Sunday, June 26, 2016

Healthy Products at Market District?

Hey Curlies,

Looking for a place to find a variety of natural products? Check out my visit to Market District!

Market District in Carmel, Indiana

Being in the news industry, I constantly kept hearing about Market District– a new grocery store in Carmel, Indiana. Essentially if you have a Giant Eagle, also a grocery store, its a similar version but on steroids.

When stores like this come around I'm always so curious to know what the hype is about. Months after the grand opening, I finally got a chance to visit...from a hair and health perspective.

Dragon fruit from Market District
Dragon Fruit
The produce section, the most important to me, was the biggest I'd ever seen at any store. I spotted many "exotic" fruits and veggies like Jackfruit and Dragon Fruit, which I purchased.

Every single item was fresh. Nothing looked more than a day old.

I also have been dying to roll out some fresh dough for the homemade pizzas I make and Market District also had that. They offered packaged dough and pizza kits, which I also purchased. From fresh meats to already prepared meals, they had it all and...I was truly impressed!

Fresh pizza dough from Market District

They also had the biggest wine room I'd ever seen. I was almost an entire store inside of the store.

Now...moving on to the hair and beauty section.

Market District had many hair a body products I hadn't heard of. Many of them offered high quality and all natural ingredients. If you were looking for hair products, skin care products and even vitamins...it was all in one place. They even had a hair salon!

Natural soaps at Market District

They offered lots of great smelling natural bar soaps, bath salts and a surprisingly full "ethnic hair care" section. This store is located in an area with a low population of African-Americans, so kudos to Market District for those who do use these products in this area.




Bath salts at Market District

That's mom! She was in town during my visit.

Hair products at Market District
"Ethnic hair car" section.



Overall I had a great time!

So why is all of this important? 

For this who have been reading for the past six years, this blog speaks on caring for natural hair but also nourishing your body to keep not only your hair healthy but your entire self healthy. 

Shopping at new places, or even simply going to check them out can inspire you to take care of yourself better.




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Meet Urbanaire Gypsy

Hey Curlies,

I recently discovered a new haircare line. Remember those products I mentioned I found at the World Natural Hair Show? This line is one of them!

Let me introduce you to Urbanaire Gypsy. I met Stacy, the owner, at the show in Atlanta and we chatted about her new line of hair products. During our chat I entered one of her giveaways and I won all of the items below.



This includes (from left to right): Cray Cray Clay Co-wash, Slayed Pomade, Namastae' Natural Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner, Organic Liquid Gold Conditioning Hair Rinse, Refreshed and Blessed Beauty Milk and the Bar None Shampoo & Body Bar.

urbanaire gypsy

So far I've only gotten a chance to try the Cray Cray Clay Co-wash and it is everything! It cleanses and most of all...it smells just.like.chocolate! It's made to order and a combination of coconut cream, coconut oil, avocado oil, clay, rhassoul clay, murumuru butter, jojoba oil and cocoa powder.

I'll have a complete review within the next couple of weeks on my official YouTube Channel.

But in the meantime, go check out some of the Urbanaire Gypsy products!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Natural Hair Guilty Pleasures

Hey Curlies,

Doesn't it seem as if there are so many rules to natural hair? Don't do this, do that. Do more of this and never do that. While I usually follow rules, there are many times I don't when it comes to natural hair. Here are a couple of my natural hair guilty pleasures:

natural hair rules


  • Using a shampoo brush: They always say you should use the pads of your fingers to properly wash your scalp. I've broken this rule for several years now. Since being natural, I don't get the luxury of having someone else wash and style my hair. I used to look forward to having my scalp scrubbed at the bowl (talk about one of the best feelings ever). Now I use a shampoo brush and while I don't get the same feeling, it's pretty close. Also, my scalp gets really clean!
  • Using a Denman brush: Some people say these brushes and those similar can damage curly hair because of the many teeth they have. In my opinion, any styling tool can be harmful if you're not gentle. I use this or a paddle brush to detangle. 


What natural hair rules have you broken? Do you use grease or have an obsession with brushing your edges?

Share in the comment section!


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

ClassyCurly Profile: Kaya

Hey Curlies,

Talk about gorgeous! Our latest ClassyCurly profile features Kaya.

To submit your profile to be featured, click here.


Name: Kaya
Social Media Names: Twitter: @ComfyGirlCurls IG: @ComfyGirlCurls Facebook: Comfy Girl With Curls
Hair Type: 4a/4b
URL: www.comfygirlwithcurls.com

comfy girl with girls

How long have you been natural?:
Officially it will be nearly two years this Summer.

Why did you go natural?:
I only had relaxed hair for a year, but for my whole life leading up to that point, I never embraced my natural hair, nor did I take care of it. Going natural initially came from a lack of availability/affordability of relaxers where I lived, but it soon turned into a new found confidence and pride in what grew from my head!

A short regimen you can share:
On a perfect wash day (which I do every two weeks), I always make sure to pre-poo and detangle, shampoo to get rid of all the build up, deep condition, and wrap it up with the LOC method before styling. For me, the key is keeping the pre-poo and the DC in for as long as I can possibly manage.


What are some of your favorite products?:
I am a huge Product Junkie, so there are a million different products in my drawer. Current faves are SheaMoisture's Manuka Honey + Mafura Oil Hair Masque, Camille Rose Natural's Caramel Cowash, and EVERYTHING Oyin Handmade!

