Natural Hair: 3 Hair Colors to Try this Fall

Hey Curlies,

Here in the midwest, fall really snuck up on us. We went from 90 degrees to 60 degrees overnight. Despite the shock, this is the perfect time to soak up the season and play with some hair color.

Pumpkin spice everything is very popular around this time, but a lot of women are turning to a similar color with their hair along with burgundies and other shades of brown.

Following are three color kits to try this fall:

Hair colors to try this fall

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Cocoa Brown Henna Bundle
Butters-n-bars.com

Cocoa brown henna bundle from Butters-n-bars.com
If you want to color your hair in the most natural way possible, henna is the way to go. (Not sure what henna is? click here). I've ordered several items from this online store and so I trust the quality of any of there products.

This bundle combines henna, cocoa powder and water to give you a nice brown shade (and again, it's all natural). It also includes gloves and a conditioning cap. To see an example of the shade, click here.





Burgundy Mix Bundle
Butters-n-bars.com 

This bundle is also an all natural way to color your hair without chemicals. It combines hibiscus and henna to produce a red-brownish shade.

Again, this also includes gloves and a conditioning cap. To see an example of the shade, click here.


SheaMoisture.com
Shea Moisture Bright Auburn Color System
SheaMoisture.com

I have to admit, this product isn't all natural, but it can be found in most Targets and Walgreens so if
you're looking for connivence, here ya go! I've used a product from Shea Moisture's color system in the past and the results turned out very good.

This shade will give off a bright auburn color, if you're looking to switch thing up. Again, it's not all natural but it contains ingredients like Shea butter, flax seed oil and soy protein.













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Natural Hair: Length Check at 6 Years Natural

Hey Curlies,

After six years of being natural, I have a length check video for you all. I used to do length checks all of the time, but haven't done one in years.

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Length check with six years of natural hair
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It's pretty cool to see my hair grow the way it has overtime (especially since I started with a little afro). Check out the video below:



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Locs Banned by US Court in Hiring Process

Hey Curlies,

Ya'll...I'm not sure what's happening, but when I read this headline, "U.S. Court Rules Dreadlock Ban During Hiring Process Is Legal," I knew things were going south.

The headline comes from an NBC News article that states, "The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled against a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Catastrophe Management Solutions, effectively ruling that refusing to hire someone because of their dreadlocks is legal"

A woman's job offer was rescinded because of her hairstyle....say what?!


I've heard of this with public figures (actresses, news anchors, etc.), and their situations have been unfair as well, but for a company to rescind their offer because a woman had locs, which they saw during the interview, is unacceptable.

You can read the full article here.

The worst part is, the US Court made this ruling LEGAL!

Your hairstyle has nothing to do with your personality, nor your work ethic. Obviously, locs are a traditionally an African-American hairstyle.

Now when other people who are not of color, continue to wear locs, I wonder will the rules change?

Several schools in Kentucky have also banned certain natural hair styles:

What are your thoughts?




Review: My Experience Using Green Chef

Hey Curlies,

Remember that healthy living section I talked about last week? There's a new post on the page!
This post is all about healthy eating, what I've been cooking as of lately and how I get some of my fresh ingredients using Green Chef.

If you're looking for the section, it can be found on the menu bar above, all the way on the right.

You can check out the post here.




Creating a Natural Hair Regimen for Fall

Hey Curlies,

A lot of you all have been asking me how to convert your summer natural hair regimens into a natural hair regimen for fall. Not everyone wants to or even needs to change their hair routine, it solely depends on the person, but changing up products could be helpful.

This is also a great time to try out those stretched styles you've had your eye on.

If you are looking for a few tips on changing your natural hair regimen for fall, look no further.

RELATED | Flat Iron Hair at Five Years Natural

Tips on creating a natural hair regimen for fall - ClassyCurlies

  • Colder months usually mean drier hair, but you can beat this system by replenishing moisture often. You may want to consider co-washing, deep conditioning and moisturizing and sealing often.
  • Changing how often you wash your hair depends on you. If you experience lot of breakage and shedding, you may want to consider stretching out your wash days. The exact opposite goes for those with a flaky and dry scalp. You may want to wash and condition frequently.
  • Be careful when using coconut oil as the weather gets cooler. If you have authentic and organic coconut oil, the oil will turn into a solid once it hits cooler air. This means if you apply and then proceed outside, you hair may feel stiff. I recommend applying this oil before bed.
  • If you haven't already, pretty soon you will be breaking out the scarves and jackets. Be careful with your clothing, in that your hair can catch on to the fabric and cause breakage. I recommend wearing updos or protective styles more often.
  • You may want to consider using heavy oils and creams. This can prevent your hair from drying out during the day. Try shea butter or castor oil.
  • If you are the one who wears protective styles often, you are ahead of the game. Protective styling can help you retain length and moisture. It can also prevent breakage and large amounts of shedding. Try braids, twists and buns. Get creative!

