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.

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.

18 July 2014

Transitioning a Frohawk Into a More Protective Summer Hairstyle

As I had mentioned in our Frohawk post from Independence Day, my daughter was heading into day camp and swimming for the next four weeks. In order to better protect her hair during the various activities we needed to transition the hairstyle into something more protective. This post covers how we've created three regular hairstyles, and one "crazy" look, based off of the initial starting frohawk from a few weeks back.

15 July 2014

Movie Review Resource for Parents and Families Touched by Adoption

As silly as it may seem, considering why I started this blog four years ago, the majority of our readership is not adoptive parents. So when it comes to adoption-specific information it's becoming increasingly difficult to weed through what we share and what is already "out there" for people to find via other resources. However, I'm a huge fan of the arts, and movies are no exception. And if I were to have ever blogged about movies I likely would have done it exactly as Addison Cooper does over at Adoption at the Movies. I've been a fan of his blog for a few years now.  While Cooper does touch on adoption themes in the movies he reviews, I believe there is enough "meat" in them to appeal to a broader audience, which is why I've taken the time to share his work with you.

03 July 2014

Frohawk with Side Flat Coils and Cornrowed Border

Finally, at long-last my daughter gets to have the frohawk that she's been begging for this past year, and just in time for this year's Fros on the Fourth! This is the second of three hairstyles that she's requested for her "summer" styles (i.e., fun things that she wanted to try and/or can't wear during the school year). As I mentioned in our preview photo posted on Instagram and Facebook, she was so excited about this look she kept asking to look in a mirror every time I finished a row!