Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Natural Hair: ClassyCurlies.com 2014 Goals & Updates

Hey Curlies,

As the year comes to a close a have tons to tell you all about! First I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has read or supported this blog in any way.THANK YOU to all of my followers on social media including both the ones who have been there from the beginning and even my new curlies.

You all are the reason why I continue to put so much hard work and dedication to this site a.k.a my baby. I appreciate all of the emails full of questions and even those just saying hello. It's a WONDERFUL feeling to be blessed.

Of course I have a few goals for the new year:

ClassyCurlies.com Goals:


  • I will launch a Facebook party coming soon! It will be an open event that you can attend right from the comfort of your own home. There will be a Q&A, giveaways and hair discussions.
  • T-shirts will be available soon! Be classy and sport your own ClassyCurlies.com shirt. Look for details within the next few weeks.
  • I will be attending the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta this April. I will have minute-by-minute event coverage!
  • I will also be attending more natural hair events, including those hosted by Naturalistas in Nap(Indianapolis)
  • If you haven't noticed, the menu bar has changed for easier navigation

Hair Goals:

  • I would like to reach mid-back length by December 22,2014 (my birthday)
  • I will be straightening my hair for the first time in 3 years for my graduation in May (This girl will have a degree :)
  • I would like to experiment with more natural powders(cassia, alma etc)
  • Maintain healthy hair by protective styling and deep conditioning

I am so excited for what 2014 has to bring!


Natural Hair: ClassyCurlies.com Top Products and Posts

Hey Curlies,

It's almost the new year! It's time to recap some of the the most viewed and  most popular posts from ClassyCurlies.com. I will also be recapping some of my favorite products from 2013.

Sometimes I find that material gets some what buried here because there is so much content. Highlighting these post should help answer some questions you all may have.

Top Products from 2013 (click the name of each product for purchasing details)


  • Paul Brown Hapuna Conditioner- this conditioner is filled with protein and has tons of slip to it!
  • Dominique's Best Shea Dream (Orange Vanilla Body Butter)- I found this product perfect for the winter months! It is made of mostly shea butter and the rest are all-natural ingredients.
  • As I am I Coconut Co-Wash- I never got hooked on a cowash until I found this one. My hair came out clean and very soft each time without feeling stripped.
  • Curlformers- Although I have only used the knock-offs, I absolutely love the results and overall concept. I get soft, bouncy curls every time

Top Posts from ClassyCurlies.com (Click the photo for details)






Top ClassyCurlies.com Moments of 2013


Friday, December 27, 2013

Natural Hair: Benefits of Using All-Natural Products

Hey Curlies,

This week when I washed my hair I used all natural products and I did notice a big difference in my hair. All-natural products are better for our bodies in general,not just our hair. Most hair products are filled with detergents, sulfates and even cleaners.

I honestly did not mean to use all-natural products on purpose, it just kinda happened. Here is what I used:

Rhassoul Herbal Shampoo Bar by Brown Butter Beauty

FoxyMango.com

This shampoo is all organic and filled with nourishing oils. Its main ingredients are olive oil, coconut oil, coco butter, shea butter and wheat germ oil. My hair came out very clean and my scalp felt very refreshed. This can be purchased at FoxyMango.com

Cassia Obovata


Cassia is a plant grown in India and similar places. The leaves of  the plant are grind into a powder that can be used for hair. When mixed with warm water or other natural ingredients it thickens, adds shine and strengthens hair. I purchased my cassia from Butters-n-bars.com

Shea Butter Conditioner by Dominique's Best

Dominiquesbest.com

I needed a conditioner that supplied moisture to my hair after the cassia treatment and this was perfect! This conditioner combines ingredients such as shea butter,vitamin e, lavender and rosemary. My hair came out very soft and moisturized. This product can be purchased at Dominiquesbest.com

Overall I noticed my hair was  a lot more softer, my scalp was a bit cleaner and my curls seemed to be a but more curlier!



Thursday, December 26, 2013

Natural Hair Products: ApHogee Curlific

Hey Curlies,

A few months ago I told you all about the new ApHogee line for curly hair. Well I am happy to say it is now available! I haven't seen it in stores but I do know that it is available at Curlmart.com
aphogee curlific
curlmart.com

Four products were launched including a curl definer, leave-in conditioner, texture treatment and a hair wash. I don't plan on immediately purchasing these products but if I happen to come across them in a store then just maybe.

I used the original line faithfully during my relaxed days and I still use the leave in conditioner every now and then. If you all happen to try them, leave a comment below. I'd love to hear your input.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Natural Hair: Holiday Giveaway Winners

Hey Curlies!

I hope you all are having a very Merry Christmas and a happy holiday! I am here to announce the two winners of the Hair & Body Holiday giveaway.


Please check your emails ladies for more details. Thank you to everyone who entered or promoted the giveaway in some fashion. It was a great success!


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Natural Hair: 3 Holiday Hair Styles

Hey Curlies,

Got a fancy holiday party to attend in a few days? Here are a few styles where you can choose to show off the length of your hair or go for the protective style.

For more details on each style click the name.

