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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Natural Hair: 3 Days of Giveaways

Hey Curlies,

This will be the most unique giveaway thus far on ClassyCurlies.com. The giveaway will take place over the course of three days throughout the week. Each day participants will have a chance to win a different prize. These prizes were hand-picked by myself and are some of my favorite hair and body products.

The giveaway will be open Oct.13,14 and 16 and there will be a different way to enter each day. Below is the giveaway line up so be sure to take note and find time to enter considering each giveaway will only be open from midnight of the start date to midnight of the next day!

Monday,Oct.13: L.A.C.E. Supreme Herbal Butter-Milk & Honey (Oct.13 12 a.m.-Oct.14 12.a.m.)
This is one of my favorite hair and body butters! For my formal review, click here. It is perfect for the cooler fall months and improves the health of your skin over time. Trust me, it has the perfect texture!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Tuesday, Oct.14: ClassyCurlies.com length check t-shirt (Oct.14 12 a.m.-Oct.15 12 a.m.)

This is the newest ClassyCurlies.com shirt and is perfect for doing length checks to record your hair growth over time.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
Thursday,Oct.16: Butters-n-Bars Original Conditioning Hair Masque (Oct.16 12 a.m.-Oct.17 12 a.m.)

I have used this masque a handful of times and I love this company. Butters-n-bars.com sell almost any natural ingredient you can think of. This is the masque I use that contains the Australian Pink Clay. Click here for my application process.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 
How to enter:

All giveaways will open at midnight the day of the giveaway and will close at midnight the next day. Enter above using the widgets by completing tasks to earn entry points. Good luck!!

NOTE:
  • Prizes will only be shipped within the U.S.
  • Two of the three products are sponsored 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Natural Hair: Curlformers Updo

Hey Curlies,

I am in desperate need of a sit under dryer. I have one, but I left it at my parents' house so the next time I visit them I will be sure to not forget it. I say this because I believe my curlformers set could possibly last longer if I used a dryer. No matter what gel or product I use, my curlformers sets are always flawless, however by day two it starts to get fluffy but I did find a cute solution.

My set the very first day:

  I love this style because it stretches my hair, especially my roots which help when I desire a new look throughout the week. Actually my initial plan when I washed my hair was to do an updo style with the curlformers, but I figured why not style my whole head first?

That night I used the pineapple method to preserve the curls.

Here was day two and my updo style:




Long story short I kept my hair in the "pineapple" shape as much as possible while using bobby pins to keep the shape in place. All of the hair is gathered at the top of my head but I let the right side fall to one side.

I wore this style for about two days and the maintenance was a breeze. I just put my scarf back on the way I did the very first day.

 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Natural Hair: Curlformers using Eco Styler gel and Shea Butter

Hey Curlies,

I finally got around to washing my hair this week and I decided on some curls using my knock of Curlformers. (haha). I washed using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor oil Shampoo and deep conditioned with Eden Body Works Jojoba Deep Conditioner. I then let me hair sit a towel for about 30 extra minutes before installing the Curlformers.

It took a little over an hour to install them. I used Eco Styler gel and Shea Butter. Here were my results:




I hardly ever separate my curls, but today I wanted to try something new...




Tomorrow I'm probably going to pin it in an updo,which was first intention, but I thought setting my whole head on rollers wouldn't hurt. Check back soon!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Natural Hair: Castor Oil Challenge Update #1

Hey Curlies,

This is the first check in for the castor oil challenege. I have been applying castor oil to my egdes every couple of days. It does help my edges stay soft, moisturized and slicked down when I take my scarf off in the morning.

I usually try not to brush or manipulate my edges too much to avoid breakage. Here was my latest style.

 
 
I haven't experiemented with applying the oil to my scalp just because of it's thickness, but how has the challenege been going for you?
 
I think it is serving me well. If you're new and want to joing the challenge, click here.
 


Saturday, September 27, 2014

ClassyCurly Profile: Veronica

Name: Veronica Jones aka CurlSense
Hair Type: 4b, 4c
URL: curlsense.blogspot.com

How long have you been natural?:
I'm happy to say in December 2014, I'll be three years natural! I'm very excited.

Why did you go natural?:
I went natural because my hair was severely thin, especially around the edges and crown. My growth was stunted too. Each time after relaxing I would expect to have longer hair, but I was stuck at one length. Back in 2008 I took a year off from relaxers, cut my hair short and my mom pressed and curled my hair. It grew back nicely, but in 2011 I started having thinning and shedding.

