Naturally Curly Hair Care: How Humidity Affects Hair

Hey Curlies,

It has been extremely hot outside everyday for the last two weeks. I know that you're probably like "duh Victoria, its the summer" lol, but its honestly been about 90 for two weeks and my hair doesn't like it. Along with the heat came the humidity and turned my perfectly good twist out into a huge fro lol.
My day started off on the left side and ended on the right
March 2012

So how exactly does humidity affect hair?


Humidity is used when describing how much water vapor is in the air. We all know that when you have a banging twist out or braid out, the last thing you want to hear about is "water" anything. 

When the weather is humid, those water vapor/molecules are absorbed into the hair and causes frizzy and puffy hair. In a sense, it's very similar to those of you who use a hair steamer.

What can you do to help protect your hair?



  • Be careful of the products that you use, a lot of hair products contain natural humectants, like honey and glycerin, gradually pull moisture from the air that swells the hair. You may want to stay away from products such as these
  • Using a silicone based serum can also be helpful during times of high humidity by creating a protective barrier between the hair and water molecules
  • Be sure to use a moisturizing shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner.
  • You may even consider protective styles where most of your hair is tucked away on days like this.
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Natural Hair: Hair Style of The Day #10

Hey Curlies,

Today I did a new style with my hair that took less than five minutes. I already had a front section in medium sized twists so I just did a twist out and the back was just doing its own thing. I simply took a headband, one with the stretchy material in the back, and reversed it. I put the stretchy part on top and fanned out the cute decorated part for the back. Initially you could do this style with any fashion head scarf.







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Natural Hair Care: Trimming My Hair

Hey Curlies,

I noticed when I began my mini twists that I had a few scraggly ends so I said that once I took the twists down that I would do an official trim. I also noticed a few single strand knots which were driving me crazy!

I only trim my hair about 3xs a year and the last time I trimmed my hair was back in February or March of this year. The next time I'll probably do a trim will be in September or October. 

Using hair shears, I divided my hair into a front section and a back section:

I twisted the front section into medium sized twists using African Pride's Shea Butter Miracle Butter Creme.
From there I snipped off about 1/2 inch from each twist. I then separated the back section into about 8 medium sized twists. I spritzed my hair lightly with my aloe vera juice mix and began twisting. I also trimmed off about 1/2 from each twist.
 This is the hair from the entire back section of my hair. As you can see, this was just a trim and not a cut.
 Here are the hair shears that I used. They were purchased at Walmart at about $8.
Results: nice and clean ends

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Natural Hair Care: D.I.Y. Aloe Vera Juice Spritz Tutorial

Hey Curlies,

I finally got a chance to rerecord this aloe vera juice tutorial. I actually first recorded it a few weeks ago but had difficulty transferring the video.


D.I.Y. Aloe Vera Juice Tutorial

Create your own aloe vera juice mix at home. It's perfect for the summer heat!





Natural Hair: Banding & Wash Day

Hey Curlies,

I finally took down my mini twists. They were in for 4 weeks exactly which was the longest time I've ever kept them in. I have to say that this time, my experience with mini twists was very different. 

I hardly experienced any dandruff or itchy scalp. I think this was because of my constant use of coconut oil on my scalp at night. I also noticed that although my roots were puffy, my actual twists still looked decent.

Moving on...

It took me about an hour to take the twists down and then without detangling, I prepooed overnight with:

  • TRESemme Naturals Conditioner (length of my hair)
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (on my scalp)
The next morning I detangled with a wide toothed comb. I had a good amount of shed hair while detangling. I shouldn't have expected anything else since I hadn't used a comb in over 4 weeks. Hair sheds about 100+ hairs a day and I hadn't combed mine in over 4 weeks. I'm not going to even try to do the math...

I washed with African Pride's Shea Butter Miracle Detangling Shampoo and conditioned using Aubrey Organics GPB conditioner. I did not deep condition since I prepooed overnight.
I wrapped my hair in a towel for about 20 minutes and then proceeded to detangle my hair. I used Mane n Tail Detangler, APHogee Leave in Conditioner and ORI Moisturizing Leave In Conditioner.

From there I began banding my hair. This is a technique I use on wet hair when I want to stretch out my hair.





This technique prevents the hair from shrinking due to the placement of the ponytail holders. Tomorrow I plan on styling my hair after my hair has completely dried. I have this really cute style idea. I will update you all soon!

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Teacher Cuts off Girl's Hair During Class

Hey Curlies,

This article was brought to my attention by one of the lovely individuals that I interact with on my Facebook fan page. This is a story of a teacher who had the nerve to cut a student's hair in front of the class as a punishment.

Lamya Cammon,7, was playing with her hair during class when her teacher got fed up with the act, told her to come to the teacher's desk and cut her braid off.

