Hair Goals for 2012

Hey Curlies!

So for the new year, I would like to establish a few new goals that I have for my hair. I would LOVE for you to comment with some of your own :)


Left: Oct 2011- collarbone length
Middle: Dec 2011- Past CB length
Right: Dec 2011- Touches my bottom lip. In Oct it touched the top of my mouth.
  1. Maintain healthy hair. (Continue cowashing and deep conditioning)
  2. Grow at least 2-3 inches of hair by July (my BC anniversary) and 6 inches by Dec 2012.
  3. Reach BS length by Dec 2012.
  4. Continue protective styling. (Twists, Twist outs)
  5. Continue to moisturize my hair daily.
What are some of your hair goals for the upcoming year??

@Classycurlies

ClassyCurly Profile: Sophia K Essentials

Hey Curlies!
Sophia K
It is a wonderful honor introduce Sophia, a women who created her own beauty line about 5 years ago. Her products contain only natural ingredients, which include vitamins, oils, butters and organic extracts. She has taken some time out of her day to come and chat with us! (Isn't her hair gorgeous?)

I am Sophia Kornegay aka “SophiaK” Owner of SophiaK Essentials. I have been hand making natural hair and skin care products since 2007. My line of products are made with natural and organic ingredients and I am geared at promoting healthy hair and skin. I make all products with my target customers in mind.


Hair Products
 I decided to go natural in July 2008 just after getting out of Marine Corps (Honorable Service) because I was already caring for my two daughters hair as well as my Husband who had decided to start locs a month prior. I felt if everyone in my home is natural I might as well do it, but I did it because I wanted to not because I felt pressured or forced.  

Before making my line of products I really didn’t use many products to even have favorites, so I would have to say the products I formulate and make are my favorites. I know exactly what I am making the products for and what is going into that product, no blinded ingredients. 

Skin care product
Her advice:

My biggest advice is to make sure that you are going natural because you want to or that you have thought it out. Being natural is more work than going to the salon for someone else to style your hair; it’s a lot of work. It might seem daunting at first but the rewards are much better after you understand your hair and what it needs.  

Some of the keys to retaining hair length is to have a balance of moisture and protein in hair, this is essential because having too much moisture or little protein can cause damage, leading to breakage. Does not comb hair when it is dry and don’t pull hair too much when combing when wet either. Hold the hair at different spots when combing out a specific area. Also try to keep hands out of hair by less manipulation, find a style and keep for at least a week. Very important to trim hair if you see split ends because those strands will become brittle and also make the hair easy to break because of splitting in two.



 If you are looking for natural hair products or natural skincare products such as my Eczema Cream or Daily Face Cream please visit www.sophiakessentials.com to see what we have to offer. I also would like to share my new products: Coils Deep Down Moisture Masque, Choco-Honey “Anti-Frizz” Pomade, and Devine Ecstasy Creamy Delight Lotion among other moisturizers. I am also having a FREE product giveaway, visit blog section on website for more details. Much love.



Look for a product review soon. I am really hoping to try them! In the meantime, visit Sophia at:
SophiaKessentials.com. It is really hard to find products the contain all natural ingredients. Give it a try for yourself.

@Classycurlies

Hairstyle of the day #3

Hey Curlies!

So today I just pinned the left top section of my twist back. I left the top right and entire back side down. I also decided to use Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque as a hair and scalp moisturizer instead of the DC and it was WONDERFUL! My hair felt very moisturized and soft.




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Classy Curls Profile: Brittney

Love her hair color!


Name: Brittney Joseph
Social Media namestwitter.com/breezybangbangbulletproofb.tumblr.com, bjoseph5 (curlynikki.com)
Hair type: 3b 
URLbrittneyj-shewrites.blogspot.com

How long have you been transitioning?
I have been transitioning for 5 months. My last relaxer was July 2011.


Will you Big chop? If so when? 
Yes, I will eventually big chop. I plan on doing it sometime in July 2012 so hopefully it won't be much of a big chop.

