Friday Feature ~ Baby O!

So thrilled today to share a Friday Feature post from an AWESOME mommy daughter combo!! They blog together over at Intermittent Babbling Hair Thoughts, you might remember the time we had the girls do copy-cat styles of each others? Read and Enjoy!

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How old is your little one?
Baby O is the big three and doesn't act a day over 25 lol
 

What is the daily hair routine?
Every morning I spray Baby O's hair with some water and comb through it before I add my homemade shea butter mix to her hair for moisture (if it's out in her not-so-baby-anymore fro). Sometimes I switch it up and use store bought moisturizers, but I always go back to my own mix because I feel it works better on her hair. At night I do the same thing. I really only wet her hair in the bath when it's time to wash it. Summer time I wash her hair once a week (or when she brings home food, dirt and the entire sandbox in her hair lol). This winter I've only been washing her hair once a month and her hair is thriving! When her hair is styled I moisturize day and night, as needed.




What is your favorite hairstyle?
Free! Baby O loves her fro, but she'll also ask for braids so she can "clack-clack" while she's running around. When I braid it up I love the pigtail cornrows that I recently got brave enough to try lol. I gave myself a goal of learning how to cornrow by the end of this last summer and I did it! I'm not the best by all means, but they're getting better :-) Oh--I also love to twist her hair...they're so versatile and absolutely adorable on Baby O!


What do you like best about her curls?
I love Baby O's curls because they're hers! They fit her perfectly and if I want to leave her hair free all I have to do is add a bow and we're done. Don't get me wrong, there are times when her curls give me a tough time, but I wouldn't trade her hair for anything in the world.



How do you keep her still while you style her hair?
I use the bribe method. I let Baby O have control of the television remote and she can watch whatever shows she wants (age appropriate of course :-)) or whatever movie she chooses from her collection. Dora fruit snacks are also always close by, too.


Do you use (or will you encourage/discourage the use of) heat and/or chemicals on your child's hair?
Nope! No chemicals in my baby girl's hair. I would prefer to leave her hair chemical free for as long as I can...which means as long as she lives in my house. I may back off and consider it when she's a teenager, but it would completely break my heart to see her natural curl pattern gone.


What is your favorite aspect of "hair time"?
I love that she pretty much has no other choice but to be with me :-)! I love that we can discuss what happened during the day and I tell her how pretty her curls are. We have our "girly" time and talk about whatever pops into her three year old mind. It relaxes me to get my fingers in her hair and mess around with it. Baby O loves when I do her hair...even if they style isn't quite the best, she doesn't care! She walks around with pride telling EVERYONE "my mama did my hair!". I love that little girl!


What is the worst hair advice you've ever received?
I was told by a stylist that I needed to put Doo Gro on Baby O's hair to get it to grow. I actually tried it, but it smelled like menthol and her daycare providers actually winced from the strong smell when I brought her to school with it on her scalp (this was before I started researching proper hair care for her, I'm new to the game and was just listening to what I was told...bad idea). I really think that is the only bad advice I've received--her daycare providers are a wealth of knowledge and I appreciate all of their inputs!


If there was one thing you could say or one tip you could give a young person with curls, what would it be?
Love your curls! I hate when I see young girls spending so much time pressing their curls flat just to fit in with their friends. Be yourself and get those curls as big as you can! (I say this as a straight haired person with major curl envy lol)


If there was one thing you could say or one tip you could give to the Parents of young children with curls, what would it be?
Learn to care for your child's curls how YOU choose to care for them. If you don't know what to do, research it until you find the products and routines that are best for your child. Just because one person chooses to use only natural/homemade products doesn't mean that you should. Learn how your child's curls like to be styled--curls have their own personality and don't like to go into certain styles. Don't force the hair to do what it doesn't want to do :-)

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I just LOVE Baby O!  and I have total curl envy, too, Mama! She's adorable and you have so many great tips for us! Thank you so much for sharing!!

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Valentine's Inspired Hairstyles ~ Hair Carnival!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!! I hope your day is filled with life and love - whether that be romantic love or friendship love or charity love or just showing love to a stranger as you drive past in your busy day. Spread the love today!

Here is a fun collection of Valentine's Day Hairstyles that I wanted to share with you! So far today Q and I are playing with a friend of hers and being SUPER lazy, I haven't even gotten dressed yet! Unless you count the dress up clothes Q has been adorning me with.... Gotta love the imagination of a 3 year old!

This is still my favorite heart hairstyle that we've done for Valentine's inspired hairstyles! ...



and for more fun styles that my awesome readers shared with Curly Hairdo Ideas last year - Visit this post Your Valentine Inspirations!

Also make sure you visit the very awesome blogs participating in the carnival below....




Friday Feature! ~ GoldiLocks N Me!!

Oh goodness! Is it friday already?!?! Well do I have a treat for you! Please read on for an awesome interview with the mama from Goldilocks *N* Me .... and visit her blog too!


What is your daily hair routine?

It varies greatly!  It depends on whether or not Goldilocks has a style in.  If she does, then I just give her hair a quick moisturizing spray.  Right now I'm using Shea Moisture Hold and Shine Moisturizing Hair Mist.  But I've also made my own spritz out of water and conditioner before.  If she doesn't have a style her daily style will depend on whether or not she has school and I'll incorporate a moisturizer into the styling process.  Usually SM Curl and Style Milk.  For school I'll mainly stick to ponytails or whatever I can accomplish in the 5 minutes I have for hair!  If it's a Saturday and we have no plans I'll just do 1 or 2 braids.  And for Sundays I'll do something nice for church.  Many of the pictures in our style gallery on facebook are Sunday styles.

Do you have any other "routines" that you add to that, but don't do every day? If so, what are they?

