Top Tips to Make Wash Day Easier for Your Curly Kiddo



by Michelle Thames of HappilyEverNatural.com

I’ve been a mom for a little over 2 years now and I can say that wash day is not my little ones most favorite day of the week. I try to make it fun for her since it's something that has to get done in order for me to maintain her healthy hair. I know I am not the only mom who dreads wash day with their little curly. So I came up with 4 tips to make wash day easier for you and your little one!

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Curly Kids: The Basic Guide to Natural Hair Care for Children

 
by Bee of 83toinfinity.com
Do you have memories of sitting in between your mother’s legs while she parted your hair, oiled your scalp, and styled you up in some plaits and twists, perhaps with pretty clips and bubbles and elastics? Are those memories fond or fearful? For me, they’re all warm and fuzzy. Having my mom wash and braid me up for school was usually something I looked forward to – her hands were gentle, I loved the smell of the African Pride scalp oils she used (remember the yellow ones filled with petroleum and “herbs”?), and we had fun watching TV or talking while she got me ready for the next day of school.

I know that for others, the memories aren’t so sweet. Hair being scraped back and torn with rough combing, singes from irons used to “tame” naps, and harsh comments about how tough, nappy, and bad one’s hair was. I’ve seen the after-effects of negative treatment pass down much more visibly than the positive – mothers who were told their hair was “bad” have practiced the same with their own children, especially their daughters. Seeing 4 year olds with relaxed hair makes me sad. Hearing mothers talk about how terrible their child’s hair is in front of the child makes me cringe.

I have heard Black women admit to choosing fathers of another race in order to ensure that her daughter didn’t have “nappy-ass hair” like she did. I’ve spoken with White mothers who have children with Black men, but have absolutely no clue what to do with their baby’s hair.

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Natural Hair Styles for Kids- Jumbo Braid and Pin Curl!



DiscoveringNatural writes:

It's back to school time! Here's a quick age appropriate hairstyle for those busy mornings. It is great for pre-teens and teens that don't want to wear twists to school.  I hope you like it and can add it to your arsenal of go-to styles. I did it on my 10 years old daughter,  Big Sis.

Princess Hair.


Jessica writes:

 I'd like to share an essay that I performed in a show called "Listen to Your Mother." The piece is called "princess hair" and it was inspired by my now four-year old who told me she "didn't like her hair" because it wasn't like the princesses she saw on TV. It's an inspirational story of self-love and of acceptance.

Easter Hairstyles for Little Girls With Natural Hair


Easter is right around the corner which means cute dresses and adorable hair-do's to match if you're anything like us! I know how hard it is looking for special occasion hairstyles for little girls with natural hair so I decided to put together a quick post to hopefully inspire your little one's Easter hair-do!

Young Female Beauty- What Do We Owe?



I wish my hair was like yours Miss Amber.”

A 9-year-old girl said this to me a few weeks ago. Instead of accepting the intended compliment, I paused, stood still and stared at her. She had beautiful braids with beads at the end of each strand in coordinating colors. I thought to myself, “Why does she want my hair? Is she not happy with hers?” Then it clicked – I had a young female mind in America once.

Young girls are always comparing themselves to others and aspiring to be something they’re not. I remember pointing to Tia and Tamara on Sister, Sister and telling my mom that I wanted my hair to look like that after my first perm.

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On Her LaLaLoopsy- Gia's Curlformer Adventures


I've used Curlformers on and off for the last 3 years, relying on them heavily in the cooler months when I'm protective styling to give me smoother, longer lasting up-dos.  I've learned that you get #WayMoreDoper results with soaking wet hair, small sections (dries faster and sets smoother) and less product. Also, the slippier the leave-in, the better. At any rate, as GiaDiva is my hair twin, I couldn't wait to see how they'd treat her!

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Curly Kids- Long and Healthy Natural Hair with Protective Styling


by Shaunic of BrownGirlsHair

I am a true believer that minimal manipulation on my child’s hair is beneficial to keeping her hair healthy which aids in length retention and growth.

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Curly Baby Growth Stages



Babies , kids and curls… Looking back at some of those baby photos, you may notice that your curls, coils or waves looked a little different than they do now. Over the years your hair may have gone through some more drastic changes, especially when you were a younger child.

Naturally curly hair is determined genetically. Some genes are said to be dominant over others; this means that, when an individual inherits two different genes for the same trait, one is more likely to express itself rather than the other. The gene for curly hair is said to have incomplete dominance over that for straight, so an individual inheriting one straight and one curly gene may have intermediate, wavy hair.

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Natural Hair Updo: Twisted Cinnabuns w/ Cornrows


We have been loving updo's over here lately! Can you tell?  Miss A will be attending her Aunt's work event this weekend so I decided to give her a style to fit the occasion. This style is perfect for both little and big girls. Great for holidays, formal events or just to feel like a princess! 

