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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Natural Hair: How to Apply Oils to Your Scalp

Hey Curlies,

I know that I can't be the only one suffering from a dry scalp. My actual hair usually stays pretty moisturized but the scalp, not so much. The weird thing is your scalp's oil, sebum is naturally produced but my scalp must have missed the memo. It's not that my scalp is constantly dry, just more than normal in my opinion.

While most people don't have to apply oils directly to their scalp, this one does(raises hand). It can be difficult to actually apply oil to your scalp for a couple of reasons:

  • Your hair is too thick for you to reach your scalp accurately
  • Since oil is a liquid, it's hard to apply with your hands without making a mess
I have solutions of course!

What I normally do is buy a plastic bottle with a nozzle tip (the one used to apply hair color) and fill it with my oil of choice. This way the oil can be applied without mess. I spend no more than $1.50 on the bottle. I like trying coconut oil or tea tree oil.

You could also purchase a product called Roots Only:
rootsonly.com
This is a similar method to buying the plastic bottle. You can also fill this with your oil and the specialized tip helps evenly distribute the oil. It's a no brainer! I've heard of some finding this product at Wal-Mart but you can also purchase online.


Friday, July 18, 2014

Natural Hair News: New Products (Shea Moisture & OBIA Natural Haircare)

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to update you on a few things going on in the natural hair community. If you haven't heard, Shea Moisture now has online site where you can shop for all of their hair, body and beauty products.


The company will also be releasing a new product line. One that I am extremely excited about! I'm working to get my hands on this!


In other news, OBIA Natural Haircare released a new product that I also want to try soon!


Order at obianaturalhair.com



Monday, July 14, 2014

ClassyCurly Motivation: 14

Hey Curlies,

Just a little motivation for this week...


Remember, the storm doesn't last forever. Last week I got to interview a young woman who has a very kind and optimistic spirit despite all she has been through. She was such an inspiration for me although I haven't experienced the unfortunate situations she has.  Find something to be happy about during the storm. Trust me, there is always something to be thankful for.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Natural Hair: Mini Twists Using African Shea Butter

Hey Curlies,

I FINALLY got a chance to install some mini twists! I've been lying to myself during prior weekends that I was going to get these done but...yeah...never happened.

But this weekend it did!

I actually washed and deep conditioned my hair Friday night. I let my hair air dry over night in tuck in roll twists and then blew out the rest to achieve fully stretched hair.

I blow dried on low heat and divided my hair into four sections. I twisted using only pure African Shea butter.





It took a little over 5 hours to complete and at the half way point I was yelling at myself about why I do this to myself each time. lol It just takes so long but is completely worth it in the end! I will be keeping these in for at least three weeks.

If you are wondering why the twists are so curly and seem to have some shape, I put my hair into two big bantu knots at night to keep them stretched. The knots add the curl once I take them down.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Natural Hair: The Secret to Shiny Hair

Hey Curlies,

I've been getting a few emails lately on how to combat dry hair. Usually not only does dry hair present itself during the summer months, so does hair that lacks luster and shine. Here is a good tip to know when wanting to achieve your shiniest hair yet.

Simply...

Rinse your hair with cool water after washing
This may seem like a pain to dunk your head under a stream of cold water, but it's completely worth it. Washing your hair with warm water opens your cuticles and rinsing with cool water closes them.  When cuticles lay flat they reflect natural shine and luster. You don't have to suffer under ice cold water, especially during the winter time, but get the water the coldest you can stand.

This process also helps during the detangling process by causing less knots and tangles on roughed up strands.

How has this method worked for you?




Monday, July 7, 2014

Life Update: Biking Exercise and Other Things

Hey Curlies,

Heads up...this post has nothing to do with hair haha. I've was asked once upon of time to sort of share my personal life with you all and I do on occasion. I'm not an obsessively private person so I do like to give you all little splashes into my life outside of hair.

I've been finding a good balance so far between work and squeezing in some fun. I've also been in the gym for the last few weeks. I found a trail by house that I often walk on with friends. A lot of people ride their bikes on the trail and I began thinking...that's a great idea! So I bought this...



I haven't rode a bike in years! I try to ride at least once a week if not more weather depending. When the weather isn't the best I work out indoors. I've been working out on the elliptical and doing some strength training on the weights. I've just been looking for ways to stay active.

Beside working out I've been exploring the city with friends and finding events to attend.


By the way I didn't make the paella(above). One of my sorority sisters did. Yum!


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Natural Hair: Why Using the Same Brand is Important

Hey Curlies,

If you look at my hair regimen you can see that I use a lot of different brands. What I am trying to do now is use some of the same brands during my wash days.

Brands make both a shampoo with a matching conditioner because those two products used together help maintain the pH balance of your hair. Using two different brands isn't necessarily harmful but you won't see the full benefits as you would by using the same brands.

This is something I'm still learning...

For the past few weeks I've been using Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner. Using the same brand has given my hair fantastic results and I can definitely see a difference in how my hair behaves.

This isn't just for hair products...

I also use the Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Cleansing Gel and Toner. I've been using the cleanser for about a year now and purchased the matching toner but the first time I tried it I wasn't too impressed. Recently I decided to began using it again and I love it! The two products really do work well together. I don't need as much moisturizer after applying and my skin improves everyday. Again, I believe it's the balanced pH levels.