ClassyCurly Style: Half-Mohawk with a bang.

Hey Curlies!

I wore a twistout today but I decided to play in my hair. I used nothing but my hands and many bobby pins! Check it out!


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ClassyCurly Profile: Victoria Francis

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Here's another featured profile. Isn't her hair and name (I'm silly) beautiful?


1.      Tell us a little about yourself and your beauty line.
My name is Victoria Francis and I am the Founder of NouriShea, a natural Hair and Skincare brand based on formulations with 100% USDA Certified Organic Shea Butter and essential oils.
2.      When and why did you decide to go natural?
I went natural in 2003 when I was pregnant with my first child. Before then I wore a perm and loved it, but when I became pregnant, I decided to stop. I started transitioning with braids and when I felt comfortable enough with my hair, I wore it out in an afro.
3.      What are some of your favorite hair products?

Of course NouriShea tops the list because I formulated the hair care products especially to fit me and my family’s needs. I also like Taliah Waajid Black Earth products for my dreadlocks. I haven’t tried that many products as I try to not use too much products in my hair to avoid buildup.

4.       A short hair regimen you can share?

I have dreadlocks so I try to keep my regimen as simple as possible. I wash my hair my NouriShea Tea tree Shampoo. I make sure to really work in the shampoo so I get the full benefits of the tea tree oil and Organic Shea butter.  If needed, I condition with my NouriShea Mango Conditioner and rinse my locks thoroughly. I then re-twist my new growth with Organic coconut oil.


5.      Do you have any advice to others thinking about going natural?
The best advice I can give to anyone thinking about going natural is follow your heart. As much as I would love to say “just do it”, it’s really a matter what you want as an individual want for yourself. Do your research on your current hair regimen and also on what it takes to maintain “natural hair”. If you want to do the least damage to your hair and the earth, getting back to natural state is best, but make sure its what you really want to do
6.      What types of ingredients do your use to create your products?
The core of all my formulations is our 100% USDA certified Shea butter. We also use coconut oil, jojoba oil; olive oil, and other essential oils.  Everything we use is either organic or natural. We try to deliver the best hair and skincare products that not only great for your skin but also safe for our environment.
7.      Anything else you would like to add about natural hair in general?
Wearing natural hair is freedom. I’ve had natural hair for a very long time and wouldn’t change it for the world. If it’s for you, do it, enjoy it and express yourself!


You can find her and her products at:
@VictoriaFDownes on Twitter
NouriShea on Facebook

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Styling: How long is too long?

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Since becoming natural and doing research, I've noticed so many women spending so much time on doing their hair. I am guilty of this also. If I do not have another person helping me twist me hair, it can take hours!

Since it does take so long, you began to feel the prolonged affects. Your arms are tired, fingers cramping, and worst of all, you give up toward the end so your hair doesn't look as good in the back as the front. Crazy huh?

So is there anyway you can cut down your hair regimen and still achieve fantastic hair? How long does it take you to style your hair? What do you do to pass the time? It's discussion time!!!!

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Natural Hair Meetup: Indy Style

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Today was wonderful. I attended a natural hair meetup and met dozens of other curlies and just overall had a great time.We did a product swap and I got an entire bottle of Tresemme Naturals conditioner (#winning). We also did a lot of giveaways.

I encourage you all to attend a natural hair meetup in your area. If their isn't one yet, be the one to start it. People will attend-trust me! Over 30 ladies showed up today and it was truly a learning experience.

We had a few special guest, Waychaun aka luvbeinnatural on Youtube, joined us. Also Dawn, a natural hair stylist was there to give her insight and do a Q and A session. Some photos are below.









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Classy Curly Profile: Ysheena

She has beautiful hair with a beautiful color to match!

Name: Ysheena Mccoy

Social Media: Twitter -@Ysheena1

Youtube-http://www.youtube.com/Ysheena1

Hair Type: 3b/3c

How long have you been natural? 
I'm 5 years Natural

Why did you go natural?
I needed to go natural due to Alopecia in the front of my hair due to stress.
When did you Big chop? 
November 15, 2006 to be exact lol

A short regimen you can share?
I believe that adding oils Coconut oil, olive oil) while washing and conditioning your hair is a great way to add moisture.
Do you have any Favorite Products?
Eco style Gel (olive oil) and Herbal Essence Totally twisted shampoo.
Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
I believe that anyone who is natural or anyone transitioning should pay close attention to what thier hair needs are. You should always do what works for you. What may work for one, Just may not work for you.


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Valentine's Day Giveaway

Hey Curlies!
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As you all know, I love to do giveaways and I figure why not with the holiday coming up. I am using a new method for the giveaway this time and hopefully it is successful. I am giving away one jar of Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Purification Masque valued at $10. I haven't tried this product yet but I have heard great reviews about it. I will also purchase a jar for myself and test it out.


There will also be a second winner for this giveaway. Enter below. The winner will win a product from Sophiakessentials.com. More information here.

The giveaway ends on Valentine's Day Feb 14,2012. Good Luck!!
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Classy Curly Profile: Chris-Tia of "Thank God I'm Natural."

Hey Curlies!
thankgotimnatural.com
I am very excited about sharing this interview with you all! Have you ever read the book, "Thank God I'm Natural?" Well I have had the pleasure of getting an interview with Chris-Tia, the author of this book, and I'm dying to share it! Her book has been reviewed by Nappturality.com, the salon owner of the Uncle Funky's Daughter, Afrobella.com and many celebrity stylist. Check it out!


Name:  Chris-Tia Donaldson
Social Media names:  Twitter: @TGINatural, Facebook: Thank God I'm Natural

Hair Type:  4a/4b (Kinky)

How long have you been natural?
I went natural in 2002 after I grew tired and frustrated of spending so much time and money on my hair. When my hair was relaxed, it would go through this vicious cycle, where it would grow then break off, then grown then break off some more. Finally, I met a stylist, William of W Salon in Boston, who told me that I didn’t need a perm and that I could start pressing my hair.  I decided to stop pressing my hair and wore a wig for two years. Although I was natural at the time, I was never fully comfortable with wearing my own hair until one life changing episode happened. You can read all about it in my new book Thank God I’m Natural: The Ultimate Guide to Caring for and Maintaining Natural Hair available onlineat www.tginsore.com or get a sneak peak online at Amazon.com.

When did you big chop?  

March 2003

A short regimen you can share?
I like to keep things simple. I wash my hair once a week with Elucence’s Moisturizing Benefits Shampoo and Conditioner. I’ll then apply a little Knot Today to my hair to help withdetangling with a wide tooth comb. I have found that if I use a wide tooth comb instead of my Denman, I can preserve my curl pattern and increase curl definition.  I’ll then twist my hair with Shea Moisture, Coconut Oil, and Aloe Vera Gel. I’ll leave the twist in for a couple of days, take them down and mist them just a little to get some fullness. Kinky twists are my go to protective style. There easy and convenient. I also like to get my hair trimmed every 8 -10 weeks. I found that when my ends are clipped and my hair is shaped up nicely, it grows so much faster. Finally, I sleep with a silk scarf or bonnet and then in the morning I'm good to go. It's a fairly simple hair routine. However, I have been natural for a while, so I've got it down to a science.

Do you have any Favorite Products?
Here are some products that I love:
Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo and Conditioner (for Cleansing and/Conditioning)
Aubrey White Chamomile Shampoo (for Cleansing)
Giovanni Triple Treat (for Conditioner)
Kinky Curly Knot Today (for Degtangling)
Shea Smoothie or ORS Loc and Twist Gel (for Twistouts)
Eco Styler Gel (for Wash N Go Styles)
You can find a description of the products online at my blog here http://thankgodimnatural.wordpress.com/category/hair/products/.  

Do you have any advice on Going Natural.
Like so many black women, there was a point in my life when I spent so much time, money, and energy on trying to achieve hair that looked nothing like my own. It impacted my exercise schedule, my love life, my finances, and more. When I finally decided to let go and love the hair I was born with, I experienced a peace like no other.  It was like everything came into focus, and I could finally say Thank God I’m Natural. . . . This is just the way I’m supposed to be.

Tell us a little about yourself and your book (concepts, idea, etc)?
My name is Chris-Tia Donaldson and I was born and raised in Detroit (7 Mile). I went to Harvard for College and for Law School, and now I’m a lawyer for a software company. Right now, I work with a talented and dedicated team of people, who help me to balance my full time job with the demands of running an all natural personal care products company whose mission is to empower black women to live healthier natural lives.
At this juncture, our primary focus is to help educate women who are thinking about going natural learn about the benefits of making this choice, as well as giving women the resources and information not only to take care of their hair naturally, but their bodies as well.  
I decided to write the book after I started working at Jenner & Block.  At Jenner I felt like I could be true to my natural self and still be successful in corporate America. I had spent almost a quarter century wishing for hair that looked nothing like my own, and  thought I couldn’t wear my hair in its natural state, because my tresses looked nothing like Alicia Keys’ or Mariah Carey’s.  When I came to the realization that I could go natural, I wanted to share all the information I learned about caring for my hair with others. I also wanted to let the ladies know that going natural would not put an end to their career, prevent them from getting a date, or require them to join the “movement”.

Stay natural,

Chris-Tia

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Two Strand Twists Style

Hey Curlies!

I wore a flat twist and puff all last week.
I dressed it up with different flowers and headbands. On Friday, I twisted my hair in bigger sections just to do a pin up style. I also trimmed my ends. They were a disaster! Well I think so. The last time I had them trimmed was in October. My trim was way over due! I twisted my couple of front twist and pinned them back.




Product Review: Organic Root Simulator Replenishing Conditioner

Hey Curlies!
Sallybeautysupply.com
On Monday night I washed my hair and used this conditioner to deep condition my hair. I have been using this conditioner for years. It leaves my hair very moisturized and smells amazing. Some of the best ingredients in this product is olive oil, sunflower seed oil, and aloe vera gel.

