One Week Away from the 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge

Hey Curlies,

We're less than a week from our 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge and to say we've got some amazing sponsors and giveaways for our online event is an understatement.

The natural hair challenge kicking off October 1 will offer prizes up for grabs from:
  • Q-Redew - yup - that handheld hair steamer priced at $70 that's always sold out (because it's awesome!)
  • Bask & Bloom Essentials - the company that gives me shiny curls
  • WonderCurl - the same products used to style Issa Rae's hair during "Insecure" episodes
  • Honey Baby Naturals - One of my favorite hair care and skin care lines
  • Another secret giveaway that will leave your tresses tangle free
The deadline to sign up for our natural hair challenge is 11:59 p.m. EST on September 30, 2017. You can sign up here.

ClassyCurlies 31 Day Natural Hair Challenge

How does it work? 
  • From 10/1 - 10/31 you'll receive one email per day with a healthy hair tip
  • These tips could be hair styles to try, new products to try, a chance to enter a giveaway or general healthy hair tips
At the end of the challenge, I'll send out a printable ebook with all of the tips and styles combined. That way, you'll have everything in one place when you're looking for curly hair styling ideas or have a question about natural hair.

NOTE: Even if you are already signed up for the weekly ClassyCurlies email, you'll need to sign up separately for this challenge.
 


What are the benefits of participating?
  • You'll get entered into several giveaways for a chance to win amazing prizes! Last challenge we gave away a Hot Heat Deep Conditioning Cap, a full line of Honey Baby Naturals productssilk-lined beanies and more.
  • You'll receive a daily email from me personally on some of my best hair care tips and styles
  • At the end of the challenge, you'll receive a free printable ebook with all of the hair care tips featured in the challenge, all in one place that can be used for later reference. 

Need a little convincing? Here's some of the feedback from our March challenge:
"I enjoyed having a new email in my inbox everyday & learning about new topics about my hair!"
"I looked for the daily emails! I loved all the tips from reminders to learning new tips to better my healthy hair journey. I appreciate the time you took to create this! Encore please!!"
"Great knowledge and tips for a natural hair beginner!"
"You did an awesome job with the info you provided everyday during this challenge. I'm looking forward to the next one!"
We've already had 200 women sign up for our challenge and I'd love for you to join us! Grab a friend and sign up.




Healthy Living: CoreLife Indianapolis is a Healthy Eater's Dream Come True

Hey Curlies,

Earlier this year, I learned a new fast-casual restaurant named CoreLife Eatery was opening their first Indiana location, and when I looked into the details, I knew I wanted to be one of the first through the door.

I don't know if CoreLife has a location near you, but it's truly a healthy eater's dream come true.

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CoreLife Indianapolis serves nutritious bowls made from greens, grains and broth. You can pile on protein, veggies and just about any other healthy food item you can think of. Literally, everything on the menu is good for you - no tricks.


Earlier this week before their grand opening at The Shoppes at River’s Edge, I was invited to check out the place and give my full review.

I was first impressed by the long line of people that formed behind me, which meant it had to be worth it.

The menu selection was wide and offered so much variety I wanted to order everything. Their "green" bowls are packed with shredded kale, romaine and veggies. For grains you can order thai style rice noodles or quinoa. The broth bowls are a creative way for you to consume soup.

Once at the counter, I was amazed by all of the whole, fresh vegetables. The longer I stayed in CoreLife, the longer I began to love it.

I decided on a Chicken Cobb greens bowl with romaine, kale, a hard-boiled egg and avocado. I decided to skip the bacon.

As I watched my bowl come to life, I noticed employees even halved my avocado right in front of me! (Which I thought was a fresh touch to fast-casual healthy food).

You won't find a soda machine at CoreLife, just an assortment of fresh-brewed teas, lemonades and coffees.

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I paired my bowl with a cup of raspberry herbal tea made in house (which had no sugar by the way, but was so delicious).

The lettuce was crisp and my toppings were fresh so to say I loved my experience at CoreLife Eatery is an understatement.

I'll definitely return and try out some of those other menu items I had my eye on. 




Must Have Natural Hair Accessories for Fall

Hey Curlies,

Fall is right around the corner and it's the perfect opportunity to play around with your curls. Whether it's rocking bold color, a boss cut or your favorite hair accessories - the possibilities are endless.

There are tons of natural hair accessories for fall you can add to your style for a unique look that will showcase your personality.

Here are the must have natural hair accessories for fall:

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Loc beads

Have you seen those beautiful gold beads attached to locs, braids, twists and buns? They are officially in style and they are the perfect fall hair accessory. Their gold tone pairs well with most fall colors and will not only enhance your natural hair style, but your outfit as well.


Gold beads for natural hair - ClassyCurlies
Photo/ManufactureBeauty, Etsy

Silk-lined hat

The beginning of fall is usually still pretty warm, but once October and November roll around, temperatures drop. This means you're breaking out the cute gloves, scarves, boots and hats - which is why a Chidora is perfect for the fall season.

The variety of hats sold on the Chidora site helps to keep your hair protected from weather elements and because they are lined with silk, they prevent hair breakage, which could happen when wearing traditional hats.

Get your own here.


Headscarf

The best feeling in the world is waking up in the morning and not having to style your hair - this is where fashionable headscarves come in.

Having a bad hair day? Feeling lazy? Or looking for a hair accessory to match your look? Try a headscarf. Before you ask, you can use any scarf - even the ones you typically wear with your outfit. Try using scarves with fall colors that include maroon, auburn and tan hues. 

Learn how to tie your headscarf in 60 seconds:



What fall natural hair accessories are you looking forward to wearing?

Have you joined our 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge kicking off in October? Get more details here and below:





Healthy Living: The Green Laundress' Non-Toxic Cleaning Products are Best for a Chemical-Free Home

Hey Curlies,

No matter what, it always happens.

Each time I go to clean my home, my throat gets scratchy and the cough and sneeze fit begins. I know it's due to the chemicals in my cleaning products, so over the past year or so, I've been looking into eco-friendly cleaning products and chemical-free cleaning products.

Once I stumbled across The Green Laundress via Twitter, I knew I had to give them a try.

Created by Erica, The Green Laundress produces non-toxic cleaning products made with all-natural ingredients you can pronounce and are familiar with.

I've been using The Green Laundress' Multipurpose Spray and Tub Scrub for the past week and guess what? No coughing.

The Green Laundress produces non-toxic cleaning products made with all-natural ingredients you can pronounce and are familiar with.


I learned that the Multipurpose Spray can be used for practically anything. I cleaned my kitchen sink, counters, living room coffee table and bathroom mirrors with it and it left clean surfaces without streaks.

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The spray only contains a handful of ingredients: Distilled water, castile soap, citric acid, and a blend of essential oils - which I love.

The Green Laundress produces non-toxic cleaning products made with all-natural ingredients you can pronounce and are familiar with.
If possible, no matter if I'm looking at a skincare, beauty, food or household product, I try to make sure they contain less than six healthy ingredients.

Despite the castile soap addition, don't expect any bubbles or a sticky soap-like consistency. It's very light and carries an airy scent.

Now on to The Green Laundress Tub Scrub - which really surprised me.

It contains baking soda, castile soap, distilled water, cream of tartar, citric acid and essential oils.

I began with a mostly clean tub, but what I wasn't expecting was the amazing shine I ended with. The tub scrub rinsed well and had a similar scent to the Multipurpose Spray.

The Green Laundress produces non-toxic cleaning products made with all-natural ingredients you can pronounce and are familiar with.
Before using the scrub, I wasn't familiar with the use of cream of tartar for cleaning, which is found in the product. After doing some research, I learned cream of tartar is great for removing rust stains, shining stainless steel, polishing your stovetop and more.

While it was great that I learned this - I was disgusted to learn we actually eat this (read your food labels ladies).

Overall, I very much enjoyed the eco-friendly cleaning products from The Green Laundress. I love supporting women-owned and black-owned business and I'll definitely be ordering her all-natural laundry soap soon.

Learn more about The Green Laundress Eco-Friendly cleaning products here.

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My Natural Hair Deep Conditioning Routine

Hey Curlies,

While I believe there are no true secrets to growing long, healthy natural hair, I do believe there are a few things that can push along your curly hair journey. One of them being deep conditioning.

Anytime someone has a problem with their hair, usually one of the first things I ask is, "how often do you deep condition your hair?"

Deep conditioning is key to maintaining moisture levels so your hair can thrive.

Natural hair deep conditioning routine to grown strong, long curly hair - ClassyCurlies


You can learn more about the importance of deep conditioning here. 

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Using one of my favorite deep conditioners from Bask & Bloom Essentials, I give you a look into my natural hair deep conditioning routine that has helped me grow long, thick curly hair.


Have you joined our 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge kicking off in October? Get more details here and below:






How Bask & Bloom Essentials' Hair Care Line Gave Me Shiny Curls

Hey Curlies,

Having shiny hair is definitely a good thing, and I think I found a line of products to do just that.

Some years ago I connected with Candera, the woman behind Bask & Bloom Essentials - which back then was called L.A.C.E. (Ladies Always Create Excitement), and discovered one of the best hair and body butters on the market.

Some name and a few label changes later, Bask & Bloom Essentials continues to provide hair and skin care products with all natural ingredients.

Once the brand got a fresh look this summer - I decided to revisit them. I quickly remembered why I loved them from the beginning.

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That day, I used the entire line on my hair and skin:
  • More Moisture Cream (to style)
  • Brahmi Root Hair Masque (to deep condition)
  • Ease Leave-In Conditioner (leave in)
  • Gentle Herbal Cleanser (to clean)
  • Nourishing Amazing Hair & Body Butter (for everything...literally lol)
Here are my brief thoughts on each product:

Gentle Herbal Cleanser: A nice low-lather shampoo that cleanses the hair without stripping it of natural oils. Easy to apply and rinse.

Brahmi Root Hair Masque: Quickly made my top list of favorite deep conditioners. Has a medium to thick consistency - which worked well for my thick hair. Very easy to apply and leaves hair feeling very soft and moisturized. It also has an amazing lingering smell.


Ease Leave-In Conditioner: Similar to the shampoo in that it doesn't carry the amazing smell the other products do, but carries a light herbal scent. Good for detangling.

More Moisture Cream: The amazing smell is carried throughout this product and it's great for twisting, braiding and just all around moisturizing. Has a medium consistency and applies easily. 


Nourishing Amazing Hair & Body Butter: My fav, my fav! This is perfect for sealing in moisture for the hair or skin. I use immediately after the shower and my skin stays moisturized all day. I've ordered this product several times over the years.

Stimulating Herbal Oil: This light oil is great for applying once your style is finished for an extra shine boost. It has that amazing smell again, that lasts all day.

Bask and Bloom Essentials Review - ClassyCurlies

While each product is pretty much amazing, you want to see the results of my style, right?

This style was created by making 8-10 twists on wet hair, letting them sit for 24 hours and untwisting once they dried. It was a quick turnaround for me as I normally leave my twists in for a few days at a time - but I had an event to attend.

I loved how although I was short on time, my twistout was still very defined and shiny. I don't think there is any magical ingredient that made my hair shiny, but I do believe it was a combination of all of the amazing natural ingredients.

Bask and Bloom Essentials Review - ClassyCurlies

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Applying deep conditioner:



Bask and Bloom Essentials Review - ClassyCurlies

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Have you tried any new products lately? Learn more about Bask & Bloom Essentials here. 




Indianapolis Natural Hair Product Swap and Brunch

Hey Curlies,

Our next Indianapolis natural hair event is here.

On September 10 beginning at noon I will host a product swap and brunch as part of our natural hair group - Indy's ClassyCurlies.

During the event held at Sahm's Alehouse, you'll have a chance to grab brunch (no pressure if you don't want to) and participate in our product swap. You'll bring 1-3 items you no longer want/need and swap them for someone else's natural hair product.

Since the beginning of the year, we've had a lot of new members to the group so I thought it would be great for everyone to mingle.

Indianapolis natural hair product swap - ClassyCurlies


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In the Indinapolis area? RSVP here.