Cammon went back to her desk as she cried while the other students proceed to laugh.

You can read the full article here.

If you're wondering the teacher is still employed at the elementary school and only received a $175 fine.  Watch the news coverage video below.



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Natural Hair Care: Night Time Routine for Mini Twists

Hey Curlies,

I have now had my mini twists in for four weeks and its about time for them to come down. I will have a full update once they have been out.

I wanted to show you all my night time routine for mini twists. With this method, my hair is stretched the next day and it also keeps my hair from creating frizz while I sleep.

I planned on making a video tutorial, but I haven't even had time to breathe these last few weeks, but hopefully soon.

Step 1

Begin with loose hair

Step 2

Using hair clips or ties, split your twists into two sections and secure them with your tool of choice

Step 3



Create a small bun by grabbing one section of hair and twisting it as if you were wringing out a towel. Keep twisting until the hair begins curling upon itself and secure the ends with a bobby pin. Repeat on the opposite side.

Step 4


Apply a satin or silk scarf on your hair and in the morning you have beautiful, stretched twists.

Any questions?? Ask me at ClassyCurlies@gmail.com or comment below.

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African Black Soap Giveaway Winners

Hey Curlies,

I am here to announce the winners of the African Black Soap giveaway. I want to thank everyone who participated and those who helped spread the word. Be on the lookout for more giveaways soon!

Congratulations to:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Winners, be one the lookout for an email for more details!

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Natural Hair: Mini Twist Styles

Hey Curlies,

Here are a few of the styles that I have been wearing with my mini twists.











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Natural Hair Care: Mini Twist Update

Hey Curlies,

So I've officially had my mini twists in for three weeks. Normally, I only keep them in for three weeks,but I'm going to shoot for four weeks. Here are a few photos:








For the past week, I have been using just strictly organic coconut oil. I've been warming up the oil in an applicator bottle and applying it to my scalp every 3-4 days as I would during my hot oil treatment. I also put this oil on my ends. I will be removing these next weekend.

All last week and this upcoming week, I will be wearing my hair in a loose bun to protect the ends of my hair.

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Hair Care Web Finds: Ouidad Double Detangler Comb

Hey Curlies,

About a week ago, one of my friends tagged me in a post on instagram:

As you can see, it is a comb with two rows of teeth that is used for detangling. Soon after getting excited about this lol, I began to investigate.

The comb is called the Double Detangler by Ouidad. From what I hear, it's either you love it or you hate it. I've heard so many mixed reviews from consumers but many companies give it a high rating. I'm not sure how well this would work on really kinky hair like mine, but it does look cool lol.

I looked up the price on the Ouidad site and it is $26. Now, I'm not sure if I would pay $26 for any comb, but if they ever had a sale...maybe lol.

Have you all used this product before? What did you think of it?

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Product Review: Aphogee ProVitamin Leave-In Conditioner

Hey Curlies,

The Aphogee brand is one that I have been using for a very long time. I began using this line back when I wore my hair relaxed and throughout my transitioning process. I decided to revisit one of my favorite products from this line, the ProVitamin Leave-In Conditioner.

Product Review: Aphogee ProVitamin Leave In Conditioner

What it contains:
Water, Polyquaternium-11, Amodimethicone, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Hair Keratin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium collagen Amino Acids, Cocoyl Sarcosine, wheat Germ Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Arachidonic Acid, Sorbitol, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, tocopherol, Sulfur, Tallowtrimonium Chloride, Citrci Acid, Polysorbate-80, Nonoxynol-10, Aminomethyl Propanol, Dimethicone, Copoylol, Acetamide MEA, PPG-2 Methyl Ether, Fragrance, Quaternium-15, Methylparaben.
What it claims to do:
Detangle and add moisture to hair

Uses:
As a leave in conditioner

My Review:
The first thing that I really love about this brand is that everything is pH balanced. Using products that are already pH balanced is very important in growing healthy hair. I've been using this product right before I detangle and sometimes during the week as a light moisturizer. Using this product on the ends of my hair has shown me a big difference. My ends seem a lot smoother and softer. If you happened to have damaged hair or just trying to maintain your healthy hair, this product would be great. It has a very light scent that isn't overbearing.

Back when my hair was relaxed, I used the entire line of products from this brand and my hair grew like a weed! With continuious use, you will definitely see a difference. I want to note that this product should be mainly used as a leave in conditioner and not a detangler. It has no slip what so ever. The one thing that I don't like about this product is the ingredients. Not every ingredient in this product is natural or organic. It does have some natural ingredients like wheat germ oil and jojoba oil, but either than that, that's all you get.

 Overall I give this product a 4 out of 5 for repairing damaged hair, especially the ends of hair.