Natural Hair Style of the Day: Sept. 29

Hey Curlies,

A few weeks ago, I posted a photo on the Facebook page of a hair style similar to the one I recreated. I flat twisted (yes flat-twist! I'm getting the hang of this!) the back half and the right front, I did a twist out. I also created two small bantu knots at the ends of the flat twists.

Two-strand twists pinned down before I applied my scarf

Two flat twist to the side

To create this look, I used Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream and Ampro Oilive Oil gel on the two strand twist. On the two flat twist I used Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and water.


Natural Hair Style of the Day: Twist n' Curl

Hey Curlies,

I have been experimenting and styling my hair so much in the last couple of days. I had so many ideas when my braids were in, and now I want to try them all. Here is a style I came up with spur of the moment.

The left front side is pinned to the opposite side, while the rest I created twists and rolled the ends.

I will say that sleeping on those rollers were no joke! Not a good night lol

Next morning

To twist, I used African Pride Miracle Silky Moisturizer and Kinky Curly Curling Custard. The style lasted about a day because it rained that day (sad face), but it was cute while it lasted!


Today's Hair: September 26

Hey Curlies,

Today I wore my hair in a simple twist-out. Two nights ago, I retwisted some parts using African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Silky Hair Moisturizer. Last night I just used a scarf and you can see the shrinkage.


Natural Hair: Ballin' On a Budget

Hey Curlies!

I always get questions about how to take care of natural hair or any type of hair while on a budget. It's very simple. The best things for your hair are usually at arms reach and around your home.

How about trying....

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil if you are looking to moisturize your hair
  • Avocados and honey if you are looking for soft and shiny hair
  • Water is by far the best moisturizer and DOES NOT dry out hair
  • Need some protein in your routine? Eggs are a great source of protein for hair
  • Plain mayonnaise adds shine and moisture
  • Lemon juice adds shine
  • Apple Cider Vinegar removes buildup from the scalp
  • Plain yogurt is great for deep conditioning
If  all else fails and you are NOT a great scientist at creating new mixes for your hair, try some of these inexpensive hair products.
  • Herbal Essence Line (Hello Hydration or Honey)
  • Aussie Moist (shampoos and conditioners)
  • Organix Line (shampoos and conditioners)
  • TRESemme Naturals Line
Each one of the products or produce mentioned above can be purchased for under $5. The home ingredients are even cheaper. Mix and match different items. You do not have to spend tons of money on products to get gorgeous hair.


Flat Twist-Out on Wet Hair

Hey Curlies!

I am very happy to say that my first flat twist-out was a success. If you all have been following, you know that I normally do two-strand twists and then create a twist-out from there.

Here are some photos of the results. If you would like to see what products I used, the link is below.

I got pretty good definition, especially toward the top. I used more product toward the top for some odd reason. I also noticed that the ends of my hair were not as defined, and that just comes with practice of creating the twists.

Overall, I loved the look. I had doubts that it would come out as good as it did.My hair does look a lot shorter than it normally is due to the wet styling and shrinkage. Tonight, I'll just do my usual- moisturize,seal and put on a bonnet. Hopefully this style lasts as long as my two-strand twist-outs do.

What products did I use?


Product Review: Kinky Curly Knot Today

Hey Curlies,

I told you guys the other day that I had my first experience with the Kinky Curly line. I purchased this product, along with others, at my local Target.

What it claims to do:
Remove knots and tangles from wavy, curly and kinky hair textures

What it contains:
Organic mango extract, organic slipper elm, organic marshmallow root, organic lemongrass, cetyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol and natural fragrance.

As a detangler and leave-in conditioner

My Review:
This past summer, I went back and forth on whether or not I should purchase this product. I knew that the ingredients were all natural and would really agree with my hair, but I could not get over the price. I was afraid that if I purchased it and didn't like it, I would be very upset. Boy was I wrong! This product surprised me. I like the fact that it can be used as a leave-in conditioner and detangler. For a leave-in conditioner it has lots of slip, something you would see in a normal rinse-out conditioner. This makes it easy to detangle.

The product also smells like fruit and has a bit of thicker consistency than regular leave-in conditioners.The only two complaints that I have are the price and the amount given for price. If I am paying $12-$16 for a product, I would expect to have more, but the ingredients in the product is what you are paying for.

I will say that with this product and the help of the others, my curls were very defined. Overall I give this product a 4 out of 5 for being a great detangler and excellent ingredients. 


Box Braids Take Down & Kinky Curly

Hey Curlies!

The braids are finally out and my hair is free again! Three of my wonderful friends helped me with the take down and it took almost three hours. Just imagine if I was stuck doing it on my own.

By the time we were done, I was tired so instead of washing, I detangled with a wig brush and added TRESemme Naturals Conditioner, put on a shower cap and went to bed.

Ends are cut
3 hours later...

Detangled with added conditioner. Can
 you see the shrinkage?!
This morning, I washed using Kinky Curly Come Clean shampoo and conditioned with TRESemme Naturals Conditioner. I then deep conditioned with Alikay Naturals: Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask. I got this product in my August Curlkit.

I then applied Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in conditioner and flat twisted using a very small amount of Kinky Curly Curling Custard. My hair curls didn't know how to act!
Freshly washed, no product

Never EVER seen my curls defined like this.
I used KC Curling Custard & a Deman brush.
Can't wait to do a wash-n-go with this!

