Natural Hair:Braid-out Tutorial

Hey Curlies,

I have created a tutorial on my braid-out. It gives advice and shows the different products that I use. I used Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie to braid.




-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)

Natural Hair: Thinning Edges

Hey Curlies,

The other day I was in a store, and the woman in front of me had beautiful natural hair pulled back into a puff. It looked very thick and healthy. She soon turned around to look at the person next to her and I noticed that although her puff was thriving, her edges were just about gone.

It seems as if it has always been very hard for black people, especially women, to keep their edges very full and thick. The other day I seen a small girl who had her hair in ponytails, and she was crying because her mother did them too tightly.

The amount of stress we put on our hair is enormous, and our edges are usually the number one target.

Why do we have thin edges?
  • Too much focus on "laying down our edges"
  • The use of hard styling tools(ex:brushes)
  • Too much manipulation on the hair line (headbands too tight)
  • Chemicals (color,relaxers, etc)
A lot of people notice that after taking down their styles with extensions( braids, twists) that their edges are very thin. Usually when this style is done, the stylist make sure that they grab every little piece of hair so that the style lasts longer. Tell them to be gentle.

There are ways that you can still live by your current routine. Just make some small minor adjustments.

How to prevent thinning edges
  • Use hands for styling, instead of a brush
  • Moisturize the area daily (recommendation following)
  • Limit puffs,ponytails,buns,braids and any updo styles that put stress on the edges
  • If any updo style is worn, be sure that they aren't very tight.
  • Be very gentle with the area
Ultimately, thinning edges can possibly lead to Alopeicia, a hair loss condition if not treated properly.

One of the biggest reasons people have thinning edges is the "gel then brush" method. When using a gel, find a product that doesn't contain alcohol or any drying product, this can lead to breakage(FYI: Aloe vera gel is great). Some people decided to brush very hard after applying the gel. Be gentle.

Try This!
A great method for laying down your edges is using water/oil mix to spray your edges. Follow up by smoothing them down using your fingers and then  tie a satin or silk scarf on for about 5-10 minutes. When you take it off, your hair will be smoothed and laid down.

What I recommend doing is moisturizing the hair nightly before bed, that way the product can penetrate the scalp while you sleep. I highly recommend using coconut oil. It is a saturated oil, and is one of the only oils that actually sink down into the hair shaft instead of just sitting on top.

If you decide to use this oil, a little goes a long way and you also want to make sure that you buy the cold pressed coconut oil. It usually comes in a jar and is white and solid. It doesn't smell like your typical coconut oil.

-Victoria (@ClassyCurlies)

Product Review: Twisted Sista De-Frizz Conditioner

Hey Curlies,

In my June Curlkit, I received this product and I was very surprised that it was a full sized item. I've been using this product for almost 3 weeks now.
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What it claims to do:
Provide moisture and tame frizz

What it contains:
water, cetearyl alcohol, polyquaternium-44, cetrimonium chloride, dimethiconol, ceteareth-20, hydrolyzed wheat protein, panthenol, benzophenone-4, tocopheryl acetate, hydroxypropyltrimonium hydrolyzed wheat protein, quaternium-15, parfum, sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate, C11-15 seo-pareth-12, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, sodium benzoate, benzyl salicylate, hexyl cinnamal, limonene


Uses:
Instant or deep conditioner


My Review:
Like I said before, I've been using this product for about 3 weeks and I do create new uses for it. So far, I've used it as an instant conditioner and a leave in. One thing that I really like about this product is that it contains argan oil and honey. It also does not contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or mineral oil. Since I began washing my hair in sections, I am always on the lookout for products that are good for detangling. This product is defeintely one that helps out in this area. It smells really sweet like a candy and the tangles fall out. The texture isn't really thick or thin so I think this would be great for those who have a medium thickness or more. As I rinsed the conditioner out it felt very soft. As a leave in, I used this when I went swimming once and and once after washing. It did not leave a waxy residue nor did my hair flake after a couple of days. I give this product a 4 out of 5 for being a great detangler.


