Wednesday, February 29, 2012

ClassyCurls Profile: Kena S

Another Classy Curls profile coming your way.



Name: Kena
Social Media names: Facebook: chocolateisnatural Twitter: @chocolateisnatu
Hair Type: 4b/4c

How long have you been natural?
3 years

Why did you go natural?
I had a horrible sew in that broke my hair off terribly.

When did you Big chop? 
I did the bc myself.  I looked in the mirror, grabbed the scissors and started cutting away in 2009

A short regimen you can share?
I wash weekly with Curls Creamy Cleanser and condition with Coconut Sumblime.  I use Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste and Cashmere Curls for twists.

Do you have any Favorite Products?
Curls Product Line www.curls.biz

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
Water is your friend, find products that work best for you.  Protective styles are a must.  Keep hair moisturized.  Rock your natural hair with confidence becuase people will be watching you even when you think they aren't.  Natural hair is about loving your hair they way God made you.  

Monday, February 27, 2012

Viola Davis Flaunts Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

I was debating on whether I would cover this topic because it seems that everyone is. If you haven't heard by word of mouth, or read on Twitter, Sunday night at the Oscars Viola Davis looked fabulous!
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Instead of wearing her normal wig, for the first time she has decided to flaunt her natural curls. If you don't know already, Mrs.Davis was nominated for best actress in the movie, The Help.

@Classycurlies

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Hard water and Hair Care

Hey Curlies,

So I've been reading up on something that I never really noticed before-hard water. Last year, a girl I use to know tried to explain to me how bad the water system was. I couldn't actually remember everything she said so here is the low down.


The water that comes from your faucet, is either surface water or ground water.
  • Ground water can either come from a well or the city's water treatment plant. This water contains lots of minerals.
  • Surface water come from a river or lake and usually does not have as much minerals in it. However since the rivers and lakes have been polluted throughout the years, chemicals have been added to kill bacteria.
Hard water can cause:
  • Dry hair and scalp
  • Hair thinning
  • Hair colors to fade easily
  • Hair to not feel as soft or shiny
What minerals are harmful for hair?
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Chorine
  • Lead
  • Copper
Most of these minerals are negatively charged and when they meet our positively charged hair, they attract.

Solutions to hard water
  • Buy a water softener. These can be attached to shower heads and faucets
  • Buy a clarifying shampoo that leaves your scalp clean. Clarifying shampoos strip the hair. Sally's beauty supply has a set of shampoo and conditioners dedicated to help with hard water. It will not completely get rid of the problem but it should help.
  • You could wash you hair with a gallon or bottled water. The process may take very long and become expensive.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Natural Hair Meetup: Indianapolis (February)

Hey Curlies,

Here is today's hairstyle and some photos from the Indianapolis February natural hair meetup. We all had a great time. The event was set up sort of like a talk show. The main organizer and planner, Ms. Darice Renee, was a lovely host! We had a panel of 4 women who were there to answer all of the audience's natural hair questions. Be aware, there are tons of pictures.














@Classycurlies

Friday, February 24, 2012

FAB Fridays

Hey Curlies,

This is the first FAB Fridays post. It's time to show off your curls!

Jeannette M

Jeannette M and her FAB Twistout!

Kena S

Kena S and her FAB Twistout using Curls Passion Fruit Control Paste and  Cashmere Curls
If you would like to be apart of FAB Fridays please send your most fabulous photos to Classycurlies.com

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Product Review: Shea Moisture Purification Masque

Hey Curlies,
Walgreens.com
As you all know, I recently did a giveaway, in which I actually gave away a jar of Shea Moisture's Purification Mask. At the time of the giveaway, I had not tested the product out myself, but now the review is here.

A few days go I used this product as a a pre-shampoo treatment.

