Sunday, November 30, 2014

Natural Hair: Twistout on Blown-Out Hair

Hey Curlies,

Last week I washed, deep conditioned and blow dried my hair for big chunky twists and a blown out twistout. I blow dried my hair using the tension method and twisted with L.A.C.E.'s Supreme Herbal Butter then treated my scalp with Africa's Best Herbal Oil.

I wore the twists for six days. I'm not really sure what I did differently, but I loved the twists. They were the perfect size.

chunky twists on blown out hair

chunky two strand twists





Here was my twistout:

Twistout on blown out hair



Twistout on blown out hair


Twistout on blown out hair

Twistout on blown out hair


Recreating my 70s' inspired updo tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Natural Hair Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales 2014

Hey Curlies,

I've got the ultimate Natural Hair Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale list! I will be adding more as I come across them. Also, if your business is having a sale please email me the details at ClassyCurlies@gmail.com.

*Check back for updates*


















Tuesday, November 25, 2014

ClassyCurly Motivation: Be Bold

Hey Curlies,

I've always been a quote person. Not sure why but they inspire me, help me reflect on life and can sometimes describe my current state exactly. Bottom line, I think they're pretty cool. I ran across this quote the other day and loved it. Be bold.

Pinterest.com
The other day I came across the meaning behind my zodiac sign. While the conversation of astrology is one I personally do not take seriously and occasional enjoy as pure entertainment, my sign, the Capricorn described me perfectly.
I'm a workaholic (I'm literally writing this post after working 12 hours in the newsroom) and the conversation of complacency emerged yesterday. When achieving big goals, there is no room to be complacent and this quote describes that while intertwining, bravery and confidence.
It's great to reflect on where you are and where you want to see yourself in five or ten years, but its even better to create a plan to get there and be brave enough to achieve those goals.

Don't worry, I'm taking my own advice as well!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Natural Hair Talk: Do High-Priced Hair Products Work?

Hey Curlies,

I am fully aware that the natural hair industry is climbing the ladder and of course all of the beauty companies want a piece, but some of these prices are out of hand. Do you agree? I am all for paying a higher price for high quality products, no problem. But when companies try to insult our intelligence by charging $50 for a bottle of mineral oil and harmful chemicals, it's like really?
One of the reasons I have this blog is to be honest about this industry and share our thoughts. With that being said...

Here are a few of the most expensive/high-priced hair brands I've come across:


eco18.com
Kinky Curly: $12-$21
While this brand is a little more pricey, I highly recommend trying this line! It took me a while to purchase the line because of the price tag, but it is definitely worth it. It is also made with fantastic ingredients.

Miss Jessie's: $22-$58
While I've only tried a sample size of the Quick Curls product, I honestly could not discover the hype. What are your thoughts?

Carol's Daughter: $12-$32
While this product line was just recently sold to L'Oreal, it has been around for years and is actually one of the first brands I remember coming across being marketed for "natural hair." While it was one of the first, I again, haven't tried any of there products due to price but mostly the ingredients. What are your thoughts?

Why do these products cost so much? What are your thoughts? Do you use any of these brands and how have they worked for you? Share, share!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Natural Hair: 6 Natural Hair Products Under $10

Hey Curlies,

I've got 6 Natural Hair Products Under $10. I constantly hear people say "Being natural is so expensive" and my response is "It's only expensive if you make it." If I do not take into account my product junkie phase, I have actually saved money wearing my hair in its natural state. I used to spend about $100 a month on my hair by spending many Saturdays in the salon every two weeks. Today I spend at the most $10-$20 and that's a month where I am splurging. Many months I don't spend any money.

cheap natural hair products

My point is to say, there are some really great products for curly hair that are inexpensive.It also depends on where you shop. While Sally's Beauty Supply and Target may add a few more dollars to prices, places such as Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Ulta have pretty decent prices. The latter two can be expensive but they also have sales often. Here are some of my favorite inexpensive natural hair products:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

ClassyCurly Profile: Gillian



Name: Gillian
Social Media Names:  Twitter.com/washandgohair, Instagram.com/washandgohair, Pinterest.com/washandgohair
Hair Type:       Multi-texture: Mix of kinky, curly, and coily
URL:     washandgohair.com


How long have you been natural?:    
My last relaxer was in the fall of 1999. I big chopped in the spring of 2000.

