A Couple Questions Answered!

I LOVE getting your comments and emails and questions!!  and I usually try to answer "comment questions" in the comments section as soon as I find you've asked! However, in this case, I didn't get the chance to reply right away - because I needed to do my "homework" first! lol  So now that I've done that - here are my answers! Thanks for asking!!    (my answers are below the questions in bold!)
Maranda said...
Is it (Original Sprout shampoo) really "easy rinse"? Now that my older two boys shower and wash their own hair alone, it's always full of shampoo residue. They're too old for me to do it, and too young to do a great job. My eldest is growing out his hair, so it's more of a problem for him. Plus his hair is getting long enough he could use a conditioner. I should take a look and see if i can find this in Canada.   Curly Hairdo Ideas' answer:  I tried it again with your question in mind - and YES! In my personal opinion (no kids to have try it from their perspective) I found it to rinse out quite well. Q isn't a huge fan of getting her hair rinsed (though putting shampoo and conditioner in is fine! lol) and I had most of it out in 2 good rinses. I poured a third rather large cup of water over her hair just for good measure.    If you missed them before you can find our thoughts on Original Sprout hair products in the Miracle Detangler Review, Shampoo and Leave In Conditioner Review, and most recently our Leave In Conditioner Review!

aemi said...
Her hair is really getting long! She's really growing up, isn't she. How long is her hair when you stretch it?   Curly Hairdo Ideas answer:  I know, isn't it!? It amazes me how much it's grown in just the last 6 months even. Right now it's 7 inches in front by her forehead and 4.5 inches long in back (where the tightest curls are). Here's a picture just for fun! (Her head was tipped back watching a movie at the time....sorry!)  

Poppy's Boutique giveaway - WINNER!!!!

It's time!!!! We had 24 entries and Q's going to pick the one lucky winner right now ... drum roll please! ...

(oops, I should have written the names in darker ink!)

and we got it! Before Q got the camera! lol  
Congratulations to mommie2!

Email me at curlyhairdoideas@yahoo.com and we'll get you your Awesome new hair clips from Poppy's Boutique! Don't forget Maranda has a GREAT sale on right now in honor of her Grand Re-Opening, so check it out!

Thanks for playing! and be sure to enter Q's Birthday Giveaway, too!!

Frizz Control

"I still haven’t found any answer to the question on how to keep the frizz at bay, and especially during our extremely hot summers this is a huge problem. Can you help?" 
                  (Special thanks to Olivia for this question! Check out her guest post on Curly Hairdo Ideas HERE ~she's a great writer!~, or head over to her Birthing Blog HERE! -- don't miss "Q's Homebirth Story" lol)

Frizz. Well, I'll be the first to admit that I don't know it all! But in my own experience, the frizzier Q's hair is - the dryer it is. So for us, keeping the frizzies at bay means making sure her hair stays hydrated. 

Daily, I like to get her hair wet, detangle it with my fingers and a wide tooth comb, and then cover it with a thin layer of Unrefined Shea Butter. (Tip :) - breathe some hot air on it to make it go on smoother and thinner! lol)  I find that the shea butter keeps her curls defined and helps her hair retain moisture - therefore keeping it frizz free. Plus it's natural and healthy and contains no sulfates, parabens, -cones, or other hair and body damaging chemicals or preservatives!

I also recently tried some Original Sprout products (check out our reviews - Detangler Review, Shampoo and Conditioner Review, and Leave In Conditioner Review, again!) and I quite liked the Leave In Conditioner as a detangler and as a leave in product to reduce frizz and keep her curls looking curly.

Occasionally, I like to give Q's curls a "deep condition" or "coconut oil treatment." I douse her wet (best with warm water to open the cuticles) hair in organic coconut oil, sometimes adding olive oil as well, and let it sit for a few hours while she plays (or overnight). It leaves her hair so soft after we wash it out! Ahhhh! No frizz after that much moisture!

Also - there's the die-hard summer trend of updo's if your hair/child's hair is long enough. Wearing hair up will often keep you cooler in the warm summer months, as well as protect the hair from wind (which can cause tangles!). Just be sure to vary your parts and be careful not to pull the hair too tight!

And now, for just another one of my "love yourself" soapboxes! ........ As long as you are learning and taking care of your hair so you know that your frizziness isn't caused by neglect - Don't be afraid to Embrace The Frizz!  Let's face it - curly hair can be frizzy sometimes! and that's OK! Find styles and ways to wear your frizzy hair that accent it and make you feel confident. You can love your hair no matter its current state of frizz!!

What do you do for FRIZZ?? Share your tips, tidbits and other thoughts in the comments, please!!

Last Day to enter!!

Don't miss your chance to enter the Poppy's Boutique GIVEAWAY!!!

