Healthy Living: My Spring Reading List

Hey Curlies,

I vowed at the beginning of the year to started reading more books. I absolutely love to read, but lately over the past six or so months, I haven't made much time for it.

I'm one of those people that could spend hours in a bookstore - so to save cost, I would spend lots of time in the library.

So a couple of weeks ago I visited my local branch and picked up a few pretty awesome books.

These books are special, and in my opinion, not everyone will understand why - but those that do may want to check them out.

My Spring reading list - ClassyCurlies

Visit ClassyCurlies' Healthy Living Section for a rundown on what's on my bookshelf.

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How Shea Moisture Upset their Black Customers

Hey Curlies,

To say there is a bit of tension between Shea Moisture and the natural hair community is completely an understatement.

The company recently released a series of commercials featuring an array of women explaining the challenges they face with their hair and themselves. They also speak on how Shea Moisture has helped solve some of those problems.

Sounds harmless, right?

Shea Moisture's Black customers fought back after the commercials featured several white women advocating for the brand. Being a Black-owned brand, some customers felt as if the company forgot about the majority of its customers - Black people.

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People on Twitter were pissed - so much so, "Shea Moisture" was trending on Twitter Monday for at least 5 hours.

So basically Shea Moisture ended up pulling the commercial because of all of the negative feedback. Not only were people pissed about the women's skin tones, they were also mad about the the lack of kinky hair textures displayed.

Sooooo where does this leave Shea Moisture? To tell you the truth, I'm not sure.

Want to know my opinion? Listen to this week's episode of Curly Conversations below:

Your Spring and Summer Curly Hair Care Guide

Hey Curlies,

While Spring is in full swing, before we know it, Summer will be here. Different seasons means different curly hair products and styles.

I wanted to make sure you were equipped with the tools to have gorgeous, healthy hair as the weather continues to warm up, which is why I'm presenting, Your Spring and Summer Curly Hair Care Guide.

Following you will find a couple of Spring and Summer related topics from all in one place.

Be sure to bookmark this page and return often as I will continue updating it with more tips.

Your Spring and Summer Curly Hair Care Guide - ClassyCurlies

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Download your free Spring Curly Hair Care Checklist here.

Spring curly hair care checklist - ClassyCurlies


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3 Things to know before getting box braids - ClassyCurlies

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Hope this helps!

How to Find Your Staple Curly Hair Product

Hey Curlies,

This may sound a bit dramatic, but you'll find a new sense of peace when you discover your staple curly hair products. When I say "staple," I mean those holy grail products that work wonders on your curly hair. I'm talking about the products you run and tell your friends about.

Over the years I've used some pretty awesome products thanks to a couple of the methods I'm sharing below on how to find your staple curly hair products.

Once you find your staples, styling will become easier, wash day will become me - everything will be easier.

Since I've found mine (see them in the first link below), I'm sharing ways you can find yours.

Ways to find some of your favorite curly hair products - ClassyCurlies

Here are a couple of ways you can find your staple curly hair product:

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Subscribe to Curlkit 
One of the ways I discovered some of my favorite brands was by subscribing to Curlkit, a monthly kit delivered to your home filled with natural hair products. Intrigued? The kit contains some sample-sized and several full-sized products from a variety of brands - think Creme of Nature, Alikay Naturals, Lotta Body and Mop Top. This allows you to try an array of brands for one flat fee (without spending $10 per product).

Check out my latest Curlkit unboxing below and don't forget to grab your coupon code to save 10 percent off your first order.

Attend Product Swaps
I found one of my favorite conditioners - TRESemme Naturals - while attending a product swap event in Indianapolis. A product swap event is where you bring some of the hair products that you own and do not like. Other attendees do the same. Like they say - one man's trash, is another man's treasure. You all will swap products and you get to try something new - for free.

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Are there any other methods you've used to try new curly hair products? Drop them below in the comments section.

Natural Hair | A Look into my Closet Full of Curly Hair Products

Hey Curlies,

I've been getting a lot of questions on which natural hair products I use regularly and what's in my curly hair stockpile.

Today, I'm showing you most of my curly hair product collection. In the video I mention there are a few products and styling tools missing, but you get a chance to see most of it.