As always, I washed, detangled, moisturized (with Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer) and banded Miss A's hair. For full washing instructions click here.

I removed the bands once her hair was almost dry, just slightly damp. I began by parting the hair from ear to ear and tying the top section off. I started working on the back section at the nape of the neck, cornrowing from the right into the middle and from the left into the middle until I was done with the back. I used Bee Mine Curly Butter on each cornrow. 

Once I got to the top I parted a fairly large section in the middle and tied it off. I added a few cornrows to the side sections going up into the middle of her head. Once those cornrows were complete I gathered a large section of hair in the front, tied it off with a ponytail holder and did a loose two strand twist. Once the twist was in I began to create the cinnabun. I simply wrapped the twist around the ponytail holder, making sure it laid flat the entire time. Once the twist was wrapped around into a cinnabun, I placed 1 or 2 bobbypins flat, straight through the cinnabun. I continued this process until she had 5 twisted cinnabuns. I added some cute flower clips I bought from Claire's and there you have it, a beautiful natural updo!

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Cinnabuns & Flat twists
Cornrows & Cinnabuns

Reflections- Look at Sasha Obama's Hair!


 by Shelli of Hairscapades 

I just had to share this pic that I saw on Facebook yesterday and posted on my page. This picture just makes my heart swell with joy for two reasons. First, I always love seeing a little girl who adores her daddy and a daddy who adores his little girl.

But second … and this is what inspired the title of this post … look at Sasha’s hair. Which one of us doesn’t have a similar pic of us playing at some time, some place, hair everywhere … and having the time of our lives? To see this captured moment … the daughter of the President of the United States of America, not perfectly coiffed, but looking just like “every little black girl USA,” shoot, “every little black girl” period … no facades … no pretense …  no dolled up, whitewashed version of a black family that is “safe” for public viewing … feels like a really existential moment in time. I feel it in my bones. I feel it in my soul. There’s about to be a paradigm shift mannnnn!!! We are here, we are black, we are women and we are worthy just the way we are!!

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The Modified Girly Mohawk- A Tutorial


by Nik G of BeadsBraidsBeyond.blogspot.com

My daughter has been asking for a mohawk for months so I decided to pull some inspiration from our Facebook page and give her a cute, girly mohawk updo. She absolutely loves it! I think it's an adorable style for little girls, especially with cute Spring dresses. Jazz it up with a bow or hair pins and you're good to go!

The style is actually very simple so I'll try to keep the instructions short.

Miss A's hair was previously moisturized and banded so her hair was already stretched out quite a bit. If you're not into banding, you can completely skip this step. If you don't know what banding is, please check out our Banding F.A.Q. post.

I began by parting the hair from ear to ear. I tied off the back so I could easily work with the top section. Using a metal rat tail comb, I made a slanted square. I tied off the middle section so I could cornrow the left and right sections. If you do not know how to cornrow, please check out our Cornrowing for Beginners post. Flat twists would look just as adorable. I didn't want too much going on with this style so I kept the cornrows pretty basic. Just going straight up the sides.

After cornrowing both sides, I untied the top middle section and parted medium sections of hair with my fingers. I grabbed a black ouchless band and loosely tied off about 8 sections. I two strand twisted each section and left them overnight. I untied the back of her hair and did the same thing. I knew she didn't need cornrows in the back because her hair is so thick so the little cinnabuns would have covered them.

The next morning I removed the two strand twists, leaving the ouchless ponytail holders in. I gathered each section and wrapped it around each ponytail holder. I used a bobby pin to secure each little bun. I tried to make the buns kind of loose. I wanted a really full updo.

As for products, I used Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer to moisturize and Bee Mine Curly Butter to style. We still have a reader discount code, good through the end of March. The code is BBBJAN for 10% www.beemineproducts.com

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CN says:
Cuteness overload. Perfection.

Baby Jordyn's Natural Hair Journey

Ketra writes;

Hey Nikki!!! I thought this could make your day from one natural mother to another...





CN says;


hahahahaha ((gasp)) hahahaha! Happy Friday ladies :)
Stuntin' is a habit!

Boogie is 5 Months Old Today!

That is all... :)


Does she look like me?!

The Angry Little Lady Bug


Hola Chicas,

I totally flaked on the kids. I bought candy last week, ate it all, and didn't restock. What can I say... I love Butterfingers.

Despite having absolutely no where to go and no one to see, I still put Baby G in her costume. She's been crazy fussy all day so she wasn't feeling it, but I still had a quick photo shoot!


finally a little smile :)

If you can't tell, she was giving that costume hell, lol! I bought the 3 month old size, but between the Buddha belly and her long legs, it was almost a no-go! She was in it for all of five minutes.