I think these clips (that we're giving away - go to the contest post and see for yourself!) are so cute! Did I mention that Q has a set almost identical to these?!? 

Go HERE for your chance to Win!! Today is the last day!!!

I'm going to attempt to have Q pick the winner out of a hat and get a video of it! How cute should this be?!? lol!

Curly Girl T-shirts and other advocacy apparel??

So I had this idea (after my unfortunate incident at the park) to create T-shirts and other "merchandise" or paraphernalia to advocate our natural CURLS!!

What do you think?? Good idea? Bad? Silly? Pointless? Would you buy it?!

Have you seen the breastfeeding ones? or super cute cloth diaper onsies for babies?? My favorite breastfeeding shirt/onsie says, "If my breastfeeding bothers you, please feel free to cover your head with a blanket."  LOL!! I think it's soooo cute and funny and appropriate!

Anyway, that was a tangent - but back to Hair! ... Would you consider purchasing t-shirts for yourself or your kids, or a handbag, or mug, or whatever(!) that had something to do with Keeping Curls Curly? Or some picture or cute slogan? :)   I would just love to see more people enjoy their own God-given hair, rather than spend their lives hating what grows out of their head - and trying desperately to change it. :(

What are your thoughts on the subject?

p.s What do you think of the new header?? oh and ... Don't forget to enter the TWO giveaways!!  :)

EDIT:  Just to clarify, a question was asked in the comments and I thought it was a good one - so I thought I'd post the answer here in the post as well - in case anyone else was wondering! :)

Question: What is the point of making curly hair Advocacy t-shirts?

Thanks for your input! I guess the point being that I never know what to say - to speak - in the moment when someone is being negative about curls.
What's the point of any advocacy t-shirt? Awareness and jolting people's minds into Thinking about the subject, rather than just going along in life, never questioning the "norm".

and I really (maybe I'm the only one) feel passionately that people shouldn't constantly be having to try to change who they were born as, or what look they were born into, just because society says it's not "right" or not "easy". Long hair often gets a bad reputation as being "hard to manage" too, but it's not! Neither are curls, you just have to know how to treat them the way they need to be treated. Just like you treat dogs and cats and cows and lizards differently! LOL What an analogy!

anyway, that was long, but maybe it answers your question?

Q's Birthday GIVEAWAY!

In honor of the little model, Q, who turned 2 years old this morning at 9:04am :) ... Let's have a giveaway!!

For my birthday back in March we did our first giveaway - like mother like daughter, I'm going to offer the same kind of prize! lol  SO... if you win this birthday contest, you will receive a wooden comb!!!  These hidden treasures are not very well known, so if you've never heard about them before, this is what you're getting into:

The Body Shop Detangling Comb

This is what I've read about wooden combs:

Avoid Plastic Combs!
Few people know this, but plastic combs are terrible for your hair. Plastic combs can cause split ends, hair loss and fragile, broken hair.
The benefits of Wooden Combs.
People have reported these benefits from using a wooden comb.
1. More natural curls.
2. Faster hair growth.
3. No static electricity.
4. Fuller, softer hair.
5. Less split ends.
6. A healthier scalp.
7. Less hair loss.
8. Excellent for fragile or long hair. 
                  ~ The above taken from this website.

Benefits of Using Wooden Combs:

  • Helps prevent split ends
  • Releases Tension
  • Antistatic
  • Non Toxic

Normal plastic combs in comparison are not very gentle to hair because of its sharp edges, which acts like "knives". Split hair is often associated with low quality plastic combs. Our high quality wooden combs are anti-static and therefore one can easily combs their hairs without entangling it. Too much static can hurt the hair profile and makes it rougher and brittle.
             ~ the above text taken from this website. 


(doing any of the following will enter you - you can do one or all - your choice!)

1. Become a follower!
2. Tweet this! (once)
3. Make a post on your blog, Facebook, MySpace, etc., about the giveaway - and link to us!
4.  Join our Facebook Fan Page!
5. Add our link to your website or blogroll!
... or ...
6. in a comment on this post - let us know which hairstyle or random article (lol!) on our blog is your Favorite!! :)

Make sure to Leave a Comment about each thing you do to enter! (separate comments for each, please!) A winner will be picked randomly on Monday, August 2nd!!!!! 

(don't forget you still have 2 days to enter the Poppy's Boutique GIVEAWAY!!!)

edited to add:  If you already are a follower, or already have "liked" us on facebook, or have added our link to your site - THAT COUNTS! Post about it in the comments, and that's an extra entry for you!  :D Good Luck! 

Q is 2!!

