Thursday, October 31, 2013

ClassyCurly Self-Confidence: #2

Hey Curlies,
via Pinterest
This message can be interpreted in a variety of ways. It can be looked at as (literally) not everyone is going to see how worthy you are, or it can also mean that you may not be recognized for all of your accomplishments.

The first interpretation seems to apply to the relationships developed among people while the later applied to career and personal growth events.

Although most of us will not be recognized for our accomplishments, it does not mean that they are minute or thoughtless. The lesson in this is believing that what what ever you are attempting and whoever you are is good enough. You do not constantly need other recognition to believe that you are something special.

In the perspective of building relationships, people come an go. Some are here for a lifetime while others are here for a season to teach us short lessons. The people who do cannot see your true potential and great value are probably "seasonal."

Just remember that the ball is in your court and at the end of the day your thoughts and actions are what matter.

ClassyCurlies

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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

Hey Curlies,

My 90 day hair growth challenge officially ended a few days ago and here are a few updates as well as my thoughts.

  • I used all products given except for the liquid hair vitamin
  • The only product that wasn't used up completely is the Hair Follicle Food
  • For the last month the only product used as the Hair Follicle Food
  • I resumed taking my normal daily vitamin after using the supply sponsored
It is very hard for me to see a change in my hair. I usually can not tell that my hair is growing until someone tells me or I see an old picture. With that being said, I am not sure of exact progress right now but I will be doing a length check very soon.

Overall, I liked doing the challenge but appearance wise I haven't seen a huge change in my hair. Once I do my length check I'll have a better outlook on this. Look for the length check video within the next week.

ClassyCurlies

Monday, October 28, 2013

Natural Hair: October 2013 Curlkit Review

Hey Curlies,

I haven't received a Curlkit in quite a while so I thought this would be the perfect time to review the latest one for you all.

I have provided a video below. If you would like a curlkit of your own and would also like a discount, click the image below, or find the same image on the right-hand column of the site.


Review



ClassyCurlies

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Natural Hair Products: Dominique's Enterprise (Review)

Hey Curlies,

Last weekend I got a chance to try a line of products from Dominique's Enterprises. Today I am going to review them for you!

Scalp Stimulator


What it contains:

Apricot kernel, rosemary, basil, lemongrass, lavender and peppermint

What it claims to do:

Stimulates circulation and increases shine

Uses:

To moisturize scalp

My review:

This was this first product I used. I used this product as a prepoo/hot oil treatment on my scalp. I left it on for about 15-20 minutes then rinsed before washing. Within the last month I had been combating some scalp issues. It was just very dry and itchy. Although I did not experience the tingle sensation that I thought I would with this product (hint the lavender and peppermint), my scalp issues have disappeared since. Overall I give this product a 4 out of 5.


Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo


What it contains:

Purified water, shea butter, vitamin e, lavender and rosemary

What it claims to do:

Soften, clean and moisturize hair

Uses:

To cleanse hair

My review: 

To review this product I was given three small jars that were probably 1oz per jar. I didn't think that would be nearly enough to cleanse my scalp but it was more than enough! I washed my hair in two halves and only used one jar per side. I first noticed the shampoo did not have a distinct smell and appeared to have the texture of most shampoos. While massaging my scalp I also noticed that a little goes a long way. This product does lather which I was surprised because it is all-natural. I was given lots of suds and hair that was not dried out by the product Overall I give this product a 4 out of 5.

Shea Butter Conditioner


What it contains:

Purified water, natural shea butter, bergamot and vanilla oils

What is claims to do:

Moisturize the hair shaft, stimulates the scalp and fights frizz

Uses:

As an instant or deep conditioner after washing

My review:

I used this product after washing with the shea butter shampoo. The product comes in a 8oz jar and is said to be for normal to dry hair. The first thing I noticed after opening the jar is its consistency. The product looks like your ordinary conditioner but a little thicker. It almost reminds me of a masque because of its thickness. I also noticed the smell of this product. It smells so good! It seems like a mix of coconut and shea. The only drawback to this product is that it contained no "slip."

