Self Care: Make Yourself a Priority

Hey Curlies,

How often do you dedicate or find time to yourself? Kids have school events, spouses need time too and your job...let's not even go there.

Seriously...think about this. When was the last time you gave yourself a little TLC?

**Moment of transparency**

Self care is so important and the older I get, the more I learn of its significance. A few months ago I was in a completely different headspace. I knew I wanted to do something new and I knew where I was, wasn't going to help me achieve that, so naturally, I was frustrated.
importance of self care

I had major anxiety about my next steps and surrounding all of that were long lists of items I wanted to achieve both professionally and personally. I couldn't stop thinking about when I was going to find the time to check off those goals on my list and what I could do to get there. It was overwhelming.

I was searching for ways to combat this random, constant anxiety I was having, which was weird because I'm naturally a very calm I knew something was wrong. I found two things to help my stress levels: learning something new paired with yoga.

I've always been a healthy eater, but the learning curve happened when I began researching more clean and plant-based eating techniques. I instantly became more energized and my mind cleared up...a lot.

Yoga was a lifesaver...seriously. I had never done yoga in the past but I've always wanted to try some form of meditation, especially since the field I work in is constantly "connected." I simply hopped on YouTube and my introduction to Yoga began. I learned by simply disconnecting myself from the world for 20 minutes completely changed my mood!

So long story short...

Take care of yourself. If that means disconnecting from technology, getting lost in the pages of a good book, outlining goals and how to achieve them step-by-step, visiting a therapist or simply talking to someone. Make sure you are getting enough sleep. Simply...take care of yourself...make yourself a deserve it!

Product Review: Honey Pot Feminine Wash

Hey Curlies,

I've got a product review for you and it's not a hair product but if you're a're going to want to keep reading. The product I'm reviewing is a feminine wash called Honey Pot. I've been using it for a few months and wanted to share with you all some of my experiences. See video below:

Honey pot wash review

Purchase your products HERE.

Drop a Natural Hair Selfie: Round 2

Hey Curlies,

It's time for another round of "Drop a Natural Hair Selfie!" This round will take place all day Friday, Aug. 5. The purpose of this is for you all to show off your confidence. To see photos from the last round, click here.

natural hair selfie

Simply take a photo of yourself and upload it to the event page here.

I will be posting some of those uploaded Friday evening.

Again, can't wait to see your selfies!

Natural Hair: Dealing with Heat Damage

Hey Curlies,

Lately I've had a lot of people ask me about heat damage and how to reverse it. I want to first start off my saying that heat damage is not reversible, but their are some things you can do to help bring your curls back to life. For those that do not know what heat damage is, it is when your hair has been over processed with heat.
  • Healthy hair burns at 451 degrees F
  • Water begins to leave the hair at around 122-248 degrees F
  • Hair proteins begin to break at 311 degrees 
heat damage on natural hairYou have to be sure that when using heat styling tools, that you are in control. Meaning that the tool has a temperature reading scale, not just "low, medium and high." You also want to make sure you have a quality tool. Those tools that are made with poor quality will reflect on your hair's appearance. 

Using too much heat, such as blow drying, flat ironing etc., causes the hair to become permanently straight. Instead of your hair curling when it is wet, it will stay in a straight state. Their are a few ways to help deal with this, and depending on your level of damage, there are different things that you can do.

These solutions are listed from the lowest level of damage to extreme damage.

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Lowest Level:

Once you notice damage, stop using heat all together or minimize it. So instead of using a hand-held blow dryer and following up with the flat iron, try roller setting your hair and sitting under a hooded dryer for a more sleek look. Always use a heat protectant. I will list a few at the bottom of this post. 

You may notice that a few of your strands may not revert back to its curly state.   
Meaning that you will have a few straight ends. To fix this, wash and condition your hair as you normally would, but now an extra step needs to be added. Find a deep conditioner that you can use.

