RECAP: BlogHer 2017

Hey Curlies,

To be quite honest, I don't have many friends who blog or create their own content - which means there is no one to vent to, cheer to or bounce ideas off of (except a few friends and family - and sometimes they still don't understand what I really do lol).

Earlier this week I attended BlogHer in Orlando and had an amazing time learning new skills and meeting tons and tons of women who are boss content creators.

I landed in Orlando Thursday but could not leave the Midwest and visit Florida without going to the beach. So what did I do? Rent a car and drove two hours (round trip) to Daytona Beach - and I'm so glad I did.

I don't know what it is, but I've always had a connection with water and I love the beach. From there I checked in at the conference at had a ball!

It was so amazing to see how creative everyone is with their blogs, businesses, YouTube channels and everything else in between. Special guests and keynote speakers included: Serena Williams, Carla Hall, Janet Mock and others.

Don't worry, I'll have a separate post on my hairstyle and such coming next.

Check out the photos below of my trip highlights:

I will definitely be taking another trip to next year's conference.

Have you grabbed your ticket to our DIY shampoo + conditioner class in Indianapolis July 15? All material are included. Not in the Indy area, sign up to receive info on our online DIY shampoo + conditioner course here. 

Your Summer Curly Hair Care Checklist

Hey Curlies,

I'm back with another free gift for you all. Remember that Spring Curly Hair Care checklist? Well, here is the summer checklist as we get into warmer weather.

These seasonal checklists are hair care products and tools I recommend for the current season.

Feel free to print out your copy and hang it up where you see fit. When you download, be sure to click on each item on the checklist for further details.

Download your summer checklist here. 

Download your free summer curly hair care checklist - ClassyCurlies


Have you grabbed your ticket to our DIY shampoo + conditioner class in Indianapolis July 15? All material are included. Not in the Indy area, sign up to receive info on our online DIY shampoo + conditioner course here. 

Natural Hair: How to Tie a Headscarf in 60 Seconds

Hey Curlies,

Ever had a bad hair day? Of course you have and I've had dozens myself. You can try to think of a quick and cute curly hair style - some of which you can find here - or you can toss on a headwrap.

What I love about headwraps are how colorful and eye catching they are. You can choose a solid- colored scarf, or a printed one to match your outfit.

Many people ask, "do you have to wear a headscarf specifically made for your hair?" The answer is no.

Most of the headscarves I wear as a hair accessory, or when I go bed are regular fashion scarves you can find at Target.

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How to tie a headscarf on natural hair in less than 60 seconds - ClassyCurlies

No matter if you are having a bad day or are still waiting for your twists or bantu knots to dry (like I was), headwraps are perfect for lazy hair days.

Check out the video below on how I tied my headscarf:

Have you signed up for our DIY Shampoo + Conditioner course happening July 15? Get all the details here. 

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Online DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course Launches August 1

Hey Curlies,

In February I hosted our very first DIY Shampoo and conditioner class in Indianapolis and it sold out. The ladies who attended had a great time (you can see photos here) and I loved teaching.

I discovered an issue when I got messages from people who wanted to take the class but were not in Indianapolis - they lived outside of Indiana. I've decided to launch DIY with ClassyCurlies - an online course you can take from the comfort of your home on your own time.

The course will launch August 1 and only be available for a limited time (a few weeks). Email subscribers will get updates the minute the course opens so they can enroll.

So what does the DIY with ClassyCurlies online course look like? 

Without giving away too many details, it will contain the following:
  • A handful of videos on how to make your own all-natural shampoo and conditioner
  • Full workbook to go along with the instructional videos
  • Mini e-book
  • Printable worksheets to help you achieve healthy hair
  • And more!
There is literally "more" and I'm not just saying that. I'm so excited about the launch of this product because I feel very strongly about using hair and body products without chemicals.

Want to see how moisturized my hair turned out after using the DIY products? Click here. 

How do you sign up to be one of the first to snag your spot? Use your email address to sign up here or fill out the form below.

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There is so much anticipation behind this online course, so I know spots will fill up fast.

