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Hair Art

Katie is a children's illustrator, and she sells her art on Etsy to help raise money for her adoption.
Katie and her husband are currently in the process of adopting a little girl from Ethiopia.
 While thinking about (and day-dreaming about) braiding her little girl's hair, she painted this little set of paintings, which is named "Hair Time."
Hair Time - set of 3 prints in 5x7 size - NEW ITEM

Katie also has other art in her Etsy shop.
Click here to check out more of her beautiful artwork!

A Mothers Love Review/Giveaway!

My friend Sheena from A Mothers Love has generously allowed me to review and giveaway her beautiful handmade hair bow! The hair bow arrived inside of an adorable little red box with a tiny bow, it was so cute! N was very excited to open it, so she literally ripped the box wide open :( I wish I took a picture of her gigantic smile, once she seen the pretty purple bow, with all the sparkles on the pedals. 


Isn't it cute?
A Mothers Love is graciously giving away (1) ONE beautiful handmade bow to a lucky follower of KandyLandKurls!

Here is how to enter the contest! And please make sure to leave a separate comment for each task you complete.

(Mandatory To Win)

1.) You must be a follower of KandyLandKurls.
2.) You must be a follower of A Mothers Love.

(Optional)-To increase your chances of winning you can also do these steps below.
3.) Follow KandyLandKurls on Facebook.
4.) Tell me why you would like to win this contest?
5.) Daily entry (you can only do this once a day.)
6.) Spread the word about this giveaway.
  Example: You can (tweet, post about it on your facebook page, or you can post it on your blog, if you have one.)
That's it! The Contest ends June 8th and I will use Random.Org to choose a winner!
Good Luck To All!
And to check out the selection of A Mother Loves Hair Bows click here.

Tara Smith Product Giveaway Winner!

It's time to choose a winner!
 Thank goodness it's Random.Org's decision and not mine!
Thank you Tara for the lovely interview and giveaway! Also I can't forget all of you who have entered this giveaway, I greatly appreciate it! Now, it's time to announce the very lucky winner of the

C Curls Shampoo

 
And Conditioner


The winner is........
NitaLee!

Congratulations!

Please email your full name and address to kandylandkurls@yahoo.com by June 1st.
Click here to order Tara Smith's products!

Celebrity SpotLight: Jaden Smith

We normally focus all of our attention on little girls, but I absolutely LOVE Jaden Smith's curly hair!



Simply Gorgeous!
 If you would love to see your son's hair on KandyLandKurls feel free to send your pictures to kandylandkurls@yahoo.com

I do not own these photos courtesy of google images

Free Samples Of KeraCare Natural Textures

I heard about a brand named KeraCare Natural Texture and they are giving away free samples of their products. I sent them an email, and today it has arrived in the mail. I have not tried these products yet, but I wanted to tell you all about this giveaway before it expires. To order some free samples all you have to do is go to their website and email them. The email will say that it didn't go through, but disregard that message. Make sure to include your name and address, and let me know if you like the product and I will post my review in a few weeks. 

Cornrow Style: With Zig-Zag Parts

This week we had family visiting from out of town. I wanted to do a style that wasn't too time consuming, but still very cute. N wanted cornbraids, so instead of having cornbraids throughout her entire hair, I decided to just do the top half.

Instructions:

1.) I divided the hair in half (ear to ear.)

2.) Beginning with the top section, I made two zig-zag parts.

3.) Next, I made a cornbraid using the hair in the middle of the zig-zag parts.

4.) I continued making zig-zag parts, and braiding the hair in the middle, until I have completed 5 braids.

5.) On the sides of the hair, I made 6 small box sections ,and added pink rubberbands to each section.

6.) Then, I gathered all of the left over hair, and began making one big two-strand twist. 

7.) In the back section, I put the hair into a ponytail.

8.) Finally, I made two braids and added a blue butterfly clip.


Approx time:45 minutes

Products Used:
Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer
Suave Naturals Almond+Shea Butter Conditioner
(Shampoo: Review is coming soon)
 Wide Tooth Comb
Hair accessories

N's Feature On Curly Nikki

N has been featured in CurlyNikki's Show And Tell-The Curly Baby Edition! Click Here to check it out! I didn't know that I was supposed to tell, what I was using in her hair. I thought I was just supposed to send the picture and that's all LOL, Oh well, next time!

Repost: Swimming & Hair Care

The Sun is out, and summer is on it's way! Of course, the kids want to cool off in the water. 
Here are some tips on how to protect your little one's hair while swimming.

