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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Winter Care for Natural Curls

Hello Readers!

     I would like welcome and thank all of our new followers!  If you follow our Facebook Page then you know that our page will soon hit 3K LIKES!

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    Now, let me start this post by stating the obvious… the cold days have arrived! Some of you are probably experiencing lower temperatures than we are.  I mean, we leave in Georgia and I’m originally from Miami, Florida, which means that the coldest temperature I have experienced in my life is probably 20 degrees!  A joke right? At least compare to what some of you have experienced.

    With the cold days knocking on our door every morning, it is important to dress our little ones in layers and to keep gloves, hats and scarfs handy.  But keeping kids warm is not the only important thing we must remember.  At least not when you have kids with lots of curly hair.

     Curly hair needs extra TLC, not just during the summer months but even more so during the dry, cold days.

     Here are a few of my tips that will help you keep your curls moisturized:

#1. Check your oils: by this I mean, some oils become hard during the cold months, if it becomes hard and solid while is in its container, then most likely will not be a good idea to apply it to your hair. Unfortunately, I found that out the hard way… It did not damaged her hair by any means, but we had to re-wash and start all over again.  I love coconut oil, it's no secret, but during the cold days coconut oil tends to hardened and you will see white flakes or clumps all over the hair.  So during the following months I will be using a combination of castor oil, argan oil and jojoba oil. 

#2. Deep Condition: Deep conditioning is part of our regimen, but in order to make sure her hair continues to thrive during the cold days, I deep conditioned her hair once a week!


#3. Pre-Poo: Retaining moisturize is our main goal, so please try to remember that.  The pre-poo step always helps lessen the damage shampoo can do to your tresses therefore helping you retain moisture. I also find the pre-poo step very helpful when it comes to the detangling process.   But I always suggest that you stay away from shampoos that contain harsh ingredients and use sulfate free shampoos.  

#4. No outside time with wet hair: Okay, this is something my mother never allowed, she claimed that it was not good for your health.  I always try to wash her hair during the weekends, but see, the key word is “try”. Even when you plan your wash days it sure doesn’t mean they will always happen when you want them.  But during the cold days, I stick to washing her hair on Saturday mornings or Friday afternoons.  I do not allow her to go outside until I know her hair is dry and completely covered.

#5. Keep the curls covered:  When going outside, make sure your curly kid is wearing a hat, satin lined caps are a bit pricey, but I have an easy solution to that, the same “satin sleeping cap” they wear to go to bed can also be used under their winter hats!  Now, if you are good with the sewing machine, you may want to consider making one and you can also make me one while you are at it! J


#6. Keep an eye on your ends:  I constantly check Ms. Bree scalp and ends, and it is no different when it comes to the cold days.  If the ends of the hair start to look dry and split ends are clearly there, don’t hesitate to trim it!  If you are interested on learning how to trim their hair, please read our post on: How To Trim Curly Hair

#7. Keep it in protective style:   Styles like braids, twists last for several days to a couple of weeks since over styling can also cause damage.  You can and is highly encouraged that you continue to care for your hair even when it’s in a protective style.  You can easily co-wash hair and please make sure that scalp, hair and ends are properly moisturized which will prevent the hair from drying and breaking!



#8. Drink lots of fluids:  It is very important to make sure the kids drink plenty of fluids.  Our kids have a “water chug”, which is a mini water bottle, like a mini-me version of the 5 gallon bottles.. we try to keep them full of water. I constantly check and see how much they have drank.  Although, it is a bit difficult to keep track of their fluid intake when they are at school. 

Just remember that keeping the hair moisturized is your main objective!

Here are some ideas on protective styles! 



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Product Review: Teadora Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

Hey there everyone!!

Thank you for stopping by to read another Product Review!  The products we have for you are relatively new and we were giving the opportunity to review them.   We received the Rainforest at Dawn Shampoo and Conditioner.  We also received their body oil, but I will review that at a later time.  




Their Claim:

Teadora shampoos and conditioners use hydrating and revitalizing ingredients from the rainforest of Brazil.  They help prevent split ends.  Prolong the life of hair-color provide great frizz control, restore damaged hair and protect your hair against UV ray damage. 

The Cost:

$30.00 per item

Ingredients:

Amazonian Clay;
Brazil Nut;
Maracuja;
Pataua;
Babassu;
Carnauba Was;
Murumuru;
Plant Stem Cell;

To learn more about what each ingredient is known for and their benefits click here: http://www.teadorabeauty.com/ingredients

Our Experience:
I washed Ms. Bree’s hair using the Nourishing Shampoo and it was a wonderful experience.  