Why did you go natural?:        
 I honestly don't remember what made me decide to go natural, but when I did, I fell in love with my hair.

A short regimen you can share:         
I strictly wash and go. I cleanse once per week and co-wash 2-3 times a week. I use LOADS of conditioner to finger detangle. After I rinse out the conditioner I rake and smooth a leave-in conditioner and gel through 5 sections. I usually allow my hair to air dry.

What are some of your favorite products?:    
Kinky Curly Knot Today and Curling Custard. I've switched up my cleansers and conditioners, but those 2 products are my staple.

What are some of your favorite styles?:        
 I keep it fairly simple. I usually wear my wash and go out, but sometimes I'll push my hair into an afro puff or pin it up into an asymmetrical updo.

What is your most favorite and least thing about being natural?:    
Most favorite: Shrinkage. Least favorite: Shrinkage. Because my hair is fine and somewhat on the thin side, being natural makes my hair appear to be thicker than it really is. For this reason, I embrace shrinkage. But when I want stretched hair, shrinkage sometimes wins, especially in extreme humidity. 

What is one piece of advice that all women should have(pertaining to confidence)?:          
We all have something special about us. Own it, and work it.

What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:    
My favorite vloggers are Rachael CPR and AketaFitGirl. As someone who primarily wears wash and gos I like to follow people with similar regimens and see what tweaks they make and products they use.

Do you have any advice on going natural?:   
Start with learning to master the wash and go, then move on to learning the next style. When you get overwhelmed, remember that the key to healthy natural hair is hydration. Water and conditioner are your friends. Those 2 things are really all you need for fabulous natural hair.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Natural Hair: Hair Update

Hey Curlies,

I haven't been posting as much about my own hair because I've been wearing it in the same style for the last two weeks. Wearing my hair in twists is easier to maintain during the week and makes is a great style for wearing hats and earmuffs during this cold weather.

To see how I achieved this look, click here:




Monday, November 10, 2014

ClassyCurlies.com: How to Navigate this Site

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to give you all a quick way to navigate this site. Since I've been adding content to this blog for almost four years, there is tons of content you probably never even seen! However, there is a quick way to find everything.

Of course there is the menu/navigation bar above. Those pages pretty much stay the same except for every few weeks when I decide to add new content. Never less, they are important and have great content for newly naturals, about myself, contact info and so forth.

Your main source for getting content will be my latest posts, which are posted in the middle of the site (The section you're reading right now). I post a new topic about every two to three days.

The easiest way to find older posts is by using the "Blog Archive" section in the right hand column. This can be found under the "Follow me on Pinterest" icon (keep scrolling down if you don't see it). Here you can find posts by year and month.

There is tons of content on here that I don't want you all to miss out on! So take some time to look back, I'm sure you'll find something helpful.


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Natural Hair: Updated Wash Routine

Hey Curlies,
After washing and conditioning
My wash routine has updated a little over the past few years. I've tried different things to discover what truly is easiest for me and what works best for my hair. In a previous post, many years ago, I spoke about washing my hair in sections, however that wasn't the best for me.

I don't want you all to get this post confused with my hair regimen/wash day routine which involves styling as well. This is simply the "wash" section.

Updates:

I now wash my hair in the shower 98 percent of the time, which is actually better for you hair (find out why here) and I do not wash in sections. I will usually do a light detangle with conditioner before I hop in the shower and proceed to wash my hair in its loose state.

I found that washing in sections is too much work and it takes longer to achieve similar results. Washing in sections may work for many people, but I'm not one of them lol.
Deep conditioning
After washing and rinsing out the conditioner, I secure my hair in a bun either at the top of my head or into a low bun then wrap my hair in a towel or t-shirt to dry for 30 minutes.Then I proceed to style.

I hope that makes sense! For my full regimen and more tips on washing, click here.