Sunday, January 31, 2016

Beauty & Fashion: Rent Designer Jewelry with Rocksbox

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to stop by and show you all this month's Rocksbox. If you aren't familiar with this box, its a monthly kit where you are able to rent designer jewelry. If you're like me, a person who likes a little variety, this kit can be shipped back to the company once you're done and ready to swap your jewelry out for new pieces.

If you're interested in purchasing, use my personal discount code: classycurliesxoxo

rocksbox



rent jewelry online

designer jewelry

I absolutely love, love the necklace and I can't wait to wear it. I also really like the ring. It's very simple and definitely matches my "contemporary" style.



Use my promo code above if interested in purchasing your own Rocksbox.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Indianapolis Natural Hair Group 2016 Meetup

Hey Curlies,

How's your weekend going? I hope well! I wanted to let you all know about the last natural hair event I have planned for this upcoming Saturday, Feb. 6. If you're in the Indianapolis area, I would love to see you attend Indy's ClassyCurlies 2016 Meet & Greet.


This is a very informal event where I will get a chance to interact with naturals in the city as well as update everyone on the great plans/events I have for the group the rest of the year. If you are interested in being a part of the group's leadership team, this is also where information will be distributed.

I hope to see you all there, and as always, please let me know if you have any questions.

To join the group or RSVP, visit Meetup.com/IndysClassyCurlies.



Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Indy's ClassyCurlies: Indiana's Largest Natural Hair Group

Hey Curlies,

I want to introduce you all to my local natural hair group, Indy's ClassyCurlies. A group for women in the Indianapolis area looking to embrace their natural hair.

Indianapolis natural hair group


This is a group for women who are interesting in embracing their natural hair texture. As a member of this free group, monthly events will take place during the year, which you will be invited to attend to help make your journey to natural hair easier. Overall I want each group member to feel comfortable in their own skin.

Types of events to look forward to:

Natural Hair 101 Brunch
Networking events
Curls & Canvas
International Natural Hair Meetup Day (INHMD)
Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Show
Hair chats, webinars
Product demonstrations

and more! Join here: meetup.com/IndysClassyCurlies

This is something I'm really, really excited about and I already have two events scheduled!


Sunday, January 24, 2016

Shea Moisture Giveaway Winners

Hey Curlies,

I'm here to announce the two winners of the Shea Moisture giveaway. Each winner will receive one Shea Moisture hair product as well as one body product.

The winners are:

Gail Gartin and Alesha Zeigler! Ladies please contact editor@classycurlies.com to claim your prize within 48 hours!

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Thank you to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for the next giveaway.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Large Satin Bonnet for Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

Remember that large satin bonnet I mentioned in December? Tons of people were asking about it and today I have a formal review.

large natural hair bonnet


Check out my video of how I used this bonnet to maintain my natural hair.



For more information, visit Angel Bonnets.


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Shea Moisture Superfruit Complex Giveaway

Hey Curlies,

All this week I'll be posting a few product reviews with one of them being Shea Moisture's Superfruit Complex Hair Masque. I wanted to give you all an opportunity to win a few products from this line to try for your very own. I will choose two winners who will receive two products each.


This giveaway will run from Monday, January 18-Friday, January 22.

To enter, you must do one of the following:
Hint: Those who subscribe to the mailing list have a better chance at winning.


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Good Luck!


Natural Hair Styles of the Week

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to show you all the hairstyles I've worn this week.

These last few days have been crazy! In the middle of trying to keep myself healthy and sane, I helped my job put on an annual event with over 500 people. It turned out amazing! Beside all of that, I had to look nice for the event itself.

I transitioned from this style last week...



To numerous chunky twists worn in a bun for much of the week. The style looked similar to this:


On Thursday I untwisted to allow my hair a chance to "grow" before Friday's big event.



By Friday my hair was HUGE!




What style(s) did you wear this week?



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Indianapolis Natural Hair Group

Hey Curlies,

I have some GREAT news for you! Especially those of you who reside in Indianapolis. I've been named the new leader of the largest natural hair group in Indiana. The group's name is Naturalistas in Nap but by Feb. 1 will be renamed – Indy's ClassyCurlies.

