Discussion: Natural Hair and the Workplace

Hey Curlies,

I think it's discussion time. I've had this topic on my mind for a while and I would love to get the opinion of you all. It centers around the professional work environment and natural hair.

My question is: Would you change your hairstyle for a position? Or if you were interviewing for a position and they explained to you that your hair style (puff,fro,etc.) was a bit extreme and needed to be modified before your start date, how would you react?

Leave your comments below and after a few I will leave mine as well.

Natural Hair: Secrets to a Great Braidout

Hey Curlies,
Secrets to a Great Braidout

I've got a few secrets to achieve your best braid out. I have been extremely busy this past week with work and spending time with my family. I got around to washing my hair on Friday. I wanted to do a more complex style but since it was blazing outside, seriously 90 degrees, I just went for a braid out. All last week I wore a puff.

I detangled using TRESemme Naturals conditioner and washed using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo and then added my conditioner in later once I began braiding as a leave in.

I created about eight to nine braids using TRESemme Naturals conditioner and Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Serum.

I let my braids dry over night and unbraided the next afternoon. It turned out a little differently than I thought but it was cute!

Here's the secret to a great braidout: Detangle thoroughly before braiding. This helps the unbraiding process run smoothly and when separating your pieces, it cuts down on frizz! I like to start with a wide-toothed comb then go again with a Denman brush. Remember to be gentle!

ClassyCurly Profile: Juanita

Hey Curlies,

Here's the latest natural hair profile. Get inspired!...Also, she's funny!

Name: Juanita
Hair Type: 3c
URL:    http://curly-hair-care.com

How long have you been natural?:     
I have been fully natural for two and a half years now - having transitioned for seven months.

Why did you go natural?:        
Can I take this moment to be honest? I transitioned because I was trying to put my hair stylist out of business lol - just kidding. No, but seriously I was just so tired of feeling like I'd just paid someone to butcher my hair. In my mind, I could do the same piss-poor job for free.

A short regimen you can share:         
My regimen is so minimal, most people say they "don't get it"....as if I'm purposefully leaving something out.
I co-wash with V05 conditioner, detangle using Herbal Essences Hello Hydration conditioner, and seal with Olive oil.

What are some of your favorite products?:   
My favorite products are the only three items I use - V05, Hello Hydration conditioner, and Olive oil. It hasn't gotten any better than that.

What are some of your favorite styles?:        
My all-time favorite hairstyle isn't what most would consider a "style" at all. Right after a wash I'll let my hair air-dry completely. Most of the time I just throw my hair into a wet ponytail - just as long as it dries all the way. Once it dries (and if I need to go somewhere) I just take my hair out of the ponytail, fluff, and go.

For a little pizzazz I might create a headband braid in the front or just grab a piece of my hair from the front and pin it back. But, that's it.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:   
 My favorite thing about being natural is being able to walk around with half-defined curls and still get compliments, looks, and pulled into random conversations. It's so freeing to be able to rock my frizz with confidence. And NOTHING beats that feeling I get when my hair starts blowing around in the wind lol. Call me corny!

My least favorite thing is shrinkage. I'm glad that it's finally trying to creep past my shoulders in it's natural state, but I just wish (JUST ONCE!) that my hair would "look" as long as it actually is. *sigh*

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:         
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:   
Shelli from Hairscapades and Chime Edwards. I have the worst hair-crush on them!

Do you have any advice on going natural?:  
Don't take yourself too seriously and keep your mind busy by doing other things because the time is going to pass at the same pace anyway - whether you count down the seconds or not. You might as well make life easier on yourself and have fun with it.

Natural Hair: Twist n Curl with Wonder Curl's Butter Than Love Pudding

Hey Curlies,

The other day I got a chance to wash my hair and I was deciding on what style I wanted to wear for the week. Now that my hair is getting longer, it's hard to get the "curly fro" look without it just being a shrunken fro. I haven't done a twist n curl in a while and so I figured why not.

I washed and conditioned with the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line and then decided to use Wonder Curl's Butter Than Love Pudding to create my twists and set my hair. I used small flexi rods to set the twists on and let them air dry over night. I then separated the twists this morning.

