ClassyCurly Profile: LaShonda

Hey Curlies,

I really miss you all! I haven't had anytime at all to keep with everything. This week is finals week and then it's all over and then you'll be bombarded with new posts :) . Hang in there with me :) Here is another FABULOUS ClassyCurly profile.

Name: LaShonda Henderson
Social Media names: @Offdawall04 Professor Henderson (twitter)
Hair Type:4B

How long have you been natural? 

2.5 years on May 12.

Why did you go natural? 

I wanted to redefine myself after losing me in a horrible relationship. I'm a role model to young girls and mentor to up and coming professionals and I wanted them to know its okay to be who you were born to be. As a Mental Health Professional and Adjunct Professor, I knew it was time to show the world that I can be who I was born to be and maintain my professionalism.
When did you Big chop?

November 12, 2009. 

A short regimen you can share? 

I deep condition every two weeks and ACV rinse every 4-6 weeks. Wash every Sunday if my hair is not in a protective style.

Do you have any Favorite Products?

Design Essential Curly Stretching Cream and TRESemme Natural's Shampoo/Conditioner. 

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?

Yes.  Don't let the opinions of others deter you from going natural. 

-Victoria (@Classycurlies)

Naturalistas in Nap: Indianapolis April event

Hey Curlies,

Sorry, I've been kind of m.i.a. I have so much going on right now. This is the week before finals week so school is taking over my life. Thank God it's almost over :)

I attended the Indianapolis April event and it was great. I learned so much about hair and how it is constructed. I will share a few of what I've learned in the next few weeks.You really miss out if you weren't there, but if you weren't here are a few photos I would like to share. Unfortunately this is the last Indianapolis event that I will be attending until September, but this group is participating in National Natural Hair Meetup Day if you are interested.

Victoria (@Classycurlies)

Hairstyle of the day #7

Hey Curlies,

Yesterday I washed my hair using sulfate-free shampoo and followed up with a conditioner. I used the same washing method as my last post on washing in sections. It really does work, try it :)

Products used:

  • Organix Moroccan Argan Oil sulfate-free shampoo
  • TRESemme Naturals conditioner

The next morning after letting my hair air dry over night, I wore a ponytail with a tuck and roll twist in the back.

If you all would like a tutorial on this style please comment below.I will show you how I slick down my edges and how to do the tuck and roll method.

-Victoria (@ClassyCurlies)

What is Good Hair?

Hey Curlies,

I know that this is sort of outdated but it is very relevant right now. A lot of people talk about having "good hair." In our world, that means, hair that curls or has some type of coil to it and it also means a finer texture of hair.

About a year ago, I came across this episode of the Tyra show. It is very sad because some of the women on the show refuse to embrace what they truly have. One woman actually planned to have a child by a man outside of the African American community just so that her child would have "good hair."

I'm going to let you decide...what is good hair? What do you think about this phrase?


ClassyCurly Profile: Yasu

Hey Curlies!

I know that I do not address a lot of things related to locs simply because I don't have them, but this is someone who knows her stuff. 15 years in the game!

Name: Yasu
Social Media names: The Kitchen Salon
Hair Type: 4B
URL( if any):

How long have you been natural? I have been natural for 15 years, 9 yrs. Afro and 5.5 yrs. locked

Why did you go natural?
 I went natural for 3 reasons: 
1.There were natural women all around me in the South. Beautiful brown people with cottony hair, wavy hair, short hair and long hair, equally proud and natural.
2. A friend of mine was thinking of going natural and had begun doing research. I joined in the search with her, and we, along with other ladies from a Mom's group, transitioned together.
3. It wasn't cost effective for me to get relaxers anymore. I was going long periods of time between them as it was, and my hair was NEVER the kind that would get bone straight. I'd do a wash and blow dry and have this fluffy, full-bodied hair and began to fall in love with my volume. So I ditched the relaxer kits and products used to stay curly, etc and went natural.
When did you Big chop? I did the Big Chop in 1997, shortly after my second child was born. 

