Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 World Natural Hair Show Atlanta Highlights

Hey Curlies!

I'm back! Well...back from Atlanta that is. I had a great time at the World Natural Hair Show last weekend and still trying to catch up on some sleep.

In the exhibitor hall I met a lot of new and old friends (many who I correspond with over email often but rarely get a chance to meet in person). I spent a good chunk of my Saturday purchasing some hair products, checking out the vendor booths and chatting with people.

Here are some quick video highlights:

Here are some photo highlights:

2016 world natural hair show

wonder curl
Scarlett and I. She has an amazing hair care line called Wonder Curl.

wonder curl hair products
Hair demo at the Wonder Curl booth.

wonder curl natural hair products
Products from Wonder Curl

Had to stop here to pick up some products for a friend

My friend Mia and I.

Action at the Mixed Chicks booth.

I love seeing works by Black authors

Nicole of Nycole Naturals–she'll be at INHMD INDY on May 21

Stacy, a new curlie I met who has a hair care line called Urbanaire Gypsy.

Overall I had a great time! I did notice there were a few vendors that weren't there that I was looking forward to interacting with but overall, a good crowd. There was a good balance of hair care, fashion and jewelry available. I did not attend any workshops.

Once I returned home I found I didn't buy a lot of products (probably because I have my staples and know what works best for me), but I did buy a few things. The products from Uncle Funky's Daughter are for a friend. All of the samples I received for free (along with a boatload of pamphlets and business cards-not pictured).

I purchased the following:

  • Metal pik ($2)
  • Afro Centric t-shirt ($20)
  • Eden Body Works Deep Conditioner ($6)
  • Honey Pot ($10)
I didn't go crazy lol but I enjoyed myself. Two new brands I discovered were Urbanaire Gypsy (the small jar pictured above) and Honey Pot. I'm excited to try the Urbaanaire Gypsy clay wash because it smells so good! Just. like. chocolate! 

Honey Pot is a new product as well made especially for your lady parts. It is a feminine wash with nothing but natural oils. After looking over the ingredients and in full approval, I decided to support the business. I'll have reviews on these two products soon.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

5 Minute Natural Hair Protective Style

Hey Curlies,

Looking for hairstyles...searching for hairstyles. That's all I did last night as I wanted to find a style for my trip to Atlanta this weekend. (Details here).

I thought about doing my favorite voluminous twistout or braid out but I decided against it. Instead, I chose to go with a simple protective style.

protective style

I began with an old style that I wore all last week (It was pretty cute and you can check it out here).

Using Bask and Bloom Essentials' More Moisture Cream to style, I created a small part to the side then separated my front and back sections.

While clipping the front sections out of the way, I split the back section into halves and created two lose two strand twists. Once these were completed, I crisscrossed each twist, then pinned them in place.

With the back section done, I did two tuck and roll twists on each front section, then pinned them over the back section.

natural hair style

natural hair protective style

I'll be sporting this style all weekend until I have time to wash on Sunday. I have an early flight back to Indianapolis Sunday, however i'm on a board for a community organization and they are hosting a fundraiser...so this will be an eventful weekend!

See you at the hair show!


If you're in the Indianapolis area I personally invite you to International Natural Hair Meetup Day taking place in Indianapolis May 21. I'd love to see all of you there! 

Eventbrite - Indianapolis International Natural Hair Meetup Day

Friday, April 22, 2016

Stay Tuned for 2016 World Natural Hair Show Coverage

Hey Curlies,

Tomorrow is the big day! I'll be in Atlanta at the 2016 World Natural Hair Show. I'm really excited about the vendors and look forward to meeting some new people!

world natural hair show 2016

I'll have some live video coverage while in attendance as well as some photos from Saturday's event. Stay tuned to ClassyCurlies.com or any of my social media pages for details.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Natural Hair Classy Updo

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to show you all my latest style. Before I began I want to make sure I do not try and steal the credit for this style. I found the style from one of my favorite YouTube vloggers and decided to give it a try.

I've gotten tons of compliments and it was very easy to do.  I did replace the flat twists with tuck and roll twists simply because they were easier for me to do. Here are some photos:

I actually styled at night then allowed the rollers to set overnight. 