Like many masque, they do not have slip but act as a treatment instead. I personally like a conditioner with "slip" because it is a lot easier to apply to my hair and detangle while the conditioner is in. I left it on for about 5 minutes then rinsed. My hair felt very soft and smelt amazing! Overall I give this product a 4 out of 5.

Shea Dream Body Butter (Orange Vanilla)


What it contains:

Natural shea butter, vitamin e, beeswax, coconut, orange and vanilla oils

What it claims to do:
Moisturize and repair dry skin

Uses:

As a skin moisturizer

My review:

This is by far my favorite product of the entire line and its not even in the hair category. The product comes in a  4oz jar. The consistency is isn't thick but it also isn't thin. It is very creamy and smells like a fair mix of both the orange and vanilla oils. I used this product on my entire body and not only does it smell heavenly, it makes my skin very moisturized, smooth and shiny. I wish this product came in more scents! Overall I give this product a 5 out of 5.

I do have one more product from this line(Hair Butter) but I haven't been able to try it yet. Updates coming soon!

ClassyCurlies

Saturday, October 26, 2013

ClassyCurly Self-Confidence: #1

Hey Curlies,

If you look on the right side of the site, you will see my photo along with a short description of the blog. This blog is meant to be dedicated to natural hair care but I also want to incorporate inspirational and motivating posts as well.

Every week or two I will be posting a motivational post. I think these post will be some of the most important on this site because its usually what we need most. We all need a little push now and then or a "pick me up" when we hit our lowest points.

via pinterest
A lot of times, people decide not to take on specific tasks because they feel as if they aren't capable of completing it. Like the graphic above states, "Doubts kills more dreams than failure ever will." The lesson in this is to take a risk. 

You may or may not be capable of completing the task, however by attempting to complete it, you have gained more knowledge of yourself. You now know how you handle situations when put into them. You also know how to mend these situations if they happen again (good or bad). Take that risk! You will never know what you are capable of otherwise.

ClassyCurlies

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Natural Hair: ClassyCurlies featured on Mai Curls and Black Hair

Hey Curlies,

Within the past two weeks I have been featured on two sites dedicated to natural hair care! These sites include MaiCurls and Black Hair Information.


Mai Curls is new and upcoming blog and I would love it if you all become supporters and readers! To read my feature click here.

Black Hair Information is a site that I am familiar with. I post a lot of their graphics on my social media pages. To read my feature click here.

Again, I appreciate every single one of my readers and I appreciate everyone that stops by and supports!

ClassyCurlies

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Natural Hair Events: Healthy Naturals Expo (Indianapolis)

Hey Curlies,

As you all may know through my social media pages, I've been talking about this big natural hair expo coming up in Indianapolis.

The event is put on by Naturalistas in Nap, a natural hair and beauty group based in Indianapolis. I have been to many of their events in the past and they are always more than I expected. I got to speak with the founder and a friend of mine, Darice Rene, to get a little more information about this upcoming event.

When and how did Naturalistas in Nap get started?
The group started in December of 2011 after I’d searched around for a way to connect with women I’d seen all over Indianapolis wearing natural hair.  I wanted to find out more about their experiences, how they were managing their hair and what they were using. All I had at the time was the internet and YouTube and I knew I would be enriched by actually spending time with other women to compare notes.

How many members does the group have?
We’re at 629 members and we add more every day.

What is the goal of the group?
The goal of the Naturalistas in Nap is to provide support and connect women on this natural hair journey.  I believe in sharing information and being educated about growing healthy hair so I bring in experts to teach. We've also grown close as a group so we like to add social events too.

About how many events per year does the group put on? Any examples?
In our first year, we went crazy with it.  We hosted around 20 events and we had a BALL. Examples of events are The ABCs and 123s of Natural Hair, a Product Bazaar, the International Natural Hair Meetup Day, Neo soul Night, What do you KNOW about Natural Hair and we’ve even done Facebook Chats about natural hair.

