Inspired by our apple tree: Red Apple Cinnamon Shampoo

Every one of our Africa Sleeps products was designed to evoke ideas about a special place and time. This October, the leaves have turned yellow and red, kids are merrily back to school, the salmon are running in the streams, and there is hot apple pie baking in the oven!

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Sounds idyllic, but with an apple tree in our backyard, these are our family’s best and true impressions of fall. And this scene of our daughter picking apples from our backyard tree is exactly what inspired our Red Apple Cinnamon Silky Shampoo. It has an amazing fragrance of hot apple pie, right out of the oven, complete with cinnamon, lemon and vanilla essential oils for a hint of that baked spice smell.

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This shampoo is the richest, silkiest I have ever tried. It’s incredibly nourishing, and doesn’t dry out hair at all. One customer wrote me a rave review, I’d love to share with you:

“I have never shampooed the boys’ hair before… ‘ loved the richness of the shampoo. I actually combed it out with the shampoo in, which I wouldn’t have thought possible. We will probably occasionally shampoo now, as I didn’t feel like I was damaging/stripping his hair.”

Well, that just about sums it up! I hope you will try out our amazing silky shampoo. If Red Apple Cinnamon isn’t your thing, we also sell it in an unscented version!

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Red Apple Cinnamon Silky Shampoo ingredients: Purified water, certified organic blend of marigold, burdock root, nettle leaf,  rosemary, wild-harvested dandelion, wild-harvested horsetail, decyl polyglucose, coco glucoside, xanthum gum, oatmeal  protein, sucrose cocoate, vitamin B5, jojoba seed oil, citric acid, vitamin B7, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, hydroxymethylglycinate, red apple flavour oil, vanilla absolute, cinnamon essential oil, lemon essential oil.

Organic Hair and Body Care Line Launched!

Well, we’ve done! Jumped and plunged! Our new hair and body care line for African children is in the store at
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I really wanted to expand my store, but I needed the right products that I could really stand behind, and the right partner to do it. Every one of these fabulous products works as well as the ones I have been (happily) paying a fortune for at Lush, Biolage, etc. But now I can get everything I need for my girls’ gorgeous hair and skin in my own store! We have fabulously fruity scented products (using essential oils, absolutes, and flavour oils,) as well as an unscented line, for those who like to keep it simple.

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I am making some of the products myself – you’ll find the world’s best Braid Balm and delightful Hair Oils and Hair Butter. But I also partnered with a company that specializes in green chemistry – making amazing products using natural, certified organic, wild-harvested, and fair trade ingredients. I am very proud that all my products have 55-98% certified organic ingredients, and use fair trade shea butter from two women’s cooperatives in Ghana.

Some products you should totally try: amazing matte face lotion (I admit I’ve switched to using this as well…), soft and bouncy curl definition (I can’t believe how well this works in my daughters’ free hair!) and the most luscious, slippery nourishing conditioner I have ever had the pleasure of picking my daughters’ hair out with.

I hope you will check them out, tell all your friends… and of course… place an order!

My huge thanks for your support these last two years! My adoption community ROCKS!


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Back to Swimming Lessons? Swim caps!

Lake season may almost be over, but swimming lesson are just around the corner!

If you have a little one with African hair, consider protecting their hair from chlorine by using a silicone swim cap. It will help their style last longer, because it doesn’t get wet. And of course, it’ll keep nasty chemicals and other yuck is form the pool out of braids, locs and tight curls.

The pictures are from my daughters swimming in the lake this summer. We occasionally get a little wet around the ears or at the nape of the neck, but it definitely prolongs their styles!

You can get your swim caps at AFRICA SLEEPS! (Shameless self promotion!)

Harambee hair

Hmmmmm… What to do for my daughters hair before Harabee camp? I know! Let’s sew it. I really like this technique because it is super fast and is an interesting alternative to braiding. I don’t know where I learned to sew hair but I think it was on YouTube! [Edit: video below!!! in the comments] Pretty isn’t it? Spice likes it anyway.




Summer Swim Caps in Store!

We know you have been waiting for them… silicone swim caps for summer slashing are back at !


Our favourite styles from last year and a couple of great new 2013 styles… just in time for summer! Only $11.49 in our AfricaSleeps store.

Did ya know? 5% min of profit is donated to Vulnerable Children Society… 95% is used as our adoption fundraiser

We have a limited seasonal quantity, so get ’em quick!