjoy seeing the diversity of brown women kinky curly hair! Charyjay is an all time fave and Maria Antionette of MATV is where I get an extension of my life these days! But Jfashiongirl 87…somebody need to hand that girl an award . Her dopeness cannot be contained!
Finish this sentence:
I Rock My Natural because…it compliments my fly!!
Keep Rockin Keisha!!
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