How long has the expo been going on?
This is the second annual expo.  It was so well received last year, the Naturalistas wanted to see it again.  Of course, I’ve had to change it up a bit to give the women something to look forward to.
Healthy Naturals Expo 2012
Explain the purpose of the expo.
Most Naturalistas will tell you that once they decide to embrace their natural hair, they typically start to consider other healthy changes they can make as well.  The Healthy Naturals Expo is about learning how to have a better lifestyle in all areas of importance. We bring in professionals from the areas of fitness, nutrition, mental health, money and of course, hair.  I have a Zumba and Yoga instructor, a Master Chef, a Financial Planner, a Therapist and a Cosmetologist all coming to show us how to live our best way possible. We’re also adding a DJ this year to keep us moving before and after segments.

What do you want participants to leave the event with?
Attendees will leave with practical and actionable steps to live better.  Every speaker has been hand-picked because I want the information accessible and the speakers transparent.  My members want answers and aren’t scared to ask questions…and I love that exchange.

How many vendors will be at the event?
We will have a limited number of vendors – no more than 20 that are also hand-picked.

How would one become a vendor?
Vendors can email me and get a packet with details – the address is d-rene@live.com.

Is there a tentative schedule?
There is a basic outline of the segments published on the event website which is www.healthynaturalsexpo.eventbrite.com.  Please check it out.

Is the expo all hair based or beauty specific as well?
It’s hair and health.  That’s our focus for this event.  Everyone who attends will be very excited about what they experience.


Sadly I will not be attending this event. I have a lot of obligations as a college senior and I just want to graduate! If any of you attend please give me feedback. I know its going to be great!

ClassyCurlies

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Natural Hair: Wash Day with NEW Products

Hey Curlies,

For this wash day I am using a new line of products. These are the products I was given to try when I went to visit Dominique's Enterprise a few weeks ago.
Prepoo applied to hair
For starters, its been about two weeks since I last washed my hair. I just had not felt the need to. Within the last few days my hair has become a tangled mess so I think its about time.

I prepooed using Dominique's Enterprise's Scalp Stimulator for about 20 minutes. I used the oil as a hot oil treatment on my scalp. I did apply some Aussie Moist conditioner to my hair to loosen up the tangles. To heat the oil I sat the bottle in a coffee mug full of hot water then applied to my scalp.

Next I washed using the shea butter shampoo on my scalp followed by the shea butter conditioner. I did not deep condition considering I had already did the hot oil treatment earlier.

I felt the need to actually fully detangle my hair so while conditioning I ran a comb through each side of my hair to loosen up the tangles.


I created small bantu knots to stretch my hair overnight. I then sat under the dryer on low for about 35 minutes.

ClassyCurlies

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Natural Hair Products: My Visit to Dominique's Enterprise

Hey Curlies,

Earlier this year, I shared a ClassyCurly Business Profile with you featuring Dominique's Enterprise. This is a business that provides all natural hair care products as well as massage therapy services.

A few weeks ago I got a chance to visit their site in Indianapolis to check out some of their products first hand.

Here are the products I was given to try and review:

  • Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Shea Dream Body Butter (Orange Vanilla)
  • Shea Butter Conditioner
  • Scalp Stimulator Treatment
  • Hair Butter
I will be reviewing these products within the next week. Overall, I had a great time visiting the site. The owner, Rochelle and I had a great conversation about how the products work and which would be best for my hair type. We even went to lunch after to chit chat more! 

Check out Rochelle's Fox 59 news feature.

Updates soon to come!

ClassyCurlies

Friday, October 18, 2013

ClassyCurly Profile: Ashley

Hey Curlies,

I am absolutely in awe of this woman's hair and style! Check out Ashley's ClassyCurly profile.


