Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Caucasian girl poses as an "African Queen"

Hey Curlies,

Have you all heard about this? A 16 year old Caucasian girl poses as an "African Queen" for NĂºmero magazine. Obviously the issue is that she is not African American and why would the publication refuse the hire an African American model for this shoot? The link is below.
Story


What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hair Care: Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Hey Curlies,

Sunday night, I began to experiment with a few of the products that I received in my February Curlkit. I was really interested in trying out the Jamaican Black Castor oil(JBCO) because I've heard that it great for promoting healthy hair. Many people use it to regrow hair in problem areas or to thicken their hair. Here was how I used it.

Steps:
  • Washed in three sections using Mixed Chicks Shampoo
  • Added a generous amount of JBCO to each section, then adding Mixed Chicks Conditioner on top
  • Applied a plastic cap and let the mix sit on my hair for about 45 minutes
Now, before using this oil, I read some reviews on it. I continued to run into people complaining about the smell so I was curious...

Normally I smell anything before I put it on my head because if it smells nasty, no matter how great it may be for my hair, I've already dismissed the idea. For some reason I did not smell this oil before applying, I think I just forgot.

Once applying the oil to the sections of my hair, it hit me...that smell. It honestly smells like burnt barbecue sauce to me. It reminds me of when I went to a bon fire and I left with the burnt wood smell in my hair. To say the least, it was not my favorite smell. I soon styled my hair in a twist n curl and the next morning the scent on my hair was strong. I may use this oil every now and then, but not very often.

Today is the second day of this style and the smell has actually gone away. Here were my pros and cons of JBCO.

Pros:

  • Hair growth properties
  • Very soft hair
  • Hair was very easy to detangle

Cons:

  • Weird smell (soon wears off)
What has been your experience with JBCO?

ClassyCurlies

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hair Care: New Products (February Curlkit)

Hey Curlies,

I got a few new products early last week and I just wanted to share them with you. These items came in my Curlkit and this was my favorite kit thus far. Here are a few photos:

 I've never used Jamaican Black Castor oil before, but I have heard wonderful things about its hair growth properties. Many people use it to regrow their edges.

I thought this travel pack was so cute! At first glance I though that they were too small, but it turned out to be just enough. This pack came with a shampoo, deep conditioner and a leave in conditioner. The only product I've tried is the leave in conditioner during my transitioning days.
Here are some of the other things that came in the kit. I also have never tried the conditioner from the Giovanni line. A product from Oyin Handmade and Cantu are also new.

Short.Sweet and to the point.

ClassyCurlies

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Natural Hair: Hairstyle of the Day #9(Braidout)

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to show you all a few pictures of my braid-out. I am a twist-out kinda person, but I wanted big hair that showed my length.

Products used:

  • Nice and Curly Curl Me Up Pudding
  • Grapeseed oil
I create 10 braids that took me about 15-20 minutes to complete. I am not the fastest at braiding. Keep in mind that I was braiding my hair at 1:30 in the morning lol.

I simply applied a scarf to tie down my hair and in the morning my roots were laid down as well as my edges. In the morning I took them down and this is how they looked before the fluff and separation.
Here is the finished look:

ClassyCurlies

Have you entered the African Pride Giveaway?Enter to win a FULL set from their new collection. Ends Feb 28th. Click here for more details.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Natural Hair: How to get the Wash n Go "Look"

Hey Curlies,

Yesterday I posted a few photos on my Facebook page about my wash n go "look." I say this with quotes because it is not really a wash n go. It is more of a wash, twist n go look. I have been curious about how a wash n go would turn out on my hair, but it's February and the middle of winter. Instead, I have another simple routine that gives very similar results.

Here is my process:

Cowashed using As I Am Coconut Cowashing
Conditioned with TRESemme Naturals Conditioner
Detangled using Aunt Jackie's Knot on my Watch
Created 8-10 two strand twists
Apply Grapeseed oil over twists
Tie down hair with scarf and go to bed.

The next morning, my hair was slightly damp when I untwisted. Normally when I untwist I do not fluff. With this method, once all twists are out, separate the sections for a fuller look. The difference is that I did not allow my hair to dry completely. With this method, I gained definition, but not in all places. Here were the results.







It turned out really cute. How do you wear your wash n gos?

