Monday, August 29, 2011


Tell us a little about yourself and your daughter:
I am 24 and a single mother to my 2 year old biracial daughter. We have been on our “hair journey” for about a year now and while I have  learned a lot, I still have a lot to learn!

What is your daughters current hair routine like?
Right now I co-wash her hair once a week (or more depending on how dirty or sweaty she gets) with Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter conditioner. I use coconut oil on her hair religiously as I feel it’s the only oil that really helps her hair.

What are your favorite products to use?
My favorites are the Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter conditioner, extra virgin organic coconut oil, EcoStyler for hold on ponytails or braids, and Queen Helene Royal Curl Curl Shaping Crème for when she wears her hair down. It keeps her curls intact and bouncy without the frizz! I love it.

Have you ever used chemicals or heat in your daughters hair?
No, and I don’t plan to. Now when she gets older and she decides that she might want to, that’s her choice (and by older I mean 18 years old and out of my house lol). But im hoping to instill a love in her for her natural hair that will keep her from feeling that using chemicals or heat is the only way to feel love for her hair.

How did you learn to care for your daughters hair?
I was literally CLUELESS on how to care for my daughters hair until I started following Beads, Braids, & Beyond’s blog, and by asking YOU questions. Lol. I asked A LOT of questions and talked to a lot of other moms that were also learning or already knew how to care for their biracial child(ren)’s hair.

Was there anything you really struggled with learning about caring for or styling your daughters hair? Anything your still trying to or looking forward to mastering?
I am still trying to find one amazing product that will help my daughters hair retain moisture! I feel that the products I love are good enough for now, but I am always on the lookout for something better.

What was the worst advice you have been given about hair care?
That it was ok to use baby oil or baby lotion in her hair! Haha.

Any tips for our readers?
Don’t be a product junkie! I learned the hard way that trying too many “grown up” products is bad for the hair because of the ingredients in them. And another one I learned was don’t pull the hair too tight. Just keep it simple.


Mommy is doing an awesome job with Jaena's hair! Thanks for sharing with us!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Mini Braid Mohawk

OK, this is my favorite style I have done with Keyanna’s mini braids so far! Key’s little cousin came over for a visit rockin’ his new Mohawk so of course she had to have one too. 

This style is super easy, I just parted her hair in half and did about 5 mini braid cornrows going towards the top of  her head on each side. I threw on some curlformers for a couple of hours and when they came off she was good to go. 

Unfortunately, when we took our trip to the beach she got so much sand in her hair it has been impossible to get out. so we'll be taking down the mini braids tonight.

FAN FEATURE: Damiya & Lynessa

Tell us a little about yourself and your daughter: 
I’m a full time nursing student and and also work to support my beautiful daughters. I taught myself how to do hair because we live in a small town where there are no “ethnic” hair shops and I wanted to be able to take care of my daughters’ hair by myself without having to rely on other people. I would love to be able to do more with their hair more often but can only work it into our schedules every few weeks.

Lynessa (3), Mommy Heather, & Damiya (5)

What is your daughters current hair routine like?
We use Palmers Olive Oil shampoo and conditioner. For styling, we use either regular gel or the mix introduced by MiMi Braids of Gorilla Snot and Lets Jam. We just ordered the Bee Mine Curly Butter and are anxious to try it. I don’t band either head of hair and usually don’t remember to put on a hair wrap at night.

What are your favorite products to use? 
I actually used a mixture posted by MiMi Braids on the last hair style and it worked great on the cornrows.

Have you ever used chemicals or heat in your daughters hair?
NO CHEMICALS! I have straightened it with my CHI iron once but didn’t get the results I wanted so haven’t ever tried again.

How did you learn to care for your daughters hair?
Pretty much trial and error. I have a whole cabinet of hair care products that I’ve tried and either liked or never used again, unfortunately.

Was there anything you really struggled with learning about caring for or styling your daughters hair? Anything your still trying to or looking forward to mastering?
I’m a SUPER neat freak and don’t claim to be creative; therefore, it tends to be hard for me to come up with new styles because I like things to be very asymmetrical.

What was the worst advice you have been given about hair care?
Honestly, no one has really ever given me any advice. As I said, I taught myself pretty much everything I know.

Any tips for our readers?
Practice makes perfect! Also, don’t be afraid to do a little research and ask people questions about their or their children’s hair if curious.


Thanks for sharing with us Heather! I definitely see a few styles I plan on trying ;)

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011


We have been switching up keys mini braid styles like crazy this past week, there is just so much you can do with them! This style was actually inspired by a style one of our friends on our Facebook page had done on her little girl. (Thanks Taylor!)  

This style is pretty basic, using the first few rows of her mini braids I made 1 small cornrow going across her head (from the left side to the right) and ended it just above her right ear. I started back on the left side of her head making a larger cornrow using all of her remaining braids. When i got to where i had ended the first corn row I banded them off into a ponytail. 