What the product claims to do:
Detoxify, condition and soothe hair and scalp with gentle Kaolin clay, herbal extracts, botanical enzymes and essential vitamins. Our intense treatment relieves dry, itchy scalp, removes product buildup and preserves hair by sealing in natural moisture. Treats dandruff, eczema & psoriasis.- Walgreens.com
The ingredients it contains:

  • Coconut oil
  • Shea butter
  • Mango
  • Avocado
  • African Black Soap extract
  • Sea salt
  • Kaolin Clay
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Vitamin E
and many more wonderful ingredients! See the full list at here.

My thoughts:

I really like the smell. For the last couple of days I've been trying to  find a smell to relate to it, but I can't. It sort of has a lemon, mint smell. I will say that as soon as you open up this product, the smell will hit you. One thing that I was surprised with was the texture. For some reason I expected it to be thicker, similar to the smoothie and deep treatment masque, but it was the exact opposite. The texture was really thin and water-like almost.

I wet my hair and then applied the product to my scalp and hair, then let it sit with a plastic cap for about an hour. Soon after I rinsed I found my hair to be very clean. I normally do not experience a flaky scalp, but because of the cold weather, my scalp was very dry with buildup. Everything of that such was gone and I was left with clean,soft hair.

Overall I give this product a 5 out of 5. It got the job done. My hair was clean, soft and moisturized. If you have problems with you scalp, such as it being too dry or flaky, this product may be for you. Especially during the winter months.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Relaxers may be linked to tumors?

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to share some interesting news that I found out today. The link is below.

Hair today, tumors tomorrow?

@Classycurlies

Why is my hair not growing?

Hey Curlies!
Top view after conditioning
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I've been getting a lot of questions and seeing a lot of forum post about hair growth. Ladies are wondering "why isn't my hair growing?"

Actually, your hair is growing. Your hair may not grow as fast as another person's but it is growing. We (yes, me too) are always comparing ourselves to others, in body shape, size and hair too. That's actually not necessary. Here are a few reasons why you may think that your hair isn't growing.

  • Your hair is breaking faster than it is growing. On average, hair grows about 1/2 and inch a month. If you manipulate your hair enough, it will break. This can be caused by too much heat being put onto the strands, rough handling or friction. Since we are currently in the colder months of the year, we all are wearing coats and scarfs. These items may rub against your hair or the neck area and cause hair breakage.
  • Don't be the helicopter mom. Are you doing length checks every day or every other day? A watched pot never boils. Find other things to consume your time. I know we are all excited about healthy, long hair but we can't watch it every second of the day. Ultimately you will compare day to day and eventually become disappointed when you haven't seen a change in the last 2 days.
  • Are you a chronic snipper? What I mean by that is, do you trim your ends every week to stay on track? This is also not necessary. I usually trim my ends every 6-8 weeks, but it really depends on the person. Don't do unnecessary trims.

@Classycurlies

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Facebook Fan Page Special Giveaway

Hey Curlies,

All I can say is "Like" my Facebook Fan page. I really appreciate each and every last one of you!




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Friday, February 17, 2012

FAB Fridays

Hey Curlies!

I am developing a new segment where you all can show off your hair. Ever had a day where you looked in the mirror and said "Man, I look so good!"? It's called FAB Fridays and I want you all to show off how FABULOUS you all look. Send you best photos to Classycurlies@gmail.com.

Show off those curls and send in your photos!

@Classycurlies

Natural Hair:Bantu Knot out

Hey Curlies!

Last night I did a couple of Bantu Knots. I learned this morning that I should have done them tighter and wrapped my ends around tighter to create a smooth effect.

I used SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Tea Tree oil.






By the end of the day, I threw my hair back in a ponytail. For my ponytail I used Aloe Vera Gel and the smoothie.



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hair of the Day #4

Hey Curlies,

Day 1
Today's hair style has just been a simple twist out. I have pictures of both the twist and twist out below. I am thinking of trying Bantu knots out tonight. I'll definitely post pictures!
Day 3
Day 2



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Beauty Giveaway

Hey Curlies,

A friend of mine, who is also in the natural community, is having a giveaway. Not just any giveaway, but a beauty giveaway. For all of you makeup lovers this one is for you! She is giving away BH Cosmetics 88 Pallette eye shadow kit. (I LOVE eye shadow!)  Her video is below which gives instructions on how to enter.

