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



The Transitioning Series: Long Term Transitioning

Hey Curlies
6 months before my chop. STAY AWAY from the heat!


Breakage! Mini chop in March
4 months after the chop
Some transitioners prefer to grow out their natural hair without the big chop. This is what I ATTEMPTED to do. lol A lot of ladies prefer long hair because it is portrayed in a positive light. While others have always had long hair and can't picture themselves with short hair. Whatever the case may be, it is possible to transition without the big chop. You just have to go about it a specific way.


Two of the biggest mistakes I did was blow drying/flat ironing my hair every week, not using a heat protectant and being rough with the two textures.


The more your hair grows out, the harder it will be to manage the two different textures. The line of demarcation, where the natural and relaxed hair meet, is prone to breakage and if you lose any hair during this phase, it will most likely be in this area.


When your hair gets longer it will also be easier to come up with styles. Be sure to do protein treatments to prevent breakage.


@Classycurlies

Natural Hair Style:Salon Stylist vs Do it Yourself

Hey Curlies!
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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. 
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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


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We have a winner!

Hey Curlies!
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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!)
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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

Giveaways

Hey curlies!


I am thinking about doing a few giveaways soon in order of the Christmas season. These gifts would be hair products of course! What products would you like to see given away for FREE? It is very important that I receive some sort of feedback :) Happy Holidays!


@ClassyCurlies

I Hate my Natural Hair...

Hey Curlies,


So just a few minutes ago I was on the CurlyNikki Forum and came across something VERY interesting. A young woman stated that she HATED her natural hair after her big chop. She also has a very strong feeling that her boyfriend is upset at her choice...this is what I say to her and others in this situation.


Dear I HATE my Natural Hair,


Honestly, sometimes you just need to give it time. The style is new and different so it may seem weird to you. You are upset because it isn't what you though it would be, instead you got thick and unmanageable(so you think) hair. Your hair is beautiful because it is YOUR HAIR, not anyone else. Remember that your hair DOES NOT make you who you are, it is only a small section of your outer beauty. This journey is not only about living a healthy lifestyle, it is also about finding your inner beauty and finding the confidence within. Women look in the mirror everyday and see SOMETHING that they do not like. It could be a short afro, a long head full of curls or even a oddly shaped nose, but it is beautiful because it is who you truly are. If you think that your outer appearance means more than who you are as a person, rethink that. Be prepared for negative comments because those people will not understand your process. As for your boyfriend, if anything, he should be your BIGGEST SUPPORTER! If he can not tolerate your natural hair, or better yet, the real you, he needs to be eliminated from your daily routine. Hang on to the people who support you and let go of the ones that don't. So hold your head up high and embrace what you have. Got Post-It notes? Go crazy with them if you'd like. Write inspirational messages on them that will remind you of how FABULOUS you are!


Sincerely,
Victoria


@Classycurlies

Natural Hair Products: Miss Jessie's Sale at Target (closed)

Hey Curlies!
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Have you ever wanted to try Miss Jessie's products but couldn't find the money? Well tomorrow is your lucky day because the line is having a buy one get one FREE, at Target and Target.com. I've never tried these products but I've heard great things about them. The sale begins November 20th to December 17 while supplies last. What are you waiting for?? Go stalk the hair isle now. :)

The Transitioning Series: Breakage & Shedding

Hey Curlies!


Here is my hair currently. I have been wearing this style for a little over a week now. I plan on doing a twist out the day I go home for Thanksgiving break(in three days). I haven't washed my hair in a little over two weeks and plan on washing it when I go home. I just brushed out my old twist out and created new twist on dry hair with Olive Oil and SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie.

Moving on....

While I was transitioning, from May 2010 to July 2011, I experienced so much breakage it made no sense. About 60% of that time I was also blow drying and flat ironing my hair (lesson #1: don't do it). I SHOULD HAVE BEEN doing a lot more protective styles and eliminating the heat (lesson #2: Protective styles). I learned that if you are not gentle with you hair during this stage things can go wrong!

Now their is a difference between breakage and shedding. Your hair sheds a little more than 100 hairs a day. This is when you might see a piece of your hair with a white dot on the top, meaning it came from your scalp. Breakage is when a section on your strand breaks below the root. As your hair grows out, a line of demarcation forms, this is where your relaxed and natural hair meet and it is very fragile. This is where your hair is prone to breakage most. 

To control breakage:
  1. Handle hair gently. Try not to comb or brush as frequently. When washing hair let the water stream flow through hair which causes less tangles.
  2. Deep condition you hair after every wash or cowash. Deep conditioning for about 30 minutes or more each time can do wonders on your hair in the category of moisture.
  3. Try protein treatments about every 6 months depending on how long you are transitioning. The Aphogee line has a GREAT protein product that can help eliminate breakage. Immediately after the treatment you need to apply a good conditioner, which the line also has. Remember not to use overload on protein because it come sometimes do more damage than good. You ca buy this product at Sallys or any other beauty supply store.
ClassyCurlies

Product Review: Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise

Hey Curlies!


I used Organic Root Simulator Hair Mayonnaise a lot of the time during my transitioning stage but it also works GREAT for all natural hair. For transitioners, this product is really good because you can experience a lot of breakage and replenishing moisture is the key. My first impression of it, was awkward, because it was orange and it was called mayonnaise lol. Despite these things, my Mother said someone had told her that it keeps your hair moisturized for days. I bought this at Walmart for about seven or eight dollars and it was worth the money. 

This conditioner has many essential oils in it such as olive oil. If you have damaged hair this product is a good one to start off with. I usually use it as a deep conditioner with a plastic cap. I'll apply generous amounts of this product to various sections of my hair and leave on for more than an hour. Sometimes I even go crazy with it and use almost half the jar when I need a pick me up :)

If you have been thinking about buying this product I say give it a try!

@Classycurlies

ClassyCurly Profile: NaturalHairLatina

Hey Curlies,

Here is another natural hair profile




Name:NaturalHairLatina

Social Media: NaturalHairLatina/LatinaR

Hair Type: Hmmmmmmm Dont know


Networking Links All located http://about.me/NaturalHairLatina

NaturalHairLatina, currently in the south. Transitioned from Nov 09-BC May 2010, chemical free was better for my health.

I cleanse my scalp with an baking soda paste I make. I rinse with a Rosemary Tea water. I currently like the Nature’s Gate aloe vera (daily) conditioner. I use a leave in detangler from nuNAAT Karite Special. 

My go to style is simple twist, wash & go or my Afro. I achieve look by starting with hair sectioned in 8 twist, let air dry. 

I love the versatility of natural hair and freedom of the mental awaking and clarity to see things with a more positive perspective Natural hair change my perception of beauty. 

I learned to accept me as I am.The best way to learn about Natural hair write your own story in a journal. Natural is separating truth from fiction…


Natural Hair Products:Great all Natural Products

Hey Curlies!

I am SO PUMPED right now. I am writing a story on natural hair for my school's magazine and I came across this site. They have some really great ingredients in their hair products and everything is ALL NATURAL! I have been looking for a place like this (and I'm sure you have too!). Within the next month I am going to definitely try out somethings from them.

My Shopping List!
  1. Curly Wurly Shampoo
  2. R&B Hair Moisturizer
  3. Caca Rouge Mama Henna
What do you think about the site???
@Classycurlies

Natural Hair Care:Hot Oil Treatments


Hey Curlies!


Got dry hair and scalp?? Well during my transition, I discovered a wonderful method at curing these both- hot oil treatments! This method leaves hair soft and moisturized for days. It's sort of like the prepoo method but with the oil warmed.

You can buy these treatments from most beauty supply stores. They always may not look like the one pictured, they can also come in bottles. You can just essentially buy any oil and do this process.

You will need a short container or cup to put the hot water in. I usually just use a small Glad container and fill it about half way up and warm it in the microwave for about a minute to a minute and thirty. I've found that anything longer is WAY TOO HOT for your scalp.

Soon after the water has been warmed, set the tube of oil in the water for about 5-10 minutes.

This method works best when it is applied directly to the scalp. You can part your hair into how ever many sections you desire and apply about half of the oil to the scalp and the other to the hair.

Sometimes I apply the deep conditioner on top but it just depends on the day. Either way after you should apply a plastic cap to trap in the heat.

I usually leave mine on for about 30 minutes or more. It really helps during the cold months.

ClassyCurlies

BTW: It's 11.11.11. What did you wish for????

Natural Hair Care: Hair Grease??

Hola Curlies!!!



So what is all of this talk I've been hearing about GREASE??? In the beginning their were tons of curlies stating that using GREASE was simply out of the question for a number of reasons. 

It was rumored that GREASE clogs pores which stunts hair growth. It was also said that it attracts dirt simply because it is so heavy...

Some of the other leading natural hair curlies have start using GREASE again, which has pulled other Curlies into using it again. I am definitely not here to tell you what to use because I am here to help but at the end of the day, do what works for you.

I will continue to use organic products simply because they adore my hair and that is what you have to find. Following the crowd will get you no where most of the time.

