Ever wonder what the SPF values were for the oils and butters we use on natural hair? Look no further, we've outlined the most-used ones in this post to help protect both hair and part lines.


This process is pretty simple and, unlike other methods, ours does not require permanently altering the doll's hair in any way.


Everything you need for your child including articles on swimming with natural hair, choosing the right sunscreen, helmet-friendly hairstyles, and more.


Places get hot and humid during the summer, others get hot and dry. We get both, humidity during the early months and dry winds in late summer. See this post for how we put moisture back into my daughter's hair when it's dry.


Not sure where to start? Check out this post for the basic healthy hair steps we use for nurturing my daughter's natural hair.

13 September 2014

Pinned Braids and Cornrows with Side Bangs

We're heading into week four with our back-to-school hairstyle and, as promised, I'm posting one more updated look that she'll be wearing to finish off this 'do before we restyle for school photos next weekend.

06 September 2014

Cornrowed Headband: Our Back-to-School Hairstyle Update

Believe it or not, this hairstyle is exactly the same hairstyle that we set for my daughter's back-to-school look a few weeks back. The only difference between that look and this one is in how we styled it. One of the things that I love about styles like these is their versatility. I was hoping to get a month out of this hairstyle; so far, we are well on our way!

23 August 2014

Curled Front Boxed Braids and Staggered Back Cornrows #Hairstyle #Tutorial

You'd think that I had learned my lesson about box braids on long hair when we did a whole head of them this summer and they took forever and a day to remove. Well, I did. Sort of. I learned a couple of things, in fact. First of all, they are really easy to style in several different ways. Second, my daughter loves them because they show off how long her hair is. And best of all, they last a really long time while still protecting her hair from moisture loss and breakage. So, despite the fact that removal will take a few days, we chose to go with them once again for this year's back-to-school hairstyle. But I made it a little easier on myself this time: I only did the boxes in the front of her head; the back is cornrowed. So we achieved nearly the same look as with a full head of boxed braids, but with significantly less time investment in both installation and future removal.

18 August 2014

2014 Back-to-School Round-Up: Hairstyles, Lunches, and More!

It's that time of year again! I can't believe my daughter is starting the 2nd grade this week. When I started this blog back in 2010 she had just started her first year of preschool. Many of you have watched her grow up these past few years right along with me. Thanks so much for hanging with us! Below I've assembled a selection of inspirational posts that cover everything topics such as school-friendly hairstyles, school lunches, and self-esteem.

08 August 2014

Something Big Is in the Works and Coming Soon

We haven't been posting a ton of things this summer, but we have a very good reason why.

06 August 2014

Box Twists with Organic Parts and Front Flat Rope Twists #Hairstyle #NaturalHair

Well. We just finished four weeks of swim lessons and camp and finally removed the box braids that we formed from the first of our summer hairstyles. Now we're moving onto the last of our summer hairstyles. These are two-strand twists with organic boxes, and front flat rope twists. You can do these with twists or braids, whichever works best for you. I twist much more quickly, and after removing the box braids from the last hairstyle I'm pretty much over taking out tiny braids for a while.