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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Little Brother's Two-Strand Twists

K has a head full of two-strand twists!!
Lately Daddy D and I have been trying to decide what to do with K's hair. 
Do you remember his little mohawk?

Well, it's all grown out.

And it's long enough that it is getting very tangled, very quickly. The tangles are significant, so day after day of loose hair is becoming a less viable option. 

Another issue is that K is a bit "tender-headed".  He will tolerate finger detangling, but the only comb/brush he will tolerate is the Tangle Teezer, I think he likes the way it feels on his scalp. That being said, the jury is kind of out on the TT (for example, see this poll at The Natural Haven).

Daddy D still leans towards locs - which opens a whole other can of worms about locs on young children, and is definitely not something the extended family would embrace. In fact, as I've mentioned in previous "boy hair" posts, they have made it very clear to us that their preference is for short hair on boys. 

Sooooo, we could cut his hair.  It wouldn't be the first time. 

In fact , K had very short hair at one point:

But he has also has a pretty big 'fro:

And a long time ago...... before he could run away from me, I used to actually "style" K's hair. 

We decided to ask K his opinion. Since everyday loose hair was out, we gave him the choice of a hair cut or twists. He chose twists. 

I had no idea how this was going to work out, as he has literally not sat more than 2 minutes for any kind of hair time in the last 2 years. 

But it went very smoothly, and with a couple of TV shows, some snacks, and some breaks for jumping around I did manage to twist up his whole head. I think it must help that he sees JJ having her hair time every weekend - he actually seemed quite proud to be getting his hair done, like his big sister. 

He loves it!!!

Which means, further decision making is on hold, for this week, anyway! 

Any opinions on boy hair? On inviting young children to be involved in decision-making about their hair? On family pressures? On locs for children? I'd love to hear from you! 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

JJ's Signature Style: Two-Strand Twists

About a year and a half ago, a simple google search led me to discover the existence of "hair blogs". The very first blog I found was Happy Girl Hair, and it was through blog-author Katie's posts that I first learned the basics of caring for JJ's hair.

One of Katie's posts around that time was about "signature" hair styles. I remember wondering if I'd ever be good enough at doing JJ's hair that she would have a signature style. Surprisingly though, it didn't take long for me to learn the joy of two-strand twists, and luckily, JJ loves them too!

A headful of two-strand twists is definitely JJ's signature style. I've become pretty quick with them, and I love the versatility they offer. JJ can wear them down, or her twists can be easily gathered in half-up half-down or pigtail styles. I usually do smedium-sized twists (note: I love this term for the size between small and medium - I first saw it used at Mainly Braids by the amazing and talented Shay. Check out this link for an awesome braid-out with smedium braids). We usually leave twists in for 2-3 weeks but I do have to pay careful attention to JJ's ends. I usually unravel and re-twist just the ends every 4-6 days or so to avoid tangles/loc'ing).

Here are JJ's recent twists:

Before twists: big hair

Halfway done. I usually do a (relatively)
straight part in the back so that I can easily throw in some pigtails. 

JJ prefers the side part at the front so she can have some bangs hanging down.

Her bangs are actually getting really long...! 
As you can see, she loves to swing her twists around.

But wait!! It's not like JJ is the only cute kid out there who sports some awesome twists. Check out these blogs for even more twistspiration:

Charlotte's Avenue: Twists are definitely Choca's signature style! Here is one of my all-time fave posts about Choca's twists.

Baby Big Hair: Chloe is another master of the two-strand twists! This is one of my favorite posts:  "lets do the twist"!

Greek Ghana Mix: The adorable GG rocks some great mini 2 strand twists here and an update on the 2 strand twists here.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Winter Wonderland Giveaway - Win a Classic Supercape from Fancy Pants Kids!!!

I am thrilled to be participating in this year's Winter Wonderland Giveaway, hosted by Untrained Hair Mom.

The sponsor for hair-raising adventures' giveaway is none other than Fancy Pants Kids!

My kids love to dress up, and they absolutely adore their Classic Supercapes from FPK. They love the way the capes fly behind them when they run and jump. They really feel like they are flying!

Gretel Meyer Odell, the Director and Designer of FPK has generously donated a Classic Supercape (retail value $20 CDN) for this giveaway (thanks, G!!). The winner of the giveaway gets to choose the colour and size of their Classic Supercape. You can check out the awesome selection of products at Fancy Pants Kids here.

Here is a little more about Gretel and her amazing business:

Gretel Meyer Odell is a Toronto mother-of-two. Eschewing store-bought gifts for the countless birthday parties her kids were invited to, Gretel started making dress-up accessories for her elder son to give to his friends. Her unique creations were the hit of every party and parents and kids begged for more. Now Fancy Pants Kids proudly delivers simple and beautiful designs – made to spark imaginations while allowing kids to write their own ‘scripts’. No commercial character knock-offs, no gender-based items - just sturdily constructed, washable designs in a vibrant and lush selection of kid-pleasing fabrics. Made for Fun. Made to Last. Made in Canada!

And - last but not least - a mama bragging moment: my very own JJ has recently been selected as one of the new faces of the Classic Supercape:

We LOVE our Supercapes. We would love for YOU to have one too! There are lots of ways to enter - see the Rafflecopter form for more details.

***CONTEST CLOSED***Congrats Tosha!!!!

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Good luck!!!!!