DIY shampoo and conditioner class in Indianapolis - ClassyCurlies

If you happen to be in the Indianapolis area July 15, I host my final in-person DIY course that day. Grab your tickets here. (And share with a friend)

Healthy Living: Why I love Ivory’s pure and clean bar soap

Hey Curlies,

I love to use all natural and organic ingredients in my curly hair care regimen. Lately, I’ve been on the lookout for a soap that was free of hash chemicals, and also a skincare product I could easily find at a local store.

I remember my mother buying the Ivory brand for our family when I was growing up, so I decided to pick up their 8-pack original bar soap from a local Family Dollar not too far away from my home.

Why I love Ivory’s pure and clean bar soap - ClassyCurlies

Once I got the pack open, I remembered why my mother loved this brand - and why I’ll continue using it. Ivory is 99.44% pure and clean and it’s so pure it actually floats! Got some around your home? Try it! And the brand hasn’t changed it’s formula (or that great scent) since 1879—so it’s the exact product I’ve always used.

What made me love Ivory Original Bar Soap is the fact that it is free of dyes and heavy perfumes I find in other products that could cause skin irritations. I just wanted a natural, simple soap for my skin.

I purchased my Ivory soap sometime last week from Family Dollar, but I later learned the store and brand kicked off a sale from June 12-30. The sale includes the Ivory 21oz Body Wash (both Original and Aloe) and the 8-Bar of their Original Bar Soap.

You're probably like, "well Victoria, what if I have sensitive skin?" Doctors actually recommend Ivory to patients who have sensitive skin. It gives you a great gentle clean.

I guess that means I’ll have to stock up and I encourage you to try it out and stock up as well since it will be on sale! It is one of the best affordable body washes that doesn’t skip out on value.

I’ll keep you all updates on my natural skincare regimen using Ivory, but feel free to drop your experience with Ivory in the comments section below.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ivory. The opinions and text are all mine.

Natural Hair: Bantu Knot Out using WonderCurl

Hey Curlies,

I couldn't wait to get my hair out of the puff and into the bantu knot style I'd been thinking about. I'd envisioned lots of shrinkage (yes, I was actually hoping for it this time lol) with very tight curls.

This time I did my knots a lot different than I normally do. Typically I create a two strand twist first, then create the Bantu knot like you can see here. This time I created a finger coil, then the knot.

The rule of thumb for perfect bantu knots on natural hair is to let them set for at least 24 hours (also never start on dripping wet hair. Damp hair is best.)

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How I created my bantu knots

I started my wash day Saturday night by hoping in the shower and using Urbanaire Gypsy's Cray Cray Clay Co-wash to wash/condition.

I then let my hair sit in the towel for an hour so I could start my knots on damp hair.

I knew I wanted lots of curls so I set out to create small Bantu knots. I created my section, sprayed a bit of rose water (you'll learn more about this soon), detangled and applied WonderCurl's Butter than Love Pudding before creating the knot. You can learn more about WonderCurl here.

I didn't use a comb to create parts because I wanted them to show as less as possible once I took them down.

Here is how they turned out:

Bantu knots on long natural hair - ClassyCurlies

Bantu knots on long natural hair - ClassyCurlies

I knew I had plans on Sunday, and while it is appropriate to do go outside with Bantu knots, I wanted to have a little fun and experiment with a headwrap.

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You can see how I tied my headwrap here.

Bantu knot out on natural hair - ClassyCurlies

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Have you purchased your ticket to our upcoming DIY Shampoo + Conditioner class July 15? Grab yours before they're gone. Not in the Indianapolis area? Sign up for our DIY online class

Join Me at Fearlessly SHE Summit this July

Hey Curlies,

On this week's episode of Curly Conversations, I mentioned my life will be extremely busy the next few months and that I'm working on lots of projects. One of those items is being involved with the Fearlessly SHE Summit.

I will be speaking at this event July 9 in Indianapolis and will also serve as a panelist. The event is hosted by The Strength of SHE and is a full day of empowerment for women of color.

This year's summit will focus on beauty positivity and fearless confidence. This is your opportunity to view your beauty differently, increase your self-value and become more confident in who you are now and who you will be later.

The ladies of The Strength of SHE have lined up an amazing group of speakers and I personally can't wait to hear from each of them.

If you're interested in attending, you can purchase your tickets here and find more details below.

Hope to see you there!