SUMMER NATURAL HAIR AND SKIN CARE

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

HOW TO MAKE AN AFRO FOR AN AMERICAN GIRL DOLL

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

TEACHER APPRECIATION GIFTS

See how we pulled together this easy teacher appreciation gifts and end-of-the-year school treats. The pencils require no special equipment. You can also personalize your craft with unique envelopes and stamps!

BASIC HEALTHY HAIR STEPS

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

18 April 2014

Pinned Yarn Rosettes Up-Do: Easter Hairstyle 2014



This hairstyle was done in a mad dash, I kid you not. For those who follow me in other social media, most of you know that I was unexpectedly scheduled for surgery on Friday, 18 April. Don't worry, I'm fine, but recovery will take some time. At the very least, there was no way I was going to be able to do a fancy Easter hairstyle the day after surgery, so what you see above is what we managed to pull together in two styling sessions done after school this last week.

Boo was wearing her afro, so the bulk of the work was in the finger detangling before transitioning to a protective hairstyle. My goal with this style was not only something nice for the holiday, but something that would require no maintenance or care from those who will be helping care for my daughter during my recovery. I think we managed to cover all of our bases and in a minimal amount of time.

11 April 2014

How to Give an American Girl Doll a Temporary Afro



This tutorial outlines how to achieve a kinky-curly natural hairstyle on an American Girl (or any other 18") doll. Our method does not involve permanently altering the doll's hair in any way. Although the hairstyle is temporary, I promise all it takes is styling one time and it can be worn again and again. And the idea for doing so all came from my 6-year-old and her creative little brain.

17 March 2014

Cornrowed Shamrock Hairstyle Created with Scorpion Hearts #StPatricksDay



Yes. I went a bit overboard with this year's St. Patricks Day hairstyle (especially as compared to last year's style). The only real excuse I have is that my daughter is on Spring Break for the next two weeks *gasp* and, well, we have a ton of time. We also didn't have to worry about the "excessive" nature of the hairstyle as far as her school uniform policy goes, so we both wanted to do something funky and fun. I'm not normally a fan of scorpion hearts, but I think they work perfectly when creating the shamrock.

03 March 2014

Quick and Easy Flat and Box Twists #NaturalHair #Hairstyle



Yet another school-friendly quick and easy hairstyle for this week, which can be done with either twists or braids, whichever work best for your child's hair. In addition, we're hoping to get a super cute twist-out from this style, too, so it's sort of a two-for-one hairstyle.

22 February 2014

Quick and Easy Double Twisted Crown Up-Do #Hairstyle



Usually after we have a protective hairstyle in for a while I like to give my daughter's scalp a rest by doing either free hair or something really loose. Unfortunately, her school has been battling lice this past week so my goal with this hairstyle was to keep her hair up, well-oiled, and hopefully free from catching the little critters. Yes, kinky-curly hair can get lice, you can read all about that here. All of that being said, this hairstyle was a really quick and easy compromise. It took only 1/2 hour to complete and should get us easily through the week.

18 February 2014

First Grade Spirit Week Outfit Ideas



If you missed any of these school Spirit Week photos on Instagram last week, now's your chance to see them all in one place! Every school does things a bit differently, but I thought I'd share some of the ideas we used last week for others who may be looking for ideas for their little one for Spirit Week. Thankfully we didn't have a "crazy hair day" (like we did last year) so we didn't need to worry about it conflicting with her Valentine's crown of hearts hairstyle. Whew!