Name: Ashley Smith
Social Media Names:  Topnotch _cubsn
Hair Type:       3a 3b 3c

How long have you been natural?:    
For about 3 years

Why did you go natural?:       
I'm mixed and I didn't know how to maintain or really care for my hair . I had almost everything done to my hair (color, cut, pressed, braids, sew-ins , glue-ins , tracks wigs etc.) to the point that I wanted to start all over for the new year . I read this book "Curly Like Me "and ever since then I was motivated. I bought several products, watched YouTube videos and completely changed my hair . It's now healthy! And completely natural the last time I pressed if was a year ago for my birthday. I have 18 inches now I use to have about 10.

A short regimen you can share:        
Before every wash I give my hair a hot oil treatment ( almond oil , olive or jojoba oil ) after a hour I wash my hair with a moisturizing shampoo . Then I deep condition for an hour, I rinse then I add in my leave in conditioner . I allow that to air dry then I put in my product and a light oil to hold in the curl.

What are some of your favorite products?:  
Almond oil
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner and shampoo
Jojoba oil
Argan oil
Shea Butter Cantu ( leave in product )
Organic Hair Mayonnaise
Curls soufflé
And the best gel: Eco Styler Professional Olive Oil gel

What are some of your favorite styles?:       
Other than my natural curl pattern I will normally do double strand twists in my hair and add rods at the ends to form a more bouncier and harder curl. Sometimes I’ll put two french braids in my hair. After rocking the braids, I unbraid the hair and have a new curl texture.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:   
My least favorite thing is during winter my hair takes a long time to dry . I don’t like using a blow dryer for my curls due to frizz and sometimes I often think about how it would look flat ironed.
The most favorite about being natural is that it's natural beauty.God created me beautifully and I'm in love with the fact that I can embrace it and doesn't cost any money . I'm grateful that I found out what to do and how to do it before it was too late. I love trying new products, I love watching my grow and giving others advice about being natural.

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:
I think they should know that god created us for a reason. We are our own critic. If we don't have faith or love for ourselves no one else will. It's a great feeling to have confidence and grow to realize you put yourself there and that you are a strong women.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:   
My inspiration goes out to Glamtwins on YouTube,  Curlybeauties,  Courtney with her new products " manetabolism" and the women who wrote "Curly Like Me."

Do you have any advice on going natural?:  

Yes,I need everyone to know that the results are worth it. Healthy living is all you need to be happy . Some people might ask you why you’re doing what you’re doing or might not agree but when they acknowledge the results they will want to join!

ClassyCurlies

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Natural Hair Giveaway: Shea Moisture Winners

Hey Curlies,

I am here to announce the three winners of the Shea Moisture Cowash!
Congratulations to...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please check your emails for further instructions. Thank you all for participating. Be on the look out for more giveaways.

ClassyCurlies

Natural Hair: Weekend Hair

Hey Curlies,

I want to give you all a quick hair update. This weekend was very eventful. My sorority sisters and I had an event on Friday to start off homecoming weekend and then I went to another on Saturday. On Thursday I washed my hair and put in some two strand twist.

I began my twists at midnight (-_-) and I will refrain from doing that again but my hair was done. I wanted to do a twist out for the weekend. I used Kandy Curls Shea Butter Souffle to twist with.
I left my twist in for not even 24 hours before I did a twistout. 
By the end of this weekend this is what I had. Thanks humidity!


Right now I am wearing my hair in a puff from my old twist out. This weekend I have two extra days off so I can give my hair some TLC.

ClassyCurlies

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Product Review: Paul Brown

Hey Curlies,

I received 3 products from the Paul Brown Hawaii collection from my friends at SFRbeauty.com


Paul Brown Hawaii Hapuna Argan Oil



What it contains:

Cyclomethicone,Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan), Phenyltrimethicone, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Extract, MacadamiaTernifolia Seed Oil (Macadamia Nut), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil,Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Maranta Arundinacea Root Extract (Arrowroot),Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract (Guava), Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract (Kelp), Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract (Lemongrass), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract (Passion Flower), Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract (White Ginger), Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/ Leaf Extract (Watercress), CI 26100.

