Sunday, February 26, 2017

Countdown to the 31 Days of Healthy Natural Hair Challenge

Hey Curlies,

We're just two days away from the 31 Days of Healthy Hair challenge! Have you signed up yet?

Keep in mind even if you are signed up for our weekly newsletter, you'll have to sign up for the challenge separately. 

If you aren't familiar, with this free natural hair challenge, let me recap for you:

The 31 Days of Healthy Hair is a free challenge for email subscribers from March 1-31, 2017. Here's how it works:
  • Subscribe to the 31 Days of Healthy Hair challenge for free (you can do that here)
  • From 3/1-3/31 you'll receive one email per day with a healthy hair tip
  • These tips could be hair styles to try, new products to try or general healthy hair tips

Healthy Hair challenge march 2017 - classycurlies


At the end of the challenge, I'll send out a free printable worksheet 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.

ClassyCurlies' 31 Days of Healthy Hair

* indicates required


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 a giveaway for a chance to win a Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap
  • 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 sheet with all of the hair care tips featured in the challenge, all in one place that can be used for later reference. 
By signing up, you'll be automatically entered into the giveaway, but if you want an additional way to win, here's how:
  • The email sign up form has a section that says, "Who referred you?" Refer a friend, have them write in your first name along with your last initial (or social media name) and you'll get bonus points.
  • NOTE: You must have already signed up before you can refer someone. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Natural Hair: Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap Product Review

Hey Curlies,

When I get a new product, I usually try it out for weeks at a time before I review them, and that process was no different with my Hot Head by Thermal Hair Care.

What's a Hot Head you say?

It's a microwaveable deep conditioning cap that gives the best deep conditioning treatment, in my opinion.

Hot Head by Thermal Hair Care deep conditioning cap review - ClassyCurlies
Hot Head product review
Check out my review in the link below and learn how you can win your own coming soon!

RELATED | Join ClassyCurlies' 31 Days of Healthy Hair | Listen to Curly Conversations Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

(I had trouble embedding the video, so here is the link!)


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Natural Hair: Curlkit Unboxing February 2017

Hey Curlies,

It has been quite a while since I've done one of these - years to be exact - but I wanted to reintroduce you all to Curlkit, a natural hair subscription service I mention quite often. Today I wanted to share my February unboxing video.

I began using Curlkit back in 2011 when I first did my big chop. It was an easy way for me to try a bunch of new products at once.

Curlkit is a monthly natural hair kit that contains full-sized and sample-sized hair products for $20 per month. The kit includes products from both big and small brands, giving you a variety to try.

Curlkit unboxing February 2017. Get your discount code for this natural hair sunscription service. - ClassyCurlies
February 2017 Curlkit unboxing

RELATED | Join the 31 Days of Healthy Hair challenge | What's the Difference? Natural Hair Relaxer or Texturizer

A couple of the reasons I like Curlkit:

  • Products come straight to your home - no need for shopping
  • You get to try new products on the market
  • You can try a variety of brands at once
  • It's a lot cheaper than buying the products individually at the store
Check out my unboxing video below and don't forget to subscribe to the ClassyCurlies YouTube channel. 





Tuesday, February 21, 2017

4 DIY Hair Care Recipes for Curly Hair

Hey Curlies,

Today's guest post comes from Sally over at ThinkOily.com and she's sharing some of her best DIY recipes for curly hair.

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It's a known fact that every woman on the planet dreams of having gorgeous, manageable, soft and silky hair. Sadly, millions of women have spent their whole lives relying on commercial hair products like shampoos and conditioners that contain ingredients that damage hair over time. What these women are left with is hair that is dry, frizzy and dull.

Women who have naturally curly hair have to be especially careful with what ingredients they put in their hair. Hair that is naturally curly is more prone to dryness and frizz. 

That's because when it comes to curly hair, each hair shaft is structured in a way that makes it more difficult for hair's natural oils to distribute themselves evenly.

4 DIY Hair Care Recipes for Curly Hair - ClassyCurlies
4 DIY Hair Care Recipes for Curly Hair

What's So Bad About Commercial Hair Products?


The problem with commercial hair care brands is that they often use ingredients that are inexpensive to mass produce. These cheap ingredients are not healthy for our hair.

For instance, most commercial shampoo products contain a chemical called sodium lauryl sulfate. This chemical is what gives shampoo a rich and foamy lather. 

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a harsh detergent that is often found in car engine degreasers and commercial floor cleaners. It aggressively strips our hair of its natural oils, leaving hair dry, damaged and frizzy.

Most commercial hair care brands also use synthetic fragrances. These harsh chemicals dry out hair as well as the skin on the scalp, leading to problems like dandruff.


Why Use Essential Oils For Your Hair?


