Mother’s Day with Birch Box

LTE Mother's Day

Birchbox has some great gift ideas for moms and mother’s to be.  Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and if your mom is into beauty products then the Mother’s Day Birch Box is a good idea. For $62, you’ll find a decadent shower gel, a luxuriously creamy lipstick, a French serum that will leave your complexion glowing, and more! And of course the chic packaging and top-notch ingredients don’t hurt either.  I really like the idea of starting mom off with this box and giving her a few more boxes as a gift.

birch box and baby gap

Also, if you know someone who is a mommy to be or a brand new mom then you should also know that Birchbox has teamed up with babyGap to create a a limited-edition box filled with indulgent skincare and hair care products to pamper new mothers without adding to an already busy routine.  Each box includes the following products, including a fun babyGap surprise for the new arrival:

• amika Nourishing Hair Mask
• Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in Lavender
• Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser
• W3LL People Bio Extreme Lip Gloss in Berry
• Whish Three Wishes Body Butter Boxes
• babyGap Personalitees Bodysuits

Operation Wedding Hair 2.0

operation-wedding-hair

This year I have several weddings to attend and I’ll be a bridesmaid too!  This is the second time I’m going to be a bridesmaid and I’m really excited.  So, of course you know I want my hair to be on point!  I’m not exactly sure how the bride will want our hair to be styled but the dress is absolutely gorgeous.  Remember the last time I was a bridesmaid?  I launched Operation Wedding Hair, a challenge to grow my hair out as much as I could before the wedding.  It was a destination wedding and I wanted to have beach-y waves, in the end my hair grew a good amount and I wore a braid out that was amazing!  This time around it’s not a destination wedding and it’s in the middle of winter, but I still want to have the best possible hair I can have by then so I’m doing it again, Operation Wedding Hair 2.0 is activated!

I have two goals:

Increase the length and maintain/improve the health of my hair.

On top of this wedding where I will be a bridesmaid, I have another wedding to attend in London and another important event in Nigeria.  I’m still waiting to see if my vacation time was approved but if all goes well I will be traveling a bit this year.  So I also want to have my hair looking it’s best for those events too.  There’s always something nice about wearing your natural hair (in this context I mean weave-free) among a sea of women with weaves and manage to still get compliments.

What makes this challenge different from the last challenge is that this time I’m transitioning (with the help of keratin treatments) so not only am I dealing with two textures, I have to relearn what works for me and what doesn’t.

Basic Hair Care Regimen for Operation Wedding Hair 2.0

  • co-wash and deep condition weekly
  • steam treat hair 1x per month
  • moisturize and seal about every other day
  • Wear protective styles about 90% of the time
  • Keep ends free from damage

length check

Starting Point

Gentle Exfoliation with Murad Transforming Powder

murad transforming powder

Proper exfoliation in essential to glowing healthy skin.  As we age the skin turnover slows down and in turn many women notice their skin seems dull, gentle exfoliation is essential for speeding up skin turnover and getting rid of dull skin.  its   Lately, I’ve been getting gentle exfoliation with Murad Transforming Powder, first-ever powder cleanser, Transforming Powder, a water-activated cleanser and exfoliator designed to provide the ideal amount of exfoliation to blemish-prone skin without the risk of irritation.  I love it because it’s easy to control the amount of exfoliation you get, less water turns the powder into a paste almost that exfoliates more than if you were to add more water.

murad transforming powder texture

This dual-action powder utilizes exfoliating bio-enzymes and dissolving beads to quickly transform from an exfoliating scrub into a light, foaming cleanser with the addition of water. Transforming Powder prevents those with acneic skin from over exfoliating and takes the guess work out of scrubbing with:

• Exfoliating bio-enzymes digest surface oil, dirt and dead skin cells
• Dissolving beads derived from Jojoba smooth and soften skin
• Pumpkin Seed Extract and Salicylic Acid work to keep pores clear, manage oil production and encourage cell turnover

Sometimes I make something more like a paste to leave on my face for a little bit and then rub it around for gentle exfoliation rinse it off, this product is versatile and I’m loving it.  What’s great is that you don’t have to use it every day, I use it about twice a week.

Transforming Powder ($30.00 for 0.5 OZ.) will be available on Murad.com, at Sephora, Ulta and leading salon and spa locations nationwide.  Plus, Amazon too.

 

 

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Mask

SHEAMOISTURE JBCO

So I am absolutely loving the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line on both my hair and my daughters hair.  I mostly use the JBCO edge control product on my hair underneath the best gel for sleek edges that I told you guys about before, but all the rest I use on the baby and it’s great.  Some areas of her hair need a little extra TLC because they are prone to being dried out because of how she sleeps, the car seat, and whatever else she chooses to rub her head on.  My favorite of all the products is the deep conditioner, I wet her hair at the start of her bath and leave it on until we are all done for a nice moisturizing treat for her hair.

sheamoisture jamaican black castor oil

The deep conditioner is a little bit thinner than I was expecting but it provides great slip which is what we need to detangle her curls.  The scent is not overwhelming and when I put a little plastic cap on her head it seems to sink in a little more providing even more conditioning.  I use a tangle teaser to start the detangling process and then I follow up with a wide tooth comb, thankfully she does not seem to be the kid of baby you have to fight to do their hair.  The only thing is she does not like to sit still (naturally, she’s only 13 months – this is an old post at the time of publishing she’s almost 18 months).  I’m just learning to cornrow so I practice at night while she’s nursing and just beginning to start falling asleep.  I think learning to cornrow is going to be my biggest hair care challenge as far as maintaining her hair, but I’m on a mission.  Get this, I’ve been loving the websites Chocolate Hair, Vanilla Care and Beads, Braids, and Beyond!  Both sites have great hair care advice for babies/children, styles, and other how-tos.

SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Cetyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Stearyl Alcohol, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Behentrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vinegar, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Niacin, Dextran, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Caramel, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract *Certified Organic Ingredient

Toddler Hair Care Regimen

toddler hair care regimen

Since I have a pretty good handle on what my hair likes and what to do to keep it healthy, I thought taking care of my daughters hair would be a piece of cake.  I was so wrong!  She is only a toddler, so we keep things to a minimum but I’m starting to realize her hair is different than mine in regards to products that work well.  Of course, she went through that phase as a baby were she rubbed out the majority of the hair on the sides and back of her head.  I’m pleased to say that it’s growing back in, just slower than I would have hoped.

My number one goal for her hair is to keep it moisturized.  This also happens to be the biggest challenge I’ve been facing with her hair.

Here is her very basic Toddler Hair Care Regimen:

Weekly: co-wash or shampoo her hair (always a sulfate free shampoo)

Deep condition: she even leaves a plastic cap on her head while I finish up her bath

Style: The really great news is that I’ve learned to do some very basic cornrows!  Hurray for me!!  I really thought I would never learn, but if I can do it … anyone can.

Daily:  Spritz braids with water and then seal in the moisture (sometimes I do this more than once a day, babygirl’s hair in the back is thirsty!)

Notice I didn’t make mention of any products, that’s because it’s a guessing game.  There are a few things that work pretty well and somethings that just don’t cut it … at all.  I’m still figuring out what works best, so this post will be updated once we find some Toddler Hair Product Staples.