Must Have Natural Hair Accessories for Fall

Hey Curlies,

Fall is right around the corner and it's the perfect opportunity to play around with your curls. Whether it's rocking bold color, a boss cut or your favorite hair accessories - the possibilities are endless.

There are tons of natural hair accessories for fall you can add to your style for a unique look that will showcase your personality.

Here are the must have natural hair accessories for fall:

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Loc beads

Have you seen those beautiful gold beads attached to locs, braids, twists and buns? They are officially in style and they are the perfect fall hair accessory. Their gold tone pairs well with most fall colors and will not only enhance your natural hair style, but your outfit as well.


Gold beads for natural hair - ClassyCurlies
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Silk-lined hat

The beginning of fall is usually still pretty warm, but once October and November roll around, temperatures drop. This means you're breaking out the cute gloves, scarves, boots and hats - which is why a Chidora is perfect for the fall season.

The variety of hats sold on the Chidora site helps to keep your hair protected from weather elements and because they are lined with silk, they prevent hair breakage, which could happen when wearing traditional hats.

Get your own here.


Headscarf

The best feeling in the world is waking up in the morning and not having to style your hair - this is where fashionable headscarves come in.

Having a bad hair day? Feeling lazy? Or looking for a hair accessory to match your look? Try a headscarf. Before you ask, you can use any scarf - even the ones you typically wear with your outfit. Try using scarves with fall colors that include maroon, auburn and tan hues. 

Learn how to tie your headscarf in 60 seconds:



What fall natural hair accessories are you looking forward to wearing?

Have you joined our 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge kicking off in October? Get more details here and below:





Healthy Living: The Green Laundress' Non-Toxic Cleaning Products are Best for a Chemical-Free Home

Hey Curlies,

No matter what, it always happens.

Each time I go to clean my home, my throat gets scratchy and the cough and sneeze fit begins. I know it's due to the chemicals in my cleaning products, so over the past year or so, I've been looking into eco-friendly cleaning products and chemical-free cleaning products.

Once I stumbled across The Green Laundress via Twitter, I knew I had to give them a try.

Created by Erica, The Green Laundress produces non-toxic cleaning products made with all-natural ingredients you can pronounce and are familiar with.

I've been using The Green Laundress' Multipurpose Spray and Tub Scrub for the past week and guess what? No coughing.

The Green Laundress produces non-toxic cleaning products made with all-natural ingredients you can pronounce and are familiar with.


I learned that the Multipurpose Spray can be used for practically anything. I cleaned my kitchen sink, counters, living room coffee table and bathroom mirrors with it and it left clean surfaces without streaks.

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The spray only contains a handful of ingredients: Distilled water, castile soap, citric acid, and a blend of essential oils - which I love.

The Green Laundress produces non-toxic cleaning products made with all-natural ingredients you can pronounce and are familiar with.
If possible, no matter if I'm looking at a skincare, beauty, food or household product, I try to make sure they contain less than six healthy ingredients.

Despite the castile soap addition, don't expect any bubbles or a sticky soap-like consistency. It's very light and carries an airy scent.

Now on to The Green Laundress Tub Scrub - which really surprised me.

It contains baking soda, castile soap, distilled water, cream of tartar, citric acid and essential oils.

I began with a mostly clean tub, but what I wasn't expecting was the amazing shine I ended with. The tub scrub rinsed well and had a similar scent to the Multipurpose Spray.

The Green Laundress produces non-toxic cleaning products made with all-natural ingredients you can pronounce and are familiar with.
Before using the scrub, I wasn't familiar with the use of cream of tartar for cleaning, which is found in the product. After doing some research, I learned cream of tartar is great for removing rust stains, shining stainless steel, polishing your stovetop and more.

While it was great that I learned this - I was disgusted to learn we actually eat this (read your food labels ladies).

Overall, I very much enjoyed the eco-friendly cleaning products from The Green Laundress. I love supporting women-owned and black-owned business and I'll definitely be ordering her all-natural laundry soap soon.

Learn more about The Green Laundress Eco-Friendly cleaning products here.

RELATED | Have you joined our 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge? It begins Oct. 2017





My Natural Hair Deep Conditioning Routine

Hey Curlies,

While I believe there are no true secrets to growing long, healthy natural hair, I do believe there are a few things that can push along your curly hair journey. One of them being deep conditioning.