A short regimen you can share:
Hot oil treatments consisting of jojoba, Neem, Castor, and Olive and tea tree oils. I co-wash three to four times a month and shampoo (non-sulfate) once a month. Deep conditioning and leave-in conditioners are a must have or my hair doesn't act right. Moisture retention is everything!

What are some of your favorite products?:
I use Jane Carter Creamy co-wash conditioner and Shea Moisture Retention shampoo. I do hang on to Care Free Curl Gold Activator and just started using vegetable glycerin. Ladies if you have trouble with moisture retention or split ins, curl activators and veggie glycerin are excellent ways of maintaining moisture in the hair!

Also, I usually make my own moisturizers and gels consisting of flaxseed, fenugreek seeds, hibiscus, and other ingredients. In the fall, I hope to launch my own line with two or three products.

What are some of your favorite styles?:
Twists and braid outs using flexi or perm rods at the end.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:
My favorite thing about being natural is my hair grows nice and thick! My edges are so full its unbelievable. I do plan to have my mother give me a press and curl around the holidays.

Aw, man. Well, there have been times when I try getting my hair in a specific style and it won't do it! Violet (my hair) is very stubborn and sometimes wants to run wild.

What is one piece of advice that all women should have (pertaining to confidence)?:
You need to stop worrying about what other people think about your natural hair.

In the beginning after my big chop I wore wigs because I didn't like the way my TWA looked on me.( I have a long face lol). Plus I'm used to length. Hair doesn't/shouldn't define who you are. I gave up my wigs because I had a patch of thinning hair along my right temple where the wig cap ended and a bad experience with braid extensions didn't help matters. The health of your come first.

It has taken me some time to adjust to wearing my natural hair without wigs and twist extensions. In September of last year I vowed I was going to get locs. My patience was thin and I became a product junkie. See, I really didn't get to know my natural hair after big chopping because I started covering up with the wigs. And no, there is nothing wrong with wearing wigs and braid extensions. I did take care of my natural hair beneath them, but at the time, I still wanted straight hair. Hey, I'm being honest. I've come a long way and I'm very happy with my natural hair.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:
Geez, there are a ton of Bloggers/Vloggers that have inspired me but I'll list a few here:

African Export ~ I love her sense of humor!

IamMamaDaye! She's hilarious and you should check out her make up videos.

NeziNapps, of course, Naptural85, LovelyAnneka, My Natural Sisters. Seriously, I've subscribed to almost half of Youtube. They really have been my inspiration and I hope I'll be able to inspire ladies too.

Do you have any advice on going natural?:
Do your research, there's a plethora of information on the web now, but remember; what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. Everyone's hair is different. Also, don't compare your hair to someone else's. You'll get frustrated. Instead, work with and embrace your unique texture.

Oh, and don't give a damn what anyone thinks of your natural hair and make you second guess yourself! I've had my fair share of snake eyes, eyebrow raising, giggles and smirks from the public peanut gallery. Ignore them and do what's best for you. Last year, if my hair wasn't totally defined or shrank, I wouldn't step out of the house until I pulled it up in a puff. Guess what? Right now as I type this, my hair is out and my hair is coiled. Yes, there is frizz and you know what? I'm comfy with that!



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Natural Hair: Wash Day and Banding Style

Hey Curlies,

I washed my hair a few days ago using my usual...Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo and conditioned with TRESemme Naturals Conditioner, but that's not the point of this post. I really waned to show you all how you can create a style while also stretching and air drying your hair.

I used to band my hair all of the time. This process involves using hair ties to extend the length of your hair in order to dry your hair in a stretched state. Over time I ended up losing all of my hair ties (similar to bobby pins...I mean where do those things walk off to? Lol) so I got a chance to grab a couple of packs at the dollar store.

I used about 20 bands on my entire head. If you are still confused about how this works, check out the photos below:

After washing and detangling my hair with a moisturizer, I split my hair into about 6-8 sections to prepare to band. This involves wrapping multiple hair ties around a section to cover the entire length of hair.


I then let my hair air dry over night and put a scarf on my edges. The next day, I took out the hair ties and was left with a cute crimped look.


Here was the final look:



I planned on twisting my hair later on that day, but got busy so no twists this week, but next week for sure!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Natural Hair: Twistout Styles

Hey Curlies,

This post shows an undate from day three and four of my twistout. Check my previous post for details on how to achieve this twistout. Here are the styles I wore throughout the week:

Day three:













Can you see the color? I am proud to say I have NO artificial color in my hair. I found that the under layers of the front are light brown...who knew?

Day four:








I am actually in the process of washing my hair as we speak! Details on the next post...