Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Naturally Perfect Dolls earns $200K investment on Shark Tank

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to share some awesome news I came across in our community this past week. Naturally Perfect Dolls earned a $200K investment while appearing on Shark Tank.

Naturally Perfect Dolls is operated by a black mom who was tired of hearing her daughter tell her she did not like her hair texture. She began by creating one doll that looked like her daughter years ago, and now she has four different dolls available.

Recently the company received a $200,000 investment while on the show, how awesome is that?!

This time last year, I wrote about the importance the new 2016 Barbies of color and why they were, and still are, essential for black girls.

Hearing about this investment in this black-owned, woman-owned company just puts the icing on the cake for me. It shows we are making progress.

Watch the video for Naturally Perfect Dolls below:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Curly Conversations: Episode Two airs Jan. 17

Hey Curlies,

The second episode of Curly Conversations airs tomorrow, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.!

Curly Conversations is a natural hair podcast dedicated to women who have chosen to embrace their natural hair. On the show I chat about natural hair styling techniques, the latest products on the shelves, give some lessons in self confidence and maybe even giveaway some prizes!

This week's episode is all about building the perfect wash day routine. We will cover the following topics:
  • How to wash your hair correctly
  • Tips on how to cut down your wash and style time
  • How to properly moisture your curly hair
  • And more! ( I can't give it all away)

If you missed last week's episode, you can listen below:

And if for some reason you're not available to listen tomorrow at 7 p.m., the show recap will be uploaded on the site every Wednesday.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Healthy Living: Skin Care Products I'm Loving Right Now

Hey Curlies,

Over the past six months I've discovered tons of products I've fallen in love with. From new deodorants, to body butters to lip balms, I've been getting pretty lucky.

Outside of the hair products I adore, I wanted to share with you some of the skin care items I've been using lately.

Healthy skin care products I love - ClassyCurlies

To see a full list of these products, head over to the Healthy Living section.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Curly Conversations: Keeping Confident in your Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

If you missed the first episode of Curly Conversations...where were you?! (lol). The show was so fun, unedited and live.

Again, if you missed it, I forgive you (lol) but the good part is, you can listen to it whenever you have some free time.

Episode number one was for those who are interested in wearing their natural hair but just aren't comfortable yet.

Curly Conversations is a show that empowers women of color who embrace their naturally curly hair. Show topics include: Natural hair styling techniques, product recommendations, you weekly dose of confidence and more.

I'll host Curly Conversations every Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. But for now, here's a recap of this week's show.

Natural hair podcast Curly Conversations - ClassyCurlies

You can listen by the player below or click any of the links above.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Natural Hair: What you Need to Know Before Going Natural

Hey Curlies,

So you've decided to go natural? (I'm guessing that's why you're here reading about what you should know before going natural).

In my seven years with natural hair I've learned a lot, and some of it I wish I had someone tell me along the way.

Going from straight, relaxed hair to embracing your curly strands can be a journey and I want to help make that as easy as possible for you.

5 things to know before going to natural hair- ClassyCurlies

Here are 5 things you need to know about going natural:

1. Once you big chop, you may not have the reaction you'd thought you'd have to your new style. This can be a major adjustment, especially if you're going from long to short hair. You may think you look completely different. You may love it or you may hate it (I hope not), but while you can't prepare for your exact reaction, you can prepare mentally by saying, "I'll be OK with whatever the outcome is."

2. Your family and friends may not like your hair. I realized this quickly once I cut my hair and my grandmother didn't seem too thrilled with my decision. She asked, "Can you straighten it?" and she said, "What did you do?" Long story short, not everyone will understand why you made this decision but that doesn't matter, and you shouldn't feel like you have to explain yourself to people. As long as you are OK with your next step...let the haters hate.

3. It will be trial and error to figure out what products work. Everyone's hair has potential to look amazing, but it's just a matter of figuring out what styles and hair products your hair likes. It can and most likely will be frustrating, but just remember "this all takes time." If you're looking to sample multiple products for a low price, you might consider ordering a CurlKit - a monthly subscription kit that sends you 5-7 samples (and many times, full-sized hair products).

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4. Get a camera. This may sound super basic, but your hair will grow and you'll transform along with it. Unfortunately, it hard sometimes to reflect on where we've been because we can't see our progress - this is what pictures are for. When I first big chopped, I took pictures with my phone every month for years. Now I can look back and actually see my progress. It feels so good to know you're on the right path.

5. Expect an emotional transformation. For me, "going natural" was something I wanted to do for not only my physical appearance, but I wanted to discover more about "me." After learning of all of the chemicals in hair relaxers, I began eating healthier and watching what products I put onto my skin. Overtime my big chop helped me see me for me and nothing else - and I can truly say I am happy with that. I feel more balanced, centered and emotionally connected than I ever have before.

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So I've got to ask, for those who are not new to natural hair, what did you experience after going natural that you didn't see coming?

Share your experiences with in the comment section below or on my social media pages (@ClassyCurlies).

Curly Conversations: Natural Hair Podcast Airs Tonight

Hey Curlies,

Tonight is the very first episode of Curly Conversations and I'm super pumped!

Curly Conversations is a natural hair podcast dedicated to women who have chosen to embrace their natural hair. On the show I will chat about natural hair styling techniques, the latest products on the shelves, give some lessons in self confidence and maybe even giveaway some prizes!

The show will air every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at this link.

At some point you all will be able to call in (more like a radio show) and interact with me while we discuss certain topics.

Natural hair podcast - ClassyCurlies

I have a fantastic show ready for tonight and If you're an email subscriber, you already got a little taste of what to expect tonight.

Tune into the show here.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Healthy Living: Taking Clean Eating to the Next Level

Hey Curlies,

So the year is in full swing and I previously outlined some goals I have for this brand in 2017, but I haven't really talked about my healthy living goals.


If you aren't familiar with the Healthy Living section of this site you'll find it here:

healthy living and wellness for women - ClassyCurlies


So over the past six months my body has changed a lot. Due to changing some of my eating habits, I lost a few of the extra pounds I'd gained over the past few years.

The odd part about it was, I wasn't even trying!

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So how did I lose weight and not try?

Read about my journey to a healthy lifestyle here (scroll to the bottom) in the Healthy Living section along with learning some of my goals for 2017.