Natural Hair: Mini Twist Update (Week 3)

Hey Curlies,

I have been extremely lazy with my hair lately! I've just been throwing a scarf on last minute and crashing in the bed. This is finals week for me so stressed isn't even the word. I will be taking these down this weekend because they are starting to look rough and my scalp is in need of a good wash!

Here are a few photos I have captured so far.




Shrinkage is something else huh? I've lost about 2-3 inches of length because I haven't been wrapping my hair at night. It now looks like a neck length bob, but I can roll with that!
Left- my hair today
Right-my hair 3 weeks ago
Tonight I will most likely set my hair on flexi rods and wear curly twists the rest of the week. I'll update you all soon!

See the progress of my mini twists:
-Twisting and preparation
-Week One
-Week Two

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Natural Hair: Hug My Hair Giveaway Winners

Hey Curlies,

I am here to announce the winners of the Hug My Hair Giveaway! I would like to thank everyone that participated and those who have learned more about this site and the Hug My Hair company. As always, there will be plenty more giveaways in the near future so be on the look out!

Congratulations to:

Rebecca Smith winning longest natural hair


Samantha Sian Nelson winning best protective style



Amelia Ivey winning best TWA

Again, thanks to everyone that entered!

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Natural Hair: Mini Twists Update (Week 2)

Hey Curlies,

Here is my mini twist update for week two. Today marks two weeks of my mini twists. I plan on keeping them in for one more week before installing another set.



I did have to redo the back row because it was beginning to look messy, but either than that, I haven't touched the others. I did do an extensive moisture and oil treatment. I used a lemongrass leave-in conditioner on my scalp and twists then used melted coconut oil on the perimeter of my hair, followed by vitamin E oil for my scalp and twist also. 

I have noticed that they appear to be larger and I have concluded that since they have shrank up a bit, that it most likely the reason. A few nights ago I got lazy and didn't feel like wrapping my hair using the bobby pin method so I just tied my edges down with a scarf. 

To see how these twists were done, click here

S/N: Today is the last day to enter the Hug My Hair Giveaway. Enter here.

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Natural Hair: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Hey Curlies,


I just wanted to inform you all that I have created an separate Instagram(IG) account for this site and I would love it if you all would follow me. I will be posting hairstyles, tips and products.

Other ways to get in contact wit me via social media are:

Facebook: @Classycurlies
Twitter: @Classycurlies
Pinterest: @Classycurlies
Instagram: @Classycurlies
YouTube: @Classycurls


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Natural Hair Care: MineralRich Dietary Supplement

Hey Curlies,

Last night, one of my friends dropped by and told me about this dietary supplement that she ordered. She heard about the supplement through YouTube when many vloggers described it as a way to grow their hair longer.
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Instantly, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about the product. The name of the product is called MineralRich.

Once I researched the product, I learned that it is packed with an enormous amount of vitamins and minerals. Some of these vitamins include B-12, Biotin,Zinc and calcium. It also contains Aloe Vera Gel. Ultimately, it good for your overall health and not just your hair. Honestly I was looking for something to be wrong with this product since my friend described it as something that would make her hair grow. After research I found out that it is just a supplement.

Now will I try this product? Probably not. I have read good reviews about the product, but at about $23, it doesn't seem worth it to me considering I already take a multivitamin daily. If you do not take a daily vitamin, this is a product that I would recommend.

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Natural Hair: "Weird Straight Hairs"

Hey Curlies,

I always read different forums or see social media postings about people who have this problem. I actually have the problem myself. Do you have random straight hairs floating around in your tightly curled hair texture? Me too!
Days after my BC-2011
I first discovered this a few days after my big chop. Although I believed that I had cut all of the relaxer out of my head, I still noticed small straight hairs. Since I was a newly natural then, I decided that maybe I hadn't cut my hair like I should have and proceeded to keep cutting. Now I know that I was actually cutting my hair for no reason.

A few months passed and I still noticed these weird straight hairs when I wore puffs or wore my hair out. It is not a visible thing to others unless you are staring at my hair.

Two weeks ago, my friend is talking to me and is playing in my hair as she speaks, which she does frequently,  not a big deal. She says, "Hey do you know you have some straight pieces of hair in your head?"

So that same day, I decided to take this picture:
My "weird hairs"- April 2013
I know you see it! Those very weird straight hairs. No matter how often I trim my ends, they still hang on. They do not conflict with styling my hair or any other matter, they are just...interesting.

So do I have a solution? No, not at all. Although I call this a "problem" it really isn't. I just wanted to show you all my little "problem" also. If those "weird hairs" are not directly effecting your hair regimen or styling technique, leave them be.

