Natural Hair: Topics You Loved in 2014

Hey Curlies,

I want to thank EVERYONE, literally every single person who has read this blog since I began in 2010. Whether you've read this blog once, twice or stalk this site (as I do many others haha) I appreciate you!

Here are some of the hot natural hair topics you loved in 2014:

*Click each post name for details*

Create your own hair gel in 7 minutes:

The famous bantu knot out:

3 things to do when you're tired of your hair:

How to winterize your hair regimen:

Find your best skin moisturizer:

Keep your hair moisturized:

 Secrets to a great braidout:

Shorten your wash day:

Other popular posts:

See you in 2015! Be safe tonight and have a great New Year's Eve!

Up next: Goals for 2015

Natural Hair: Hairstyles of 2014

Hey Curlies,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas,Kwanzaa (or any other holiday you celebrate)! I had a great last couple of days spending time with my family who I don't get to see very often since we live in different states.

Each year I do a recap of some of my favorite hairstyles.You can find a more detailed look into all of these styles on my blog. If you'd like to view them, in the right hand column toward the bottom says "Blog Archives." This is where you can see all of my old posts, even ones from when I first began the blog.

Natural Hair Styles of 2014:

This year was the very first year I'd had my hair straightened and professionally trimmed. Read about my salon experience here.

If you all have any questions, feel free to contact me at

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  • Topics you Loved in 2014

Natural Hair: Ballerina Bun

Hey Curlies,

All week I've been wearing this cute/lazy big ballerina bun. I washed my hair late last Monday and quickly threw it up. I'm hoping to install some twists before the week is over.

Happy holidays!!

Natural Hair: Profile Info

Hey Curlies,

I've been getting a lot of requests to be featured in the hair story category which is great! I love sharing your guys' stories and looking at your photos. The problem I am having is,  some of these profiles aren't fully complete and I can't post incomplete profiles.

Some profiles are missing photos, names and other important information. Also some aren't very detailed. They only provide a few words or very short sentences and that isn't enough.

With that, I need you all to please fully complete the profile and I will be more than happy to post them.


Natural Hair: What they don't tell you About Coconut Oil

Hey Curlies,

Just wanted to remind you all of a quick hair tip for winter care that involves coconut oil. This just crossed my mind as I washed my hair Monday and applied a great amount of coconut oil to my hair before I left the house.

My hair felt super soft while inside, but soon as I stepped outside into the winter cold, my hair seemed to freeze.

Yes, you read that right. In other words, it seemed stiff.

This is because I was using real coconut oil.

Here is my coconut oil warning:

I love to use coconut oil because it minimizes any scalp dryness I may have, however, real coconut oil solidifies at cool temperatures.

If your coconut oil does not turn solid in the winter, either your home is quite warm (maybe you love the heat like I do) or you do not have authentic coconut oil.

Using real coconut oil for your hair in cold temperatures causes it to turn solid. In return your hair feels stiff.

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Now I don't want to scare you. This doesn't mean you can't use coconut oil during the cold months.

You just need to be careful when applying the oil to your hair shortly before heading outdoors.

What I do, and what I recommend is to apply the oil before bed. This way it has a chance to absorb by the morning.

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If you plan to use a hair product made with coconut oil, treat the product the same as previously mentioned.

Natural Hair: Cute Crochet Styles

Hey Curlies,

Have you all noticed the cute crochet hair styles? An even better question, do you remember when crochet styles used to be ever popular back in the day? I do! (I even wore a few styles myself haha)

What makes this style a bit different this time is the hair/extensions being used. Back in the day we used that curly, plastic type of hair, but today we are getting creative. Different types of Marley hair and even some straight extensions are being used.

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This is a great protective style for the cooler months and I have spotted a few YouTube videos on how to install your own.

Here are a few of my favorites:

natural hair crochet styles

easy crochet styles

crochet styles

You've got to admit...these are creative right?!

While you most likely won't see me doing a crochet hair tutorial, I definitely would go to a shop and get this done. Does anyone have any idea about pricing? I'm afraid to ask haha.

Would you wear these styles? Give me your thoughts!

Where have I been?

Hey Curlies,

Where have I been?? I know right! I apologize for my absence but last week was one of the busiest work weeks I've had in a very very long time. This weekend I decided to catch up on some much needed rest.

Just a heads up I will be washing my hair tomorrow and updating you all on my wash day. For the last week I've been wearing my hair in a bun.

Well a messy bun haha.

I have wonderful surprises and topics in store for you all this week!

Be back soon!

ClassyCurly Profile: Clarissa

Name: Clarissa
Social Media Names:  itsdearclaire

How long have you been natural?:    
 I’ve been natural for five years now!

Why did you go natural?:        
I went natural in 2009 just to see what my curl pattern would look like. I never saw my natural curl pattern. Can you believe that? I was brain washed to believe that if I saw any new growth it was time for a perm.