Why did you go natural? 
I went natural because I wanted to try something different with my hair and I just have a love for naturally, curly, hair. I always found my hair to be boring when it was relaxed. Plus, relaxers are not good for hair.


Do you have any favorite products?
Cantu shea butter moisture, Elastaqp deep penetrating remoisturizing conditioner, Ginseng miracle wonder 8 oil, Parnevu leave-in conditioner
(I've never heard of the Ginseng miracle wonder oil, I'll have to try that!)

What styles do you wear?
I love bantu knots. I tried twists outs a couple times. I would love to try braid outs as well as flexi rods.


Do you have any questions about the transitioning process? (I am sure someone can help!)
Yes, I would like for someone to tell me how to use flexi rods and just general tips on ways to keep my hair healthy and make it grow faster?

Holiday Hairstyle

Hey Curlies!

Yesterday I did mini twist just to give my hair a break from styling. Over the last few days I've done puffs, ponytails and a flexi rod set which I fee like is too much in one week. My hair needs a break! I pinned the front sides of them back to make it a little more fancier. It look about 2 hours :(.



Now that I've slept on them they've shrunken up a bit but that's okay :) I plan on keeping these in probably until my next wash.

@Classycurlies




ClassyCurly Profile: Rashay

Hey Curlies,

Check out this college curly Rashay.



Name:Rashay Davis
Social Media names: Twitter: @playn_myfro
Hair Type:That Snap Back Curl


How long have you been natural?
I've been natural about 5 months now.

When did you Big chop?
I big chopped in July. My hair was mostly afro with these ugly relaxed strands, so I got them cut off.

A short regimen you can share?
I co-wash with Hello Hydration, then I two strand twist my hair with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and leave it in over night. In the morning, I untwist, put some Olive Oil in my hair, fluff it and go.

Do you have any Favorite Products?
My favorite product has to be the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It makes my hair really soft and leaves it hydrated for a couple of days.

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
Learn to love yourself and what God gave you. Don't expect to go natural and have hair like other naturals. Find what works for you and rock it.

ClassyCurlies

Flat twist updo tutorial

Hey Curlies!

I have created my first tutorial. I was sort of skeptial about this considering I want to be seen as a writer/blogger and not a vlogger (I love to write). In the end I had fun and will probably create many more.




@classycurlies

Christmas Giveaway Winners

Hey Curlies!

The winners for the giveaway have been chosen. The first winner will win one jar of Shea Moisture's Deep Treatment Masque and the second winner will win one Denman Brush. Both items are valued at $10 each. The winner must claim the prize within 24 hours or the prize will be given to the next participant. Both winners will be contacted via Twitter and email. Be sure to email me at Classycurlies@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Congratulations to....

  1. Nadia Thompson aka @bajannadz on Twitter
  2. Nicole Wright aka @CurlyKinkyQT on Twitter
Thanks again to EVERYONE who participated. I was very surprised by the outcome!

@Classycurlies

Savings on Shea Moisture Deep Conditioning Masque

Hey Curlies!
Target.com
I was shopping at Walgreens today to pick up a jar of the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque for the Christmas giveaway and when I got to the register, the woman told me that their is a coupon for the item. (HUGE smile slowly creeps across my face)

The coupon is one dollar off of the product. I know it's only a dollar but money is money and times are hard. (lol) To find the coupon go directly to the cosmetic section and a holiday book should be sitting on the counter. (It is free and it is not found in the weekly sales ad) In the back of the book, on the last page is the coupon. It expires on Christmas.

@Classycurlies

5 months of natural hair

Hey Curlies!

I just happen to have come across a few pictures of my hair over the last couple of months and all I can say is, wow, my hair is growing so fast! These are pictures since July 11,2011, the day of my big chop.

A couple of days after the chop
I never noticed how short my hair was

This was a twistout in the back. Although you see no definition .
My first set of twist
First set of twists pinned back.

First twistout before kinky twist
November 2011
November 2011

First puff Nov 2011
Nov 2011

Dec 2011

@Classycurlies


5 Tips to Caring for Your Sew In

Hey Curlies!
Last summer's sew in (before my chop)
Many ladies may have a sew in and may not know how to take care of it. Here are a few quick tips.

  • The most important rule is to not neglect YOUR actual hair. I know a lot of us (like me) say I bought the hair so it's mine. lol The hair actually growing out of your scalp is what I am referring to. You have a remember to moisturize it often so that the hair will not dry out and cause unnecessary itching. Try your favorite creamy moisturizer or spray mix.
  • Spraying your extensions (aka weave in the black community) with any type of oil or heavy mixture will weigh the hair down and cause it to look very shiny and unnatural. I usually do not apply any product to the actual hair unless I am washing or conditioning. This keeps the hair very bouncy. (which we all love) 
  • You are still able to wash and condition you hair as normal. Usually I'll dilute the shampoo and conditioner and massage both into my scalp. I do apply the conditioner directly to the hair because I want to keep the softness.
  • To deep condition, you can buy a color applicator bottle, with the pointed tip. With this bottle, you can apply the conditioner directly to your scalp, and between each track, without having the hassle of the hair track getting in the way. Apply a plastic cap and proceed as normal.
  • Remember to let your hair breath. I usually leave my sew ins in for about 2 months at the latest. It is really up to you.
2011 (before my chop)

@Classycurlies

The Transitioning Series: 5 Things I Wish I Knew

Hey Curlies!

Here are the 5 things I wish I knew while transitioning. Hopefully this will help you in your journey.

  1. The texture you see growing out of your scalp during the transitioning stage is NOT your true texture. The texture may seem looser than normal because you still have relaxed ends attached. Those ends are weighing down your new growth which causes a looser pattern to appear. Once you decide to cut off your relaxed ends, things will be very different.
  2. Moisture is key! Especially during the beginning of my transition, I continued to treat my hair as if the entire head was still relaxed. That was a big NO NO. You have to remember that you have two different textures in your hair and that you must be gentle. This means no harsh combing/ brushing and limited heating tools.
  3. Shedding will occur, but it is not the end of the world. (I promise) I attempted to transition two years but I only made it to 14 months because I experienced tons of shedding. The key here is knowing how to deal with the shedding. Deep condition your hair after every wash and do protein treatments when needed.
  4. Protective styling can go a long way when transitioning. I'm still not sure why I did not figure this out sooner. I began wearing braids, twists and sew ins more toward the end of my phase. These styles are low manipulation which causes you not to damage your strands as often. Most of the time you will see tremendous growth during these times.
  5. People in the world are just plain mean! You have to be mentally ready to be attacked by the ones around you. Natural hair is just begining to break through and some people still do not recongnize that. You have to build inner confidence and also maybe a little anger control to handle some of the people that you may run across.
@Classycurlies
S/N: Vote for tutorial video coming soon. (top right on the home page)

Shea Moisture Transitioning Kit

Hey Curlies!


I am very excited about the Christmas giveaway and I am very pleased with the amount of participation I am getting. Thanks again.


I am here to talk about the Shea Moisture Transitioning Kit. The kit contains:

  • Moisture Retention Shampoo
  • Restorative Conditioner
  • Strengthener
  • Deep Treatment Masque
The purpose of this kit is to help transitioners deal with breakage, split ends and moisture retention. I wish I had known about this when I was transitioning. This product is made specifically for individuals who have both natural new growth and chemically relaxed hair.

Each product contains:
  • Organic raw Shea butter
  • Argan Oil
  • Sea Kelp
  • Avocado Oil
Where to find this product?
I've seen this product at most Walgreens and Target Stores. The usual price runs about $15 but I've seen it on sale at Walgreens for $15 dollars from time to time. You are able to purchase in stores and online.

Read Reviews here: Walgreens

@Classycurlies

S/N: Don't forget to vote for future tutorials! (Located on the home page. Top left)

Hair Relaxers in Decline

Hey Curlies!


Have ya heard the news? Hair relaxer sales are declining. I honestly think this has a lot to do with more women embracing their natural hair texture. The photo above represents hair relaxer sales based on the brand name. As you can see, there is a dramatic decrease after the top three.

An article published by the Huffington Post, also goes into much more detail on the decline of relaxer sales and why this trend may be occurring. 

Here is another article written by The New York Times discussing black hair. It seems as if most people look at hair as more than just "hair." It has become a huge deal.

By the way, look what happened to me!

My CUTE pair of leggings from H&M were temporarily ruined when a friend asked me to mix up her relaxer. While mixing, I sort of made a mess (obviously lol) and this is what I got! Never again!

ClassyCurlies

The Natural Hair Trend

Hey Curlies!
Ballbearingsonline.com
Over the last couple of weeks, I have been working on an article on the trend of natural hair. It speaks on the struggles that naturals face, the big chop process and even gives a view of a relaxed women. Check it out and tell me what you think! 

Relaxed or Natural

@Classycurlies

News Anchor Goes Natural

Hey Curlies!


Upon gathering information for an article on natural hair, I ran across this video. It was produced last year from WPTV news in Palm Beach, Florida. The video is about Rochelle Ritchie, a Black news anchor who decided to go natural. Her segment lead to skyrocketing ratings for the station. This video also shows the "typical" Black hair process and the views of women and children. Very thought provoking!




Comments? Concern? How does this make you feel?


@Classycurlies

Ways to Follow

Hey Curlies!

Here are some of the many ways to stay in touch with Classycurlies.
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Christmas Givaway

Hey Curlies!
livingnolye.com
I am doing a Christmas giveaway!! The giveaway will open today December 6,2011 and will close December 20th at noon. I will be giving away one Denman 5-Row Classic Styling Brush and one Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. Here is how to enter.

hairgrowthaids.com

  1. Become a member of the site 
  2. Follow the sites Twitter @Classycurlies
That's all! The winner will be announced December 21 at noon. Names will be drawn randomly from a generator. Happy holidays!

@Classycurlies

Hair Care:"Black" and "White" People Hair Products

Hey Curlies!
drugstoredivas.net
niniqt.blogspot.com

The other day, I set my shampoo and conditioner on the bathroom counter and one of my good friends made note of the products I use.

Friend: (walks over the the counter and picks up the bottle of conditioner) This is what you use?
Me: Yeah
Friend: That's white people stuff girl...
Me: Says who? I think it's a marketing strategy

*I use Aussie Moist and TRESemme Naturals conditioner by the way*

I honestly believe that the tiny "ethnic" hair products section is simply a marketing strategy for companies. Most of the time the products are more expensive than others. Although most cultures do have different hair types, if one were to use a product that's not created for your hair type, I'm pretty sure that your hair will not fall out.

Therefore, I do not believe in "white people" hair products. I've used the Aussie, Tresemme and Herbal Essence line and they treat my hair better than any "ethnic" hair products that I've used. Don't get me wrong, I do still use and like some of them, such as Organic Root Simulator and some others.

Use what works best for you, no matter what that product may be.

@Classycurlies

Benefits of Coconut Oil

Hey Curlies!




Now that the winter months are rolling in, I need to use a heavier oil than the one I am using to keep my hair moisturized. A couple of days ago I bought a jar a coconut oil from GNC for $12.99. If you buy this please find it somewhere cheaper! lol, so ridiculous. I tried Sally's and they had nothing. I wanted to try some legitimate coconut oil, not a product that said coconut oil mixed in with some other unknown ingredients. I'm sure you can buy it on Ebay or in Whole Foods Market.


I've been using this on my scalp for the last couple of days and I am pleased. My scalp tends to become dry faster than most so I have to apply something directly to it. When I first opened the jar, the oil was mostly solid and didn't smell like the typical coconut oil I am used too. To help apply it, I put it in the microwave for 30 seconds to melt it a bit.


What is coconut oil?
The oil is pressed from the coconut palm tree


Benefits?

  • Replenishes a dry scalp
  • Light consistency
  • Helps prevent hair loss and thinning 
  • Great for hair growth when accompanied scalp massages
@Classycurlies



Natural Hair Style:Salon Stylist vs Do it Yourself

Hey Curlies!
astoria-newyork.olx.com
I've seen this topic many times by transitioners and naturals all over, and many are wondering how should hair be handled. Once going natural, some prefer to continue going to a salon or some prefer to do it on their own.

