ClassyCurly Profile: Destinee from Love,Destinee

Hey Curlies,

The next few set of ClassyCurly profiles, will display some of the best natural hair and natural hair bloggers around. Up first is Destinee from Love,Destinee. She was one of my inspirations as a beginning curly. Get ready!

Name: Destinee
Social Media names - Twitter: @lovedestinee11 | Facebook: | Instagram: lovedestinee11
Hair Type: Kinky Curly - 3c/4a

How long have you been natural? 
I have been natural since December 18, 2009. Seems like just yesterday I did my own big chop in my bathroom, well with the help of my Mom.

Why did you go natural? 
I went natural because my hair was over processed and I never saw any growth past my shoulders. My hair is also naturally thinner than average so I could never achieve the volume that I wanted. I researched transitioning natural hair for about a month or so than decided that I would grow it out until it got to a length that I was comfortable with. I have the patience of a 2 year old so I ended up big chopping at about 3 months into my transition and rocked a TWA. I loved my little curly afro. I LIVED on CurlyNikki forums for the first year and a half of being natural. I learned so much from the ladies there.

When did you Big chop? 
I big chopped on December 18, 2009. I'll be coming up on my 3 year anniversary very soon. Time has gone by so fast, it definitely doesn't seem like its been that long.

Describe your hair: 
My hair is a mixture of about 3 textures. In the front, is loose and wavy. On the sides my hair is curly "s" type curls and in the crown and the nape I have very tight coils about the size of a #2 pencil.

Tell us a little about your site Love, Destinee
I started my blog last summer (June 2011) out of sheer inspiration. I was getting heavy into makeup and didn't have anyone to share my thoughts with. My friends aren't as enthusiastic about makeup and hair as I am. I needed to get out my thoughts so that is where Love, Destinee came into the picture. It was only originally about makeup but I've expanded it to include hair as well as lifestyle issues.

Do you have any other sites?
I had a site for natural hair but I deleted it because I didn't have the time to devote to one site, much less two. I'm going to try to get back to blogging on a regular basis as I have fallen all the way off. I do have other Social Networking sites like Twitter (@lovedestinee11), Instagram (@lovedestinee11) and Facebook (

Do you have a signature style? 
I wouldn't call it a signature style but my favorite style to wear is a flat twistout out on blown out hair. I love the definition I get from wearing flat twists and the volume from the blowout.

A short regimen you can share? 
As I've gotten further into my journey, my regimen has gotten very simple (probably out of laziness, more than anything) It is as follows:
Shampoo: every two weeks
Co wash: every week and a half
Moisturize: 2-3x week (if wearing my hair out)
Style: every week and a half

Do you have any Favorite Products? 
My all time favorite product is Aussie Moist conditioner. I haven't found another product, especially as inexpensive, that keeps my hair as moisturized as Aussie. A new favorite is Curls Unleashed Leave In. Smells awful but is moisturizing and gives great definition. I also like anything by Oyin Handmade. Their Hair Dew and Burnt Sugar Pomade are the best!

Do you have any advice on Going Natural? 
I would say do what works for you. In the beginning of my journey I was buying up every product I could find and trying every technique that I saw. Although those were fun to do and it was all trial and error, I spent a ton of money on things that didn't work for me. Find what works for you and stick with it!

Thanks Destinee!


Savings on Shea Moisture Products

Hey Curlies,

Just a quick memo, I checked the Walgreens website and they have all Shea Moisture hair products for $2 off. This means that most of the $9.99 items are now $7.99. I looked in the local sales ad and have not seen this same deal in stores. I am pretty sure that it is online only. Save some money!

Click here for savings link


Product Review: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Hey Curlies,

I just realized that I do not have an "official" product review on one of my favorite products. I first introduced this product when I big chopped last year, but it wasn't through enough.