Also subscribe to her channel! Ysheena1




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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Stay in touch

Hey Curlies!

A few weeks ago I told you all that Google Friend connect is going away. Yes, it is sad but their are tons of other ways to keep in touch with this site!

On the left side of the page are two buttons. You can either follow this site on Twitter or Facebook.

Facebook: Classycurlies
Twitter: @Classycurlies

Again, thanks for all of the support!

Natural Hair Questions

Hey Curlies,

I was thinking, and I really need some feedback from you all. I get lots of views each day but I would like to know what do you think of the site. Is their anything specifically that you would like to see or read about? Please submit any kind of feedback to me at Classycurlies.com

You can also submit any natural hair questions that you may have. It may be as simple as how to complete two strand twist or a specific style. Any of that such may be submitted. I really hope that you all participate in this little favor that I need from you all. It would be greatly appreciated!

@Classycurlies

Valentine's Day Giveaway winners

Hey Curlies,

Let me first start off by saying, thank you all so much for participating in this giveaway. This was by far the biggest and most successful giveaway thus far.

I was extremely happy with the amount of entries. There were over 800 entries. Now drum roll please!

Congratulations to: Shane S, the winner of the Shea Moisture Purification Masque and to Marcie T who will win a SophiaKessentials bottle of Aucha Creamy Healthy Hair Milk. The winners will be contacted and they must respond within 48 hours or the prize will be given to the next participant.

@Classycurlies

It's about health, not just hair

Hey Curlies,

I have my first guest blogger by the name of Stephanie. She has formed her own fitness blog to promote wellness and overall health. Having a healthy head of hair is a result of not only treating your tresses with love, but also treating your body well. Drinking lot of water, eating correctly and exercising often contributes to healthy hair and a healthy lifestyle.

Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier? Lose weight?  Work out more? Or maybe you just want to adopt a healthier more active lifestyle? Well I have some great news for you…you can and you should start TODAY! Sound too easy? Well yes…it is THAT EASY! 
You do not have to invest in a fitness center membership to start obtaining your personal health goals.  Today, I will give you some suggested tips to help you kick start your new healthier lifestyle. 
First, you have to sit down and make a plan.  Create some goals that you would like to achieve and be realistic when you make those goals.  You cannot say that you want to lose 20 pounds in one month.  Realistically and in a non-life threatening way that can NOT be done.  There is no healthy way to achieve that goal in that amount of time.  Losing weight takes time, patients, and dedication. It is good to make an overall goal.  For instance you want to lose 20 pounds.  Well then you have to make smaller goals to go along with that major goal. For example I want to lose 2 pounds this week, and try one new healthier recipe this week.  That is a great mini goal to help you reach your overall goal. You will have to adopt a healthier eating style, you will have to adopt a new fitness routine, and you will have to set weekly goals for yourself (Like I will only have 2 cokes this week and drink more water).  
When you have your goals set you can them decide how you want to achieve these goals. This will consist of a mixture of adopting a new workout routine as well as adjusting the food you consume.  It is important to learn what the right portion sizes are and to try to have a variety of things to eat throughout the day (I have written a post about portions sizes that can be found here: http://infinitelifefitness.com/2011/09/22/portion-sizes/).  You do not want to starve yourself! You can eat and snack during the day as long as those foods are nutritious and beneficial to your body. Your workout routine should start off being about 3 times a week (more would be great if you can find a great workout and if you can fit the time in to do so).  You can do some of the following things at home or in your neighborhood to start your workout routine: 
·         Always start with a warm up exercise! This can be jogging in place for 90 seconds or jogging around your block.  It is a great idea to get your body warmed up before your exercise.  It is also suggested to stretch you major muscles before you work out.  Take 30-45 seconds to stretch each limb (like your arms and legs). 
·         You can jog/run around a park, jog/run around your neighborhood, jog/run around a path or track that is in your area (if using a track at a school make sure it is ok for you to use it when the school is not using it. Most schools encourage the community to use when the students are not using it.)

