Wash Day with Honey Baby Naturals Hair Products

Hey Curlies,

Sometimes I get a chance to wash my hair during the week, but Sundays are always ideal because, well it's Sunday.

This week I washed, deep conditioned and styled using Honey Baby Naturals products. They've really been keeping my hair moisturized even as the weather gets cooler.

Here's a snapshot of my wash day.

I washed using Honey Baby Naturals' HoneyChild Moisture Shampoo and then deep conditioned with their Honey Sweet Conditioner.

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Wash Day with Honey Baby Naturals - ClassyCurlies

Honey Baby Naturals wash day - ClassyCurlies

I left the conditioner on for about 30 minutes and used my Hot Head deep conditioning cap during the process.

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Honey Baby Naturals wash day - ClassyCurlies

After rinsing out the conditioner, I detangled using Honey Baby Naturals' Knot My Honey Detangler, trimmed my ends, and I blow-dried my hair on cool using the tension method (see video below).

The blow-drying process took about 45 minutes because my hair is so long. In about 30 minutes I styled my hair in chunky twists using the Honey Shea Butter Hair Smoothie.

Blow-drying natural hair using the tension method - ClassyCurlies

I'll leave my hair this way for the next week, applying oils to my hair and scalp as needed. The photo below is similar to how my twists turned out.

ClassyCurlies natural hair

Check my Instagram and Facebook pages for my twistout later this week.

PHOTOS: Curls and Canvas 2017

Hey Curlies,

A HUGE thanks to everyone who attended Curls & Canvas 2017 earlier this week. It was a great success and the ladies and I had an amazing time.

Here are some photos from our third annual event:

Hope to see you all next year!

Your Natural Hair Journey: When to Start Over and Big Chop Again

Hey Curlies,

We just wrapped up our 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge and I had a request from one of the ladies. She wanted to know when in your natural hair journey should you start over.

When she meant start over - she meant just that - doing the big chop again to get rid of dry, damaged hair.

Some ladies in the natural hair community may think their hair is damaged to a point of no return, but it could be coached back to health.

Other ladies, your hair is so stressed out and exhausted from frequent hair dye applications and fried by heat tools that doing the big chop again may be the easiest solution.

So how do you know when it's time to do a second big chop and "start over"?

Here are some of the signs to look for:

Large sections of heat-damaged hair

This means you have used heat at too high of a temperature or too frequently and your curls have lost their shape (they no longer snap back when you pull them.)

It is common for women with curls who use heat often to have small amounts of heat damage, but if it's extensive...it may be time to start over.

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Fried ends

It's like no matter how much you trim, your ends continue to feel fried, dry and brittle beyond belief. If you notice your trims aren't resulting in healthier hair, it could mean your damage has grown far up the shaft of your hair.

MORE ON TRIMMINGNatural Hair: When you Know its Time for a Trim

Hair that's been given the ultimate TLC treatment but...

Your hair isn't returning to its normal healthy state. If you've attempted to give your hair some extra deep conditioning, hot oil treatment, rinses, clay masks, etc. - and your hair's health isn't improving, then it may be time to start over.
You'll need  to give your hair love for months at a time - consistently - to see results.

Side note: Certain medication, like some used to control blood pressure, can impact your hair's health.

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Many women who use hair dye often find themselves with dry hair as they may use color ingredients with drying chemicals or they may undergo several bleach applications (which is a no, no).

No matter how you got to the point of no return - or so you think - doing a second big chop and letting your hair grow again fresh can be an easy way out or a way to try that new tapered cut hair style.

Whatever you decide, make sure you thoroughly evaluate your hair first, or turn to a trusted friend or stylist to look at the areas you can't see.

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Want more? Our podcast episode of Curly Conversations expands on big chopping a second time:

Curls & Canvas 2017 Sold Out

Hey Curlies,

I've got some great news - Curls & Canvas 2017 is officially sold out.

Our third annual natural hair and art event sold out one week before ticket sales were set to close and I am so grateful. Thank you to all of the ladies who purchase tickets, and even those that had the desire to support.

I truly, truly appreciate all of your great feedback on this event.

Curls and Canvas 2017 - natural hair event by ClassyCurlies

For those that weren't able to grab tickets, this event is held each fall - so be on the lookout for next year's event, which will continue to top previous events.

Again, thank you!

I Wore Mini Twists for the First Time, and This is What Happened

Hey Curlies,

When it comes to rocking certain natural hair styles, the decision is much more than just hair. Depending on where you live, your style could could cause a lot of unwanted attention.

One multi-racial hair blogger shares her first experience of wearing mini twists in public while living in the south.

Her experience and the responses she received were mind-blowing, while providing an interesting perspective on black hair, race and culture appropriation.

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Here is an excerpt of Shaye's experience:

Protective styling and mini twists are far from new topics in the natural hair community, so I
decided to take it a step further. 

I live in the good old deep south - in Georgia, and to be frank, a lot of people here are very prejudiced. So I decided to put myself out there and push some buttons by wearing mini twists and asking questions about this particular hair style and appropriating black culture.

Be forewarned that some buttons got pushed and other buttons got obliterated. This a graphic
read with insight as to how people think about race and why.

What are Mini Twists?

Mini twists are just little sections of hair twisted together to prevent damage. They're done to
protect the hair and when done small enough, often give the illusion that your hair is down and
just out freely, almost as if nothing was done to your hair at all. 

I didn't use any particular method, I just started at the nape of my neck and worked my way up. My twists varied in size but most of them were about as thin as a Q-tip.

I spent about two hours twisting all of my hair together to create the look.

