Marley Bun on Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

Last night I washed, conditioned and deep conditioned and I had no idea what to do with my hair. I remember a few weeks ago I went to Sally's to buy a pack of marley hair. I bought the hair (brand: Vienna) for $7.99 in the 1B color.

I kind of forgot that I had it and figured this would be the perfect time to try this style. I decided to style the front using tuck and roll twists because I didn't want my edges to be pulled extremely tight with the slicking back of the bun. So last night after completing my wash routine, I used small amounts of aloe vera gel and a generous amount of Kinky Curly Knot Today detangler and leave-in conditioner.

I styled the front, twisted the ends of the front and braided the back to air dry. I knew that the back of my hair would not be dry because I started my hair at 9 at night  (never again!), so I knew that I was going to deal with some frizz the next morning. So the following morning I got this:

Sleek edges,but fizzy back section- I'm looking kind of sleep eh? lol

You can see where I twisted and the still damp braid-out mess lol
The weather was about 35 degrees and raining today and I didn't want to risk getting sick, so I tried the bun and got this:


I really LOVED the results. I will definitely keep this in as long as I can. Some of the products I used to wash are:

  • Jane Carter's Sulfate-free Shampoo
  • Aubrey Organics Conditoner
  • Olive oil and honey for a deep conditioner ( I will have more info on this soon!)
  • Aloe Vera gel (styling)
  • KCKT (styling)
-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

October CurlBox Naturals Edition Review

Hey Curlies,

As you all may know, I have not had a chance to subscribe to the CurlBox family, but I do have some lovely curlfirends who do. This curlfirend goes by the name of "Imluvinmycurls" and she is quite the character. Be ready for an informative short video and some humor to go along with it. She is also a Zumba instructor and she gives some of her most important tips at the end of the video.


Hope you all enjoyed! I did have a mini poll on Facebook today and I asked you all the following question:

"What are some of the issues that you are experiencing with your hair?"

I got a few great responses,but if you would like to add in your input, simply comment below.

-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)

Twist 'n Loc Giveaway Winners

Hey Curlies,

I am happy to announce the two winners of the Twist 'n Locs giveaway!! Be on the lookout for other giveaways!

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Winners, be on the look out for emails for further contact information. Thanks to everyone that participated.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: The Baggy Method Update

Hey Curlies,

So I finally got a chance to try the Baggy Method last night. The results were okay, but I think that it could have turned out better if I added more product. I used:

  • Twist 'n Loc's Herbal Conditioning Spray
  • Sealed with Ampro Vitamin E oil
I only used a small amount of both on my twists and then put on a plastic shower cap, followed by a bonnet.

This morning my hair felt slightly damp, which is what I expected. It was good for the amount of product used, but next time I would like to try a little more. The reason why I didn't use a bit more is because I did not want my twist to shrink up.

I will probably try this again once I take my twists down and I will keep you updated!

-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)

10 Super Foods for Great Hair & Other News

Hey Curlies,

I am still wearing my twist for the time being. I twisted my hair on Sunday and I used Aloe Vera gel and WonderCurl Finishing Pomade. I plan on keeping them in as long as I can. I haven't been feeling too well lately.




In other news:

I wanted to share a article that I found about great foods to eat that help promote healthy hair. The link is here.

Also, if you are in the Indianapolis area, a huge natural hair expo is going on. Here is the flyer.

-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)

Natural Hair: 4 Ways to Overcome a Bad Hair Day

Hey Curlies,

Everyone has bad hair days and they usually surprise us the next morning while we are trying to leave our homes for the day. I have a few go to styles and tips to help you during these tragic times.
  • Pull your hair up into a puff and add a cute headband. Smooth a small bit of gel on to your edges and apply a satin scarf for about 5 minutes while you continue your morning routine.

  • Wrap your hair in a  decorative scarf. There are many techniques to creating a fancy look in minutes. Here is a great YT video by Naptural85 on ways to tie your scarf.

  • Pull your hair up into a bun. They are easy to create. If your hair is not long enough to create a bun, or you simply want a bigger bun, try using marley hair to create it.

  • Don't want to show your hair at all? Put on a beanie. You can buy these cute knitted hats at many retail stores. They also come in various colors and styles. Put one on and call it a day.
  • If all else fails, just go with it! Have you noticed that when you think that you are having a bad hair day, that is the day that you receive the most complements on your hair? What may be disastrous to you may be gorgeous to someone else.

S/N: Don't forget to enter the Twist 'n Locs hair giveaway! There is only three days left to enter!
        Enter here!

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Product Review: Curly Hair Solutions

Hey Curlies,

I have a whole new line of products to review for you all. Thanks to the lovely people at SFR Beauty, I am able to share this review with you all. I got the products almost two weeks ago and I finally got a chance to wash my hair.

Curly Hair Solutions Silk Shampoo:
sfrbeauty.com

What it contains:

 DI Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Lauramide Dea, Glycol Stearate, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium 10, Fragrance, Lecithin, DMDM Hydantoin.


What it claims to do:
Curly Hair Solutions Silk Shampoo is a curly hair shampoo that has a rich, gentle formula that nourishes and hydrates the hair. Silk Amino Acids penetrate the hair to strengthen while never weighing it down or building up. The Silk Amino Acids help give the hair moisture leaving the hair clean, silky and shiny. Silk Shampoo is water-based and safe for daily use, and is recommended for dry, colored, chemically relaxed or permed hair. 

(From sfrbeauty.com)

Uses:
To cleanse hair

My Review:
The name of this shampoo really tells it all! It is very silky and applies to hair very easily. The shampoo is a milky color and is not by any means heavy. The formula is very light and smells of a soft perfume. I did not experience dry hair after rinsing. I also only focused on my scalp when cleansing and my hair is indeed clean. The shampoo contains silk amino acids which translates into protein. This is the only reason why I will not use this for every wash, but it will definitely be one of my go-to products.

Overall, I give this product a 5 out of 5 for being a great cleanser without dry, brittle hair after use.

Conditioner:
sfrbeauty.com
What it contains:
 DI Water, Cetrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Myristate, Ceteareth 33, Jojoba Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Wheat Amino Acids, Fragrance, DMDM Hydantoin, Lecithin, Citric Acid, Polyacrylami.

What it claims to do:
Curly Hair Solutions Conditioner provides conditioning and protection using low molecular weight proteins that not only penetrate and repair the hair, but also help to instantly detangle, making hair easier to comb and more manageable to style.

(From sfrbeauty.com)

Uses:
To condition hair

My review:
I have to say that I was not as impressed with this product as the shampoo. The product is supposed to provide moisture and help during the detangling process. I did not see much of neither. I did like that the texture was light, contained jojoba oil and it had a very pleasant smell. The conditioner's smell reminded me of oats or oatmeal and it made me hungry(LOL). Soon after rinsing, I did not feel much of difference in my hair, nor did it contain any slip. I would suggest using this product as a moisturizer. Everyone's hair is different and maybe it may work better for someone else.

Overall, I give this product a 2 out of 5.

Silk Leave-in Conditioner:


What it contains:

 DI Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Ceteareth-33, Silk Amino Acids, Jojoba Oil, Panthenol, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Oleyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Oleth-20, Polyacrylamide, DMDM Hydantoin, Germaben II (and) Chamomilla.


What it claims to do:
Curly Hair Solutions Silk Leave-in Conditioner smoothes the rough cuticles that are responsible for frizzy flyaway hair. Silk Leave-in Conditioner is non-greasy curly hair product that never builds up, so you can use a generous amount against high humidity and high heat appliances such as irons & blow-dryers. Silk Leave-in Conditioner leaves your hair feeling clean, shiny and soft. 

(From sfrbeauty.com)

Uses:
As a leave-in conditioner. Used after shampooing or daily during styling

My reviews:
I have to say that this was my favorite product of the Curly Hair Solutions line. This product has the same soft perfume smell as the shampoo did and has tons of slip! This product really impressed me. The formula is very light-weight and applies as easy as silk. I does not leave a residue. The very first time I used this product was right before I washed my hair. I applied a small amount to my twist and I was like "okay, I'm liking this." Now that I have used it again with the entire line, it works every better.

I had no trouble detangling my hair and styling. Overall, I give this product a 5 out of 5 for having great slip and smooth application to curls.


I would just like to say that I had a great experience with this line of products. Although some did not impress me like others, all three product really do work well together. 

Special thanks to Ursula at SFRBeauty!

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)


Natural Hair: Chunky Twistout w/ Coconut Oil & African Pride

Hey Curlies,

Last night, I trimmed my hair for the first time in about 4 months. I had lots of SSKs (single-strand knots) and it was getting really annoying. I really planned on doing a video to show you all this process, but I have been having problems with my wisdom teeth over the last few days and talking has not been exciting. Hopefully, next time I trim, I will be able to share it with you all.

Thursday night, I washed my hair using the Curly Hair Solutions line and banded my hair to dry. Friday, I wore a beanie and that night I moisturized with African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Silky Moisturizer and sealed with organic coconut oil. I twisted smaller sections and did my trim with the twist in.
The twists were very soft and longer than usual. I like :)  My roots were also really soft.

Of course, the length only lasted a short amount of time and the next morning, the twists looked like this:
I continued to untwist and I got this:

I separated and fluffed
Final look
By the way, you all still have exactly a week to enter the Twist 'n Loc giveaway. Win great hair products. Enter here.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: Bedtime Options

Hey Curlies,

There are so many rules out there on what to do with your hair before bed. I am here to give you a one stop shop on what to do with your hair in almost an situation possible.

If you have...

Loose hair(braid-out, twist-out, bantu-knot out or afro)

  • Spray a small amount of your favorite leave in conditioner through a spray bottle and proceed with either re-braiding,twisting or knoting. Apply a satin scarf and hit the sheets.
         | I normally do not restyle(braid/twist) at night and in that case, I apply the leave in conditioner and put      on the bonnet. |

Up-do Protective Style
  • Spray on your favorite moisturizer, followed by an oil in a spray bottle. Since you probably want your up-do to last, you want to touch it as little as possible.
Protective Style (braids, twists)
  • Apply  generous amount of leave in conditioner to your style and then follow up with an oil. You want to keep your hair moisturized. Apply a satin scarf and hit the sheets. Doing this will help lay down some of the stubborn hairs in the style as well as your edges.
Protective Style (Buns,Ponytails & Puffs)
  • Some people sleep with their hair in a ponytail or bun and some do not. The only time, this can cause problems is if that style is secured too tightly, which can cause breakage along the hair line. Always apply a moisturizer to your edges at night. I even apply aloe vera gel also so that in the morning, my hair is slicked down without the use of a brush.
Sleeping with a satin or silk pillowcase is also an option. It helps prevent breakage while you are sleeping. I used to sleep with a satin pillowcase until I discovered that it was beginning to cause my face to break out. The oils on the pillowcase were too much for me. If this isn't an issue for you, it is worth the money.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: FAB Twistout #2

Hey Curlies,

This weekend was my school's homecoming and I had a really great time hanging out with my friends. I have a few photos to show you of this year and from this time last year of my twist-out.

2011's Homecoming

2011's twistout
This year

The first night I took down the twists


Day 2 twist out. Definitely shrinkage 

I can definitely see the difference in hair growth from year to year. The first day I untwist, my hair actually hangs down over my shoulders and before (first photo) it did not. Progress!

I ended up pinning back to top two sides to show my face a little more. I wore my two-strand twist for almost a week and I used Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Shea Butter to create them. The last photo is my overall outfit on Saturday night. The dress is from Charlotte  Russe and the shoes are from Target.

-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)

Giveaway: Twist 'n Locs

Hey Curlies,

I am here to introduce another giveaway! This giveaway is sponsored by Twist 'n Locs and two lucky winners will win a bottle of their Herbal Conditioning Spray.

As you all know, I only ship throughout the U.S. Choose your method of entry below. The giveaway closes Oct 27. Good luck!


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-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Natural Hair: TWA Styles

Hey Curlies,

Technically I have never had a TWA or teeny weeny afro, but I did have a small fro at one point. Some women struggle with styles at this point in their journey, so I have combined a few different ideas for you all. The biggest thing I would say I would say is to embrace this stage. Sometimes I wish I would have been brave enough to do the big chop earlier than I did.

Here are a few ideas:

  • You can do a twist-out if you have about 2-3 inches of hair.
  • At almost any point, you can do a flat twist-out or braid-out
  • Try a picked out fro
  • Comb twist or finger coils give great definition on really short hair. Use gel to create
  • With 2-3 inches of hair, you can create a mo-hawk. Get fancy with it and use fancy hair pins and coils at the base of the mo-hawk
  • Experiment with creating different parts to separate sections. Create a side-part and slick down the two halves, wear the back curly
  • Experiment with front styling. Create flat-twist, french braids, or tuck n roll twists
  • Always be on the look out for fancy hair accessories
  • Try flat-twisting or french braiding starting at the back of your head and working your way up. Wear the top curly
Hope these ideas help. Get creative! If you have any other ideas, comment below. 

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Product Review: Shea Butter Miracle Silky Hair Moisturizer

Hey Curlies!

I have heard some people talk about the new African Pride line for natural hair and I have not able to check it out until recently. I got the product in one of my past Curlkits and I sat it aside to use after I took down my braids.