Before Swimming:

-Apply a leave in conditioner to the hair. This will add a protective barrier against chlorine/salt.

- Purchase a swimming cap, this will also protect the hair.

-Wet your hair with clean water prior to going into the pool, this will help to stop your hair from absorbing chlorine.

After Swimming:

This is the most important step
 -Make sure to immediately wash your hair with a sulfate shampoo to remove the chlorine and apply a conditioner.






Tara Smith Product Giveaway!


It's that time...GIVEAWAY TIME!

Thank you Tara, for the wonderful interview, and the amazing opportunity to win your product!

Tara Smith is generously giving away her famous

C Curls Shampoo


 and C Curls Conditioner


to ONE (1) very lucky follower!

Entry Guidelines:

1.) You must be a follower of KandyLandKurls (please leave a comment telling me that you are.)

2.) Tell me what you like the most about KandyLandKurls.

3.) Visit http://www.tarasmith.com/ come back and tell me what products you would like to try.

4.) Post a picture of yours, or your child's, favorite hairstyle to KandyLandKurls Facebook Fanpage Wall. (Limit: one per day)

That's it!

I will choose a winner by using Random.org, the Giveaway will end on May, 27th!

Good Luck To All!

Interview with Celebrity Hairstylist And Creator of Tara Smith Product Line-Tara Smith


Tara Smith is one of the most vibrant, innovative and well-respected celebrity hairstylists in the industry. She has showcased her prowess through an extensive range of notable projects and works with many famous faces both on and off set including: Marisa Tomei, Demi Moore, Rosario Dawson, Neve Campbell, Lucy Liu, Patricia Arquette, Anna Friel, Lindsay Lohan, Adrienne Grenier, Sting and Matthew McConaughey, to name a few. Tara also works in film where her recent credits includes her latest and third film with Demi Moore Happy Tears, Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse and Sex & The City: The Movie (LA Leg); as well as editorial in titles such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. To add to her impressive accolades, Tara was recently named the "2009 Celebrity Hairstylist of the Year" in the UK and was also honored as the 2009 Celebrity Hairdresser winner for the Clothes Show Style Awards. Today, her extensive experience and unique skills have led her to a glittering global career as one of the most soughtafter hair stylists in the world!

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tara Smith, Celebrity Hairstylist and Creator and Founder of Tara Smith Product Line.

Tara continues to flourish and make her mark in the international hair community by releasing her own line of hair products that will truly revolutionize the hair care industry.

How long have you been styling hair?

Professionally for 20 years, but in my fantasy’s since I was 3 or 4 years old, growing up in my mother’s salon and watching all of the ladies in a row under the hairdryers, it all seemed so glamorous- I always like to say I was born with a comb in my hand!


What made you want to produce your own line of hair products?

Living a healthy lifestyle is very important to me, and as I became more aware of the chemicals that are in most beauty products, and how expensive chemical free, natural products are- I had to do something about it! I made it my mission to develop a line of products that are healthy and free of nasty chemicals, that everyone could afford. And as I am in the industry and work with celebrities whose job it is to look good- the products had to perform too, and mine do. 

What made you choose to use natural organic ingredients versus using chemicals? 

Because 1 in 3 women get cancer, and 1 in 5 men get cancer, and we need to wake up. It is not enough to just watch what you put into your body- we need to watch what we put on to our body just as closely. More than 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream, and you would not rub those chemicals into your scalp if you knew what you were exposing yourself and your family to.

Who are some of the celebrities you have worked with?

Demi Moore, Rosario Dawson, Nicole Kidman, Lucy Liu, Lindsay Lohan, Marisa Tomei, Neve Campbell...

What celebrity would you like to work with in the future?

Madonna, Tina Turner, Rihanna....
                                        
Whats you favorite hair tool? 

I love the Ego Hairdryer and diffuser, which stands for Every Girls Obsession. It is super light and uses tourmaline components that are not as damaging to the hair and it gives a brilliant blow dry. 

Who is your biggest inspiration in life?

Tina Turner! She is such an amazing woman and spirit and I have always admired her. She never gave up and always believed in herself and that kind of determination inspires me.   

Tell us about your current and upcoming projects?

