Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Nikki, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, living in Oakland, CA.
What do you do?
I’ve been working as a radio personality for the last 20 years! I am a morning show co-host on 102.9 KBLX in San Francisco.
Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
No resistance. What I or my hair looks like isn’t important at 5am! But otherwise, for appearances, I think people appreciate that I represent with big hair.
How long have you been natural?
I stopped relaxing altogether in 2003. I was texturizing for a few years after doing the big chop in 1999. One day it dawned on me: “there is nothing wrong with my hair”.
Describe your hair.
Fine textured, coilier in the crown, curly around the perimeter, fragile, big and hates being straightened.
What is your hair regimen?
Two things work for me: keeping it simple and keeping my ends trimmed. Some folks can go for a long time without trimming. I am not one of those people. This was a BIG epiphany for me in 2011. I am experiencing awesome growth by dusting the ends every month or so. I have found that a couple of inexpensive products work just fine: Curls Crème Brulee and EcoStyle Gel. One for moisture, one for curl definition, and it’s a done deal. I shampoo with Carols daughter shampoo. I do conditioner washes sometimes, though. I started using Cathy Howse’s old school deep conditioner recipe again. Good stuff and again, inexpensive. I apply product and dry under the hood dryer. I do stretch out the hair a bit with the blow dryer for special occasions, but do updos for everyday wear.
What is your best hair advice?
Love your hair, and it will love you back. And again, keep it simple!
Who is your hair crush?
I can’t pick just one! Maxwell, Lisa Bonet, KimmayTube, Long Hair Don’t Care, Cipriana, Nikisha, the list goes on and on! I am just proud to be a part of the
“Natural Hair Movement”. The nappy/curly/kinky girls have taken control and re-defined our own beauty. Nappy is where it’s at!
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
I really don’t have any negative stories. People love my hair, because I love it. Men, women and children of all races stop me and tell me how awesome my hair is.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
Loose! LOL. I wear what makes me feel good. I keep it simple. I always say my style is a cross between Erykah Badu and Carrie Bradshaw. I don’t like to look like I am trying too hard, though. The best combinations always happen by accident!
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion for fear of being judged by others?
People will judge you based on their own insecurities. When it comes to style or your hair or face or body you have to be your own biggest fan.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
I don’t have anything to say to those people, because those kinds of judgments don’t count. Do you!
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
I think we as women of color can draw a lot of inspiration from our ancestors. I like to honor my great grandmother and women like her. It’s our legacy to shine and be beautiful. Fashion is great, but the real beauty comes from our lovely skin and hair and our beautiful bodies. I try to embody the immense pride I feel. I love being a black woman!
If you could name one person from the past or present whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
Again, I can’t do just one! Prince, Carrie Bradshaw, Erykah Badu, Lisa Bonet, Lenny Kravitz, Diana Ross…..Just give me 10 minutes in each closet!
Do you have a blog/website?
Yes! Its called The Nikki Thomas Network—entertainment, empowerment, community.
Thanks for creating such a great space. I love you guys!
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
1. I’m Urban for sure. Oakland and New Orleans, What?!?!?!
2. I love this hair on my head
3. And hell yeah I’m a babe! I’m 42 as of Feb 15th and am proud to represent the over 40 women.
Peace and Blessings, Ladies.