Center Stage: Aila

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Name: Aila
Age: 2
Hobbies: Exploring and watching Maisy Mouse

african american toddler hairstyles

Hair Care Routine: Wash, yogurt conditioning and moisturizer (coconut oil, Kinky-Curly Knot Today and Shea Moisture Coconut Oil and Hibiscus).
Favorite styles: Wild or curly puffs

toddler hairstyles

Hair Care Tips: I use a light vinegar solution with her wash routine and plain, 100% fat yogurt as a conditioner makes her hair soft and shiny, mine too!! For this I dilute about a tablespoon or 2 of apple cider vinegar into about 2 cups of water, rinse her slowly with the solution and lather the shampoo into her hair (I use Creme of Nature Naturals) rinse and repeat the wash again with just water and shampoo. Before hand I mix the whole (100% fat) yogurt (2 parts) with her conditioner (1 part) warm it a tad and smother her hair. I leave it on during her bath (about 15 mins.) and rinse after. At times I put saran wrap or a plastic cap on her head to prevent drips. After the rinse I towel dry and smooth in a quarter-sized dollop of coconut oil of her scalp and hair. I use a large-toothed comb or a large bristle brush and gently comb her curls with kinky-curly knot today. I then add about a quarter amount of Shea Moisture and style as usual. I always let her hair air dry. Every morning, between washes, I add more moisturizer. I usually wash once a week on Sunday nights. I do the same for my hair and since I have been using this regimen, I have seen a huge difference in the look and feel of our hair.

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black hair care
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Center Stage: Jaleea

cornrow updo hairstyle

Mother- Shannon Calmese
Daugther- Jaleea Calmese
Age– Jaleea is currently 4 years old.
Hobbies– She loves to sing, color, read, watch television, dress up, and play with princess toys.
Favorite Styles– Braids

triangle part braids

When I first got asked for a Center Stage Feature I had no idea what to do. I am not an expert. I am still learning everyday myself. I only try to keep my daughters hair presentable, while teaching her to embrace her hair. I do have some styles posted on my Facebook page. I really only create them so I can remember how to restyle the hair that particular way or give others ideas. If I find people want instructions on a particular style then I will be more than happy to create a instructional post, just message Untrained Hair Mom with your request. Thanks in advance for reading.

criss cross hair style

Hair care routine– Man, I would have to write a novel to cover this! I am sure Untrained Hair Mom has an article for each routine out there. The basics: Deep condition, wash weekly or every other week, hot oil treatments, protein treatments, finger detangling etc.

heart hairstyle

Hair Products

I am what they call a “product junkie”. I am not on the search for a magical product. I just get curious about what is out there (in other words someone is marketing really well). I usually give the products 2 weeks before deciding yay or nay. I have tried everything from the all natural route to chemicals. One thing I have never done is put a perm on Jaleea’s hair (and it’s not on my list of things to do).

Products I love
Unrefined Shea butter, tea tree oil, castor oil, argan oil, vitamin e oil, avocado oil, peppermint oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil, Herbal Essence Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner, African Royal products (Fro Spray, Brx Braid and Extentions), Shea Moisture products, Eco Styler gel, Hot Six Oil Hair and Body Mist for greasing the scalp or oiling the hair, Cantu Butter Super Shine Hair Silk to make hair look extra shiny,

Products that don’t work for us
Aloe Vera Juice (shedding), cantu butter leave in repair cream (left clumps), kids organics soft hold olive oil conditioning smoothing and styling gel for baby hair/ bangs (not enough hold), palmers olive oil formula (too greesy but great for my son), flax seed gel-(too annoying to make and not as good as a hold as eco styler)

How to Know if a Product Isn’t Working
Shedding/Breakage- If you notice excessive shedding or lots of extra hair when washing then
change your routine. This means the product is not working for you. A trick I learned from Kandy Land Kurls-If your hair has a white bulb on the end then it is considered normal shedding. If there is no white bulb on the end then it is breakage.

cornrows puffs beads hairstyle
Love this style? See our Criss Cross Cornrow Tutorial.