Anytime someone has a problem with their hair, usually one of the first things I ask is, "how often do you deep condition your hair?"

Deep conditioning is key to maintaining moisture levels so your hair can thrive.

Natural hair deep conditioning routine to grown strong, long curly hair - ClassyCurlies


You can learn more about the importance of deep conditioning here. 

RELATEDNatural Hair: Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap Product Review

Using one of my favorite deep conditioners from Bask & Bloom Essentials, I give you a look into my natural hair deep conditioning routine that has helped me grow long, thick curly hair.


Have you joined our 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge kicking off in October? Get more details here and below:






How Bask & Bloom Essentials' Hair Care Line Gave Me Shiny Curls

Hey Curlies,

Having shiny hair is definitely a good thing, and I think I found a line of products to do just that.

Some years ago I connected with Candera, the woman behind Bask & Bloom Essentials - which back then was called L.A.C.E. (Ladies Always Create Excitement), and discovered one of the best hair and body butters on the market.

Some name and a few label changes later, Bask & Bloom Essentials continues to provide hair and skin care products with all natural ingredients.

Once the brand got a fresh look this summer - I decided to revisit them. I quickly remembered why I loved them from the beginning.

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


That day, I used the entire line on my hair and skin:
  • More Moisture Cream (to style)
  • Brahmi Root Hair Masque (to deep condition)
  • Ease Leave-In Conditioner (leave in)
  • Gentle Herbal Cleanser (to clean)
  • Nourishing Amazing Hair & Body Butter (for everything...literally lol)
Here are my brief thoughts on each product:

Gentle Herbal Cleanser: A nice low-lather shampoo that cleanses the hair without stripping it of natural oils. Easy to apply and rinse.

Brahmi Root Hair Masque: Quickly made my top list of favorite deep conditioners. Has a medium to thick consistency - which worked well for my thick hair. Very easy to apply and leaves hair feeling very soft and moisturized. It also has an amazing lingering smell.


Ease Leave-In Conditioner: Similar to the shampoo in that it doesn't carry the amazing smell the other products do, but carries a light herbal scent. Good for detangling.

More Moisture Cream: The amazing smell is carried throughout this product and it's great for twisting, braiding and just all around moisturizing. Has a medium consistency and applies easily. 


Nourishing Amazing Hair & Body Butter: My fav, my fav! This is perfect for sealing in moisture for the hair or skin. I use immediately after the shower and my skin stays moisturized all day. I've ordered this product several times over the years.

Stimulating Herbal Oil: This light oil is great for applying once your style is finished for an extra shine boost. It has that amazing smell again, that lasts all day.

Bask and Bloom Essentials Review - ClassyCurlies

While each product is pretty much amazing, you want to see the results of my style, right?

This style was created by making 8-10 twists on wet hair, letting them sit for 24 hours and untwisting once they dried. It was a quick turnaround for me as I normally leave my twists in for a few days at a time - but I had an event to attend.

I loved how although I was short on time, my twistout was still very defined and shiny. I don't think there is any magical ingredient that made my hair shiny, but I do believe it was a combination of all of the amazing natural ingredients.

Bask and Bloom Essentials Review - ClassyCurlies

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Applying deep conditioner:



Bask and Bloom Essentials Review - ClassyCurlies

RELATED | Have you joined our 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge? It begins Oct. 2017

Have you tried any new products lately? Learn more about Bask & Bloom Essentials here. 




Indianapolis Natural Hair Product Swap and Brunch

Hey Curlies,

Our next Indianapolis natural hair event is here.

On September 10 beginning at noon I will host a product swap and brunch as part of our natural hair group - Indy's ClassyCurlies.

During the event held at Sahm's Alehouse, you'll have a chance to grab brunch (no pressure if you don't want to) and participate in our product swap. You'll bring 1-3 items you no longer want/need and swap them for someone else's natural hair product.

Since the beginning of the year, we've had a lot of new members to the group so I thought it would be great for everyone to mingle.

Indianapolis natural hair product swap - ClassyCurlies


RELATED | Join our 31 Day Healthy Hair Challenge 

In the Indinapolis area? RSVP here.




ClassyCurlies' 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge (October 2017)

Hey Curlies,

Guess what? The 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge is back!

Last March I held the first natural hair challenge and had hundreds of women sign up, along with some amazing feedback - so we're doing it again.

The 31 Days of Healthy Hair is a challenge for email subscribers from October 1-31, 2017. 

What will I learn in this challenge? 
This challenge is all about healthy natural hair, which means reversing dry hair, how to maintain your hair and finding your perfect style. If it's not healthy for your hair or body, it will not be addressed in this challenge. 

Here's how it works:
  • Subscribe to the 31 Days of Healthy Hair challenge (you can do that here)
  • From 10/1 - 10/31 you'll receive one email per day with a healthy hair tip
  • These tips could be hair styles to try, new products to try, a chance to enter a giveaway or general healthy hair tips
At the end of the challenge, I'll send out a printable ebook with all of the tips and styles combined. That way, you'll have everything in one place when you're looking for curly hair styling ideas or have a question about natural hair.



NOTE: Even if you are already signed up for the weekly ClassyCurlies email, you'll need to sign up separately for this challenge. 


What are the benefits of participating?
  • You'll get entered into several giveaways for a chance to win amazing prizes! Last challenge we gave away a Hot Heat Deep Conditioning Cap, a full line of Honey Baby Naturals products, silk-lined beanies and more.
  • You'll receive a daily email from me personally on some of my best hair care tips and styles
  • At the end of the challenge, you'll receive a free printable ebook with all of the hair care tips featured in the challenge, all in one place that can be used for later reference. 

Need a little convincing? Here's some of the feedback from our March challenge:
"I enjoyed having a new email in my inbox everyday & learning about new topics about my hair!"
"I looked for the daily emails! I loved all the tips from reminders to learning new tips to better my healthy hair journey. I appreciate the time you took to create this! Encore please!!"
"Great knowledge and tips for a natural hair beginner!"
"You did an awesome job with the info you provided everyday during this challenge. I'm looking forward to the next one!"


What you should know before signing up

  • This challenge was made for you to only take once. If you participated in March - I do not recommend you join (unless you really, really want to).
  • You will not be able to join the challenge after October 1. September 30 is the deadline. 

So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!


4 Natural Hair Products That Leave Your Hair Smelling Unbelievably Fresh

Hey Curlies,

Beside the shiny labels, texture and consistency of a hair product, what really makes it your "favorite natural hair product?" Of course you buy the product to work - but in my house, I don't care much if works if it smells horrible.

Works well + smells good = Perfect natural hair product

I've stop using products because they initially smell gross or overtime their shelf life causes them to smell odd. Let's just say I love when I find a curly hair product that leaves my hair with a light fragrance.

Over the years, I've come across a few brands and individual products that smell awesome and give amazing results. They literally leave your hair with a nice fragrance.

While smell can be a deal breaker for me, I prefer products that contain essential oils to deliver the pleasant smell. Many hair products have "fragrance" listed on their product labels - but what does that really mean? (Also, the FDA doesn't regulate what companies include in their mystery "fragrance" labels). I talk more about this in my online DIY shampoo + conditioner course.

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So if you've been on the hunt for products that work and smell good - here are some of my favorites:

NATURALICIOUS Moisture Infusion Styling Creme:
By using NATURALICIOUS' entire Hello Gorgeous system, I achieved one of my most-defined twistouts ever (see more here). It left my hair with a light, floral smell.

Where to buy: Naturalicious.net or select Whole Food stores













Honey Baby Naturals:
The entire Honey Baby Naturals line smells like a mix of shea butter and honey - and every single product works. See my product review, bantu knot out and flexi rod set.

Where to buy: Honeybabynaturals.com or select Target stores












Bask & Bloom Essentials: I love that this product has organic and natural ingredients - but I love the smell. It's like I can't get enough of it. I noticed if I use the Brahmi Root Hair Masque, More Moisture Cream, and the Stimulating Herbal Oil the smell lingers in my hair all week long.

Where to buy: BaskandBloomessentials.com










Urbanaire Gypsy's Cray Cray Clay Cowash: One of my favorite clay washes comes from Urbanaire Gypsy. Not only does it work, it smells like mint chocolate. It makes me want to dig in and eat the entire jar lol. It also leaves your scalp with a tingling sensation from the mint.