ClassyCurlies

Have you entered the African Pride Giveaway?Enter to win a FULL set from their new collection. Ends Feb 28th. Click here for more details.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Upcoming Natural Hair Events (February 2013)

Hey Curlies,

I have a few events that I thought would be good to share with you all. This weekend their will be two big events pertaining to natural hair care in Indianapolis, Indiana and Silver Spring, Maryland.

I will personally be at this event this weekend and I'm really excited. I haven't had the chance to attend one of the Indianapolis events in a while so it should be fun. If you are interested in more details, click here.

Another event that is going on is a product launch party. The event is a collaboration with N Natural Hair Studio and Black Women Natural Hairstyles.

To register to attend the BWNH Naturals Product Launch, please RSVP here. N Natural Hair Studio is located at 11207B Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901.

N Natural Hair Studio is proud to team up with Black Women Natural Hairstyles for its BWNH Naturals Product Launch on Saturday, February 23 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The first 100 guests in attendance will receive complimentary products from the BWNH Naturals line including a sample size moisturizer and Herbal Hair Tea: Overall Hair Nourishment.

About N Natural Hair StudioWe, at N Natural Hair Studio, believe in promoting an afro-centered aesthetic. We believe all textures of hair are manageable given the proper care and usage of products. We have found healthy tresses to be the foundation for a good style and strive to keep all of our clients hair in a healthy state. We believe the foundation to healthy hair is regular hair treatments and proper home care. Wearing your natural hair in a stylish fashion is not an option it’s the only way. Our hair defies gravity, it makes a statement and commands attention. We make sure it stays healthy and you’re able to flaunt your coils, curls and kinks as they were created to be admired.

About Black Women Natural HairstylesBWNH Naturals was created for the need of nourishing and healing products. BWNH has combined a variety of herbs and oils for your specific hair needs. Ebony Thwaites created BWNH nourishing products, at first just for friends and family. Now they are for you! The goal for BWNH is to continue to discover and research better products that are beneficial and safe for all. BWNH products are never tested on animals and made with natural and organic ingredients.


ClassyCurlies

Natural Hair: Style #8


Hey Curlies,

I have had very little time for my hair these last few days. I've been doing lots of miscellaneous styles that I've come up with randomly. Here was one of my quick hair styles. The style involves a twist out and a tuck and roll twist.





ClassyCurlies

Monday, February 18, 2013

Natural Hair: Best Detanglers and Leave-in Conditioners

Hey Curlies,

I have tried many detanglers in the past, but a few stood out to me. When I look for a good detangler, I look for a product with lots of slip that will cut down my detangling time. When I am looking for a good leave-in conditioner, I am looking for high moisture levels.

Here are some of my top detanglers and leave-in conditioners:

Kinky Curly Knot Today
target.com


Curly Hair Solutions Silk Leave-in Conditioner
Curlmart.com


Auntie Jackie's Knot on My Watch
everythingbeautynyc.blogspot.com

I have reviews on all of these products in the "Product Reviews" section on the tabs above. What are some of your favorite products for detangling?



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Natural Hair Photo Shoot

Hey Curlies,

I finally have gotten more pictures back from the photo shoot. Here they are.


















ClassyCurlies


OBI Natural Hair Care Giveaway Winners(Closed)

Hey Curlies,

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's day! I am here to announce the three lucky winners of the OBI Natural Hair Care Giveaway.

Congratulations to...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winners, please check your emails!

I want to thank everyone who participated in this giveaway. There always are more giveaways to participate in. The African Pride giveaway is still open until Feb 28th. For more details, click here.

Victoria-ClassyCurlies

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Product Review: As I Am Coconut Cowash

Hey Curlies,

I received this product in my monthly Curlkit about two months ago and I finally got a chance to try it. I had already tried the As I Am Smoothing Gel and liked it so I was excited about this product.

What it Contains:
Aqueous (Water, Aqua Purificada, Purified) Extracts: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) and Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine)¹, Cetyl Alcohol², Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol², PEG-40 Castor Oil, Stearlkonium chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil², Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil¹, Phytosterols¹, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract¹, Quaternium-18, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum, Limonene, Methylisothiazolinone. Source: 1-Natural, 2-Coconut


What it claims to do:
Cleanse hair without the use of silicones, sulfates, parabens, proteins, and glycerin.