It's Q's birthday today!!!! She is two years old!! Where has the time gone?! LOL   

We had a family party on saturday at the park - fun fun! But now, I'm thinking we need to celebrate... online! Check back here later for an update....!! :D  

(still brainstorming....lol)

Original Sprout - Leaving the "Leave In" in!!

Just a quick note to say that today we used our Original Sprout Leave In Conditioner as a detangler/leave in conditioner.... and.....

It worked really well! I was careful not to use very much and I had Q's hair pretty wet to start with, but I probably could have even used more without it weighing down her hair at all. Her curls were easier to detangle than normal, and even after her nap, they still looked good! :D

We had somewhere to be right after nap, so I brought the water bottle and wooden comb along to fix her hair once we got there... and it didn't need it! She had napped and ridden in the carseat - and her curls still looked nice and unmatted! WOW!

Nicely done, Original Sprout! :D

For my other reviews of Original Sprout, read HERE and HERE. and for more info on wooden combs, visit THIS post!

Mimi's First Haircut

I'm so flattered! :D I got the chance to chat with Subway Mom (who authors a parenting BLOG! Go check it out!) - she was searching the internet for preschooler curly hairdos - and she found Q!!
This is the picture she took to the stylist

And after cutting off a nice long ponytail to donate to the Children Cancer Center of Lebanon, this is what the end result looked like!


Thanks for sharing your picture, Subway Mom and Mimi!! I hope you enjoy our blog. :)

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Original Sprout - Shampoo and Leave-In Conditioner - Review

We finally got the chance to try the new products I received the other day! WOOOO!!

So here is the Curly Hairdo Ideas Review of:
Original Sprout's Natural Shampoo and Leave-In Conditioner!
  Original Sprout 35 oz Natural Shampoo   Original Sprout 12 oz Leave-In Conditioner 
 $19.50 (12oz bottle)         $24.95 (12 oz bottle)
other sizes available

What their website says:

Moisturizing & Detangling™

Our sulfate free family shampoo is EASY ON EYES & A QUICK RINSE formula. Moisturizing botanicals & nourishing emollients wash away frizzies and dryness revealing healthy, shiny and conditioned hair. For All Hair Types. For babies, Children & Adults.
  • Easy Rinse
  • PH Balanced
  • Gentle on Eyes
  • No Numbing Agents
  • Anti Frizz in Humidity
  • Moisturizing & Detangling
  • Free of Hormone Disrupters
  • Free of Fruit Extracts & Honey
  • No Citrus Oils (Photosensitizers)
  • With Natural & Organic Ingredients
  • With Organic Rosemary to Help Repel Lice & Insects

Extra Benefits:

  • Soy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • 100% Vegan
  • Biodegradable
  • E.U. & Japan Cosmetic Compliant
Our Worry-Free Formulas are for Parents who don't want PhytoEstrogens touching their Little Sprouts! PhytoEstrogens can be linked to gynecomastia, early puberty, hormone disruption & fertility problems.
(They also have a complete ingredient list on their site for every product available! I love that!!)

Soft & Clean™

For Babies & Up, our Leave-In Conditioner helps protect against sun & environmental damage. Simply apply to damp hair & enjoy fortified, healthy, frizz-free locks. Strengthens & improves hair structure with vegetable proteins & polymers. Leaves hair & scalp ultra soft & nourished. Does not weigh hair down, improves body, strength & manageability. Use before swimming to help prevent swimmers green hair. Essential for damaged, delicate or tangle prone hair.
  • No Rinse
  • For all Hair Types
  • No Sticky Residue
  • Natural Ingredients
  • No Numbing Agents
  • Fast & Easy Combing
  • Quick Release Formula
  • Free of Hormone Disrupters
  • Free of Fruit Extracts & Honey
  • No Citrus Oils (Photosensitizers)
  • With Natural & Organic Ingredients
  • No Formaldehyde (Hydantoin DMDM)
  • With Organic Rosemary to Help Repel Lice & Insects
Extra Benefits:
  • Soy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Cruelty Free
  • 100% Vegan
  • Biodegradable
  • E.U. & Japan Cosmetic Compliant

Our Worry-Free Formulas are for Parents who don't want PhytoEstrogens touching their Little Sprouts! PhytoEstrogens can be linked to gynecomastia, early puberty, hormone disruption & fertility problems.