For centuries, people have been using essential oils for everything from household cleaning to pain relief. These oils are derived from plants that are known for their healing properties.

Essential oils boast many incredible healing properties that can benefit hair immensely. Plus, essential oils are affordable, incredibly safe, and highly effective. 

Best of all, using essential oils in your hair care routine will leave your hair smelling wonderful.


DIY Hair Care Recipes for Curly Hair

Any of these hair care recipes will leave curly hair feeling healthy, soft and free of dreaded frizz.

Hydrating Rose Hair Mask

Rose essential oil is known for its hydrating properties and its ability to eradicate frizz. This oil has also been shown to encourage hair growth.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 40 drops rose essential oil

Combine the two oils together and massage this combination into the scalp. Then, comb your hair so that this mask reaches all the way down to the ends of your hair. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes before rinsing it out with cool water.


Chamomile and Lavender Anti-Frizz Rinse

Chamomile essential oil has a calming effect on the hair just like it does on the body and mind, eradicating frizz and leaving hair feeling smooth and soft. Lavender essential oil makes hair shinier and helps control dandruff.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of witch hazel
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of chamomile essential oil
Combine all three ingredients in a small bowl. After you are done washing your hair, pour this combination over your scalp. There's no need to rinse this combination out of your hair.


Rosemary Shine Boosting Hair Growth Spray

Rosemary is known for its ability to provide hair with lots of shine. Those with curly hair know how easy it is for hair to become dry and lose its luster. Plus, rosemary has been shown to promote hair growth.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of water
  • 40 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 1 small spray bottle
Combine the water and rosemary essential oil and pour this combination into the spray bottle. Spray this into your hair whenever you want a boost of shine.

Lavender and Clary Sage Leave-In Conditioner

Lavender essential oil is known to boost shine while clary sage oil helps soothe sensitive skin on the scalp. Vegetable glycerin is a natural, plant-based moisturizer that draws moisture from the air to keep hair looking soft, silky and shiny.

Ingredients:
  • 50 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of clary sage
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 cup of witch hazel
  • 1 small spray bottle
Combine the clary sage and lavender essential oils with the vegetable glycerin and witch hazel. Mix this combination very well before pouring it into a spray bottle. Spray this into your hair after you wash it.


These four easy DIY hair recipes will leave your curly hair softer, shinier and healthier than ever before. Plus, your hair will smell amazing!

Sally Wong is a manual therapist and massage therapist. She also practices yoga and tai chi in her spare time. As a child, Sally grew up in a small town in China. From her grandmother, she learned the ancient art of aromatherapy. Today, Sally devotes her time to teaching people about the incredible benefits of diffusing essential oils.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Healthy Living: Do Fitness Trackers Really Work? My Fitbit Experience

Hey Curlies,

I just so happened to look down at my arm one night and boom...there was my next Healthy Living post idea - fitness trackers. Many people want to know do fitness trackers work? Do they motivate you to get off your butt and exercise, or are they just a big waste of time.

After owning now four - yes four - Fitbits over the past two years, I think I'm qualified enough to answer those questions.

Head over to ClassyCurlies' Healthy Living section for everything you want to know about fitness trackers.

Are fitness trackers worth the money?

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Natural Hair Deep Conditioning: Clays that Treat, Restore Moisture, Detox

Hey Curlies,

Usually when someone asks what can they do to restore moisture to their dry hair, repair their damaged curly hair or achieve healthy hair in general, I always point to deep conditioning.

Of course you can use any conditioner to deep condition, but over the years I've seen my hair breathe new life after using natural hair treatments and curly hair clay masks that are made to detox and treat. My favorite clays to use are Australian Pink Clay, Rhassoul Clay and Bentonite clay.

I've used all three several times over the past couple of years, but my favorite clay mask combination is the Original Conditioning Hair Masque from Butters-n-Bars.com. It's a combination of Australian Pink Clay, Rhassoul Clay and raw honey to restore moisture to the hair.

Australian Pink Clay benefits for hair - ClassyCurlies
The Original Conditioning Hair Masque from Butters n Bars

Here's a quick breakdown of each clay (and why you may want to consider including them in your hair care routine):
Australian Pink Clay Deep Conditioner - ClassyCurlies
Application of my Australian Pink Clay mask.

Bentonite Clay: Good for removing toxins in the hair and scalp because it is able to produce an electrical charge when combined with a liquid.

Rhassoul Clay aka Moroccan Clay: Great for detoxing and cleansing the hair but acts as a deep moisturizer and adds sheen.

Australian Pink Clay: Perfect if you need the ultimate hair moisture boost.

I've used the Original Conditioning Hair Masque several times, and each time I do, I'm never disappointed.

