Free Samples of Pantene Hair Products

I heard that Pantene Pro-V is giving away FREE samples of their shampoo & conditioner. I just entered, and I will update everyone once I recieve it. Just click this link http://hunt4freebies.com/free-pantene-shampoo-tonight/ for details on how to receive your sample!

* If you hear about any sales, or free samples of hair related products, please send an email to kandylandkurls@yahoo.com    

Circle Braid/Beehive Style

This is my Circle/Beehive Braid, I wanted to make one continuous braid. I started in the back of her hair and ended in the middle. I didn't post the instructions because all I did was make one cornbraid throughout her hair. But if anyone has any questions, or want the instructions, feel free to email me at kandylandkurls@yahoo.com

 Do you remember this flower? It's the wonderful flower that is from A Mother's Love Blog, she sells adorable handmade bows. N wanted me to clip the flower in the middle of the circle.

N's surprised face at Girl Scouts, she was shocked that I had a camera with me.

Goofing off at the Zoo.
So what is your little one's up to this summer?

N's Feature on Natural-Hair-Care-Info.com

N's hairstyle is featured on our friend Dominique's website Natural-Hair-Care-Info.com. We did a style exclusively for the website, click here to see it and read the step-by-step instructions. Thanks Dominique for allowing us to be apart of your wonderful site! and if you haven't checked out her site, you are missing out! She displays so many wonderful braiding techniques from Dutch Braids to 4 Strand Braids. Stop by and show her some love, http://www.natural-hair-care-info.com/curly-updo.html.

Once Upon A Curl (Facebook) Giveaway!

I announced to everyone on our Facebook Fan Page back in February, that once we reached 150 followers we would have a Giveaway! Well, we have now reached 286 followers on Facebook!!! Yippee! I have just received the shipment from Once Upon A Curl on Wednesday, after waiting a few months, I apologize for any inconvenience. And I will make sure next time, I will not announce giveaways, until the prizes are in my possession. But as promised, we are giving away some wonderful goodies for your little one!

There will be 2 Winners!!

*The First Place winner will receive the following prizes*

(1) Pack of Flower Beads, (1) Beading Tool, (1) Du-Rag, (1) Blue&White Flower Barrettes, (1) Translucent Flower Barrettes, (1) Translucent Ballies, (1) Multi-Colored Ballies, (1) Baseball-Cap Ballies and (3) Scrunchies.

*The Second Place Winner will receive the following (below)*

(1)Yellow Barrettes, (1)Yellow Ballies, (1) Multicolored Ballies, (1) pack of 100 Beads, (1) Clear Square Ballies, (1) Purple Headband, (1) Rubberbands, and (3) Scrunchies.

Here's how to enter:

1.) You must be a follower of KandyLandKurls Facebook Page.
(Leave a comment telling me you are.)

2.) Suggest 10 friends to follow us on Facebook, or right here on this blog. 
You can do this daily, and suggest as many people as you want, but the minimum is 10.
(Come back and leave their first name, or make sure they leave a comment telling me that YOU sent them.)
Example: Hello, Im Kandy and KandyLandKurls sent me.

-The person who suggests the most people and can get them to be a follower of KandyLandKurls will win (1st) First Place.

-The person who suggests the second highest amount of people will win Second (2nd) Place.
The Giveaway is over on July 8th!
Good Luck To All!!
And Thanks Once Upon A Curl for hosting the giveaway!

National Afro Day!

This will be the Second Annual National Afro Day On July 4th, 2011!

Come Celebrate the 4th with a "Bang"
or should we say with a "Fro"
(Did you get it, "bangs/ fros" I know I'm lame at jokes lol)

This 4th of July, Women/Girls from all over our country will be participating in The National Afro Day! This is a great chance to rock your hair Au' Natural, so please come join us!
Help spread the word and don't forget to post pics on our facebook wall, on your blog, or email kandylandkurls@yahoo.com with a few pictures of your kiddies afro. And don't worry if you little one doesn't have enough hair for the fro, or their hair is too straight or curly. Just submit photos of the hair out free and loose.
This is will be great if we could all come together to celebrate Independence Day and Hair Independence! (and yes that's my new phrase lol.) I will post all pictures submitted, right here on KandyLandKurls.
Also if you have another Fourth Of July Style, send in a picture so you can show it off.
I can't wait to see all of those lovely Afros!

