Natural Hair Care: The Benefits of Honey for Hair

Hey Curlies,
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I've used honey in my deep conditioners in the past, and it has really worked out for me. Honey has many benefits that many people do not know about.

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning that it attracts moisture in the air and retains water molecules. This can benefit you during the time that you experience dryness. In the winter time, this may not be the best method because the air is cold and this attraction may cause brittle hair. It is best to use humectants like this in the summer when their is a lot of moisture in the air.

You can also achieve shiny hair with honey. I created my own DC with honey for the first time and it left my hair very soft and shiny. At first I was hesitant to use it because of its sticky texture, but it rinsed out very clean. For my recipe click here.

If you have recently dyed your hair and are not a fan of it, continuous use of honey can lighten your hair color.

Let me know how you use honey.

Don't forget to enter the latest giveaway. Win hair accessories from Lilla Rose. Closes Jan 1,2013 (TONIGHT). Enter here.

Natural Hair Style: Mini Twist Completion

Hey Curlies,

I have FINALLY finished my mini twists. I have created a video for you all to see the results. If you have any questions, you know where to find me!

   

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Mini Twist Update & D.I.Y Spray Bottle

Hey Curlies,

I am here updating you all on my mini twists. I have completed to top portion of my hair and I plan on completing the back half tomorrow. I have a video for you all explaining all of the products I used and methods. Be prepared, it's kind of long(sorry). I can talk a lot sometimes lol.



-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: Length Check -18 Months Natural

Hey Curlies,

I am in the process of installing mini twist, but before I began them, I decided to create a length check video and compare last years photos to this years.Here are some photos from this time last year.

Little past collar bone

Touches top of lip

Twist right below ears
Here is my current 2012 length check:


My twist now:


My hair has definitely came a long way in the last year. I'm excited that I did reach my goal of APL (arm pit length) by the end of this year. Next year, I want to make it to BSL (bra strap length). What are you hair goals for 2013?

Don't forget to enter the latest giveaway. Win hair accessories from Lilla Rose. Closes Jan 1,2013. Enter here.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: Mini Twist Prep

Hey Curlies,

You all know that I love wearing twists...


Well I've decided to create some smaller ones and try some mini twists. I've been wanting to do this for a while, but I just didn't have the time. Now that I am on break from school, this is the perfect time to consume myself with twisting -yay! :(

Anyway, I have already washed, conditioned and deep conditioned my hair. I used UR Curly Shampoo and Conditioner along with Shea Moisture's Anti-Breakage Masque for a DC.I twisted my hair in medium sized sections to let it dry overnight. Here it is 9:30 at night, and I still haven't touched my head lol.

In the past, I've seen people do their mini twist on blown out hair. Well guess who forgot her blow dryer in Indiana? -_- In place of the blowout will be bantu knots. I found that bantu knots really stretch out my hair and gives it volume. Tonight I will create my bantu knots that will look similar to this..


Tomorrow morning I will begin to start the twisting process. Hopeful I can at least get half way through. Since it's literally been 2 blizzards since I've been in Ohio (only a week), and 20 degrees, this will be a great protective style for a couple of weeks.

Check back tomorrow for mini twist updates and a end of the year 2012 length check.

Don't forget to enter the latest giveaway. Win hair accessories from Lilla Rose. Closes Jan 1,2013. Enter here.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: I'm Proud to Be Natural Me Book Review

Hey Curlies,

I discovered a children's book a few months ago and I thought the cover was so cute! The book is for young girls who have naturally curly hair. It teaches them to embrace their hair texture and themselves no matter what outside influences have to say. The book is called "I'm Proud to Be Natural Me."


My Thoughts:

I love books that are all about encouragement, whether that be for adults or children. In today's society, children, especially young girls are who need that encouragement the most. Lot of the values and traditions instilled in the past, have not made their way down the generation.

Girls compare themselves to what they see on TV and at the end of the day, they lose confidence in themselves." I'm Proud to Be Natural Me" is a book to teach young girls that is is okay to embrace who they are. It also shows them that they do not have to change into something they are not, or fit a specific stereotype. I recommend this book for those of the ages of 3 to 7. At this age they do not realize the way the world works and may feel down on themselves because they were teased at school.

The illustrations on the book are clear and simple and an easy read for parents to read to their children, or for children to flip through on their own. With only 32 pages, it is enough where children are able to keep their attention on the book and absorb the meaning. Its shows different girls with different naturally curly hair styles and skin complexions. Me, being a writer myself, enjoy books such as these and their should be many more to come. If I had a child, this would definitely be a book that I would have for my child.