This includes curly hair styling products, shampoos, conditioners and much more.

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What type of products do you have in your hair stash? 

Jumbo Curls on Natural Hair Using Flexi Rods and Honey Baby Naturals

Hey Curlies,

It seems like every curly girl wants to master the flexi rod set. While I won't give myself that title just yet, I did use my jumbo flexi rods to create big, fluffy curls this week.

I started by washing with Honey Baby Naturals shampoo, deep conditioning with Creme of Nature's Intense Treatment and styling with Honey Baby Naturals Honey Shea hair butter.

I did use the tension method to stretch my hair before styling.

I learned the key to using product on natural hair after you've stretched it (and to keep it from shrinking), is to use only a tiny bit of product on each strand - think dime-sized.

That's exactly what I did. I used only a small amount of Honey Baby Naturals Honey Shea hair butter on each section and began rolling.

Jumbo Curls on natural hair using flexi rods and Honey Baby Naturals - ClassyCurlies

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Find the Perfect Roller for your Natural Hair
Below is the tutorial on how it was all done.

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3 Ways to Get Rid of Natural Hair Shrinkage

Hey Curlies,

Shrinkage - a curly girl's "best friend."

I hear so many women with curly hair complain about their shrinkage. They feel as if it doesn't show their true hair length (and believe me, I'm with you).

But the longer my hair has gotten over these past seven years, the more I've come to appreciate my shrinkage when styling. I also learned that having shrinkage shows your hair's health - which you can read all about here (6 signs of damaged hair).

If you aren't there yet and want some ways to stretch your natural hair and get rid of the shrinkage, here are some ways you can do so.

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Three ways to get rid of natural hair shrinkage and stretch curly hair - ClassyCurlies

African threading is a great way to stretch your curls without heat. The process involves wrapping thread around the length of your hair and allowing it to air dry. It's as simple as that. Learn more about how African threading works here.

The tension method is perfect for those who are washing and styling all in the same day. This method does involve heat, but I always use the "cool" button on the blow dryer. I love how this really shows off your length in a matter of 15-20 minutes. Learn more about the tension method here.

Got a bunch of hair ties lying around? Try the banding method to stretch your hair overnight. It is sort of similar to the tension method but less extreme. It involves wrapping hair ties down the length of your hair and allowing it to dry. Learn more about banding here.

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What are your favorite ways to stretch your curly hair?

Holy Grail Curly Hair Products You've Got to Try

Hey Curlies,

On this week's episode of Curly Conversations, I chatted about some of my favorite holy grail natural hair products. It's always nice to know what ingredients benefit your hair, but when shopping for curly hair products, it's helpful to know the names of specific products that work.

That's why today, I'm name dropping.

Here are my top 5 holy grail products for natural hair:
If you happen to listen to this week's episode of Curly Conversations, I go into detail about why these products are my favorite natural hair products and where to find them.

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Holy grail curly hair products you've got to try - ClassyCurlies

I also add one more other product to the list.

Michelle Obama Wears Her Natural Hair (and we love it!)

Hey Curlies,

The day I've been waiting on for years has finally come. Michelle Obama was seen rocking her natural hair and I (and the rest of Twitter) are super excited!

I'm not sure when this photo was taken, but Michelle is wearing a headband with curls everywhere. I always thought about how the world would react if Michelle Obama wore her natural hair when she was in the White House - talk about making a statement.

I always hoped she had some curls up underneath that silk press, and I was right.

Michelle Obama wears natural hair - ClassyCurlies

This is exactly how I feel about Michelle Obama's hair:


Your Spring Curly Hair Care Checklist

Hey Curlies,

While everyone was busy completing the 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge, I was busy creating more content for you all.

In honor of the spring season, I thought I'd start rolling out a series of seasonal checklists of items I recommend for you to keep your hair healthy.

It's an easy way for you identify the items you may need to grab versus what you already have.

As readers of the site, you'll get this checklist for free.

Looking for the summer checklist? You'll find it here. 

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Download your free copy of ClassyCurlies' Spring Curly Hair Care Checklist

Follow this link to download your free copy. Feel free to print it, and hang it up somewhere you'll see it daily.