See how I used this conditioner on a swim day

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: Alopecia & Hair Loss Part 1

Hey Curlies,

There are tons of people all over the world who are losing their hair as we speak. Lots of women who have "gone natural" have done so because they had no other choice but to revert back to healthy hair.

I am pretty sure that Alopecia runs in my family. My little brother and now my Mother has this condition. For those of you who do not know what Alopecia is, it is a condition that causes you to lose hair. It usually starts off as a small balding spot on the scalp. Usually that spot spreads or other balding spots may appear.

At the age of 8, my little brother was diagnosed with this condition and has received numerous treatments. Over the years, as fast as his hair would grow back, it would also fall out. Now he is 13 years old and has a full head of hair and it has remained for almost an entire year.

Not only can your hair from your scalp be affected, this condition could cause one to lose hair all over the body. Having this condition does not mean that you have anything mentally wrong with you, or that you are disabled in anyway.

Now my mother is experiencing the same thing. Recently she went to the dermatologist and got some help. I wanted to pass on this information because many people may be going through this same situation and not have clue what to do or what may be going on.
Hair combed down
The doctor said that chemical relaxers contain drain cleaner and most have a PH balance of 10 or higher.(FYI: Our normal P.H should be between 4 and 6)
Hair pulled up
I hope that this trait does not pass on to me, but I read a magazine article that said that many males who have this condition, receive the trait from their mother. That makes perfect sense. I know plenty of natural women who have had this condition and now have thick, shoulder length hair or longer.

There are also different types and stages of Alopecia, which I will mention in the next part of this series

Signs of Alopecia:
  • Noticeable hair loss in one area
  • One or multiple balding spots
  • Thinning of the hair in one or more area
Treatment Options:
As treatment they gave my mom 12 steroid shots in the area and also prescribed her a cream to apply.
  • Steroid shots
  • Topical creams
  • Intake more vitamin B (this should be combined with other treatments)

Possible Causes:
  • Genetics
  • Chemical relaxers
  • Stress
  • High blood pressure medication side effect
Another option the doctor suggested are ways to temporarily cover up the balding until hair returns. A couple swipes of mascara can be used to blend in the section. Also a camouflaged "tattoo like" match system can be done. The names of these options are "Toppik","Couvre" and "Dermmatch"

The doctor that took my Mother in told her that she was prohibited from using chemical relaxers. Which means she is going natural. (Huge smile)

If you feel that you may have this condition, please see a doctor in your area.  This condition can lead to low self-esteem and embarrassment. 


-Victoria (@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: Deep Conditioning 101

Hey Curlies,

If you guys have been reading the blog for the past year, I used to have a section at the top specifically for deep conditioning, but once I changed the layout I decided to get rid of it. Instead, here is everything you need to know in one place.

The purpose of a deep conditioner is to strengthen the hair and provide moisture. It also contains a mix of proteins, oils and humectants.

In order for these treatments to penetrate, heat must be used for a timely manner, about 30 minutes or more. You can also add light oils to your treatment including, jojoba, olive and coconut.

ClassyCurlies natural hair wash day


I usually deep condition for hours at a time (using my Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap), especially if I have been swimming. If you don't have time to deep condition for hours, at least 30 minutes will be okay. I tell everyone who is interested in healthy hair that deep conditioning is key.

RELATED | 10 Ways to Help your Hair Grow with a Little TLC | Natural Hair: 3 Tips for Shortening Wash Day

Products I use to deep condition:
  • WonderCurl's Deep Treatment Mask
  • TRESemme Naturals
  • Shea Moisture's Superfruit Complex Hair Masque
Q: Is it OK to use a regular instant conditioner as a deep conditioner?

A: I say that it is OK to use your regular conditioner to deep condition, although you would probably get better results if you use a product designated for deep conditioning as they are usually thicker.

One of my favorite products to deep condition with is TRESemme Naturals. Although it isn't qualified as a "deep conditioner" it works well for me. Sometimes you have to see what works specifically for you. I do still use products designed for "deep conditioning."

Things to remember:
  • Use a plastic cap when deep conditioning to trap in the moisture (I used a Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap)
  • Use heat when deep conditioning if possible. This can be done by sitting under a hooded dryer or wrapping a towel around the plastic cap or using a Hot Head.
  • Apply a generous amount of the conditioner to your hair, especially the ends
  • I recommend deep conditioning weekly
  • Always rinse with cool water after deep conditioning. This method closes the cuticle to trap in the moisture from the conditioner



Tips for Swimming with Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

Yesterday I went to a water park and had lots of fun! I haven't been to one in a while. The first thing I thought about was my hair lol. Being natural gives you lots of options on what to do with your hair. It's very worry free.

Here's what I did and more options for those who love the water.

The Conditioner Option:
Add your favorite conditioner to your hair before you get into the water. You need a generous amount to cover your entire head, but not too much where it is dripping everywhere. The conditioner will help retain moisture against the drying chlorine.

The Water Option:
Thoroughly wet your hair before you get into the water. During this step, your hair will absorb the water and help prevent the bad water(chlorinated water) from absorbing once you get into the pool. Our hair can only hold so much water, so filling it with good water(tap) will prevent a lot of the bad water(chlorine) from being absorbed.

Tips for Swimming with Natural Hair - ClassyCurlies

Here's what I did: 

I just simply loaded my hair with Twisted Sista De-Frizz Conditioner and jumped in. It's that simple, don't over think it.

I wore my hair in a high bun so that detangling wouldn't be a pain. Soon after my water fun was over, I washed using TRESemme Split End shampoo and conditioner. Using  shampoo with sulfates is best during this situation because it will strip away the pool water.

I then applied a little more Twisted Sista conditioner as a leave in and did a wash n go puff. That night I applied Shea Moisture's Purification Masque and deep conditioned over night.

Tips for Swimming with Natural Hair - ClassyCurlies

Styling Options: These aren't the only options, but seem to be the easiest
  • Buns/Ponytails
  • Braids
  • Twists
Things to remember:
  • Wash and condition your hair as soon as you are done, this will prevent dryness from the chlorine. Using a shampoo that contains sulfates is best so that it will strip away the chlorinated water.
  • I also recommend deep conditioning your hair after your normal wash and condition with a moisturizing conditioner
  • Remember, having natural hair provides the freedom to do what you want. You don't have to worry about your hair, it will be just fine after your water fun.
Want a little more? Listen to this episode of Curly Conversations where I give even more details on keeping your hair healthy




Natural Hair:Braid Out Success

Hey Curlies,

I finally did I braid out and I loved the results. I haven't done a braid out since my transitioning days and it didn't turn out as well then.

I kept my braids in for 3 days and then I unbraided this morning. My hair was so much longer and wavy. It actually looked very nice until I went to work. I took the kids outside and the humidity hit it and it all went south.

I'll be doing a tutorial on this within the next week :)

I have a few pics:

Before the humidity...


 After the humidity:



Want to know what products I used? Click here

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: Protective Styling

Hey Curlies,

Protective styles are those that protect your hair from everyday damage such as the weather and movement. A lot of naturals use protective styles to retain length and to give themselves and their hair a break from everyday styling.

Especially when styling black hair, we have to be careful of the amount of stress we put on our hair. Since the texture is curly, it is prone to breakage.

Protective styling really comes in handy when one is transitioning from relaxed to natural hair. Daily styling and stress can cause the relaxed ends to break off. When doing a protective style it is also important to  keep your hair moisturized. Here are a few styles that I feel qualify as protective:
  • Two Strand Twists(with or without extensions)
  • Braids(with or without extensions)
  • Bantu Knots
  • Updos
  • Buns
Here are a few good styles for those transitioning. Not all may not totally protect the ends, but they do require low maintenance. 
  • Roller Sets
  • Twist n Curls
  • Ponytails
  • Buns
  • Braids
  • Twists
As you can see, a lot of the styles worn by those fully natural, can also be worn by those transitioning. Here are a few pictures of my low maintenance and protective styles.