What it contains:
Deionized Water , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut) , Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil , Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado) , Vegetable Glycerin , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract , Silk Protein , Ammonium Salt , Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil (Neem) , Daucus Carota Sativa Seed Oil (Carrot) , Sorbitol Esters , Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5) , Caprylyl Glycol , Essential Oil Blend , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Honeysuckle and Japanese Honeysuckle) , Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

What it claims to do:
Condition hair while adding shine and body

As a moisturizer and leave-in conditioner

My Review:
I've been using this product for a little over a year so you know that it is one of my staples. I first heard about it while speaking with other naturals in the community and heard wonderful things about it. I love that it has some of the most important ingredients key for hair growth, including: Coconut oil, Silk Protein, and Neem Oil. It is also all organic.

The smell of the product is definitely a whiff of coconut oil and the texture is somewhat like cake icing. It's soft and fluffy. I've been using this as a moisturizer as well as to twist with. My twists last for days as well as my twist-outs because it has a good hold. This product does have coconut oil and silk  protein in it, so if you are protein sensitive, be careful. Some people have also used this product as a leave-in, which I haven't tried, but heard it was great.

Overall I definitely give this product a 5 out of 5 for creating soft, and defined twists and twist-outs.

People always ask me about this product in my videos and where can they buy it. It can be purchased at either Walgreens or Target. Walgreens has sales on this item often. 


Product Review: Mill Creek Botanicals Biotin Shampoo

Hey Curlies,

I actually found this shampoo on a product swap table  when I attended National Natural Hair Meetup Day. I saw that it said the word "Biotin" so I knew that it was good stuff.

What it claims to do:
Invigorate the scalp and strengthen the hair shaft

What it contains:
Deionized Water, Biotin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Peppermint Oil, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Niacin, Folic Acid, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Organic Essential Oil, Jojoba Oil, Inositol, Barley Extract, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil), Octyl Dimethyl Paba, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Botanical Fragrance.

Used to cleanse the scalp and hair

My Review:
I took this shampoo with me on my trip to the Bahamas because I wanted to try something new. I do like that this product contains no artificial colors and sulfates. It also is PH balanced as well as paraben free. On the front of the bottle, it also says that it has natural and organic ingredients.

When massaging this product into your scalp, you can definitely smell the peppermint which seems to provide a tingling sensation. I noticed that it only takes a small amount of cleanse your hair. I shampooed only once and it was enough. I will say be careful of getting this product anywhere else but your hair, it dripped in my eye and  it was almost all over for me haha.

It left my hair feeling very soft and clean. I also did not experience that "dry,brittle feeling" after the final rinse, just soft, clean hair. Overall I give this product a 5 out of 5 for providing a clean scalp without the use of harsh chemicals.


ClassyCurly Profile:Tabatha

Hey Curlies,

Here's a curly that is really into natural hair as well as physical fitness!

Name: Tabatha B
Social Media name: Facebook- Zumbawithtabatha YouTube-Ladybirdoes
Hair Type:3c

How long have you been natural?
2 years 

Why did you go natural? 
Forced into it. I took out a sew in incorrectly.
When did you Big chop? 
2 years ago

A short regimen you can share? 
Shampoo with Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibscus line, use hair milk to detainagle, followed by smoothie & souffle for twists.
Do you have any Favorite Products? 
Shea Moisture Conconust & Hibcus Line & Mixed Chicks shampoo ,conditioneer & leave in, follwed by Aragon gel around  sides back, brush up with Denman brush , take Kinky Curly Curling Custard to hair apply headbacnd make big puff or on top of head puff. 

Do you have any advice on Going Natural? 
Do You research and understand what works for you may not work for someone else. We are all wonderfully made to be individuals & unique.:)


Natural Hair: Hair Coloring 101

Hey Curlies,
I hope that you all are enjoying the nail polish giveaway. If you would like to enter, do so here.

There is a heated debate in the natural hair community about if coloring your hair counts as applying a chemical to your hair. If I were to answer this question I would say, it depends on your method of coloring. There are safe ways of coloring without doing damage.

