Wonder Women lives and breathes and resides in Chicago Illinois and goes by the name of Nicole Renee Boisseau.
This amazing stay at home working/modeling Mom of seven, yes 7, is truly an awe inspiring, beautiful example of a Woman of excellence.
Nicole is a Holistic Health & Beauty Consultant/Natural Hair Care Specialist. She is also an Entrepreneur with a background in the field of cosmetology.
Nicole is a graduate of John Amico School of Hair Design and Taliah Waajid trained in natural hair. She studied Energy Healing under her mother, renowned Dr. Sunni DNM, and also Queen Afua. Nicole also has a Degree in Divine Metaphysics and is an ordained minister. Nicole also models, lives with her husband and 7 children and, is a proud grandmother .
This model/mom/natural hair entrepreneur also considers herself a Healing Artist. ONHN considers her to be, simply amazing.
Here is her profile…
ONHN: First of all you…look…incredible, Especially after having 7 children!
What are their age ranges and how do you manage all that you do and stay in such great shape?
I have two girls; twins (22yrs old); 5 sons, ages 19, 8, 6, 5 and 2 and; I have one granddaughter. I’m active…they’re active. I walk my son’s to school every day. The boys also race BMX bikes so I’m always lifting their bikes and; my oldest girl, one of the twins, is disabled so I’m picking her up and down on a daily basis. Once I have the babies, I usually have 3 weeks before I get right back into my routine and the weight just falls off.
ONHN: How long have you been wearing your hair natural?
I’ve been natural for about 8 years now and it’s been a wonderful freeing experience.
My natural journey began as a result of my children, so I can say that they inspired me. I have 7 children now, but at the time I had just given birth to my 4th child. I was breast feeding, so I had to schedule my once per month relaxer touch-ups in between feedings and hope that my stylist was finished in time. I just couldn’t sit in the salon anymore when I had small children and was breastfeeding. I went natural for the convenience and to save money . I starting doing research and was set to get sister locks, made the appointment the lady was not there – came across Talijah Wajiid gift set – used it on my hair and eventually started to transition.
ONHN: Did you transition long or did you do the Big Chop?
I transitioned into natural hair. I grew my hair out to about 4 to 5 inches and then decided to “chop” it off.
ONHN: How does wearing your Natural hair make you feel?
Wearing my natural hair makes me feel confident, strong, powerful, and free. I’ve never felt this way before.
ONHN: Do you feel the same (emotionally) as when you wore straight styles?
Oh no, not at all! I was so insecure at that time in my life… so worried about my hair and hoping that I didn’t look like the next sister that walked in. I mean, what made me different or unique in style from the next sister with a relaxer? What I love about natural hair is that it is as distinctive and unique as your fingerprint. It is You!
ONHN: What was the reaction from spouse/family/friends/co-workers when you went natural?
My husband was a bit shocked because I went in the bathroom with long hair and then came out without it. My mother said, “Girl, what are you doing?!”
ONHN: Have your personal relationships (attractions) with men/women changed since going natural?
Yes, personal relationships have changed for me. My current relationships have either been severed or the bond has gotten stronger; there are no “in betweeners” hanging on. I’m also meeting more confident and powerful women and men with love in their hearts.
ONHN: How do other black women react to your hair?
There is never a time while I am out where there is no question or compliment about my hair. Other natural sisters love it- it’s like a sisterhood where we compliment each other and even hug. It’s like we know innately that we must stick together and encourage one another. Those that are thinking about it or are transitioning always ask for help and my phone number- I have a lot of sisters numbers saved in my blackberry…lol.
ONHN: How do Women of other cultures react to your natural hair?
How do Women of other cultures react to my hair? Wow, that is a good one! Do you know how many compliments I receive from women AND men of other cultures? They call me Queen! Seriously! Even I was shocked! Women with long flowing blond hair say to me, “Oh I just love your hair! It’s so royal… like a Queen.”
My husband and I were in the mall one evening and there was an Arabian brother selling oils and fragrances. As we walked pass, he actually reached out for my hand (remember, my husband is with me) and said, “I am so proud of you. You chose to embrace your natural beauty. Your hair is your crown and this is where you hold your power…”
He went on to talk about the damage relaxers do to the hair as well as the body, but I was in awe about his statement. It seems as if all cultures are aware except our own, but that is shifting.
ONHN: Do you know what texture hair you have (3/4 a-b ect?) also please share your hair’s ethnic heritage?
I have a 4a hair texture and it comes from a perfect blend of African-Native (Indigenous)-French descent.
ONHN: Which is easier for you to manage – your natural or chemically treated hair?
My natural hair is easier to manage than my former relaxed hair. It is very low maintenance.
ONHN: What is the greatest discovery you have made about your natural hair?
I’ve discovered that my hair is very strong yet soft, and very easy to manage.
ONHN: Do you feel more beautiful with straight or natural hair?
I feel more beautiful with natural hair! Hands down!
NICOLES Hair Regime and Favorite Products
In the summer months I use Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner, Shea Moisture’s moisture mist, and Jamaican Mango Lime loc gel for my 2 strand twists and twist-outs.
It took about 3 summers to find the perfect combination of products that worked for my hair in the heat.
In the winter months I use Black Earth Shampoo and conditioner, and protective mist bodifier, Pink Oil Moisturizer, and Jamaican Mango Lime firm loc wax for 2-strand twist and twist-outs.
Once again, it took 3 winters to find the perfect combination of products that worked for my hair in Chi-town’s bone chilling cold. The winter months can be so dry and my hair soaks up the moisture.
In summer and winter seasons I shampoo only once per month, and condition with the moisturizing conditioner twice per month. I always twist-out my hair to air dry (I RARELY, if ever, use heat). Pink Oil Moisturizer is used all year around. I must stay “ole-skool” somewhere…lol!
ONHN: Lastly what advice would you give to someone who wanted to go natural?
There is nothing to fear with being natural and embracing your own hair texture. Your hair is beautiful underneath. Get with a natural hair care specialist in your area to help you with your hair care and finding the best products. If you can’t find one then go on YOU TUBE you can check out my channel or just type in” Natural Hair” look at t he dozens of videos that will pop up. Another website that I can recommend it is Curly Nikki.com.
ONHN: Nicole, thank you for allowing us to profile you on ONHN. You are truly an inspiring Natural Women.
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