A short regimen you can share:         
My regimen changes according to the season. If its winter I implement different products in my regimen because of the hair weather.

I wash every two-three weeks and co-wash every other week in the summer. I try my best to do either a protein treatment or hot oil treatment once a month. I use Shea butter and castor oil on all of my twist outs in the winter. It’s a great sealer for my ends.

What are some of your favorite products?:    
My favorite product is Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Condition. It leaves my hair feeling so silky and soft. I always use this product in the summer for my wash and go.
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treatment- a tongue twister! Lol
It removes oil, dirt and helps retain moisture! The smell of peppermint and eucalyptus oil in this product is amazing.
Castor Oil - My hair can get dry during the winter months. Castor Oil has been by go-to moisturizing product! Its thick and it locks in moisture.
Shea Butter - Shea Butter is like gold to my hair. If I want a luscious curl definition, I use Shea butter. 

What are some of your favorite styles?:         
My go to style is a gorgeous twist out!! I love twist outs! This is the one style that I can maintain for two weeks.
But I do have to say I love the versatility of natural hair! So far I've done faux locs, crochet braids and even hair shadowing. I love protective styling and being able to switch up my hair style every now and then.

What is one piece of advice that all women should have (pertaining to confidence)?:         
Never compare your hair type to someone else. Love your natural curl pattern and embrace what God has given you!!
“If you love it, it will GROW.” What works best for someone’s hair may not work best for yours- It’s all about finding out what works best FOR YOU.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:    

 My favorite thing about being a natural is being able to start a conversation about hair with people outside of my race. A lot of non-African Americans are curious about our hair. The lease thing i like about being natural is not being able to do wash and gos in the winter lol which is understandable.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:    
Some of my favorite YouTube channels are Fusions of Culture and Naptural89

Do you have any advice on going natural?:  
Make sure you keep a picture journal of your natural hair journey. Whenever you are discouraged about your hair growth or the tense journey you can always look back and see how far you've come!

Natural Hair: 70s' Inspired Updo Revisited

Hey Curlies,

In my last post I mentioned recreating my 70s'inspired updo. The first time I created this style was almost two years ago and wow has my hair grown since then! The style actually looks slightly different because of it.

70's inspired updo

Want to get this look? The directions are below.

I began washing, conditioning and blow drying my hair. You can read about this process here. NOTE: I did not do this style on freshly washed hair but it can be done.

Products/tools used: L.A.C.E.'s Supreme Herbal Butter, hair ties, rat tooth comb, bobby pins

Directions: Photos coordinate with directions read left to right, top to bottom
1. Begin with stretched hair.
2. Starting from the back, create a part beginning at the top of your ears. A super straight part isn't necessary.
3. Create a bun by attempting to secure the hair into a pony tail but only pulling half way through. Secure remaining hair with bobby pins.
4. Create another section above the first and repeat step 3.
5. There should now be two stacked buns.
6. Split the remaining top section of hair into three. One big section in the middle and two smaller ones on the sides.
7. Beginning at the ends of hair, twist the entire section until it can't be twisted any longer and pin the ends down. Pin any remaining loose hair down.
8. Gather the remaining two sections together and repeat step 3.
9. Enjoy your new style! Favorite Health Books,Eating Clean & Quote

Hey Curlies,

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season because I know I am! I can't wait to put up the Christmas tree and decorate. Anyway outside of trying to soak up the holiday cheer, I've been really into improving my health. I've always been labeled as a "health freak" by my dad haha, but I've been putting in a lot more effort into staying healthy.

My health kick...

Its weird, I get a kick out of buying fresh fruits and vegetables then finding some cool recipe to try. I know, weird haha. Along with my many trips to my local Kroger and Fresh Thyme Farmer's Market, I also have been reading a lot on different health topics.

The first book I read was called "The Energy Bus" by Jon Gordon and it was fantastic! Actually, I picked up the book by accident at the library and decided to check it out anyway. It ended up becoming my favorite book out of all of my choices. It talks about staying positive and motivating others by transmitting your own positive thinking/actions to others. Bottom line: it is a great book.

I also read another called the "The Self Health Revolution" by J. Michael Zenn and this is one of those eye opening reads. I literally learned so much about the food and pharmaceutical industries. Doesn't seem like they go together right? I thought so too until I came across this book.

Life of a journalist...


In addition to reading, I wrote an article a few weeks ago about how a woman overcame infertility by completely eating clean and mindset. It was crazy. For the full story, click here.

Other than that, I've just been working in the newsroom. Check out a few of my other articles here, here and here. I work at an African-American newspaper if you were wondering why all of the articles are centered around African-Americans.

I leave you with this...

I recently heard Vivica Fox say during an interview with Oprah that we (society) miss out on life often. We are so busy trying to climb the ladder to the top that we forget to look around, absorb and appreciate our surroundings. She said many of her big career moments are a blur because she didn't take the time to appreciate the small things.

I thought that was pretty interesting!