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
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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.


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.


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.

RELATED | Have you joined our 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge? It begins Oct. 2017

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

RELATED | Have you joined our 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge? It begins Oct. 2017

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.

ClassyCurlies' 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge (October 2017)

Hey Curlies,

Guess what? The 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge is back!

Last March I held the first natural hair challenge and had hundreds of women sign up, along with some amazing feedback - so we're doing it again.

The 31 Days of Healthy Hair is a challenge for email subscribers from October 1-31, 2017. 

What will I learn in this challenge? 
This challenge is all about healthy natural hair, which means reversing dry hair, how to maintain your hair and finding your perfect style. If it's not healthy for your hair or body, it will not be addressed in this challenge. 

Here's how it works:
  • Subscribe to the 31 Days of Healthy Hair challenge (you can do that here)
  • 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 products, silk-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!"

What you should know before signing up

  • This challenge was made for you to only take once. If you participated in March - I do not recommend you join (unless you really, really want to).
  • You will not be able to join the challenge after October 1. September 30 is the deadline. 

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!

4 Natural Hair Products That Leave Your Hair Smelling Unbelievably Fresh

Hey Curlies,

Beside the shiny labels, texture and consistency of a hair product, what really makes it your "favorite natural hair product?" Of course you buy the product to work - but in my house, I don't care much if works if it smells horrible.

Works well + smells good = Perfect natural hair product

I've stop using products because they initially smell gross or overtime their shelf life causes them to smell odd. Let's just say I love when I find a curly hair product that leaves my hair with a light fragrance.

Over the years, I've come across a few brands and individual products that smell awesome and give amazing results. They literally leave your hair with a nice fragrance.

While smell can be a deal breaker for me, I prefer products that contain essential oils to deliver the pleasant smell. Many hair products have "fragrance" listed on their product labels - but what does that really mean? (Also, the FDA doesn't regulate what companies include in their mystery "fragrance" labels). I talk more about this in my online DIY shampoo + conditioner course.

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So if you've been on the hunt for products that work and smell good - here are some of my favorites:

NATURALICIOUS Moisture Infusion Styling Creme:
By using NATURALICIOUS' entire Hello Gorgeous system, I achieved one of my most-defined twistouts ever (see more here). It left my hair with a light, floral smell.

Where to buy: or select Whole Food stores

Honey Baby Naturals:
The entire Honey Baby Naturals line smells like a mix of shea butter and honey - and every single product works. See my product review, bantu knot out and flexi rod set.

Where to buy: or select Target stores

Bask & Bloom Essentials: I love that this product has organic and natural ingredients - but I love the smell. It's like I can't get enough of it. I noticed if I use the Brahmi Root Hair Masque, More Moisture Cream, and the Stimulating Herbal Oil the smell lingers in my hair all week long.

Where to buy:

Urbanaire Gypsy's Cray Cray Clay Cowash: One of my favorite clay washes comes from Urbanaire Gypsy. Not only does it work, it smells like mint chocolate. It makes me want to dig in and eat the entire jar lol. It also leaves your scalp with a tingling sensation from the mint.

Where to buy:

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There are tons of other products that have awesome smells, but these are only a couple that contain all natural ingredients.

What products do you use that leave your hair smelling so, so good? Drop them in the comments or tweet me @ClassyCurlies.