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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...

 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Natural Hair: Twistout on Stretched Hair

Hey Curlies,

After a week of wearing my two strand twist updo, I decided to have some fun and let my hair down a little,literally. I untwisted my hair Sunday night before bed because I usually have limited time in the morning. Believe it or not, my twistout stayed fresh throughout the night. To achieve this style, both the updo and twistout, click here.

Two strand twist updo
I oiled my scalp using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Serum, applied some to my ends and tied a scarf on my edges.

Here was my results:





Here was my twist out on day two:



By day two, my hair started to get bigger, which is the fun part of twist outs! I'll be back with a new style for day three on Friday!


Monday, September 15, 2014

ClassyCurly Profile: Alesha


 Name: Alesha

Social Media Names: Cocobrownsista

Hair Type: 4c


How long have you been natural?:

I have been natural all my life. I’ve never had a relaxer but I have done damage to my hair by not using the right products or choosing a  hair style that damage my edges.

Why did you go natural?:
I am now in my 20s’ and embracing my natural hair.


A short regimen you can share:
I daily spray my hair with water mixed with oils and leave-in conditioner.  I have re twist my hair up at night for a stretched style the next day.

What are some of your favorite brands?:
Shea Moisture, Vo5, Jane Carter, Miss Jessie's

What are some of your favorite styles?:

Twist out
High bun
Puff
Box braids
What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:
I love being able to try many styles with my hair because having natural hair allows you to shape your hair in different ways. My least favorite thing is stretching my hair often  to achieve a style

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:
Pick a style that fits your face, pamper yourself and encourage family and friends to go natural with you.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:
Miss Jouelz. I love how she keeps it real with you an she inspires me to try different styles and not give up.



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Natural Hair: Castor Oil Challenge

Hey Curlies,

I've been doing some thinking....and some examining. If you've read my last post where I talk about my latest protective style, you know I am striving to wear more two strand twists. I previously wore them often and want to get back into protective style mode now that summer is just about over.


With that, I've been thinking about my edges. No, they aren't horrible and I wouldn't even classify them as "bad," but they do need love just as the rest of my hair. I've decided to experiment with castor oil by challenging myself and would love if you all joined me!

I will be applying castor oil to my edges at least five of the seven days of the week. Why castor oil? Well many people have grown thick and healthy hair with castor oil is rich in fatty acids that nourish the hair follicles. Although very thick castor oil is able to deeply penetrate the scalp.

My challenge will begin Sept. 12 and end Nov. 12

If you'd like to sign up to be a part of the challenge, sign up below! Don't forget to invite family and friends to encourage you along the way. You can join at any time and upload photos of your progress.

Rules:

I will be updating once a week and applying the oil five days out of the week.



Good luck!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Natural Hair: Two Stand Twists Using Shea Butter

Hey Curlies,

I've noticed over the past few months, beside my mini twists, I haven't been wearing twisted styles as much. I constantly find myself "doing" my hair. This is due to the humidity swelling up my hair throughout the day and ruining my style. Basically, I haven't worn many styles that tend to last the entire week.

At one point my entire hair regimen involved only two strand twists which were very beneficial. I didn't experience much breakage and I retained a lot of length. I would like to go back to this stage so I decided to twist up my hair.

Originally I was looking to band my hair as an alternative to blow drying, but I waited too late in the day and my hair wouldn't have been dry by twisting time.

I washed using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo and conditioned with TRESemme Naturals. I left my hair to dry in a towel for about 45 minutes (while I napped haha) and then began the ever dreaded blow drying process.

I blow dried in eight sections, twisting each as I finished just keeping them out of the way. This process took about 35 minutes (record time for me!).

I was going for medium sized twists using Shea butter, but over time some of them became a lot smaller. After completing each twist, I trimmed by ends (about 1/2 inch). The bottoms of the twists are a sure way to point out scruffy ends. I then decided to pin up all my twists in a circular motion using bobby pins. 





I plan on wearing this style for at least a week, but I’m hoping for two! This is a great protective style. Fingers crossed!