Where to buy: UrbanaireGypsy.com


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There are tons of other products that have awesome smells, but these are only a couple that contain all natural ingredients.

What products do you use that leave your hair smelling so, so good? Drop them in the comments or tweet me @ClassyCurlies.




Healthy Living: ClassyCurly Motivation 2

Hey Curlies,

I'm back with a bit of motivation to help you smooth out any wrinkles life may be giving you this week. I hope this ClassyCurly Motivation gives you inspiration to fulfill your dreams.



RELATED | ClassyCurly Motivation 1 | Listen to full episodes of Curly Conversations

Take a listen below:






Healthy Living: Free Beauty Green Superfood Facial Mask Review

Hey Curlies,

As you all know, I've been experimenting a lot with DIY products and I came across an all-natural and organic beauty brand that offers a facial mask.

Free Beauty's Green Superfood Mask only contain three ingredients, and they're all ones I'm familiar with. My kit contained the mask as well as a facial toner to create the mixture. All in all, it took about five minutes to make and I got some amazing results.

Even the toner had wonderful ingredients packed with essential oils. This is a facial mask I could see myself doing about every week or two - it's really good stuff.

Selena, the owner of Free Beauty, we interviewed during a podcast episode of Curly Conversations to chat with her about the line of products and other healthy ingredients she loves.

Watch the video below of my review of the Green Superfood Mask and how I mixed it all up. Also, check out our interview with Selena below as well.

More information on Free Beauty can be found here. 

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Natural Hair: The Truth About Achieving Second Day Hair

Hey Curlies,

Taking the time to wash and style your hair practically means nothing if it only lasts for one day. Many women strive to find the secret about achieving second, third and fourth day hair.

In a previous post I chatted about how I often get my styles to last about four or five days without restyling, but there is something you should know.

RELATEDHow to: Jumbo Halo Twist on Natural Hair


Getting your style to last (mostly referring to twistouts, braidouts, twist n curls, etc.) mostly depends upon your hair type and the products you use.

Many people always ask me how I get my styles to last so long. They want to know the techniques and secret products - but to be quite honest - it's pretty easy to achieve second day hair because of my texture.

While I actually despise the natural hair typing chart (because I feel it's another way to divide the community), I would say my hair is Type 4a and 4b - meaning it's full of tight, kinky curls.

Traditionally speaking, braids and twists hold better when done on kinkier hair. Hair types that are softer and more straight than curly don't hold these styles well - they come undone easily.

So what does that mean for you? Here are some tips to achieve long lasting styles no matter your hair type:

If you have softer, looser curls:
  • Leave your twists, braids in for as long as you can (at least two days) before untwisting and styling
  • Use a moisturizer with hold when twisting - try aloe vera gel or your favorite all natural, light gel
If you have kinkier curls:

What techniques do you use to achieve second day hair? 




Part 1: Can you Transition to Natural Hair without the Big Chop?

Hey Curlies,

Although this site was initially created to give myself an outlet while going through my own natural hair journey, now that it's been almost seven years - I realize not everyone is on the same timeline.

While some people have been embracing their natural curls for years, others are just getting started - which is why I'm reintroducing to you, The Transitioning Series.

Our series found on ClassyCurlies.com and on our weekly podcast, Curly Conversations, will answer some of your most mind-boggling questions like:
  • Can I transition to natural hair without doing the big chop?
  • What options do you have to big chop (and should you do it yourself?)
  • How to deal with breakage and shedding? 
  • Styles to try during your transition
  • and more 
RELATEDTwisted Low Bun Natural Hair Style for Work

Listen to part one below:




Listen to Part two below:






Twisted Low Bun Natural Hair Style for Work

Hey Curlies,

I'm always looking for quick and easy natural hair styles, but lately I've been asked about which hairstyles are appropriate for an office setting.

While I feel all styles can be worn to the office, that's unfortunately not how to world works. Many people are looking for more conservative styles and they don't want to take all day to achieve them.

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Here is one of my quick, go-to natural hair work styles. It takes less than five minutes.

Just a little background: My hair started like this, and I ended with what you see below.

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How to: Jumbo Halo Twist on Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

I've gotten tons of questions on my jumbo halo twist so I decided to whip up a quick tutorial for you all.