July 2011

Nov 2011

Oct 2011

Dec 2011

Dec 2011

Dec 2011

Jan 2012

Jan 2012

March 2012

May 2012

Aug 2011

Aug 2011
Any hair style where your ends are exposed do not qualify as a protective style. It may be a low maintenance style, but not a protective style. This includes twist outs and braid outs. 

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

ClassyCurly Profile: Arij-Shelle Danielle


Hey Curlies,

Here's another ClassyCurly profile. Get inspired! 


Name: Arij-Shelle Danielle
Social Media names: @__bombshelle on twitter and instagram
Hair Type: 4A, Curly, Springy


How long have you been natural?:
I've been natural since November 2009.

Why did you go natural?:
As I matured, I came upon a discovering of self. & as soon as I accepted myself, flaws and all, I began my transition into becoming a natural beauty. Besides, growing up reading about the Black Panther movement, and DuBois philosophy,.  grew up with a mother that taught me the importance of my African roots, by introducing me to elements of the culture and heritage, as well as the need for understanding and acceptance of others. As a grew into aesthetics, I began to love myself more... and my hair is my crown, as I am a queen.

When did you Big chop?: 
In November of 2009. I was a junior in high school, and my science teacher, Ms. Ma'at Lands started the natural movement in my high school. Her hair was more of a 4C. I loved it.

A short regimen you can share?:
I wash my hair once a week, and every month I try a new home recipe every other month or so. Currently, my favorites are: a deep conditioner including mayonnaise, olive oil, a bit of cheap conditioner like Tresemme, and an egg; coffee rinses and mixing shea butter and oils.

Do you have any Favorite Products?:
I absolutely love Taliah Waajid Curly Curl CreamTaliah Waajid The Great DetanglerTaliah Waajid Curl Sealer, all of which runs about $8 separately, and Carol's daughter lisa's hair elixir, which runs about $22 dollars.

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?:
Not to jock Nike... but, just do it. I love Indie Arie and all, and while I may not be my hair... but my hair is a part of my aesthetic. & I embrace beauty, fully.


-Victoria(@classycurlies)

Natural Hairstyle of the day #8:Braids

Hey Curlies,

Last night I co-washed my hair in four sections using Shea Moisture's Volumizing Conditioner. I needed a little protein so I deep conditioned with TRESemme Naturals and Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner for about two hours.

My hair detanlged very easily and then I created eight sections from the original four, and banded my hair to dry. The next day I braided my hair. I have not had my hair braided since I've been fully natural. You can defintely see 80% of your true length in braids.

Overall, I did about 25 braids and it took about an hour.It's been about 90 degrees all this week so I just pinned the braids up in the back.



-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Product Review:L.A.C.E Silky Aloe Curl Pudding

Hey Curlies,

I actually won this product through a giveaway and I've been using it for about 2 weeks now. One thing that I really love about it is that it is made with all natural products and I actually can pronounce them all. Here are the details.

What it claims to do:
Conditions and moisturizes hair will defining curls, texture boost and shine


What it contains:
Shea butter infused with orange peel,Hibiscus Flower, Aloe Butter, Aloe Vera gel,Glycerin, Jojoba oil,Castor oil, Hemp seed oil, Essential oils and vitamin E


Uses:
I used this product to twist my hair and on my hairline and nape area


My Review:
The first thing I noticed about this product is the texture. It reminds me exactly of foam or cake icing and I love it. This means that the product is very light weight. The smell reminds me of oranges and shea butter. I honestly can't get over it's texture and consistency. I really wonder how they make this product. I used this product to twist on freshly washed hair and they left my twists soft and shiny. The texture also helped when it came to moisturizing my ends. I did not feel as if I had to drown my hair in product. A little goes a long way. I simply dipped my finger in and used what was taken and applied. No need for scooping out tons to achieve great results. Overall, I definitely give this product a 5 out of 5 because it's great smell and texture makes applying much more easier. This will be a staple.!

