Nika Ruffin
Naturalista of the Week

Who is Nika Ruffin?

Nika Ruffin was born in Monroe, Louisiana then she got married and relocated to Shreveport, Louisiana . She works full time as a legal receptionist, and she is also doing what she loves on her YouTube channel PiecesofNika. She loves all things natural hair, beauty, cooking, and fashion. She enjoys showing her subscribers how she takes care of her natural hair. She has been featured on CurlyNikki.com, TiaShauntee.com, KinkyKurlySistas.com, Confessions of a Blog Vixen, Natura Magazine USA, Natural Hair Beauty and she is listed in The NHB Directory.

She started out natural until the age of 10 yrs old. She got her first relaxer at the age of 11 yrs. old. When she was in high school she wore her relaxed hair long, short, in an asymmetrical bob, and then she grew it back long. It wasn’t until she discovered CurlyNikki.com back in 2009 that she decided that she would love to get reacquainted with her natural hair again. She fell in love with Nikki Walton’s curly hair, and she wondered if she could ever have curly hair too. Two years later is when she decided to go natural.


Subscribe to Nika's YouTube channel at PiecesofNika.
Instagram: @MsNikaR  | Twitter: @MsNikaR

How long have you been natural?

Almost 3 years

Why did you decide to go natural?

I chose to return back to my natural tresses on September 24, 2011. I’ve always loved natural hair on other women. I love curly hair. I didn't like my relaxed hair because it was very thin. It never held a curl, and it would literally be stuck to my head from chemical burns. I didn't want to go through that anymore so I chose to transition for 7 months from February 5, 2011 to September 24, 2011, and I did the big chop. I was always told the myths that natural hair can't be combed or detangled, and it was hard to manage. I was so afraid to go natural because of those myths I heard, but I went natural anyway. I found that I was able to comb, detangle, and manage my natural hair. I really enjoyed my short natural hair. It was so easy to manage. I just did wash n go's. I'm so glad I chose to go natural.

What is your fave styling product?

I love Olive oil because it penetrates the hair strand, and it leaves my hair so soft. I love Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner, Shea Moisture African Black Soap purification masque, and VO5 conditioners because they have great slip, and they leave my hair very soft also. I also love Eco Styler Argan oil gel because it lays my edges down really well.

What is your fave natural hairstyle?

My favorite hair style is a high bun especially when I'm in a hurry.


- Week of May 12, 2014

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