What are some of your favorite styles?:
Twist out, twist out, twist out! It's easy, and I love the end results.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:
Most Favorite: That it is 100% me! I feel like when I am wearing my hair out, I am showing people my true self. I used to keep it hidden with buns and headbands through most of my teenaged years, so now that I'm finally embracing being natural, I am more comfortable and confident in my own skin.

Least Favorite: I live on the West Coast of Canada, where there isn't a huge Natural Hair Community. As a result, Natural Hair Products are extremely hard to come by!! I either have to order online, or drive across the border to find the same products most American Curlies can find in the drugstore!

comfy girl with girls

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:
I feel as though this has been said a million times, but don't compare yourself to others.
The moment I embraced the uniqueness of my texture instead of comparing it to what I saw on Youtube, I instantly felt more confident. As women, we get so caught up in taking notes on the qualities we don't have, that we often don't stop to think about the beauty in the features we were born with.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:
From the beginning of my journey, my biggest inspiration has been Naptural85. She seems so laid back, comfortable in her own skin, and never tries to be something she's not.

comfy girl with girls

Do you have any advice on going natural?:
Go in with no expectations besides healthy hair, and enjoy every stage! Whether you Big Chop or Transition, I feel like we all are rushing to waist-length hair, and not enjoying the benefits of every length in-between.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

ClassyCurlies YouTube Channel Coming Soon

Hey Curlies,

I have some exciting news!

I am launching my official YouTube channel in the next couple of weeks. The date will be announced very soon.
natural hair blog

One of the reasons I became a blogger was because I love to write but once YouTube began to grow people kept suggesting I switch my platform to only YouTube...but that wasn't happening. Also to be honest, I'm not much of a "in-front-of-the-camera person." I'd much rather be behind the scenes and YouTube is the opposite of that, but through the years I've gotten more comfortable.

Years later I've always wanted to complement my blog with a YouTube channel but I never physically had the space to do it correctly but guess what? I'm moving! I'll have more than enough physical space to make this happen and I'm super excited.

So what does this mean? Will I stop blogging? ABSOLUTELY NOT. You all will still get regular posts from me but you will also get weekly videos on the channel. It's like a little extra.

Once I get my life together after settling into my new space, the official date will be announced, but look for it before the end of June 2016.

Have a great rest of the week!





Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Branding: The Story Behind the name ClassyCurlies

Hey Curlies,

In today's super quick post I'm answering the question, "Where did you get your blog's name from?" This question has come up quite frequently as I've been running across more people looking to start blogs and seeking advice.

The ClassyCurlies story


Initially I wanted this to just be a space where I vented about my hair struggles and accomplishments so I started my blog through Blogger, which it is still through today (Wordpress wasn't as popular back then).

natural hair blogThis blog was originally called Feel My Curls (not sure where I got that from haha) in late 2010 but even today if you go to feelmycurls.blogspot.com, you will be redirected to ClassyCurlies.com.

Once I started getting more serious about my space, I didn't feel as if the name fit quite right.  I loved the idea of calling those in the natural hair community "curlies" instead of the popular, "naturalistas." I'm not sure why, I just did.

From there I tried to think of a name I felt described how I carry myself, this blog and what I hope would describe the readers and I came up with "classy." I put them both together as "ClassyCurlies" and the name was born every since then. This space is for curlies (natural hair/curly haired people) who consider themselves classy.

If you are thinking of creating a blog, business, etc. Please take some time to think of your branding and your name. It may be a little irritating and time consuming, but its worth it.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Great Things are in the Works

Hey Curlies,

I hope everyone's week is going fabulous. Up until this point, my week has been pretty busy. Although I was off on Monday, once I got back to work our deadlines were pretty tight (I'm the newsroom manager at a media company in Indianapolis that houses a newspaper and magazine) but once everything was done, I could breathe... a little.

Cohosting a radio show where I was
speaking on the importance of voting and the
presidential election.
Outside of writing and assigning stories for the two publications, I help manage their social media pages, cohost our weekly radio show, attend community events and so forth.

Personally, I'm in the middle of continuing to discover things that make me happy. From previous experiences within the last few months, I've learned happiness is a high priority in my life at the moment.

My coworker and friend Ebony at a fashion show during
the weekend of the Indy 500.
I have so many things I want to accomplish both in my professional and personal life and I want to do that all through a calm mind and happiness.

I have a few things in the works that I'm hoping to share with you all within the next month. Some big plans I have for myself and this platform as well.

There are many times I get home late from writing and staring all day at a computer, that the last thing I want to do is complete those same acts in my own home to blog. Oddly enough, I find myself doing it anyway because I absolutely adore this blog and platform I have. I love interacting with you all online and even those who I get to meet in person. This blog is what truly makes me happy. I sometimes tell myself I'm only going to spend X amount of time working on it, although I'm tired, and then find that hours have went by because I'm so passionate about it.

victoria t. davis


Ladies...and gents (if any are reading), find something you feel passionate about. Find something that (one of my favorite memes) makes your face light up the same way it does when you see the server bringing your food to the table. (haha...I love it!)

But seriously, find something that doesn't feel like a chore...whatever that may be and hold on to it. Positive thoughts lead to positive actions.

I have some great things in the works...stay tuned!

classycurlies