A short regimen you can share?I wash my hair once a week with Cantu Shea Shampoo followed by applying Daily Doctor Leave-In conditioner and sealed with coconut oil or olive oil. I just added massaging castor oil to my thin-by-nature edges to my regimen, to see if I can grow a little more hair to incorporate into my front locs. I have traditional locs and I maintain them once every 2 months with a latch hook, on damp hair. I follow up by oiling my scalp with a blend of Raw, unrefined Shea Butter, Castor Oil & Peppermint Oil (not whipped).
Do you have any Favorite Products? Yes 100% Coconut Oil, Raw Shea Butter, Olive Oil and Daily Doctor Leave-In conditioner ( the leave-in, I have been using since I went natural!)
Do you have any advice on Going Natural?
Yes, I have 10 basic rules of thumb I like to share because going natural is as much a mental process for many as it is a physical process, and I want to encourage others to make an educated decision and to be patent throughout the process.
  1. Think about it first
  2. Do some research
  3. [Then]make a decision
  4. Don't rush your transition
  5. Do the Big Chop only when you are ready( And when you do, you may decide you aren't sure about it :)
  6. Do more research by hands on experience, trial and error
  7. Exercise patience when caring for and styling your hair
  8. Develop an initial regimen
  9. Keep it simple
  10. Enjoy your hair
Photo credits: Megan Yasu Davis & Imani Lateef

Indianapolis April Natural Hair Meetup

Hey Curlies,

Naturalistas in Nap, the Indianapolis group will be meeting next Saturday, August 21,2011 at 3p.m. The topics that will be covered are listed below so if any of these interest you, please come out and learn something new.

Topics covered

  • How to properly shampoo and condition
  • Deep conditioning
  • Hair shaft
  • Porosity, PH and Density
  • The 3 product categories
  • and more!

Each person will receive a workbook to take notes in. I am really excited about this meetup because this will be the last Indianapolis meetup that I will be attending until August or September. I have a lot of work to do in Ohio this summer.

The charge for the event is $10 which covers the price of the venue as well as the workbook. For more details on the actual location of this event, please visit the Meetup site that gives more detail. It is very important that you consider becoming a member of the site and RSVP as soon as possible that way we know the number of materials that will be needed.

Hope to see you there!


Washing in sections

Hey Curlies,

I washed my hair last night using Tresemme Naturals and then deep conditioning with Shea Moisture's Purification Masque. I washed my hair in four different sections and I want to tell you all how much easier this is. Washing in sections cuts down on detangling time and helps you manage your hair but easier.

Wash routine (washing in sections)

  1. Separate your hair into as many sections as your like. I suggest between 4-6 sections. Once you have those sections, pin them aside.
  2. While in the shower, handling one section at a time, unclip it and add conditioner(or shampoo) to that section.
  3. Once you have cowashed that section, rinse and add your deep conditioner to that section and detangle with a wide tooth comb
  4. Create a small bantu knot or simply clip it out of the way and repeat with the other sections.
Once you are done with all sections, cover your head with a plastic cap for 30 minutes or more. Rinse the conditioner out in sections just as you did before and twist that section to dry.

I will admit that this process does take about 10 more minutes of your time but it eliminates the detangling stage after washing.


Natural Hair:Twist Out Pinup

Hey Curlies,

I created this style a couple of days ago and have been wearing it ever since. It's actually wash time, but I've been so lazy.


Natural Hair:Twist & Curl

Hey Curlies,

I used ORS Moisturizing Lotion and flexi rods. You can buy these rollers at any drug store, although they are little more expensive there. I say try your local beauty supply store.


National Natural Hair Meetup Day

Hey Curlies,
If you are not into social media maybe you have or maybe your haven't heard about National Natural Hair Meetup Day. This event falls on Saturday May 19,2012 and celebrates naturalistas everywhere!

Natural hair groups in each city will gather and celebrate natural hair by hosting parties, giveaways and activities. To find a city near you that is participating in this national event, click here.

You all may know that I spend majority of my time near Indianapolis because that is where I go to school, but I will not be attending their event, I will be in Toledo, Ohio for the event. To find more information out about the NNHMD Indianapolis event visit their Facebook page or Meetup site.

While attending the NNHMD Toledo event, I will be speaking and hosting a giveaway so I encourage you all to come out and support if you can. Here is more information about the Toledo event. If not, I just encourage you to participate in any of the NNHMD events happening around the nation.


The 411 on Hair Vitamins

Hey Curlies,

Now I'm sure we all have heard, seen or talked about miracle vitamins that are supposed to help your hair grow down your back overnight. CRAZY right?

Well I would just like to say that there are a few different vitamin brands out there that promote overall health as well as focusing on promoting healthy hair growth. I usually buy any brand that says "Hair,Skin and Nails" on the front. Here are a couple of popular brands and what they can possibly do for you.

Full list of ingredients listed here

This product claims to increase hair growth by 200%.

Biotin can be found in various brands at your local Target, Walmart, and drug stores. It improves the strength of hair and nails. If you are currently having trouble with breakage, this should help if taken regularly. Be sure to drink LOTS of water while taking any of these supplements.

