Essential Hair Tips For Mothers Of Mixed Race Kids

Mixed race children can have hair that is a very different texture to both their parents.
Learning how to care for it properly can be a challenge when it is so different to your own
and can involve some trial and error. Here are some tips on how to care for mixed race hair.

These tips should be tested carefully until you find what works best for your child’s hair.

Once you’ve cracked the code why not create some PDF cheat sheets (learn how to edit a
PDF at that you can save for later reference or share with other caregivers easily by email.

● Mixed hair may be prone to dryness, but it’s important to manage this in the right
way. Don’t try to add shine and moisture by overdoing oils and serums, which will
overload the hair with product.

● Treat the hair gently. When detangling, use a wide toothed comb and go slowly. A
good detangle will take a while.

● Add moisture to dry hair with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Apply a deep
conditioning treatment once a month to give the hair a boost of moisture.

● Protect the hair from snagging at night by asking the child to sleep wearing a sleep
cap. You can buy lots of very pretty or cool looking options online. Look for satin for a
comfortable cap that will protect the hair from damage.

● Minimise hair breakage by detangling and combing through the hair while a conditioner is
applied. After washing, apply a moisturising treatment to the hair to reduce friction
between the hair and the comb. Work slowly, in sections and start at the ends.

Don’t overwash the hair. How often is right will depend on the hair, but start with once
a week and experiment from there. You’re looking for the point between keeping the
hair clean without making it too dry from overwashing. It's likely that mixed hair will
need more/less frequent washing than your own hair. 

Overwashing can make the hair dry and dull, whereas not washing enough can cause problems too. If your child swims or otherwise needs their hair washed more, try rinsing with
warm water and conditioning between washes instead and don't forget a swimcap.

● To dry, use a towel and blot the hair instead of rubbing to avoid breakage. After towel
drying, allow the hair to air dry for a while before turning to heat.

● Add more moisture by making sure your child drinks plenty of water. As well as
hydrating the body, plenty of water will hydrate the hair too, helping it to stay elastic.

● Don’t be afraid of adding moisture. This won’t make hair oily and will instead help it to
stay healthy. After washing, apply a conditioner to trap in moisture. Moisturise the
hair a couple of times a week with a dedicated product to help it to stay soft and healthy.

May Hair Find: Equi Botanics

My May Hair Find: Equi Organics

Hi All

This month I had the opportunity to virtual meet the founder of the gorgeous hair product range Equi Organics Ekwy Chukwuji-Nnene. You know how much I love a good mother daughter story.  Like many of us Ekwy's hair journey began with a clump of hair in her hand. She had to learn how to love and take care of her own her without weaves and extensions and with the birth of her second daughter, had three heads of hair to take care of. And yes the picture above isn't just some promotional stock image it is actually the lovely Ekwy and her children with their gorgeous curly hair.

Can I just say, I absolutely adore the packaging and check out those ingredients!!

So I tried out three of the Equi Organics products and although I have only tried them once. I am in love. I haven't done that many reviews in a while as I have been scouring the interweb for a decent product but from the time the boxes arrived I knew this was to be the beginning of a new hair love affair for me. It usually takes me a few uses to decide if I love a product but as soon as I was finished washing my hair, I called Ruby and Sebastian upstairs to wash theirs, because I wanted to see how well these products would work in their hair immediately.

I used the Baobab Moisturising Sulfate free Cleanser and Babassu Deep Treatment Masque with Murumuru and Tucuma Seed Butter and once finished washing I used Marula Oil Leave in Conditioner on damp hair.

After using the shampoo, I didn't have the usual tangled mess that I sometimes struggle with. My hair was limp and tangle free, it was crazy! As there were no suds during washing my hair wasn't dried out and the masque made my hair even more easy to manage. 

Now the real test was trying this on Sebastians dry, damaged boy hair. Now unfortunately I am in the midst of a tweenage rebellion in my house and for those of you that have sons you'll know that getting young men to wash their hair at this age is just a trauma. I finally pinned sown Sebastian to have his hair washed. It is dry and dirty and I struggle to get him to use conditioner.

I still cant believe how much better his hair looked. His hair was shiny and manageable for the first time in months. I was so stunned (and he wouldn't hold still) that I didn't get very good images. But fear not I will be adding images and our progress over the next few weeks in my next posts about Equi Organics.