   
When it comes to the shampoo, a little goes a long way, it lathers up easily and leaves its’ intoxicating fragrance behind! Even now, days later after washing Ms. Bree’s hair I can still smell the scent of the products.  The shampoo left her hair and scalp extra clean without giving it that ugly dry feeling and her hair definitely felt hydrated.   

The conditioner was no different from the shampoo, after the first application I could unmistakably feel her hair become soft making the detangling process a breeze.  Once I rinsed her hair out, it was evident that her curls were more defined and undeniably hydrated.  You can see these results on the picture above.  I am very pleased with the results and I was even more pleased with the fact that my daughter’s hair truly benefited from the use of these products.

Are you intrigued but not so sure if you should spend $30.00 on a product?? Not to worry, visit their “Travel Size” section and look at their 2 oz. selections!

These Products are available in two fragrances:
*Rainforest at Dawn; and
*Rainforest at Dusk.




These products are also cruelty free, 100% Vegan, Sulfate Free, Paraben Free and free of any harsh chemicals.

To learn more about these products: http://www.teadorabeauty.com/
 To see all the travel Sizes available:  http://www.teadorabeauty.com/store/travel-size


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Costume- Frankie Stein

Hello everyone and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! 

This year has been exceptionally busy for our household.  From Football games, Gymnastics, Dance classes and of course, homework and school projects.

Ms Bree is attending a new school of dance, Maxine Patterson School of Dance.  She is still learning ballet and tap but to me this school is one hundred percent better than her last school.  

With a new school comes a new teacher and with a new teacher comes a new routine.  Her teacher is amazing with kids and the one hour recital the little one's performed for us, the parents, was definitely fun to watch.   

Since it was a Halloween themed dance all the dancers were asked to wear their Halloween Costume.  Although Ms. Bree loves "Elsa" from the Disney movie "Frozen", she decided to switch things up a bit and chose Frankie Stein from Monster High. 

At first, she wanted me to flat iron her hair and use the cans of paint Party City has available.  But I decided for a Frankie Wig (children's size).  Flat ironing her hair then adding the paint sounded to damaging to her curly tresses for my liking.  The cold weather has arrived in my neck of the woods and with that, her hair needs extra TLC.  

Here is how we accomplished her look: 

FRANKIE STEIN from MONSTER HIGH



The Clothes


*Black Leotard;
*Monster High Tutu purchased from Party City.

The Accessories


*Monster High- Frankie Stein Necklace; 
*Monster High- Frankie Stein tights
*Shoes- her every day Mary Jane shoes in black.
*Monster High- Glitter Body tattoos.


The Hair


*Monster High- Frankie Stein Wig (Child size) 
     Although the girl on the picture is older than Ms. Bree, the wig fit perfectly. 

Ms Bree got dressed first; 


The Make Up Kit we found at Walmart for $4.99 
This is the first time I apply make up to Ms. Bree, although her daddy had requested a couple of time for me to apply a light make up during her recitals but I've never done it. 

I decided to do it this year because she kindly said, "just my eyes and my lip gloss", so I thought, why not? right.. 

Although Ms Bree was looking at the picture of the girl on the "Wig" wrap, I was never going to agree to such heavy make  up.  I know, I know, it was a Halloween themed dance but I thank goodness she didn't ask for something heavy.   


The Kit came with four eye shadow colors: Green, light pink, deep blue and purple.  
Ms Bree chose Green and Purple... although the blue would have been a better choice, it was way too dark... Yep, I let out a breath I didn't know I was holding.. :)


I started by applying moisturizer all over her face, carefully avoiding the eye area; 

This particular kit came with two eye shadow applicators but I used my finger instead when  applying the green eye shadow all over her eye lid;

Then using the side of the applicator I applied the pink eye shadow on the top part of her eye lid, starting from where the bone begins up to the bottom of the eye brow. 

No eye liner or mascara for this little one, at least not  yet! :) 

However, I did use a black eye liner to recreate the scar Frankie Stein has on her face. 

*extra tip*: I believe a "liquid" eye liner would have worked better for this.  

Having her hair in Braids was the best thing I could have done.  It allowed me to put the Wig on with having to stuff all that hair in the small cap.  Having the hair in large pony tails can also cause the wig to not fit properly. 

I used three pins to make sure her Wig wouldn't fall in the middle of her dance. But I really don't think they were necessary at all. 