BUT to all my GREASE lovers, I AM EXTREMELY happy that you've found something that works for you :) Remember this journey is all about promoting  not only healthy hair but inner beauty. DO NOT stop using a product because everyone else is.

@Classycurlies

Walgreens: Shea Moisture Sale

Hey Curlies!

Just a really short notice. Walgreens is having their buy one get one 50% off sale for most of the Shea Moisture products. This also includes online sales. Happy shopping :)

http://www.walgreens.com/search/results.jsp?Ntt=shea+moisture&x=0&y=0

@ClassyCurlies

Natural Hair Care:Twist Out & 2nd Day Hair 101


Hey Curlies!


As you all may know, I LOVE twist and twist outs. I know a lot of curlies are still trying to master the twist out and second day hair. Wouldn't it just be FABULOUS to wake up the next morning and have second day hair?! You wouldn't have to do any fixing, just fluff and keep it moving. Here are my tips and tricks to achieving both of these styles.

Twist Out Secrets

  • Twists in the direction you would like your twists to fall. Do not twist toward the front of your face thinking that in the morning it will fall toward the back of your head. You have to train your twists.
  • I always have a better chance at achieving second day hair with damp or wet twists. When I do dry twist outs, I have to retwist at night.
  • Flat twists sometimes show more length( in the photo below) so I usually do them right in the front of my head so that the next morning, hair can fall in front of my face. Flat twists also eliminates puffy roots.
2nd Day Hair Secrets

  • Try Pineappling your hair at night by gathering all of your twists up to the top of your head. You can also create mini pineapples all over your head. This prevents your hair from being crushed at night.
  • Again, curl definition lasts longer when doing twists wet or damp because when they dry, the twist mold into the twist formation and freezes that way even when you unravel them.
  • Leaving twists in for more that one day/ night helps mold the twist more. If you are too embarrassed to wear your twists outside DON'T FRET! lol. The Fall and Winter time is the PERFECT time to try out all of those hair accessories that you've been dying to try. (Beanies, scarfs, flowers) You can also pin them up into a style.
  • Usually at night I apply an oil to my hair and simply put on a bonnet and lay down. In the morning, I add more oil and fluff for volume and body.
What do you do to achieve 2nd day hair???


ClassyCurlies

The Transitioning Series: Big Chop Options

Hey Curlies!
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I am starting a transitioning series to help out the ladies going through this process. Here you will find styling options, big chop talk and maintaining hair. I understand that most of my blog deals with hair that's fully natural but I would like to help out the ladies who are thinking of going natural or are already in that transitioning phase. In between my regular blogging, the transitioning series will be present.


A lot of people contemplate whether or not they should big chop. The key to BC is to do it when YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE. Do not feel as if you need to do it simply because everyone is. Here are a couple of ways to big chop.


Ways to Big Chop
  • DIY( Do it yourself)- I did my BC in my bathroom right after I washed and conditioned my hair. When your hair is wet it is so much easier to see the difference in your new growth of natural hair and the relaxed ends. You would usually just take a pair of cutting shears and cut right below the line of demarcation (where the relaxed and natural hair meet.)
  • Hair salon/ Barber Shop- It is probably better if you go to a natural hair salon to get the cut. That way the stylist knows how to handle natural hair and understands the process. If you go to a regular hair salon, the stylist might not understand why you would want to cut your hair or other problems might arise. A Barber on the other hand, handles natural hair on a day to day basis and knows how to handle it.

The choice is really up to you. Do what is easiest for you. If you are really protective about your hair, you might want to do it yourself but at the end it is UP TO YOU!

@Classycurlies

ClassyCurly Profile: Latrice

Love the hair color!


On the CN: Brown Eyed Curly

Name: Latrice Williams
Hair Type: 4 something (lol)

How long have you been natural or transitioning?
I have been natural for 1 year on November 18, 2011. I cut it all off in April 2009 but used a texturizer of and on until November 18, 2010.

A short regimen you can share?
My regimen is normally co-washes every day and seal with either Coconut Oil or EVOO. When I shampoo I use either the Kinky Kurly or Mizani Cleansing Cream, both are Sulfate Free. I co-wash with various conditioners but recently was introduced to Trader Joe’s Nourishing Spa Conditioner and I love it.

Do you have any favorite products?
My Favorite Product has to be BENTONITE CLAY.. It works every time my hair needs a pick me up.

Do you have any advice on going natural?
In the words of Nike..JUST DO IT…Seriously, be patient, and
love the journey. With anything there will be some bad days that will frustrate you BUT you only know they are bad because you will have many good ones as well. Love you and use that fierce new hair as a 
Armour from naysayers.