Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Texturizers and Texlax Revisited

Hey Curlies,

I've been hearing a lot about texlaxing. At first I had no clue what a "texlax" was because I always referred to the process as texturizer. I already have written on this topic before because I just want to do a short Q&A so that we all understand. To see the previous post on this topic click here.
texturizers and texlax


What is the Process of Texlax?


Texlax is another name for a texturizer. The purpose of applying a texturizer or telaxing your hair is to loosen the curl pattern.


What is the Difference Between Texlaxing and Relaxing Hair?


Both of these processes contain chemicals that permanently alter your hair texture. Both processes also contain either sodium hydroxide(lye) or calcium hydroxide(no-lye). A relaxer is a bit more extreme, but at the end of the day they both contain chemicals.


What to Expect When Getting a Texturizer?


Results can vary and can be unpredictable. Some people experience a loosen of their curl pattern and some experience bone straight hair.


What is the PH Balance of a Texturizer?


Most texturizers have a PH balance between 9.0-9.6.(A relaxer's PH balance is over 12) The normal PH balance of your hair should be between 4.5-5.5. Note: A point 1 raise in PH level is 10xs higher than the previous level.


How to Maintain a Texturizer?



You would maintain a texturizer the same as you would a relaxer. You would reapply a texturizer depending on the rate of your hair growth. Some reapply every 3-5 months or sometimes only twice a year.


Is a Texturizer Permanent?


Yes, it is permanent. The chemicals will not rinse out after you wash your hair. If you do not want the texturizer any longer you must let it completely grow out and trim your ends often.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Wash Day: Two Strand Twist Protective Style

Hey Curlies,

Today I finally got a chance to wash my hair. It had been almost two weeks since my last wash. Just as last time I used similar products.

Products Used:

  • As I Am Coconut Cowash (cowash)
  • Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner (condition)
  • ORI Leave In Conditioner (leave in)
  • Grapeseed Oil (seal in moisture)
To begin I spritzed my hair with water and split my hair into 4 sections. With each section I finger detangled then used a wide toothed comb to get any left over shed hairs.

I applied my cowash before getting into the shower(weird huh?). With this method it helped me cut down my wash time in the shower because sometimes it feels as if I am in there forever! I applied the cowash to each section starting at the roots and then covering the entire length of my hair in the section. From there I twisted that section back up and moved on to the next.

In the shower I rinsed each section individually while finger detangling and applying my conditioner. Once out the shower I wrapped my head in a towel for about 15 minutes then proceeded to style my hair.

While working with each section I broke that into 3 smaller sections. I ended up with 12 two strand twists. I applied my leave in conditioner to each piece then applied the grapeseed oil following. 



Once all the twists were finished I cross wrapped them into a protective style. I plan on doing a twist out in the next few days but I have a feeling they won't be dry by the morning. Until then, I think that this is a great two strand twist protective style.

ClassyCurlies

Monday, July 29, 2013

Natural Hair: 90 Day Hair Growth Challenge (First Post)

Hey Curlies,

Today officially starts the day of my 90 day hair growth challenge! I am really excited to see some progress. In the mail, I received a few items from the sponsoring company Nzuri Hair Vitamins. The duration of the challenge is from July 29,2013-Oct 27,2013.


A few of the pamphlets
The products


Hair Follicle Food comes with tip applicator

Each day I will be taking the following:

  • 2 of the Kra-Z Hair Growth Vitamins (morning) (30 days)
  • 2 of the Hair Booster 15-Day Cleanse (night) (15 days)
  • 2 Tbsp of the NZURI ELIXIR (mixed in the morning with my breakfast) (90 days)
  • Hair Follicle Food (prepoo)(Use until gone)
It kind of seems like a lot but since I'm replacing this routine with my regular routine it should me okay. I would LOVE it if you all joined me in this challenge. To purchase any of these items above, click here to visit the site.

I will be updating you all every other week. By the way here is what I am starting with:

Nails: My nails have always been very long...


Hair: Watch my current 3 year length check video here

ClassyCurlies

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Random: My Trip to Whole Foods

Hey Curlies,

While hanging out with my Mom today we took a trip to Whole Foods. I am really into healthy eating and living so this was the perfect store for me. Not only did we spend about 2 hours in this store, they also had a food and wine tasting event. We paid $5 a piece to participate and we had fun!