Natural Hair Product Review: Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Hey Curlies,

Today I am going to give my first impression of the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line. I've used the products twice within the last two weeks and I wanted to share my opinion. I do not have the entire line, I am missing the leave in conditioner and the hair lotion, but I will go through the products I have individually.
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo:
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo

I actually like this shampoo. For one, the entire line smells like a mix of Shea butter and vanilla. I'm not sure what raw Jamaican Black Castor Oil smells like but maybe that's the scent I'm smelling. This product lathers up really well and even after two weeks of use (two wash days total), I haven't even put a dent in the bottle. Because it is a clarifying shampoo, it cleansed my scalp really well. This also may be because of the apple cider vinegar the product is made with.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque:
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil  masque

This hair treatment is a little more watery than the others I've tried. The Raw Shea Butter and Anti-Breakage Masques seem to be a tad thicker. This quality does help in the application process but be aware if you are looking for a thicker deep conditioner this may be different than what you expect. I have also used this product twice but I have put quite a dip in it. I'm about half way through since I use a lot because of my thick hair. I'm not sure of the effectiveness of this product yet because treatments usually take a while, so I will have more on this later!

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment:

I think that naming this product an "edge treatment" was genius. We, our community, has so many gels and edge controls on the shelves, we don't have anything catered to treating and promoting growth for our edges. On the product label it says it is also great for laying down edges, but I haven't experienced that so much. I haven't experienced much hold from this product, like a gel would, but I think it works really well as a treatment to help promote growth. This product also has an interesting consistency. It's basically an oil, but in a gel form. Because of this I normally only use a very small amount because it's enough.

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Serum:

I've used this oil in two different ways: as a pre-poo and while styling my hair. This product seems to have a good amount of quality oils and seems to be very lightweight.

Check back after my one month usage of these products to read the final review!


Natural Hair: Hair Style of the Day #10

Hey Curlies,

Once I washed my hair I let it dry in four braids but it became too late to style. Yesterday after removing the braids and detangling a little more(if you saw my Facebook and Instagram post, you saw the struggle), I decided to do a simple flat twist protective style.

I used Shea butter and water to moisturize and the Edge Treatment from the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line for my edges.

Natural Hair: Wash Day with Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Hey Curlies,

Today I realized the obvious...I have a lot of hair! I know, I know. People tell me all of the time how much I have and how thick it is, but today it hit me.

I always dread wash day for many reasons:

  • It takes forever to wash my hair
  • I HATE detangling!
The latter makes me more irritated. My hair was so hard to detangle today and unless I'm using a special detangler, it always is.

Any who, I washed using the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil shampoo and then deep conditioned with the matching hair masque. (My thoughts on this line will come later this week)
Right before washing

I then detangled and braided my hair into four sections to dry. I applied the matching hair serum on to the braids afterward.

At the end of the day...I should have used a detangler. I know better lol.
After washing
I haven't decided exactly what I want to do with my hair for this week. I'm try to stay away from all roller sets until the cooler weather rolls in, but I would like to do a twist n curl to wear a cute curly fro.

Natural Hair: Hair Style of the Day #9

Hey Curlies,

I got a chance to take down my mini twists and enjoy a nice twistout. My twists were beginning to look a little frizzy and old so they were in a state of emergency to come down. Tomorrow...well later on today(it's 1:30 a.m.) will be wash day and I will begin using the new Shea Moisture line.

Here was my hair style of the day: Mini twist twistout

Natural Hair Products: NEW Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Hey Curlies,

I finally got my hands on the new Shea Moisture products! It's been on my radar for the last few weeks and I can't wait to try it! The products hit shelves officially today (8/1) at select CVS stores.

This line contains the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore:

  • Shampoo
  • Treatment Masque
  • Hair Serum
  • Edge Treatment
  • Leave-in conditioner*
  • Hair lotion*
*These are the two products I am missing*

What makes me so excited about this line is its main ingredient, Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO). Castor oil overall has wonderful benefits for the hair, but many women have regrown hair in troubled areas with JBCO. Prior to this product line, I'd only used JBCO once, which wasn't long enough to see results and healthier hair.

This time I will challenge myself. I will use strictly this line of products for one month to see the difference. I will document my first impression, follow up uses and then give my final thought. I'm really excited to to share my experiences with you all!

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