Product Review: Bee Mine Juicy Moisturizing Daily Spritz

Hey Curlies,
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I received this product from my monthly CurlKit and the bottle is a pretty nice size. I had heard of the Bee Mine collection in the past but never got around to ordering any. Here are the details.

What it claims to do:
Moisturize hair through the use of a light weight conditioning spray


What it's made of:
Aloe vera, distilled water,organic herbs, vegetable glycerin, essential oils, vitamin E

Uses:
Can be used daily as a refresher or before bedtime


My review:
I really am in love with this spray. Long ago when I wore kinky twists, I used my own spray bottle mix with Tea Tree oil and water. Since then there is only one other hair spray that I have used. This spray is made with aloe vera juice which is great for moisturizing hair. The spray is really light and resembles water. It also has a great smell to it,that smells like some sort of herb. I've been using this for the past month  at anytime of day. It does not make my hair feel dry or sticky as the product dries. Overall,I give this product a 5 out of 5 stars because it is a great, quick way to moisturize your hair.It is also is all natural and organic. Aloe vera was a great asset.

Drinking Water Promotes Healthy Hair

Hey Curlies,
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Not only is water important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it also is a main supporter of healthy hair and growth.

Everyday, I see people taking about the benefits of drinking water on Facebook, Twitter and other natural hair website. They aren't kidding!

Water takes up about 60 percent of your body weight and each hair strand is composed of  about 25 percent of water. How much a person should intake per day varies from person to person. On average, women should drink about 2.2 liters of water, this is about 9 cups or half of your body weight in ounces.

How does this support your hair? Water is stored in the deep layers of the skin and works in combination with the scalp's natural oils to provide moisture to your hair. If enough water isn't stored in the body, external products will be needed. Always hydrate yourself from the inside.

Think about it, more water= healthy and moisturized scalp/body= less use of hair products to replenish lost moisture= saving more money!

Now that  you have heard this information, use water to your advantage, not only for your hair, but just for your overall health.

I drink tons of water daily. I really do not keep track, but all of my friends make fun of me for drinking water instead of juices. See it's paying off.

-Victoria(@classycurlies)

Natural Hair Politics

Hey Curlies,

Natural hair has definitely been in the news lately. Major news corporations and local news are covering the topic of "natural hair." I just wanted to share with you, a couple of these videos.


Also, have you hear about this?

The highly popular amusement park, Six Flags refuses to employ those who have locks(dreadlocks) because they qualify as an "extreme" hair style. The article is below.

Six Flags

-Victoria(@classycurlies)

Trimming Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,


The other day before I put in twists, I trimmed my ends. I don't do this often and their isn't really a time schedule of when I do it.

I washed and conditioned my hair then added a deep conditioner. In about 5-7 sections, after detangling, I created big chunky twists with vitamin E oil.

I then took a pair of hair sheers and cut not even 1/8 of an inch off of the bottom. You can bearly tell that I actually cut my hair, but I knew it was time. I got a lot of SSK(single strand knots) at the ends of my twists.

It's that simple! here are a few tips to trimming your own hair.

  • If you are looking to grow your hair longer don't set a time schedule to trim your hair. Only cut when roughness,dryness and or knots
  • Only cut your hair using sharp hair sheers. Make sure that they are only scissors dedicated for hair
  • Trim above the troubled spot
  • Trim only directly across, not at an angle
  • It's recommended to trim in chunky braids or twists
  • Fully detanlge beforehand
  • Cut 1/8-1/4 of an inch off
-Victoria(Classycurlies)

Product Review: Amika Hair Serum

Hey Curlies,

Here's another product review brought to you by my friends at SFR Beauty. The product is a serum by Amika and I used it to maintain my twistout.