Here are a few of the things I bought that are mostly hair related:
I absolutely LOVE natural bar soaps! I got this Shea Butter soap by Dead Sea Minerals for $4.99. I use this soap on my skin and not my hair. I also bought castor oil for $4.99 and Aloe Vera Gel for $5.99. I normally use the Aloe Vera Gel by Fruit of the Earth which I buy at WalMart but I haven't been able to find it lately. I really like the Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice so I think the Gel should be okay.

ClassyCurlies

Natural Hair Style: Flat Twist Out on Dry Hair

Hey Curlies,

I've been wearing a puff these last few days and decided to give my hair a little TLC. I decided to try this flat twisting thing again. You all know that flat twisting isn't my favorite, but I wanted big hair. First I had to start off detangling, moisturizing and sealing. Here is what I used:

  • Aloe vera juice and water (detangle)
  • OBIA Curl Moisture Cream (Moisturize)
  • Coconut oil (seal)
I only did about 5 or 6 flat twists. Once I was done flat twisting each section I created a bantu knot and secured it with a bobby pin. By the way, I did not sleep well at all! Those bantu knots put me through hell.



The result the next day:




ClassyCurlies

Friday, July 26, 2013

Product Review: Shea Moisture Hair Color System in Soft Black

Hey Curlies,

When my mother asked me to dye her hair, I remembered how much I wanted to try the Shea Moisture Hair Color System. 

I bought the Soft Black kit at Target for a whopping $14.99. 


Compared to all of the other coloring kits, I paid about twice as much for this one. 
One of the big reasons I bought this brand is because it contains no ammonia or sulfates.


shea moisture hair color system review


WHAT IT CONTAINS
Soy protein, organic glycerin, flax seed oil and organic Shea butter. Note: These are not the full list of ingredients. Read my review for further explanation. 

WHAT IT CLAIMS TO DO
Deliver a vibrant color, body and shine.


MY REVIEW


shea moisture hair color in black
My mother's hair with dye applied
The kit that I bought contained the soft black color. Once I opened the box, I was very impressed with the packaging.  

The kit contained 7 pieces all tied up in a very cute tan pouch with a draw string. In the pouch contained one tube of color, one bottle pre-filled with mix, gloves, color applicator brush, and sample sizes of the Raw Shea Butter Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner and Exlir. 

The kit also came with instructions and were very easy to follow. 

I found it very cool that the formula was labeled as "no-drip" so I did not experience any mess (except for the fact that my Mom forgot she had the color in her hair and decided to wipe her face lol. If you follow me via social media you know what I am talking about lol )

I found it very interesting that when I first mixed all the ingredients into the bottle the mix appeared to be a light brown. I was worried, but once I began to apply the color it suddenly turned black! Crazy huh? I let the product sit for about 30 minutes and it was done!

Pros:

  • Easy application process
  • Great results
  • Cute packaging
  • No sulfates or ammonia
  • Lots of great ingredients
Cons:
  • More expensive than most color systems
  • Weird smell (similar to a relaxer, but not as strong)
  • Doesn't contain all natural ingredients

Overall I give this product a 4 out of 5. I also like the organic ingredients they added in. 


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Product Review: OBIA Natural Hair Care Twist Whip Butter

Hey Curlies,

I talked about the launch of this new product by OBIA Natural Hair Care earlier this month and I finally get to try it. The product is called Twist Whip Butter.I was sent this product from the company sometime last week.


What it Contains:

Aqueous (Purified Water) Extracts: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Oil and Lavandula officinalis (Lavender) Oil and Cymbopogon flexuous (Lemongrass) Oil, Unrefined Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Palm Oil (Elaeis Guineensis), Vegetable Glycerin, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Cetearyl Alcohol, Magifera Indica Seed Butter (Mango Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Astrocaryum (Tucuma) Seed Butter, Glycine soya (Soybean) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance (Parfum). 