For this style I went with using the long and wide curlformers to give it a little tighter curl, I also applied Kinky-Curly Curling Custard before putting the curlformers in and it definitely gave the curls a better hold.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


We won the Curlformers giveaway a few weeks ago over at Mainly Braids! We chose the extra long and wide styling kit so when they arrived in the mail I decided to try them out on Keys mini braids. I loved the result! 

I took the first few rows of the mini braids and cornrowed them back into the pigtails. 

Monday, August 22, 2011


Last week I decided to do mini braids on Keyanna, I LOVE THEM! They do take a while to do, but last a while if they are taken care of and are very versatile so you can switch up the style as often as you like (I’ll be posting up some of the styles we did over the next few days). I did Keys mini braids over the course of 2 days, Keyannas hair is not super thick so it may take you longer if your childs hair is thicker/longer. 

Time: 4.5 hrs 
Products Used: BeeMine Luscious Moisturizer, BeeMine Bee Hold Curly Butter 

For this style I simply started at the nape of her neck parting small squares, adding BeeMine Bee Hold Curly Butter and braiding each 1,  I went from left to right and moved up her head as I finished each row. I continued this until her whole head was braided. 


A few weeks ago we took a trip to the zoo, it was especially hot that day so I wanted her hair up off of her neck and back to help keep her cool. I decided to use the style she already had in (Alicia Keys Inspired) add a few more cornrows, attempt to do a spiral cornrow, and finish it off with some braided pigtails. 

Time: 1 hr. 
Products used: BeeMine Luscious Moisturizer, BeeMine Bee Hold Curly Butter 

  1. I started by parting her hair ear to ear, then making a diagonal part to do the first cornrow. 
  2. I rotated doing a straight back cornrow and a crisscross cornrow. Using the leftover hair at the top of her head, I did a triangle shaped spiral cornrow. 
  3. I then parted her loose hair in the back straight down the middle and gathered it into 2 pigtails, I did about 15-20 hanging braids on each pigtail, added beads and barrettes, and I was done!


I came across a picture of Alicia Keys a while back and really wanted to try her braided style on Keyanna, I thought it was gorgeous! (Her hairstyles always are). I tried to do everything as close to the original as I could from looking at the picture, but I did end up reversing 1 of the crisscross cornrows to give her some “bangs”. 

Not perfect, but Keyanna and I both liked how it came out.

Monday, August 15, 2011

MOHAWK WEEK!! Zig-Zag Mohawk


For those of you who didn't know.. Keyanna is a ROCKSTAR! (or at least she thinks she is) and mohawks are her all time favorite style. Since summer is the perfect time for a hawk, I thought it would be fun to share some of the styles we've done. So lets kick off the week with.... 

Zig-Zag Mohawk 

This is our most recent mohawk, Key and I loved how it came out and it definately fit her personality. I was partially inspired by a style I saw on a friends page, she is an amazing braider so if you get a chance check her out here. 

  • Time: 25 Min
  • Products used: Coconut Oil, SheaMoisture Curl and Hold Smoothie

  1. I started by parting her hair straight back into 3 sections
  2. I then began working on the right section making a zig-zag part front to back (the right section should now be 2 sections with a zig-zag part separating them)
  3. Cornrow each of those sections 
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the left section.
  5. For the top I did 1 large cornrow and let her go to sleep, in the morning I took the top cornrow out and she had a gorgeous braid out, I just added a rubber band to create a “pouf” in the front and she was ready to go!

Sunday, August 14, 2011


This is a style I did on Keyanna for Labor Day 2010, a lot of my FB fans have already seen this style but I thought I would share it with those of you who haven't. I don't do twists on Keyanna's hair very often because they don't last as long as braids, but we got a good 10 days or so out of this style.

  • Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Products Used: Cantu Shea Butter
  1. I started out by parting the front of her hair ear to ear. I had planned on doing cornrows, but was short on time so I opted for a quicker “veil” style. I did this 
  2. by parting her hair into rows of squares, after banding the first square I added that hair into the square behind it and banded that. I did this for each row of squares on the top of her head.
  3. I then began working at the nape of her neck, parting a square, banding it off, twisting and then adding beads and a barrette. I continued this process until the back was finished. 
  4. We switched up the style a few times while she had the twists.. ponytail, pigtails, etc...

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mainly Braids Giveaway!

Mainly Braids has an awesome giveaway going on right now for some curlformers of your choice! Go check out their page for a chance to win!

AllThingsCuteAndGirly Giveaway!

Looking for some cute accessories for your little girls hair? Head over to AllThingsCuteAndGirly and check out the giveaway they've got going on!

Key's Feature On KandyLandKurls

This week Key was featured on one of our favorite hair blogs! If you havent already, head over to KandyLandKurls to check it out :)