Hair Care Tips

1. Learn to block the negative comments or stares out! I get some nasty stares from time to time but I just dismiss them. They are not worth me going to jail over.
2. Always research your information before you assume anyone knows what they are talking about. I have learned more from a Facebook hair group I am in than any stylist I’ve ever talked to. Just because someone has the same texture as your child’s hair does not make him or her an expert.
3. If you decide to cut or trim the hair, I believe straightening it is the only way to evenly cut it. I have seen many people screw up kids hair because they cut it while in the completely curly stage-wet, etc.
4. Apply the LOC or LCO method per your hair type. We apply it daily sometimes twice depending on the weather. (L-liquid, O-Oil, C-cream/conditioner) If you feel the hair is still sucking up moisture apply it twice daily.
5. Do not jump on the hair bandwagon. Everyone is going to have an opinion. Do what you feel is best for you or your child. Do not feel guilty about not having all natural hair products. As you can see I love many types of products and my child’s hair is healthy.
6. Invest in a water bottle spray-(I usually mix a leave in conditioner, oil, and water) Spray on the hair every time you brush. Never brush the hair dry. This will eliminate a lot of breakage.
7. Protect the hair at all times-It will not only keep the hair from breaking but also help stretch your hairstyle.
8. Do not get discouraged when your child hair is not as long as another child his or her age. Our hair all grows at different rates. I am still waiting for my daughter to have long hair but I try to obsess more over it being healthy. Look back at some old pictures. I love to create a style I have not done for a long time and compare it to a year ago etc. This helps boost my confidence that her hair is growing.
8. If you need some hair encouragement….Join a hair group or post your styles on some some hair websites on Facebook. Surely someone will fall in love with them and offer positive feedback!

kids cornrow style
spider cornrows
twist out hairstyle

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Center Stage: TeenyFab

Welcoming TeenyFab to our stage and here is her mom telling us about her hair.

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TeenyFab’s Haircare Routine: we wash her hair once a week, normally Sunday night. We wash with Cara B hair and body wash, I normally leave it in for about five minutes while she plays then we rinse out and apply the Cara B leave in conditioner. Then, I comb her hair out with a wide tooth comb and do not rinse out the conditioner. I normally twist it her hair sections after her hair is combed out, she will sleep with her hair in twists and we style in the morning :) I’ve been doing protective styles on her since about December 2011, mainly twists since I can’t cornrow to save my life, lol. She has had a lot of new growth since we began the protective styling, her hair when wet or stretched it’s past her shoulders. [Read more…]

Center Stage: Baby Big Hair

This weeks star is Baby Big Hair! Welcome and thanks for joining us!

baby big hair

I’m a blessed mommy of our 3 yr old daughter we lovingly call “Baby Big Hair”.  From day one BBH had a TON of hair.  It’s been a journey but as of late our hair routine consist of washing her hair once every 2-3 weeks.  I start with a deep conditioner the night before (or a pre-poo) which is a mixture of conditioner, olive oil and baking soda.  I work this mixture through her hair detangling in about 6 large sections.  I then braid each section in a large plats.  The next morning, I wash her hair with Kinky-Curly’s Come Clean Shampoo (extremely gentle) with her hair in the same plats. This (along with the slippage created by the pre-poo) keeps her hair from tangling and allows me to get the shampoo close to her scalp.  Every other washing I do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse (1 part to 3 parts slightly cold water).   I then apply a generous amount of Kinky Curly’s Knot Today Leave-In or Beautiful Curls Leave-In Conditioner for Curly to Kinky Hair.  With her hair saturated with water and leave in conditioner, I work thru each section with 1st – my fingers, 2nd – a wide tooth comb, 3rd – a medium to fine tooth comb or a Denman brush (stripped down from 5 to 3 rows). From there I apply either the Kinky Curly Curling Custard to achieve her “curly fro”, or I apply Beautiful Curls Curling Activating Cream to style her hair with twists, knots etc.  As a working mom, I tend to do small twists all over to save time thru the week and do something fun with them like twist outs or refresh her hair on the weekends with a new week long style.

My main tips to share are: 1) cover hair with a satin or polyester (some types are ok) cap at night; 2) Always keep a spray bottle with water and leave-in conditioner mixture handy to spritz the hair if it looks dry and 3) Deep condition or “pre-poo before each wash. If hair is long, wash in large plats, and 4) Starting with your fingers, detangle from the ends working your way to the scalp.

Also, it’s important to know its okay to wear the “hair out”  in all its “Big Hair” glory every now and then.  Just be mindful of to protect it at night and moisturize everyday. As we like to say on our blog.. Go’Head Baby, Be’Curly!!

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