No more tangles! Organic detangler sale

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Africa Sleeps has a sale on detangler! Yeah!

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This delightful, botanical concoction sooths frizz, and adds slip to hair for picking and styling. The detangler is made of organic, Canadian botanicals and is super easy to use in a trigger squirt bottle. We can’t do without it on free hair days! It’s extra useful now that Sugar and Spice are picking out their own puffs.

Now 20% off with coupon code NOMORETANGLES.
Have fun shopping, and thanks for supporting our family business!

Early summer protective cornrows

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I get a lot of questions about what I do for my girls’ hair in the summer.

In the heat of July and August, when they are swimming twice a day, I usually have false hair woven into teeny cornrows… It’s their one trip to the salon a year! It’s just the easiest way to deal with the swimming.

But for the early summer, our lake is still cold. There is just a little swimming and a lot of outside time, so I default to cornrows. First of all, they are my favourite of favourite way of protecting natural hair. We use Honey Almond Hair Balm when braiding each row, and it just nourishes their hair. Then as the weeks progress, we use some Pink Grapefruit Hair Oil in between the braids, just to keep their scalp nourished.

I say “we,” by the way, because I had a neighbour, a young Ethiopian lady, come and help me finish her hair. It’s been one of those weeks, and two sets of hands are better than one!

When the style is in, I tend to keep my girls’ hair in pigtails or buns, since they tend to drag their braids through glue, glitter, and whatever other craft they are up to. Here is a picture of my daughter on the first day of new cornrows… I have to admit that she has red glitter all over her head, at the time of this post. Just imagine the same thing, with lots of red sparkles!
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Traditional Cornrows for Sugar’s Spring Style

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From the whole lexicon of cornrowing and braiding in Ethiopia, my daughter Sugar decided that she wanted some classic Oromo cornrowing for her spring hairstyle. My only qualification was that it was pretty tight braids, since I didn’t want to have to do her hair until near the end of June. I’m timing it for summer camps, you see!

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braid-balmWe went through many of my braid pictures from Ethiopia, and we decided to do some classically divided cornrows.

I love this style, because you divide the hair in sections, but then work with the natural curvature of her head to product rows. You start at one of the sections, and then work perpendicularly to the other section. I use Honey Almond Braid Balm in each cornrow, to protect the hair and nourish her scalp. It also really helps my arthritic hands grip the hair.

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The only modern aspect of this style is finishing her braids in buns. Sugar is such an active kid, that this helps her from unraveling (and chewing on) her long braids.

Super cute, I think! And it should last for four – five weeks, no problem. As long as I can keep Sugar out of the pool….

Finally! We have large sleep caps that fit the fro!

I’m so excited to announce that our store, Africa Sleeps, now has huge sleep caps! These amazing caps have a series of elastics inside that ruche the fabric, and provide an enormous amountĀ of headroom for extensions, puffs and even big gorgeous fros!

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I’ve ordered just 100 as a trial, and they are already selling like bananas this morning. If you are interested in finding a cap for your child that stays on, looks fab, and fits free hair, check it out!

Thanks so much for supporting our family business!

 

Africa Sleeps: Tub Time Challenge! Win conditioner and curl definition

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I admit, sometimes I just don’t have two or three hours to set aside and do my daughter’s hair! So we have perfected the art of the super quick style done while my girls lay in the bathtub. That’s right… Fifteen minutes, that’s all I get!

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This is one super quick style we did last week. I just picked her hair out with Sweet Orange Cardamom Moisturizing Conditioner, cornrowed big sections of her hair and pulled them back into a puff. A little Mixed Citrus Curl Definition tapped into her curls to finish, and voila! Simple, but super cute.

I would love to see some of your super quick styles… Please feel post your pics on our Facebook page! Let’s show the world what we can do with 15 minutes!

The best picture posted before October 31, 2013, gets 4oz bottles of the two products I mentioned above. How about them oranges?

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