What it Contains:
Key ingredients- Shea Butter, Soybean Oil, Argan Oil, Mango Butter, Coconut Oil and Aloe Vera

What it Claims to Do:
To moisturize kinky, curly and wavy hair types

Uses:
To moisturize hair and create create styles

My Review:
I have used this moisturizer for almost every technique in the book. I have used it to moisturize my hair as well as create twists, braids and to smooth edges. It smells like a mixture of Shea Butter and Argan oil. It has a really nice smell to it. One thing I will say is the moisture last all day and sometimes for the next few days. With the right amount, my hair did not feel greasy or weighed down. The consistency is of a light lotion and is not in a spray form. The first time I used it, my hair was fully dry with no product. It revamped my dull and thirsty hair in a matter of seconds. Overall, I give this product a 5 out of 5 for fantastic ingredients and being a versatile product. This product can be used for nearly every hair situation.

-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)

Hair Care: Getting Past Shoulder Length

Hey Curlies,

Whether you are natural or relaxed, getting your hair to grow past the point of shoulder length in your can be a challenge.

Lots of women struggle and complain about not being able to get their hair to grow past their shoulders as it somehow tends to break off during the growth stage.

In my past relaxed days, I got past shoulder length and currently in my natural days my hair is past shoulder length when stretched, but it has taken some work and awareness.

Growing your natural hair past shoulder length - ClassyCurlies

RELATEDNatural Hair: D.I.Y. Spray Bottle Mix

Here are some tips on how I grew my natural hair past shoulder length:
  • Protective styling: Tucking away your ends and keeping them from rubbing against your clothing. What usually happens is your hair gets to the point where it touches your shoulders and then it rubs on your clothing and breaks off. Try braids, twists, buns and ponytails to keep your hair off of your shoulders.
    Growing your natural hair past shoulder length - ClassyCurlies
  • Focus more on moisturizing your ends. Use a moisturizer and then an oil or butter to seal. To keep your ends from breaking off, they need to be moisturized.
  • Healthy hair always starts off at the scalp. Be gentle with your hair. Yes, this means during your detangling session also. Always start from your ends and work your way up while detangling. If not, there could be some serious breakage that could be the cause of stunting your hair retention. Take care of your scalp. This means deep conditioning and applying moisturizers when needed.
  • Limit your heat use. Heat styling dries out your hair and therefore can cause breakage in the long run.
If you follow these tips, your hair should grow past shoulder length in no time.






Inexpensive Ways to Try Hair Products

Hey Curlies,

It can get quite expensive to continuously buy multiple hair products. Then, if you buy a product and it does not benefit you, you have just wasted your money. Let's be realistic here, hair products now cost between $3-$15 and if you would like to buy an all natural product, you can at least add another $10 to $20 dollars to your total.

Who has the time and money for all of that?

To solve these problems, there are companies that sell kits of different products. The product brands vary per month, but finally, you can try multiple products at once for only  about $20 a month.

Details:

  • Multiple products in each kit
  • Shampoos, conditioners, stylers, discounts, and hair tips
  • One low flat fee per month
  • Some products are full-sized 
  • Some products are sample sizes
Kit Options:

Curlkit:

This is the kit that I subscribe to and review for you all about every month. The kit includes 6-9 hair samples that are catered to the natural hair audience. Some products are full-sized products that you would buy at a store and others are smaller samples. The kit is $20 a month. Some highly recognized brands that have been distributed in the past:  Kinky Curly, Carol's Daughter, Ampro Gel, Wonder Curl, and Bee Mine. 

For ordering information visit curlkitshop.com

CurlBox:

This kit features 5-7 hair product samples for subscribers to explore the hair care market without breaking the bank. This box caters to all hair types and textures. The kit is $20 a month based on competitive subscriptions. This kit does sell fast and is very competitive. Some highly recognized brands that have been distributed in the past:  Karen's Body Beautiful, Dr. Miracle's Curl Care, Hair Rules, Curl Hair Solutions and Design Essentials.

CurlBox Natural:

This kit is very new to the market and similar to the company's other kit. The only difference is, the kit is especially made for naturally curly hair. A one time fee for this kit is $40. Some may think that this is expensive, but I am guessing that customers will be paying for the ingredients contained in each product. Natural ingredients are not cheap. Be aware that this kit does not contain a subscription, it is a one time fee.

For ordering information visit: curlbox.com

-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)

Natural Hair Events: Indianapolis, Bronx, Oakland & Beaufort

Hey Curlies,

Here is the latest line up of natural hair events in your area.

Indianapolis

Bronx,New York

Oakland,CA

Beaufort,South Carolina 
-Victoria(@ClassyCurlies)