You can do your own at home “boot camp” (Click on the images following the bullets to go to a website that will tell you the right way to do each exercise)

·         Jog in place for 4 minutes (or jog/run a distance for a certain amount of time)
·         Jumping jacks: Do 20 – 30 sets (one set is jumping up and then down)
·         Push-ups: Do 10-15 (or however many you feel you can do and then add on more as you get stronger at doing it!) 
push up
·         Chair dips: Do about 10-15 (like I said before, do as many as you can and gradually add more when you get stronger)
Chair dips
·         Sit ups: Do about 10 -20
sit ups

·         Wall Sits: Try to hold it for 30 seconds. As your legs get stronger add more time in increments of 15 seconds.
Wall sits 
·         Lunges: It is good to do lunges at a set distance.  For example, walk down your drive way or set a distance in your yard or down your sidewalk.  You can always add/subtract distances according to how long you feel you can do them.
Lunges
·         Step Ups: Do these for a certain amount of time (Like 90 seconds) or decide to do 20-30 step ups per leg.  You can decide on which ever you think is better for your fitness level.
 (LINK IMAGE TO: http://www.topendsports.com/fitness/technique/step-ups-home.htm)

I would suggest you start off doing all of these in sets of 2 (to start off then add another sets).  When I say sets I mean go through all of these exercises once, take a 60 – 90 second break and go through all of them again. It is good to start off with the 2 sets and then add to that when you build up your strength and endurance. 

When you are starting a new fitness routine it is ALWAYS a good idea to check with your doctor first to make sure you do not have any sever health risks.
I hope that these suggestions will help get you to jumpstart your new healthy routine.  Please stay tuned for more fitness tips.  In the meantime please feel free to check out my blog http://infinitelifefintess.com where you can find more health tips, recipes, and so much more! If you need help with your own personal routine please feel free to contact me and I will try to help suggest more options for you to try. Any day is a great day to start a new healthier lifestyle.  So why not start TODAY!?!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Natural hair Q&A

Hey Curlies,

I have been coming across a few questions lately that I think need to be answered. Some of these questions I am personally asked and others are just floating about in the natural hair community. I hope this Q&A answers all of your questions, and if not, feel free to ask away!

Q: If you were put a texturizer in your hair, is it still natural?
A: No, any type of chemical put into your hair will alter your curl pattern. Texturizers can give the same permanent straightening effect as a relaxer.

Q: How do I get rid of shrinkage?
A: There are a couple of ways to help solve this problem. To stretch your hair you can braid, twist or do roller sets. Also products with water in them causes your hair to revert back to its curly state and "snap" back into the shrinkage state.

Q: How can I trim my ends if I have an afro?
A: You can split you hair into sections then braid each section and snip off the dead ends. Similar to this detangling video.

Q: What are some styles for the winter months?
A: Any style that protect your ends. During the winter month your hair tends to be more drier which causes breakage. Twist, braids, sew ins, wigs or any type of updo.

Q: If I am not African African American, is it okay for me to use "ethnic" products?
A:Yes, and vice versa. I believe that the "black" and "white" people products are a marketing strategy.

Q: How often should I wash my hair?
A: It really depends on if you experience dandruff or not and how your hair feels. I tend to wash my hair when it seems really dry or too oily. You'll know when you need to wash. I tend to wash about every 2 weeks.





Sunday, February 12, 2012

New Dr.Miracle's product for curly hair

Hey Curlies!
killerlipgloss.com
I have just discovered the new Dr. Miracle's product for "curly, wavy and kinky hair." The line is called Curl Care by Dr. Miracle's.

styleblazer.com
The line includes a Re-hydration Shampoo,Nourishing Conditioner, Frizz Control Serum, Soft hold creme, Weightless Moisturizing creme, and a leave in conditioner. The site doesn't explain much but I have seen the products available at Sally Beauty Supply and I'm sure the line will most likely branch out to other stores.

