ClassyCurly Profile: Kameko


Hey Curlies,

Here is another natural hair profile





ON CN: Turtle1920

Name: Kameko
Social Media names: Turtle1920 for Twitter and the Curly Nikki forum.
Hair Type:4a,4b, with a little 3c sprinkled around
URL( if any): http://turtle1920.tumblr.com/

How long have you been natural or transitioning? 
I transitioned from Jan 22 to July 26. Then I chopped it all off.

When did you BC or when do you plan on doing the big chop?
I BC in July 26, after taking out my last sew in. I had sat watching videos on on YouTube for hours. I especially loved Nikkimae2003 and NaturallyCandi. After watching those two and few others and seeing the growth that they accomplished, how happy they were, and just how beautiful they looked I knew I could do it. So I locked myself in the bathroom and spent about two hours cutting out tracks and cutting off the relaxed ends. I emerged out the bathroom, and my boyfriend said your beautiful. I didn't have the sense of shock some people speak of. I did doll if up a lot the next day but that wasn't out the norm for me since Im a self described MAC addict.
A short regimen you can share?
I co-wash now with whatever conditioners(mostly a mix of HEHH,Aussie Moist, Nexxus Humectress) I have in my shower. I'll shampoo every week and use a ACV-Apple Cider Vinigar- rinse. Then as soon as I get out the shower, t-shirt dry, then seal immediately with EVOO-Extra Virgin Olive Oil- or whatever oil I have laying around.

Do you have any Favorite Products?
I love Shea Moisture products, the curl smoothie,and the hair milk. My hair loves EVOO as well. I have also turned into a PJ-Product Junkie- buying any and every conditioner there is. HEHH is my friend lol.

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
My advice is to make sure your ready for this. Its easy in a sense but it takes a true commitment to keep it moisturized especially after BC. You can't just let it go because your natural now. A week after I BC a 2 year natural saw me and asked me what I did to my hair. Her hair was drier than the desert. I told her what I knew, but this is what I'm saying if your want your hair to flourish you have to take care of it. Remember that anyone can do this, no matter what type of hair grows from your head, no matter your body type, or head shape....YOU CAN BE NATURAL.


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Now Accepting Features!

Hey Curlies!


I finally have enough time to talk a little more about featuring you lovely ladies. A few months ago I had tons of people to profile and now more are welcome! If you would like to be profiled on my site, or as a guest blogger, please send the information required. You can find this on the "Want to be Featured" tab on the right hand side! Thanks a bunch :)

Natural Hair Care:4 Ways to Stretch hair

Hey Curlies!





I just want to start off by saying that Friday I will be removing my kinky twist and I am SUPER PUMPED! I've had them in since the last week of July and I have gained about 1 inch of growth (clap clap lol).


ANYWHO! lol I know a lot of times when I want to wear my hair out, I sometimes have second thoughts because it is so short. I've never had short hair before so I would like some length. When I wash my hair I get MAJOR shrinkage!(Probably like most of you). If you are wondering how to gain some quick couple of inches I have 4 ways to stretch your hair!

  1. After washing and applying a leave in conditioner or oils, let the hair air dry by doing a couple of braids. Divide your hair into no more than 9 sections and create single braids. Braiding lengthens the hair and also keeps in moisture without shrinking back up. In the morning, unravel and continue to style as usual.
  2. Use ROLLERS! These are by far, one of the best inventions for me.You can use Perm Rods, Flexi Rods, Foam Rollers or Curlformers.
  3. Try Banding! This is a little new to me also but the concept seems really simple. It's similar to creating a ponytail but then adding more bands to that same section of hair as you go down. This method shows you almost the exact amount of length you will gain and freezes the hair in place.
  4. Blow dry! (Which I don't do often). This step takes sort of long for me so I avoid it but it does work for others. Just blow dry and style!
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Natural Hair Care:Hair Type Chart

Hey Curlies!