RELATED | 2014 Natural Hair: Rhassoul and Australian Pink Clay Hair Treatment | 2013 Natural Hair: Rhassoul & Australian Pink Clay Hair Treatment (Picture Heavy)

You can watch me apply the clay mask to my hair below from the ClassyCurlies' Facebook page - unfortunately I was having sound problems, so you can't hear me talk.

For the application I used gloves, newspaper (to cover my sink, floor), old shirt, the clay masque, Honey Baby Naturals Conditioner, TRESemme Naturals Conditioner, Dye brush, and mixing bowl.

The two conditioners were mixed in with the clay mask.

Part One:



Part Two:



You can see more photos in the video below:



So of course I still use traditional deep treatment hair masks, but mud and clay masks are becoming my favorite.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

ClassyCurlies' 31 Days of Healthy Hair

Hey Curlies,

I want to introduce a new natural hair challenge that's been in the works for the past couple of months. The month of March will be dedicated to the 31 days of Healthy Hair challenge.

The 31 Days of Healthy Hair is a free challenge for email subscribers from March 1-31, 2017. Here's how it works:
  • Subscribe to the 31 Days of Healthy Hair challenge for free (you can do that here)
  • From 3/1-3/31 you'll receive one email per day with a healthy hair tip
  • These tips could be hair styles to try, new products to try or general healthy hair tips
At the end of the challenge, I'll send out a free printable worksheet 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.

RELATED | Listen to Curly Conversations Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | Does the Acceptance of Natural Hair Vary by Generation?

31 days of healthy hair challenge - ClassyCurlies

All you have to do is sign up here (or below), and your first email will be on its way March 1.


ClassyCurlies' 31 Days of Healthy Hair

* indicates required


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 a giveaway for a chance to win a Hot Head Deep Conditioning Cap
  • 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 sheet with all of the hair care tips featured in the challenge, all in one place that can be used for later reference. 

By signing up, you'll be automatically entered into the giveaway, but if you want an additional way to win, here's how:
  • The email sign up form has a section that says, "Who referred you?" Refer a friend, have them write in your first name along with your last initial (or social media name) and you'll get bonus points.
  • NOTE: You must have already signed up before you can refer someone. 

So what are you waiting for? Sign up and refer a friend today!













DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course Sold Out

Hey Curlies,

I just wanted to drop by really quick and let you all know the DIY Shampoo and Conditioner Course is officially sold out!

I limited the amount of tickets sold so we could maintain an intimate environment - but there was a huge response to this event...and I may have to hold another course sometime later this year.

RELATED | What's the difference? Natural hair relaxer v Texturizer | Top 3 No Shampoo Clay Cleansers for Curly Hair

I know I had a lot of women in my Indianapolis natural hair group, Indy's ClassyCurlies, that weren't able to grab tickets either.


But as always, I'm in the works of planning a few more events. If you're in the Indianapolis area, join my free natural hair group for updates first here.

RELATED | Listen to Curly Conversations Tuesday nights at 7 p.m.  | Wash day tutorial with WonderCurl


Listen to Curly Conversations Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Hey Curlies,

Thanks to everyone who tuned into tonight's episode of Curly Conversations.

Everyone kept asking me where they could listen to past episodes since they link changes from week to week, so I created one place where all of the episode will go.

Curly Conversations natural hair podcast - ClassyCurlies

If you're using your phone, you'll just need to click the button to expand the menu and you'll see these options.

On this page you'll find the week's upcoming show and past episodes.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wash Day with WonderCurl's Charcoal Shampoo Bar and Restoring Hair Treatment

Hey Curlies,

I posted a very short mini tutorial on Instagram last week of me applying a new deep conditioner and using a shampoo bar to cleanse my hair.




Both products (the Restoring Hair Treatment and Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo Bar) are from WonderCurl, a brand I first used many, many years ago.

I wanted to show you all the extended video of my wash day using these two products. Now, I normally wash my hair in the shower, for this reason, but for video purposes, this was shot...not in my shower lol.

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As always, let me know if you have any questions on the products or my washing techniques at ClassyCurlies@gmail.com.

Also, don't forget to subscribe to the YouTube channel for more styles.




Saturday, February 11, 2017

NATURAL HAIR TUTORIAL: Valentine's Day Curly Mohawk

Hey Curlies,

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and I'm sure many of us are heading out for dinner and to events, but we have to get ready first, right? That's why I've put together the perfect Valentine's Day hairstyle that can be done on natural hair or curly hair.

Remember that super cute mohawk I did around the holidays?

RELATED | Curly Mohawk in 20 minutes | Join the 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge for free | Listen to Curly Conversations Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

Curly mohawk tutorial - ClassyCurlies

Well, it's back and I have a tutorial on how it's done, step-by-step.