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What it claims to do:
Hydrate and strengthen the hair by adding shine.


What it contains:
Argan oil


Uses:
This product can be used on wet or dry hair and applied in sections.


My Review:
I've only used two different serums in my journey, this being one of them. I used this product on my twist to keep them from becoming frizzy during the week and I also used it on my twistout. I do smell the argan oil in this product, but it isn't overpowering what so ever. It is also very thin and light weight which is great for someone who has thinner strands. On the other hand my hair is very thick so I needed a few pumps of this product to coat my hair. Since my hair is naturally frizzy, the frizz was not totally gone, but I did see a huge difference in the way my hair behaved. It wasn't all over the place. Overall, I give this product a 4 out of 5 simply because I have very thick hair and I think that it would work a lot better on those with thinner hair.


-Victoria (@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair Stretching Method:Banding

Hey Curlies,

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Banding is another way of stretching the hair. As you all know you can also use twists, braids and bantu knots for stretching. The art of banding goes back into the days of slavery where women wouldn't be given time to care for their hair,so they would band it.

I figured why not try it. The only reason I hadn't tried it before is because I kept forgetting to buy the hair bows lol. So last night I washed my hair using Shea Moisture's African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and conditioned with Twisted Sista De-Frizz Conditioner.I deep conditioned for 20 minutes using Amika Olive Oil Mask.


I divided my hair into about 6-7 sections on wet hair, I twisted using vitamin E oil. Soon after creating about 4-5 twists in each section I began banding. I used 4 hair bands per section. I gathered all 4-5 twist in the bigger section and secured hair bands on them collectively about one inch apart. This elongates the hair and prevents it from shrinking.

If you are using this technique, be sure not to use hair bands that contain a metal piece. These pieces can tug and pull on hair. In the end, it did work out pretty well for me, but it wasn't amazing. It did stretch my hair better that twists normally would when my hair is wet. I did notice that my ponytail seemed longer the next day.

-Victoria (@Classycurlies)

Should I Wash my Hair in the Kitchen Sink or Shower?

Hey Curlies,

I think about this subject every time I wash my hair. Should I be washing my hair in the sink or the shower?

During an earlier version of this post I wrote...
"The last couple of weeks I've taken all of my products to the kitchen sink and flipped my head over the sink, face down, to wash my hair.
Ultimately this is just me being lazy because I don't want to get into the shower twice within 2 hours. (One for the initial wash and condition. Two for the final rinse of the deep conditioner). That all just seems to be too much for me....)
Well, my kitchen sink flipping days are over.
There is a huge advantage of washing your hair the correct way, using a downward motion. I then thought, "I am washing my hair in a downward motion when I am at the sink, so it must be okay"...wrong!"
I still find this to be true, but over the years I've learned the loop holes to this rule.

RELATED | Best Detangling Tools for Curly Hair | Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap Product Review

Should I wash my hair in the sink or shower? - ClassyCurlies.com


Yes, you still want to wash your hair in a downward motion, meaning the direction your hair normally hangs (down toward the shoulders and back), but now that my hair is longer, here's a secret.

With much longer hair, I don't always have to wash my hair in the shower because I can essentially treat the kitchen sink like my shower with these two items:

  • Shampoo spray hose
  • Shampoo brush
Because my hair is longer, there is no need for me to "flip my hair over the sink." I can now split my hair into two halves, lean over the sink and wash using the hose. The attachment allows me to catch the water stream without having to try and fit my head under the sink (causing the flipping method).

