Saturday, October 29, 2011

My First Puff

Hey Curlies!

So from my last twist out ( in my last post), I created my first puff (on day 3 hair) and it turn out really cute! I used a regular Goody headband but then I also added another headband that is a bit more fancy. You'll see what I mean...





To smooth down my edges I used Fruit of Earth Aloe Vera Gel and Olive Oil. I will admit that this style was a bit uncomfortable because of the tightness of th headband. So once I get it stretched out, this might become a staple!

What are some of your staple styles? Mine? Twist/ Twistout

@ClassyCurlies

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FAB Twistout!

Hey Curlies!


So this was the second time I've done a FULL twist out all over my head without any other style in front. I loved the results!! Saturday night I took down my flat twist that I had been wearing on the side and twisted my whole head into about 10-15 twist. I honestly think I only used Olive Oil and water for each twist.


Sunday I wore a cute purple bonnet all day and on Monday morning I untwisted. Here are the results!
Twist
Before separating
Top shot

Top shot
Final

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Monday, October 24, 2011

ClassyCurly Profile: Purple Coca


The Second time is a charm ;)

On the CNmrztlcwillis



Name: Purple Cocoa
Social Media names: mrztlcwillis (Curly Nikki) Purple_Cocoa (Twitter)
Hair Type: 4C
Fro Name: Cocoa
URL (if any)purplecocoasthoughts.blogspot.com




How long have you been natural or transitioning?
I have been natural/transitioning since December 2008. This was my second attempt after my stylist was against it. She did not want to maintain my 4c hair.

When did you BC or when do you plan on Bcing?
I never BCed. I already had very short hair so I just grew it out and keep my ends trimmed. Eventually, I trimmed the relaxed ends off.

A short regimen you can share?


I wash my hair every 1 -2 weeks. I listen to my scalp; if she itches badly, we wash. If not, we wait until 2 weeks. My hair was trained to be washed weekly while I was relaxed, so she knows when it is time. I currently use Bee Mine Ayurvedic Herbal Bar or Queene Helene Royal Curl shampoo (new product, love it so far). I deep condition after every shampoo, usually 4 – 12 hours depending on my next style. I use Bee Mine Deep Conditioner or Queene Helene Royal Curl with honey, EVOO, and castor oil.  I will twist my hair or put in braid extensions depending on the mood with some mango or Shea butter. I rarely wear WnGs because my hair dries out so quickly. Oh wait…I use castor and coconut oil to seal the moisture. I keeps it simple.

Do you have any Favorite Products?
The Bee Mine line: It works great in my hair and my daughter hair.

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
It is not a war with our relaxed hair friends. It’s a choice so embrace it. It is rough as with anything in life but it will get better. Do what works for you at all times. I would love to wear all the styles I see the other Naturalistas wear but my hair says NO!. She is simple and will remain simple.





Sunday, October 23, 2011

I Just Big Chopped, Now What?

Hey Curlies!

When I did my big chop in the summer of 2011, I was super excited. I cut my hair in my bathroom and I can remember my mother's face when she saw my process (her mouth dropped).


I finally got to see my actual hair texture and I was finally fully natural. I also found a downside to all of this happiness, my hair was drier than the desert.

RELATED | Crash Course: Natural Hair 101

I now know that once you big chop, moisture is very important. Here are some ways and styles to cope with this problem.



natural hair big chop

  • Don't forget to deep condition. It is almost as if when you cut the relaxed ends off, the natural hair goes into a state of shock. I usually deep condition my hair using Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. I'll apply it to my hair and then put on a plastic shower cap. I'll let it sit on there for about an hour or more, depending on what I'm doing.
  • Cowashing is also a great method to use. Cowashing is when you cleanse the hair using only conditioner instead of shampoo. Cowashing adds extra moisture that your hair lacks soon after BCing. I did this about once or twice a week.
  • Going back to moisturizing and sealing. This method traps in the moisture applied to the hair by applying an oil after the moisturizer. Be sure to complete this step after every wash or cowash and daily as needed.
RELATED | 6 Things you need to Know Before & After the Big Chop

Here are some styles I did right after I big chopped:
Twist out
Roller set results



Friday, October 21, 2011

Natural Hair Care: Moisturize & Sealing

Hey Curlies!

This is the twist out from my previous style. I actually still have this style in right now working on day two hair!

Anywho! In order for hair to receive proper treatment using a moisturizer, there is a two step process that every natural should know, how to Moisturize and Seal.