What it Claims to Do:

Moisturizes, soothes, and adds shine to your tresses.  (As stated by OBIA Natural Hair Care)


Uses:

To act as a daily moisturizer or used to create twists


My Review:

I used this product about 2 days after receiving it. I used this product to create the look below. I was very surprised that the jar was a lot bigger than I thought it would be for a 4oz product.




Pros:

  • Contains nearly all natural ingredients
  • Can be purchased in 2 different sizes
  • 4oz jar is more than enough
  • Great slip (although I found my hair absorbing this product very quickly)
  • Light and creamy texture
  • Smells like flowers
Cons:

  • My hair absorbed this product very fast during this twisting process which caused me to use more, but I think its a personal problem lol

Would I Use This Again?


Yes!

**I was not compensated to review this product**

ClassyCurlies

Natural Hair News: Husband Doesn't Want Wife to "Go Natural"

Hey Curlies,



I ran into this article the other day while on Instagram and found this very interesting. Apparently  a man who is a online writer explains why he didn't want his wife to go natural. 

His reasoning are intriguing, but I'll let you be the judge! The article is below. 

The Reasons I Did Not Want My Wife to Be Natural

Also if you are wondering, yes his wife did make a written response to the article her husband wrote. The link is below.

Wife's Reponse

ClassyCurlies

Friday, July 19, 2013

ClassyCurly Profile: GroYoFro

Hey Curlies,

Need some inspiration? Here is another ClassyCurly Profile. Get a male prospective!

Name: Marcel Lado
Social Media Names:  GRO YO FRO
Hair Type:       3b
URL:     GroYoFro.com

         
 
How long have you been natural?:    
My entire life : ) 25 years and counting. I will forever be natural for various reasons.

Why did you go natural?:       
I've always been natural. Never known any either way, but I have seen others and would never want to be like them.

A short regimen you can share:        
I moisturize like my life depends on it! In the morning and often times at night before I sleep. I follow the basics too, you know, no sulfates, no towels, co-wash, Moroccan oil, etc...

What are some of your favorite products?:  
Miss Jessies and Jessicurl : )

What are some of your favorite styles?:       
On men - fro, frohawk, and long curly hair. On women, I love it all, but nothing turns me on more and I can't help but stare when I see a lady with big hair!

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:   
Most favorite thing is that many people do not do it, so I feel unique. Least favorite thing is that people constantly want to touch my fro -_-

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:        
A beautiful smile and they should show off that smile often. I think that one of the biggest indications that a women has confidence is if I see her smiling - often.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:  
Yourself(ClassyCurlies.com), Taren Guy, Curly Nikki, and BlackGirlLongHair. Don't have any favorite video bloggers at this time.

Do you have any advice on going natural?:  
Be patient and be willing to experiment with different styles/products. It takes time to understand your natural curl, so keep that in mind!

ClassyCurlies

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Natural Hair In Las Vegas

Hey Curlies,

aarp.org
Guess what?! I'm going to Vegas! lol. I haven't been in a couple of years so I'm really excited to jump into the hype.

I've needed this vacation for quite a while! If you happen to be in the Vegas area starting Saturday, July 20th and would like to say hi, I would love to meet you! Find me via social media(FB,IG,or Twitter) and let me know!

Although I will be out of town, I will be updating you all via social media and I also have a few posts lined up for you all.

ClassyCurlies

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Nzuri 90 Day Hair Growth Challenge

Hey Curlies,

I am excited to announce that I am participating in my first hair growth challenge. I will be doing a 90 hair growth challenge sponsored by Nzuri Natural Hair Vitamins. During this challenge I will be using the Nzuri Elixir Liquid Hair Vitamin,15 day Cleanse,Hair Follicle Food  Oil, and the Kra-Z hair gro vitamin.Over a 90 day period of taking these vitamins daily I should see a difference in not only the health of my hair but also my skin.

I already take vitamins daily, but for the sake of this 90 day hair growth challenge, I will stop taking them and solely focus on the hair growth vitamins.


Now you know that I'm not taking anything without reading the ingredients first! The two vitamins that I will be taking contain your daily vitamins as well as biotin, aloe vera, flax seed powder and L. Acidophilus  I will have actual pictures of the vitamins and a more in depth unboxing review once I receive them.