Working on the next generation of Tara Smith products, and developing more styling products to add to the line. Also researching cleaner and greener packaging, and working on making my company carbon neutral in 2011. In between travelling for bookings with my clients and my work for charity. I just ran a ½ marathon in New York for Shoe4Africa- a brilliant cause that is working to build the first children’s hospital in East Africa, which is desperately needed. To donate and find out more go to www.shoe4africa.org


Any advice to the mothers on KandyLandKurls, who have kids with curly hair (when it comes to hair maintenance?)

Well this I know very well as I have a head full of curls myself! Make sure that you use a wide tooth comb to detangle, I love the smooth wooden ones, and comb when hair is properly conditioned, all hair needs good conditioning. And you could try my C Curls shampoo and conditioner- it enhances curls, tames frizz and is super hydrating - developed just for curly hair. 



Thank you so much Tara for allowing KandyLandKurls to interview you. To learn more about Tara Smith's product line and to read about her upcoming projects please visit http://www.tarasmith.com/

Winners Of The Curlformers Giveaway!



Well ladies, the time has come to choose a lucky winner! I can't believe how many people have taken the time to enter. I truly appreciate ALL of YOU! I have to thank Curlformers for the opportunity to review your products. Next, I have to thank Untrained Hair Mom for teaming up with KandyLandKurls & putting together this wonderful giveaway! Now it's time to announce the winners!

First Place: Winning a styling kit of their choice is...

Shay
(from Mainly Braids)

Congratulations!

Second Place: Winning Curlformers Extra Long And Wide Styling Kit is...

Michelle G (destaneemom)
Congratulations!

 Please send an email to kandylandkurls@yahoo.com With your full name and address by May,18th.

Thanks to all who have entered! Be on the lookout for more awesome giveaways!
Click here if you would like to try Curlformers!

Shea Moisture Review

About a month ago Walgreens had a big bogo sale on Shea Moisture Products. The sale was a buy one, get one free, I heard from many women how they love it, so I wanted to give it a try.


Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
 Ingredients:
 deionized water, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), argan oil, cetyl esters, sea kelp extract, panthenol (vitamin b-5), ammonium salt, essential oil blend, avocado oil, lonicera caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and lonicera japonica (japanese honeysuckle) flower extract, tocopherol (vitamin e), hyssopus officinalis extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf and equisetum arvense extract, soybean oil, daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil.

Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
 Ingredients:
 Deionized Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Mangiera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Silk Protein, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Caprylyl glycol, Sorbitol Esters, Essential Oil Blens, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) flower (and) Lonicera Japonica (Japense Honeysuckle) Flower extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Shampoo
Ingredients:
Deionized Water , Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Beets) , African Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Aloe Vera Leaf Juice , Argan Oil , Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5) , Rosemary Extract , Sea Kelp Extract , Vitamin E , Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract (Honeysuckle) , Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract (Japanese Honeysuckle)

Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk
Ingredients:
Nucifera (coconut) oil (denotes certified organic ingredients), Isopropyl Myristate, sugar starch, silk protein, essential oil blend, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) seed oil, Caprylyl glycol, Sorbitol Esters, algae extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) leaf and Equisetum Arvense Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (carrot) seed oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (honeysuckle) flower and Lonicera Japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) flower extract and Tocopherol (vitamin E).

 
I washed, deep conditioned, and applied the Smoothie and Style Milk to N's hair. I put her hair into 4 braids, and sent her to bed with her satin scarf. In the morning, I took out her braids, I noticed the curl definition right away. I pulled the top half into a ponytail and added a headband.


Take a look at the bottom of her hair, I must say, the curls are gorgeous. This picture was taken after running and playing at the park, and her curls still looked great!




Overall, I was pleased with the braid out, and the ingredients are perfect! But, these products didn't moisturize her hair the way I thought it would. There wasn't extra shine, if you take a look at the pictures her hair appears dull/dry. But to solve that, I added a oil/sealant on top of the Shea Mositure Milk. They do carry a shine mist, but my local Walgreens did not have it. I will keep you updated, on these products.


UPDATE: Well it's almost been a year, since writing this review. Since then, I purchased the Shea Moisture Milk and Shampoo again. I wasn't too fond of the Deep Conditiong Mask, so I will not repurchase it. But I love the Milk and Shampoo, and also I got my hands on the Shine Mist, which I also love! I really hope Walgreens has another BOGO sale, if so, I'll be right there, ready and equipped to purchase in bulk haha! But at my most recent shopping trip to Walmart, Shea Moisture was in the aisle! I can't believe it! and you guessed it, I brought some more bottles lol.