For this style I used WonderCurl's Butter Than Love Pudding. It's made with aloe vera juice, castor oil and shea butter.

I first discovered WonderCurl's products many, many years ago and this was one of the first products I used. It's great for twists and updo styles.

RELATED | Criss Crossed Twistout Tutorial | 10 Ways to Grow your Hair with a Little TLC 



Check out more from WonderCurl here.

Looking for other styles for Valentine's Day? Check out the tutorials below or find more on our YouTube channel.




Thursday, February 9, 2017

Curly Conversations Episode 5: Natural Hair in Africa v America

Hey Curlies,

Although we're only five episodes in, I think this week's episode of Curly Conversations was definitely one of my favorites.

In this week's episode titled: "Black Hair in America v. Africa," we chatted with Emily Wasonga, a native to Kenya and local business owner about her perspective of natural hair.

UPDATE: You can now find all episodes of Curly Conversations right here.

We had an amazing discussion about hair, culture and a little of everything in between.

RELATED | Join the 31 Days of Healthy Hair Challenge for free | Wash Day with WonderCurl's Charcoal Shampoo Bar and Restoring Hair Treatment

Curly Conversations - Natural hair podcast by ClassyCurlies.com


Episode 5: Black Hair in America v. Africa

You can listen to the fifth episode by clicking here or listening in the player below.




Episode four
: Getting your hair back on track



Episode three: Avoiding the 'ethnic hair care aisle'



Episode two: Building the perfect wash day routine



Episode one: Keeping confident in your natural hair




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Healthy Living: Herbal Teas you MUST try

Hey Curlies,

So I have an obsession...and it's not the one I mentioned in last week's episode of Curly Conversations. It's one I've had for quite a while.

I'm completely obsessed with tea...yes, not coffee, but tea. (I hate coffee)

Herbal teas you must try -ClassyCurlies Healthy Living

While I love all kinds of tea, I have a real love for herbal teas...I mean just look at my collection...

Herbal teas to try -ClassyCurlies

And it continues to grow. I don't know what it is, but tea can cure any bad mood I may be in. I can just grab a cup and feel instantly relaxed.

So for all of the tea lovers out there (and those I hope to bring to the dark side), here is a list of my favorite teas...and why you should try them.

See the list here, in the Healthy Living section.













Monday, February 6, 2017

What's the Difference? Natural Hair Relaxer or Texturizer

Hey Curlies,

I get questions all of the time about products out on the market, specifically natural hair relaxers and texturizers. People constantly want to know the difference between a hair relaxer and a texturizer.

While I personally don't support either of these methods of hair straightening, you deserve to educate yourself.

I feel "teacher mode" coming on...let's break it all down

Difference between relaxer/perm and texturizer - ClassyCurlies

Here's today's lesson:

What is a natural hair relaxer
Also known as "perm" in the black community, a relaxer does just what it says, it relaxes your curl pattern transforming your curly strands to straight ones. It uses a series of chemicals that keep the hair straight for a few weeks at a time. At some point, more relaxer will need to be applied to touch up the roots of where the curly hair has begun to grow in.

Pros: Straightens hair for a short amount of time
Cons: Touch up needed usually every 4-6 weeks, very high pH, loaded with strong chemicals found in detergents, drain cleaners, etc. (this is one of the many reasons why they burn upon application).

RELATED | 10 Ways to Grow Your Hair | What to tell a Friend who wants to go back to Relaxers

What is a natural hair texturizer
Think of a texturizer as a mild form of a relaxer. It won't give you bone-straight hair, but it will loosen your curls - resulting in many times, a wavy hair texture. It also uses a series of dangerous chemicals to get the job done and a touch up will be needed as the more curlier hair grows in.

Pros: Leaves you with wavy strands
Cons: High pH and also loaded with many of the chemicals found in relaxers

Like I said, I wouldn't recommend either of these methods as they can ultimately cause long term hair damage.

RELATED | Texturizers and Telax 101

NOTE: If you do plan to use either of these methods to straighten your hair (and you already have natural hair) they will impact all parts of your hair...meaning you may lose all of your curl pattern. 













Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Curly Conversations: Getting your Hair Back on Track

Hey Curlies,

I can't believe we're already on the 4th episode of Curly Conversations! I have the best time hosting this natural hair podcast and interacting with you on social media afterward.

UPDATE: You can now find all episodes of Curly Conversations right here.

If you missed this week's episode, or any of the previous three, you can catch up here.

Episode four



Episode three



Episode two



Episode one



Natural Hair Style: Criss Crossed Twistout

Hey Curlies,

Here's a quick natural hair style I thought you all would enjoy. It transforms an old curlformers set into a bangin' twistout style.

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