You can almost use any conditioner as a deep treatment. You can even mix your conditioner with olive oil and honey. For example, I use TRESemme Naturals along with a shower cap for about a couple of hours. Apply a generous amount of conditioner to your hair and cover it with a plastic cap for as much time as you have. Rinse with cool water to seal in the moisture. This may take a few washes and deep conditionings to notice any changes depending on your hair.

RELATED | 6 Signs of Damaged Hair

Next Level

If this technique doesn't work, a protein treatment is needed. I recommend Aphogee's Protein Treatment. Please follow the instructions on the bottle. This is very important! I've used this protein treatment in the past and it helped me deal with breakage but also helps keep the curl form. You can buy this product from Sally's (which is very expensive) or your local beauty supply store. You must follow up with their balancing moisturizer. Please don't skip this step. I should warn you that this product is very sticky and messy, but it works wonders.

Like I said in the beginning, heat damage is not totally reversible. The only real way to get rid of it is to cut off the damage. As time goes on, your hair's natural texture will grow in. I know that is the last thing you want to hear. If it is only a small section, you could possible just try to make it blend in with the rest.

Lists of heat protectants:

Shani Crowe's 'Braids' Exhibit is Awesome

Hey Curlies,

Random thought: I really love reading the Huffington Post's Black Voices page. They always have interesting stories and blogs to keep me up to date on what's going on in the community. The other day I ran into an article about a exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in New York titled, "Braids" created by Chicago-based artist Shani Crowe.

"Braids" created by Chicago-based artist Shani Crowe
Via Instagram

The photo exhibit is awesome! Check it out below.

Even the behind the scenes photos are awesome!

Just a Little Faith

Hey Curlies,

I got a new job! Previously I spoke about my position as newsroom manager at a historic African-American newspaper in Indianapolis, but now I am the digital content producer for RTV6, Indy's ABC affiliate news station.

I'm excited to get started and gain some new skills. In fact, I start tomorrow so I'm sure I'll be super busy!

Just as a quick message to all of you, be patient, have faith and learn to take a leap of faith. Following is an Instagram post I discovered several years ago and it has helped me along my way. I hope it will do the same for you.

Natural Hair: Big Twistout

Hey Curlies,

I wanted to show you all the results of my twistout from using the African threading method.

The heat index has been over 100 degrees and the humidity has been off the charts, so I knew my twistout wouldn't last that long.

To see how I created my twists, click here.

This was my hair two seconds after I walked out of my house and got into the car.

african threading twistout

As I was driving to work, with the windows down (I was asking for trouble...right? lol) my hair got bigger and bigger.

By noon my hair looked like the photos below.

big twistout

I didn't get a chance to snap a picture before bed as I got right on the road to go out of town, but my hair was a full fro! No definition, just fro.

My friend was kind enough to flat twist my hair with some coconut oil for the next day.

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Stretching your Natural Hair Using African Threading

Hey Curlies,

I'm here really quick to show you the results of how I stretched my hair using African threading. To see how it's done, click here for part one and part two.

african threading on natural hair

I left the thread in overnight but in total, it stayed in about 12 hours. I began on damp hair.

The slight wave pattern you see in the photo above is from wearing two large two-strand twists. I took the thread out in the morning before going to work and needed to do something with my hair, so I wore it like this.

That evening I used Urbanaire Gypsy's Pomade to create jumbo twists (took about 30 minutes). I've been wearing those in a "wrapped" style for the past two days.

A photo posted by Victoria T. Davis (@classycurlies) on

Again, if you missed part one and part two, they are available.

Stretching My Natural Hair: Part 2

Hey Curlies,

I'm back with part two of the "Stretching my Natural Hair" series. If you missed part one, you can find it here.

Yesterday I washed my hair using Urbanaire Gypsy's Cray Cray Clay Co-Wash then proceeded to stretch my hair.

In my past post I talked about the banding method, but this time I used another similar method called African Threading. This uses thread wrapped around the length of the hair in order to keep it in a stretched state.

