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. 

Finding Your Happy Place: My Visit to Ezra's Enlightened Cafe

Hey Curlies,

During my days as a newspaper journalist, I often wrote restaurant reviews – which was probably the most entertaining part of the job.

This is when I discovered Ezra’s Enlightened Café – a small but vibrant eatery in a little neighborhood called Broad Ripple. I’d read tons of amazing reviews about the gluten and dairy-free café, so I had to stop by.

As I predicted – I was blown away by the offerings and visited several more times that I’d like to admit.

On Friday, I made my way back to Ezra’s to try out some menu items I’d often overlooked because I was captured by their variety of smoothies and juices.

This time, I was determined to try something new – even if I ordered a smoothie too.

Around 11:30 a.m., the café was starting to fill up – a line formed behind the cash register and tables were full of old friends catching up on life.

As I looked at the menu – challenging myself to stay strong and try something new – I remembered why I loved this place so much. Everything from the indoor-outdoor garage-like feel, to the bright colors and décor – being at Ezra’s just made me feel good.

I loved watching employees chop veggies and fruits to prepare orders from scratch and peeking at their finished product as they served power bowls to customers.

Ultimately, I decided on the Buddha Bowl created with organic raw honey, spice kale, organic, greens, carrots, shredded beets, ginger, fermented veggies, sprouts and avocado.

I also ordered the Pineapple Express smoothie made with mango, pineapple, banana, cilantro, mint and almond milk.

Because I wanted something sweet, I snagged a triple chocolate brownie and another seasonal chocolate treat. Both contain real cocoa – not the processed stuff we get from the store.

As always, Ezra’s ever disappoints me and the presentation of the food is magical. The Buddha Bowl was enormous and I didn’t even get a few bites in before I needed a to-go box.

I finished my smoothie in about 30 minutes and started on the sweets – they both carried rich flavors.

In life, I think we all have to find our “happy place,” which are the spaces and things that make us feel good and live up to our greatest potential.

Ezra’s Enlightened Café – named after Audrey Barron’s (owner) son – has been one of those places for me.

I encourage you to find those spaces and items that boost your mood and carry a sense of positivity.

Listen to our chat with Audrey about the foods we should be eating to grow long healthy hair. 

Life Update: Tips for bouncing back after life gives you lemons

Hey Curlies,

What a week this has been.

So many things have happened over the past two weeks and it honestly wore me out. Some things were out of my control, while others were things I set up for myself.

It all started off with an extra long work week. About two weeks ago I worked six days a week, 10 hours at a time non-stop. While this may or may not seem like a lot to some people, I also run this blog and the entire ClassyCurlies business when I'm not working at the news station. It's a full time job on it's own.

That left little time for sleep and everything else in between.

Toward the end of that week, I learned I lost my grandmother - who I'd seen at the hospital the week before. Somehow I knew that was the last time I would see her...and I was correct.

In between trying to figure out what my own feelings were and most of all, helping my mother through this time, I had 5 million things on my to-do list and an appointment at the oral surgeon to have my wisdom teeth removed.

On top of that, the vacation I was looking forward to almost came to a halt after the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

To say the least, it has been a physical and emotional past couple of weeks.

Why am I sharing this?

1. My life is somewhat back to normal and I'm feeling much, much better.
2. We all go through tough times - and it's OK not to be perfect. It's OK to show emotion.

In this week's episode of Curly Conversations, I'm laying it all out on the table in much more detail - and giving you inspiration to remember when you're battling tough times.

Share your thoughts on this week's episode in the comments or shoot me an email at ClassyCurlies@gmail.com.

Indianapolis Natural Hair Events: Curls and Canvas 2017

Hey Curlies,

There is so much going on right now, I'm trying to keep up myself. Our 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge kicked off this week and tickets just went on sale for the third annual Curls & Canvas event.

Last year's event sold out and there was even a waitlist long enough to hold an entire second event. If you want to be sure to grab your spot, don't wait until the last minute. Get your tickets here. 

What is Curls & Canvas? 
It's an event that allows you to create a custom curly hair-inspired canvas design while learning how to care for your natural hair this fall and winter. It will take place November 5, 2017 beginning at 1 p.m. at Mimosa and a Masterpiece, 614 Massachusetts Ave. in downtown Indianapolis.

How it works
I teach a workshop on tips needed to care for your hair this fall and winter during the first half of the event. During the second half, we paint a sassy woman with natural hair - each year's painting is different.

See photos from 2015 and 2016

We always have such a great time and of course, I giveaway awesome prizes.

Again, don't wait until the last minute to buy tickets.

Top 3 Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

I always say this, but deep conditioning is the key to growing natural hair and retaining length. Over the years, I've tried so many deep conditioners made for curly hair but not every brand makes the cut when it comes to my favorite.

They have to smell great, have high-quality ingredients and leave my hair feeling moisturized.

Here are three of my top deep conditioners for natural hair:

WonderCurl's Restoring Hair Treatment
I've been using WonderCurl products for more than five years, but just this year I began using their Restoring Hair Treatment and fell in love.

It's awesome for those with kinky, tightly-packed curls like mine. It's super thick with a whipped consistency and is made of Shea butter, avocado butter, olive oil, B-vitamins and other great ingredients.

See my wash day with WonderCurl products and shop for your own here:

Bask & Bloom Essentials' Brahmi Root Hair Masque 

Bask & Bloom is also a hair and body care line I've been using for sometime and again, for some reason this year I was just introduced to their Brahmi Root Hair Masque. It smells amazing and has a medium to thick consistency made for all hair types.

It contains ingredients like Brahmi, Burdock Root, Marshmallow Root, Yucca Root, Slippery Elm and Horsetail, Aloe Vera Juice, castor oil, raw honey and more.

See my deep conditioning routine featuring the Brahmi Root Hair Masque:

EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner

More than four years ago I stopped at the Eden Bodyworks table at the Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Expo and discovered EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner. It provides an amazing slip and has a calming smell.

While I don't use it as much as the other two listed above, I do highly recommend it as it is one of my favorite. It contains ingredients like jojoba seed oil, carrot seed oil and tea tree oil.
Shop for your own here

What are some of your favorite deep conditioners?

Healthy Living: How to Make a Positivity Jar to Boost Self-Esteem

Hey Curlies,

Positivity is a choice. That is something I stress on several of my platforms, especially on my Instagram and weekly podcast, Curly Conversations, where I leave you with inspirational quotes to jumpstart your week.

In June, I served as one of the speakers of Fearlessly SHE, a women's empowerment event and one of the things I mentioned during my chat about enhancing confidence in your natural hair was how to make a positivity jar to boost self-esteem.

Years ago, I'd previously made a positivity jar for a friend going through a tough time and I thought other ladies would benefit as well.

In that crowd of awesome women at the event, was a friend of mine named Starla Kay Mathis, who wanted to collaborate to show others how positivity jars work and their benefits.

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Positivity jars are a must for those:
  • Looking to boost their confidence
  • Are looking for a way to collect memories and accomplishments
  • Looking for a way to count your blessings
Ready to make your own?

PART 1: How positivity jars work and why you need one

PART 2: How to make your own positivity jar

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.