A Wrap Up of ClassyCurlies' March 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge

Hey Curlies,

You all have no idea how thankful I am...right now, at this very moment. Today wraps up the 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge and the last email will go out in a couple of hours.

When I developed the idea of the challenge, I wasn't sure what type of response it would get. Boy was I overwhelmed with love!

I was thinking I would gather a small group of ladies for an intimate challenge, and I ended up getting triple what I asked for.

Over 200 ladies signed up for the challenge!

RELATED | March 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge

I turned out wonderful. I gave away five awesome prizes throughout the month of March and I got lots of feedback from you all on what personal hair struggles you all have.

So thank you, thank you, thank you!

If you happened to have missed the challenge, I will be hosting another this October.

Highlights from October's challenge will include:

-Daily emails from me on healthy hair tips and styles
-Personalized workbook
-More hair care giveaways
-Mini ebooks
-And more!

I will be releasing sign up information in September so keep an eye out!

PHOTOS: Creme of Nature Indianapolis Pop-Up Shop at Sally Beauty

Hey Curlies,

Thanks to everyone who came out this past Saturday to the Creme of Nature Pop-Up shop at Sally Beauty in Indianapolis this past weekend.

I got a chance to interact with a lot of you all and store customers while handing out samples and giving away prizes.

If you missed it, that's OK - I'll see you next time. You can relive the event through the photos below.

Thanks again for all of your support!

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Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

Creme of Nature Indianapolis pop-up shop with Victoria of ClassyCurlies.com

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Natural Hair | Curlkit March 2017 Unboxing

Hey Curlies,

It's CurlKit unboxing time! I got my March 2017 CurlKit just a few days ago and I wanted to share the goodies with you all.

For the February CurlKit, I did an unboxing video.

The March CurlKit was a takeover box and featured three full-sized products and a sample-sized deep conditioner from Creme of Nature. It had been a while since I'd used their products so I was excited to try them.

RELATED | February 2017 CurlKit Unboxing Video 

Unboxing CurlKit March 2017 with Creme of Nature - ClassyCurlies

Unboxing CurlKit March 2017 with Creme of Nature - ClassyCurlies

Unboxing CurlKit March 2017 with Creme of Nature - ClassyCurlies
Unboxing CurlKit March 2017 with Creme of Nature - ClassyCurlies

Unboxing CurlKit March 2017 with Creme of Nature - ClassyCurlies

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Natural Hair | Join Me This Saturday at Creme of Nature's Pop-Up Shop in Indianapolis

Hey Curlies,

Remember that announcement I dropped on this week's episode of Curly Conversations? Well here are more details.

This Saturday from 2-4 p.m. I am hosting a pop-up shop with Creme of Nature and I'd like you to come hang out with me.

Here are the details in short:

What: Creme of Nature Pop-Up Shop
Who: Myself and Creme of Nature
When: Saturday March 25, 2017 (2-4 p.m.)
Where: Sally Beauty - 5916 Crawfordsville Road, Indianapolis, IN 56224

During the pop-up-shop you'll receive product samples, learn more about the line of products and enter for a chance to win giveaways.


I'm super excited about this opportunity so I hope to see all of your faces!

Skin Tones and Hair Dyes 101: A Cheat Sheet

Hey Curlies,

This week's guest post comes from Aubrey of girlswithnaturalhair. She's going to school us on choosing the perfect hair color to best match your skin tone.

When choosing the perfect hair color, you should always take your skin tone into account.

However, be tricky. Should you use cool colors, warm colors, light colors, or darker colors? Follow these tips, and you'll find it a much simpler process.

Which hair color best fits your skin tone? - ClassyCurlies

Light Skin

The good part about having a lighter skin tone, is that you can pull off certain shades that wouldn't fare as well on those with darker skin. For example, you can wear the pastel trend without looking ridiculous or go even brighter with colored streaks.

Want something that's more “cool” and less “Crayola”? That's fine, too. People with light skin will find that ice blonde works well for them. While it has a habit of looking silly on people with dark skin tones, people with fair skin can pull off this blue-tinted blonde.

But, just because you have fair skin, that doesn't mean you have to keep your hair a light color. Some people want their hair a bit darker. In that case, you would probably be best off going for a cool, dark brown color, such as dark ash.

Medium Skin

People with medium skin have a distinct advantage over others: They can dye their hair nearly every color, and have it come out looking gorgeous.

One trend that really shows off this skin tone is the ombré style. Have your stylist transition your hair from dark brown to a beautiful golden color for best results.

In that same vein, medium-skinned people will find that colors that bring out the natural browns or oranges in their skin will make them looking even better. For that reason, if you want to go blonde, you should choose a dark golden or a copper blonde.

But what if you want to go red? That's fine, too. You just should avoid orange shades here; it will come off as looking too artificial. Instead, you should choose a red that's on the darker side, but isn't burgundy. It will look the most natural.

