Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Baby Hair & Skin Care

This post I wrote in my head while I was bathing the little man. When are they going to invent a way to blog straight from your mind? Haha!

My little man has loved his baths since birth. His first bath time he did cry, but as soon as I started moving him and he felt the water against his skin he changed into a state of calm. And that is how he bathes now, calm and enjoying it. :)
I figured I'd run you through a bath time so you can see how I do it. As I know many parents and parents to be are my readers, including white parents to black and brown children maybe this can be useful for someone. 

When my son had a lot of dry flaky skin due to cradle cap I'd start bathing session by massaging his scalp with coconut oil. After letting it sit I used a soft tooth brush to massage his scalp, this lifted the flakes which I would comb out with a fine tooth comb. Then I'd get the bath tub ready; run the water with a few drops of oil in it. I like to use warm water when I bathe babies, I know body temperature is recommended but it gets cold very quickly so I put warm water, a temperature that feels pleasant but not close to hot! I usually vary the oils I put in the water depending on the state of my son's skin; avocado oil or jojoba oil if it's dry, coconut oil if it's not. 

One baby is undressed and ready to go in I let him see the water before he goes in. Then I slowly lover him in, holding him in a sitting position so he sees the water and feels it with his feet first. Now that he can sit on his own I hold him in the water sitting up until he shows me he wants to lay down. When he was a newborn I'd put him into a laying down position right away. I hold him with my right hand, my hand gripped around his right hand with his back of his neck resting against my arm. This hold gives me good control over his body and let's me have my left hand free to wash him. I don't use any sitting stand (do you know what I mean?) when I bath him because I feel it makes bath time less personal, I want to be close to him in the water. 

When he's on his back I use my free hand to wet his hair over and over, rubbing his scalp with it gently as well as running my fingers through his hair. I don't use and products excalpt oil on my baby. I don't think it's necessary and feel I started way to young with shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotions on my daughter. Babies don't get very dirty as they are cleaned during diaper changes several times a day. 
I was his body properly with water, making sure I get all the creases. Then I let him play in the water for as long as he wants, usually around 15 minutes or so. 

When I take him out I dry him off properly and then apply an oil. I prefer to use organic cold pressed coconut oil. I do a short "baby massage" when I apply the oil. I also use this oil in his hair which makes it soft and shiny. 

People of African descent have dry skin generally that's why it's important to use an oil in bath water and after a bath. I personally prefer oils and butters to store bought lotions that have lots of ingredients that aren't very natural. I by most of my oils in the grocery store or order them online. 
Caring for baby's skin and hair is important, starting it young helps get baby used to this and enjoy it. 

We haven't decided what to do with little man's hair yet; keep it short, afro or locs. Time will tell... I'm just happy to see his hair growing in on the sides finally! 

How do you care for baby's hair and skin? 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Behind the Blog: Lost In Momville

You may or may not have noticed that there's been a lack of posts. There is an explanation for this, actually several explanations. One of them being there's only 24 hours each day and somehow they fly by! 

Of course little man is one of the reasons that comes between blogging and me these days, but he's not the biggest reason. I can blog and carry a baby at the same time. ;) 

I'm also busy working on a project that is taking up lots of my time and energy. This project is my baby so even though the blog is my baby too, this baby just need to be nurtured extra well right now. 

There is also talk of events. I will let you know as soon as I have deets, which I hope will be soon. 

So, there is a lot going on and not enough time to do it all and be a mother/girlfriend/friend at the same time! 

Any tips for time management (that doesn't involve loosing sleep) are welcome! ;)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Post Partum Hair

After I having my daughter I don't remember my hair going through a lot of changes, but this pregnancy has been a bit different. At first I really didn't see any changes in my hair during pregnancy, read my post about it here.

It's been more than four months since little man was born and there are two words that describe my hair during this time well: shed hair. Yes! Every detangling session I feel like I'm going to go bald! Large amounts of hair is coming out! I think the amount of shed hair during detangling has doubled. My hair feels thinner and I think it looks thinner too. It's nothing I'm really stressing about, it is to be expected. I can especially see it at my hair line, see the pic below. 
Thinning edges
I'm not planing on doing anything to combat this, as I'm pretty sure the hair will grow back eventually. If not I'll deal with it then. As of now I seem to be the only one who has noticed this, so I guess it's not as bad as it feels. 

Did you have excessive hair loss post pregnancy?



Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Do: Infinity Wrap Inspired by Naptural85


One of my favorite scarfs is an infinity scarf that I think I've owned for about four years. I've always worn it around my neck because I couldn't figure out how to tie it into a head wrap. 

Problem solved! Check out this video by Naptural85!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Afrostore.se



If you live in Sweden the lack of stores that sell products for black hair is no news to you. I met Anni in April at Stockholm Loves Curls after having some email contact a few months prior. I knew I needed to found out more about her store so a interview was a given.
 
Please introduce yourself!
Hi my name is Anni Winnersj√∂ I’m 32 years old and I’m living in Haninge Sweden with my son Adrian (18 months) and my “hubby” Fredrik. I love entrepreneurship, cooking, singing and laughing. And of course I love my family and friends.

Tell us a little about Afrostore.se! (How long it's been around, why you first started, etc)
When I was younger, around 13-14 I started to get really interested in makeup and hair. That's when I realized that the combination of dark skin and Sweden did not go so well together. I spent years angry on the fact that I couldn’t get a hold of the products I wanted and needed. Finally I took matters in my own hands  and decided to start my own business both for myself and for others who also struggled finding the right products.

I started Afrostore.se in 2009 as a hobby or side project keeping my day time job. The business went larger and larger and I found myself in a situation where I was forced to decide whether to go all in on with Afrostore or close it and stay with my regular job. The time wasn’t there so I needed to pick one direction. Unfortunately I was a coward that time so my decision was to stick with my daytime job and close Afrostore (I still regret this). I closed the webshop in the end of 2010 but couldn’t stop thinking about it, my customers, the products, my future. In 2013 I made a life changing decision, I decided to quit my job, and to start Afrostore again, but this time go all in. I was so nervous opening the shop in December 2013, would any one find me again, and would they like to shop? Luckily it only took a couple of days for me to get my first order.

Which are your best sellers?
Right now the products that sells the best is most products from the brand SheaMoisture and Ecco (Ecostyler).

Are there any brands you would like to sell but don't at the moment?
Yes, oh there is so many brands I would like to sell and I’m constantly trying to listen to my customers wishes and needs, adding more and more brands to the store. One brand I’m hoping to add soon is Kinky Curly.  

Which is your favorite product and why?
I personally have many favorite products much depending on my goal at the time. Since I try to use products that are very natural and not containing ingredients like for example paraben and sulfate I really like the products from SheaMoisture. BUT the product I actually use the most right now is OKAY Jamaican black castor oil since I’m trying to add growth to my hair and castor oils is known for its growing benefits.

What is your goal for Afrostore.se?
I have many goals with Afrostore.se but one of them is of course to be able to supply all the great products that are out there (but unfortunately not in Sweden) to the Swedish market. I would like to see my company grow large and be the leading store in Sweden selling products for curly hair. I’m also hoping to be able to launch my own brand, but in what product area is a secret that I’m keeping for myself at the moment J

What's the most common comment you receive from customers?
I would say that the most common comment would be people asking for help with their dry or frizzy hair. They often are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair and want defined curls and a healthy hair. They need help in figuring out what products to use and how to manage their hair the best way.

If you could only sell one brand which would it be and why?
Oh god I really don’t know, but since SheaMoisture is so popular among my customers I think that it would be the brand to sell.

Where can we find you online?
Afrostore 

Thank you, Anni!

Friday, September 26, 2014