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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Top 5 Styles to Send Your Pre-Queen Back to School: #BlackGirlMagicEdition

Occasionally, when I hit these writer block moments all it takes is a nudge from someone in my online community to get me back on track.  Today's nudge came from @mfromthesfbay on Twitter who specifically requested some Back to School inspo for her minis!  I was like, duh Candice, why didn't you think of this?!  School has started for some and is about to start for many so I hope these styles can provide some inspiration to my fellow Moms out there.  I went an extra step and included product suggestions and tips to help you along.

1. Crown Braid


The Crown Braid seems like one of the easiest styles but I will tell you right now that it looks easier than it is.  Pro Tip: I recommend blow drying the hair (or stretch the hair without heat if that's your preference) so that it's not in it's naturally curly state.  Mom Tip: Use an Edge Control or Paste instead of a water based product so the hair does not revert.  I recommend using the CURLS Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste, rubbing the paste between your fingers and applying to the length + ends of their hair as you braid to give the style some hold.

2. Bantu Knots Half & Half


This is a quick style that will give your mini some edgy style in no time.  For the Bantu Knots, I recommend using an Edge Control Gel or Paste for the hairline and gel on the length of the hair.  Pro Tip: I would use the CURLS Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Jelly + Paste but use what you feel is best or what you have on hand.  Now for the rest of the hair that is out, I would recommend using Perm Rods to achieve a similar curl to this picture.  For most, the purple Perm Rods would work best but use larger or smaller rods according to your little girls length.  The Lottabody Wrap Me Foaming Mousse is my go-to for all Perm Rod Sets because it gives the shine and bounce that we all love!  Mom Tip: Try using a small amount of Leave-In Conditioner under the Mousse to maintain moisture for the duration of the style.

3.  The Classic Blow Out


Each year one of my girls requests a Blow Out for the First Day of School.  Back in the day, I remember sitting in front of the stove having my Grandmother press my hair with a hot comb the night before school began.  I know how exciting it is to "show off" your length and fling that hair so I don't even bother going against their wishes.  The most important tip I can give for this style is to Deep Condition the hair before applying heat.  The CURLS Blueberry Bliss Reparative Hair Mask is a great option to use for this step.  Now for the most obvious Tip, the actual heat protectant, I recommend using the Motions Heat Styled Straight Finish Leave-In Conditioner + Sealer.  As for the amount of heat or the temperature, this is completely up to you Mom!  Personally, I blow dry on high and set my Sedu Flat Iron on 400 degrees because I prefer to use heat for as least of a time as possible.  So, if I can complete the style in 30 minutes on high heat versus 2 hours on low heat then I'm opting for the lesser of the two.  This is what works for us but certainly, do you boo!

4.  Faux Hawk


This style is for the girl that doesn't mind all the attention and her intention is to SLAY that first day. Pro Tip: It's best to do this style on an old Wash + Go or an old Twist Out since bigger is better!  Using hair bands, you're basically pulling the hair into about 4-5 ponytails towards the center of the head.  Use an Edge Control or Gel like the CURLS Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste or Jelly to slick those sides and edges plus maintain the hold.  Mom Tip:  Let your daughter fluff the Faux Hawk to her liking.  She'll have fun doing this in the mirror and will feel like she customized her style.

5. Twist Out

This style is perfect for the no fuss diva!  Pro Tip: Stretch the hair by Blow Drying (or a non heat option) first then do the Twists on stretched hair.  My recommendation is to use a nice thick twisting cream like the CURLS Blueberry Bliss Twist n' Shout Cream.  I've recommended this product to I don't know how many people because it NEVER fails.  NEVER.  For a bomb Twist Out you need lasting moisture and crazy definition which you will get with the Twist n' Shout Cream.  Mom Tip: Set this style the day before (not the night before) to give the Twists time to 100% dry.  There's nothing worse than a damp Twist Out on the first day of school.  Don't be THAT Mom.  LOL.

Now I'm sure you've noticed that I recommended the CURLS Blueberry Bliss product line quite a bit but this post is NOT SPONSORED.  These are my normal go-to products for my girls because of the incredible slip each and every product has and they LOVE the smell.  If you follow me on SnapChat then you know the love is REAL.  Anyways, we're all done here!  Let me know if you plan to try out any of these styles on your Pre-Queen* and definitely tag me on Social Media if you do.  Let's send our girls off to school looking + feeling GREAT!


*Pre-Queen is a term dubbed by @NaturalHairDoesCare

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Laid Edges ALL DAY

Let's be honest, there really isn't an issue with taming our edges.  The issue really lies in keeping those edges laid all damn day!  We tend to apply half the jar of edge control to our edges only to end up with wavy, curly, disrespectful looking edges two hours later.  Enough is enough.  It's even worse when we take the time to do our daughter's hair before school, you know make sure they look like they come from a home and not an alley.  We slick their hair into cute little ponytails only to have them come home from school looking like they've been working in the fields.  While I appreciate the teachers that take the time to fix their student's hair in school... That's not what school is for and I am not that Mom.  So here are a few tips to keep those Edges laid all day...

1.  Use a water based product BEFORE the Edge Control.

More often that not, I even spray the edges with a little water before using any products.  For some reason, the hair tends to behave better if it's been dampened some prior to being slicked.  When I style the girls hair before school, I tend to use a gel before the edge control.  Kids go to school, run amuck and usually don't give two thoughts about their hair all day.  In turn, we as Mothers must counteract all this activity with extra hold in the form of multiple products.

2.  Warm + Smooth the Edge Control BEFORE applying.

Taking a few seconds to rub the Edge Control Paste between your fingers goes a long way.  It takes the product from being super thick to a nice thin consistency that doesn't look weird when applied to the edges.  If you're seeing build up after applying your edge control, then you've likely applied too much product.  To avoid this, smooth out that product FIRST then lay those edges.

The rest is up to you!  You can put a head wrap or head scarf on to help in keeping your hairline smooth and neat if it helps.  If you are going do this, leave the scarf on until the hair is completely dry as this is going to yield the best results.  This is a step that not necessary, especially when using multiple products but it does help if you're in a rush.

Do you have any tips to share on getting those edges to STAY LAID?  Share them below.

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