Like mother like daughter; I love touching my hair, specially now when it's very long... Ms. Bree is really not that far behind, she touched, touched, pulled and touched some more!  Thankfully, her wig stayed in place and didn't fall at all. 

Simple yet beautiful! 

A full length video of her dance will be available on our YouTube Channel, so make sure you subscribe to it!  



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Review: The Hair Commandments

Hello Readers!

I have a new book review for all of you!

The Hair Commandments by Latoya Johnson-Rainey and C. Nathaniel Brown. 

This book was recently released and I was giving the opportunity to review it and share my honest opinion with every single one of you! 


This book is approximately 132 pages long and is full of information about Wigs, Weaves, Natural Hair and so much more. But let’s break it down and see what you can expect to see in this book.
Chapter One through Chapter Four: Wigs

In these chapters you will find everything you need to know if you are thinking about option to sport a wig.  The writers give tips like:

*How to choose the right Wig;
*How to choose the right style based on the shape of your face;
*What is the Wig Cap Size and how to measure it in order to obtain the right cap size.
*The difference between lower and higher synthetic hair, human blend and human hair;
*The pros and cons of the use of human hair in Wigs.

Additionally, you will also have at your fingers tips, information on how to properly care for a Wig.  From shampooing, conditioning, drying, brushing and styling it in order for the Wig to last longer.  If you are not one hundred percent sure on how to put a Wig on, don’t worry this book will also provide you with that information! 

Chapter Five through Chapter Nine: Weaves

Like the previous chapters, under the “Weaves” chapters you will find the different kind and qualities of Weaves.  

Tips on how to properly apply them and care for them. If you are not familiar with the different kind of Weaves that are out there in the Hair Market, and are looking to get a better picture of what the differences are and which ones are “heat friendly”, than this book is definitely good to have. 

These chapters will also give tips on how to determine how much hair you will need to buy and the length of the hair in order to accomplish a particular style.

Chapter Nine through Chapter 15: Natural Hair

I’ve been doing my daughter’s hair for some time now, and I’m very familiar with the majority of the information found in the Natural Hair chapters.  But if you are thinking about going natural or if you are looking to keep your curly kids natural and you are not sure where to start, this is book is for you!!

You will have information on:

*The Big Chop and Transitioning;
*Texture Types and Different Curl Patterns;
*Definition on Co-Washing, Stretching Banding, Twisting, Blow Outs and Bantu Knots.

More importantly, you will find tips on natural hair styles and how to properly flat iron your hair without damaging your curly tresses.

At the end of each section you will find a list of “Shalls” and “Shall Nots” which are great to have!

This book also talks about “The Bald Movement” and its founder Nell Coleman.  The Bald movement was designed to support and empower people all over the world to embrace the essence of being bald. 

You will also find information on CinagrOrganic Healthy Hair Products and its founder Giovan Lane, Ancients Secrets with Temeka Royster, Hairnamics Hair Vitamins with Kim Kearney, and more!

I truly enjoyed seeing all the photographs and reading all the information contained in this book.  If you are new to the Natural Hair world, this is a great book to have.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy for yourself, please visit:


or find it: at our Amazon.com store 











Sunday, October 26, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Hello Readers!

Halloween is just a few days away and with that fun filled day in  mind, I want to share this easy idea on how to carve your pumpkins using COOKIE CUTTERS! 

Last night a few of our friends and neighbors got together to make this a fun activity for the kids.  Well, let's just say that all parents were cleaning and carving pumpkins while the kids were having fun doing something else!  After cleaning all four pumpkins, I carved the "Spooked Kitty" for Ms Bree and let the record show that this morning my fingers and arms were killing me! 

While my husband cheated by using a power tool.. yes, that's him using a power saw- pfftt the nerve! I did it the traditional way.. poke, poke, cut, cut!  




Today I came across the video below on our Facebook Page and after my struggle last night, I decided to go for it!! 



I used the cookies cutter I used during Ms. Bree's 4th Birthday Celebration:  



*During last night's gathering, all of our pumpkin were emptied of its seeds.  

*I placed the cookie cutters where I wanted the design to be; 

*Gently tap the cookie cutters by using a small hammer or mallet until it goes through the skin and is all the inserted in place;




*Gently push the inside of the cookie cutter in order to push the cut out part into the pumpkin 

*then gently pull the cookie cutter out of the pumpkin!

This was the result to one of Ms. Bree's pumkin!




How easy  is that!! 

Have you carved your pumpkins yet?? Share your carved pumpkins with us by sending your pictures to caramelcurlznswirls@yahoo.com