I purchased my crochet thread from Walmart but many people use weaving thread found at your local beauty supply store.

Because my hair is so long, I only created four sections but some people with shorter hair make smaller sections.

I applied Urbanaire Gypsy's Namaste' Natural Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner to each section, detangled then proceeded to thread.

Here was the finished result:

African threading on natural hair

African threading

I finished threading in about 50 minutes and I started around 4:30 p.m. I wanted to leave enough time for my hair to dry overnight.

Stay tuned for my threading results tomorrow!

Stretching my Natural Hair: Part 1

Hey Curlies,

I teased the photo below on social media of my hair in a stretched state and I've gotten lots of questions about exactly how I've been keeping my hair stretched.

Click here for part 2.

Stretched natural hair

This is a very old twistout from earlier this week. I used two products from Urbanaire Gypsy to create my twists and let them dry overnight. Here were my results:

urbanaire gypsy

While wearing the twistout I continued to stretch my hair overnight by using the banding method. This uses several elastic hair ties on the length of your hair in order to allow the hair to stretch out.

For this style I simply put my hair into a ponytail, then banded the rest of the hair. I tied a scarf on my edges and went to bed.

Banding natural hair

So this is how I've been wearing my hair for the past couple of days:

stretching natural hair

This is just part one! I'll be back later this week with another way to stretch your natural hair. Stay tuned!

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Join Our Natural Hair & Fashion Pinterest Party!

Hey Curlies,

This evening at 8 p.m. I am holding a Pinterest Party with Emily Wasonga, the owner of a boutique here in the Indianapolis area called Love's Hangover. This party will involve natural hair, fashion and much more.
 Love's hangover and classycurlies

So how does it work?

We invite you to follow both of us on Pinterest (@ClassyCurlies and @LHO Creations) and pin with us. We both will pin one another's items from select boards and we ask you to join us and do the never know what you'll find!

See ya on Pinterest!

Should Student Cosmetologists Learn to Style Natural Hair?

Hey Curlies,

A couple of weeks ago while completing some research for a news story I was working on for my job, I ran across a news article from a local Tennessee outlet on the opening of the state's first natural hair school.

Of course...I was immediately pulled in...

What a cool idea, I thought to myself. But then it opened the door for a whole new conversation we should be having: Why aren't most student cosmetologist taught how to style naturally curly hair?

natural hair cosmetologist

When I was in high school,we had a cosmetology program, which one of my friends was part of. I never remember her bringing home a curly-haired mannequin, let alone a brown one.

I could come up with tons of reasons why, but this is a serious question. While some students may get their hands on a curly-haired mannequin, it's rare they are given one with coarse, tightly-coiled hair.

If they did learn how to manage this hair type, I'm sure there would be many more natural hair salons and correct tutorials on how its all done.

What are your thoughts? With the current state of the natural hair community and industry, do you think student cosmetologist should be taught how to style Black, natural hair?

Also, if you've attended or completed cosmetology school...please drop some knowledge on us. What was your experience? 

Drop a Natural hair Selfie Round 1

Hey Curlies,

Thanks to everyone who participated in "Drop a Natural Hair Selfie" yesterday! I loved seeing your styles and confidence. Stay tuned for the next edition where you'll get the chance to "drop your selfie."

Here are some of the participants from this round:

Thanks ladies!

"Mini" Giveaway Winners

Hey Curlies,

I'd like to announce the winners of the "Mini" giveaway!

Thank you so much to all of you who participated and shared content. I truly appreciate you!

Winners: Please email to claim your prize. Please do so within 48 hours.

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Congrats winners!

Drop a Natural Hair Selfie

Hey Curlies,

This upcoming Friday I want you to show off your confidence and latest natural hair style during the "Drop a Natural Hair Selfie" online event.

natural hair selfie

Of course, this is something that takes a just few minutes and can be done from practically anywhere. Simply take a photo of yourself and upload it to the event page here.

I will be posting some of those uploaded Friday evening.

Can't wait to see your selfies!