Ruby's hair is in pretty good condition so I expected this to work well for her anyway but the change in Sebsatian's hair was dramatic and the fact that I cant keep my hands out of my own hair tells me that we have found a winner :) 

Definitely 5 stars from us

Looking for a product that not only looks and smells great but work really well too? You can find out more about Ekwy and her brand Equi Organics here:
Try Equi Organics

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Tips For Getting and Staying In Shape

One of life’s great challenges is to get and stay fit. We all want to be walking around at our optimum
weight and fitness at all times, but life has a nasty habit of getting in the way. That goes double for
people with families to care for; it turns out the kids don’t care how much you need to go for a run.
So with that in mind, we are going to take a look at some of the ways you can get the most out of
your exercise with a nod to the little time you have.

Photo by Devanath from Pixabay

Exercise Needs
The truth of the matter is that you don’t actually need to be working out that much to maintain a
healthy level of fitness. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recommends that we all get a minimum of 150 minutes
of moderate aerobic exercise per weeks, with strength training incorporated into three days. So out of
168 hours in a week, you just need to find three to maintain a healthy body. You might find that this is
attainable but you don’t quite know where yo get started, well there is no shame in seeking advice on
this matter.

The average personal trainer will have presented their gym or investors with a fitness business plan
and what this means for you is that they have a responsibility to themselves to do the best job they
can for you. So if you’re looking for a way to get in shape then employing the help of someone who
not only has the qualifications but also the responsibility to run a business centered around exercise
might not be a bad idea.

Photo by MartinKwame from Pixabay

Where To Go
It’s all very well knowing that you can get fit and healthy, but it isn’t necessarily as easy to find where
to go and do your routine. Let’s take a look at your options:


The gym is the obvious place to start. These purpose built buildings will contain all of your needs and
desires for getting a solid workout in. There will be weight machines, treadmills and the previously
discussed assistance from personal trainers. Now they aren’t perfect for everyone, but if you can add
a gym membership to your finances and routine then you will have a dedicated location to get started
on your exercise regime.

The home workout is one of life’s great motivational tools. It eliminates all of the problems that people
face with going to the gym such as the travel and the other eyes. To get started at home, all you need
to do is find the workout plan that works best for you. For a lot of home fitness fanatics that is yoga; the
reason for this is that all you need is a tutorial and a mat to get started.

Some people find the above two locations a challenge because they are restricted by four walls.
Exercise is supposed to be based in the real world for these people and that’s why open spaces and
parks are great places to be. But one of the great secrets for those of you who like a dedicated
building, you can use the outdoor to do half of your workout. Consider running or cycling to the gym to
get you started so you can focus on using the equipment you need to at the gym.

Shea Moisture Does it Again! Manuka Honey & Marula Oil Review

Hi All, 

Shea Moisture has once again wowed us with their newest range of products 'The Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil collection'.

Said to replenishes oils and provides a moisture barrier to protect hair and replenish dry, damaged and lackluster locks. The range is formulated with Manuka Honey, a natural humectant, Mafura Oil with essential fatty acids, Baobab Oil, and African Rock Fig rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants.

Intense Hydration Shampoo 5/5
Blurb: This sulfate-free shampoo cleanses while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Certified Organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab are blended into a rich formulation of restorative oils to soften and revitalize hair. Antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig helps boost hydration while protecting distressed hair from environmental influences.

My 2p: This product was another great find, did not dry out my hair or my daughters hair and both of us had clean fresh locks at the end. Worth every last drop that we squeezed out the bottle. Came out of the bottle looking like silk with a great scent. All those amazing oils coming out with a fresh feeling. Excellent.

Intense Conditioner 5/5
Blurb: Replenish, moisture and tame dry, frizzy hair with this revitalising conditioner. Community Commerce sourced Argan Oil, organic Shea Butter and Almond Milk combine in this high-performance formula that effectively detangles, smoothes, and revives hair.

My 2p: This was my favourite of the three products and I give it a solid 5/5. Excellent product and definitely intensive hydration. After washing my daughters hair was shiny and full, no tangles either. Mine was easier to comb and felt soft and full. 

Intensive Hydration Hair Masque 3/5
Blurb: This intense conditioning deep treatment infuses hair with a powerful dose of moisture and nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab Oils are blended with antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig to restore and lock in moisture. Smoothes and fortifies follicles for stronger, healthier frizz-free hair.

My 2p: Lovely Masque to use, as expected from Shea Moisture. Did not add anything special to my hair but was still lovely to use. I only give it 3 as it wasnt any better than any other masque I had used before.

All in all loved this range, as with all the Shea Moisture products we'd tried before, loved this too.

 The collection is available exclusively at Boots, priced at £12.99 per product.

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