Styling a Biracial Child’s Hair in the Summertime!

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It’s unofficially summertime and if your child has curly hair, it’s a trying time! While our hair (Type 3 and Type 4) is rather resilient, it can also be rather problematic at times.

Here are some tips to keep your (and your child’s!)  hair looking fresh this summer, no matter what your hair type is:

Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your child’s hair moisturized. I have seen one too many biracial children with bird’s nest on top of their heads to realize it’s not a child’s hair issue but a parent’s timing issue.

There are a ton (and I do mean a ton) of products out there to keep your child’s hair moisturized. I have to recommend (of course), Shea Moisture’s Curl Milk. Another great choice is Mielle’s Curling Milk as well.

For a biracial child, you don’t want to use any oils for it will bog down the child’s hair. Oil is great for Type 4, but I would not recommend it for Type 3.

Co-washing is your best friend.

Ever since I discovered co-washing when I went natural, my hair wondered what took me so long to do it. I try to co-wash every other day or every two days. With Bear, I try to co-wash his hair every other day. He’s a lot more active than I am so he will get into a bit more mess than I do.

If you want to splurge, you can’t get any better than Bumble and Bumble co-wash. Not only is it a conditioner, but it also detangles the ever-loving fack out of your child’s curly hair. It’s also great for all hair types.

If you’re on a budget, I highly recommend As I Am co-wash or Pantene’s co-wash. Another great choice that is not readily available in stores is Head & Shoulders.

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Stick it in the fridge.

It’s hot outside, yo! And your scalp is going to need something cool for it. Put your products in the fridge to cool them down. It won’t harm them and your scalp will appreciate it.

Heat is NOT your best friend.

If you normally straighten your child’s hair, lay off the heat this summer. There is no point of using heat only for the humidity to make your child’s hair poof like a mushroom cloud. For Bear, I usually have his hair air dry.

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Ain’t Nothing Wrong with DIY.

Some of the best products I’ve made were just going into my kitchen or bathroom and see what works. In another post, I’ll share a few recipes, but there is nothing wrong in saving money (and most importantly, saving your child’s hair) by making your own. Heck, some of your products might turn out better than the store bought ones!

Finally, experiment!

I recommended some great products but there are a ton more on the market and they are catered specifically to curly hair. Some of them are very cheap and do just as a great job as the premium ones.

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Shea Moisture Curly Hair Demo!

Hey Fam,

I know it’s been about a minute since Bear and I have done one of these videos but hey, this was super fun to do! In this video, we used the vast majority of Shea Moisture products (as we are Shea Moisture brand ambassadors 2018).

We used the Coconut & Hibiscus Detangler, and the Coconut & Hibiscus Curling Cream. I washed Bear’s hair with the Fragrance-Free Shampoo & Body Wash and used Curly Kids (Not Shea Moisture) for a deep conditioning.

I like doing this videos not only to show how to care for your child’s curly hair but also if you have curly hair, it might help!

So, check out the video! Let me know what you think!

Product Review: Shea Moisture box! #sheamom #sheabassdor #sheamoisture

Today, I’m doing an entire product review of the entire contents of the Shea Moisture box I received from them. I’ll speak from a mom’s perspective but also from my personal one since I also used the same products on me!

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Disclaimer: I am a Shea Moisture Ambassador, so I’m giving honest reviews of this box, regardless of how awesome they are (or how much they suck. I keeps it real.).

Last week, Bear and I received our first Shea Moisture box and it had a lot of great stuff in it. At first I was concerned because the products were tailored to babies and Bear’s a preschooler. I decided to go ‘head and try it out on him and me as well! This product review is different because I’m going to do a quick write-up of each individual product. For the hair products, I have Type 4 hair. Bear has Type 3 hair, so keep that in mind.

Let’s go!

First up: the baby wash and shampoo.

I really liked this one because it was nice and fragrant. I normally don’t use the same wash for the body and hair but Bear seemed to love it. He even said how he liked how he smelled!

In terms of the shampoo for me, it lathered very well, with no residue.

Bottom Line: I do recommend for adults and kids!


The blueberries and marshmallow root detangler and leave-in (blue label).