Hair,Skin and Nails
This product can also be found in may different brand forms. What makes this product different from the other two is that the ingredients are slightly different. While they all contain ingredients such as biotin, vitamins A,B,C, and D, this product also contains zinc, magnesium and collagen.

There are plenty of other products and companies that have developed hair supporting vitamins. Please, again, remember to increase your water intake when taking any of these supplements and remember that this is reality so, your hair will not grow overnight, things take time :)


It's a lifestyle...

Hey Curlies,
Natural hair is a lifestyle once the choice is made. Most of the time it motivates people to take better care of themselves by eating right and exercising more. Spring is officially here and before you know it, Summer will be making itself present along with the rising temperatures.

Are you ready to show off your bikini body? If your not feeling as comfortable yet (notice that I said yet, because the confidence will creep up on you), here are a few tips to remember when completing your normal exercise routine. We hear so many myths when it comes to exercising, did yours make the lists?

Blog post written by Stephanie who writes her own fitness blog. Infinite Life Fitness.

Women’s Fitness: What’s True and what’s False
When it comes to health and fitness, there are tons of advice and tips that have been shared.  The problem is not all of those are true! Today, I would like to go over the true and false facts when it comes to fitness.
Women think that if they train with weights, this will cause them to look muscular and bulk up like men
FALSE: It is very unlikely that you will bulk up to gain muscles like those of body builders.  It is almost impossible for the average woman to look like with a light weight routine added to their fitness routine.  Yes some women may bulk up a little more than others, but not to the extent of someone who looks like a body builder. Lifting weights helps you to get a well-defined, tone, fit looking body.   Women who do have masculine type muscles most likely take anabolic steroids (a synthetic type of testosterone) along with other drugs in order to achieve the intense muscularity they show off in fitness competitions. Weight lifting has been proven to help you lose weight faster and to help you keep it off in the long run.

Doing only crunches (or an abs machine) will help you gain that 6-pack you always dreamed of
FALSE: There is no such thing as target training.  You cannot just do one thing and expect it to magically work in that area.  In order to achieve your desired fitness goals you have to have a well-rounded workout.  You have to target the main areas as well as have a cardio workout. To get rid of belly fat you have to slim down by losing those extra calories. 

Drinking water will help you lose weight
TRUE: There are many different articles (such as this one: that support evidence of drinking more water to help aid you in shedding those unwanted calories.  Drinking water is a great substitute to other drinks you have during the day.  It will help you cut down on calories as well as keep your body hydrated.

If you are not sweating you are not working hard enough
FALSE: When you sweat that is your body’s way of trying to cool you down.  Everyone’s body is different! If you may notice some people sweat way more than others and in some cases some people do not sweat very much at all. It is possible to have a great workout without your body pouring out with sweat.

Running on a treadmill (or other machine) puts less stress on your knees than running on asphalt or pavement
FALSE: Any type of fitness routine that involves running will bear on your knees and other joints.  It does not matter what type of surface, but overall it will still have the same end result….sore knees.  The best way to help limit this is to vary your workout.  Trying doing several different types of cardio routines that you can switch between.  This can be done by using other machines in the gym or using a bike.

Stretching before a workout can help you prevent injuries
TRUE: It is actually suggested that you stretch before and after your workout to help your muscles.  There have been dozens of studies done to help prove this to be true.  Stretching your major muscle groups for about 30 seconds each before and after your worked is something you should incorporate into your fitness routine.

Sports bras are only good for helping prevent your boobs from painful bouncing all over the place
TRUE AND FALSE:  Yes sports bras help to prevent your boobs from bouncing out of control during your workouts, but it has also been proven to help prevent your breast from sagging.  Yes it is a known fact that gravity and time are attributed to the cause of sagging, but is has also been proved that high intensity activities loosens the connective tissues that keep your breast firm.  So be sure you have the right type of bra when you are working out.  And it is also suggested that you get your bras replaced once a year.

Carbs are bad for you
FALSE: There are some diets out there that suggest that you should stay away from carbs if you want to achieve your desired results.  Well that is not all true.  It is never good to cut out one whole food group from your diet (no matter what type of diet suggests it!) You need carbs to fuel your body! The main idea should be to lower your intake on carbs (not cut them out of your diet completely). You should learn what good carbs are and what bad carbs are so you can make sure you are consuming the best nutrients for your body.
I hope that I have helped clarify some popular fitness myths. 
Please check out my personal health and fitness blog that shares more recipes, workouts, and other health tips!