When speaking to natural hair blogger and author Nikki Walton, aka Curly Nikki, to get the scoop on her new book, ‘When Good Hair Goes Bad,’ I was prepared to talk moisturizers and protective hairstyles. After all, her first book, the bestselling, NAACP Image Award nominated, “Better Than Good Hair,” was full of tips on how to transition from relaxed to natural hair. What I didn’t expect was her to say the book is free! Free? Leave it to Curly Nikki to have a naturalista’s back. No wonder she’s arguably the top natural hair blogger in the game. Read on as this busy mom dishes on everything we’ll find in her latest book, and more.
So how did you come up with a free e-book?
CurlyNikki: My audience supported the first book so greatly and it made such a huge impact on the community that I wanted to show my gratitude by making the second one more accessible. When I came up with the idea to make it free and shared it with my friends at Dark & Lovely, they were excited at the opportunity to invest in it as a way to educate and empower women. They were also clear that it wasn’t going to be a book of paid advertising, the information would be objective.
It’s such a great idea, do you think it’ll become a new model for distributing books?
I hope so. I mean, in 2016 content is free or cheap and it moves quickly, so I feel it’s appropriate. I got the idea when I was at the store and saw that Martha Stewart was giving a free e-book when you buy a box of baking soda. However, this book is completely free. All you have to do is download it!
What’s in the book?
The book offers tips and tricks to restore your natural hair to its glory because in the name of versatility and playing with our hair, we sometimes do things to damage it. For example, we like protective styling, but sometimes that can go wrong, or color can fry our hair. This book offers short and long term solutions on how to fix it without having to cut it all off. The format is Q&A, and the questions come straight from my email account. Instead of answering each question individually, I thought it would be great to answer them for the whole community.
How did you become so community oriented?
It’s just the way I was raised. I grew up in a large family in St. Louis- Ferguson, where my grandmother, who I was very close to, was a huge community advocate for over 30 years. So we were all very involved in the church and the community at large. I started Curly Nikki as a service because I wanted to help Black women save time, money, and find their true self-esteem. As long as I put the purpose of service first, everything else will work out fine.
How do you manage family and career?
A lot better sometimes than others! (laughs) If I really want to make the most of my day, I get up at 5:00 a.m. and start with a 20-30 minute meditation. Then I immediately go into my inbox. CurlyNikki.com is still a one-woman show, so I do everything from securing content, editing, scheduling what’s going on the site, answering comments, Twitter and Facebook. Then I take my daughter to school. Later in the day, I find that if my mood has gone down, it helps to sneak into the bathroom for some alone time. That way, I can power-up and be the happy mommy that I want to be. Whether you’re in a relationship or have kids or not, it’s important to take care of yourself first. I live a blessed life and a lot has to do with my inner being and the choices that I make in the moment.
Click here to download, “When Good Hair Goes Bad: Tips and Tricks for Restoring Your Gorgeous, Healthy, Natural Hair.”