May 10, 2019

Insider Access with Nikia Chanel

Nikia has always loved all things beauty! In 2009, she graduated from Dudley Beauty College in Washington, DC with her cosmetology license, and began her career in the beauty industry. She specializes in hair styling for weddings, events, TV, and Film. If you want more of Nikia check out her YouTube channel for hair tutorials and behind the scenes of her work!

What is your go-to hair and skincare routine?  

I believe in keeping my hair healthy and my hairstyles simple. I do a deep conditioning treatment every two weeks and I love using Biosilk therapy because it is a lightweight oil and smells amazing. I typically wear my hair naturally curly or straight with loose spiral curls. It’s a great way to preserve your hairs integrity and keep it healthy.

What is your favorite drugstore product? High-end product?

My favorite drugstore beauty product is definitely Aunt Jackie’s flaxseed conditioning masque. It’s such an intense moisturizer and you can use it as a deep conditioner under a dryer or even in the shower for a quick 5-minute treatment. Killer Curls Cream by Kevin Murphy is my favorite high-end beauty product. It used Watermelon Extract rich in Vitamin C and Amino Acids to repair, add hydration and strengthen the hair, as well as aloe to soothe the scalp and help the hair retain moisture.

If you only had 10 minutes to get ready, what makeup look could you achieve and how?

My makeup look would be a cat eye using liquid black eyeliner and a red lip using my favorite MAC matte lipstick in Ruby Woo. My hairstyle would be a sleek high ponytail with a loose curl. It’s classic but bold look great for errands and drinks or dinner.

What is your best beauty hack?

I like to apply vaseline on the areas I spray perfume to make the scent last longer. My favorite perfume is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.

What are your must-have beauty tools?

Paul Mitchell Express Ion Dry+ Dryer allows me to do blowouts quickly. It’s nice to have a tool that works quickly and well because you have heat on it for less time which is better prevents damage.  BabylissPro Nano Titanium Ionic Straightening Iron always makes the hair silky and shiny. TIGI Bed Head Little Tease Tourmaline Ceramic Crimper 1″ is a must hair tool in my hair kit for building volume for updos.


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