Hi Guys,

Nigeria is very dry as the current season is “Harmattan.” Depending on the region it can last for what feels like 4-5 months. During this season, my skin and hair are extremely DRY so I’m showing you how I keep it soft and moisturized. Since it's ultra low porosity, I take certain steps during the week to re-moisturize but this method is effective for anyone! Keeping water, a low pH leave-in, and a sealant, constant, are the keys to success! I hope you enjoy!
Best Wishes,
Zara “EfikZara”


Photo of Kourtney Dandridge via Benny Harlem's IG
By Erickka Sy Savané

Hey, we all show our love in different ways, for Benny Harlem that meant helping turn his wife's baby hairs into full-grown adults! Not only was the note he shared on his IG, along with this photo sweet, it was kinda shocking to see that baby hairs don't have to stay babies- I mean, look at that length!!!

Benny Harlem's IG
For those who follow Benny Harlem, the New York-bred, Los Angeles-based Dad, Hubby, Natural Hair enthusiast, and now, entrepreneur, seeing baby hair length for the Gods is not a surprise. After all, Benny broke the Guinness World Record for highest high top fade last year, and he, his wife and daughter Jaxyn are hair goals to half-a-million followers, and counting. 

Kourtney & daughter Jaxyn via Kourtney's IG
Benny & Daughter Jaxyn via Benny's IG
So how do they maintain that length? Benny told Paper magazine last year,
"I mean we have a regime. We wash our hair every week. We make our own shampoo and stuff like that, which consists of natural [ingredients like] coconuts and certain berries and things. I think it's really just what most people do to their hair. [But we also] take care of [our] bodies. I think a lot of it is positive self-image and great thinking. What we consume in our minds and our spirits has a lot to do with our hair as well. People might not believe it, but I really think that's the truth. Of course, take care of yourself, take care of your hair, wash your hair. Really, I'm not going to make up some elaborate thing. Other than the castor oil and coconut oil that we use, there's really no secret."
Well, obviously, there IS a secret, and he's sharing that now...Find out how to buy his hair care kit, which comes with a 3-month regimen, on his facebook page!  

Benny trended recently on youtube just walking into an elevator. We see you Benny!!!

Will you be trying Benny's hair care kit? If so, be sure to let us know how it works!
Erickka Sy Savané is managing editor of, a wife, mom, and freelance writer based in Jersey, City, NJ. Her work has appeared in,,, and more. When she’s not writing...wait, she’s always writing! Follow her on Twitter, Instagram or

By Veronica Wells

Coconut oil is lauded as the superstar of any natural hair care regimen. And I get it, my hair loved this natural oil...until it didn't. My sister and I were in Turks and Caicos when we discovered that we could not stop scratching our scalps. For me, the itching was mild but my sister’s scalp was in crisis. Large chunks of dried skin were falling out of her head. It wasn’t long before we realized it was the coconut oil that was causing this reaction. After a couple more tries, it was with a heavy heart that we said goodbye to all of the products in our arsenal that contained coconut oil. (In theory, many of them still occupy space on our bathroom shelf.) The transition hasn’t been easy. Coconut oil is in about 80 percent of hair products for Black women. So you have to be careful.

If you find that your scalp is itchy even after you’ve washed, oiled and styled it, or you already know you have a coconut allergy, here are some products that will be lifesavers for your hair care regimen.

Queen Nefertiti’s Grow Super Long Hair, $13.00

I know this is not a very large or well known brand. But I saw this at the health food store on 125th in Harlem and decided to give it a try because--it didn’t contain coconut oil and I needed a good, heavy butter-like product to condition my scalp and penetrate my locs on wash day. This product was perfect for that. While you can feel it contains all natural oils and herbs, it still manages to go on lightly. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling weighed down and it smells delicious.

Jane Carter Solution’s Moisture Nourishing Shampoo, $8.00

From my experience most of Jane Carter’s products don’t contain coconut oil. I recommended this shampoo because, unlike so many others, it does what the bottle says it will. When you wash your hair with this product you’ll know your hair is clean without feeling like you’ve stripped your tresses of the oils they so desperately need.

Oyin’s Ginger Mint Co-Wash, $11.99

I really can’t say enough about this product. It’s my favorite on the list mostly because conditioning is so important. My locs felt INcredible after I applied this on my hair after a good shampoo. The mint stimulated my scalp, opening my pores without being too abrasive. (Some even got into my eye and it didn’t even burn.) It smells delightful and leaves your scalp feeling invigorated and your hair hydrated.

Camille Rose Naturals, Almond Jai Twisting Butter, $16.99

This is for the “free haired” naturalistas. I haven’t used this product myself but I watched as my sister used it for one of her twist outs and it produced some of the most defined, longest lasting curls I’ve seen on my sister’s head. This twisting butter features “gourmet ingredients” like almond, aloe vera and honey, among many other natural and delicious oils. And it smells like cake in the jar but isn’t as loud on your actual head.

Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Oil, $17.99

If I was really taking care of my hair like I was supposed to I would set aside time to give myself hot oil treatments, especially in the winter. The cold winds can be particularly rough on our hair. This anti-breakage oil can be used as everyday moisture or for more intensive hot oil treatments. This product contains oils like Kalahari Watermelon, Baobab Seed oil, Castor and Evening Primrose. I haven't tried this one personally but I love Mane Choice's products so this one, with these fabulous and fragrant ingredients, sounds like it has the potential to be another winner.

I should also note that all of these products are created by Black women, so there’s the extra incentive of supporting our sisters to go along with this list.

Do you have any fav products that don't contain of coconut?

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.
Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Hair Care Bundle
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Urban Hydration Coconut Oil Hair Care Bundle
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Thanks for your participation in the Urban Hydration Coconut Oil Hair Care Bundle Giveaway! We loved reading what you want to see on CurlyNikki because, ultimately, we are here for YOU. So without further ado, this week's winner is.........


en who said: 
1. How to grow out different types of hair cuts (ex. undercuts)
2. Hair care after coloring
3. detangling products

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