Curlformers





Two-Strand Twist Updo



Twist n Curl




Happy Holidays Curlies!


Natural Hair: Cassia Auriculata for Hair (Review)

Hey Curlies,

I finally got time to experiment with my organic Cassia Auriculata powder and it definitely left a good impression!

What is Cassia Auriculata?


Cassia comes from a plant and is not a form a henna although they look similar. The leaves are grind into a powder to what you see on many natural and Ayurvedic websites. This powder is usually called "neutral henna" because it has the same effects but does not release a dye on dark hair. Gray hairs will usually turn gold.

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What are the benefits?


Like henna, cassia has similar benefits and serves as a conditioning agent.

It adds shine, thickens and strengthens hair. Many have said they've experienced less shedding and less breakage after using cassia.

For the scalp it provides anti-fungal properties that help relieve an itchy scalp and dandruff. The benefits usually last for about a month.



What are the side effects?


Some women have claimed cassia turning their hair green or loosening their curl pattern, however I did not experience any of this during my treatment. (Read below for my review)

cassia for natural hair

My process

Here is what my hair looked like before I began:
A little crazy...haha
I washed my hair using an all-natural shampoo bar before starting.

Here are the items I used:
cassia for deep conditioning

The dying brush was used to apply the mix directly to my scalp.

To create the paste I combined 100g of Cassia, 1 cup of warm water,1/2 cup of aloe vera gel and 1/3 cup of Africa's Best Herbal Oil. I mixed until I got a pancake-like batter. The aloe vera gel and oil added more moisture to the treatment.
Cassia for natural hair
(Left) Powder without other ingredients. (Right) Final mix

I applied the mix to both my hair and scalp then covered my hair with a plastic cap for 1 hour. I then rinsed for what seemed like years to be sure it all was washed away.

cassia obovata on curly hair


Similar to a protein treatment, it must be followed up with a deep conditioner because it leaves hair dry. I used Dominique's Best Shea Butter Conditioner. The conditioner sat on my hair for about an hour.

My Review

This process was very similar to when I did my rhassoul and australian pink clay mask a few months ago. I did not experience permanent green hair nor did my hair color change at all. My hair texture did not loosen, if anything I noticed my curls seem more defined and popped a little more.

I did experience the drying effect after rinsing but following up with a deep conditioner gave me amazing results. I didn't expect the dark green color(of the cassia) lol but I went with it. One thing I did not like about cassia is the smell. It smells like strong freshly-mowed grass! Once I deep conditioned the smell disappeared.

Overall I would definitely do this treatment again. The only thing that would stop me is time. This process is very time consuming but worth it.
Right after washing out the cassia mix
I purchased my cassia from Butters-n-bars.com




Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Victoria!

Hey Curlies,

Today's my 22 birthday! Yes, I'm a young baby but I have a business mind definitely. Here are a few highlights!



I absolutely LOVE shrimp! This was my second birthday meal lol

Of course while in my hometown I visited the beauty supply store. Tomorrow I'll be doing a Cassia treatment so I bought a mixing bowl and dye brushes. You'll get all of the details tomorrow of course!

I bought some hair oil because I was needing some badly! I also have been wanting to buy a shampoo brush for a while. For some reason I haven't been able to cleanse my scalp how I've wanted to so hopefully this will help.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Natural Hair Style: Basic Braid-Out

Hey Curlies,

Once my curlformers set began to fall, instead of creating a basic high bun I decided to go for a braid-out. I don't do braid outs often because they don't last as long for me but I wanted an easy style.

I used Shea Moisture's Extra-Moisturizing Tranistioning Milk as a base then applied a few drops of castor oil on top. I created 6 braids to achieve the look while applying aloe vera gel to my scalp. I don't use a comb to part my hair because I don't want them to show once I unbraid.



Unbraided

I wasn't ready...lol

Separated and fluffed




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Natural Hair News: Watch Your Weave Ladies!

Hey Curlies,

Let me tell you all how disgusted I currently am. I just read a news story about a women who bought a hair weave and it allegedly had flesh-eating maggots inside that dug into her scalp.  WHAT?!

This is a reminder that we all have to be careful! You'll never guess where they believe the weave came from.Read the article below:

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Natural Hair: Hair Affair Part 2

Hey Curlies,

I have a short, but humorous story to share with you! A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my family back in my hometown and my grandmother was there as well.

In 2011 when I did the big chop, I seen my grandmother and she was not happy! She criticized me about how horrible my hair looked and continued to ask if I was going to straighten it. For all of the details, click here.

Two years later, I see her and my hair looked just like this:
Literally, when she walked in the door she did a double take. She continued to stare at me and I couldn't figure out why. She said things like

  •  "Oh my God. Look at your hair, it looks so good!" 
  • "Is that all of your hair?"
  • "You did your own hair?"
Before I answered I turned to look at my Mom because I knew we were thinking the same thing. Wasn't this just the woman who hated my hair and made smart remarks left and right?

I just laughed it off and said "Yes" and walked away. In my head it played out like this...
via Pinterest
Keep the confidence ladies because at some point they are going to be "eye-ballin the fro"

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