Half Cornrows with Three Strand Twist Out!

NikG of Braids, Beads, & Beyond writes:

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Instructions:

  • I placed A's freshly washed hair in 10 large single braids for a day to stretch her hair out a bit.

  • The next day I took the braids out and added a generous amount of Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer to her hair. I finger detangled a bit then used our modified Denman Brush.

  • I parted her detangled hair from ear to ear then tied the back off to get it out of my hair.

  • I began parting with the end of my metal rat tail comb at a slight slant starting on the right side of her head. I added a little Bee Mine Curly Butter and cornowed that section.

  • If you do not know how to cornrow, check out our Cornrowing for Beginners post.

  • After cornrowing the first section I split the top section of hair right in the middle, then began parting at the very front of the middle part. I continued to part down at a slant and cornrowed that section.

  • I then parted about an inch back from the second cornrow, once again, at slant.

  • I continued parting at a slight slant until I got to the middle of her hair. I parted those sections a little more straight back.

  • I went to the left side of her head and did the same exact thing.

  • I also want to note, as I finished each cornow, I braided about half an inch down.

  • After I was done cornowing the top section, I gathered the first three cornowed sections on the right side of her hair, sprayed her hair with a little water then added a little Bee Mine Curly Butter and began doing a three strand twist with those three sections.

  • Click here for our three strand twist video tutorial.

  • I went to the left side of her hair, gathered the first three cornows on that side, and proceeded to three strand twist those sections as well.

  • Since the other cornrowed sections were a little larger/thicker, I simply wet each section, added the curly butter, and three strand twisted each section alone.

  • I then took down the back of her hair, sprayed it with a little water and started grabbing large sections to twist. I did not use a comb for these sections, I just used my fingers.

  • In the morning I took her three strand twists out and she got a nice, soft and fluffy twist out! I took a wide tooth comb and fluffed the roots up a bit and she was all ready for school!



Total Styling Time: 1.5 hours

Here's what her three strand twists looked like after sleeping on them. They flattened out a bit because I didn't put them up.
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Knights of Columbus, I'm Tired!


O...M...Gosh

Friggin' kudos and hats off to all of the super moms out there. Seriously, this is NO joke. Apparently the stakes have been upped and I need to put on the big girl panties.

The motivation to write this short post came a moment ago. I'm used to running in all directions, top speed, all the time. I'm also self-absorbed so this has been quite the adjustment period. Pre-Gia, on a typical weekend, I could hit the grocery store, goof off at the mall, walk 6 miles, blog, do my hair, laze around the house, blog, clean the house, wash the clothes, spend time with the hubs, fold the clothes, chat (gossip) with friends and watch all of my favorite Tivo'ed programs. Now that The Boss has arrived, everything has come to a screeching halt... or at least a ridiculously slow crawl. It's Sunday and I've done nothing but tend to G baby. Father Abraham! This is not for the faint-hearted...

I'm a notoriously anal person- - I'm very punctual, very organized and I live and die by my thoughtfully composed to-do list. When I can't do something I need or rather want to do 'right now', I freak out. Well, Gia's learning me... my schedule no longer exists. I'm doing what I can around the incessant pumpings (every 3 hours! I swear every time I look up it's 9pm... the day flies by when you're living in 3 hour increments), Gia's naps, diaper changes and fit pitchings. She's not a fussy baby, but she's demanding and likes to be held and entertained when she's awake. I'm blessed in that hubby is a trooper and a great dad-- we take shifts, so even though I get a few hours of sound sleep at night, and a couple of hours to myself during the day, it's still not enough! I feel like I need 4 more hands and a couple of nannies.

Don't believe me? I typed this whole damn post with one friggin' hand, took 30 minutes. Gia's wiggling in my other arm.

Rant over :-)

A Pretty Bun for a Pretty Girl!

NikG of BeadsBraidsBeyond dishes on ways to keep baby girl's natural hair healthy and beautiful, without pulling yours out!

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Instructions:
  • Start with completely (properly) detangled, well moisturized hair. A's hair was washed the night before, I banded it in 3 sections so in the morning it was slightly stretched out but still a little damp.

  • If you do not know how to cornrow, check out our Cornrowing for Beginners post.

  • Begin by parting the hair in the back from ear to ear. Once you have that section parted, tie off the top and part your first section near the right ear to begin you first cornrow. Make each section about as big as your middle finger or slightly bigger.

  • Continue parting your sections and cornrowing them. Adding your moisturizer and product of choice to each section.

  • Once you are done cornrowing the back of the hair, untie the top section and part a slanted section near the right ear, cornrow that section and do the same near the left ear. When you have a cornrow on the left and right side, part a small section in the middle and cornrow that as well.

