Sunday, February 7, 2016

Where Do I Shop for Natural Hair Products: Online v. In-Store

Hey Curlies,

Should I order my natural hair or curly hair products online or shop in store?

I find often people ask about some of my favorite natural hair products and when I tell them I purchased them online, their face turns up and they say, “Who has time to wait? I want my stuff now.” While that’s fine, some of you all are really missing out on these online products.

Shopping for natural hair products


This post is to break it down for you. Tell you the pros and cons of shopping in-store and online for products, with a bonus of other places to find your favorite products in stores for cheap.


Shopping in-store

Pros:
-You can physically see the product, touch it and smell it.
-You can tell if the item is popular by how much space the store has dedicated to the brand and how many of a particular item is left.
-You can ask store employees or other shoppers in the same area about a particular product
-The product goes home with you that day
-The product may be within a reasonable distance of your home
-If you are unhappy with the item, you can return it immediately
-There are too many items on the shelves to choose from (also a con)


Cons:
-Your item of choice may be out of stock
-Your desired brand is not sold in a specific store
-Some retailers charge different prices for the same item
-There are too many items on the shelves to choose from
-Dealing with unprofessional employees and rude customers 
-Some great small business brands are only available online


Shopping online

Pros:
-Chances are you know what brand you desire –because you’re on their website
-Many new/loyal customers may receive an extra discount for signing up for the company’s email list
-Discounts happen very often
-If shopping on a site with a variety of brands, you can filter out those you aren’t interested in
-You can narrow your search my product type: gels, mousse, styling creams, etc.
-Some brands offer video tutorials and extra tips on how to use the product
-If you aren’t happy with a product, some brands will offer other products in return or a “satisfaction guaranteed” model.
-Some times shipping is free
-Some brands have exclusive products online only

Cons:
-You may receive defective items
-You have to wait until your product arrives
-Shipping is an extra expense
-You may be unhappy with the product (smell, texture, application process, too difficult, etc.)
-Many brands charge a shipping fee to return the product if you aren’t happy with it


Where can I find that deal?

Here are some out-of-the-box places you wouldn’t think to find hair care products. Here’s three of my favorite:

-T.J.-Maxx, Marshalls: If you’ve only been shopping in the clothing section of these stores, you are truly missing out! In the beauty section is where you will find name brand products for cheap.

-LuckyVitamin.com: I haven’t ordered from them yet, but it is on my list to within the next few weeks. They have everything! Everything! (hair gels, stylers, conditioners, you name it). Many of their products are contain all-natural ingredients as well. (and they’re very,very discounted)


-Grocery stores: I will say I think most grocery stores overprice hair and beauty items because they know its convenient for the shopper to purchase them as they are buying food, but sometimes you can find very good deals on clearance.

Do you shop mostly online or in-store?


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Why the New 2016 Barbies are Essential for Black Girls

Hey Curlies,

When I was a kid, I had a few Barbie dolls to entertain me, but I later learned the reason why I wasn't surrounded by dozens of them – my mother wasn't a fan of the brand. She later told me Barbie wasn't diverse enough and as I got older, I agreed with her.
natural hair barbie

I was so excited some days ago when Mattel, the company that produces Barbie, announced they would debut a line of "diverse dolls" that are tall, curvy and petite and range in a variety of skin tones, ethnic groups and hair textures. Since I don't keep up with this brand as much now day as I am an adult, when I caught whiff of this...I got excited because what this stands for is very significant.

I wish there was a variety of Barbies I could play with that actually looked like me when I was a kid. The toys children play with is very important, especially these dolls as they mimic real human beings. Not only do these dolls show diversity in skin tone, I love their new body shapes. Barbies will now depict real women who have a variety of shapes, which hopefully will cut down on the amount of girls (who later will grow up to become women) who feel uncomfortable in their own skin because they don't look a "specific" way.

I was even more ecstatic once I seen the dolls. I loved the variety, especially the ones that favor Black women and other minority groups:

black barbie



(Photos/Mattel)

I was even more excited to see the doll at the very top of this post. Look at her hair! It's tightly coiled and gorgeous! Finally, it seems as if somebody is getting it. To me, this says: "It's OK to be who you are."

What do you think of the new dolls? I'm definitely buying a couple for my friend's kids.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beauty & Fashion: Rent Designer Jewelry with Rocksbox

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to stop by and show you all this month's Rocksbox. If you aren't familiar with this box, its a monthly kit where you are able to rent designer jewelry. If you're like me, a person who likes a little variety, this kit can be shipped back to the company once you're done and ready to swap your jewelry out for new pieces.

If you're interested in purchasing, use my personal discount code: classycurliesxoxo

rocksbox



rent jewelry online

designer jewelry

I absolutely love, love the necklace and I can't wait to wear it. I also really like the ring. It's very simple and definitely matches my "contemporary" style.



Use my promo code above if interested in purchasing your own Rocksbox.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Indianapolis Natural Hair Group 2016 Meetup

Hey Curlies,

How's your weekend going? I hope well! I wanted to let you all know about the last natural hair event I have planned for this upcoming Saturday, Feb. 6. If you're in the Indianapolis area, I would love to see you attend Indy's ClassyCurlies 2016 Meet & Greet.


This is a very informal event where I will get a chance to interact with naturals in the city as well as update everyone on the great plans/events I have for the group the rest of the year. If you are interested in being a part of the group's leadership team, this is also where information will be distributed.

I hope to see you all there, and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

To join the group or RSVP, visit Meetup.com/IndysClassyCurlies.



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Indy's ClassyCurlies: Indiana's Largest Natural Hair Group

Hey Curlies,

I want to introduce you all to my local natural hair group, Indy's ClassyCurlies. A group for women in the Indianapolis area looking to embrace their natural hair.

Indianapolis natural hair group


This is a group for women who are interesting in embracing their natural hair texture. As a member of this free group, monthly events will take place during the year, which you will be invited to attend to help make your journey to natural hair easier. Overall I want each group member to feel comfortable in their own skin.

Types of events to look forward to:

Natural Hair 101 Brunch
Networking events
Curls & Canvas
International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD)
Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Show
Hair chats, webinars
Product demonstrations

and more! Join here: meetup.com/IndysClassyCurlies

This is something I'm really, really excited about and I already have two events scheduled!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Shea Moisture Giveaway Winners

Hey Curlies,

I'm here to announce the two winners of the Shea Moisture giveaway. Each winner will receive one Shea Moisture hair product as well as one body product.

The winners are:

Gail Gartin and Alesha Zeigler! Ladies please contact editor@classycurlies.com to claim your prize within 48 hours!

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Thank you to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for the next giveaway.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Large Satin Bonnet for Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

Remember that large satin bonnet I mentioned in December? Tons of people were asking about it and today I have a formal review.

large natural hair bonnet


Check out my video of how I used this bonnet to maintain my natural hair.



For more information, visit Angel Bonnets.