If you are interested in purchasing this book, visit http://improudtobenaturalme.com/

Don't forget to enter the latest giveaway. Win hair accessories from Lilla Rose. Closes Jan 1,2013. Enter here.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: So You Want to Keep Your TWA?

Hey Curlies,

I hope you all are having a very happy holidays and a Merry Christmas! I was talking with my Mother the other day and as you all know, she has been completely natural for about 5 months and she loves the look. She has a TWA(teeny weeny afro) because she transitioned for a very short amount of time.

Although her hair has grown, she does go to the barber shop every now and then to get her hair lined up and trimmed. She has no intention of growing her hair out, and nor does she have any other hair goals beside healthy hair.

Do you feel the same way? Do you want to keep and maintain your TWA? I have a few tips for a simple regimen for you.

My TWA Summer 2011
  • Maintain your moisture levels. This means that you should probably moisturize your hair daily. You will know when more moisture is needed so two times or even three times a day may be needed. Try your own D.I.Y spray bottle mix or a light leave in conditioner. Using a cream/water-based moisturizer can also help. To seal in the moisture, try using your favorite oil (coconut,olive oil, tea tree etc)
  • Finger detangling will cut down on time rather than using a comb. Since your hair may not be as long, you will have the pleasure of experiencing easier detangling sessions.
  • Co-washing and deep conditioning are your friends! Co-washing your hair once a week can help your hair maintain moisture. If co-washing isn't your style, always remember to wash with a sulfate-free shampoo, condition and deep condition. Listening to your hair is the key, but usually washes are done every 3-7 days.
  • Come up with creative styles. Depending on how much hair your have, you can get really creative with styling. Usually three inches or more of hair can be styled. Try twists, twistouts, and coils. Wearing your ordinary afro is always cute. Add cute accessories to your style to spice it up.
Don't forget to enter the latest giveaway. Win hair accessories from Lilla Rose. Closes Jan 1,2013. Enter here.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)


Lilla Rose Hair Accessories Giveaway (Closed)


Hey Curlies,
Today is the starting day for the Lila Rose hair accessories giveaway in honor of the new year. Collaborating on the giveaway is a friend of mine from Lilla Rose Clipartistry. Here is an example of what you could win.
lillarose.biz
The giveaway will close next Tuesday January 1st. This only gives you all about a week to enter so get ready!

There will be 2 winners and each winner will be able to chose their own style and color of their hair clip valued at $16. If you've been hanging with me for a while you know that I have little requirements to enter giveaways. The only restriction to this giveaway is that those who have won a product from Lilla Rose in the last 6 months will be not able to participate. We would like to give everyone a chance at possibly becoming a winner.

This is also the first giveaway where the location has been open. The giveaway will be open to those in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The widget to enter is below. Also, did you know that you can enter more than once!!?? Good luck!!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Natural Hair: Last Minute Gifts

Hey Curlies,

Since it is the holiday season and you probably are shopping for gifts, why not see what hair products are available. Maybe you have a friend or family member with curly hair and you are not sure what to get her? I have put together a list of items that you can purchase or create to make fabulous holiday gifts.

Carol's Daughter's Transitioning 1-2-3 Kit
carolsdaughter.com
Carol's Daughter's Big Chopper Kit
carolsdaughter.com
O.B.I Natural Hair Care Trial Pack

Details here

Shea Moisture Repair & Transition Kit
walgreens.com
Miss Jessie's Value Pack
msjessies.com
-They also have BOGO free until Dec 31,2012

Jane Carter's Hair Care Survival Kit
janecartersolution.com
Curls' Cashmere Curls Collection
curls.biz

These are just a few kits that I've ran across, but who says a gift has to break the bank? You can get together a few tools and products of your own and create your own natural hair gift basket. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

-Sulfate-free Shampoo
-Rinse-out Conditioner
-Deep Conditioner
-Shower/wide-toothed Comb
-Water Based Leave-in/detangler
-Sealing Oil (coconut, jojoba,olive. etc)

-Cream/water based moisturizer
-Styling Butter
-Satin Bonnet and or satin pillow case

-Plastic shower caps (for deep conditioning)

-Victoria(@Classycurlies on FB,Twitter & Pinterest)

Natural Hair: Products on SALE!

Hey Curlies,

We always here that natural hair can be expensive,and it can if you let it. There are so many products out there and we want to try all of them. Overtime, we've spent all of this money and time,buying hair products. A part of my job as a blogger is to help you all with this process. Here are a few products that are currently on sale! Fell free to add to this list.