If you can't tell what's going on, its two tuck and roll twists from the back to the front. There are also tuck and roll twists above my ear, one on each side. The ends of those tuck and roll twists were two-strand twisted and crisscrossed at my crown.

The top middle section was set on perm rods using Lotta Body Foam Wrap Lotion. 

This style took about 30 minutes to complete, which I think is pretty reasonable for a style that can be worn all week.

 If you're in the Indianapolis area I personally invite you to International Natural Hair Meetup Day taking place in Indianapolis May 21. I'd love to see all of you there! 

Eventbrite - Indianapolis International Natural Hair Meetup Day

Sunday, April 10, 2016

ClassyCurlies at the 2016 World Natural Hair Show

Hey Curlies,

In addition to hosting International Natural Hair Meetup Day in Indianapolis May 21, I will be traveling to Atlanta the weekend of April 22 for  the Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Health & Beauty Show.

I attended this event two years ago and had a ball! There are dozens and dozens of natural hair, beauty and wellness vendors from all over the US (who have great deals on their products). There are also a variety of workshops, seminars and concerts.

Literally any natural hair and beauty brand you can think of will be there! This is prime time for me to stock up on products, meet some of my readers and fellow bloggers and meet new people as well.

Check out the highlights from my 2014 visit.

If you'll be in the building, let me know, I'd love to meetup!

Friday, April 8, 2016

6 Things to Know Before & After The Big Chop

Hey Curlies,

I big chopped almost five years ago (time flies right?), but I constantly get questions about what the process will be like and what to expect afterward. Here are some tips to keep in mind before and after you've done the big chop.
big chop tips

Here's the lowdown based on my experience:

Before the big chop
  • Decide who is going to do the job. Will you cut your own hair, will a friend or family member or will a stylist do it? 
  • Have a hairstyle in mind. When I big chopped I wore my hair out for maybe a week before I got kinky twists because I was somewhat uncomfortable. As soon as the job is done, will you wear a twistout, braid out, etc.?
  • Prepare for a variety of emotions. You know yourself more than anyone else. You may cry, laugh, feel sad or experience a sense of freedom during your chop. Whatever happens, embrace the moment.

After the big chop 
One of my first styles

  • Clear your mind. At this stage it may be best to erase all prior knowledge of Black hair care. Many of those rules won't apply when caring for your new curly hair. Yes, ditch the oil sheen, grease (some beg to differ), hot combs and petroleum jelly. Check out my "Natural Hair 101" page.
  • Develop a simple regimen and stick to it. Some people really overthink caring for their natural hair and therefore get frustrated. Test out a few products (shampoos, conditioners, oils, styling creams) to see which your hair reacts to best. From there, develop your regimen. Decide how often you are going to wash and condition your hair and then find 2-3 easy protective styles (hint: search "protective styles" in the search bar at the bottom of this site for ideas).
  • Be strong. This may sound silly but there will be times people will try to put you down because of how you choose to wear your hair. Even five years after my big chop I still have people, some family, who have an opinion about how I wear my hair. This is why developing a strong support system and reading blogs such as this one are important.

In the meantime, if you're in the Indianapolis area I personally invite you to International Natural Hair Meetup Day taking place in Indianapolis May 21. Early bird tickets are going fast ladies and I'd love to see all of you there! Purchase your tickets here.

Indianapolis natural hair event

Eventbrite - Indianapolis International Natural Hair Meetup Day

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

INHMD Indianapolis: Early Bird VIP Sold Out

Hey Curlies,

I've got some good news! (maybe bad for some)

Early bird VIP is officially sold out! I'm so excited about how the ticket sales for International Natural Hair Meetup Day in Indianapolis is going.

Indianapolis natural hair event

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, there is still time (and more time to purchase early bird general admission tickets).

Here's the breakdown:

General admission:
Includes access to vendors, Live tutorial: "Faux Locs & Crochet Braids 101," one entry into event giveaway (must be present to win).

Includes access to vendors, Live tutorial: "Faux Locs & Crochet Braids 101," DIY Whipped Shea
Butter Workshop, Refreshments (while they last), Early Entrance (11:30 a.m.), Swag bag full of natural hair products, one entry into event giveaway (must be present to win).

You can purchase your ticket here:

Ladies it is going to be an amazing event and well worth your time! Share with a friend, family member, neighbor and others!