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Mommy & Me – Saturday, September 29th

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UPDATE: RSVP FOR EVENT REQUIRED! SEE BELOW FOR DETAILS!

The Christo Fifth Avenue Team Presents

M o m m y & M e

An event for the Wavy, Curly, Coily & Kinky Cuties and their Mommies!

The very talented Tameeka of Christo Fifth Avenue will show you tips and tricks for styling your little one’s tresses with the Curlisto Kids Collections!

Free consultations by the Christo Fifth Avenue Team

Refreshments will be served.

A girl’s skirt will be raffled courtesy of Sofistafunk, The Original Skirt Company.

Special Guest Co-Host: Shelli of Hairscapades

Saturday, September 29th

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Christos Fifth Avenue
574 5th Ave, 5th Floor (between 46th and 47th St.)

RSVP REQUIRED: stephanie@christonyc.com

Space for this event is limited. So RSVP with the number in your party today!!

Hope to see YOU and your little naturalista there!!!


Mini-Hairscapader: Kinsley’s HairStory

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As told by Ashlei

What’s your child’s name and age? Tell us a little about her.
My daughter’s name is Kinsley and she is 3. She’s funny, very smart and has the most outgoing, carefree personality.

How do you care for her hair? What products do you use, how often do you wash/condition, what techniques do you use (i.e., how do you detangle), etc.?
I usually try to keep her hair in protective styles, braids or twists. We use Bee Mine products for styling (Deja’s Hair Milk and Luscious Cream Balanced Moisturizer). We use HE HH for cowashing and Fairy Tales Super Charge Detangling Shampoo for a good wash. I will usually leave some HE HH in her hair or use Giovanni Direct Leave-in. We seal with coconut oil. I wash or co-wash her hair once a week, usually on Fridays. Every other week, she gets a deep condition with Aubrey White Camellia Conditioner. I finger detangle while full of conditioner, rinse and apply her creams in sections and then smooth with our Denman brush.

Do the same products that work for you work for your child’s hair?
I am currently 8 moths into transitioning. We share the Aubreys, Giovanni, coconut oil and HE HH.

What is a typical style? Do you employ protective styles? If so, how often?
Typical style would be braids or pony tails. I love her hair out but not often. I braid her hair on  Sundays and usually that lasts until we wash on friday nights to start the routine over again.

What challenges do you face with your child’s hair?
In the beginning, I struggled to learn her hair. It was always too dry or too frizzy. I had no clue how to care for unrelaxed hair. I was using the same products that my mom used on me when i was younger, i.e, pink lotion *lol*, which just didn’t work. So, out of desperation, I took to the web. That’s where I found CurlyNikki and then, from there, Beads, Braids and Beyond and a host of other sites that have helped me along the way.


Have you ever relaxed/texlaxed your daughter’s hair? Why or why not and, if you relaxed her hair, what prompted the decision to return to natural?
I have never relaxed Kinsley’s hair and I do not plan to. I’ll let her make that decision when she’s older and pray that she will embrace what God blessed her with and stay natural!

How does your child feel about her/his natural hair?
She loves her hair and loves to wear it big!

Is there anything else that you’d like to add?
I’d just like to add appreciation for your encouraging blog/persona and your overall fierceness! Also congratulations on the engagement!

Mini-Hairscapader: DaKayla’s HairStory

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As told by Kaniece

What’s your child’s name and age? Tell us a little about her.
My daughter’s name is DaKayla and she is 3 years old (she will be 4 in March). She has 4A/4B hair. She is a very outgoing, energetic and happy child. She loves anything Princess themed and loves to watch the Sprout channel.

How do you care for her hair? What products do you use, how often do you wash/condition, what techniques do you use (i.e., how do you detangle), etc.?
I usually let her hair tell me when it needs to be washed. Although, we do usually wash her hair every week at the earliest and every two weeks at the latest. I wash her hair with KeraCare Hydrating Detangling Shampoo and KeraCare Humecto conditioner. I have been using these two on her hair since she was about 6 months old. We deep condition with ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner. We use ORS Olive Oil Moisturizing Lotion. We prepoo overnight once a month. I use a Denman brush to detangle her hair while it is dripping wet. I also use Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula Olive Hairdress with Extra Virgin Olive Oil to grease her scalp.

Do the same products that work for you work for your child’s hair?
For the most part, yes. My hair is 3C and very curly. Her hair is coarse and requires a lot more moisture than mine. I can’t use mousse or KCCC on her hair because it does nothing for her.

What is a typical style? Do you employ protective styles? If so, how often?
Typically DaKayla’s hair is in braids with beads on the end. It makes life so much easier in the morning for both of us. Occasionally she will ask to wear her hair in ponytails like her friends.  I guess her braids would be considered her protective style as her hair has grown tremendously.

What challenges do you face with your child’s hair?
As she gets older, she wants to wear her hair down and out because that’s how I usually wear mine. I am on the look out for some type of moisturizer/defrizz product that would allow her hair to be worn out with becoming tangled.

How does your child feel about her/his natural hair?
She loves her hair. I went natural when she was about a year old, so she only remembers my hair as curly and not relaxed. She does ask sometimes why her hair isn’t straight like her best friend that has fine 3a/3b hair. I have to explain to her that everyone is different and therefore they have different hair. She acts like she understands, but I think the conversation will come up again.

Have you ever relaxed/texlaxed your child’s hair? Why or why not and, if you relaxed her hair, what prompted the decision to return to natural?
I do not plan on relaxing her hair. I love her texture and feel that, as she grows up and sees that she can do so much more with her hair, hopefully she will  not want a relaxer.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
My daughter was my motivation to grow natural. She has also inspired my mother to go natural. I am so grateful for websites like this and CurlyNikki, Tweeny Hair and Beads, Braids and Beyond. I have gotten so many different ideas for her hair. Who knows? I may submit my hair story too!

Mini-Hairscapader HairStory Questions

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Do you have a mini-Hairscapader in your house? Wanna share his/her story?! Well then, get on it!! Answer the questions below and e-mail your responses, along with 5-6 pics, to me at hairscapdes@gmail.com.

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What’s your child’s name and age? Tell us a little about her/him.

How do you care for her/his hair? What products do you use, how often do you wash/condition, what techniques do you use (i.e., how do you detangle), etc.?

Do the same products that work for you work for your child’s hair?

What is a typical style? Do you employ protective styles? If so, how often?

What challenges do you face with your child’s hair?

GIRLS: Have you ever relaxed/texlaxed your daughter’s hair? Why or why not and, if you relaxed her hair, what prompted the decision to return to natural?

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BOYS: Do you have plans to cut your son’s hair at some point or particular age? Please explain why or why not.

How does your child feel about her/his natural hair?

Anything else that you’d like to add?


Mini-Hairscapader: Kai’s HairStory

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Prepare to fall in love all over again ladies … and, all you baby fever having ladies like me? Hide your ovaries!!

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What’s your child’s name and age? Tell us a little about him.
My son’s name is Kai and he is 3 1/2. He loves animals and puzzles and cars … typical boy stuff, lol. He is the smartest kid I know (and I’m not biased because I’m his mom … the boy is a genius).

How do you care for his hair? What products do you use, how often do you wash/condition, what techniques do you use (i.e., how do you detangle), etc.?
Normally, I wash his hair once a week, usually on sundays before the school/work week begins. I begin with undoing the style he had for the previous week and slathering some sort of conditioner on his hair prior to shampooing. I then shampoo, apply a conditioner and detangle with the Denman Toddler D89 (amazing brush btw).

We mostly use Shea Moisture products, the Curl Enhancing Smoothie and the Shine and Hold Mist. For shampooing, I normally use the Suave Kids 2-in-1, because it has awesome detangling properties, prior to conditioning. But lately I have been using Cara B Shampoo. It does the job naturally without the harsh chemicals. For conditioning, I use whatever is closest to me, most likely Tressemme Moisture Rich or Suave Shea Butter Almond conditioners, anything with a ton of slip. Although, I’m really looking into starting to use more natural products. For styling, it’s either the Curl Enhancing Smoothie or Bee Mine Curly Butter. I don’t usually add additional product throughout the week, because his hair is in braids. But, I do spritz it every couple of days with the SM Shine and Hold Mist or Cara B Hair Mist.

Do the same products that work for you work for your child’s hair?
Kai’s hair is definitely a different texture than my own, so some of my staples don’t work well with his hair. But one line that I love that works for both of us is Shea Moisture. His hair loves that stuff.

What is a typical style? Do you employ protective styles? If so, how often?
His hair is usually in some type of braided style. I recently started to become better at cornrowing and have tried different techniques and styles that I have seen online. I also occasionally leave his hair loose a la Jaden Smith (RIP to that gorgeous mane of his). This is reserved for special occasions or pictures because in true toddler boy fashion, he rolls around on the ground, sweats and gets something stuck in it, which ends up causing a hot tangled mess at the end of the day.

What challenges do you face with your child’s hair?
I think the most challenging thing is picking styles that don’t look “girly” as he is mistaken for a girl ALL THE TIME. I also have gotten a lot of slack from other parents who don’t approve of boys having longer hair, my own family members included.

Have you ever relaxed/texlaxed your child’s hair?
No, I have not because a) he’s a boy (not that that has stopped Katt Williams) and b) I don’t relax my own hair. I prefer his natural hair because I feel like it fits his personality.

Do you have plans to cut his hair at some point or particular age? Please explain why or why not.
I get asked all the time (ALL THE TIME). I actually did cut his hair a few days after his second birthday and regretted it very soon after … like, almost immediately. He just didn’t seem like himself afterwards (that was probably all in my head). I decided to grow his hair back out, which in the long run worked out because he had that bald patch in the back like a lot of babies. After the haircut, his hair was able to grow out evenly. I still get asked when I’m cutting his hair and my answer is, “When he lets me know.” I don’t fuss over it or make him feel as though he needs it to complete him. It’s just another part of him that he thinks is “handsome.”

Anything else that you’d like to add?
I started a blog to help other parents of boys who aren’t quite ready to cut their hair or don’t plan on cutting it anytime soon. The blog is called Hair & Heart: www.hairandheart.wordpress.com.