Spotlight: Nikisha of Urban Bush Babes

What are your favorite products that you feel keep your hair really moisturized and your curls ultra defined?

– I love Vatika oil for sealing and hot oil treatments, also Curls Curl Souffle leave in cream.

I noticed that you mentioned you love the Yes to Carrots line, what do you love most about it?
-I love that it is pretty much all natural, being that it is only 99.8% natural… :), and it makes my hair uber soft.

What do you think is the most effective method to use when detangling your hair?
-A conditioner that gives you great “slip” and using my fingers to comb through my tangles first and then following that up with my shower comb in sections.

What is the most important thing that you do that keeps your hair healthy?
-Deep conditioning/ oil treatments have done my hair wonders and sealing my ends with oil.

How did you overcome your product junkie ways?

– Oh Lawd! Once I found what worked for me and what was more cost effective, I pretty much slowed down on buying other products.

What made you want to give up the creamy crack (relaxer) ?
– I only used relaxers from middle school to high school, so once I learned to love myself the way God made me I stopped trying to conform and let my curls free.

How would you describe your style?
– I am a minimalist for sure, I never have too much going on, but I love accent pieces that stand out. I like to rock men’s style clothing and I have an obsession with vintage clothes, shoes, and accessories from the 70’s and especially the 80’s. I’ve always been into dark and muted colors.

What are your favorite NYC vintage or thrift shops?
– Beacon’s Closet and any salvation army in NY.

Where do you get  your inspiration from?
– I get inspiration from the 70s and 80s, the music I listen to or create, and from people like Nicole Richie and Zoe Kravitz to name a few.

How do you keep your routine easy to manage considering that you have a beautiful little one?
– We share hair products…lol. Really though, I stick to a routine once a week that doesn’t consist of too much, shampoo, deep condition for 30-60 minutes and then apply my cream, oil and let air dry. I don’t have too much time to spend on my hair and don’t want to because there are people in my life that require my attention so I need to be ready and available.

I really like that you are teaching your son to embrace diversity. How do you teach him this?
– I teach my son God comes first and that God doesn’t make mistakes, there is beauty in everyone, and everyone was made for a purpose whether they choose to fulfill it or not.  He knows God is an artist and all his creations are beautiful and unique, not one better than the other.

As someone who has studied human behavior what do you think is the root cause of people of color being reluctant to or opposed to natural beauty?
-Woooo…that’s a deep question with an answer I can give a dissertation on. But to keep it simple the society we live in has been brainwashed for a long long time as to what the standard of beauty is and how it should look. A lot of things come from deep rooted issues that have been passed down from generation to generation.

What do you think when people say that they do not have “good” hair?

– I think they took the “pill”. The brain washing pill that is. How can anything God has made not be good. It’s brainwashing of what people deem as the standard of beauty. People need to stop taking the “pill”.

5 thoughts on “Spotlight: Nikisha of Urban Bush Babes”

    1. That truly is a beautiful thing. More young black men should be growing up with an appreciation for natural black beauty.

  1. I really enjoyed reading the article. I can definitely cosign when Nikisha said,

    “once I learned to love myself the way God made me I stopped trying to conform and let my curls free.”

    I had the same epiphany this weekend. I’ve had natural hair for the past four years, but I still continued to press it, put the occassional Brazillian hair smoother in it. My curls were in terrible shape due to the constant manipulation and oh coloring too. Now, I am proud to say that I am completely natural – no smoother, no color following a significant chop this past Saturday and I have finally learned to embrace my curls. Like Nikisha said, ” How can anything God has made not be good.”

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