Tuesday, November 19, 2019

7 Hair and Skin Products Our Multiracial Family is Using This Winter

Winter is upon us!

It's been awhile--too long--since I've shared with you what's going on with our kids' hair, including our favorite products, tools, and accessories. Just when we get a routine down--something changes. The weather, a child's preferences, or their own hair skills/mine.

I've shared with you in the past what we do for our son's hair. I've also shared a list of the best children's hair and skin picture books. And of course, I keep you posted on my three daughters' hair. But that was then, and this is now. 

Here's the hair products, accessories, and tools we're loving these days:

1: Leave-in conditioners.

We've been using almost all Camille Rose products lately. It's a Black-owned company, and the products are healthy and affordable. I've tried many different leave-ins, and our current fave for all three girls (with three different hair types) is Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love Moisture Milk. It smells like marshmallow!

A close second is Curls creme brulee which we've used for a few years. Again, natural, affordable, and smells delish--like cake batter. I use this in my son's hair, too! We switch to blueberry in the summer. 

Don't forget spray to keep the scalp healthy and comfortable! We're obsessed with Honey Baby's milk and honey spray.

(Our shampoo/conditioner routine hasn't changed. If we're just doing a cleansing rinse, I use Camille Rose Naturals ginger rinse.  If we're doing an all-out shampoo and conditioner routine, we use Organix Coconut Curls products.)

2: Detangling brush.

Let’s talk about hair product and tool storage! πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸΎ I use hard plastic shower caddies (they’re clearanced out right now!!) because they’re wipeable! I love the various compartments. Plus, I do hair all over my house, so the handle is helpful for a grab-and-go moment. 🧴 We own SO many products...but I’m working hard not to overbuy anymore. (#failing) We buy natural products, preferably created by Black owned companies. πŸ’° Someday when I organize my house... I’m going to create a hair product closet. πŸšͺ How do you organize hair tools and products? πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸΎ . . . #blackownedbusiness #hairstyles #naturalhair #blackgirlhairstyles #blackgirlhair #multiracialfamily #organized #melanin #curlyhair #tuesdaymotivation
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We use two different detangling brushes depending on the child. One of my girls likes this Bestool, while my other two prefer this one. The Wet Brush is easier for the older girls to use solo, because this one requires more technique and precision. The directions are on the box, but as a heads up: you brush a section of hair w/the brush vertical, then you brush again with it held horizontal.

3: First-aid.

So for any bumps, scrapes, pimples, or bug bites, we use this product by Derma-E. It doesn't bleach skin, it doesn't sting (it soothes!), and a little bit goes a long way. For boo-boos, we are fans of Tru-Colour bandages--and the variety pack is perfect for my kiddos who each have a different skin tone

4: Hair protection.

We use standard (inexpensive)sleep bonnets on the big girls and Africa Sleeps caps on our toddler. For winter hats, we buy hats lined with satin or exercise-clothing material (I find these at Target: C9 brand). And everyone has these satin pillowcases--affordable and come in a variety of colors.

Keeping hair protected from harsh winter weather conditions is important to prevent breakage and promote growth.

Last night, my daughter asked me to read her our book. Of course I said yes. πŸ“– There’s a poem in it that’s all about her-so she picked that one first. πŸ€“My Santa” is my personal fave-so we read that one, too. πŸŽ…πŸΎ Our book is #poemsforthesmartspunkyandsensationalblackgirl - and we created it together. πŸ’“ 20 poems, all inspired by my daughters. Their experiences, emotions, and dreams. πŸ‘©πŸΎ‍πŸ¦±πŸ‘©πŸΏ‍🦱 Paired with gorgeous, bold, detailed, diverse illustrations by @coilyandcute 🎨 Available wherever books are sold. πŸ“š Do you have a copy yet? πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸΎ . . . #childrensbook #poetry #representationmatters #melanin #multiracialfamily #whitesugarbrownsugar #daughter #mommyandme #bedtime #nightnight #goodnight
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5: Hair accessories.

Hands down, we prefer Gabbybows to secure the ends of braids. They don't fall out--ever!  We have plenty of beads and ballies, too, as well as hair ribbons. I highly recommend this set of 40 hairbows--they are affordable, there's a variety of colors, and the quality is great!  You can also pick up this 40 piece satin scrunchie set for a great price--which is back in style now. (Hello, 1980s childhood!). 

6: Lip protection.

My whole family uses Burt's Bees--the plain version. My older daughter (tween!) and I use a tinted Burt's Bees to add a little pop of color! If you aren't sure which one is right for you and your child, I recommend buying a variety Burt's Bees multi-pack to save a few dollars. My kids each have one in their bathroom drawer and one in their backpack to use throughout the school day. If your child likes a bit of sparkle, try this one, or if you have a teen who likes wearing lipstick, Burt's Bees also has options.

7: Lotion.

We struggle to keep skin moisturized year-round--because I refuse to use chemical-laden, toxic lotion on my children. Remember, what you put on the skin, it "drinks" inward. Lately, all my kids have been using this Alba unscented lotion. It's working great, it's affordable, and I love that everyone can use the exact same product. 

How lucky am I that I get to hold these hands? πŸ–πŸΌπŸ–πŸ½πŸ–πŸΎπŸ–πŸΏ When people see our family, we’re met with a variety of responses. Curiosity. Compliments. Questions. We’re quite used to it. But the truth is, we are just a normal family. Yes, our story is different than the typical, but day to day we laugh, argue, forgive, problem solve, and love. πŸ’“ I also must say this...again. I didn’t rescue my kids. I’m not a saint, savior, or superhero. I’m a woman who chose to adopt. That doesn’t make me special - nor does it make my kids charity cases. πŸ’“ What’s your response to people who ask you about your family? πŸ‘‡πŸΌπŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸΎ . . . #adoption #ouradoptionstory #ouradoptionjourney #adoptionjourney #adopt #transracialadoption #thehopefulmomsguidetoadoption #multiracialfamily #specialneeds #adoptivemom #whitesugarbrownsugar #adoptionislove #melaninpoppin #tuesdaymotivation

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