RELATEDNatural Hair Deep Conditioning: Clays that Treat, Restore Moisture, Detox

But if you have shorter hair, you may want to continue washing your hair in the shower...here's why:

KITCHEN SINK WASHING

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  • Usually your face is facing the sink, not toward the ceiling as in a salon (which is the correct sink method) and you are actually not smoothing the hair cuticle downward, but in the opposite direction. During this process, you've actually moved your hands down your hair in the wrong direction causing frizz and roughness. It is hard for your strands to absorb and retain moisture if your cuticles are being rubbed the wrong way.
  • You've also piled your hair up toward the top of your head which isn't the normal way that hair flows. So to undo that damage, you try to comb your hair in a downward direction to detangle after your washing session and, it's hard isn't it? It's because your hair has been piled on top of your head during the washing phase. This can cause breakage and cause you to have a very low tolerance with your hair.

SHOWER WASHING
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  • As you wash your hair in the shower you have control to where products are placed. It is actually a lot more comfortable than the flipped over kitchen sink method. Since the water in flowing in the downward motion, so does your hair when it is rinsed.
  • One warning about the shower, do not pile your hair up on your head while washing and conditioning. Do not try to reenact the shampoo commercials on TV, this is not realistic for hair.
  • Now that the hair has been washed and conditioned in the same direction as the detangling will take place, it makes things run a lot smoother.
Just makes sense right?




Product Review: Amika Olive Oil Mask

Hey Curlies,
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I was introduced to this product by my friends at SFR Beauty and I am so happy that I found it. I used this product as a deep conditioner and it does a fabulous job.Here's the details.

What it claims to do:
Repair and strengthen the hair follicle. Moisturizes and nourishes the hair.

What it contains:
Water, Cetyl alcohol (a fatty alcohol that creates softness), Olea Europaea (Olive) fruit oil, Cetrimonium chloride, Cetearyl alcohol, Persea gratissima (Avacado) oil, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl acetate, Panthenol, Olea europaea (Olive) leaf extract, Myrtus communis oil, Fragrance, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate

Uses:
Used as a deep conditioner and can be left on the hair for 5 to 20 minutes.

My Review:
One thing I didn't expect when I received this product was for it to be so big. I expected quite a small jar, but the one I got contained plenty of product. The texture of the product reminds me of a thick cream that smells like mint and olives mixed together. I washed and conditioned then added this to my hair as a deep conditioner. I applied a generous amount,enough to cover all of my strands. I covered my hair with a plastic shower cap and let it sit on for about 30 minutes. I will say that this product does have lots of slip to it which is great. Soon after I rinsed the conditioner out I noticed immediately that my curls were very defined! My hair was also very soft. I will definitely be using this a my deep conditioner from now on. Overall I definitely give this product a 5 out of 5 because I never seen my curls as defined as they were.

Big shout out to SFR Beauty, thanks guys!

For ordering information please visit Sfrbeauty.com. They also have other hair tools, products and skin care products.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Benefits of African Black Soap

Hey Curlies,
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I discovered African Black Soap (ABS) sometime last year when I was introduced to Shea Moisture's African Black Soap line. I loved the way it smells and it also has some wonderful benefits that many people may not know.
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It is made from a combination of all natural ingredients in Africa, including plantain skin, palm leaves,cocoa, Shea butter, coconut oil,vitamins and other oils and butters. Color can vary. Most of the time it is black it can also be brown.

The benefits of ABS:

  • As a shampoo it gently cleanses the scalp without sulfates. It treats dandruff
  • As a facial cleanser it prevents blemishes and acne. Overtime it can also get rid of scars and aging lines
  • Since it is made of oils and butters, it is great for removing makeup
  • It is also good for those who may have eczema or psoriasis 

Things to remember:

  • You can buy products that contain ABS or an actual bar of ABS at most health food stores or a Whole Foods Market.
  • ABS is not specifically for those of African descent. Anyone of any race or ethnicity can use ABS. Some people think that just because it has the word "African" that it is designated for one type of culture.
  • ABS can also be used as a body cleanser.
  • After first use, store the soap in a plastic bag or closed container to preserve it
I wash my face using the bar soap below and I wash my hair with the Shea Moisture line above.
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-Victoria (@Classycurlies)