Our Thoughts here at Curly Hairdo Ideas... :)

Actually, my hubby has used them twice already, I believe. - I was asking him what he thought and he said he liked it! He said the shampoo smelled a bit stronger than the conditioner, but that they smelled "like shampoo". LOL!  He said his hair felt, "fluffy" :) I said, "You know I'm going to quote you on the blog, right?"  So he quickly, jokingly, changed the phrase to "manly and macho." Or something to that effect. lol

I think he's right, the Shampoo does have a stronger scent than the Leave-In Conditioner, but they both smell very fresh and clean. Definitely nice smells! :)

I also got the chance to use them today! I have been "no 'poo-ing" for over a year, with just baking soda and apple cidar vinegar, so I didn't want to try the shampoo in case it stripped the natural oils from my hair. But I've been very curious about co-washing. So today in the shower (my hair really needed some attention, so I figured today would be a good test!) I generously applied conditioner to my hair instead of shampoo or baking soda!  I used a lot and I scrubbed my scalp well, then washed it out.

I was a bit skeptical - but my hair turned out Great! It was so clean and "fluffy!" LOL It had some volume and bounce even!

SO ... on to the person the products were really purchased for! :) Finally, this evening Q got to try the shampoo and conditioner. I decided it was time for an organic coconut oil "pre-poo". So an hour or two before her bath I had Q sit in my lap and we chatted with my sister while I lathered Q up. She LOVES putting coconut oil all over her body so she was perfectly happy helping me! We also used a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil as well.  I wet her hair, applied the oils and gave her a nice head massage on her scalp. While we chatted I worked on finger detangling some of Q's more stubborn curls. (read = rats nests!)  I got the majority out before she lost interest and wanted down... then after probably about 2 hours of playing we washed her hair. Shampoo'd and Condition'd like normal. :)  I was a bit worried that the oils weren't out all the way because her hair was SO soft. We have family pictures tomorrow and I really (obviously) want her hair to look nice, so I *almost* washed it again just to make sure...

But I didn't! I wanted to know how the products would do by themselves under "normal" circumstances.

.............  They were AWESOME! Her hair is soooo soft (thanks to the pre-poo as well) and not oily at all. It feels very natural and lovely! I didn't use the Leave In as a leave in - I used it like a "normal" conditioner - aka, I washed it out completely when we were done. I did not add any after her bath either, just in case it was too heavy for her hair (see HERE for review). With pictures tomorrow I didn't want to risk it!

In conclusion, I love these two products in Q's hair. - and they worked very well for all 3 of us, however, I wouldn't use it as a co-wash very consistently on myself because it's a tad too spendy for the amount of product I used. At the rate we go through shampoo and conditioner with Q, though, these products are well worth the price, in my opinion!

What kind of hair products, if any, would you use for a four year old with long, curly hair?

This is such a loaded question! :) Thanks, Olivia, for the inspiration for this post. (If you want to read our guest post written by Olivia - click here! and chime in your advice, too!)

First, I would suggest reading as much info as you can get your hands on about curly hair in general! (www.naturallycurly.com, the Curly Girl book, www.beadsbraidsbeyond.blogspot.com, www.happygirlhair.com, and more!!) That will undoubtedly lead you to learning about co-washing and what they call "no -poo" hair care! Both of which I intend to write more about in separate posts! But for now, suffice it to say that for curly hair - forgo the shampoo!

Not exactly what you thought I'd say when you asked about products, right? But shampoo is SO overrated! :) Even for us straight haired folk, it's usually not necessary. And with curls, the added abrasiveness of most shampoos just really hinders hair "health".

Often, shampoos contain SLS, sodium laurel sulfate. This is a foaming agent and it is just TERRIBLE for hair! But check your ingredients labels - it's probably close to the top of the list. Even on products marketed for curly hair!

"Not only does it [SLS] act as a penetration enhancer (allowing other potentially toxic ingredients to slip into your bloodstream), but according to the Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews”,  research studies on SLS have shown links to...
  • Irritation of skin and eyes
  • Organ toxicity
  • Development / reproductive toxicity
  • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicological, and biochemical or cellular changes
  • Possible mutations and cancer"

Water really does a good job of getting you clean - even without soap. After all, sweat is water-soluable! and conditioner alone (co-wash) can provide all the "cleansing" properties you need. Or you can forgo both and use baking soda and apple cidar vinegar instead of shampoo and conditioner! (shall I mention how Cheap that is?! Love it!)

As for other products, I try not to use many. Ingredients are such a touchy subject! (see these posts for more info)  But my favorite thing  use right now for curly hair is Organic, Unrefined Shea Butter. I apply it to wet hair each day and it helps the hair retain moisture to stay soft and non-frizzy! Other natural oils can be used the same way. (However, for hair like your daughter's, Olivia, and my little Q - many oils can be way too heavy too fast leaving the hair looking greasy all day. I've found shea butter to be the best so far!)

I also enjoy using coconut oil and organic virgin olive oil as a "pre-poo" treatment. I drench Q's hair in water and oils and let it soak it up! Overnight is nice (use a sleep cap if you want to keep the oils off the pillowcase) and then wash it out in the morning. :) It leaves the hair SO nice and soft and frizz-free!  (I do use a mild shampoo or baking soda to get the oils out, but you could keep experimenting with co-washes and find what works.)