I actually thought about coloring my hair last year,but I realized how much I love my natural hair color and decided against it.

If you aren't sure which way to lean when it comes to coloring, you are in the right place!

What's the Difference??

  • Semi-Permanent- Color enters the cortex and stains the cuticle. Should always be done by a professional
  • Permanent- The cuticle is lifted and the cortex is penetrated. Should always be done by a professional
  • Henna- It is a plant based powder that is used in Africa, India, Asia and different parts of the middle east. It will stain the hair usually a red color. Other colors are available but they have been enhanced with dyes to achieve another color than redish;be aware of unnatural henna. 
    • Temporary(color)- Doesn't chemically alter your hair. It simply coats the surface.This usually rinses out after 10+ washes. It enhances your natural color and will create a darker color (THE SAFEST/Natural). Try your local Whole Foods, Indian market or
Got Grey Hair?

Grey hair isn't grown directly from the scalp. It is actually hair that has no pigment and is clear. It seems to appear grey because it is in contrast with the other hair color surrounding it.

Things to Remember:
  • Colored hair can sometimes feel dry and brittle. This is why more care is needed for colored hair. Try a color safe shampoo and conditioner.
  • Before coloring, always deep condition the hair with a moisturizing and protein conditioner. 
Look out for more information in the future on Henna and grey hair.


Giveaway: DIOSA Nail Polish

Hey Curlies,

So I've decided to switch it up a bit and team up with Diana from DIOSA Nails & Polish to create this great giveaway. Who says that natural curlies can't be bold and full of color?

Have you noticed that more natural women also carry the best accessories including jewelry, hair clips, purses and sport the best nail colors?

This giveaway will begin today starting now July 26,2012 and will run until  August 11,2012 which is the official launch date for the DIOSA Nail Polish line.

There will be four different winners who will win one of four colors in the DIOSA Subtly Sassy Collection.

Remember to enter you must reside in the U.S..Enter below..Good Luck!!

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Natural Hair:D.I.Y Deep Conditioner

Hey Curlies,

In combination with a recent post about creating your own spray bottle mix, I also would like to share tips on  creating your own deep conditioner. This saves lots of money and time. There are many different combinations that you could come up with, but here are a few good ones to try.

A blender or mixer is needed

Avocado Mask: Shine and Softness

-1 or 2 avocados, depending on hair thickness
-2 tablespoons of honey
-Oil of your choice

How to..

Cut the avocado(s) in half and remove the middle(brown). Add them to your mixing bowl or blender. Add 2 tablespoons of honey as well as 2 tablespoons of the oil of your choice. Blend until smooth. Apply to your hair wet or dry for about 30 minutes. Results: Shiny, soft hair.

Hair Mayonnaise: Protein

-1 1/2 cup of pure mayonnaise (not miracle whip)
-2 tablespoons of  extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
-2 Egg yolks
-Microwave safe bowl

How to...

Put 1 1/2 cup of mayonnaise into a bowl. Add both olive oil and egg yolks. Blend the mix until the eggs have become smooth. Heat the mix in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Apply the conditioner for about 30 minutes. Results: Strong and soft hair.

Moisture Mix: Moisture Retention

-1/4 cup of EVOO
-1/4 cup of honey
-1 Banana

Combine EVOO, honey and banana together. Apply to hair for 30 minutes. Results: Moisturized hair.

There are many different combinations. If you aren't sure what to try, pick from the list below and creat your own. Just a few to start off with.

-Coconut oil
-Egg Yolks
-Castor oil
-Vitamin E Oil
-Coconut water
-Aloe Vera juice

These conditioners can be used before or after you shampoo.


Best Tools for Detangling Curly Hair

Hey Curlies,

I hear all the time that one of the reasons many people become frustrated with their natural hair texture is because of how it tangles.

A woman once told me that it takes her about 2 hours to detangle after a wash, which sounds crazy! Detangling your hair can be a breeze if you have the right tools and a little bit of patience.

