Toddler Hair Care – Current Staples

Toddler Hair Essentials

I think we’ve gotten into a groove with our Toddler Hair Care Regimen.  My cornrowing skills are improving and while I’m still a beginner I definitely see some progress.  Plus, we’ve found some great products that work really well for O’s hair.  Here are our Toddler Hair Care Staples!

First up, the shampoo.  This is were I’m not all that picky, I use what’s around and what I think her hair needs.  If it’s covered with food (leave it to a Toddler right?) I’ll use a shampoo, if it’s not ‘dirty’ I’ll use a cleansing cream or cleansing oil.  The current rotation includes, Ouidad Curl Recovery Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil, Cantu Care For Kids Nourishing Shampoo, and Bee Mine Moisturizing Shampoo.

Next is a conditioner.  I’ve been using Burt’s Bees Shea and Grapefruit Deep Conditioner because it’s a deep conditioner works in just 2 minutes.  The 2 minute part is the crucial part because it doesn’t require heat or a ton of time to work.
Now on to the leave-ins. ORS Shealicious Moisture Mist Leave-in Conditioning Spray, is up first and I love this to re-moisturize her hair that’s already dried some on me.  Then, I apply some of the Bee Mine Luscious Balanced Cream moisturizer and seal it with Alikay Naturals – Shea Yogurt Hair Moisturizer which I love!  After using these products together her curls pop and her hair feels very moist, even the hair in the back which is the driest area.  

For the hair tools, we keep it pretty simple.  Color rubber bands that I cut out when we are finished to avoid breaking the hair when trying to get them out.  A rat tail comb, I’ve found that the metal kind works best for us but please note it is kinda sharp so use caution.  Also, I use a Denman brush with every other row of teeth removed (see how to remove the teeth here) and that works amazing for detangling her curls.

Moms, what are you loving for your toddler’s hair?

mainelement:love Shea Smoothie Review

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Shea Smoothie by mainelement:love is part of our Toddler Hair Care Staples list for sure!  My 21 month old daughter has a few different types of hair but in the back it is a little more coarse and very dry.  If you remember our number one goal in the toddler hair care regimen is to increase the moisture.  I recently tried mainelement:love Shea Smoothie on her hair and I was very impressed.  I knew I had to do a review because the first time I used it for her I was blown away.

These days she has been rocking the typical toddler hair style, cornrows in the back and two puffs up front.  To minimize damage from the rubber bands, I take them off the puffs nightly and moisturize and seal the hair then in the morning I re-moisturize and seal again before putting new rubber bands on.  I used the Shea Smoothie and it was very easy to get through from root to tip because of the thin consistency.  Once it was totally applied I noticed that her curls were easy to finger detangle, felt moist and had loads of definition.  The main ingredients in the Shea Smoothie are:

  • Water
  • Organic Aloe Vera Juice
  • Shea Butter
  • Emulsifying Wax
  • Palm Stearic Acid
  • Almond Oil

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Her hair absolutely loves this product and I’m so happy that I kept it.  I was sent this product for review a while back (when I was still relaxed) and it didn’t really work well for me but for her it’s fabulous.  The Citrus Fusion scent is very fragrant but in a good way.  Not overwhelming and not annoying scented, I like the scent.  It’s a win for us!

Find it here: mainelementlove.com

Carry On Travel Essentials

Carry-on Essentials

We just got back from Atlanta.  We went for a long weekend to go to a wedding, without the baby!  We both packed everything we needed in two carry ons.  The hardest part was narrowing down the list of liquid products, but when it comes to beauty products, so many different brands have TSA approved sized packaging.

Here are a few of my Carry On Essentials!

I’m really loving Murad’s Travel Essentials, especially the Balancing Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 | PA++ (1.7 FL.OZ.—Full Size) – Lightweight hydration with powerful antioxidant protection that defends against damaging UVA/UVB rays, Hydrating Toner (0.5 FL.OZ.—Travel Size) (6.0 FL.OZ.—Full Size) – Refreshes skin by replenishing moisture loss that can occur as a result of traveling it’s a spray too so that’s great, and Clarifying Wipes (1 count – Travel Size) (30 count—Full Size) – Pre-moistened, ultra-soft wipes that can be used for quick touch ups and help keep skin clear by removing dirt, bacteria and excess oil.  The clarifying wipes are great because they don’t count as a liquid and do not have to be in the tiny clear bag.  Another great product to have for travel is the Murad Transforming Powder Cleanser and exfoliator because it’s not a liquid and does a wonderful job of cleansing the skin.

Postpartum Body Changes

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As I sit here typing this, I’m wearing my waist trainer.  I have this love-hate relationship with this thing and I definitely don’t wear it enough for it to actually make a difference, so why bother right?  Who knows, but what I do know is  I want to chat about my post-baby body.  Although I’m back down to my pre-pregnancy weight (actually, I’m a few pounds lighter) my body is different.  My pre-pregnancy clothes, although they all fit, they fit differently.  To say I’m not happy with my post-baby body wouldn’t exactly be the whole truth, because I’m overall content but I’m not overly excited about it.  Does that make sense?  Anyway, I want to make some fitness and health changes that will ultimately lead to a ‘better’ post-baby body.  Generally speaking, I want to slim down my belly and waist area, tone up the rest of my body and feel stronger.  Since I’ve said this before and not really followed through with it, I’m putting my goals up on the blog and I’ll check in and chat about what I’m doing to help me stay on the right track.  Anyone who wants to join me, feel free and drop a little line in the comments section.

First things first, I think I’m going to bite the bullet and join a gym and actually go a few times a week.  To keep myself from aimlessly wandering around the gym with no plan I’m going to browse Pinterest and get some ideas of what to do at the gym, because truth be told I have no idea what to do.  Once I’m consistent in going to the gym, I’ll consider linking up with a trainer to help really get the most from my gym sessions.

Along with this, diet!  Not diet in terms of limiting, restricting, counting, and straight up avoiding certain foods but diet in terms of what I’m eating.  I’m just going to increase my vegetable, fruit and water intake because my diet is not awful and I know I can actually accomplish these three things easily.  Once the fruits, veggies, and water intake are on the right track I’ll consider changing things up a bit more.  But food is my weakness, I love a great meal.  Whereas the hubs eats because he has to eat to survive, I eat because I enjoy the experience, the flavors, etc. and I refuse to cut certain things out entirely.