What's in my shampoo? Part-Two (Parabens)


For the past few months, I have been trying to understand what those big fancy ingredients on the back of regular hair care products, actually mean. Before I started to research,  I would judge a product by the price (yes, Im semi-frugal) lol. But recently I'm starting to realize there is more to a product than the price, smell, or pretty decorations on the bottle. I need to know exactly what is going in my hair.

After looking at regular bottles of shampoo, I kept seeing the ingredients methylparaben, propylparaben, benzylparaben and butylparaben,” they all end in “paraben.” I found out, parabens are a kind of preservative used in cosmetics and shampoos. Parabens are even used in some foods and medicines. Paraben is a very controversal ingredient, it has been linked to breast cancer. A 2004 study showed traces of 5 parabens in cancerous breast tumors. Although the study did not prove the parabens caused the cancer, parabens are capable of remaining intact in human tissue, and are not necessarily excreted from the body quickly and easily. There is no limit on the amount of parabens that manufacturers can use in shampoos, the amount is not regulated.

I'm not trying to scare anyone, or start a huge debate. I just want to be more conscious of what I use on my skin and hair. Also, I want to inform others, so that once we understand what these ingredients mean, we will make better decisions.

Braids And A Twisted Bun

N had picture day for the second time this year. I needed to do something sort-of fast since we have a busy day ahead. I added a few cornbraids in the front of her hair. Then I made a bunch of two strand twists and pinned them into a bun.


Instructions:

1.) Part the hair ear to ear. (almost all of my styles I part ear to ear lol) 

2.) Starting with the top section, begin making 2 cornbraids on the side of her hair, closest to her ear.

3.) Follow step #2 (number 2) on the other side of the hair.

4.) On the rest of the hair on top, I made 3 braids. 

5.)One braid going towards the Left, and 2 braids going towards the Right.




6.) Next, on the bottom section, put the hair into a ponytail.

7.) Begin making (pinky finger-sized) 2 strand twists.

8.) Once you have the ponytail full of twists, use black bobby pins, to pin the hair into a bun shape.

9.) Finally, I added a few beads to the braids on the top section, and pulled the two braids (near her ears) into the bun.




Approx Time: 45-55 mins. 
Products Used:
 I still can't tell you yet lol, but you will find out pretty soon.
Wide Tooth Comb
Beads
Bobby Pins
Ponytail Holder



And I want to wish all of the Moms a very HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! 

Kids Photo Contest At Untrained Hair Mom

Hey everyone! If you are looking to win some cute hair accessories of your choice, you should check out Untrained Hair Mom's newest contest. There will be a lot of goodies up for grabs! Here is the information on how to enter.

It's our Facebook Fan Page Photo Contest!
Please send your entry to untrainedhairmom@gmail.com, with the subject title "photo contest", by no later than midnight, May 9th! Photos must be snapshots (no professional photos) of the childs face (not just their hair or hairstyle). I will upload the photos to the Contest album on my fan page. Once they are posted on May 10th...Let the voting begin!!! Tell all your friends and family to vote for your photo! To vote they must like my fan page (facebook requires this to be done before a photo can be liked) and then like the photo they are voting for! The 3 photos with the most likes when the contest ends on May 24th will win!
The Prizes!
-1st place-15 items, winners choice, from Curly Hair Princess Boutique
-2nd place-10 items, various hair accessories from Boobear Boutique and Ni’s Ebony Curls Spot
-3rd place-5 items, winners choice from Once Upon a Curl and 50% off any additional items 
Please visit and like the 4 contest sponsors pages below, you must be a fan of these pages to be eligible for prizes.

Hello Kitty Afro Shirt

Here is another really cute shirt!

 Hello Kitty Love My Hair


It's kind of cool to see "natural hair" shirts out this summer! Isn't it adorable!

Here is the link to check out the shirt http://welovefine.com/shop/Hello-Kitty-Love-My-Hair.html

New I Love My Hair TShirts


This is the new I Love My Hair T-shirts available at Forever21 for $14.00.

Here is the original "I Love My Hair Tshirt"



The Muppet has been altered a bit, and I wish they would of have children models instead.
So what do you think about the new shirt?

N's Feature on Curly Hairdo Ideas!

N has been featured on Curly Hairdo Ideas! If you haven't check out this site, your missing out on a great site with wonderful tips and styles on her adorable daughter Q. Thank you so much for letting N participate on your blog! If you would like to see our feature click here.

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