I hope this is a start! I'm just now getting interested (and as Q's getting older) in trying various "commercial products". You can read my first review HERE and browse this post on SHAMPOO in general, also visit the PRODUCTS page for more info on what I've been finding so far. (I am VERY picky when it comes to ingredients!)

As always, I advise checking all ingredients in any product you want to use against THIS list of things to avoid, as well as researching them at the cosmeticsdatabase.com - where they test for toxicity levels and potential hazards in cosmetics and hair products.

I Hate My Hair!

I hope I never hear those words from my little Q. But really, it's so common. and I think it's so incredibly sad! 

(This post inspired/instigated by the following incident last night.... this is what I posted on the Curly Hairdo Ideas facebook fanpage...) 
At the park last night I complimented a little girl (in front of her gramma) about her lovely curls. The gramma responded by going on a rampage about how hard curls are to wash and take care of and how awful they are :( :( :( WHY are people determined to hate their hair?!! It makes me so sad :(

I have SO rarely ever heard a girl say she likes her natural hair. And especially girls with curls seem to rail and complain and think they've somehow been cheated. I don't get it.  (And often this seems to be passed down from mother to child! How sad!!)  And this phenomenon isn't restricted to race or color of hair!

People have devoted an entire industry to telling others that they're not good enough the way they are and that if they just bought this or that - or looked like this, that they'd be happier. It doesn't matter if you've got curly hair or straight - somewhere along the line I bet you're thought "gee I wish I had --insert opposite type of hair here--"! Grass is greener syndrome.

Ya know what?? If your hair is kinky - celebrate it! If your hair is straight - celebrate it! If it's wavy, curly, spirally, or a mixture of them all - CELEBRATE it! Trying to change it is only going to make it harder to manage in the long run. Plus you can't ever make it look truly natural unless you were born with it! Wishing won't make it so...

No matter your hair type, color, porosity, etc - there are ways to make it easier to live with. I hope your starting to find some of them just by being on this website! :)  (and of course, if you have questions - I'm no expert - but please don't hesitate to email me! curlyhairdoideas@yahoo.com )

Q actually has really goofy hair, if you ask me! I wanted to get a picture of it tonight so badly to share with you because the different hair types were so obvious - but I missed it. Anyway, her hair is almost straight on top, and the middle has slight wave on the ends, and the back/nape of her neck is tight little spiral ringlets!  Now, I would be lying if I said I don't hope that she gets to keep the ringlets as she gets older - I do! I LOVE curly hair!! But....I also have to accept that maybe as she grows up - the curls will leave!

Even if that happens, we will still love her hair! We will find the best way to honor it and take care of it that we possibly can! Right now - that means taking care of curls :)

We're definitely still learning - but some things that have made life a ton easier in the hair department around here are -
1. sleep with a satin pillowcase! (silk might work, too?)
2. satin carseat cover!
3. very infrequent shampooing
4. experimenting with using baking soda instead of shampoo!
5. Organic and Natural products
6. checking ingredients against the cosmeticdatabase.com
7. using organic coconut oil and shea butter instead of highly processed "products"
8. rinsing and scrubbing (gently) her scalp with just my fingers and water in between hair washings
9. braid hair at night
10. spritz with water and gently detangle every morning
11. detangle with fingers first!
12. never use a brush - use a wide tooth comb

Well, ok. I'm getting off my soapbox now! :D  Does anyone else have anything to add to the list?!? Or insights into how we can stop this curl-hatred from spreading even further!?

Original Sprout - Miracle Detangler - Review

I was soooo excited to try Original Sprout's products on Q's hair! (As you can see in the video below, Q was a bit nonchalant about the whole thing! LOL)  I ordered the Natural Shampoo, Leave In Conditioner, and the Miracle Detangler.

I thought the scents were quite nice and lovely, not too strong... but then I did have a cold. My husband tried the Shampoo and Condish first and he thought the scent of the shampoo was a bit too strong, but okay. and that the conditioner was a bit lighter scented (aka, I think he liked that better).

Here's what Q thought of the conditioner ...! (Earlier she had called it "yummies" but of course that wouldn't be repeated when I got the camera out! ha! silly mom!)  oh, and her face was covered in flour from baking earlier - don't be alarmed! lol!!

(Our first video online! Sorry about the quality...)