Join Me in the 90 Day Hair Growth Challenge!

What would be awesome if you all would join me in completing this challenge. I think that it would be really cool to experience the greatness together and share our thoughts. To join the challenge visit the Nzuri website and scroll down to find more info. I will be updating you all weekly to on my progress. Update soon!

FOR MY FIRST UPDATE CLICK HERE!

ClassyCurlies

Monday, July 15, 2013

Natural Hair: I've Been Featured on Just Grow Already!

Hey Curlies,

I was recently featured on Just Grow Already which is one of my favorite hair blogs. I just wanted to share this with you so that you all can check it out!
Just Grow Already Hair Feature

ClassyCurlies

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Natural Hair: 3 Years Natural Length Check

Hey Curlies,

If you didn't know, my big chop anniversary was Thursday, July 11th! I didn't get a chance to talk about it much because I was coordinating a college bridge program. Today I recorded my two year post big chop length check and I am also three years natural!

Its crazy because I remember the day I big chopped specifically. I remember cutting my hair in my bathroom and my Mother walking by saying I was crazy.lol 

Anyway, here is the video!



ClassyCurlies

Friday, July 12, 2013

Natural Hair: Curlkit Discount Code

Hey Curlies,

I have a special discount code for you all. Since this time last summer, I have been creating unboxing videos of a service called CurlKit. This is a monthly subscription kit that provides you with both hair and beauty products each month.

CurlKit always has really great hair products and they even sneak in a few hair accessories every now and then. Not only do you get between 5-7 sample products, you also receive full sized products as well. I have found some of my favorite products thanks to this kit. A few of the brands that have been featured are Jane Carter Solution, Shea Moisture and Kinky Curly.

The link to receive this discount is below. Feel free to share this CurlKit discount code with family and friends! Below you can also find links to a few of my unboxing videos if you want to see what a CurlKit experience may be like.

CurlKit Discount Code:  http://curlkitshop.refr.cc/FKBHL73

CurlKit Unboxing Videos:

June
July
September

ClassyCurlies

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Natural Hair Style: How to Create a Marley Bun Tutorial

Hey Curlies,

I wore my marley bun all last week and I got some questions about how I achieved this style so I decided to create a tutorial. I have a previous post about marley buns (click here) and they are really cute and convenient for the busy individual. Check it out below as well as some past photos.


Photos:





Tutorial:



ClassyCurlies

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Natural Hair Products:Weekend Buys-Color and Cowashes

Hey Curlies,

This weekend while visiting one of my sisters, I payed a visit to a local Target in the Indianapolis area to see what new hair items they had avaliable. I was really anxious because where I live, they have a very limited amount of products for curly hair. I was like a kid in the candy store when I saw what a wide selection of products that they had! I was so excited lol

My main reason for going was to by the new Shea Moisture hair color. No, I'm not dying my own hair, its for my Mother. I also bought a new jar of the As I Am Coconut Cowash. I will be putting the color in my Mom's hair in a few weeks. I will let you all know how it goes!
Early last week I found out that Butters-n-Bars.com was having a sale. I discovered this site not too long ago and it is awesome! They sell organic everything! They have plenty of shea butter, hair clays and more for everyone. 

Anyway, I ordered their Organic Hair Masque and their curl formers, which are basically knock offs of the real Curlformers, so those should be interesting! lol The hair masque contains 100% Australian Pink Clay and Rasshoul Clay. I am very excited to try them!
ClassyCurlies

Friday, July 5, 2013

Natural Hair Style: 4th of July Twist n Curl

Hey Curlies,

Continuing with my weekly wash, I washed and conditioned with the U R Curly line and deep conditioned with the Amika Olive Oil Mask.

Detangled in 6 sections and then washed in the sections as well. 


My hair after the wash and condition...

From there my hair was a breeze to detangle since I had previously detangled before the wash and a little in the shower. I decided to do a twist n curl so I wrapped my hair in a T-shirt for about an hour and then began creating my style using flexi rods.

The next morning after taking out the rods: by the way, I didn't sleep well at all with those things 


 After the untwist:


That was my final look! Usually twist n curls last me about 4-5 days.

ClassyCurlies