Indianapolis natural hair


I'm so excited to take over a group with literally hundreds of women interested in natural hair and beauty care. I will be planning lots of events this year and already have one on the calendar.

I'm inviting all of those interested in natural hair located in the Indianapolis area to come out and learn about the group, some of the events I have planned for the year and how to become a volunteer.

Become a member of the group for free: meetup.com/IndysClassyCurlies



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Product Review: Bask & Bloom Nourishing Amazon Hair & Body Butter

Hey Curlies,

How's your week going? I hope well. I just wanted to update you all on a few things before I get to today's post. I will have two big announcements coming soon. One very soon, hopefully within the next few hours and another hopefully within the next week or so. I will also have the hair styles of the week coming up soon.

Now on to today's product review...


I reviewed most of the new Bask & Bloom hair care line a couple of months ago but I didn't get a chance to go into detail about one of my favs, the Nourishing Amazon Hair & Body Butter. Well...since that time I've ordered this product not once but twice! One for my mother who tried my trial size and LOVED IT and another for the latest giveaway winner.

One thing I love about this product are the ingredients. Its made with ingredients you can pronounce and understand –no chemicals. Following are the exact ingredients listed on the website.

Cupuacu Butter, Unrefined Mango Butter, Murumuru Butter, Unrefined Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Aloe Vera Oil, Avocado Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Vitamin E and Fragrance.
Can't get any better than that, right?

Another thing I like about this product is that it can be used for both hair and skin and I've certainly used them for both. The product goes on really smooth and has a cake icing-like texture.It literally begins to melt on your skin the moment of contact. The product also comes in a variety of scents such as the Fruity Blend, the Botanical Blend, Dessert Blend, Bamboo & Teak (for men), Sandalwood Supreme (for men), and Green Tea & White Pear (unisex).

I been using the Fruity Blend and absolutely love the smell!

This product is perfect for the winter months when we long for hot showers, which later dry out our skin and cause irritation.

Overall I give this product 5 stars and I will continue supporting this business. For more information on Bask & Bloom, visit BaskandBloomEssentials.com.

More product reviews coming up:
-Shea Moisture's Superfruit Complex Hair Masque
-Angel's Bonnets review


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Natural Hair Styles of the Week

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to stop by quickly to show some of the hair styles I've worn this week. Maybe they can give you some ideas!

braidout on natural hair
Braidout on stretched hair

natural hair updo
Crisscrossed bun

natural hair protective style

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This weekend I plan on putting in some twists to wear for a few days next week. I'll have details soon.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Meet the First Black Woman to hold a Patent for a Natural Hair Product

Hey Curlies,

A couple of week's ago I did a sneak peek post about my interview with Gwen Jimmere, CEO of NATURALICIOUS and the first Black woman to hold a patent for a natural hair product.

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Let me tell you...

It's so terrible how our community (yes, the Black community) can't accept good news when it come from our own people. You would think we would be happy for others when they continue to make strives of progression, but there will always be negative affiliations. I wrote this story about three weeks ago when it appeared in the Indianapolis Recorder and you wouldn't believe the comments....

"the first woman is Madame CJ Walker right?" "Can I see the patent?" "What's the patent number?"

It's sickening and those people need to do some research. Anyway, to end on a positive note before I post the story, I had a great time with Gwen. She was very sweet and personable. It was a pleasure meeting her and hearing her story.

Following is the Q&A with Gwen:


In the early 1900s, Sarah BreedLove, also known as Madame CJ Walker, emerged as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and most of all, the first female self-made millionaire in America, by creating and selling The Walker System, a line of hair care products.
In this day and age, a new historic accomplishment has been made as Gwen Jimmere, CEO and founder of NATURALICIOUS, has become the first woman to hold a patent for a natural hair product. Jimmere’s four-step hair care system that takes the place of 13 products has been mentioned in publication such as The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and Black Enterprise. The line of products is specifically made for those who have embraced their curly mane and are looking to cut down on the amount of time it takes to wash, condition and style their hair. 
I recently spoke with Jimmere during her visit to Indianapolis to tour the historic Madame Walker Theatre Center about her accomplishment and how the products work together.
   You’re the first Black woman to hold a patent on a product made for natural hair, which must be exciting. How did you get the initial idea to create a line of hair care products?
Jimmere: I was pregnant at the time and decided to go natural after I saw “Good Hair.” The last thing I wanted was for all of those chemicals to go inside of my body. I initially set out to go natural for just the nine months, but my hair started getting stronger and longer, and for the first time, I liked my hair, so I decided to stick with it. I would go to the store to look for natural hair products, but at that time those that said they were natural were not, so I began making products at home. 
Essentially, this all started from your kitchen?
Yes, I grew up in a household where if you don’t have it, you made it, so I had some concoctions going and it was great. But once (my son) was born, I was taking anywhere from three to four hours to do my hair, like a lot of us do. I asked myself, “as a parent, who has this much time to dedicate to their hair?” I couldn’t believe there weren’t any products out there to help cut down on the time, so I set out to create one. But I still wanted the health benefits, so there are no sulfates, parabens, mineral oil or any of that stuff. 
At what point did NATURALICIOUS become a full-fledged business?
It wasn’t until 2013 that I was laid off from my job (as global digital marketing manager at Ford Motor Company) and decided to do something with my hobby. The problem was, I was in the middle of a divorce. I didn’t have a plan B, the only thing I had was my hair care line. There was a Whole Foods opening in Detroit, and I didn’t have time to be afraid or doubt myself, so I went in to see if they would be interested in carrying my product. 
Is it true someone at the White House used your products?
I got a call from President Obama’s administration asking if I would want to put my products in the Inaugural Ball gift bags for the second ceremony. At that time, I wasn’t in any stores and I didn’t have really any sales outside of family and friends, so that was a huge jump in credibility, especially since I was still making products out of my kitchen (laughs). When I got the call I was at work and luckily I had an office where I could shut the door. They called my cellphone and said it was someone from the White House, and I thought it was a joke but it wasn’t. It was very surreal, and I felt like God was blessing me for what was to come. Being in the gift bag I'm sure is what gave me credibility to get into Whole Foods. It was a great experience; I got to go to the ball and see everyone carrying the bag with my product in it. 
At what point did you decide to apply for a patent?
My mother was really the driving force in me getting the patent, because she isn’t the type who will cosign on everything I do. She will tell me, “Gwen, I think you should try something else,” but when my mom fell in love with the product and actually went in to the stores to buy it instead of asking for it for free, I knew I had something. Lovingly, she’s my worst critic. After having the conversation with her several times about obtaining a patent, I thought about it but I didn’t think it was possible to get a patent on a hair product. What really got me interested was when my mom said, “What are you going to do when L’Oreal comes along, takes your idea and you’re at home twiddling your thumbs upset?”
The patent was issued August of this year, but I applied 15 months prior. I didn’t use an attorney and in doing so it helped me learn patent law. I spent about six to eight months researching and learning. 
Outside of being the sole owner of your NATURALICIOUS product, what have you found to be the other benefits of holding a patent?
It helps to build generational wealth and it gives you great leverage as a business owner. A lot of times as Black people, we always tell one another to not sell their companies because it’s “selling out,” but what people fail to realize is, wealth can be intellectual property. If someone was interested in buying NATURALICIOUS, I could still obtain rights to the patent, which is continuous, and they still pay royalty or I don't have to sell the company or patent, but I can license my formula. If I ever did sell, I could sell the company for one price and the patent for a whole new price. 
Have you been compared to Madame Walker at all?
Yes. Since the news has been out I’ve been compared a lot to Madame CJ Walker. At first people tried to make it more of a competition, but Madame CJ Walker has always been an inspiration to me, so I stand on a shoulders of a giant. There isn’t a competition at all. I didn’t set out to be the first (to gain a patent on a natural hair product), it just happened and I’m very honored. 
How dedicated is NATURALICIOUSto delivering high-quality ingredients?
We only work with companies that are fair trade, especially when it comes to our Shea butter and Rhassoul Clay. As a woman and mother, it’s important that these women sourcing these product, that their children have safe childcare, they’re not working in hazardous environments and they aren’t overworked and underpaid. Some of our products are organic and all are safe to use on your skin. 
What’s it like to own a hair care line in today’s society?
It’s exciting, it’s fun and challenging, but I wouldn’t trade it at all. It’s a good and not so good time to have a hair care company. It’s good because there is a high interest and awareness that natural hair product are available, but the market is oversaturated, and what bothers me the most is, most products aren’t owned by the people who use them, and companies market the products to make it seem as if they are. They push agendas that don’t pertain to our hair. People are confused about how to care for their hair. People don’t know that the only thing regulated on the front of the label is the size. It could say natural, healthy, organic … they can say anything but certified organic. They need to turn over the product and read the ingredients, and that’s where my advantage is; I know quality ingredients.
Gwen Jimmere

Jimmere explains how the NATURALICIOUSsystem works
“It’s a four-step system and it does the work of 13 hair products. The Moroccan Rhassoul 5-in-1 Clay Treatment is the one with the patent and really kicks off the entire line as step one. It does the work of a cleanser, conditioner, deep conditioner, leave-in conditioner and detangler all in one. It’s made from Rhassoul Clay, and that’s really what we’re known for. Step two is the Moisture Infusion Moisture Styling Creme. If you want to do a wash-and-go, you’d wash with step one and put step two on and that’s all. You can do a blow out, flat iron or flat twist with this product. Step three is the Divine Shine Moisture Lock & Frizz Fighter; it adds shine to your hair without greasy buildup and eliminates tiny knots. All of the products do multiple things. Wash day is products one, two and three. Step four is your refresher, the Heavenly Hydration Rejuvenating Mist. You use this throughout the week to re-moisturize your hair. It’s designed to be a really simple system. The entire system saves over 80 percent of time you spend and over 60 percent you would normally spend.”

Learn more about NATURALICIOUS
Website: naturalicious.net


Monday, January 4, 2016

ClassyCurly Motivation: Strive Toward Progression

Hey Curlies,

This week's ClassyCurly Motivation (motivation Monday) is centered upon progression.


There are many times we all feel hurt, broken and used but this doesn't mean there isn't light at the end of our tunnel. Although you may feel hurt and "broken," you still are a human being and still have tremendous value. Remember your worth and showcase it. Whether you feel as if that hurt was a result of your actions or not, each day is a new opportunity to grow and progress.

Have a great week!


Sunday, January 3, 2016

ClassyCurlies.com: 2016 Focus

Hey Curlies,

I hope you all are off to a great start this year by planning ahead, opening yourself up to opportunities and sharpening your talents. I wanted to take a few moments to address the 2016 focus of ClassyCurlies.com. For the last five years this blog has concentrated a great deal on my natural hair journey, hair care tips, self motivation and improvement. While I believe all of these are beneficial, I've decided to switch up a few things...

If you haven't notice, the banner was updated.

The items mentioned previously will remain but ClassyCurlies.com will also focus on self care through healthy living (I know this seems broad) and some aspects of my personal life as well.

Earlier this year I asked you all what type of information would you all be interested in reading and along with natural hair care, many people wanted to learn more about how to become more healthier all around. You all also wanted to learn more about myself outside of the hair care sector (career development, everyday items, etc.).

In short, ClassyCurlies.com's 2016 goals are to:

  • Advise on how to care and obtain healthy hair
  • Respond to the demand of self care by motivational posts and holistic living advice
  • Sneak in some career development and random personal moments
I am so excited about what 2016 has to offer. When I say, "excited," I truly mean it. I have a great feeling about this year.

Just a few hints of what's in the works for this year, I will be hosting my own radio show very soon. Details are in the works and will come soon. I also will be hosting a variety of natural hair events (yes, Curls and Canvas is on that list!) Please stay tuned for great content, a healthy dose of support/motivation, giveaways and more!

In 2015 ClassyCurlies.com made some great strives toward success:

Thank you so much to all of those who read this blog! From those who have been rocking with me since 2010 to those who just began reading in 2016. Thank you!


For frequent updates, follow me on social media: @ClassyCurlies on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


Friday, January 1, 2016

Top Natural Hair Topics of 2015

Hey Curlies,

Happy New Year! The year of 2015 has been a great one and I know 2016 will be one to record in the books as well! As I do each year, I wanted to highlight some of 2015's most popular natural hair topics on ClassyCurlies.com. New to this year, I will also highlight some of my favorite products of the year  in my next post.


Let's get to it!

Topics you loved in 2015: Click each photo for details