 At this time we haven't gotten to try the shampoo or conditioner yet, but we did try the Miracle Detangler. I need to use it again to say for sure, but on first impression - it's too heavy for Q's curls. I used it while Q's hair was wet. It didn't have a ton of slip (although it did help a bit more than just water!) so I kept adding more to see if that would help ... which it did! However later in the day after her hair dried, it looked greasy. :(

Disclaimer:  I had been using coconut oil on her skin before we started in on the hair - so perhaps that might have contributed to the greasy look a bit. But it shouldn't have that much.

I will say that her curls were Very well defined and clumped into beautiful ringlets (especially in back) but it just looked a bit too greasy for my taste.

We will definitely be trying this product again, so I'll be sure to let you know if my impression changes! :D

Has anyone else tried Original Sprout's Miracle Detangler? What did you think?? Let us know in the comments!
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Guest Blogger - Olivia

Our first post-swap! :) I am really excited about this ... Olivia from Write About Birth has written a very cool piece for us... and in exchange, I wrote a (hugely enormous) piece about my birthing experience for her blog.    If you are pregnant, or planning to be, or know of someone else who would be interested - Head on over there to learn about your birthing options! And read story after story of people who have been there and done that - and what they thought about it all! Definitely a good read. (Not to mention all the things there are to learn!)

~*~ Enjoy!! ~*~

As my daughter was crowing, the midwife commented: “Just a little more now, I can already see the black hair!” That sounded good to me. Throughout my pregnancy, I imagined a girl that would have black, straight hair, just like me. My High School biology class taught me that dark genes are dominant, and therefore I would certainly have a child with black hair. But my midwife was wrong. My daughter’s hair was not black at all – just wet.

We were wrapped up in blankets after the birth, and as I was trying to get my daughter to nurse for the very first time, I realized that my daughter’s hair, of which there was lots, was not black at all, but ash blond. And it was curly, too! My daughter has the kind of hair that everyone in the Balkan country we live in would kill for. Half the female population spends hours in salons across the country bleaching and perming their hair.

We get comments about her hair all the time. “Wow, her hair is beautiful! She will never have to dye it!” is the most popular one. “Such a dark mother, and the kid has blond hair!? How is that possible?” is a less welcome remark, and the one that still shocks me is: “Why do you color your toddler’s hair?” Sometimes it’s said in jest, but other times it is obvious the rude intruder really thinks that my daughter’s blond hair is not natural.

So, what do we do with this blond and curly hair? When it was relatively short, it was not all that hard. I would just let my daughter’s hair do its own thing. Now that my baby is almost four years old, and her hair pretty long, figuring out how to best care for her hair is becoming more of a challenge. For the longest time, she actually dreaded having her hair washed, to the point that she would scream for half an hour if I just mentioned the word “hair” and “shower” in the same sentence.

Those battles have been and gone now, though she still prefers to wash shampoo out of her hair with a little plastic cup filled with water, rather than with the shower. Because her hair gets frizzy really quickly, the kid has sampled more hair care products than I have in my entire life. Our morning routine involves spraying some kind of curly hair serum into my daughter’s hair, combing it, and then styling it.
We have about three hairstyles at our house. Two pig tails look great on my kid, and she loves picking quirky elastic bands. In this hot weather, it also keeps her neck cool. I do braid her hair sometimes, when she lets me, but that is a rather rare occurrence. Of course sometimes, we just allow her hair to be what it is, and flow freely.

I still haven’t found any answer to the question on how to keep the frizz at bay, and especially during our extremely hot summers this is a huge problem. Can you help? What hair styles are quick and easy to do, and stay in place all day long? What kind of hair products, if any, would you use for a four year old with long, curly hair?

~*~  ~*~  ~*~
Thank you Olivia! (Isn't she a fabulous writer?!) 

Does anybody have any suggestions for this curly blonde beauty? :D Let us know in the comments!  As for my answers, well, that's why I started this blog! Some I've found, and others are always ongoing. In order to make this as easily accessible as possible, I'll use each of Olivia's questions as upcoming post topics. Be sure to check back! :D

For Curly Hairdo Idea's answers to Olivia's questions -
read HERE to find out about products,
and HERE for our article about frizz! 
and HERE for Style Ideas!!

Poppy's Boutique Grand Re-Opening GIVEAWAY!

Congratulations to Maranda at

On her Grand Re-Opening! They have a new and improved website as well as checkout/cart system  - Go see for yourself!! (Click the picture to be taken to the store!)

In honor of this exciting time :) Poppy's Boutique has graciously offered to give away a coordinating set of hair clips to one lucky Curly Hairdo Ideas reader!! Woooooo!!

Here is what the lucky winner will receive!
This set of three No-Slip Clips includes:
  • One Chocolate and Light Pink Scottie Embellished Clip
  • One pair of ribbon Scottie Clips featuring a fun scottie dog printed in Chocolate Brown on a Light Pink high quality grosgrain ribbon.  Each clip is topped with a pink crystal for a little bit of bling.