Everyone has a different hair texture, whether it is Fine,Wavy, or Kinky. Some people really use the knowledge of their hair textures to their advantage. This could help you find which products work best for you. Some sites and stores have products listed by hair type. you can also have more than one hair type. For example, my hair type is a mix between a 3 and 4. If you don't know your hair texture and want to find out what it is...keep reading!

Type 2 (Wavy)
This hair type is really loose and wavy, not even really a curl.

Type 3(Curly)
This hair type is very curly and a lot of times form ringlets.


Type 4 (Kinky)- My hair type/mixed with a 3
This hair type has very tight curls. Sometimes it is difficult when detangling because they knot up easy.

There are more detailed variations of each texture, such as type 3c or 2a. It depends on the intensity of each texture.

ClassyCurlies

7 Steps to Washing Twists

Hey Curlies,

Today I am going to wash my kinky twist, which will be coming out soon! Although I use Tea Tree Oil on my scalp, I am getting the itchies and some buildup. Here are 7 my simple steps to washing twists.


7 Steps to Washing Twists

  1. Take your favorite shampoo, I am using Organix Moroccan Oil, and find a cup or small bowl.
  2. Fill the small container up with half shampoo and half water, then mix. (Diluting the shampoo makes it easier to wash)
  3. Rinse off twist using water (This could be in the shower or sink)
  4. Pour the diluted shampoo on to your head or if it is a bit thicker, take some in your hand and rub it solely on your scalp. ( focusing on the scalp is important because it is where all the buildup is)
  5. Wash the scalp and slowly move to the actual twist. (Don't rub them too much, this could cause the hair to unravel)
  6. Rinse and repeat the same steps using your favorite conditioner, I am using Herbal Essence Hello Hydration.
  7. Finally, dry using a soft towel (blot dry) or using an old t shirt.
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New Contact Info

Hey Curlies!


I have developed a new Twitter page(where I will be posting blog updates) and E-mail account for the site! If you need to ask any questions or such, feel free to contact me! Also if you look on the right hand side, I have also added a Features page. If you would like to be featured on the site that is where you would do so!


Nite nite :)


E-mail: Classycurlies@gmail.com
Twitter: @ClassyCurlies

Hair Crushes???

I love to find people who have stunning hair! It gives me inspiration to keep going in my journey and is one of the reasons I will NEVER return to a relaxer again. Here are some of my hair crushes? Who are some of yours?


Jill Scott a few years ago( Now she's relaxed :( )
Teyana Taylor
Jada Pinkett Smith


Bre ( from ANTM)
Chrisette Michele
Nikki


Their are plenty more!

PartyOverHair Profile


Here's another Curly profile!

On CN: PartyOverHair




Name: Elle
Social Media names@PartyOverHair (Twitter)  
Hair Type3c / 4a 


How long have you been natural or transitioning? 
I've been natural since April of 2011 when I went through an accidental BC. 

When did you BC? 
I Big Chopped on April 2, 2011. It wasn't something I had planned on doing at all. If anything, I was totally against going natural. I had a weave in my hair for about three months & decided I needed it out immediately. Got the weave out, took out my braids & washed my hair. Little did I know was during the taking out of my braids, I had left one right in the center of my head. One of my friends sat with me for about 2 hours trying to detangle the ball of permed hair that sat in the center of my head. I ended up telling her to just cut off the big knot in my head, so she did. I remember taking a look in the mirror & seeing all my natural hair looking so lively, while the pieces of permed hair she had managed to detangle laid flat on my face looking dead ass ever. I would say I had about 1.5 inches of natural new growth at the time. I told my friend to cut off all the permed hair & I haven't looked back since. 

A short regiment you can share. 
One thing I realized that works for me -- The simpler the better. For the first four months of being Natural, I survived off of Wash & Goes. I'd co-wash w. Aussie Moist, apply my Giovanni Direct Leave-In, Seal moisture in w. my purified water + EVOO + Argan Oil mix & use Eco Styler for styling purposes.

