Saturday, July 23, 2016

Natural Hair: Big Twistout

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to show you all the results of my twistout from using the African threading method.

The heat index has been over 100 degrees and the humidity has been off the charts, so I knew my twistout wouldn't last that long.

To see how I created my twists, click here.

This was my hair two seconds after I walked out of my house and got into the car.

african threading twistout

As I was driving to work, with the windows down (I was asking for trouble...right? lol) my hair got bigger and bigger.

By noon my hair looked like the photos below.

big twistout

I didn't get a chance to snap a picture before bed as I got right on the road to go out of town, but my hair was a full fro! No definition, just fro.

My friend was kind enough to flat twist my hair with some coconut oil for the next day.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stretching your Natural Hair Using African Threading

Hey Curlies,

I'm here really quick to show you the results of how I stretched my hair using African threading. To see how it's done, click here for part one and part two.

african threading on natural hair

I left the thread in overnight but in total, it stayed in about 12 hours. I began on damp hair.

The slight wave pattern you see in the photo above is from wearing two large two-strand twists. I took the thread out in the morning before going to work and needed to do something with my hair, so I wore it like this.

That evening I used Urbanaire Gypsy's Pomade to create jumbo twists (took about 30 minutes). I've been wearing those in a "wrapped" style for the past two days.

A photo posted by Victoria T. Davis (@classycurlies) on

Again, if you missed part one and part two, they are available.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Stretching My Natural Hair: Part 2

Hey Curlies,

I'm back with part two of the "Stretching my Natural Hair" series. If you missed part one, you can find it here.

Yesterday I washed my hair using Urbanaire Gypsy's Cray Cray Clay Co-Wash then proceeded to stretch my hair.

In my past post I talked about the banding method, but this time I used another similar method called African Threading. This uses thread wrapped around the length of the hair in order to keep it in a stretched state.

I purchased my crochet thread from Walmart but many people use weaving thread found at your local beauty supply store.

Because my hair is so long, I only created four sections but some people with shorter hair make smaller sections.

I applied Urbanaire Gypsy's Namaste' Natural Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner to each section, detangled then proceeded to thread.

Here was the finished result:

African threading on natural hair

African threading

I finished threading in about 50 minutes and I started around 4:30 p.m. I wanted to leave enough time for my hair to dry overnight.

Stay tuned for my threading results tomorrow!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Stretching my Natural Hair: Part 1

Hey Curlies,

I teased the photo below on social media of my hair in a stretched state and I've gotten lots of questions about exactly how I've been keeping my hair stretched.

Click here for part 2.

Stretched natural hair

This is a very old twistout from earlier this week. I used two products from Urbanaire Gypsy to create my twists and let them dry overnight. Here were my results:

urbanaire gypsy

While wearing the twistout I continued to stretch my hair overnight by using the banding method. This uses several elastic hair ties on the length of your hair in order to allow the hair to stretch out.

For this style I simply put my hair into a ponytail, then banded the rest of the hair. I tied a scarf on my edges and went to bed.

Banding natural hair

So this is how I've been wearing my hair for the past couple of days:

stretching natural hair

This is just part one! I'll be back later this week with another way to stretch your natural hair. Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Join Our Natural Hair & Fashion Pinterest Party!

Hey Curlies,

This evening at 8 p.m. I am holding a Pinterest Party with Emily Wasonga, the owner of a boutique here in the Indianapolis area called Love's Hangover. This party will involve natural hair, fashion and much more.
 Love's hangover and classycurlies

So how does it work?

We invite you to follow both of us on Pinterest (@ClassyCurlies and @LHO Creations) and pin with us. We both will pin one another's items from select boards and we ask you to join us and do the never know what you'll find!

See ya on Pinterest!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Should Student Cosmetologists Learn to Style Natural Hair?

Hey Curlies,

A couple of weeks ago while completing some research for a news story I was working on for my job, I ran across a news article from a local Tennessee outlet on the opening of the state's first natural hair school.

Of course...I was immediately pulled in...

What a cool idea, I thought to myself. But then it opened the door for a whole new conversation we should be having: Why aren't most student cosmetologist taught how to style naturally curly hair?

natural hair cosmetologist

When I was in high school,we had a cosmetology program, which one of my friends was part of. I never remember her bringing home a curly-haired mannequin, let alone a brown one.

I could come up with tons of reasons why, but this is a serious question. While some students may get their hands on a curly-haired mannequin, it's rare they are given one with coarse, tightly-coiled hair.

If they did learn how to manage this hair type, I'm sure there would be many more natural hair salons and correct tutorials on how its all done.

What are your thoughts? With the current state of the natural hair community and industry, do you think student cosmetologist should be taught how to style Black, natural hair?

Also, if you've attended or completed cosmetology school...please drop some knowledge on us. What was your experience? 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Drop a Natural hair Selfie Round 1

Hey Curlies,

Thanks to everyone who participated in "Drop a Natural Hair Selfie" yesterday! I loved seeing your styles and confidence. Stay tuned for the next edition where you'll get the chance to "drop your selfie."

Here are some of the participants from this round:

Thanks ladies!