You can also buy a smaller version of this if you just want to try it. You can find this product at most beauty supply stores, Wal-Mart, Target, CVS or Walgreens. The bottle cost about $7 to $8, while the pack cost about $2-$3.
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I apply a generous amount of this product to my hair and scalp.I let it sit for about and hour or more.This is by far one of my favorite conditioners.

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Funny natural hair videos

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I found some more funny videos about naturals. Check them out.


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Indianapolis Natural Hair Meetup

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If you are going to be in the Indianapolis area Saturday January 28 (next weekend), then you should definitely attend the natural hair meetup. The event will feature natural hair stories told by our own fabulous natural ladies, product swaps, giveaways and much more! For more information visit the link below. The event is only $5 but the event is worth so much more! Hope to see you there!


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Natural Hair Mentors

Hey Curlies!

I came up with this cool idea a few weeks ago about mentors. I thought it would be great for transitioners or those who aren't as experienced to have someone to lean on in times of need. I have created a thread for this idea.

In the thread you can find a mentor or be a mentor to someone else.

Natural Hair mentors

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Twistout with hair accessories

Hey Curlies!

I did a twist out from my old twist and I also added a flower to spice it up!


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Hair Accessories

Hey Curlies!

For the past few days I've been wearing my twist in either a ponytail with a flower accessory or a beanie.
Now that school has started back, it is very easy for me to wake up and go.





































This weekend I'll probably do a braidout or twist out before a wash.

I also have many other accessories that might give you ideas to spice up your hair styles. The beanies are also very good at protecting your hair in the cold months.





 A great place to find hair accessories are your local beauty supply stores or even Wal-Mart or Target.
I have also found some great online places.

Glamified Boutique

Ulta

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Dry Twist Out

Hey Curlies!

I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far. Classes have just started for me again so I'm trying to keep everything together.

The other day before I retwisted my hair, I did a twist out. I noticed that they looked slightly longer :)


I've still been pinning my hair back into a bun as a protective style. See the tutorial here.
By the way, I found this video. Very funny!




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Product Review: Palmer's Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack

Hey Curlies!

Earlier this week I deep conditioned with a new conditioner called Palmer's Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Protein Pack. I purchased this pack from Wal-mart for about $2 in the "ethnic" hair care section.
What the product claims:
It is more intensive treatment than their regular deep conditioning pack. It repairs damaged hair and strengthens hair from root to tip. (More info)

My Review:
I give it 4 out of 5 stars! I applied the entire pack to my hair and let it sit under a plastic cap and towel for about 2 hours. I got sort of distracted by HGTV, so that's why I kind of forgot about it.

I haven't did any sort of protein treatment in a while so I figure why not. My hair came out very soft! If your hair needs a little winter time "pick me up" try this product.

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Two strand twist pinup

Hey Curlies!

Okay so I never thought I'd say this, but here it goes. I CAN'T STAND my hair this straight. Since I did my dry twist on my old roller set hair I am starting to hate it. It's too straight for my liking. I now miss the "snap back" and shrinkage I couldn't stand before. (crazy huh? lol)

I love the length but either than that, this will NOT be happening again. In order to stop myself from rewashing my hair and retwisting to get the "snap" back, I pinned my twist up and it turned out pretty cute.



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S/N: As you probably have noticed, I've been doing a lot more videos. The videos will help demonstrate hair styles while actual blog post are used for discussion based things.

Natural Hair: Twist on dry hair

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So after the failed roller set and the cute low puff, I just decided to twist my hair up. I think I am manipulating it too much. Since my hair was dried already from the roller set it gave me long stretched twists.



Usually my twists only hang down by my eyebrows. I love it!

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Winter moisture treatment

Hey Curlies!

So today I gave my hair a little extra TLC. I am now calling this my "Winter Moisture Treatment." Since it is so cold out, and snowing like crazy, my hair and scalp has been so dry lately. Here is what I did to rejuvenate my tresses.

  • I did an oil rinse on my hair using the oil I normally use to do a hot oil treatment. With the olive oil I first used it on my entire head and then after rinsing I sectioned my hair into two. I applied the oil to both sections then rinsed.

  • Next I cowashed with Aussie Moist.
  • Today I used a new deep conditioner just because I was curious. I used Palmer's Coconut oil protein pack. I really liked this conditioner. (Product review soon to come.) I left it on for about an hour and a half.
I will probably do this routine every couple of months just to "up"the moisture. The reason this routine is different from normal is because I did an oil rinse and used a new protein deep conditioner.

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Preserving a Twistout: Night time routine

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Here is my night time routine to preserving a twist out.


Natural hair and your significant other

Hey Curlies!

So yesterday I was cuddling with my significant other watching TV and I always catch him staring at my hair.lol He never says anything but I can tell he's looking. So I fell asleep and about an hour later I began waking up but my eyes are still shut. I feel his ENTIRE HAND dive right into my new twist out. In my head I'm thinking "he think he's slick"! lol Have you ever been in a weird situation like this?

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