ClassyCurly Motivation: #13

Hey Curlies,

I spotted this quote a few days ago and it immediately made me think about an article I wrote a few weeks ago....


The article was about the great impact reality TV has on young women and the great measures we as women experience to fit in. To read the entire article, click here.

It's crazy how we as women try to conform to what we think we should be and what society says we should be. Many pay thousands of dollars for weaves, spend hundreds of dollars on heels we can't walk in and order nonprescription color contacts so that we may look "exotic". Is it that serious?

Conforming yourself only attracts the wrong crowd and not the crowd that truly fits the inner you.


Natural Hair: Rhassoul and Australian Pink Clay Hair Treatment

Hey Curlies,

Today I got a chance to wash my hair and do another rhassoul and Australian pink clay hair mask treatment (yeah, the one I bought nearly two months ago). The mask was kept in my fridge and I finally found time for it.  The clays are great for getting rid of dry hair and scalp. This is my second time using this treatment. For my first application click here.

Before washing I finger detangled from my old twistout and was left with really big hair!


On Instagram I have a mini video of myself mixing the ingredients together. I used Butter's n Bars Original Hair Masque with Aloe Vera gel and TRESemme Naturals conditioner. I washed using Avalon Organics Lavendar shampoo then applied the mask in four sections.






For the first time I actually ran out of the mix which was really weird. I did this treatment almost a year ago and had more to spare. I think the fact that my hair is longer this time around I needed just a little more. My last section (above) didn't nearly have as much treatment on it as the others.

I like that this mixture rinses out easily, but it takes a while. That may actually sound backwards but it's just a lot of mixture to rinse out.

I then followed up with Avalon Organics Lavender Conditioner.My hair came out very soft and defined.







Yeah, my hair looks great...BUT the sad part is my hair doesn't stay this way. Shrinkage takes over and I end up with the look of a TWA haha. Oh natural hair!

Natural Hair: Twistout Day Two

Hey Curlies,

Just a few photos from my second day twistout. I will be washing, deep conditioning and wearing some sort of protective style for the week. Have you all heard about Fros on the Fourth? That's my goal!

Day one



Day two




See ya soon!


Natural Hair: Chunky Two Strand Twists

Hey Curlies,

Just a short hair update. So I didn't achieve the big chunky twists like I wanted, but these will due I guess.


I used WonderCurl's Butter Than Love Pudding to create the twists. They were done on old hair and I will probably take them down Friday for a twistout then wash and wear another protective style for next week.

Be back soon!

Natural Hair: 5 Ways to Keep Your Hair Moisturized

Hey Curlies,

I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how to keep natural hair moisturized. Many of us are experiencing dry, frizzy hair which is kinda normal for the typical curly girl. 

Curly hair retains less moisture than straight hair. Here are 5 Ways to Keep Your Hair Moisturized:

Oils from the scalp are easily able to travel down the hair shaft with straight textures because it's...well straight and flows downward without interruption.

Our oils have to go through many twists and turns to make it down the entire hair strand. Make sense? (I hope so..if not I'm here by email: ClassyCurlies@gmail.com)

RELATEDNatural Hair Deep Conditioning: Clays that Treat, Restore Moisture, Detox

5 ways to keep natural hair moisturized - ClassyCurlies


Here are my top 5 ways to keep your hair moisturized...especially going into the summer months.

  1. Deep condition weekly as needed. Deep conditioning is the key to retaining moisture and plays a huge role in the hair growth process. Apply a conditioner and plastic cap (I used the Hot Head) for at least 30 minutes or more. I like to use WonderCurl's Restorative Mask.
  2. Add oils or a butter after moisturizing. For me this process is simply spraying on water or a leave-in conditioner throughout the week and then applying shea butter to my hair. This way the moisture is locked in.
  3. Think about adding humectants to your summer regimen. During this time of year it is very humid so why not use this to your advantage? Humectants pull moisture out of the air. Hint: Honey is a great one to add to your deep conditioner.
  4. Protective styling helps retain moisture by locking it in. Loose or free hair looses moisture quickly because it is exposed to natural elements (sun, wind, etc.). Think of this as losing body heat. If you stay close and protected, you don't lose as much heat. Here's one to try.
  5. Create your own spritz! Who says you have to spend all of your money buying pricey hair products? All you need is a spritz bottle, water and your favorite conditioner. Enroll in our free mini e-course to make your own rosewater spritzer. 