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Our Top Hairstyles to Try





PHOTOS: Sip & Share 2016 | Indianapolis

Hey Curlies,

Thanks to everyone who attended Sip & Share yesterday. There was a good crowd and even better conversation happening. You can check out my Instagram for videos but following, I have some photo highlights.

We got to talk about hair products, styling techniques, haircare and more about ourselves in general.

If you missed this event, don't worry, the next event is already on the calendar for Oct. 23 (Curls & Canvas 2016), so be sure to grab your ticket!

Sip & Share photos
Sip & Share 2016 | Indianapolis



Natural Hair Event: Sip & Share Indianapolis is Tomorrow

Hey Curlies,

Sip & Share is tomorrow and I'm super excited! If you aren't familiar with this natural hair event, Sip & Share is a time for you to unwind with a glass of wine and share your natural hair story in a speed dating-like event in Indianapolis.

It will take place Sept. 20 (tomorrow) at Shiraz Wine Experience & Art Cafe on Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis. We will start at 5:30 p.m., but free free to come in a little after if you please.

This event is free, and I would love to see all of you there tomorrow. It's going to be a great time.

Missed the Facebook live? You can find it at the bottom of of this post.


natural hair event in indianapolis
Sip & Share Natural Hair Event in downtown Indianapolis.

Missed the event? Here are the photos.


Natural Hair Event: Curls & Canvas 2016 | Indianapolis

Hey Curlies,

Guess what? Curls & Canvas is back this year! If ya didn't know, Curls & Canvas is one of ClassyCurlies.com's annual events where you get to create a custom canvas design while learning how to care for your natural hair during the cooler months.

The event will take place October 23, 2016 beginning at 1 p.m at Mimosa and a Masterpiece, 614 Massachusettes Ave. in downtown Indianapolis.

Curls and Canvas is an annual event taking place each October in Indianapolis that allows women to learn more about caring for their natural hair and themselves as a whole. It is an opportuity to connect with other women in the city during creative expression.

Tickets can be purchased here.

So here are the details again:
natural hair event indianapolis october
Curls & Canvas 2016 will take place October 23 in Indianapolis. Don't miss this annual natural hair event.

If you missed last year's event, we had a great time!
Curls & Canvas 2015

natural hair event indianapolis

natural hair event indianapolis

Tickets can be purchased here.




Hope to see you there!

ClassyCurlies.com's New Healthy Living Section

Hey Curlies,

If you haven't noticed, I've made an addition to this blog. The new "Healthy Living" tab is now on the menu bar above. I can't pinpoint one occurrence that inspired me to add a healthy living section on to this blog, but experiencing my own natural hair journey has a lot to do with it.

So, what is this new section?

Since going natural I've not only tried my best to eliminate chemicals from my haircare routine, but in my everyday life as well. I've traded out my toothpaste, deodorant and other items for natural brands.

The NEW Healthy Living section
In this space you'll find:

  • DIY all-natural beauty projects (how to make your own body wash, bath bombs, shampoo, etc.)
  • Tips on clean eating
  • Clean eating recipes
  • Self care lessons
  • and more!
I felt it was appropriate to create  a separate space than my natural hair blog, for those who may be interested in one, but not so much the other.

DIY natural beauty projects

I've always said this site was not just about styling the perfect twistout or growing your hair. It's really about your overall health and how you embrace your natural self.

Long story short:

Be sure to visit my new Healthy Living section often. I'll be updating it once a week.


Medium-Sized Two Strand Twists

Hey Curlies,

While flipping through some old photos, I remembered how much I miss my medium-sized and mini twists. The benefits are amazing and not to mention how convenient they are. So, there was no question whether I was wearing twists this week or not.

I began wash day by detangling my wash n go (I hated this process). I divided my hair in half, then applied a little water and tons of TRESemme Naturals conditioner to each side as my prepoo.



I created my normal two buns, like I do for every wash, and put on a plastic cap for about an hour and a half.


I washed and conditioned with products from the Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil line, then began to twist on damp hair.



Threaded hair


To style I used By Made Beautiful's True Hair Butter, then applied coconut oil directly to my scalp.

Finished two strand twists
All in all, I had about 20ish twists.

To keep my twists from shrinking, I divided them in half and began to thread them using the African Threading method.

In the morning, my twists were stretched and ready to go.


One Week Away from Sip & Share in Indianapolis

Hey Curlies,

The next natural hair event in Indianapolis is less than a week away! For those of you who don't know, Sip & Share is a speed dating-like event that will give you the opportunity to share your natural hair story and tips.

This event is all about confidence. I want to give you all a chance to be confident, or improve your confidence during this event, while talking amongst other curlies on a topic of interest.

The event will take place Sept. 20 at Shriaz Wine Experience & Art Cafe at 429 Massachusetts Ave. in Indianapolis.

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The event is free but please support this local business by purchasing any wine samples.


sip and share 2016

Hope to see you there!

Wash n Go on 4a Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

As promised, here are photos of my wash n go styled (on 4a and 4b hair) with Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Hair Gel. If you missed the "styling" part, you can catch it here.

Of course, my hair continued to shrink as the days went on. I believe these two photos were from day two and three. I actually don't mind the shrinkage since I wear my hair stretched most of the time, so its a good change.

Other wash n go posts can be found here: My first wash n go in 2013 | Wash n go Puff using Flax Seed Gel



I ended up using some aloe vera gel to lay down my edges, then I added a black headband.

Just for comparison sake:

Again, if you missed part one, you can find it here.

As always, thanks for reading!










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Wash n Go with Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Hair Gel

Hey Curlies,

Since it's still feels like summer, I decided I'd try a wash n go before the weather breaks. The last time I did a wash n go was in 2013 and I've definitely learned some techniques since then.

I'd been wearing my top knot all week and my hair was in need of some TLC to say the least. It was a dry, dirty and tangled mess!

RELATED | Wash n go Puff Using Flax Seed Gel

I started off by spraying my hair with some apple cider vinegar and water, then hopped in the shower.

The beginning
 Working one half at a time, I washed using Shea Moisture's Jamaican Black Castor Oil (this gets my scalp very clean), then deep conditioned with Shea Moisture's Superfruit Complex Hair Masque.

After rinsing and squeezing the water from my hair, I began to style the wash n go.

I used (for the first time) Coconut & Moringa Oils Humidity Block Curl Gel from the Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture line.

madam cj walker hair gel
Hair wet with Madam CJ Walker hair gel



I applied lots and lots of gel to both halves of my hair, covering the ends all the way to the roots.

Wash n Go with Madam CJ Walker Beauty Culture Hair Gel
My hair was still damp

wash n go
You can still see the product in my hair
Once out of the shower, I let it air dry for a few hours, then before bed I banded my hair to keep it stretched.

RELATED | Twistout using Madam CJ Walker Hair Products


See my final look here.












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Three Easy Natural Hair Protective Styles

Hey Curlies,

In case you missed some of my last couple of posts, I wanted to combine a few that contain tutorials on quick and easy protective styles for your natural hair.

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These three protective hair styles can be done in less than 7 minutes and you need only 2-3 items for completion.

They are perfect for the office, special occasions and a couple even good for lazy days.

To learn more about each style, click on the photo below:

big bun protective style

twisted crown on natural hair

Top knot on natural hair


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Thanks for stopping by!

Life Update: September 2016

Hey Curlies,

Another life update: As many of you may know, a lot of things have changed for me over the past few months. I moved, got a new job and some others (keep reading).

I moved in to a bigger home over the summer and still trying to get settled in. I'm choosing color schemes for the rooms and decor pieces.

One of the major perks of the move gave me the space to have an office, so I'm still putting all of that together.

I started a new job at a news station in Indianapolis as a digital content producer just a month ago. I've learned so much in this past month about social media and the digital space. I'm really enjoying the learning process and always looking for ways to get better at my job.

Outside of work and moving, I've also embarked on this new "healthy" venture.

green chef reviewI've always been a healthy eater and since going natural, been aware of the dangerous chemicals in...just about everything.

Now that I have more flexibility, I'm able to really dive into the world of healthy products and brands.

I signed up for Green Chef a week ago and I really like it! I'll have a post about this soon!

If you follow me on Instagram, I post a lot about food and healthy/natural products using Instagram stories.

I have a feeling you'll be seeing a "Healthy Living" tab added to the menu bar pretty soon!