Virtual Playdate Update

N and I had so much fun reading facts about the little one's!
Thanks so much for participating in the Virtual Playdate!

Here's a pic of N reading Kandyland and other blogs who were in the playdate.
A Big Shoutout to all of the awesome Blogger Moms and adorable Kids who were in the playdate.

Hopefully we can think of something else our kids can do in another Virtual Playdate!
Feel free to give some cool ideas.

Oh and I forgot to add her hair is banded, to prep for a surprise.

Essential Oils And Carrier Oils

Here is a breakdown of Essential and Carrier Oils. Each essential oils has it's specific use:
Lavender is great for soothing the scalp and calming the hair.
Chamomile is the most soothing of the essential oils for the hair and scalp. Chamomile helps to retract skin cells that have been inflamed from chemical procedures, the sun and helps with those that have scaly scalps in including a lot of white flakes or psoriasis.
Lemon Essential oil works well for a treatment for dry scalp, dandruff, lice, and under active sebaceous glands. The sebum on the hair is what keeps it from dry out. Curly hair tends to be more dry and can benefit from lemon essential oils. Be very careful to only use lemon on hair that is too oily as this can seriously dry out the hair after just one washing or rinse.
Peppermint helps to stimulate blood flow to the root of the hair. This helps the hair to receive proper nourishment and to grow correctly. Peppermint makes the scalp tingle and this is what stimulates the blood flow to the hair.
Rosemary essential oil works great for dry hair and dandruff as well as itchy scalp.
Tea Tree essential oils works to purify the scalp. It works extremely good for those that suffer from scalp psoriasis and scalp dandruff.
Always remember that you cannot use these essential oils directly on your hair, but you should mixed with carrier oils first.

Carrier Oils for Hair

Olive Oil: This oil can be combined with other nice smelling essential oils. Olive oil is especially beneficial for dry hair suffering from indoor heating and sun. The hair is nourished and will regain its elasticity after a treatment with this oil.
Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is great for hair that is dry or damaged and it helps to moisturize and protect hair follicles against factors that cause hair loss.
Grape seed oil: massage the scalp with grape seed oil. It is believed that this oil stimulates hair growth.
Coconut oil: To have a beautiful, shiny hair and stimulate hair growth, give yourself a scalp massage with warm coconut oil once a week.
Castor oil: Castor oil stimulates blood circulation. More blood to the scalp, resulting in more nutrients and more hair growth. It is therefore very likely to be true what they say that with the castor oil hair grows faster and more plentiful.

Interview with Dominique-Alexis & Bunny From Natural-Hair-Care-Info.com

Thank you Kandy Land Kurls for the interview! Bunny and I really enjoy your creative styles, reviews and your entire blog actually.
1.) Your name and little one's name/nickname?
Dominique-Alexis & Bunny
2.) What’s your hair care routine?
Well I usually detangle, wash, condition, and style her hair on the weekends simply because it’s most convenient then. I do her styles to last at least a week, unless they’re twist outs or something, then it’s really up to the weather to how long they last. She is outdoors a lot so I won't be doing any twist out and down hairstyles for a while because the humidity is so bad here. I also try to alternate between protective hairstyles (which I like) and more creative hairstyles with beads (which she likes).

3.) What products are you currently using?
I really love Naked by Essations hair products. Their shampoo and conditioner is the best I have ever used, hands down. I don’t think they have a moisturizer and I’ve never really found one that I like, so I make my own for both of us and seal with peanut oil.

4.) Do you use (or will or will not use) heat/chemicals on the child's hair?

Under no circumstance will I or anyone be allowed to put chemicals in her hair until she’s old enough to make the decision for herself. And if she decides yes, I will let her know that I don’t agree with that choice, but it is her hair and I can’t really argue with that.
However, I have straightened Bunny’s hair once before. Her hair is very thick and long, so it took a long time. I won’t use heat on her hair again and this is why: she may be nine-years-old, but I don’t think she really understands what’s really happening. All she knows is that the heat makes it straight. She doesn’t understand that there may be side effects/breakage/damage, so until she’s old enough to understand that and make the decision rationally (whether it’s yes or no), I won’t be using heat on her hair again.
With all that said, I do blow dry her hair ON THE COLD SETTING once or twice a year to give her a trim. I do this so I don’t take off more than I anticipated.

5.) Do you use heat/chemicals on your hair?