  1. First begin with either dry or damp hair. I usually do this process every day and very thoroughly on wash days. Start off with your favorite leave in conditioner (if your hair is wet, I use Garnier Fructis) or your favorite cream moisturizer (I use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie). Rub about a quarter size amount into your hands and apply to hair.
  2. Next, for either wet or dry hair, apply an oil to your hair to coat the cream moisturizer( I use Olive Oil). This seals in the moisture to keep hair constantly moisturized.
You repeat this process depending on how often your hair becomes dry. I repeat this process almost daily simply because the cold weather is kicking in! Hope this is helpful.

What products do you use for this process?? Share!
@Classycurlies


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Natural Hair Care: What Causes Hair Breakage??

Hey Curlies!

I know that when I began my natural hair journey I wanted to transition for as long as possible because I did not want to be seen with short hair. The more I let my hair grow out, probably around the 6 or 7th month, I experienced TONS of breakage which led to my BC in July. This was caused by a number of things including the point where my natural hair met my old relaxed hair..long story short, they didn't get along. This point of the hair is called the Line of Demarcation, the new growth is stronger than the fragile relaxed hair.

I know of many people who experience breakage on a daily basis, some who have already transitioned or have been natural for years. I am not an expert on hair breakage, but here you find can find a few things relating to your problems.


  1. Too much manipulation causes wear and tear of the hair follicles. This also caused the ends of the hair to split. Remember the old saying of "You should brush you hair 100 times before bed"? WRONG! Consistently brushing and combing the hair causes breakage, especially on dry hair. Advice: Try protective styling such as braids,twists or roller sets which will keep your hands out of your hair.
  2. Handle hair gently when detangling. The number one rule to detangling is to start with a moisturizer, oil or water and begin at the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots. If you begin at the root and work backwards, you are snatching out all of the hair underneath.  Advice: Be gentle, not rough.
  3. Heating tools to style is a big NO NO! Using heat on your hair dries it out, which is the last thing that naturals need. Whether it is a pressing comb or flat iron, moisture is lost. Advice: If you wish to use heat every so often, use a heat protectant and keep heat under 300 degrees.
  4. Split Ends creep up on everybody sometimes. You can see split ends if you simply hold strands of your hair up. You will see strands that do not fit well with the other ones, meaning they kind of grow out in different directions. They are thin and lifeless. Split ends need to be trimmed often because they can ride up the hair shaft and damage the upper parts of the strand. Advice: Check for split ends regularly. It ultimately depends on the growth of your hair.
  5. Lack of Moisture. African American hair is naturally dry compared to other cultures which mean we need to take extra good care of it. This can lead to breakage and split ends.Moisturize your hair depending on the level of dryness you experience, but usually once every day works. Advice: Always remember to moisturize and seal. This means using a cream or butter moisturizer and then sealing with an oil or water.

ClassyCurlies

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Natural Hair: Wash and Style

Hey Curlies!

Now that midterms are almost over, I can concentrate on your guys a little more. Before coming home for a mini break, I washed my hair and now it is flat twisted into a half updo lol. I washed and conditioned with the usual and then detangled.

Wet hair right after I washed out my Shea Moisture conditioner

Couple flat twist going up

The back and side is mostly 2 strands



I plan on keeping this in for AT LEAST two weeks if not more, the only reason I would take it down is if it gets itchy or the side flat twists get fuzzy. At night I spray water on them and then rub oil on the twist.

BTW curlies! I was featured on Newly Natural's blog! Go check it out :)

ClassyCurlies

Sunday, October 9, 2011

ClassyCurly Profile: Aitza Briauna


Hey Curlies!

It's Good to See the Younger Generation (like me!)

ON CN: babycakesbriauna


Name:Aitza Briauna
Social Media names: babycakesbriauna(CN & YT), babycakebriauna(twitter)
Hair Type: kinky-curly. I'm not really into hair typing but I fall in the 4/3 category. 


How long have you been natural or transitioning?
I've been natural basically my whole life. My dad let someone give me one of those kiddie perms when I was 2 and I got a texturizer at age 9. Beside that, I've been relaxer free. So Bree, my hair, and I have been together for around 17 years. 

A short regimen you can share?
I'n a very lazy person so I do things when I feel like it. I usually wash my hair every week or every other week. I love sulfates & cones so I try not to go long periods without shampooing. 