Each product claims to have no sulfates and sodium combined with all natural products. I'm not sure what those products are but it sounds interesting.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Detangling

Hey Curlies!

I've been getting a lot of questions about detangling and how the process should be done. I created a tutorial on how to do so. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.


Indianapolis February Natural Hair Meetup

Hey Curlies!

So earlier today I tweeted about having the details of the next Indy natural hair meetup. Well I have the info!(haha) The event will be featuring a panel to help answer all of you natural hair questions. We will talk about all of the things you are afraid to talk about. The event will cost $5 to cover the venue charge and will be February 25th at 4p.m. More info is located on the actual Meetup site. I will most likely be posting a flier soon.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Classy Curls Profile: Stephanie


Name: Stephanie Ayler
Social Media names: Twitter @_SimplyCare_
Facebook SimplyCare,
I’m also on Naturalsunshin.ning.com, Look up Stephanie Ayler !!
Youtube: iSimplyCare

Hair Type: I don’t really care for hair typing, but I would categorize myself into a 4b/4c hair type.

URL( if any): simplymarveloushaircare.blogspot.com

How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since I was 17 years old and I just turned 26 this past December.

Why did you go natural?
I went natural because I had a horrible salon relaxer experience. I left the salon with a scalp sensitive to the touch. I also had numerous scalp burns, mainly on the sides of my head. It was just disgusting, just oozing yuckiness! I also had a patch of hair in the middle of my head that would continuously break off. It would never grow and I was pretty self-conscious about it.  Since going natural my hair FLOURISHED ! I don’t have those same problems.

When did you Big chop?
I didn’t big chop. Actually, when I went natural I had no idea I was “going natural.” I just new that I was NEVER EVER going to get another relaxer. I had a long transition with various braid styles. Since I have never said to myself, “Self, you are going natural” along with transitioning with braids, it was a pretty easy transition for me. The only times I was sort of confused on what to do with was when I would remove the braids for a rest period before braiding my hair back up again. After my braid phase I decided to loc my hair and I had locs for 4-5 years before I combed them out. Yep, combed them out. It took me an entire week. Combing out my locs FELT like a big chop, I had gone from APL to a few inches in a matter of weeks. Shocking to say the least. I learned a lot about my hair that year !

A short regimen you can share?
Wash every 1- ½ weeks (Deep wash with either Bentonite Clay or a clarifying; other times moisturizing shampoo)
Deep Conditioner every week (detangling while deep conditioning)
Using supplemental treatments (tea rinses, acv rinses, etc)
Steam my hair or co-washing for extra mid-week moisture boost.
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS Sealing. I used the L(iquid) O(il) C(ream) Method.
I protective style and let my kinks fly free as I see fit.
Overall I pay attention to what my hair needs and I do what she asks !

Do you have any Favorite Products?
I am an upstart product company, so I mix a lot of products for myself and to potentially market. So other than those I  love Shea Moisture products, Cantu Products, Aloe Vera Juice/Gel and different types of butters.

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
I would have to say be patient with your hair! You pamper yourself, so do the same with your curlies, treat it like silk. Most importantly, have fun while going natural and learning abour your hairs needs ! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Two Strand Twist Style #3

Hey Curlies

This style was worn last week before I even washed my hair but I forgot to post the pictures! (hehe) I basically twisted the front right of my hair so that it fell to one side in front of my face.

With the other side I did "twisties". The ones your mom or the hair dresser use to do when you were little. Don't confuse this with a flat twist. With the rest I did single twist.





A few days later I did I twist out and added an accessory. 


@Classycurlies


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Product Review: TRESemme Naturals conditioner

Hey Curlies!
amazon.com
I washed my hair a few days ago and did some twist. I used TRESemme naturals brand. I got it for free during the Indianapolis Natural Hair meetup I attended a few weeks ago.