Required Entry:
* Become a Follower of Curly Hairdo Ideas (or let me know if you already are!) widget located on the sidebar

To Up Your Odds:
* Visit Poppy's Boutique and tell me what your favorite product is!
* Become a FAN of Curly Hairdo Ideas on Facebook
* Post a picture of your little one on our Facebook page! (There's a button to add photos under the spot where you would write on the wall...)
* blog/tweet/facebook/etc about this contest (as many times as you want to - but only 3 will be counted per account. So if you do all 3 venues 3 times, that's 9 entries right there!)
* "Like" Poppy's Boutique on Facebook!
* Suggest friends to either one of the facebook pages - you will get one extra entry for every 3 friends you suggest - so keep a tally and let me know!

This contest will run until 11:59pm (central time) on Wednesday, July 28th, 2010!

** NOTE: All these entries do NOT need to be separate! They can be, or you can do them together, whatever is easiest for you. At the end of the contest I will write all the entries out on paper and Q will pick a winner by hand! **

Good Luck!

Poppy's Boutique also wants you to know that ..."We’re really excited about our new look and we want you to help us celebrate our grand re-opening!  Take 20% off your entire order by using coupon CELEBRATE20 at check-out."  Woooo!!

Winner of the Facebook Photo Contest!!


Kat Voelker-Miller

Thanks for submitting a photo to our contest on Facebook!! Please email me at curlyhairdoideas@yahoo.com for your $5 amazon.com gift card!! (also good for purchases at The Curly Hair Fun Store!! )

Guess What Came in the Mail Already?!?

Guess what came in the mail already?!??! WOOOOOOOOOO!!! I can't wait to try them out! (Wouldn't you know we just washed hair last night? Sigh. That's the way it goes, I guess!)

I couldn't wait to get home to open them! So I opened the box in the post office parking lot! lol All I could do at that point was smell them, and I have to say my first thought was that the shampoo and detangler smelled very Clean! and fresh. :) I think they have the same scent. And I couldn't really smell the conditioner at all. It just didn't have an aroma! (But then my nose is a bit stuffy, so maybe I'll need to get a second opinion!)

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that even though I had only paid for 3 items I received 6! I knew I had "qualified" for a free 4 oz gift - I could pick between two, and I picked more of the Leave In Conditioner. And then I also (surprise!) received a sample of the sunscreen and a Cradle Cap Comb! Cool!

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What Shampoo Should I Buy for Curly Hair?

Or should you even use it?! Well that's another topic altogether, now, isn't it?! :) One that promises an interesting conversation, I'm sure.

But for today, let's assume that the product of choice is shampoo - now, what do you do from here?! Where do you look? What do you look for? What do you avoid at all costs??

First, I'm obviously going to answer all these questions from my own perspective (lol) so take what you will - this is my opinion! It is all based on researched fact, but then, I'll let you do your own research if you want - you don't have to take my word for it! :)

Where do you look?
In my town (Middle of Nowhere, USA) we have 2 grocery stores and Walmart. And that is all, my friends! :) So I took a gander. (should have taken a picture, that would have been much more interesting!)  Of course I found all the usual stuff. Suave, Herbal Essence, Tresemme, Aussie, etc.

Then I looked online and found Bee Mine Products, Kinky Curly, Curly Q, Original Sprout, Suki Skin Care, Aubrey Organics, Jason Naturals, Giovanni, etc, etc. (Many of which I've heard great things about, by the way!)

What do you look for in hair products?
* Well, I am shopping for Q, so I am looking for products that say they'll do something for curls!
* I am curious about "detangling" shampoos.
* I like it when they say "adds definition" or anything to that effect. I liked the idea that the product was specifically made with curls in mind. It wasn't a requirement, but I liked it.
* Marketed toward babies and kids was a selling point, too, Q is still young enough that I would like to get something that won't burn if it gets in her eyes.
* I, of course, was interested in a pleasant smell!
* and a person can't help but look at the price tag...

and then... What to avoid at all costs?!
oh boy. This is where I almost decided to throw in the towel!! Do you know how bad most of this stuff is for you?! Us? Babies, kids, teens, adults - the chemicals in most hair and skin care products are ridiculous!

First, I went to THIS list of ingredients to avoid. I just kept the page open and kept referencing it as I found a new product to try. There are some pretty obvious things, but then there are some surprises, too! Like, "fragrance: highly allergenic. contains large quantities of toxins & chemicals not disclosed. fragrance-free means that fragrance chemicals have been added to the product to mask the natural aromas of the ingredients"
and "grapefruit seed extract: synthetic preservatives triclosan, methylparaben & benzethonium chloride are usually added to preserve, however, companies do not have to list this ingredient since it is contained within the extract"

and although not from that website we also need to be aware of PhytoEstrogens - which come in many forms, natural and synthetic, and are linked to gynecomastia, early puberty, hormone disruption & fertility problems. 