Wide-toothed combs are a natural girls' best friend. This tool should be used first before anything else. A comb with wider teeth will not pull out your hair as much as a smaller one.

It is best to invest in a good quality comb. You can find these at your local Walmart, Target and other drug stores. 

Best tools for detangling curly hair - ClassyCurlies

Before you purchase, be sure that the comb doesn't have any defaults. Meaning, some combs have a plastic part in between where the teeth can be found (this is where the comb has been molded together).

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Deep conditioning with TRESemme Naturals Conditioner 

Deman Brushes are great for getting every single knot out. If you are one of those people that have to be tangle free, this is for you. 

It runs about $10 at your local Sally's Beauty Supply. It is made with strong bristles that will remove all tangles. 

If you aren't happy with the width of the teeth, there are plenty of YouTube videos that show how to modify your brush.
Not only are paddle brushes great for blow-drying stretched hair, they are also good for detangling. Since the pad of the brush is soft an filled with air, it makes detangling a breeze.

The absolute best tool for detangling is free of purchase and is always with you - your fingers. Finger detangling leads to less breakage and frustration. I always start with this before I use any tools.

Always remember to begin detangling the ends first and work your way up. If done the opposite, you will be left with tons of breakage and a sore head to match.

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Also try washing your hair in sections, it cuts down on detangling time.

How to Get the Perfect Twistout

Hey Curlies,

If you all have been following along with me for a while, you know that twist and twist outs are my favorite style. I get a lot of questions on how I get my twistouts to last and what products I use. I decided to put all of this information into one post to make things much easier for you all.

March 2012
How To...

  • Begin with freshly washed and conditioned hair. Co-washed hair is also acceptable
If you would like more length on your twist, try banding your hair overnight to stretch your hair first. If not continue on. If you go with the stretching method, the next steps also apply to you.
  • Once your twist are finished leave them in for about three days. Be sure to refresh your hair with your spray bottle mix twice a day. Use a satin scarf at night, not a bonnet. The scarf will keep your twists laid down so when it is time to untwists, the hair will hang.
  • On day four, slowly unravel your twists using an oil. I use coconut oil
  • DO NOT separate or "fluff" your twists. No parts should be showing but if they are, use a wide toothed comb to gently lift the roots
  • Your twistout should last about 2-5 days
Things to Remember:
  • If you are not comfortable wearing your twists outdoors, pin them up into a cute style or even try a hat. (sunhats are perfect for this weather). Add hair accessories such as headbands and flowers to make it fancy.

ClassyCurly Profile: Kirsten

Hey Curlies,

Here's another ClassyCurly profile coming your way!

Name: Kirsten
Social Media names: Twitter: StyledNaturally | Instagram: NaturalHairStyles101 | YouTube: NaturalHairStyles101
Hair Type: 4a Natural
URL( if any): Blog |TwitterYouTube

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for two years and two months, and it has definitely been a learning experience for me.

Why did you go natural?
I went natural because my hair was truly unhealthy after years of applying a relaxer. My hair is already fine and fragile, and combining that situation with a relaxer and constant heat was detrimental to my hair causing an unnatural amount of breakage that left my hair both limp and damaged.

When did you Big chop?
I did my BC on a whim, and I chopped my hair on May 29, 2010. I had transitioned for 5 months prior to that, and I was just too fed up with my two textures to keep that process up any longer…lol

A short regimen you can share?
I usually spritz my hair with an Aloe Vera Juice and Water mixture and seal with Jojoba Oil.

First, I like to deep condition my hair with either Lustrasilk or ORS Hair Mayo on dry hair. Then I cowash with Tressemme Naturals. I detangle my hair with Kinky Curly Knot today. After that, I will moisturize and seal as usual or use a styling product like Taliah Waajid’s Curly Curl Cream to style my hair in braids or twists!