  • Shea Moisture hair products: $7.99/ Hair kits: $16.99 (Walgreens)
  • Nubian Heritage Heat Protect Leave-in Conditioning Cream Honey: BOGO Free (Walgreens.com)
  • Thank God I'm Natural (TGIN) All hair products free shipping (tgin.com)
I'm not sure exactly when  these sales end,so get them while they're available. 

-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)

Natural Hair: Oils For Sealing In Moisture & The LOC Method

Hey Curlies,

There is currently a blizzard outside and I just came home from shopping. When I got inside, I had tons of snow in my hair. This isn't the first time this is going to happen, its the winter time. This time of year is one that is most important for those with natural hair. It is all about maintaining moisture levels to keep hair from become dry and brittle.

No matter what  style my hair is in, every morning and night, I moisturize and seal my hair. It is just one of the basic rules in caring for natural hair. In order to complete this process, some who have natural hair use the LOC method. The LOC method consist of:

L- applying a liquid to hair (ex: Jane Carter's Solution leave-in conditioner)
O- applying an oil to hair (ex: Vitamin E oil)
C- applying a cream to hair (ex: Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie)

This is a very popular method used by lots, but my method is slightly different. My process only consist of either a liquid/cream and and oil. I never apply all three at once. Not to say that anything is wrong with the LOC method, its just that applying all three tends to weigh my hair down.

So what are some great oils to seal in your moisture?

  • Coconut oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (yes, the one you cook with)
  • Shea Butter
  • Argan Oil
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Avocado Oil
Most pomades and butters are approved to also seal in moisture because they usually have a thicker consistancy.Sealing in moisture will improve the health of your hair and you will definitely see the difference. Remember to really concentrate on the ends of your hair as they tend to rub against our winter clothing.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Garnier Fructis Hair Serum Causes Hair Fire

Hey Curlies,

I found this video a while ago and I never got a chance to discuss it and it is very serious. Although the video is over a month old, it is never too late to warn you all of what is going on.

Apperantly, a young womans hair caught on fire after she applied a hair product by Garnier Fructis and combined it with heat. Needless to say, this is not an unusual situation. People combine heat and serums all of the time. Unfortunately, the woman suffered from hair burns.

Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

It is crazy because I friend of mine has this product and I've used it a few times. I even thought about buying it before. Please be aware of the ingredients in your products and be careful!

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

The Natural Hair Revolution

Hey Curlies,

A few months ago I was contacted by a woman to bring my attention to this article. It is more of an article and infographic all in one.  It gives lots of facts of exactly how the natural hair industry is growing. It is very interesting and it is definitely an eye opener.

Natural hair is here to stay! The link to the article is below. Let me know what you think.

The Natural Hair Revolution

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

New Year Natural Hair Giveaway

Hey Curlies,

I will be hosting a giveaway beginning Monday December 24 in honor of the new year. Collaborating on the giveaway is a friend of mine from Lilla Rose Clipartistry. Here is an example of what you could win.

lillarose.biz
The giveaway will open Monday and will close the following Tuesday January 1st. This only gives you all about a week to enter so get ready!

There will be 2 winners and each winner will be able to chose their own style and color of their hair clip valued at $16. If you've been hanging with me for a while you know that I have little requirements to enter giveaways. The only restriction to this giveaway is that those who have won a product from Lilla Rose in the last 6 months will be not able to participate. We would like to give everyone a chance at possibly becoming a winner.

This is also the first giveaway where the location has been open. The giveaway will be open to those in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

In the mean time, you can look at other products here.

I will link to the actual entry post Sunday night on this post, or you can just be on the look out for a separate post. Good Luck everyone!

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Product Review: Osmo Blinding Shine Serum

Hey Curlies,

I am here with another review of another product that I have tried over the last few weeks. I was sent this product by my friends at SFR Beauty and it is a shine serum.



What it claims to do:

Tames frizz and add lots of shine

What it contains:

Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood Oil), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Extract), Cyclomethicone, Benzophenone-3, Dimethiconol, Octyl Methoxycinnamate


Uses:
As a finishing polish
Osmo blinding shine serum review - ClassyCurlies

My Review:

I am not usually the one who uses serums and I told myself that I would begin experimenting with them. Upon appearance, this product comes in a glass bottle and is clear as most serums are. 

On top is an attached pump for distribution. The texture and consistency of the product is a bit thicker than most serums. One pump sends out a good amount of product. Although the consistency is a lot thicker, it does apply to hair easily. 

I was afraid of this product applying in a sticky manner, but it is in no way sticky at all, nor does it leave a residue. 

This product contains an oil called Cedarwood which is known for controlling dandruff, stimulating hair growth and reducing hair loss. The product also protects from UV rays with a hint of rosemary as its second ingredient. 