I will never use a relaxer again but I do straighten my hair every six or seven months because I really do like straight hair. Yes, I love my natural hair, but every once in a while I do like to switch up from the twist outs, flat twists, and cornrows for a straighter style.

6.) What was the worst hair tip you have received?

Well there are two really bad ones I got. The first one being the old “cut your hair a lot and it’ll grow really fast” myth that’s been going around for decades. The second one was the greasing of the scalp. I used to do that every third day and wonder why my hair broke off in greasy hunks.

7.) Do you cut/trim the hair? If so how often? 

Bunny has an actual regimen where she has a set time to style, wash, detangle, trim, etc, whereas I do what I feel like with my hair when I feel like it. I trim both of our ends as needed, which is anywhere between three and six months. It varies a lot. I just trimmed her hair last weekend actually and her hair looks a lot better.

8.) What is some hair advice you would like to share?

I guess it would just to have fun with your hair. That natural hair is a blessing is and absolutely beautiful. Make sure that you’re a role model to your natural children because it’ll be hard for them to love their curls if you don’t.

Show us the pictures!!!!!

Thank you so much for this lovely interview, your styles are out of this world. Bunny's hair looks so thick and healthy, I love it! Keep up the good work!
If you would like to see more styles by the creative Dominique-Alexis stop by their website
-If you would like to participate in our *Interview Spotlight* just send an email answering the above questions and submit photos of your little one to kandylandkurls@yahoo.com

My First Youtube Video

I created a Youtube Video to showcase some of N's hairstyles. I went on Youtube looking for some inspiration for more styles for my daughter. After searching, and searching, and not finding what I'm looking for. I decided to start my own Youtube page. So that I can document N's hair journey and hopefully help inspire and help someone. 

Please Check it out, Rate & Subscribe.

Cute Video From MahoganyKnots

I was on youtube looking up children/baby hair care, and stubbled across an adorable little baby sharing her haircare regimen! I thought this was adorable and wanted to share this with everyone! Come check out MahoganyBella and EbonyKnots at www.mahoganyknots.com for more videos, tutorials and tips.

Blooper Star Style

I am not a professional hairstylist, I try my best to be creative. I wasn't going to post this hairstyle, but I said to myself "Hey, we all should be able to laugh at ourselves once in awhile." This is my first attempt of making a shooting star in her hair. I think it came out cute but as you can see, it came out resembling the star of david lol.

Here is a picture of the star of david
This is the star I was trying to make.

I stink at drawing stars on paper, but I'm determined to master this star! I will dust myself off and try again.

Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Product Review

I went to Walmart to buy some more Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner, when I noticed that Organix has a new product called Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo. I have heard a few great things about pure moroccan oil and how it's rare and helps your hair to grow. For only $6.00 dollars I decided to give it a try.

This rare formula has a centuries-old history of providing natural vitamin E and antioxidants while renewing your hair's cell structure, sealing in shine, and creating lush softness. A precious blend of Moroccan argan oil which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening. Derived from the southwest region of Morocco, argan oil protects from styling heat and UV damage while creating soft, seductive, silky perfection.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium C 14 16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Dimethicone Copolyol, Cocamide DEA, Glycol Distearate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil (Argan), Cacao (Theobroma Cacao) Extract (Cocoa Butter), Parfum, Cocos Nucifera Oil (Coconut), Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract (Aloe Leaf), Panthenol, Polyquaternium 11, DMDM Hydantoin, Cetyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium

 When I purchased this bottle, I didn't bother reading the back. I automatically assumed it is paraben-free and sulfate-free, like the other Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner. I was WRONG! It contains sulfates (bummer.) It has a nice pleasant smell (I can't put my finger on the scent) but it was decent. When I washed it out, N's hair felt moisturized still. Not completely stripped of all of her oils and brittle. That's the feeling I normally feel with sulfate shampoo (until I put in conditioner) but I didn't have that same feeling. While I was styling her hair, I instantly noticed how soft it was. This is a good shampoo to clarify N's hair, and I will use it when she has build up (possibly once a month). But Bee Mine Botanical Shampoo, Shea Moisture, and C Curls are the healthiest shampoos I have tried so far. I have learned my lesson, I will ALWAYS look at the ingredients before purchasing.

FYI: This shampoo does contain "cones" for those that don't like to use silicone's.