Do you have any Favorite Products?
I absolutely love Tressemme Naturals Conditioner, and I could not live without my Olive Oil Ecostyler Gel.

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
YES! :) First, I would advise anybody thinking about going natural to be willing to research natural hair methods and techniques. You have to know a variety of ways to deal with natural hair because the first method you try might not work out for your head of hair. Natural hair is trial and error! The next thing is you have to be willing to appreciate the curl that grows out of your scalp. It’s okay to be inspired by other naturals, but don’t expect your curl pattern to be an exact replica of theirs. If that’s your only reason for going natural, then that might not be the best bet for you, and lastly, find a support system. Whether it’s your close friend or online youtube friend in your mind. You’ll have lots of questions that need answers, and it’s just nice to have someone more experienced helping you along the way!


Bun on Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

Before I share this video, I just wanted to let you all know that the site is behaving very strange. I am in the process of fixing things but the items that are normally on the right hand side (ads, fb button, twitter button, pictures, archive, etc) are now for some reason located at the very bottom of the site.It switches back and forth periodically. One minute it will be in the correct spot, the next, at the bottom. Hopefully Blogger fixes this soon. Sorry for the issues.

Moving on...

I created a bun. It wasn't very big,but that's okay :) My hair was stretched after a twistout but could have been stretched a lot more. Here is the tutorial.


Side Puff on Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

I have a bun tutorial coming up very shortly, but I wanted to share this quick tutorial on how to do a side puff.


Natural Hair: How to Get Your Hair to Hang

Hey Curlies,

Does natural hair stand straight up or stick out to the side instead of hang below? Lots of people who are natural have this same problem. If you are not going for the afro look, this can most definitely be annoying. Here are a few tips that I use in order to get my twistout or braidout to hang.

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how to get your natural hair to hang

  • Style hair when wet. The water molecules will hold on to hair strands which causes it to have a bit of weight on it. This will allow your hair to already have the "hang-time" you want before product is even applied.
  • Use a heavy product. Try styling with Shea Butter, Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie or a thick leave- in conditioning cream. The weight from the product will help mold the hair into shape even before it fully dries.
  • Style your hair in the direction that you would like your hair to fall. Do not start braiding or twisting toward that back thinking that it will hang toward the front. This plays a big roll for those that style toward the root, which I do. If you twist/braid tightly at the root that direction plays a key roll in how the style will fall.
  • Use a satin or silk scarf instead of a bonnet. The scarf can lay down your roots and hair strands in the way you would like. If a bonnet is worn, hair tends to shift around a lot.
  • Use bobby pins to help assist you in flattening your hair. Pinning the style to your head with little force works wonders.
The moisture level in your hair also plays a key factor here. I notice that if my hair isn't properly moisturized, it does not "lay down." Try the moisturize & sealing method.

Natural Hair:5 Items Needed for Summer Hair Care

Hey Curlies,

It has been hot and humid for about the past month and I do not think that it is going anywhere. During these times, there are some extra things that you could do to keep your hair in tip top shape. Here are some tips for protecting your hair from the heat.

  • Buy a sun hat. I have a pink sun hat that I bought not too long ago and it works wonders. For one, they're fashionable and you can get them in many styles, colors and patterns. They keep your hair tucked away so that the sun's heat will not dry it out as much. The sun's rays can also damage hair color if you have any. P.S: It also provides great shade!
  • Invest in a good quality anti-frizz serum. Most serums contain sillicones which help lock in the moisture. The more moisture, the better when the temperature is high.
  • Create your own spray bottle mix. This saves money and time. Lightly misting your hair with your mix can help your hair retain moisture longer and a lot better. Say bye to dry hair. For help with this, click here.
  • Hair ties and headbands are great for summer weather. A lot of times they are needed when too much hair is in the way and you become overheated. You can creates stylish ponytails,buns and puffs.
  • Keep your eyes open for decorative scarves. They can help keep your hair out of the way and they also add a bit of poise to your style. There are many different ways that you can tie a scarf to create a unique style.