Natural Hair: Wash Day (Twistout on Wet Hair)

Hey Curlies,

I used the same products I've been using for the last couple of weeks and I am still seeing very good results. My goal was to wear medium-sized two strand twists this week, but I had to take a detour. I really didn't want to bring out the blow dryer and since I didn't wash the day before, I didn't give myself enough drying time before the week.

So I settled for a twistout...or it will be soon haha.







To wash I used:


-TRESemme Naturals conditioner to prepoo
-Avalon Organics Lavender shampoo
-Eden Body Works Jojoba Deep conditioner
-TRESemme Naturals conditioner to create the twists

I've been wearing my hair out a lot more than normal. Usually twists have been my normal hairstyle, but it's hard to find time now days an when I do have time I want to do nothing haha.

Later this week I plan on wearing a quick protective style once the twist out falls, usually around Wednesday.



Natural Hair: ClassyCurly Profile Aaliyah

Hey Curlies,

Here's another ClassyCurly profile!

Name: Aaliayh Martin
Social Media Names:  la_pinktacos
Hair Type:  4b/4c
URL:  curlybbg,tumblr.com

How long have you been natural?:    
I've been natural since May 8, 2012 

Why did you go natural?:       
My big sister suggested it to me. I thought it was a good idea because I'm always up for something new. I never actually considered going through with the process until I knew that I needed a lifestyle change. I've always had straight medium length hair my entire life. I started getting into things during my high school years that I know my parents didn't approve of, so instead of acting out, I cut my hair off and been natural ever since.

A short regimen you can share:        
I wash my hair as needed or when I have time. I'm a college student with jobs, emphasis on the “s” in jobs.
I separate my hair into 4 sections (a top, 2 middles and a back). I dampen my hair and start off with heating up castor oil or coconut oil and rubbing it on my scalp. I then put a plastic cap on my head. When I have done that for 15 minutes, I got to the shower and massage as much as I can out of my scalp.

I have a mixture of water and Apple Cider Vinegar that I put on my hair as a cleanser. It helps rid of the dandruff that I have from time to time. Once I have put that on my hair and massaged it through, I use Suave Professionals Shea Butter + Almond conditioner as a cowash. I go over all the sections twice with the conditioner.

I don't use shampoo at all in my regimen. Once I have finished all the sections and washed out all the conditioner, I immediately find coconut oil to seal in all the moisture that my hair has obtained. Once the oil is on, I put Cantu Shea Butter's Argon Oil leave-in repair cream on top.

I usually am doing this at night unless I'm off and I don't have class, so after the repair cream is on, I twist my hair in sections and leave the twists out to air dry until I put my satin cap on and go to sleep.

What are some of your favorite products?:  
My all-time favorite product right now is the Suave Professionals Shea Butter + Almond conditioner. It smells nice and leaves my hair feeling really moisturized. I also love Cantu's Argon Oil leave-in repair cream. The third thing that I can't live without is coconut oil. That is the love of my hair's life. Everything that I use in my regimen basically!

What are some of your favorite styles?:       
I love to do tiny twists into my hair and leave it twisted for days. I do high puffs often, but nothing compares to a fro. It's so classic and retro. I also will pull my hair back in to back puff with a hump bang in the front. The longer it gets, the more versatile it gets.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:   
My least favorite thing is never knowing how long my hair actually is. I know that it's longer than when it was permed, but since I don't use heat, that's something that I'll never get the chance to know. At least not any time soon anyway.

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:        
DON'T QUIT. We all go through those stages where we're like "Why did I do this to myself?" But believe me, it's worth it in the end. Keep going. Get inspired by the wonderful women on YouTube like Naptural85.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:  
Naptural85 is the person who inspires me the most. She just has a positive attitude and was the one who inspired me to continue my hair journey. I honestly wanted to quit until I saw her YouTube channel.