To start off I washed my hair with Bask & Bloom Essentials' Gentle Herbal Cleanser and deep conditioned with the Brahmi Root Masque.

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I blew out my hair using the tension method.


Then applied Bask & Bloom's Stimulating Herbal Oil to my hair and scalp. From there I created the jumbo halo braid.





What to do When your Natural Hair Routine isn't Working

Hey Curlies,

Sometimes it seems as if you just can't get it right - you find the right hair style, but the products didn't work as well for you. If your hair routine doesn't seem to be working, it may be time to change up a few things.

You can see more details on my typical hair routine here.

RELATEDClaim your Spot for DIY with ClassyCurlies: Online Shampoo and Conditioner Course

What to do when your hair routine isn't working - ClassyCurlies

Here are some tips to consider when your hair routine isn't working:

Take a look at the products you're using: 
Many times the products we're using don't work well with our hair type. They could be drying products or ones that make our hair feel brittle. If you're using one line of products, you may want to consider trying new products. I found many of my holy grail products using Curlkit.

When's the last time you deep conditioned?:
Your hair may not be cooperating because it needs some love. One of the best ways to replenish your hair with moisture is to spend at least 30 minutes deep conditioning your hair. I get great results when I use my Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap.

Maybe you should make it simple: 
Some people try to make caring for natural hair too complicated. They follow a 10-step system using 20 different products. Who says curly hair has to be that complicated? Take a look at your routine as a whole and see if you're just "doing too much." If you need help creating a simple routine that works just for you, sign up for a hair consultation with me.

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Want to learn to make your own all-natural, chemical free shampoo and conditioner? Enroll in our online course today.



Catch up on past episodes of Curly Conversations

Hey Curlies,

In honor of our launch of DIY with ClassyCurlies, we will not have a new podcast episode this week.

I'll be back next week with a new episode, but for now, there are 27 other episodes I'm sure you'll find both entertaining and educational.

Curly Conversations natural hair and healthy living podcast by ClassyCurlies

You can find those episodes here. 




Claim your Spot for DIY with ClassyCurlies: Online Shampoo and Conditioner Course

Hey Curlies,

Guess what? Today is launch day!

Our online course - DIY with ClassyCurlies - launches today. In the course you'll learn how to create your own shampoo and conditioner using healthy ingredients.

Here is where you can see the course curriculum and enroll. 


The introductory price will only last for a few days and will increase soon. If you are interested in this course, make sure you take advantage of this sale.

See our promo video:


Only a limited amount of seats will be available, and the course will close August 22.

Hope to see you all in the online course!




How to Keep Your Hair Cute When It's 95 Degrees Outside

Hey Curlies,

So it's 95 degrees outside (give or take) and your hair is like, "whhaatt?!"

It won't lay down, it won't stay straightened and most of all - it's dry. What's a curly girl to do?

We've all experienced one of the following scenarios:
While summertime and warm weather is great for sundresses, cute sandals and sunglasses - it can be a nightmare for your hair if you aren't prepared.

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How to Keep Your Hair Cute When It's hot Outside - ClassyCurlies


Here are a few tips on "Keeping your hair cute when it's one million degrees outside."
  • If you live in an extremely humid area, you my want to avoid hair products with humectants (Ingredients that naturally draw moisture from the environment into the hair). Humectants will cause your hair to swell - which is a no no when you just perfected your twistout. This could be honey, glycerin, and others. You can find a full list here. 
  • Choose a protective style that's elegant but easy. Try these two styles below:

  • If you know the heat and humidity will be brutal in the coming days, start the week off with a good deep conditioner. I notice when I deep condition my hair, I don't experience as much frizz. One of my favorites comes from WonderCurl (Restoring Hair Treatment) - or you can mix up your own. Here's the recipe. 
  • Now is the time to play with colorful headbands and headscarfs (if the heat is tolerable). Learn how to tie one in less than 60 seconds below.
  • Most importantly, the best way to beat humidity is to not fight it at all. Embrace your hair texture and shrinkage. Believe it or not - shrinkage is a sign of healthy hair. 
RELATEDHow to Prevent Thinning Edges and Regrow your Hairline

Want to learn to make your own all-natural, chemical free shampoo and conditioner? Enroll in our online course today.