3 Ways to Dealing with Dryness

Hey Curlies,

I noticed that a lot of people seem to have problems with dry hair. I have this very problem with my scalp if left unattended. Here are three ways to dealing with dry hair:

  1. Co-wash: It's replacing your ordinary conditioner with shampoo. Shampoos can strip your hair of it's natural oils so skip that step and jump right to the conditioner. Many conditioners have active cleaning ingredients in them so that you hair still becomes clean. Look into the "curly girl method" if you would like to take it a step farther.
  2. Moisturize & Seal: Did you know that the order you apply products to your hair affect how your hair will retain moisture? Always apply a moisturizer either liquid or cream and then apply and oil on top to seal in the moisture.Tea Tree oil is great for dry scalp and any product with silicones is good for retaining moisture. For more instruction, click here.
  3. Deep Conditioning: I believe that this step is the key to hair growth. Apply your favorite conditioner, either instant or deep. Cover with a plastic shower cap and let sit for at least 30 minutes or more. For top deep conditioners, click here.
Did you just Big Chop?

-Victoria (@ClassyCurlies)

Product Review: U R Curly Soya Shampoo

Hey Curlies,

I got this product in my July Curlkit a few days ago. I had heard of the U R Curly line a few times at random, but I didn't really look into it until now. They also have two products dedicated to defining curls.

What it claims to do:
Clean and moisturize hair while soothing the scalp and preventing breakage

What it contains:
Artesian Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Taurate, PEG 150 Distearate, Polyquat 10, Menthol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Polysorbate 20, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Fragrance, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinine

Mainly used as an instant conditioner, but can be used as a deep conditioner

My Review:
I probably would have never tried this product if it wasn't for my monthly CurlKit. It was one of the full sized items in the kit so it definitely caught my attention. The bottle is designed very sophisticated. To be honest, I do not know that much about Abyssinian oil, but I do know that it is easily absorbed into the scalp and helps the hair reflect its natural light.

I was really excited to see Tea Tree Oil in this product because it is great for dry and itchy scalp. As soon as you open this product you can instantly smell the Tea Tree Oil. The smell is very powerful, but once applied to the hair, it isn't overbearing.

Once I wet my hair, I only did one wash with this product and my scalp was very clean and soft. Usually it takes my hair about two washes to become clean enough, but the oils left my scalp very soothed and clean. Overall I give this product a 5 out of 5 for simply doing it's job. The added Tea Tree Oil is what creates the "clean scalp" feeling.Thanks U R Curly!


Vacation Hair: The Bahamas

Hey Curlies,

I had a great time in the Bahamas,but now it's back to work. If you guys haven't seen my Big Chop anniversary video (here) you should check it out.

All About Hair..

The entire trip I wore my hair in small twists and by the end of the trip they had shrunken so much! It became a tangled mess. This was my routine:

  • Washed my hair everyday I spent in the water with Mill Creek Biotin Shampoo. I diluted the shampoo in a separate bottle using water.
  • Conditioned using Twisted Sista De-Frizz Conditioner
  • Leave in: Jane Carter Leave in Conditioner
I just let them air dry. That's when the shrinkage came. I tried to keep it simple. When I did get home, I detangled with lots of Shea Moisture Purficiation Masque and a cheap detangler from Target. I washed with U R CURLY Soya Shampoo and conditioned with  Lush American Cream Conditioner.

During the entire trip I didn't get a chance to deep condition so I had to make up for lost time. I deep conditioned overnight with Amika Olive Oil Mask and Ampro Vitamin E Oil.

Just for Fun...

On the trip I got mistaken for a 15-17 year old so many times! I guess it's a compliment, but it got annoying when I tried to go into the casino lol
Trying to win...

Inside of the boat
 I ate so much food on that boat! Buffet style was calling my name.
The food was great!

Relaxing by the pool
 I have more pictures of when I went snorkeling, but they're on another camera