What it claims to do: 

-Add shine
-Smoothes strands
-Hydrates hair
-Frizz-free hair

Uses:

As a finishing serum and scalp moisturizer

My review:

This product is the third finishing serum that I have used. I found out that serums don't really hold my attention like other products do, but I have found another product that this works well with. In combination with the Paul Brown Hawaii Ringlets Mist. It kept my hair soft and added a little shine but like I said serums don't keep my attention long enough. For those of you who love and use serums often you would enjoy this product. I give this product a 4 out of 5.


Paul Brown Hawaii Ringlets Mist


What it contains:

Water (Aqua),AMP-Acrylates/Allyl Meth-acrylate Copolymer, Amodimethicone, Glycerin, Panthenol Hydroxypropyl Steardimonium Chloride, Argania Spinoza (Argan) Kernel Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Oil, MacadamiaTernifolia Seed Oil,Punica Granatum (Pomegranate)Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit Oil, Hydrolized Wheat Protein, Hydrolized Rice Protein, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Octoxynol-40, Isolaureth-6, Propylene Glycol,Aminomethyl Propanol, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol,Fragrance.

What it claims to do: 

-Restore bounce, volume and shine

Uses:

As a moisturizing spray

My review:

I use this product almost daily. I have completely fell in love with the smell as well. I use this product in the morning or right before bed and my hair continues to stay soft. I used this before I applied the Argan Oil serum or any other oil and it helped moisturize my dry hair. The product comes out evenly and distributes well. Overall I give this product a 5 out of 5.

Paul Brown Hawaii Hapuna Conditioner


What it contains:

Silk Protein,  Kukui nut

What it claims to do: 

-Preserve hair color

-Condition hair

Uses:

To condition hair after shampooing or as a cowash

My review:

This conditioner has earned a special place in my heart. This conditioner is just about up there with one of my favorite conditioners. If you all follow me regularly, you know that I LOVE conditioners more than any other hair product. I have to say that I was very impressed with this conditioner. It has AMAZING slip and texture. It is very light and contains protein. I found it very easy to distribute this product to my hair and rinse out. Since I've had this product I have used it at least 4-5 times just because I love the results I get. If you follow my weekly wash day post it is mentioned several times. Overall, I rate this product a 5 out of 5.

For more information on any of these products click here.

ClassyCurlies

Monday, October 7, 2013

Natural Hair Events: The Natural Hair Nstitute Presents Kids N Curls

Hey Curlies,

I was notified of a cool event coming up dealing with both natural hair and children. The events will take place Saturday, November 2 and Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. till noon in Silver Spring, MD.

These sessions are designed to help parents learn now to manage their children's hair. For more info refer to the fliers below.


ClassyCurlies

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Natural Hair: Wash Day using Aloe Vera Gel

Hey Curlies,

I finally got a chance to wash my hair this week and it was definitely over due! I've been having some scalp issues lately. My scalp has been very dry so I decided to pamper it a little.

I began by taking down my old style:
The aftermath:

I began by massaging my scalp with lots of aloe vera gel. From there I applied Aussie Moist Conditioner to my hair and let it sit for about 15 minutes. I can't even explain how wonderful it felt to have cool aloe vera gel on my scalp! (Please try it!)

As always, I split my hair in half and began washing my hair in the shower. I used:

  • Jane Carter's Solution Sulfate-Free Shampoo
  • U R Curly Quinoa Conditioner
The conditioner left a tingling sensation on my scalp and it was the bomb!! Anywho...

Soon after rinsing I did a hot oil treatment using coconut oil on my scalp using an applicator bottle. I also applied more Aussie Moist Conditioner to my hair and covered with a plastic cap. I let it sit for about 30-40 minutes.

Sometime today I plan on doing two-strand twists! Stay tuned!

ClassyCurlies

Friday, October 4, 2013

ClassyCurly Profile: Mai

Hey Curlies,

Here is another gorgeous lady with beautiful ringlets!

