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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!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Natural Hair: Bantu Knot Out Using Kandy Kurls

Hey Curlies,

Here are the bantu knots I promised. I don’t do this style often because this is one I can never get right (Yes, even I fail at hair styles). I was pleasantly surprised that my bantu knot came out wonderfully!





I created about 10-12 bantu knots using Kandy Kurls Leave-In Conditioner. I’m not much of a gel person so I just added some castor oil to my edges and tied them down at night. As you can see I didn't use a comb to create my parts because I didn't want to them to be permanent. 

The results:






Like I said before, this is the first time my bantu knot out has came out successful. There are somethings I will do a bit differently next time. I believe this is another style, like roller sets that survive best during the cooler months(yes, I said survive lol). By the end of the day my hair was swollen and puffy with only a few curls stick in tack.

I will also create more small knots as it result in more defined curls.I did separate the sections after untwisting and this is an area I think I should treat like my twistout where I don't do extra separating because the hair does it on it's own overtime. 

Let's be honest...by tomorrow my hair is going to be a hot mess, so I'm going to have to come up with another style. Maybe a super high puff?


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Natural Hair: Twist Out Using Kandy Kurls

Hey Curlies,

I washed my hair this weekend and insisted on doing a bantu knot out, I did a temporary twistout. Well, as I was washing my hair I remembered that bantu knots are done best on dry hair because they take forever to dry. With that thought, I dreaded blow drying my hair because that is a process on its own.

I used the following products for my wash day: 

  • Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore shampoo (Cleanse) 
  • Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Treatment Masque (Deep condition) 
  • Kandy Kurls Leave In-Conditioner (Styler) 

I twisted my hair in chunky twist to dry overnight and wore a twist out the next day.




I am still going to do bantu knots, just once the twistout gets old. Coming soon!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Discussion: Natural Hair and the Workplace

Hey Curlies,


I think it's discussion time. I've had this topic on my mind for a while and I would love to get the opinion of you all. It centers around the professional work environment and natural hair.

My question is: Would you change your hairstyle for a position? Or if you were interviewing for a position and they explained to you that your hair style (puff,fro,etc.) was a bit extreme and needed to be modified before your start date, how would you react?

Leave your comments below and after a few I will leave mine as well.