If you use heat often, you could have heat damage. If you haven't trimmed your ends in a while, it could be about that time. In my case, I have none of those issues. Just "weird straight hairs."

S/N: Enter the latest giveaway with Hug My Hair. For m details, click here!

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Product Review: Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deep Moisture Conditioner

Hey Curlies,

I finally got a chance to try the Giovanni Deep Moisture Conditioner  This is a product that I've been hearing about since 2010 when I first began my transition to natural hair. I finally got this product, when it came in my March Curlkit. I mentioned this product in a past post. Click here for more info.
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What it contains:
Aqua (Purified Water) With *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Valencia Orange) Extract, *Mangifera Indica (Mango) Extract, *Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract, *Ginkgo Biloba Extract, *Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, *Salix Alba (Willow Bark), *Macrocystis Pyrifera (Sea Kelp) Extract, *Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, *Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Centrimonium Bromide, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Includes Essential Oils). *Certified Organic By Guaranteed Certification Services.

What it claims to do:
Detangle and add moisture to hair

Uses:
As a instant conditioner,deep conditioner or leave-in conditioner

My Review:
This conditioner is very creamy, thick and has great slip to it. Although this product is very thick, it did not seem to weigh my hair down at all. The product had a very light scent. This is definitely a conditioner that can be used daily after a wash or as a co-wash. One thing that I do like about this product is that the ingredients aren't questionable. The product includes organic and natural ingredients such as rosemary, lavender,mango,grapefruit and soy protein. If you are protein sensitive, be sure to be careful with products that contain protein. This product usually cost about $8 online or at any hair salon, but you can usually find it at your local Marshalls or TJ Maxx for $13 in a bottle double the size. Overall I give this product a 5 out of 5.

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Natural Hair Giveaway: Hug My Hair (Closed)


A Spring Afro Hair Care Giveaway Competition


BY HUGMYHAIR.COM in collaboration with CLASSYCURLIES.COM
Open from 20th to 27th April 2013
.3 Winners. 7 Days. 1 Prize.


Hey Curlies,

I am very proud to introduce a giveaway in collaboration with Hug My Hair. If you have not heard of the line before, you are truly missing out on wonderful hair care products. I recently reviewed a product of theirs by the name of VINTAGE. This smooth butter can be used on all hair types. To read my review on Hug My Hair Vintage, click here to learn more.


Hug My Hair's VINTAGE (100ml) RRP £12.00
Hug My Hair has a simple philosophy; ‘Moisturize and Seal!’

Your hair is at its strongest and most defensive state when it is moisturized. The best and most readily available moisturizer in nature is water. After washing your hair Hug My Hair’s sealant hair butters to lock in that moisture and allow your hair to retain that strength, and enable your hair to retain that length!

Of all their conditioning sealant butters VINTAGE has received amazing reviews both online and on You Tube. Packed full of yummy ingredients such as extra virgin coconut oil, vitamin E, Jamaican black castor oil, extra virgin avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil and essential oils (to name a few), this penetrating hair butter has yet to disappoint, and Hug My Hair are giving away 3 full sized tubs, and you could be one of the lucky 3 to win one!
The giveaway will only run for a week so get ready to show off your curls! There will be three winners and each winner will receive one jar of the VINTAGE product. With this unique giveaway, here's how to enter. Get creative ladies!


Do you want to win Hug My Hair’s VINTAGE?

Here's how to enter:
ALL NATURAL. 100% VEGETARIAN.
Handmade in London using organic, Fairtrade and unrefined shea butter

1. Register with hugmyhair.com member to enter. Click here to join now—it takes less than a minute!
2. Enter ONE of the three categories below:

1. Longest Natural Hair

Post a photo showing us the length of your natural hair to Twitter and hashtag it with #hugmyhairLNH. Follow @ClassyCurlies
OR email your photo to info@hugmyhair.com putting the category name as the ‘subject’.


2. Best Protective Style

Post a photo showing your best/most creative protective style to Twitter and hashtag it with #hugmyhairBPS. Follow @ClassyCurlies
OR email your photo to info@hugmyhair.com putting the category name as the ‘subject’.


3. Best Teeny Weeny Afro

Post a photo showing us your super cute Teeny Weeny Afro to Twitter and hashtag it with #hugmyhairTWA. Follow @ClassyCurlies
OR email your photo to info@hugmyhair.com putting the category name as the ‘subject’.


Terms & Conditions

• You must be a registered hugmyhair.com member to enter. Sign up by clicking here
• This contest is open to everyone in the UK and internationally.
• Winners will be contacted via email from info@hugmyhair.com, if our team does not hear back within 24 hours; a new winner will be selected in your place.
• Contest begins at midnight GMT on 20th April 2013 and ends at midnight on April 27 2013

Good Luck!!!