Then I also checked each specific ingredient of each product I wanted to buy against the cosmeticsdatabase.com also known as the EWG (Environmental Working Group) They have a rating chart that shows the toxicity levels of many different ingredients and chemicals.   Keep in mind that many ingredients haven't been tested very much, or have "Data gaps" as they call it.

At first this was terribly daunting - but the more I did it, the more I started recognizing things and not having to look each and every one up again! That was kinda of exciting :) and a lot less work!

(I had used Aubrey Organics Baby Shampoo previously and was very pleased - but I wanted to try something different this time - just for variety :) )
Aubrey Organics - Natural Baby and Kids Shampoo - 8 oz

After looking long and hard and throwing some options right out the window by the second or third ingredient - I decided on this ...
Original Sprout Natural Baby Shampoo 12 oz

from their site -  "Worry Free Luxury means no natural or synthetic ingredients associated with estrogen enhancement, hormone disruption, cancer & autism such as: Lavender or Tea Tree Oils, Citrus Oils, Clove, Soy, Phthalates, Dioxanes from Sulfates, Parabens, Formaldehyde, Propylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Acetaldehydes, Styrene, Toluene, Glycol Ethers, Ethylene Oxide, Musks, Nonylphenol, Mineral or Petroleum Oils, Triclosan, Eurethane, 1-2 Propylene Oxide, Placenta or Synthetic Colors"

  I put in my order (pricey though it was - but then I got free shipping and a free sample for spending over $35! woo!) and I am sooo excited to try it out! If it's possible, I think Original Sprout has even less questionable ingredients than Aubrey!

In case you're wondering, common ingredients that you DO NOT want to see on your shampoo's ingredient list are as follows:

SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate) - all sulfates (as far as I know) are just really really bad for hair. Curly hair especially. Yet it's a foaming agent so it is VERY common! Head over to naturallycurly.com to learn more about avoiding sulfates and -cones.

"Not only does it [SLS] act as a penetration enhancer (allowing other potentially toxic ingredients to slip into your bloodstream), but according to the Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews”,  research studies on SLS have shown links to...
  • Irritation of skin and eyes
  • Organ toxicity
  • Development / reproductive toxicity
  • Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicological, and biochemical or cellular changes
  • Possible mutations and cancer
If you visit the SLS page on the Environmental Working Group’s (a non-profit public-interest research group known for making connections between chemical exposure and adverse health conditions) website, you will see a very long list of health concerns and associated research studies. In fact, you will also see their mention of nearly 16,000 studies in the PubMed science library (as well as their link to that list) about the toxicity of this chemical.
So look for it in your hair care products. It also goes by a
number of different names including sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium dodecylsulfate, sulfuric acid, sodium salt sulfuric acid, A12-00356, Akyposal SDS, Aquarex ME, and Aquarex methyl."  - From the Mercola article mentioned below.

Anything that ends in -cone - see above comment about SLS!

parabens -  petrochemicals, estrogenic, carcinogenic, allergenic

petroleum (petrolatum, mineral oils, vaseline) - acne producing, may be carcinogenic, causes long term dry skin, respiratory toxin

propylene glycol - linked to Cancer, developmental reproductive toxicity, allergies, irritation of the skin, eyes or lungs, enhanced skin absorption, and more!

Cocamidopropyl Betaine - Known human immune system toxicant

... just to name a few!

Of course, we really don't know the amount of each ingredient in our products (except that they are listed in order from most to least on the label). I just try to make sure that each ingredient in the product has a low rating from the EWG and that the overall rating of the product (when added together in my head) doesn't get higher than about 3 or 4.  -- But that's just MY system! :)

For more resources and articles sharing the dangers of common hazardous ingredients found in our hair care products and other cosmetics follow these links:

Articles Database -Ingredients in Hair Care Products: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Ely Organics - Children

Original Sprout - List of health studies!

Mercola.com - STOP using your shampoo until you read this!  (in my opinion, he undermines what he says by ending it with trying to sell his own product, but then, I guess they all are, really. This one is just more obnoxious to me.)

UPDATE --- I'm on a roll! What I thought was going to be a very limited selection of products has actually increased at an incredible speed! Since ordering from Original Sprout, I have found 3 more companies I'm interested in trying products from! WOW!!  I would love to do some reviews for you - but we'll see what happens. :)  The new-found companies are - Just Natural Skin Care (and Hair!), Ely Organics, and

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