Name: Mai H
Social Media Names:  Maicurls
Hair Type:       3C/4A

           

How long have you been natural?:     
I decided to stop relaxing my hair by mid 2009 and by the end of 2010 I had my natural curls. I did not big chop I would just trim my ends off as my hair grew.

Why did you go natural?:        
I just got tired of my brittle, thin, dry and damaged relaxed hair. My hair would go through phases of reaching shoulder length and then breaking off to different levels. I got to a point where I had to admit that I was not taking proper care of my relaxed and dyed hair and needed to try and grow my natural hair.

A short regimen you can share:         
My routine starts off with my wash day:
  • Cleanse
  • Detangle
  • Deep Condition ( I make my 3 different DIY DC's that I use depending on what my hair needs)

I moisturize my hair everyday with my DIY leave-in conditioner (cream or spray) and seal my hair with my DIY sealing oil every day.

What are some of your favorite products?:   
There are 4 main things I can not do without. My detangling/co-wash conditioner, DIY leave-in conditioner, water and deep conditioner.

What are some of your favorite styles?:        
My guilty pleasure: Wash-n-Go. When I am being "sensible": Buns or Twists and when I want to be fun: Twist-outs or Braid-outs.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:    
I love the fact that I can switch up a look just by pining it up, letting it lose or setting it over night! I love the beach but my hair does not love the salty sea water and I somehow end up with half the beach's sand in my hair!

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:         
Be yourself. Love your hair the way it is. There is only one person who needs to be happy with your hair and that it YOU! There is no style, no 'curl type' or curl texture that will make every single person you cross in life say "Oh that is pretty"...you can't please everyone and that should not be your aim. You need to be happy regardless of what others say...even if it sounds "selfish".

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:   
There are tons! When I was finally learning about how to take care of my hair properly (which did not happen until 2011) I found the internet so helpful! heyfranhey, Naptural85, SunKissAlba, NaturalNeiicey, Curly Proverbz to name a few. I also found online forums and blogs!


Do you have any advice on going natural?:   
Do research, ask questions, get onto forums, and watch YouTube video and just do loads of reading. Keep in mind the research is for you to have a general understanding what you really need to know is YOUR hair. We all have fingerprints but no two people have the same finger prints and I believe the same goes for our hair. While two people might have curly hair that have similar curl patterns, thickness, etc does not mean if you use the exact same products you will get the same results. So after you have done your research you need to then find out what works for you. A part from knowing your hair I think patience is another important point. It will take time till you know what your hair needs, likes and wants but it is not mission impossible just mission patience.

ClassyCurlies

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Natural Hair: 90 Day Hair Growth Challenge (fourth post)

Hey Curlies,
This is my second to last 90 day hair growth challenge post before it is over. The challenge will be over this month on the 26th and I'm excited to see my progress. So far I have completed the following products:
  • Kra-Z Hair Growth Vitamins
  • Hair Booster 15-Day Cleanse 
The only product that I am still using is the Nzuri Hair Follicle Food. I am using this product as a prepoo on my scalp before washing.

This product does have sort of a weird smell but it is not overbearing. Once the challenge is complete I will do a complete review of the products and do a length check. 

To see my latest length check, click here.

ClassyCurlies

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Natural Hair Style: Two Strand Twist Updo

Hey Curlies,

I knew that my last twist out style would not last long. I wanted a protective style that I could wear all week and not have to bother it. While freestyling I came up with this very cute updo that involves two strand twist.

My hair had been very dry all week as well as my scalp. I applied coconut oil to my scalp using an applicator bottle. I then applied my aloe vera juice mix and pure shea butter to my hair.





This post is actually kinda late. I did this style last Wednesday and it still looks good! It is beginning to itch and I need to keep up with my weekly washes. I noticed that since the weather is changing, my scalp is beginning to act weird and needs a lot more attention these days. I'll most likely wash this weekend and do a good deep treatment with aloe vera gel on my scalp.

S/N: Enter the Shea Moisture giveaway open now!

ClassyCurlies