Do you have any advice on going natural?:  

If you're someone who wants things to happen fast, don't do a big chop. Transition. If you expect your hair to be BSL after a year, that is very unlikely. Going natural taught me how to care for something other than myself and to be patient. It takes time and effort. That's another thing, if you aren't willing to put the work in, then your hair is not going to do what you want it to do. Be patient and kind to your hair. It will do what you want it to do in the end.


Skin Care: Find Your Best Moisturizer

Hey Curlies,

I've be trying out a few new skin care products over the last couple of weeks. One of them I began using during the colder months and the other two I began using a few weeks ago. Being different brands, they all serve their purpose based on the type of skin you have.


If you have...


Combination skin (dry and oily)

Somatique Moisturizer is your best choice because...

It is thick enough to last all day, but not increase the amount of oil your skin produces. It contains key ingredients like citrus, aloe vera juice and organic sunflower oil. I use this moisturizer daily.

Visit LadySoma.com for more information.

Oily skin

Citrus Clear Skin Repair Organic Moisturizer is your best choice because...

It is very lightweight and smells heavenly! Infused with coconut oil and coco butter it helps keep an even complexion. Not to forget this product is organic.

Visit CitrusClear.com for more information.

Dry skin

Shielo Complexion Moisturizer is your best choice because...

It contains items that moisturizes without clogging pores. The balancing pH helps dry areas that are oily and hydrate areas that are dry. This product is a bit heavier than the previous one above and doesn't seem to have a scent.

Visit Shielo.com for more information.

Now these are my personal recommendations based on my usage of all three. You can decide for yourself by visiting the websites of each for evaluation.


Natural Hair: Products I’m loving right now

Hey Curlies,

I have a few products that I am completely stuck on right now! I’m still creating my “staples” list that will be coming soon, but here are the few products I really like as of now haha.
 
walmart.com
Avalon Organics: Lavender shampoo and conditioner
Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner
TRESemme Naturals conditioner *Staple for sure*
Shea Butter *Stable for sure*
Africa’s Best Herbal Oil


Lately I’ve just been applying water and oil to my hair during the week, but I usually style with the Shea Butter.

What I love about these products is that most of them contain all-natural ingredients!

What products are you loving right now?

ClassyCurly Motivation: #12

Hey Curlies,

It's motivation Monday!

via Pinterest

This week I've really been thinking about this. Sometimes you have to forget the rules of society and do the things you feel as if you should do because they make you happy. There are are so many "steps" in life that say you must do this before you do this and you can't live your life this way or this will happen.

I feel as if many relationships, both personal and romantic, fail because when things aren't going the way "society" tells us it should be then it's automatically wrong. From there we question our relationships.Why try to conform to something when doing what your doing is working? Just a thought.Be unapologetically you.


Beauty Care: We are ONYX Beauty Box Review

Hey Curlies,

A few weeks ago I received a new subscription box called We are ONYX. It is a subscription beauty box that contains...well beauty items such as nail polishes,makeup, hair and skin care products. Here are the items I received:

I received 5 full-sized items including three nail polishes, a body wash and a hand cream. I love the brands they chose to include because they are well-known and recognized. For the most part I've used some of these brands before, like Shea Moisture and China Glaze.

I am interested to try the Biao Beauty Rejuvenating Cleanser. It just so happens that I've ran out of my normal cleanser, so I  will be trying this out soon.

The box I received was for May, but I am excited to know what lies in the next box. The box will always include 5 full-sized beauty items at a price of $25/month.

Like I said before, I did receive the box for free for review, however I am interested in a subscription, although I'd like to see what June holds.

You can purchase your own ONYX box at weareonyx.com.


Natural Hair: Wash Day

Hey Curlies,

I finally got a chance to wash my hair!! Here are the products I used, with an exception of my styling products.

It's been a while since I've twisted my hair and it usually turns out weird when I do them on wet hair, but I decided to just go with it. I used Africa's Best Herbal oil and shea butter to create about 10 twists. Here were the results: