Thursday, March 31, 2011

Way Back Wednesday Style Reflection: Combination Style x 2

I know this is kinda late but better late than never. The stomach flu reeked havoc on our household for nearly two weeks straight and needless to say i had to be MIA and take care of ALL of us sickies...

The first picture is of Diva R's hair doo for her Halloween party at school last year. It was just simply a half pony tail to the side, the loose hair was crimped from a over night braid out and the back hung in small/medium sized boxed braids with festive Halloween colored beads to match her shirt :)

This next combination style is from just before Halloween and it consisted of piggy back pony tails rubber banded going into pig tails that end in big three strand twists for the top half and medium sized box braids with beads. These are the slightly bigger than pony bead size beads. I call these chubbies or BGP (Big Giant Pony) beads. 

She still had alot of the "baby hair" in front that seems to keep growing and growing and growing and then new hair will come in and stay baby short FOREVER behind it.  Its just a cycle :)

Above is the top view and i just simply parted rectangle parts going from center part out towards her ears on both sides of part and then i just "piggy backed" each pony tail inside the next going into two pig tails :)

Above are two angled back shots of it. At this time Diva R's hair like to curl back up after i braided it and it would always curl in any way shape and form it wanted LOL and usually all of the braids that did that would all do it the opposite ways from each other leading me to believe her curl pattern was trying to find itself as of then :).

Beads really didn't help weight it down either if they wanted to curl up they sure would regardless :) Some of it had to do with my learning how to braid cornrows not too long before this.
We are all for anything girly and Diva is such a girly girl requiring cute, jazzy and pretty hair with accessories at all times. I liked doing the half styles alot back then because of the variation and i could switch them up by altering sections or adding or deleting certain elements making for a fresh style in 15-30 minutes per switch SAVING me alot of time in between. 
In case anyone is wondering... I used Lets Jam

Interchanging with this one also for a less hold....Let's Jam Shining & Conditioning Gel

This was the first gel i ever started using and it last longer than any other product the smell was just something you could never get used to and i can point that smell out of a hundred smells today! It worked great though but did build up after while (but as you can see in the pics it did shine in her hair and nothing looked gunky about it :)

Hope you enjoyed our WBW Style Reflection :)
God Bless.

Diva R's Mommy-Kim

Are there any other retired or current Lets Jam users?

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Winners of our BEE-IP Bee Mine Giveaway ARE!

OK So since everyone has been waiting for the winners to be chosen and announced THIS IS FOR YOU!

3rd Place Winner who won a 10.00 gift card to Bee Mine Products is......

2nd Place Winner who won a 4-2oz sample pack of their choice of the Bee Mine Products is......

And the 1st Prize WINNER who gets a 3 pack 8oz gift set of products of their choice from the lovely Bee Mine Collection ISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.........

CONGRATS to our winners!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you so much Tracey & Our Bee Mine family for making this possible, and thank you equally to everyone who participated, share our link/page/blog/giveaway, joined our journey along the way and those who participate and are active in our curlee community. I appreciate each and everyone one of you and we love your comments, feedback suggestions and everything else! thanks again so much and THANK YOU again to everyone who is aiding in growing our community.

God Bless!
Please contact me via email by March 30th including your full name, address and email address so that you can claim your Bee Mine Blessings :)
If i do not hear from one/any of the winners by March 30th then i will draw a new one :)

Diva R's Mommy-Kim

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Today's Curlee Style...

*Inspired by Katie A's beautiful artwork on her daughter.*

Freestyling and getting better as i go :)

So i washed Diva R's hair the night before using the My True Nature shampoo and followed it with NO conditioner as an experiment. After her bath i put our *new product* on her hair and massaged it in and through and followed that by some Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer.  Off to bed she went :)

Then the next evening i began styling... ( all day i kept her hair consistently moisturized and up so that it would stay tangle free and remain moisturized until i was ready to do her hair).

So i took her protective style down and spritzed her hair with a light coat around her head of our bottle of distilled water, following with a touch up of the Cream Moisturizer then Curly Butter on each and every section i parted as i was braiding each cornrow.

(I did half her hair that night and finished the rest today)

                                                                        Top View

Side Views

Back Views :) (This is the first half i did the night before)

I am definitely proud of the back :) I just got inspired looking at Katie A's most recent style and four hours total later (due to parting) and (MANY breaks and whining) i was done and i didn't add any beads or clips to it yet because i am waiting to jazz them up for school :)

So we will see how long this lasts, as usual most styles no matter how they are done only last 2 days and they have to be retouched MAX... I don't know if extension hair would help in that matter but since her hair is so super thin i am so limited in doing alot to it...

Hope you enjoyed :)

Diva R's Mommy-Kim

Friday, March 25, 2011

Man-I-Kin MANIA! Part 1

I felt like showcasing our Man-I-Kin's ( Mostly mine for now).
I bought the Manikin head (on the right) in Sept 2011 from Sally Beauty Supply after calling around for over a month every where even a neighboring state looking for an ETHNIC Manikin head and most people chuckled at my asking for that when i called ALL the beauty supplies in my surrounding vicinity o_0. Almost all of the ones i did call said "We only have the white ones"... Hmmm So online i searched for EVER but i felt like i wouldn't be satisfied with buying one that i couldn't see in person first since i was particular on the type of hair i was looking for on the Manikin head.

Just when i was going to give in I called a local Sally's 1 more time and they seriously had got two in! So i rushed up there and luckily i did because when i got there there was only one (YAY) and it just so happened to be the ethnic one i was searching for hair type and all but i would have liked for them to have a better African American head with a more real fro. I bought that and the stand that you put the head onto to clip onto a table, chair or the like.
The Barbie head of course is Diva R's "Miss Jenny", she loves to do her hair :) I have done styles on that head also just didn't take pics :) Its all choppy and different lengths which makes it challenging.

Below are some random styles that i have done practicing on "Miss Jenny" the Manikin head.
The top left was the very first attempt at a faux hawk and the other three in this collage are first time ever attempt at freestyle cornrows :)

Here are some more semi recent styles Ive done and the one on the left below was just some idea i had got and i ran with it and ended up with that :) I learned a few things from doing that specific pattern that will make it better next time :) The one on the right is my very first ever heart :)

Here is my very first attempt at a star, and this was very hard to do i watched videos and looked and froze framed pictures just to try and dissect how the exact parting was done and came to the conclusion that i was too much of a beginner still to be trying all that LOL So an hour later it turned out looking like Patrick! The starfish from Spongebob Square pants instead

So over an hour later it turned out looking like Patrick! The starfish from Sponge bob Square pants instead

Below is just me messing around with these tiny pony beads i have on hand trying to figure out different ways of putting them throughout cornrows and such :) I was experimenting with different size cornrows in different ways and shapes :) getting better. I find that washing the Manikin head does help the hair stay in good condition i wash and condition the head and blow dry it right away so that mold doesn't ever build up in the head.  This one came with directions. Product act the same in a Manikin's hair as a humans hair. This one has REAL hair so it requires certain things to help manage it while styling..

I was really feeling creative when i experimented with letters for the first time. This is NOT easy at all and i jut don't get it as of yet. it is an art and alot of people use crochet hooks, tools to sew and other techniques to achieve letter braiding.  There are nearly NO videos out there to teach one how to do it. But cursive writing seems to be easier than regular letter braiding, still trying to experiment with ways to incorporate all the hair around and inside the lettering without it looking sloppy....

Above was a first time ever 3 leaf clover and i decided to put a big inverted french braid on the one bottom section versus another leaf or stem "look". This took about 20 minutes tops :) It was a sideways 3 leaf clover from the front and it sat so cute and with accessories it would be poppin :) This was easy compared to the four leaf clover that i did on Diva for the first time this past St Patty's day.

That's all for now (Hence part 1 mentioned above :)) I have many more and more to come. Diva's don't like to be experimented on for too long at a given sitting they tend to get prissy... *_* So Miss Jenny has saved many hours days and weeks of unnecessary rookie struggling and stressing Diva with experiments :)

Diva R's Mommy- Kim

Who all has a practice head???

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Today's Curlee Style: 4 Pigtails w/Braids and 3 Strand Twists

Sooo we have been quite busy lately with activities, kiddies getting sick and many other last minute things so we haven't had much time to do hair lately.  This style is from a week ago and I figured since we haven't done pig tails in a while why not do 4 of them! Her hair was freshly washed and conditioned with Bee Mine Botanical Wash and Bee Mine Avocado Conditioner.

I sectioned it into four even parts rubber banded then pony-d them each, i spritzed a light coat of the Bee Mine Juicy Spritz on her scalp, then applied some Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer to her mids and ends following with some Bee Mine Curly Butter and used a small toothed comb to gently blend the moisturizer and sealer down into her pony tailed hair. I decided that i wanted two different things going on so i did one single looser type braid from each pony tail and ending them in gold colored bow clips to match. I also three strand twisted the remaining loose hair hanging from each pony tail and ended those in ballies to add weight to keep them from unraveling like they always do!

Here is a close up of the three strand twist.

I had to re twist the twists with some added luscious moisture cream to keep the form and we were ready to walk out the door all in a matter of 20 minutes.

Simple, quick and cute :)

Diva R's Mommy- Kim

My True Nature

I won this set of 4oz My True Nature's Milo's 2-in-1shampoo & body wash and Bobo's Baby Bubble Bath from Curly Hairdo Ideas My True Nature non- toxic bath product giveaway.

This came in the best of times because we were in the market for some new bubble bath and body wash :) I have never heard of a specifically non-toxic bath product, i wouldn't have imagined they were made toxic to begin with o_0
So i was excited to try the My True Nature set and PLUS it is 100% natural and rich in certified organic ingredients also! Very eco friendly

BUBBLE BATH INGREDIENTS: water (distilled), decyl glucoside (and) sodium lauroyl lactylate blend* (natural plant-based foaming & cleansing agent), aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, sodium coco-sulfate** (natural plant-based cleansing & foaming agent), plantago lanceolata (plantain) leaf extract*, camellia sinensis (white tea) extract**, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate (natural preserving agent), guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride (guar gum), litsea cubeba fruit essential oil*, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon flexuosus (Lemongrass) Oil, citric acid.

SHAMPOO/BODY WASH INGREDIENTS: water (distilled), disodium coco-glucoside tartrate* (natural plant-based cleansing agent non-irritating to eyes), glycerin (vegetable), sodium coco-sulfate** (natural plant-based cleansing & foaming agent), silk amino acid, panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5), olea europaea (olive) oil*, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride (guar gum), modified corn starch, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate (natural preserving agent), citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil*, myristica fragrans (nutmeg) oil*, citric acid

*Certified organic or Ecocert product
**Derived from certified organic base product
Product Description's
  • All-in-one gentle cleanser & moisturizer for face, hair and body
  • Plant-based, non-irritating cleansers, get your baby squeaky clean without irritating eyes or skin
  • Full of nourishing and calming organic botanicals including olive oil, aloe, and pure essential oils
  • Contains natural silk amino acids and panthenol (pro-vitamin B-5) to penetrate skin and hair, add essential moisture and enhance natural plumpness
  • Not tested on animals
  • Completely free of genetically modified organisms, parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, triclosan or preservatives
  • 100% recycled and reusable plastic bottle
  • Big, big bubbles that kids love to play with
  • No slippery residue left on skin or tub
  • Rich in organic botanicals including aloe, plantain & white peony tea extracts, & pure essential oils (Copied from My True Natures website)

Our review <3
I opened the box and let Diva take out the wrapping and Diva was ecstatic to see the cute little characters on them! That was an indication for her that they were hers :) Making them special to her, she seriously wanted to carry them around and play with them LOL I thought these were adorable and since i never went out of my way to buy specialty bath products this was a first for us and i was happy to be able to review such a respected fun line of non toxic products for kiddies.  Milo the skunk and Bobo the dragon

We began with Milo's shampoo/body wash 2 in 1.

Scent: Immediately WE noticed the enticing fragrance of citrus, it was so light and lemony Diva said "Mommy this smells REALLY Good YUM!" and i am a smell queen so its the first impression stamper for me!.

Color: Almost of a liquid pearl swirled honey color

Texture: The texture was smooth and liquidy/creamy almost foam feeling but richer than foam. I didn't expect the texture to be so cloud like being a shampoo and body wash mixed :) I cold barely feel the texture slipping between my fingers. This is a great combination product, the texture tells alot.

I played around with amounts and applications as usual and i found that only 2 squirts of this shampoo covered Diva's whole head (YAY). The lather was instant and spread quickly, it seemed like there was no end to the lather. ( a PLUS in our book). I just couldn't get over the scent! Its like i was grating fresh lemons near a waterfall!

(Excuse the blurry-ness our bathroom has weird lighting and she was moving)

After i shampooed her hair i noticed that her hair was silky smooth and tangle free her curls looked replenished and full of spunk! Smelling as fresh as a summers breeze so i took the TT to it and and sent her to bed with no conditioner or moisturizer to see how it would act alone. Sleeping on her satin pillow case and no bonnet.
The next morning i ran my fingers through her hair going outwards in a fluffing type motion from underneath her hair. I had NO trouble running my fingers through her un-product having hair after only shampooing.  I pulled out my wide tooth comb and ran in through her ends first and she had minimal tiny tangles if any that my fingers were too wide for.  Her hair had nice texture and it still had the fresh lemony scent, it was not real frizzy either!! ( Just for my comfort i feel the need to add a moisturizer after any product that isn't a moisturizer and that has sulfates such as this one. :)

As a body wash I used it on both my son and my daughter since my son has sensitive skin i deemed this fit to try on him being natural with organic ingredients.  I pumped 1 squirt of body wash per kid and Diva loved the feel of it and of course adored the scent as previously discussed :) I like how smooth and lathery this was as a body wash! Just that tiny bit covered each one of them entirely and didn't just run right off of them. It wasn't hard to get off either, i just took a cup of water and pured it over each of them a couple times and the body wash rinsed off leaving behind a light hint of citrus and baby soft smooth skin.

Diva R usually has dry skin especially around her knees back and elbows so id have to say this is a good body wash in our book it left great results for both of my children who have completely different skin textures.  The shampoo was great on my son also ( i did try it on him too) Although wanted to play with the bottles in the tub he really liked the characters :P He has silky fine blonde hair and his hair it REALLY shined in :) This is a wonderful product for babies especially and i would say fit for young children too :)

Bobo's Baby Bubble Bath

Scent: I can smell a hint of mint and lemon grass right away.

Color: It is almost the color of olive oil mixed with honey

Texture: Silky, soapy, like olive oil but not oily just soapy feeling :) Thinner than thick and not runny, kind of in between textures.

We LOVE bubble bath in general so i expected a good experience as always :)  I used about 2-3 table spoon size amount per bath and a decent amount of bubbles were created instantly and they kept growing and multiplying by the dozens  Kids were floating on bubbles it seemed :) LOL.  The scent of the bubble bath went away shortly and diffused into the bath but was refreshing as i poured them in :)  The awesome thing about this bubble bath is that the bubbles seriously lasted through the bath and there after! We had Mr. Bubbles bubble bath last (OLD SCHOOL-This is the kind i had when i was a kid :))
and the bubble disappeared quick and didn't have really a fun or good smell so this is a good bubble bath in our opinion! Diva was so happy that the bubbles actually stayed for her to play with!

I scooped up some bubbles to see if they still held the fragrance of peppermint/lemongrass and i couldn't smell any in the bubbles but it was in the bath alright :) as i got closer i could smell it. It left the water being softened and the kids skin was silky soft too with the combination of the Milo's body wash and Bobo's bubble bath together.

To sum it up :) This was a pleasure to review this great set of products and we look forward to using them up! Thank you Karli for giving us the opportunity to win these in your giveaway!! and a BIG thanks to Kelly from My true Nature for blessing Karli with these wonderful products to share with her readers!

Has anyone else tried My True Nature?
Diva R's Mommy-Kim

*I know there are sulfates in these two products but they are still ok by us *

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Way Back Wednesday Style Reflection: Freestyle Cornrows 2 for 1 :)

Both of these styles were styles from a month into learning how to cornrow :) I was already trying to do zig zags and angled cornrows and veils all that quick lol I was really in over my head because it was so hard to grasp the concepts of correct turn and such so the braids don't flip.... So i broke down and bought a manikin head at this point because i was determined!!! This first set of pics was my second good set of cornrows ever done!! I went for the angles and still didn't do to bad :) This took about an hour and a half at this time in my cornrowing stages to do :)

I used Lets Jam holding gel at this time and i used it quite often and faithfully up until i found Bee Mine and the only thing i didn't like about it was the weird smell... It never did build up in her hair like others complained of that i came across but i also think its best in finer type hairs and not coarse.  I like how the cornrows shined and it was just an overall cute and flattering style.  It is a playful hair style that doesn't require high maintenance nor look bad when it gets frizzy like little cornrows can :) It is very girly and can even be converted to be a boyish style. This now would probably take me 35 min or less if her hair is wet.

This next set of pictures

(Notice the swirly curling inverted looped twists i did hanging from her pony tail, that began with an experiment of messing around with different ways to unique-i-fy her pony tail with thoughts of the topsy tail tool and the different ponies you could create with that on longer hair) 
Since her hair is shorter than required to use that tool i just did this by hand and i had accidentally created it i just loved it and hope it stayed throughout the day. I incorporated some of the BGP beads that are bigger than the regular size pony beads. I got them from a local beauty supply as well as the clips in her hair :)

This was also my first time putting cornrows around the nape of her neck and going in different ways in smaller than i was used too :)

Hope you enjoyed!

Diva Rs Mommy- Kim

How about a contest coming up highlighting our organizational skills with our accessories and products? Maybe taking pics of them and displaying them for everyone to see and then LYGBC picks a winner or two?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Bee Mine Avacado Cream Balanced Conditioner

Bee Mine Avocado Cream Balanced Conditioner

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Lavendula angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Anthemis nobilis (Organic Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Cetearyl Alcohol(vegetable-based emulsifier), Ricinus communis (Castor Seed) Oil, Avocado Butter, Avocado Oil,  Stearalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, d-Calcium Pantothenate (Panthenol Vitamin B5), Panthenol (Vitamin B Complex), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Rosa mosqueta (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Salix nigra (Organic Black Willow Bark) Extract, Fragrance.

Product Description:
This nourishing conditioner is enriched with pro-vitamins, extracts & proteins that compact the cuticle layer of the hair resulting in nourished hair that isn't weighed down.  It will leave your hair silky, soft, bouncy and more manageable.

Our Review <3

I noticed that this Bee Mine Avocado Cream Conditioner is 100% organic and natural before i looked any further that gave me a good indication since natural products have been great to Diva R's hair thus far.

Scent: This conditioner smells like a slice of warm sugary almond butter cake with a spread of creamy avocado frosting! In other words "good enough to eat" :P. 

Texture: This is the lightest and fluffiest cream conditioner i have ever felt and it has a milky like texture and color just thicker than milk of course.  I cant accurately describe the texture in words but its heavenly to say the least. 

I have found that only a half dollar (50 cent piece) size amount MAX is plenty per each condition application and through trying different ways of applying and lathering the condition into her hair i found that beginning at the ends of the hair and working my way up her hair to massaging the conditioner through her roots and on her scalp was the best method of choice for us.  I love the different type of texture this conditioner has, it isn't runny like some of the others we've tried nor is it real thick and harsh on the hair, its easy to spread throughout the hair and you cant get away from the luscious scent of the almond avocado :) it conditions your hands even there after !
I leave this conditioner in for 5-10 minutes since Diva R's hair falls between being normal and coarse in texture with being more dry than normal hair so i extended to recommended time for leave in (3-5 min for normal hair and 15-30 for damaged/dry hair)

I experimented on several nights with using the conditioner with no following moisturizer over night under her sleep cap. (after i shampoo'd it and used this conditioner as the rinse out conditioner)
When i would check her hair the next morning right after waking up it would be SUPER pillow soft and manageable i could run my fingers and combs through it easily with no grab. I was so happy that there were no tangles and knots and messy madness to deal with! My tests proved that Diva's hair stayed soft, free of needing added moisturizer and kudos to this conditioner :)
To no surprise this turned out to be a great conditioner for us and it replaced the Hello Hydration and Organics Coconut Milk that we were using as conditioners.  We loved everything about it.
I would recommend this Avocado Cream Balanced Moisturizing Conditioner to anyone :)

Diva R's Mommy- Kim

We later found out that Diva is allergic to "Mixed trees" so we wont be able to use any tree containing products any longer just out of my own precautions :)

Bee Mine Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo

Bee Mine Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo

Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo 2 oz.
Ingredients:  Distilled water, Decyl glucoside and Sodioum Lauroyl Lactylate (natural surfactant blend), Calendula Extract, Lemon Grass Extract, Rosemary Extract, Lavender Extract, Rose Extract, Nettle Extract and Chammomile Extract, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (naturally derived from guar gum), dl Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Fragrance (Phthalate Free), Preservative (Paraben & Formaldehyde Free).

Product Description:
Bee Mine Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo is loaded with botanical extracts to gently cleanse hair, remove residue and moisturize while enhancing natural shine.  Leaves hair touchably soft & smooth.  This formulation will nourish the scalp and strengthen the hair without stripping or weighing it down.  Cleanse, hydrate and quench your thirsty dry hair with our botanical moisturizing shampoo. (Copied from

Our review <3

Scent: The scent is the first thing i always notice with any product and from this Botanical Shampoo i automatically gained a beautiful senses of earthly botanicals with a dash of lemony rosemary and a dusting of lavender. This has a wonderful light scent to both myself and Diva R leaving a very delightful first impression :)

Color:  Honey :)

Texture:The texture is of a very light smooth mixture of diluted honey and silk, just amazing and soft and is not your average shampoo texture. Alot of shampoos have your typical thick and sticky consistency requiring alot to lather. This Botanical shampoo only takes a small amount to create  a cloud like lather covering your entire head.

On to our experimenting :)
A little goes a LONG way with this shampoo, on Diva R's hair i use only a quarter size amount and it covers her entire head building a fluffy lather while the fresh scent of the lemony rosemary captivates my sences.  I choose leave the shampoo in for a minute or two for extra cleansing and then i rinse it out with warm water. I noticed that her hair was so smooth and lustrous after using the shampoo consistently with and without conditioners even, it moisturized her hair while being washed and it lasted there after which most shampoos leave her hair feeling dry and coarse until i apply a conditioner and moisturizer.  I could note a texture change after i washed her hair with this shampoo compared to others we have on hand and and it was a great change that i haven't experienced in her hair after being shampoo'd.  The retaining of moisture was very good and long lasting. 

When i would just use the Botanical Shampoo with no following conditioners or moisturizers her hair would be frizz-less, moisturized and not crazily puffy as if i did use conditioners! A medium toothed comb seriously slid through her hair like a warm knife through butter. and her hair stayed manageable all day. I didn't even have to apply a moisturizer afterwards.

When i did use a rinse out conditioner (Bee Mine Avocado Cream Balanced Conditioner) after using the Botanical shampoo it only intensified the moisture distribution and penetration that was already present from the incredible shampoo lather, marveling me and pleasantly filling the bathroom with this pleasant burst of almondly creamy avocado mixed with lemony rosemary Diva R was pleased intrigued by the fun-ness of the great smells also :) This Botanical shampoo is recommended as a great compliment with the Bee Lovely Conditoner. I found is to be a great compliment with the Avocado conditioner as well.

I predict that this bottle will last us months since a little bit goes such a long way at each wash :)

This shampoo was a great experience for us and we are so blessed to have been able to review such a great product line :) Bee Mine Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo deserves a HI-5 in our book :) I would recommend this shampoo for anyone to try :).

Diva R's Mommy-Kim

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Today's Curlee Style: St. Patrick's Day

Here is Diva R's St. Patricks's day hair Style

The Four Leaf Clover with a flower and ribbon!

In preparation for this style i began it last night and i had freshly washed and conditioned her hair with the Bee Mine Botanical Shampoo and The Bee Mine Avacado Conditioner ( i am still currently reviewing these). (I don't discuss detangling much because i really don't have to detangle Diva R's hair :) Thank GOD! But when i do it is note worthy!) I followed that by squeeze drying her hair with my hands slightly and then letting it dry a little more by air the added the Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer from about 2/3 the way of her hair down to the ends.

I then used the Tangle Teezer to brush her hair and smoothing it out, along side of a wide tooth comb.
Then sectioned her hair into 4 even parts (like i was going to do 4 pig tails) rubber banded them, then put a trace amount of Curly Butter on the ends of her hair to lock in the moisture on her ends over night. I spritzed a bit of the bee mine Juicy Spritz and put her sleep bonnet on. Night night :)

This morning i noticed that all four of these rubber band had snapped during the night..... JUNK rubber bands that i used ( i had some of these "hair rubber bands" that everyone talks about that are not really rubber and either the products didn't like them or they were just junk... Luckily her hair stayed perfectly parted! YAY! That usually never happens.

I then re did the rubber bands with the good ones i use regularly and spritz a tiny bit of water to reactivate the moisturizers from last night followed by some Curly Butter on her hair hanging from the 4 ponies and began to split each pony in half so i had two groups of hair hanging from each pony. I braided with no tension, each set of two groups individually.

I then started at the top left pony tail with braids and flipped the braids upward into a heart shape and rubber banded them to stay put, i moved on to the top right and then to the bottom ponies ( at this point i realized that Diva R's hair wasn't long enough for this :/ So i stuck the HUGE flower in the middle of the newly formed four leaf clover, i then used a few Bobbie pins to secure the shape in place. 

The fun begins, i then took this ribbon that i bought from Hobby Lobby for $1.00 and just wrapped it around each "leaf" beginning from the base of the leaf by the flower then going outwards and back around. I tied the ribbon in 2 knots under the flower so it wouldn't unravel. and When i got finished doing them all to match i wrapped the remaining ribbon around her SHORT braid that i made under the flower that barely hung out to emulate a stem :)
And here is the final result :)

Hope you enjoyed our St Patty's day style :)

Diva R's Mommy- Kim

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Way Back Wednesday Style Reflection: 2 for 1

Way Back Wednesday Style Reflection  2 for 1: Diva R’s 1st and ONLY professional style AND 1st ever Cane-Row Twist Faux Hawk:
Ok here is our WBW 2 for 1 edition Style reflection and I decided to do a 2 for 1 today so in thought of some recent conversations I chose Diva R’s 1st ever professional style. I will start from the beginning 
We were at a local children’s event and we came upon a booth that was a ethnic hair salon (at this time I didn’t know how to cornrow or do anything fancy on her hair) so I stopped and looked at their display of hair designs that the shop has done, marveled a bit and began to keep walking when one of the hair stylists stopped me and asked if I would like to get my daughters hair done for FREE. I was like FREE! Absolutely!!!!!.

They were doing this as a service for kids going back to school and Diva was just old enough to qualify, so it was about a 45 minute drive to the shop and I NEVER would have made a trip like this ever just to get her hair done and have to pay for it too but since it was free and pre-school started in a few days I was making that trip.  Diva was not fond of me doing her hair at this age so I wasn’t sure how this would go… The ladies name was Cookie and she was the most experienced braider out of the shop 30 plus year experience so I was pleased with the atmosphere and surprisingly this was the first and only time I haven’t been told by a salon that they can’t do my daughters “type” of hair.

At first Diva was totally into it wanting to get her hair done and I wanted the stylist to do some girly patterned cornrows so I could watch and question her as she went.  Everyone at the shop just loved Diva R’s hair she was the only one who didn’t have to be blow dried before being braided. So Diva began acting shy and acting up a little bit by Ms. Cookie really helped the situation by how prepared she was and how friendly she was to Diva R She let her pick out and hold the beads  That made her day perfect from there out 
She decided to do a few slanted cornrows with beads at the beginning and small/med sized triangle ponytails with NO rubber bands with two strand twists all over ending in beads and rubber bands.

(In action, in a deep concentration) *_*
*Note: I had no idea about beaders or how to secure beads on the hair at this time and I knew that I would have to redo her ponies in two days or less because of not rubber banding them, I told Cookie that but she said “Ill bet you these stay in for two weeks” I was praying so since I always have had to do her hair every few days no matter what type of style.   I asked if she would teach me how to cornrow and she was more than willing and for free still at that. So this was a blessing at hand for sure! She recommended that I use Twist and Locks Honey Wax on her hair for holding only and only a tiny bit, and she wad other suggestions that I can’t remember till this day but they weren’t any of the ones I came across I know that for sure.

Also Light Oil Sheen spray for right after I style her hair.  She didn’t have much to offer on biracial children’s hair care but her showing me methods of hand placements in person as well as she taught me how to  rubber band beads on her hair with the spiraling upward technique so that its super quick to put them on! I did learn that from her! The braiding still took me some time after this though.

This style took an hour and a half and it seemed like 15 minutes! I liked the geometric different shapes in her hair and I was still satisfied with this look but I could have nearly done it myself J Diva JUST LOVED IT but she wouldn’t let the stylist take pics of it lol she was running around at that point dancing and being silly so it was def time to go lol

I was surprised the twists looked as good as they did because twists never stay in her hair NEVER and just as I presumed the twists needed to be re-done in two days and the ponies seriously needed tightening the next day. This style would have cost 35-40 dollars!!! So after this I said I am definitely going to teach myself since I couldn't learn from a pro in person, I am usually a quick learner and I said if I don’t get it off bat I'm going to plan B and Plan B worked for me  This gorgeous girly style was done in Sept 2010 and has been repeated since  Diva R was 3 ½.

This was two days later and i had changed the beads, colors and braided the what were(twists) :) great change over and this was quick too! I learned that quick to rubber band with that spiral twirling :)

Here is the “Cane-Row” Twists or (Flat two Strand Twists) going into a Faux hawk.  This was the first attempt on Diva R at a Faux

This was done in October 2010 and for a first time Faux Hawk after watching YouTube and reading blogs until I just got silly it turned out more elegant looking than I thought  I just cane-rowed her sectioned hair going toward the center part in her hair and securing them with rubber bands . I loved how her gorgeous loose curls just hung freely and the cane-rows complimented her girly-ness. I didn’t use any special type products at this time. &lt;3 The Faux Hawk I was weirded out by at first but once I got to tinkering with it I began to LOVE IT on little girls hair and we have altered this many ways since.

Hope you Enjoyed our Way Back Wed post.

Diva R’s Mommy-Kim

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


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Sunday, March 13, 2011

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hair Washing Tips For Biracially Curlee Hair & Diva R's Regime from Day 1-Present :)

The following are tried and proven tips as well as advice that i am giving on behalf of experiences, as well as from professionals i have met along the way. *What works for some may not EXACTLY work for another, but tweeking ones styles and making your own from them or a combination of different ones ensures that you will be able to find what works for you* It may take time but there is a product for everyone now adays. Literally.

Diva R's hair washing regime in the beginning consisted of Johnson and Johnsons baby shampoo no conditioner. Her hair was super fine and straight as a board.  It didn't require any moisturizer or any special type of care for about 2 1/2 years and then i noticed her hair begin to slightly change color and texture.  It went from being jet black and straight to being jet black and puffy with wavy curls stickin up everywhere to changing to deep cocoa brown with a tint of red ( She gets the red hint from her MaMa ^_^) and then  began to grow into ringlet curls with a definite S pattern and was filling out more downwards than up :P.

After she was 2 1/2 i began to use different products on her hair and noticed that as her hair changed it required MORE than what it did previously. So i stopped washing her hair with the Johnsons products as i found they began to dry her hair out. (Johnson and Johnsons products are not good for Biracial Hair) I moved on to Kids organic wash because it was the closest to natural i could find at the time and we liked it.

I would just fill up her bath with bubbles an wash her hair with the Kids Organics Shampoo and just spray a leave in conditioner in after i washed out her shamp. The leave ins that we used to use were by Kids Organics, Hi-Image, Olive Oil Sprays and such like that, they also were detanglers. I NEVER detangle her hair if it is not wet i have learned that is a good rule to live by. These products weren't too bad as detanglers but they didn't keep her hair moisturized at all.

I began investigating good hair moisturizers on the store shelves. I figured any product that had natural ingredients in them would be ok to use. So i started with the Dark and Lovely for Kids, Carson and Soft sheen, Kids Organics, and so on. Her hair began to grow like crazy at this period (growth spurt) and then just stopped growing for some time... Or at least growing very slowly.

Her hair is still her natural deep cocoa brown w/ red tint and hasn't changed so i think it will stay this color and her curls are S shape and medium in size. Diva's curl pattern throughout her hair stays the same but in some random spots she will have curls that i have to finger twirl the opposite way for them to be uniform with the others. Diva R has thinner hair on the top front and sides of her head, and her mids/ends are much fuller than scalp areas it is naturally fluffy and wavy/curly.

Diva R's washing regime is as follows

Now i am Using the Bee Mine washing system on Diva Rs hair it consists of the Bee Mine Botanical Shampoo and The Bee Mine Avacado Conditioner/Bee Lovely Conditioner. We Love this over all products we have tried thus far It really provides her hair with wonderful results. The shampoo goes a long way with just a little amount each use. Since her hair requires alot of extra moisturizers and detangling i find that the natural products are best on her hair type. The conditioners really do make her hair cloud soft! and fluffy with great manageability and a heavenly scent. After i condition her hair i leave it in for 10 minutes and wash it out. I then squeeze dry her hair slightly and put in our moisturizer of choice be it the Juicy Spritz or Luscious Balanced Moisturizer or both and air dry her hair the rest of the way. Nothing more, nothing less.

Here are some washing tips that may help you build your own washing regime that works for you.

1. If you would like to take down your child's hair a good idea would be to do it while your child is in the bath and consistently run water through it with the aid of your choice shampoo and you will see how easy it is to get braids/twists out and rubber bands off the ends so gently they slid off gently. (Quicker than cutting them out and more preserving on the hair than pulling or untwisting them out)

2. NEVER unwrap rubber bands out of or off of the hair that will break, rip out, pull and dry and damage your hair beyond belief I suggest that you make sure the hair is wet before taking them out to lessen your chances of stressing the hair while removing them.

3. Make sure your wash water is warm and fresh, a great compliment to warm and fresh water is a filter over your shower head helping to remove some/most of the impurities in the water before they hit your hair.

4. Try steaming up the bathroom while your washing your hair so that when your done washing and conditioning as desired you can have the steaminess of the bathroom opening your pores and follicles and in return allowing deeper penetration of your moisturizer if you apply it following.

5. Apply the moisturizer and/or deep conditioner right after you dry the hair partly in what ever fashion works for you, after you/your child gets out of the bath/shower and for optimum sinking in of the treatment just applied try leaving a warm towel wrapped around the hair and let it condition deeply and then remove the towel as desired.

6. You could also try a plastic cap, saran wrap, a cloth, a shirt or what ever you'd like to wrap your hair with to give it that seal of moisture after the wash if a towel isn't preferred.

7. Make sure you get to know your product ingredients! I cant stress this enough! Google hair product ingredients  or harmful hair product ingredients and switch up the words you use and you'd be surprised the information that is out there on these harmful hair strippers that we didn't even know existed and they are right in our bathrooms! Click on one of these links to learn more about these harmful everyday chemicals that are hindering beautiful hair! ,

8. WASH your hair/child's hair frequently, if its once a week that works best for you than DO IT! I wash Divas hair 2-3 times a week on average. I don't recommend not washing the hair for months, we all know that is funky... It needs to be washed or at least co washed regularly.

Check out these links for more Biracial Hair Care Tips :) This one has alot of reviews on products specified by hair type, and if you don't know your hair type this is the BEST site for learning what type your hair is!, I learned that Diva R is type 2a fine and type 3b * This one has ALOT of information :)

Hope this helps someone :)
God Bless.

Diva R's Mommy-Kim

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