What it claims to do:
"This new lightweight, silicone-free conditioner uses natural ingredients to hydrate hair, giving you the moisture you need and the natural benefits you love." -located on the TRESemme site.


This conditioner also contains USDA  certified organic extracts from Aloe Vera and Avocados. It's also hypoallergenic and dye-free.

What I think:
I really like this product. The first thing that reeled me in was the smell. It smells great. I washed my hair with actual shampoo for the first time in more than a month, so afterward, I used this product. It has a really good slip to it and is thick enough to coat the hair. I only left it on for about 5 minutes. It left my hair very soft and smooth as I was rinsing it out.

Bottom Line: Try it

@Classycurlies

ClassyCurls Profile: Nicole


Name: Nicole Wright
Social Media namesNicole Wright (facebook) CurlyKinkyQT (Twitter)
Hair Type: 3b/3c
Why did you go natural?
Holy Breakage!  I started to experience MAJOR breakage in the front of my head.  I don’t think that I would have gone natural if I did not see the breakage in the front of my hair.  All of the perming had finally took its turn for the worse! 

When did you Big chop?
11-14-2011 ~~~~>
Night after self big chop
A short regimen you can share?
Wash 1x per week with sulfate free shampoo
Wear the wash-n-go for a week before I re-wash
Use the popular “bagging” method every night to retain moisture
Cut my ends every 3-6 months
Seal my hair every morning and night with my water/oil spray bottle mixture
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! J

Do you have any Favorite Products?
Anything Shea Moisture!  Currently I am using the Shea Moisture Curling SoufflĂ© and Smoothie.  I am also using Giovanni direct leave in
Oils (love my natural oils!) and good ole H2O!
Wash n Go
Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
Stay strong!  You will have so many people go against you developing natural tresses!  I recommend to BC (aka Big Chop)! If I could do it all over again I would have started fresh with a fade!  I would have wigged it out if it felt too uncomfortable.  Dealing with both hair textures can be a pain!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Pre-Poo

Hey Curlies

I've never tried to "pre-poo" my hair before washing so I figured why not. The process usually entails adding conditioner or oil to your hair before washing and letting it sit. This process is similar to deep conditioning.

I used Tea tree oil, olive oil and Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque.



Thursday, February 2, 2012

Advertise with me

Hey Curlies

If you are interested, I have now have lots of advertisement opportunities available to you. You can advertise your personal sites, blogs or business. Prices are very reasonable and start at $10 per month. If you would like more information please click here or email me at Classycurlies@gmail.com and I would love to assist you. Thanks!

@classycurlies

Surprise addition to giveaway

Hey Curlies

Guess what?! There is another part of the Valentine's Day giveaway. There will now be a second winner! How great is that?! The second winner will not win a Shea Moisture product but a product sponsored by Sophia K, who is the owner of Sophiakessentials.com. Her products are all natural, and contain vitamins, oil and butters that cater to the hair and skin.


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Don't forget your scalp!

Hey Curlies!

Ever have an itch on your scalp that just won't leave you alone? The more you scratch, the more sore and irritated your scalp gets. I've noticed that this tends to happen to me a lot more in the winter months because of the cold air. We put such an emphasis on moisturizing out hair and especially our ends, but sometimes I think we forget where it all started-the scalp.

I usually do a mini scalp massage throughout the week with what ever oil I have lying around, but I highly recommend my current method.

  • When every you feel necessary, part your hair into 4 sections using your fingers. Leave one section out and clip up the other 3. Even if you currently are wearing twist, braids or locs, at long as you hair is parted where the scalp is open, this works.
  • With each section divide it into a smaller section as if you were about to put in twists or braids. The smaller section that you've just parted, apply an oil directly to the scalp. It sort of like your mom "greasing" your scalp as a child.
  • I usually just tip the bottle upside down and squeeze a little out. The trick with this is not to apply to much. You can also put the oil in a color applicator bottle with a tip to make this process easier.
  • I use Tea Tree oil because it is very soothing, more like a mint smell. I've noticed it fights dry, itchy scalp.
@Classycurlies