Uses:
To cleanse hair

My Review:
I have to admit, I was a little afraid at first. I've cowashed before using regular conditioner, but my hair has never felt as "clean" as I would have liked it to be. I applied this product to soaking wet hair and it acts as more of a cream than anything else. I rubbed some on my actual hair and massaged my scalp with it. It smells of coconut like the title says and really did cleanse my hair and scalp. I actually would prefer to use this product over sulfate-free shampoo. It left my hair very soft and moisturized.

My only small complaint was that the product comes in a jar. This packaging made it a bit harder for me to gather in my hands and distribute onto my hair. Overall I give this a 5 out out 5, definitely one of my favorites.

ClassyCurlies



Natural Hair: Sock Bun

Hey Curlies,

Here are just a few quick photos of my bun today. I started to go out and buy one of those "bun makers", but then I remembered that I could just use a sock! It was really easy to do since my hair is stretched from the roller set.



I just lightly sprayed my hair with OBI Curl Hydration spray and sealed with grapeseed oil.

ClassyCurlies

Monday, February 11, 2013

Natural Hair: Magnetic Roller Set #1

Hey Curlies,

My very first roller set was on July 11,2011 when I did my big chop. My second roller set was on my birthday in December 2011. I used flexi-rods and it turned out really cute. The video is below. My third roller set using magnetic rollers with the clamps turned out horrible. It was a huge fluff ball and was not the look I was going for.


Last night after washing my hair, I decided to try a roller set again.   A year later, I decided to give this a shot, but using different rollers(magnetic with clips).

Products used:

  • As I Am Coconut Wash
  • Aussie Moist Conditioner
  • Nubian Heritage Honey and Black Seed Foam Wrap
  • Magnetic rollers
I learned that I am very impatient with roller sets which makes absolutely no sense because I spend hours twisting my hair every week. (Lol) I know, I am backwards. I first got impatient because in order for the curls to turn out correct, my hair had to be soaking wet. I had water and foam wrap all over my floor and sink. I also became frustrated when I ran out of clips to secure the rollers so I had to use different rollers for the rest of my head. (Ugh) You will see the madness below.
Now I had doubts from the jump. I was pretty sure that it was going to be an absolute disaster. I sat under the dryer for about two hours and the rollers near the back of my neck still weren't dry. Finally, I got this:

Disaster? I didn't think so at all. I actually liked it, but I liked the way the top came out better. Only if I had more clips, my whole head would have turned out that way. The top rollers left more of a looser and smooth curl. I will now stay away from the rollers with the clamps, they are no good for me.

Did I mention that I brushed it up into a bun about five minutes later?(Lol) It just wasn't what I was going for. I'll try again later when I get more patience and clips.


ClassyCurlies



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Natural Hair Photo Shoot Preview

Hey Curlies,

The other day I helped one of my friends complete her magazine by being her subject for her article on natural hair. I was really nervous about this because I do not by any means consider myself a model. It turned out that I had a really good time in the studio. Here are a few of the pictures from the shoot. I will have more soon.




I used two packs of hair to create the bun. Was my head heavy! The other pictures feature other styles such as a twists and a mohawk.

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Hair Care: Benefits of Shea Butter

Hey Curlies,

I've been using pure unrefined Shea butter for the last two months and I have to say that I am impressed. Of course, lots of the products that I use are made with Shea butter, but I was interested in seeing how it works alone.

I bought my Shea butter from my local beauty supply store for $5.99(peep the price tag lol). I used it to create my mini twists and to seal in the moisture for my hair. Shea butter is fat the comes from Shea tree nut and usually take about 50 years to grow.The trees are usually found in Africa.

Benefits:

  • Provides moisture to dry and damaged hair because it contains lots of vitamin A and E
  • Protects hair from extreme weather conditions including humidity
  • Helps heals scalp issues pertaining to dry scalp, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Shields against UV sun rays
  • Brings natural shine to hair
  • Can stop scalp irritation due to chemical processes
When using this butter, only a little is needed and the microwave can be used to melt it so that it may be easier to work with. The color of unrefined Shea butter can vary because each batch is different. It can range from a yellow to a greyish color.

How do you use Shea butter?

-Victoria(@Classycurlies)