 For the first 6 months I did continue going to the salon but then I realized how unnecessary that was. Around Feb 2011, I got a mini chop where my hair just touched my shoulders. From then on, I went to my stylist once more to get a sew in, and haven't been back since.

Obviously now I do my own hair just because I want to learn the game. I love styling and playing in my hair. I do want to visit a natural hair salon, at least once, to gain the experience.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of both.

Salon Stylist
Advantages
  1. Most likely the stylist will know how natural hair should be handled and will give you great results every time.
  2. The stylist might use products that are new to you, and they may work well with your hair.
  3. You will now have ANOTHER person to chat with about natural hair (the more, the better).
  4. If you are a transitioner, you have someone to guide and support you through the process.
Disadvantages
  1. You may end up with a stylist that "says" that they are a natural hair stylist, but you can tell they aren't the right fit for you.
  2. Styles, washes and treatments can be costly.
  3. Stylist could use products that do not work well with your hair.
D.I.Y
Advantages
  1. You can have a vision of a specific hair style and create it exactly how you want.
  2. You can play around with products to find out what works best.
  3. Some people have just become protective over their hair, and only trust themselves.
Disadvantages
  1. It may take a while to get the hang of your hair, even if you are fully natural or a transitioner. CAUTION: This may cause a tiny bit of frustration.
  2. You could be applying too much stress to the hair which can cause breakage. 
@Classycurlies


Natural Hair in a Professional Setting

Hey Curlies!


I just happened to come across an article about women wearing their natural hair in corporate america. It is very interesting to see how these women deal with their hair criticisms everyday.


Natural Hair in Corporate America


@Classycurlies

We have a winner!

Hey Curlies!
snugbell.com
I hope you all had a FABULOUS Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Midnight was absolutely crazy and you all know I was in it! Abercrombie and Fitch got all of my money! lol Anyway, I am here to announce the winner of the Thanksgiving giveaway. The winner will receive one jar of Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie. Remember if the winner does not claim the prize within 48 hours, it will be passed on to the next individual. 


Congratulations MissAshDG on your prize! Look out for an email shortly about other contact information!


Christmas giveaway coming soon!


@Classycurlies

Shea Moisture Giveaway Starting Now!

Hey Curlies!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! I am so happy and blessed to be able to spend this day with my family. So eat a lot of food and promise to smile for the rest of the day.

THIS IS THE GIVEAWAY POST. All I need you ladies to do is comment on this with your favorite Thanksgiving food. You also need to make sure that you are a member of the site. That's all. The first person to do BOTH will be the winner. Don't forget I will be giving out a jar of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. You can use this product to twist or moisturize and it has some REALLY great ingredients in it! The giveaway will end at midnight. If the winner doesn't respond in 48 hours, the product will be given to the next person.

@Classycurlies

Giveaways and Other Stuff

Hey Curlies!



So here is my hair currently. I took down my twists to do a twist out. I don't even really want to wash my hair because it's so cute lol. Probably by tomorrow or the following day it will lose definition and I'll wash it. I actually was planning on getting a sew in on Wednesday, but now I am rethinking it.


I am so happy that I received a respond back on the giveaway post and I have decided to giveaway one Shea Moisture product. The product will be their Curl Enhancing Smoothie. The contest will open Thanksgiving day at noon and will close at midnight. (the start of Black Friday-big smiles!)
naturallycurly.com
To enter the contest, this is what you need to do.


1.Be a subscriber to the blog. You can join as a new member or you could have previously been one.
2.On Thanksgiving day at noon, I will create a post about the giveaway and you will need to comment on it with your favorite Thanksgiving food. Simple enough right?
3. The first person to comment, and become a member will win a jar ($10 value) of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.


I just really want to give back for the season. Look out for the post Thanksgiving day! The winner will be contacted by email the following day The winner will have 48 hours to respond or the prize will be given to the next person.Depending on how this giveaway goes, their could be more to come! :)


@ClassyCurlies