Dark Skin

People with darker skin often have a difficult time finding hair color that is right for them. That's because it can frequently come across as too artificial. 

For that reason, you'll want to stick to dark colors. Black, for instance, works well in almost any case. Choose jet, which is blue tinted, for cooler skin, or raven, which is red tinted, for warmer skin.

You can, however, go a bit lighter without looking too artificial. Simply choose a darker brown, but one that has a bit of extra oomph to it. Mahogany is a good choice, because it's a dark color that also has some dimension: It's warm, but with cool tones.

Want to go red? Avoid the tomato-paste coloring and instead reach for a bottle of burgundy! If you have dark skin, you're one of the few skin tones that can pull this almost-purple red color off. Count yourself lucky!

Now that you've seen what hair colors work with which skin tones, hopefully you'll find coloring your hair an easier process than it was before. With just a little know-how, you'll be looking great in no time at all.

About Author

Aubrey Ginsberg is the co-founder and editor of girlswithnaturalhair.com. She works as a professional graphic designer and blogger, but has, as most of women probably, a big passion for beauty and hair care.

The Perfect Pep Talk for Anyone Lacking Confidence in their Natural Hair

Hey Curlies,

Let’s be real here - having natural hair can be tough.

Between the detangling sessions, product searching and long wash days, there are probably times you just want to give up.

Yes, all of that is hard, but what I’m hinting at is a little deeper - the mental and emotional complications that come with naturally curly hair.

Pep talk for anyone struggling with their natural hair - ClassyCurlies

Lacking some confidence?

If you’re struggling mentally or emotionally when it comes to your hair, hopefully these two episodes of Curly Conversations will help:

5 Questions You Must Ask Before Visiting a Natural Hair Salon

Hey Curlies,

Here in Indianapolis there are a good handful of natural hair salons - but it hasn't always been that way.

Since there are now choices, people always ask which one is better. No matter what natural hair salon you decide to visit, you have to do your homework first. You have to get to know the stylist and their work before you plop down in their seat.

I know the very first time I got my hair straightened in 2014, I basically interviewed my stylist (those journalism skills definitely came in handy). I wanted to know everything before she touched my hair.

Has it been a while since you've been to the salon? Maybe this is your first time.

5 Questions You Must Ask Before Visiting a Natural Hair Salon - ClassyCurlies

Here are 5 questions you must ask before sitting in a stylist's chair:

1. How long have you been styling naturally curly hair?
You must ask this with an emphasis on the "curly hair part." Some stylist have been in the hair industry for years, but they just recently began handling curly hair. Sure their experience in the overall hair industry matters, but if they've only been styling naturally curly hair for a few months, that may be a red flag.

2. Do you offer hair extension/weaving services?
Again, while some stylist may say they've worked with naturally curly hair before, they may mean it in a different fashion than what you are looking for. If they have only installed weave, sew-ins and box braids on natural hair, you might want to keep asking questions. If you're looking for a stylist to flat iron your hair or nurture your hair back to health, they may not have that experience.

3. What type of heat tools and products do you use?
This is a big one. If you're into the whole "au naturale" thing, this could be a deal breaker if your stylist only uses a certain brand (one that you aren't particularly fond of). The good news is, many stylists will allow you to bring in your own products. Also, if the only heat tools they use are hot combs and the old Marcel curling irons - run! (lol)

4. When it comes to hair maintenance, how often do you trim client's hair or deep condition?
This will quickly show your stylist's hair care education level. Of course, you don't want someone who is scissor happy, nor do you want someone who is going to neglect your split ends. You also are going to want someone who recommends deep conditioning treatments often - especially if you plan to go to them regularly.

5. What type of hair education do you provide your clients?
Now this is super important. I can't tell you how many times I've sat in a salon, my hair was done - perfectly - but the stylist didn't follow up on any tips on how to keep my hair healthy and maintained at home. Think about this: You will only visit your stylist a few times, as most of the time you will be at home.

I don't want to paint hair stylists as the villains, because they are not. They can actually be super heroes for us all.

However, since natural hair is still developing, some people have not taken the time to educate themselves on caring for curly hair, instead they just want the money involved in the business.

So ladies (and gents), do your homework before you choose a hair stylist.

Healthy Living: 4 Ways to Relax When You're Stressed

Hey Curlies,

Like many of you, I'm a super busy person. I work full time at a TV station and I also run a business - ClassyCurlies.

When I'm not at work, I'm planning events, writing content, on social media, producing a podcast or involved in community events.

There are many times people say, "I can't keep up with you," because I'm just that busy. With being busy and holding responsibilities comes stress.

It's rare that I become overwhelmed (because I'm learning to say "no"), but every now and then, I find myself in this space.

I've figured out some ways I destress, and I wanted to share them in hopes it will help you too.

4 Ways to Relax When You're Stressed - ClassyCurlies

Head over to the Healthy Living section to learn more about the four ways I relax when I'm super stressed.