OMG. Can I tell you have much I love this joint??? This is probably my new favorite detangler and that’s a hard sell to me with my coils! It has a lot of slip and detangling Bear’s hair was a breeze!

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Look at those curls!

LOOK!

AREN’T THEY FABULOUS??

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2nd day curls. Annnnnnnnnd, you probably needed to see a four year old with a puppy right now.

So yeah, that’s nice but what about Mommy?

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It made my curls pop! The detangler, I found, I didn’t have to use a lot of it since it was also a leave-in conditioner. And OMG, it smelled so good! (Yes, I took out my braids but never fear, they’re coming back soon! And a different color!)

Bottom Line: Highly recommend! Even if you don’t have kids, use this on yo self! Treat yo self!


Body Lotion:

Bear liked it and I did. I didn’t find it moisturized my body as well as other lotions I’ve used. I also have super dry skin so the thicker the lotion the better for me. But for a child, I thought the body lotion was suitable.

Bottom Line: Great for kids, but mileage may vary for adults.


Baby Oil:

I didn’t try it on Bear because I wasn’t sure how his skin would respond to it. (I’m still trying to figure out his allergens.) However, I tried it and my skin loved it! It loved it like a hungry man at a buffet.

Bottom Line: Great for adults, but mileage may vary for kids.


Milk bath:

The only product I didn’t review because we don’t have a bathtub. However, I plan to give this to a friend who does a have bathtub and see if it’s suitable. I’ll report back!


The rattler:

It’s cute! LOL. I can’t say too much because I obviously don’t have a newborn or infant. I do plan to give that to Bear’s godmother who’s due any day now.


Overall, it was a great first box! I’m really happy with it overall.

If you have the Shea Moisture box, what did you like? What other Shea Moisture products have you tried?

Biracial Hair Care: Shea Moisture Kids’ Detangler

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It’s been a while since we’ve done a biracial hair care review so let’s jump right in it!

I recently purchased Shea Moisture’s detangler spray for Bear. I’m a huge fan of Shea Moisture and own and tried just about everything they have! Seriously. I went from being on the fence to being a bonafide fangirl of theirs. (Cantu and Camille Rose are also others I stan for.)

Now we know the player, let’s see how the game is played:

Consistency:

It’s a spray. Nice and light.

Smell:

Very light. Honestly, there really isn’t that much of a smell. Not heavy which is good if you have a sensitive nose like I do.

Cost:

Cheap! I paid $7.99 for this.

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The Routine:

I would typically use this after I shampooed/conditioned or co-washed his hair. If I haven’t done neither of those, I would saturate his hair with just plain water.

The Result:

The Review:

Pros:

  • The Shea Moisture brand is available practically everywhere. I got this one at Target. (They often has a BOGO sale at numerous stores like CVS, Ulta, Target, etc.).
  • It’s cheap. So ridiculously cheap. Shea Moisture is known for its affordability.
  • It’s very light in texture and fragrance.
  • It contains coconut oil and slippery elm extract, that really aids in the detangling process.

Cons:

  • You have to spray a lot to see any impact. I mean you’re constantly spraying so that’s something to consider for future purchases.
  • Hair is really damp after application (again, this is going back to the above point of spraying a lot). When it does dry, wow! Curls galore.
  • While it boasts of being anti-frizz, it’s not a miracle worker. Your hair will still frizz up eventually. Bear’s hair does have some frizz so I would probably have to put some more on.

In conclusion, I do recommend this if you have Type 3 hair. I haven’t used it on my Type 4 hair yet so I’ll do a review of that soon.

 

DevaCurl No-Poo Product Review!

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I recently tried the DevaCurl No-Poo cleansing conditioner on Bear. I tried it on my hair before (for a refresher, click here), so it was time to do it on Bear’s hair.

Pros:

  • It cleans very well.
  • DevaCurl is a strong brand.
  • It has a lot of slip.
  • It is heaven for those with Type 3 hair.

Cons:

  • It’s super expensive! My little 3 oz bottle cost $10.
  • If you have a sensitive nose, you probably won’t like this. The smell annoyed me.
  • I didn’t think it had any impact on my Type 4 hair.

If you have Type 3 hair, I highly recommend this. If you have Type 4 hair, buyer beware. Again, it had no impact on my hair but you might have different results.