When Girl Meets Curls: Tiffany Nichole
Tiffany Nichole: My name is Tiffany Nichole. I am thirty (something) and I live in Virginia. During the week I am a Registered Nurse and full time Mommy. I enjoy life and spending time with my family and friends. I am the owner of MsTiffayNichole.com. My site targets Health, Fitness, Spiritual Growth, Testimonies & Motivational Quotes....And also my LOVE for natural hair. I love God. I love being a church girl and praise and worship dancer. This has been a wonderful journey. This is only the beginning of GREATNESS!
Tiffany Nichole:I have been natural for 5 plus years. I really had no interest in going natural. It kind of just happened. Relaxers made my hair paper thin and I was never really found of them but I thought it was the thing to do. Roller sets were my all time favorite but by the time I started to embrace my roller set on relaxed hair it was 2 weeks old and time for regular scheduled routine at the salon. So the day I decided to color treat my hair was the last relaxer which was roughly 6 years ago. A year and a half ago I decided to do something big….I cut my shoulder length hair off. I continued to make weekly visits to the salon for a wash, blow dry, flat iron, and hair cut/trim to maintain my short hair.
August 2012 was my last visit to the salon and last time using heat (flat iron or blow dryer). I wanted to enjoy summer vacation with my daughter and family without worrying about what to do if my hair got wet. During this phase of my journey I realized my hair was damaged by bleach. I grew it out for several months but it was really a nuisance trying to take care of two textures of hair (tight coils vs straight pieces). The two textures were a deal breaker. Chop chop chop...that moment changed my natural hair experience.'
TN:What were your fears going in and how did you overcome them?
Tiffany Nichole: My biggest fear was not knowing how to really care for my hair at its natural state, I was concerned about the texture and what products to use, and there was a nagging feeling that rested in the bottom of my stomach of uncertainty and insecurity. I knew nothing about taking care of my without chemicals. All of my childhood and young adult life my hair was processed with chemicals (jheri curl, relaxer, PCJ, straightening comb, etc). It was all trial and error and definitely a learning experience. The good news is I did not completely shut down or give up (lol). I wore a lot of rod & flexi rod sets to achieve a curly fro. To overcoming these challenges I had to reclaim and rediscover me. I had to peel back the layers of brokenness because that feeling of uncertainty and insecurity was deeper than my hair. My journey has been a process of prayer, refocusing, finding and getting reacquainted with and recognizing the girl in the mirror. My natural hair journey has taught me so much about myself, about people, and perspectives. Today my confidence speaks volumes and I love love love my tightly coiled kinky textured hair.
TN: Name some reasons why you are happy about your decision.
Tiffany Nichole: Reason #1: It is me making a statement to myself out of confidence, self-love, and I own it proudly (ME)!
Reason #2: I love the versatility. It never looks the same way twice.
TN: What are some of your favorite hair products?
Tiffany Nichole: I was definitely a product junkie. I blame it on the need to find what would and would not work. I am learning to keep it simply...water, conditioners (shea moister), oils (extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil), and cream or butter (Qhemets Biologic).
Tiffany Nichole: I try to deep conditioning and shampoo weekly and use the LOC method to twist. My go to styles are twist outs and fro. I moisturize and retwist nightly when wearing a twist out. When wearing a fro I section into 5 and use the LOC method, mini pineapple, and satin bonnet.
TN: What advice would you give someone considering going natural or who is new to being a natural?
Tiffany Nichole: Just do it! Embrace and enjoy the journey. Love the you in you best! Self-love and confidence is key.
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