Why I'm Doing This

Although I am mixed, people have always told me I was "raised white" - My father was white and
my mother is black. 

Although I have other races thrown in the mix, every person I knew referred to me as an "Oreo" - dark on the outside and white on the inside.

As a mixed girl who only associated with her white family, I have to admit that I never imagined I would be flaunting this look because of the effort it took to install it and honestly, the fear of being judged. 

Because only black girls wore their hair "like that" and I don't say that to be mean or prejudiced. I say that because that's what I grew up hearing. 

Nobody cares what you really are here in Georgia - It's pretty much a white and black perspective only. I wanted to be recognized for the melting pot of races and ethnicities I possess, not just white and black. 

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The Process 

After coming up with this idea, I knew what I was getting myself into. Ready to accept a lot of
hateful comments, I wanted to see how people would respond to me wearing this hairstyle. Secondly I wanted to try to understand why people think the way that they do.

After asking questions I made sure to mentally record responses and write them down along with
how I felt after the encounter.

If things got a little too heated I stopped the person and let them know I was doing a social experiment and explained my objective. That cooled everything off for the most part.

My Feelings When Getting Ready for Work in the Morning

I woke up the morning after putting in all those mini twists with a sense of dread, honestly. I was

Were people going to judge me and be cruel? Was I going to get some racial slurs? What kind of stuff would I hear? I had no idea. I braced myself and hoped for the best.

After a couple of deep breaths, I went to work with a smile on my face and embraced day one
with open arms.

NOTE: None of the following responses were used without permission, although there are no names mentioned. Please keep this in mind when reading. All scenarios did in fact happen. Some of them are very offensive and include racial slurs.

Read with an open mind.

Responses: Day 1

Walking into work, very few people noticed anything different about me. I got a couple of
confused stares and a few compliments. I was actually relieved. But as the day went on, mouths
kept opening.

Here were some of the direct quotes I got:

"Wow, what did you do to your hair? It looks different, but I like it!" - From an older black

"Your hair looks cute down!" - From a younger white girl around age 18. A little note here: I wear
my hair up in a bun almost every day. My hair being down is a rare occurrence.

"Are you trying to get dreads now?" - From a black male, age 24.

"What the hell is on your head?" - Older white male around age 45. 

"You look different today but I don't know what it is" - Response from several people of all ages
and races. (I'll take it as a compliment.) 

"Is that your real hair or weave?" - Response from several white males and black females in their
early 20s.

"Your hair looks really pretty today!" - From a few Latinas in their late 40s.

"Are you turning black now all of a sudden?" A lot of males of all races in their late 20s and
early 30s gave me this response. 

When asked why they would think that, the average response was, "I don't know, only black girls wear their hair like that."

Read more of Shaye's experience, and learn her thoughts on culture appropriation on her blog, mycurlyosity.com

Test Your Natural Hair's Health: Take a Porosity Test

Hey Curlies,

Sure, it's fun to buy new hair products and experiment with styles, but what about the science behind your curly hair?

For those who can't figure out why their hair lacks shine or doesn't hold moisture - it's all in the science of natural hair and you'll have to do some digging.

When choosing hair products, it's best to know your natural hair's porosity, as this will have a huge impact on how it's received by your strands.

If you've ever tried a product with rave reviews only to find out it didn't work for you...your hair's porosity just may be a little different.

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Here's how to learn your hair's porosity level

Levels are broken up into low, normal and high. It's a simple test that takes just a few seconds.

Place a clean strand of your hair (no products applied) into a bowl or cup full of water.

If your hair....

Sinks....you have high porosity hair
Floats....you have low porosity hair
Hangs around the middle...you have normal porosity hair

So what does this truly mean?

High porosity: This could be a key sign of damage. Since your hair sank to the bottom so quickly, it has cuticles that may not lay flat and it has holes and tears that need repairing.

Low Porosity: Your hair's cuticles lay tight and it can be difficult for your hair to absorb moisture initially

Normal Porosity: Your hair holds moisture for an extended amount of time before releasing. Keep in mind that if you fall into this category, your level can change.

This can be a huge wakeup call for some curlies and a simple way to assess your hair's health in a matter of seconds.

Those with high porosity hair will want to focus on repairing that damage with deep conditioning treatments and occasional protein treatments. Using heavy oils and butters to lock in the moisture will help.

Got low porosity hair? Hair steamers will be your best friend. These - like my Q-Redew handheld steamer - will help open up your cuticle before applying products.

If you've found yourself with normal porosity - keep up the good work - but again, this can change with the use of heat tools and neglect.

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3 Natural Hair Products Designed to Keep Your Scalp Healthy

Hey Curlies,

It's often we talk about caring for the length of our hair and keeping our ends tidy, but where are the conversations around keeping our scalps healthy? You know, the place where our hair grows from.

From natural hair scalp sores to natural hair scalp scabs - if you don't treat it well, it can become an issue.

There are a lot of products on the market geared toward treating your scalp and promoting healthy hair, there are also tons of DIY recipes as well (coming soon).

Here are some of the best scalp treatments for promoting healthy natural hair:

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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo 

Maybe your irritated scalp just needs a good cleansing that won't strip away natural oils. This charcoal shampoo will remove impurities and hydrate your scalp.  

EDEN BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Scalp Therapy
For those with an itchy scalp, this one is for you. When used regularly, it can help grow strong hair.

Darcy's Botanicals Peppermint Scalp Elixir Natural Scalp Conditioning Oil
Soothe your scalp with oils like Sesame, Soybean, Peppermint and Lavender oils. It's perfect for scalp massages.

Learn more here.