As far as being true to the title, I did notice a shine increase when using this product. The shine increase wasn't extraordinary, but it was noticeable. 

Overall, I give this product a 5 out of 5 for great ingredients and shine.







Product Review: Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper & Slip Detangler

Hey Curlies,

Still playing catch up here. Over the last few weeks, I have experimented with many new hair products. I want you all to be aware of these products so that you can possibly check them out for yourselves. I was sent these two products by my friends at SFR Beauty. They cater to the curly-haired audience.

Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper


sfrbeauty.com
What it contains:
DI Water, PVP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Laureth 23, Glycerin, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance, Polyquaternium 10

What it claims to do:
Prevent dry and frizzy hair

Uses:
To hold curls/styles in place-wash n go, twist or braid outs

My Review:
My very first time using this product was a little over a week ago when I created a simple ponytail. I noticed that the product seemed to have a slight hold to it so I began to experiment with it further. On my latest style, the twist n curl, I used this product to create my twist with and it contributed to the great hold that I got. I do not recall an actual smell from this product, and the texture is water-based. It is not by any means a heavy product, in fact it is the exact opposite. I imagine that this product would also work well with a wash n go style. I am really curious of the results for that style, but it is winter where I live so I will be saving it for the summer. Overall, I give this product a 4 out of 5.
                                                                                                                              
sfrbreauty.com


What it contains:
DI Water, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Sunflower Extract, Chamomile Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract, Calendula Flower Extract, Isocetheth-20, Fragrance, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-7, Silk Amino Acids, Sodium Pca, Propylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Benzophenone-4, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Lactic Acid, Disodium Edta.

What it claims to do:
Detangle and maintain the PH balance of hair

Uses:
To detangle hair

My Review:
My first time using this product was also when creating the twist n curl style.I did notice that this product contains the extracts of aloe and sunflower, which are both really good for hair. The product comes with a spray pump, which was different to me since I am used to detanlgers that come in a flip top bottle. The spray top does help distribute this product evenly. The slip in this detangler does help combat tangles and cuts down on detangling time,which can be horrible. I also do not recall I strong smell with this product. Overall I give this detangler a 4 out of 5.


If you all try these product, let me know your opinion on them. They can be purchased at sfrbeauty.com

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)



Natural Hair Products: December Curlkit Review

Hey Curlies,

I finally received my Curlkit this month and I was very excited to review it! The video is below. Enjoy!




-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)

Woman Fired Over Her Natural Hair Comment

Hey Curlies,

I ran into a few interesting things today. One was an article on how an African American woman was fired from her job as a meteorologist because she made a Facebook comment referring to her natural hair. This story absolutely amazes me. The link to the story is below.

Fired For Facebook Posting

On the lighter side of things, I found a website that is dedicated to natural hair wigs and weaves. I kid you not, I saw I picture of the wig and thought that it was this woman's real hair! The wig comes in two-strand twists and you can even untwist them for a twist out later. I was so amazed at how natural this looks! This wig is also available as a wash n go. Maybe I'm impressed easily, but it looks very natural. The link to the site is below.

The Finger Comber

How's my hair holding up?

This is currently day 3 of my twist n curl and it is still holding up really well. I spray my hair lightly with an oil and water mix at night. I sleep with a bonnet and in the morning I apply a shine serum and continue on.



-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Twist n' Curl on Wet Hair Results

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to post a few photos that shows the result of my twist n curl. This is the first time I've done this style on wet hair and on small twists.
The night before

The next morning before untwisting

Untwisted hair

Final result

Me trying to smile despite the fact that my mouth hurts lol
This style my any means does not show the length of my hair. It actually looks like I have closer to a twa in these pictures, but length isn't everything. You can still have a cute style on short hair.

I will keep this style up for the rest of the week. It's my finals week and I want to stay out of my hair as much as possible.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair Care: Twist n' Curl on Wet Hair

Hey Curlies,

I am feeling a lot better today and decided to actually style my hair. I'd been wearing a puff for a few days and I knew detangling would be a mess. Today I wore my hair like this:



I used Curly Hair Solutions Slip Detangler(review coming soon) and vitamin E oil to detangle. I decided on a twist and curl. Hopefully this style will last me throughout the week.

In no particular order, I just began twisting. I rarely used a comb to part and used aloe vera gel and Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper (review coming soon) to twist. After twisting, I used small flexi rods (red and blue) to roll the ends.


I tried to wet my hair as much as possible so that in the morning when I take everything down, lots of definition will be present.I will have photos of the results tomorrow! I was going to create this style into a video tutorial,but I still can't speak as well due to the surgery.  If you are interested in seeing this as a video later, let me know!

See the results here!

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)