  • You will now take your product of choice and smooth the "free hair" down. Place that hair in a ponytail using an ouchless ponytail holder. Once the hair is in a ponytail grab a rolled up sock and make your sock bun. Click here for the picture tutorial or here for the video tutorial.

  • Since A's hair has grown since we last did the "Princess Tiana Bun" I decided to leave some hair out instead of trying to tuck it under. I gathered half of the left out hair on the right side and did a big single braid, I then did the same with the left out hair on the left side. I wrapped each braid around to the front and placed one bobby pin through each large braid to hold it down. Note: I applied a generous amount of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to the sock beforehand.

  • I added some colorful beads, instead of using rubberbands on the ends, I decided to try out those snaps I found at Burlington Coat Factory. I also added a Hello Kitty bow and she was all done!

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Total Styling Time: About 40 minutes

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A Natural Hair Style for a Flower Girl

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I have had several requests for natural flower girl hair styles. Because I don't think I'm very good with fancier/special occasion hair styles I decided to Google for inspiration. I didn't find one natural flower girl hair style so I will be having a series of Natural Flower Girl Hair Styles for our little girls. I hope you all enjoy!

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I call this Two Strand Twisted Halo With Cornrows, since one of the twists go across her forehead, I thought it looked kind of like a halo.


Instructions:
  • Start with freshly washed hair. You want to make sure the hair is wet to acheive this look.

  • In the front middle section by the forehead, part half of a moon shape. This is where you will add your cornrows. Tie that section off to get it out of your way.

  • You will now begin twisting the hair. I parted some hair out around the nape area, added some Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer and Bee Mine Curly Butter to that entire section, finger combed, then began grabbing medium sections with my fingers. You can use your choice of moisturizer/styler. I did not part the hair. I just grabbed and started twisting. If your child has thick hair, it will cover up any "unfortunate" parts, if your child has thin hair, you may want to use a comb to part the hair. In each medium section I just crossed the right strand over the left, right over left, right over left. Once I got to the end of each twist I rolled the ends between my thumb and index (pointer) finger.

  • I grabbed medium sections with my fingers, added our products, and twsited until I was done with her entire head.

  • I then moved on to the section I previously parted for cornrowing. I started by parting on the left side of the moon shape, at a slight slant. I cornrowed that section. Once I was at the end of the cornrow, I had three sections, I added the sections together and made two sections so I can do a two strand twist.

  • After the first cornrow, I moved on to the right side and did the same exact thing. At this point I have one cornrow on the left at a slight slant, and one on the right at a slant.

  • I then parted four "triangle" sections in the middle and cornrowed those.

  • After cornrowing the half moon shape, I took one twist from the right side and pulled it across her forehead. I used one bobbypin to hold it down.

  • I added four of those cute rhinestone spin pins I bought from Walmart. They spun in her hair like butter! No snags or anything. That was it!
Total Styling Time: 30 minutes


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Natural Hair Accessories for the Little One!

NikG of BeadsBraidsBeyond dishes on ways to keep baby girl's natural hair healthy and beautiful, without pulling yours out!


If you are a mommy to a little girl then your hair accessories are probably endless, and still growing I bet. I mean between the headbands, beads, barrettes, clips, and bows it probably turns into a mess, right?

I remember back when I first started learning how to style A's hair, I would always buy random hair accessories and throw them all in this huge bag. Well, that didn't work. When I needed something I would have to dump the entire bag out and search for that white clip or that pink ballie. On top of that, everything was wrapped around each other! It was not a good sight, that's for sure. Plus, it made things stressful. Especially if we didn't have a lot of time.

Now we have this little setup that works out perfectly. I found some things around the house and made it work. You can too!

First we have this super cute cupcake themed bow holder from Little Lady & Me. All the bows hanging are from Little Lady & Me as well.

Next, we have a storage bin I had laying around the house. I finally put it to good use. You should be able to find one of these at Walmart, Target, etc for around $10-$15.

I have beads in ziplock baggies, headbands in a bag that came with one of A's princess sets, ponytail holders in ziplock baggies, barrettes/ballies in onesie packs. (thanks to her baby brother!) I also have the spray bottle hanging on the side, and combs and other various things on the bottom.

I hung up a long ribbon on the side of the storage bin and added all of A's bows.

On the other side of the bin I have curlers. The flexi-rods and rollers are in bags that came with her princess sets.

I took these pictures so you can get a better look at everything. Ponytail holders, headbands, rubberbands, and other unopened accessories.

Barrettes/ballies in onesie packs. :)

Beads in ziplock baggies.

Hair tools.

Hair curlers.

I try to keep everything color coordinated. It is very helpful. Especially when you're dealing with beads. At one point I had all of the beads in a jar together and I struggled finding the right colors to put on the beader.

So there you have it! Our little set up. I hope it has given you some ideas. I know we will have to upgrade to something bigger soon but for now this is what works for us...

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