As my hair is now getting longer, I live off Two Strand Twist. I pretty much still use all the same products used for my wash & goes. Just lately I've been experimenting with more products and oils. I've also stopped using EcoStyler on my hair & just use it for my edges only. Kinky Curly Curling Custard now replaces the EcoStyler for me. 

Do you have a favorite product?
One of my favorite products for this Summer would definitely be Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo & Conditioner. I use both on wash days & it leaves my hair feeling extra clean as well as has a nice shine to it. I also love using the Conditioner alone on my co-wash days, as it gives my hair great shine, moisture & plus the smell rocks. 

Do you have any advice on going natural?
There are a lot of Natural hair articles, recipes, forums, blogs, videos & what not out there. The best advice I can give is to listen to your hair & find out what works for you. A lot of times something that may work for someone else's hair, may not work for yours. You just have to keep that in mind. Also, being natural requires a lot of patience. It's going to take some time for you to really learn about your hair. There will be some ups and downs, but don't be discouraged. Growth will come eventually! 

Kinky Twist Styles

Hey Curlies! I found a Youtube video on different ways to style Kinky Twist! I found that some of these don't work out for me because my twist are a bit bigger than the ones shown in the video. I hope some of these work out for you whether you have Kinky Twist or just regular two strand twist!


Product Review!!! Aloe Vera Gel




I still have in my twist and I will probably remove them in the next 3 weeks. Most days I simply just throw them back in a ponytail because it has been SUPER HOT. While completing my ponytail I use Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel. While I find that it really has no sort of hold, like other gels, it does leave my twist and edges feeling very soft and moisturized.


Aloe Vera has been known to soothe and moisturize skin. When I use this product, I put about a quarter size amount into my palms, rub it together and rub it on my twist directly. This especially helps now that my twist are a bit more frizzier than when I first got them done. Try some! :)

Jivelene Profile

Hey Curlies! Here is another profile for a wonderful lady on the Curly Nikki Forums! Hope this inspires you!

ON CN: Jivelene


Name: Charlene
Social Media names: @Jivelene
Hair Type:3c




How long have you been natural or transitioning?

My last relaxer was Oct 19, 2010. I transitioned for 9 months. My goal was a year but I just couldn't take the maintenance of the 2 textures.
When did you BC or when do you plan on Bcing?- I BC'd July 14th, 2011. I wanted to do it the night before but I didn't think I had a steady enough hand. So when my husband went to Great Clips the next day for his 'summer hair cut', there was a girl with locs working and I knew it was destiny!


A short regimen you can share?
I switch things up a lot. Usually, I cowash daily, shampoo & deep condition every other week. There are a bunch of conditioners I like. Recently, I've been using the Kinky Curly Curling Custard as my styler. To make sure I don't get a lot of build up from the KCCC, I've been cowashing with Suave Professionals Invigorating Clean Conditioner in Rosemary + Mint. (I like this stuff better than WEN). I shake the excess water out of my hair before I get out of the shower. Then, I use Oyin's Honey Hemp conditioner as a leave in. I rake it all over my head using my fingers. Next, I take about a bean size of the Kinky Curly Curling Custard and apply it in 3 sections. (back, top-right, top-left) Lastly, I add Sweet almond oil to get rid of the crunch. If it's not raining, I stick my head out of my car window a few times on the way to work to dry my hair. I know that sounds nuts, but it dries and creates volume! 

Do you have any Favorite Products? 
Koil's by Nature Lavender and Eucalyptus Gel, Koils by Nature Hair and Body Butter, Oyin's Honey Hemp Conditioner and Kinky Curly Curling Custard.

Do you have any advice on Going Natural? 
Get to know your hair and love YOUR hair, whatever texture or type it may be. Spend some quality time with it. It's unlike any other's and it's all yours. Don't look to change it if it's not what you expect once your all natural. There isn't a magic product out there that's going to loosen your curls or change your texture but you will learn what products & techniques that work best for your beautiful & unique hair 
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