10 facts about N- Virtual Playdate

-This is not hair related, but N loves to see the pictures of your children. She says they are all her "Best Friends" and she wanted to share some things about herself to her friends in the blogger world. She would like to have an online/virtual playdate! To join the playdate post 10 facts about your little one/one's in the comment section below. If you have a blog, post 10 things about your child/children. Next, thank and link back to the person who invited you to the playdate. Invite a few other blogs to participate in the online playdate.
Here are 10 facts about N:

1.) Favorite TV show is "Phineas and Ferb" and "Shake it up."

2.) When she grows up she wants to be an entrepreneur (seriously) she wants her own office, phone and a side-kick (which really means a personal assistant lol.) She is pretty bossy so this will fit her well. For career day she came to school as a business woman, and added glasses and sleek bun to her look.

3.) Favorite food is broccoli with melted cheese, and oranges. (not together lol)

4.) She is a perfectionist, from cleaning her room to school work. She gets really down if she makes a mistake. 

5.) Her favorite basketball team is the Lakers ( I don't like them, but she has to be the opposite of me lol)

6.) Favorite songs are "Who says" by Selena Gomez, and "Im in the Lord Army" church song.

7.) During hair time she loves to read, and watch her favorite movie "Spiderman."

8.) She has a pet dog named Diego, and is currently begging her dad for a fish.

9.) Favorite color is blue, yellow, red, and white (pretty much all of the colors lol.)

10.) Her style is a tomboy-chic, she is not fond of skirts or dresses. She would much rather mix a fedora hat, sneakers and glam.

Bonus fact:

She is making me post this, she said that she can dance better than Michael Jackson on the Wii game...confident huh?

Here is the list of blogs we would like to invite to this playdate:
(random order)

Winner Of A Mothers Love Giveaway!!

I want to give a BIG THANKS to A Mothers Love for generously hosting this giveaway! And of course, I have to give a BIG THANKS to everyone who has entered this giveaway! Everyone please stop by A Mothers Love to check out her beautiful selection of hair accessories.

Now, there can only be (1) winner and the very lucky winner who will receive this beautiful flower hair bow is.....

Lauren W.


Please send an email to kandylandkurls@yahoo.com with your full name and address by June 14th.

Free Samples Of Created By Nature

After receiving so many comments from the ladies who have ordered the Kera Care Naturals samples. I have decided that KandyLandKurls will add sales and samples of hair products to this blog. So if you know or heard about a sale please email me at kandylandkurls@yahoo.com so I can share the savings with others.

I was browsing through Untrained Hair Mom's Facebook page and saw that a company named "Created By Nature" is giving away free samples of their products. All you have to do is send an email to Createdbynature@gmail.com and ask to try a free sample of their products.

If you are interested in winning a 2 oz tub of the Jaja's Hair n Body Pomade by Created By Nature. Enter Untrained Hair Mom's contest, but hurry the contest is over tomorrow!

If you order, we would love to hear about your experiences with it. So please come back and share with us, your review of this product line in this comment section below.

Cool Hair Facts :)

Wavy hair is more predominant than curly.
34 % of women have wavy hair and only 11% have curly hair.

I guess you can call us curlies unique!

Healthy Hair Products for under $10

 Finding a great hair care product is hard! Now, finding a cheap great hair care product is even harder. Well, I have put together a list of products that are healthy for your curls and it won't break the bank.

Shampoos: Organix, Shea Moisture, Renpure Organic, Queen Helene, L'oreal, C Curls Shampoo, and Yes To Carrots. 
Conditioners: Organix Conditioners, C Curls Conditioner, Suave Naturals Almond+Shea Butter, V05 Conditoners, Aubrey Organics and Giovanni Direct Leave-In.

Oils: Coconut, Olive

Styling Products/ Butters: Shea and Eco Styler

Deep Conditioners: Mayo, Bananas, Honey, Egg, and Avocados.

Now who says you have to pay an arm and a leg for a great product?

Feel free to list some more great cheap products in our comments section below!

Update: On Cornrow Styles With Zig-Zag Parts

Here is a quick update on N's Zig-Zag cornrow style, click here to view the original style.
I removed the rubberbands on the sides, because I really don't like to leave rubberbands, beads, or ponytail holders in her hair for more than a few days. I also removed the two braids in the back of N's hair, and this created a beautiful braid out. Then I sprayed a little bit of Bee Mine Juicy Spritz and she was good to go.

I wanted to show you N's shirt, if you are looking for clothing to promote natural hair for your princess. Come visit http://www.naturalhairwear.com/index.html to check out the wonderful selection that's available.

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