I am going to leave my hair like this for the weekend. I'll probably wear a beanie if I go out.I will have product reviews on these products coming soon as well as the results!


Update: Box Braids and Kinky Curly

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to update you all on my braids and how they are keeping up. I've had them in now for 8 weeks and that is long enough for me. Lots of people ask me why I am taking them out so early? No, this is my limit,lol.

So the braids will be coming out tomorrow and I will hopefully have assistance from my friends so that it will not take me hours! Here are a few photos:

Lots of new growth. Yay!

They actually do not look that bad from a distance

But at the hairline....ugh

8 weeks

A few braid in the very lower back look like this. You can see where
my hair ends for crying out loud. These have got to go!
Overall, I loved having braids. They were very convenient and I didn't have to do much to them. If you would like to know products I used and my wash routine, click here and here.

I washed them twice and resealed the ends once. Sometimes the ends of the braids looked a little rough, so I boiled some water and dipped the ends in the water.

I didn't do many styles with them because they were still kind of tight at first and if I did any type of up-do, it pulled my hair and I wasn't going to let that happen. I mostly wore ponytails, hair down and buns. I will say that high buns were the death of me by the end of the day. My neck felt like it was straining, my head was heavy and I had a headache.

In other news...

Today I went to Target and bought the Kinky Curly line. The only one I did not get was the spritz. I had been wanting to try this line since summer 2011 and I finally got it. All three were quiet expensive, but hopefully its worth it. I will have product reviews soon!

I can't wait to get my hair back! I'll have photos and products soon!

Shea Moisture African Black Soap Giveaway Winners (Closed)

Hey Curlies!

I am so excited to announce the winners of this giveaway. The turnout was fabulous and there was over 3,500 entries!!!

In the near future I have a few more giveaways lined up for you all so get ready. All winners are chosen at random through Rafflecopter so I have no say over who is chosen.

Drum roll please!!

The winners are....

#1- Purification Masque- Shakeeta Williams
#2- Dandruff & Dry Scalp Exilir- Dee Wise
#3-Deep Cleansing Shampoo- Dee Monet
#4-Balancing Conditioner-Taylor Jackson

Congratulations ladies! Please check your email for further information. If prizes are not claimed within 48 hours, the product will be given to another participant.

If you were not a winner, do not be discouraged. Like I said, I have more giveaways coming up!


ClassyCurly Profile: Mykela

Hey Curlies,

Here's another ClassyCurly profile featuring another fabulous natural lady.

Name: Mykela Marshall
Social Media names: 4mysisterz on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter 
Hair Type: A little bit of everything. 3b,3c, 4a, etc. 

How long have you been natural?

I BC(big chopped) on April 2011, and I stop getting relaxers May 2010.

Why did you go natural?
I started going natural in an effort to grow healthier and thicker hair. My younger sister did her BC, and as I saw her grow I was in love so after almost a year of transitioning I decided to BC. You can actually watch my BC on my Youtube channel. Re-watching it is a hilarious experience now. lol Click on the link below to see how my BC went down!

When did you Big chop? 

April 2011. It was actually a few days before my wedding. 

A short regimen you can share? 

I co-wash twice a week. I do a DC with my favorite conditioner and my steamer. My hair absolutely <3 my DCs:) Then I style. I call it the "Basics".

Do you have any Favorite Products?

I am a product junkie and I am confessing it all of you today. I need help. lol My favorite products change every few months. My new "FAV" is SPA Haus Salon Conditioner from Dollar Tree. Yes I said Dollar tree. Its has a great slip, and I will not cowash and detangle without it. I also use it to DC. It makes my hair feel like feathers. My curls scream "Thank You" after I put it on. Everyone can afford to try it because its only a....wait for it...... $1! lol

Do you have any advice on Going Natural?

Embrace the journey. Everyone's journey is different, but I must say that it will only be as good as you make it. Have fun in the experience. Don't give up when it gets tough during the transition because the final product is worth every bad hair day.

Here is a video of her big chop!


Natural Hair: Book Recommendations

Hey Curlies,

If you love to read, like myself, and are interested in learning more about natural hair and hair in general, I have a few books to add to your book list if you haven't read them already.

Thank God I'm Natural

This was one of the first books that I read that pertained to natural hair. The author, Ms. Chris-Tia Donaldson, explains her journey to natural hair as well as giving lots of tips on transitoning. I read this entire book in about 3 hours. It was a really good read. If you would like to know more about the author,check out her ClassyCurly profile here.

Ultra Black Hair Growth II
This was the second book that I read that pertained to hair. This book talks discussed hair growth in general, not just natural hair. This book gives step by step instructions on developing a hair regimen and processes.

The Science of Black Hair
Now this book is by far one of my favorites. This book literally has hair down to a science and really opened my eyes to a lot of things. This book discussed every topic under the sun. From relaxed, to natural to color and conditioning.

Curly Like Me
The first time I discovered this book was through an app on my phone, and then I got a little more detail on it from one of the curlies on Twitter. I did not read this book word for word, but it is a pretty nice book. It goes into lots of detail on hair typing and tips for caring for naturally curly hair. I will say that this book shows lots of different women with all kinds of hair types, from loose waves to the most kinkiest hair. This book shows no discrimination.

Get to reading curlies!

-Victoria Davis(@ClassyCurlies)