Usually I'll condition, DT, detangle then apply my leave in  before plaiting my hair up as I find my hair dries quicker this way. In the morning I put a light oil on my hands then unravel and fluff. I like to keep things simple. I'm a busy yet lazy teenager so time is of the essence. 
I usually rock a braid out for 2-3 days then l'll do a Bantu knot out, followed by a puff or bun towards the end of the week. 

I love, love, love braids & other extensions! It makes my life so much easier. It's just wake up and go hair. I usually wear my hair like this 6-9 months out of the year just for convenience. 

Do you have any Favorite Products?

Let's see, for washing & conditioning I love Creme of Nature and ElastaQP  products. Bree loves the Shea Moisture smoothie & style milk. I've been using coconut oil & EVOO since I was a child and they've never let me down;however, I've recently fallen in love with Sweet Almond oil & Tea Tree oil. I use a moisturizer called One Bottle 6n1. It works great for twists and just keeping the hair moisturized. For hold or to sleek my hair back I'll uses a mixture of Eco Styler and AVG or Curls Control Paste. Oh and KCCC and KCSS are some of my favorites as well. 

I like to alternate products but those are my main ones.

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
Listen to your hair. Find out what it likes and doesn't like. You'll avoid a lot of heartache in the end.

 Stay true to yourself. Do what's best for you. Everyone is  different. If you find out somewhere along the road a relaxer is easier for you, don't feel guilty. It's your life and it's your hair. 



Saturday, October 8, 2011

Natural Hair Styles: Homecoming Twist out!

Hey Curlies!

Tonight was the second party of the Homecoming weekend and of course I went out with my girls! I did a twist out with my mini twists that I've been wearing all week. Upon taking them down I rubbed some Tea Tree Oil on my hands and carefully pulled the twist apart, took about 15 mins. I also did no fluffing, I can't stand the bushy look lol. I absolutely LOVED the results!!!!!! Best twist out thus far and it lasted all night! No puffy sections! Right now I just put on a scarf to lay down my edges and a bonnet on the rest, we'll see how that goes!


Top Shot------->>>>>>



ClassyCurlies

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hair Style of The Day #2: Two Strand Twists

Hey Curlies!


I am featured on Destinee's Blog for natural women, called LoveDestinee.blogspot.com! Go Check it out! Great info on products and her hair is FAB!

This is how I wore my hair today! I left all of my twist down. I have found this style VERY convenient considering I am a student and I am always busy. I simply run some Tea tree Oil through them in the morning and at night and keep it moving! lol I'll probably leave these in until Friday where I will do a twist out (which I will show you guys!) 

ClassyCurlies

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hairstyle of the Day #1: Two-Strand Twists

Hey Curlies!

Last night I twisted my hair using Tea Tree Oil and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and I got some cute results. Although this morning when I woke up I notice that they shrunk up so small :( lol so  I decided to put the top half in a ponytail and leave the rest down. I think it's so cute! lol I wish my twist look like they did last night, hanging all on my shoulders lol
ClassyCurlies

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Natural Hair Products: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque Review

Hey Curlies!

Last night after taking down my Kinky Twist that had been in for almost 3 months. I washed and conditioned my hair but I also did a deep conditioning treatment. I bought this product about a month ago when Walgreens had a buy one get one 50% off sale. I had read some mixed reviews on it and just wanted to try it out for myself. Here were  my steps.

1. Soon after rinsing out my conditioner, I applied this product to wet hair. I grabbed about 4 silver dollar sized amounts each time.
2. First I applied some on my edges and worked my way to the middle. I immediately noticed that the masque was sort of hard and for some reason I thought it would be more like whipped Shea Butter.
3. After covering my whole head I applied a clear shower cap and let it sit on for about 2 1/2 hours. I rinsed and my hair felt WONDERFULLY SOFT!

All in all, I would recommend this product to anyone who is having problems with dryness.

I am thinking of creating a video of my wash,condition and style..what do you curlies think?

ClassyCurlies

Second Braidout=Success!

Hey Curlies!
I'M OFFICIALLY COLLARBONE LENGTH!!!!






Last night, with the help of a lovely friend, I got my twist all removed in an HOUR! Never had it happen that fast before, but ANYWAY lol. I immediately noticed growth and I am SUPER EXCITED! I actually can fit my hair into a small ponytail lol. I washed with Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Sulfate free Shampoo then conditioned with HEHH. I also did a deep conditioner with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. (Which I will review soon) I let this sit on my head for about 2 1/2 hours and then rinsed. I had my lovely friend flat twist the front half and create single braids in the back. Here are the results!









ALMOST 3 MONTHS NATURAL!
@ClassyCurlies