Monday, August 25, 2014

What Is This?!

I have this part of my hair, right by my nape that is very soft, more wavy than curly and it stays short. When I put my hair in pony tails it loves to creep out of them. And somehow it always finds away out when I'm wearing a head wrap!

Why is this hair always short? Simple! It keeps breaking off. It's the hair that is rubbing against scarves I wear around my neck. And it's the hair that rubs against my pillow at night. 

What to do? To be honest I'm currently not doing much to grow this part out. I should give it extra care if I want it to grow, but it's not a high priority. I usually just bobby pin it away. We'll see, maybe I'll do a challenge to grow it out. Should I? 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cradle Cap

My daughter didn't have cradle cap as a baby, so when I started noticing dry patches on little man's scalp I knew what it was but not what to do. Swedish sites didn't give much info: cause unknown, do nothing was basically what they said. So when Nadine from Girls Love Your Curls posted this video with tips I was so happy!

My little man was born with hair as well, so the dry flakes of skin get stuck in his hair. I find myself constantly picking them out. But the coconut oil and toothbrush before a bath idea works wonders! Little man sometimes smells so much coconut oil that his dad has started call him him "Bounty" (like the chocolate). The funny thing is he only has cradle cap where he has long hair; on the top of his head. Where of course it's harder to get the dead skin off because it gets stuck in his curls. 

I forgot to take an after pic, but here you see what it looks like. 
It comes off in big flakes.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

My Do: A Wrap

If you've been following the blog and Instagram you know by now that I'm a big fan of head wraps. Not only are they cute and there are a great variety of styles, but they are also perfect for bad hair days. 

Here's a simple wrap style that I like. 
I started out with putting my hair in a pony tail as close to my forehead as possible. 

Then I two strand twisted the hair very loosely just to keep it from detangling and wrapped it around itself into a bun. 

Then I took one of my favorite scarves, doubled it, placed the middle at the back of my head and tied a knot right under my bun at the front of my head. Make sure the wrap covers your bun. 

Since my scarf has green at the middle the bun part would have been green when I wrapped the other parts around it, so I decided to cover the green part with one if the loose ends to hide it. This step can of course be skipped. 

Then I twisted the longest loose end (the one that wasn't covering the bun) and wrapped it around the bun, secured it by tucking it under itself. 

Then I twisted the other shorter loose end and tucked it away. And after some adjusting it in to position the wrap was done! Quick and simple! 

A tip is to either use a silk or satin scarf when wrapping your hair or cover it with silk or satin before you wrap it with a cotton scarf as cotton absorbs the moisture and may dry out your hair. 
I generally sprits my hair with water and apply some extra leave in before I wrap my hair, esp when it's warm and I can't double wrap my hair. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Straightening Young Girl's Hair

That I'm against relaxers on small children is no secret, I've done several posts about it. And right now I find myself wanting to speak up against the practice of straightening children's hair period. Be it a blow out or a flat iron. And mostly my opinion on this does not come from a hair health perspective, even though you need to possess the knowledge to straighten curly hair without damaging it. My opinion on this is one that is based on being a brown skinned curly girl growing up in Sweden. And this post is predominantly targeted towards parents in Scandinavia with curly haired kids.

I see so many parents discussing straightening of their kids hair on places like Facebook. How to do it, which products to use, which tools to use etc. I always find myself torn in what kind of responses to give these parents. I don't want them to permanently damage their children's hair, and I know how to straighten hair without heat damage so I feel inclined to share this information. Partly because some other people who don't really know what they are talking about sometimes give really bad advice. But I feel torn because I don't think they should be straightening their children's hair at all. Why? Because I think it sends the wrong message to the child. I think as a parent you should help your child to love everything about themselves, the perfections and the imperfections. When you are a curly haired child growing up in a country where the majority doesn't look like you most children dream about being like everyone else, maybe that means straight haired and light skinned. It's only normal for a child to go through this. But I think this "identity crisis" can be short lived or long lived depending on the people that child has around them. And when this "crisis" comes it's how it is handled that makes all the difference. A child who has curly hair and longs for straight hair like his or her peers needs to be strengthened in self image and self worth. He or she need to be assured that they are perfect just the way they are and that they don't have to look like everyone else. I think that a child that is growing up brown skinned and curly haired in Scandinavia has to struggle (maybe for as long as they live) to find their identity in a place that still sees them as foreign/the other. I think this is something that both black and white parents that either haven't grown up here or white parents to brown/black children cannot fully relate to. I think that straightening curly hair can cause the child to feel even worse about themselves. Not only because they move away from their natural self but because they most probably will get overwhelmingly positive response in kindergarten/school etc. This could lead to the child feeling like she's only pretty when her hair is straight. Which may not have been the goal of the hair straightening from the parental perspective at all, but could be the result.

Some of you reading this may think I'm overreacting and taking it to an extreme, but in over three years of blogging about hair I've talked to hundreds of women about hair. And I can't remember anyone saying to me that the way their parents cared for their hair when they were children hasn't affected their relationship to their hair in one way or another. Especially women that have grown up in Scandinavian countries. 

Ultimately you as a parent make the choices for your child. Yes, they can ask to have their hair straightened, but you choose. I cannot tell you what to do, but I hope this post at least got you thinking a bit about how a change in hair style is not just a change in hair style, it can be so much more. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hair Portraits Copenhagen, pt. II

This is the second part of Hair Portraits Copenhagen, where Zozo takes pictures for the blog in Copenhagen, Denmark.

This is Carol, rocking Brazilian hair.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

New Mom Hair Styles

When you have a new baby in the house hair care usually has to be put on the back burner. This was one reason for me installing Marley Twists for the birth (which failed). So now that baby is here I need some quick and easy hair styles to keep my hair healthy and looking presentable. No time for long styling sessions when baby is hungry or needs a diaper change.

The messy bun
You can't really go wrong with this style! It's super quick and easy: just gather all the hair on top of your head with a hair tie, pull through once and on the second time pull it through halfway, adjust to your liking and you're done! If your edges are messy just sleak them down with some gel. 

Messy bun

The head wrap
For bad hair days, for days when you're in a rush and for lazy hair days the head wrap is perfect. A wrap can make you look cute without lots of effort. And there are endless ways to tie a wrap as well as so many different scarves to use. You can't go wrong with a wrap! 

It's a wrap 
The Side Ponytail
This style is so easy and works great in summer. All you need is a hair tie and some gel! Gather your hair to one side and fluff out! Just make sure you gather your hair to the side you usually don't hold your baby on (to avoid getting baby throw up in you hair lol). 


Which are your favorite quick and easy hairstyles? How did you wear your hair as a new mom?