I wash Goldilocks' hair weekly and cowash mid-week (between our shampoo washes).  After washing and conditioning I'll apply moisturizer and then usually band her hair in 2 sections to prepare for styling in the morning.

Do you use chemicals in your hair? 

No I don't.  She's only 6 and I feel like that is way too young.  

Do you use heat (hair dryer, curling iron, flat iron, etc) on her hair?

I have used heat on her hair before.  The last time was almost a year ago (Easter).  I generally would flat iron her hair for Easter and Christmas each year but last Christmas we used our awesome no-heat curlers instead :)
You have curly hair, too! Have you ever straightened YOUR hair? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on straightening curly hair?

I straighten my hair all the time.  Average would probably be every other month or so.  And it is out of sheer laziness.  I have a LOT of hair and it's a bit much to deal with this much hair every day when it's left curly.  I've been making an effort to wear my hair natural more though, and I'm planning a big chop in the very near future to make it a bit quicker to deal with.  I don't have any problems with adults straightening their hair.  I try not to do it too frequently though because heat damage can ruin the curl structure.  

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

That's tough.  I like my hair straight because it's easy.  But I love the compliments I get when I get those curls poppin'!  

What do you like best about your curls?

That they're so healthy.  My hair is thick and can take a lot of abuse, like all that flat-ironing, and still thrive.

What is the worst hair advice you've ever received?

Nobody's ever really offered me any advice that I can think of!  Not bad advice anyway.  Maybe I'm unapproachable??  I have had a bad hair experience though.  When Goldilocks was about 2, she and her big bro were in an in-home daycare.  One day I came to pick the kids up after work and G's hair was in a different style than when I'd dropped them off that morning.  It was in a TIGHT side ponytail.  The daycare lady informed me that her daughter (a 9 year old) had been "just a'combing on her hair alllllll day long!!"  I almost had a breakdown at the fact that my baby had probably been tortured getting her hair pulled on for the whole entire day.  Can you imagine?!  I not so nicely informed them that my child was not a doll and she was not to touch her hair again.  We left that daycare soon after for other reasons. 

If there was one thing you could say or one tip you could give a young person with curls, what would it be?

To embrace them.  Put effort into finding out what styles and products will work for your hair to bring out its full potential so you can love it.  Don't be embarrassed to ask your curly friends what they use on their hair.  Go on blogs and youtube (with your parent's permission/ supervision!) and find cute hairstyles that will work for your hair type.  

If there was one thing you could say or one tip you could give to the Parents of young children with curls, what would it be?!

Moisture, moisture moisture!  If you don't know how to care for curls, don't be afraid to ask.  You'd be surprised at how much info you can get from a simple "curly hair care" inquiry on a search engine!  Gather info from a few different sources before making any drastic changes to your regimen.  Hair blogs and youtube are great resources.

Anything else you would like to add that I haven't thought to ask?!

Well, just that I'm really happy that I've discovered how to take proper care of my family's curls.  I'm still learning but I'm worlds ahead of where I used to be!

Would you mind showing us some of GDL's styles?!
Sure! The styles are:
2 laced cornrows on wash and go curls, 
slide braid to 4 strand/3d braid, and 
cage braid to fishtailed milkmaid braids







Simply amazing!! You really have talent for unique, fun styles! Thank you so much for sharing Goldilocks with us!

and she teaches us how to do all these awesome styles - and more - over on her blog! Go check out Goldilocks *N* Me!!
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Friday Feature ~ CHOCA!!

Today's little beauty comes to us from the wonderful hair blog Charlotte's Avenue... be sure to head over there and check out their homeschooling posts and reviews, etc!

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I always enjoy visiting Char's blog and seeing all the great things she does with her daughters hair - and more! Lucky for us, she was interested in featuring her youngest on our blog! Here we go ... !

How old is your little one?
Choca is 2.5 years old!!
What is your favorite hair style?
Our go to style is TWISTS!! That's her signature style!! She's been wearing it for most of her life! :)
How do you keep her still while you style her hair?
I love to use beads as a distraction.  She loves to make designs on the floor with them.  Also, I give her a brush, comb, and her baby dolls and she styles their hair... Tends to work for us.....MOST OF THE TIME! :~D
Do you use (or will you encourage/discourage the use of) heat and/or chemicals on your child's hair?
I have NEVER used heat or chemicals on Choca's hair.  I don't think it's necessary for her.  I am a fan of shrinkage and I love her natural texture.  We tend to pick styles that showcase her natural texture (and shrinkage).
What is your favorite aspect of "hair time"?
I love talking to her about her hair.  She is very intrigued when it comes to her hair... She loves how long it's grown... She loves putting hair jewelry in it, and she loves speaking to me about the styles she wants to try!! :)
What is the best hair advice you've ever received?
The ABSOLUTE best hair advice I've ever received was, "Do what works for you and YOUR hair.  Don't worry about what other people are doing/using!"
What is the worst hair advice you've ever received?
HAHA!! Oh, where to start... That the products I use are wrong... Or that the styles I give my daughters are 'too intricate' for their ages... :-/
If you could give us one tip or trick - what would it be?
If you have a young child who is restless and doesn't like staying still for a LONG period of time, TAKE BREAKS!! Make enough time for 'hair time' so that you can get it done w/out breaking your back and keeping your baby stagnant! :) 
Anything else you would like to add that I haven't thought to ask?!
Choca is truly a little fashionista!! After she gets her hair done for the day, she loves to pic out clothes and hair accesories that match and get her pictures taken!! She's a little model in the making!! :) <3
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What a little DOLLFACE!!!!  Thank you so much Choca!!  Isn't she adorable?!
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