 


Natural Hair: Hug My Hair Giveaway Opens 4/20/13


Hey Curlies,




Earlier today on my Facebook and Twitter pages, I announced that there will be a giveaway sponsored by Hug My Hair which will open tomorrow! 

There will be 3 winners, one week to enter and one product to win (VINTAGE). The giveaway will open tomorrow April 20,2013 and will end April 27,2013.

Entering this giveaway will be a bit different than my usually because we want you to submit your photos! The categories are:

  • Longest Natural Hair
  • Best Protective Style
  • Best Teeny Weeny Afro (TWA) Style

If you have these photos lying around somewhere, now is the time to dig them out! You will be able to enter though Facebook, Twitter and email.

Here is the link to enter here.

Good Luck everyone!


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Natural Hair: Mini Twists Update (Week One)

Hey Curlies,

My mini twist have been in for a complete week and they are so convenient. I can literally get up in the morning, unwrap my hair and keep it moving.

At night I've been wrapping my hair with bobby pins and a scarf. They have shrunken a little since last week, but it's is not a major change. Here are a few pictures of how they look.







They are definitely still looking good and I've been getting lots of compliments on my hair this past week! If you would like to see how these were done, click here.

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Natural Hair: Mini Twists Protective Style

Hey Curlies,

My mini twists are back and they will be for the next 6 weeks! I plan on redoing these twists after the first three weeks. I actually got my hair finished in one day, but I had some assistance. One of my friends wanted to help me so I figured why not? lol I started off twisting by myself for about an hour and then I had help the rest of the way, thank God! lol

Here are the finished results. I am really pleased with how they come out.
Back view

Just getting started

First section done

All done-side view

The next morning


Length is showing!
Did I mention that I started twisting at midnight? NEVER again lol

Anyway, I washed and blew out my hair (click here for routine and products) and the I only used pure Shea butter to twist. I then added a little tea tree oil to my scalp afterward. 

I wrapped my twists at night as if I was wrapping relaxed hair. I used bobby pins and then applied a scarf. This is how I keep my twist stretched.

Any questions?? Ask a way! I love talking to you all! Classycurlies@gmail.com or comment below!

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Natural Hair Care: D.I.Y. Avocado and Honey Deep Conditioner

Hey Curlies,

Aren't DIY recipes the best? What's even better are DIY hair care projects like this avocado and honey deep conditioner.

This conditioner is perfect for any season during the year, but since it's moisture packed, it's great for the fall and winter months.

Here's your step-by-step instructions on how to get soft and moisturized hair. Oh yeah, and don't forget to read the warning below.

RELATED | The Best Organic Deep Conditioner 

DIY Honey and Avocado Deep Conditioner - ClassyCurlies

D.I.Y Avocado Deep Conditioner

WARNING: You must blend all ingredients until smooth (no lumps). Failure to do so will cause avocado chunks in your hair (and we don't want that do we?).

What you will need: Avocado, honey, blender, olive oil or oil of your choice

DIY Honey and Avocado Deep Conditioner - ClassyCurlies
Gather all ingredients

DIY Honey and Avocado Deep Conditioner - ClassyCurlies
Cut around the nut into pieces

DIY Honey and Avocado Deep Conditioner - ClassyCurlies

DIY Honey and Avocado Deep Conditioner - ClassyCurlies
Cut into smaller pieces and place into
mini chopper or blender
DIY Honey and Avocado Deep Conditioner - ClassyCurlies
Blend until chunky then add 1/3 cup of
olive oil and 1/4 cup of honey

DIY Honey and Avocado Deep Conditioner - ClassyCurlies
Add 1/4
of water and transfer to bowl an blend

Make sure that ingredients are smooth. Apply to hair, put on plastic cap and leave on as long as you'd like. Rinse with cool water.





Natural Hair Care: Sulfate-Free Shampoo (Updated List)

Hey Curlies,

I have a previous post on sulfate-free shampoos which explains the difference between regular shampoo and sulfate-free. On that post, I also have a few recommendations for shampoos. I now have an updated list of other great cleansers that I think you should check out.

As I Am Coconut Co-wash



Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser 



U R Curly Soya Shampoo

If you click on any of the titles, you will be connected to the product's review. I have used all of these products and I think that they are all really good at cleansing the hair. If you suffer from dry scalp or lots of buildup, I would recommend the U R Curly shampoo over the co-washes. The co-washes should be used if you are looking for a light cleanser and moisturizer in one.

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