Curly Conversations Episode 9: A Chat with Aisha Crump of Honey Baby Naturals

Hey Curlies,

As you all know, March is Women's History Month, and on this site, we hold women on a pedestal. For this particular month, I wanted to introduce a series of women to you all who are simply magical.

Tonight's episode of Curly Conversations will feature Aisha Crump, founder and CEO of Honey Baby Naturals (you know, that one hair care brand I keep talking about because they're amazing!?)

Honey Baby Naturals is a relatively new hair and skin care brand, but it has gained popularity extremely fast. The brand is now featured in over 100 Target stores and was recently featured in CurlBox.

Curly Conversations episode 9 ft. Aisha Crump of Honey Baby Naturals - ClassyCurlies

Tonight Aisha and I are going to chat about the brand, her involvement with STEM programs for girls and just some plain ole' girl talk.

You can tune into this week's live episode tonight at 7 p.m. below, or if you can't make that time, that's OK.

Subscribe on SoundCloudiTunes and Google Play so you don't miss an episode. 

Let me tell you, technology has not been on my side...at all.

If you're wondering what happened to last week's episode of Curly Conversations, I talk all about it in episode 9 above (which is really episode 10).

Don't forget to subscribe and share this show with a friend.

Natural Hair: 3 Signs of Heat Damaged Hair

Hey Curlies,

Been using the heat tools a little too much? It happens, but unfortunately it can leave unwanted results - heat damage. When curly hair is heat damaged, it's very noticeable, but the good thing is, you can take action and nurture your hair back to health.

Three signs of heat damaged curly hair - ClassyCurlies
3 signs of heat-damaged hair

Here are three signs of heat damaged hair:

1. Your once curly hair lacks elasticity - What does that really mean? Your hair doesn't "snap back" once you pull it and let go.

2. You've lost your curl pattern - This is a major sign that you've got heat damage. Your hair is mostly straight and will not curl up again - even when water is added.

3. It smells a little odd - If you just recently used a heating tool that was turned up to high, you can actually smell your "fried hair."

Did you check out clean? Congrats! Continue to love on your hair.

Just got some bad news? Ok, so you've got heat-damaged hair, now what?

While heat damage to your curly hair isn't reversible, there are some things to can do to nurture your hair back to health.

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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.

Want more on heat damage? Click the related links above and sign up for the ClassyCurlies' email list.

Curly Conversations on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play

Hey Curlies,

I've got some good news. You can now listen to Curly Conversations, ClassyCurlies' natural hair and healthy living podcast on SoundCloud, Google Play and iTunes.

The show was approved for all three platforms! Of course, we'll continue to stream live on the AAU network.

Many people aren't able to listen to the show live Tuesday nights, and that's OK. You can listen whenever you feel like it using your phone, tablet, computer (or whatever other device you may have).

Following are link to the show on each platform. Be sure to like and subscribe so you don't miss an episode. Oh yeah, and share the show with a friend as well.

Listen to Curly Conversations, a natural hair and healthy living podcast, Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. - ClassyCurlies
Curly Conversations podcast now on iTunes, SoundCloud and Google Play

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Healthy Living: 3 Amazing Winter Skin Moisturizers

Hey Curlies,

Story time: I've always had problems with dry skin, especially in the winter time. Dry skin is no fun for anyone, but when you're dark skinned, it's an even bigger problem because it's more noticeable.

Over time, I've come across some fabulous skin moisturizers that have become my holy grails. I usually rotate them, just depending on what I have on hand or which one is more accessible to buy. The best part about them, they contain high-quality ingredients without harsh chemicals.

I've completely ditched commercial and traditional lotions.

Three winter skin care moisturizers for dry skin - ClassyCurlies

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PHOTOS: ClassyCurlies' DIY Shampoo + Conditioner Course, Online Class Details

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to drop some photos from the DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course this past Tuesday. All of the ladies had a great time and we whipped up some awesome, chemical-free shampoo and conditioner.

If you missed this class, no worries, there will be another coming soon.

I had such a huge response to this course that I will also host virtual DIY courses for those who cannot make my physical class.

Interested in the virtual class? Sign up here to receive more information when registration opens.

I washed my hair with this mixture earlier this week and my hair has never felt this moisturized. I love having a chemical-free washday!

Thanks again to everyone who make this a sold out event.

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ClassyCurlies' DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course

ClassyCurlies' DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course

ClassyCurlies' DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course

ClassyCurlies' DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course

ClassyCurlies' DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course

ClassyCurlies' DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course

Natural Hair: Chidora Hats Review

Hey Curlies,

It seems like for the past few weeks I've been doing lots of product reviews. This review isn't a hair product but more of an accessory.

Chidora is a UK brand that creates silk-lined hats to protect your hair. I always had issues with hats because they leave my hair dry and sometimes even pull out my hair, but having a silk-lined hat prevents all of that.

Chidora silk-lined hat review - ClassyCurlies

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Check out the review below: