They are FABROCIOUS, jaw dropping and I just about pass out at every stankin’ new doll posting. I’m talking about the (as of late) Natural Dolls that Nikki G of Braids Beads and Beyond has been cranking out over the last week. She simply takes dolls like Barbies and “flips” them into beautiful naturals with ridonkulous styles!! BIG HAIR, cornrows w/BIG HAIR, fro-hawks, BIG HAIR on the side, braids, you name it. I mean.. really? Perfect itty-bitty cornrows, REALLY?!?! I’m in swoon. Why do I like them? COME ON, do I really need to answer that? The real question is why aren’t there more dolls on the market with BIG HAIR? Clearly it is fitting for these dolls. They all look amazing as if that’s how they’ve always been. Not to mention the cool staging of each photo that makes them even more believable. Another cool feature is the safe removal of that sometimes “over the top” lipstick each doll originally comes with. Just naturally beautiful. Heck, not to deny my BBH, but I want one for myself!! HHHhhhhh. I am SO serious …

Currently you can view and claim your natural doll on the Natural Dolls by Beads Braids and Beyond Facebook Page. Don’t ponder too long though; they’re normally claimed within an hour of posting. So get thee to the Natural Dolls by Beads Braids and Beyond Facebook Page and gets to likin’ these little divas. Instructions for purchasing are noted within each doll post. Maybe the day of BIG HAIR dolls is upon us, EEK! BTW, here is one of my favorites. I call her Lil’ BIG HAIR:)

Cutie Patootie…

Go’Head Baby!


So,  as you know we’re back in our fav protective style for BIG HAIR, twists!  From last week’s post I shared how we put these bad boys in with products from the Beautiful Curls (BC) Curl Activating Curly to Kinky Hair line. You may recall I mentioned that I started on BBH’s hair one fine late afternoon (emphasis on “late”).  BAD MOVE.  After all the hours of twisting her hair, it was still a little damp when she went to bed.  Results= frizzies and limp twists in the AM, like instant day 5 hair (oh gaaaaaaa!).  I just lived with it for a few days but as soon as the opportunity presented itself,  I re-twisted the front and top layers of her twists.  I lightly spritzed her hair w/my concoction and added a bit of the Queen Helene’s Curl Shaping Creme (great hold and sheen and fabulous for defining curls, trust- posted here). I did this because her hair was fully loaded with BC products from a few days before and I just needed to revive and give her hair a little more hold for the next week.

While I was at it,  I decided to redo her “hair band.”  Feeling pretty confident from the cornrow head band style I did previously (see here. No more blasted cornrows, YEY!), I thought I try another corn row style.  Sooooo making a second special guest appearance is yet again is the cornrow, 2 to be exact:)

Let’s take a closer look, shall we??

Now can I get an AMEN on those cornrows? Hallelu!!

I remixed her twists much earlier in the afternoon so her hair was good and dry by the evening, plus I wasn’t working with saturated “hairwashing day” hair.  It was just barely damp with my water/Leave In mixture (Kinky Curly’s Knot Today) with a few drops of Beautiful Curls new Shea Butter & Coconut Hydrating Curl Oil (see BC review here).  This is her hair 5-6 days later without adding a lick of product to it whatsoever (for real), just covering at night…

Much, MUCH better and more typical of the results I get from styling her twists. Whew!  I’m at peace now.  Stay tuned for another remix!!

Go’Head Baby!


So when putting in BBH Twists, I did a quick length check. This is a photo from July of this year:

And here is her September Length check in:

OK. SHRINKAGE IS CRAZY. I had No idea how much her hair grew over these last few months; though I did realize it was taking me much longer to style. EEK! We so excited!!


Welcome to “Baby Big Hair Blast” where we highlight BIG HAIR artisans and their muses:) Up next to the BBH stage is Mommy Sophia and her gem, Princess Nevaeh. Now believe you me, this baby’s hair is a beautiful crown of GLOREH! Now we have been fans of Ms. Nevaeh and her BIG HAIR for some time now. So naturally we were excited to chat down with Mommy Sophia and get the bits on lovely Princess Nevaeh and that gorgeous hair. I’m dying to share these amazing pics so let’s get to it, shall we??

BBH: What is your hair washing routine?
My routine for her hair is mainly conditioning and deep conditioning at least once a week, well I try to do it once a week. I shampoo her hair once a month if that. After washing it sometimes I blow dry it and two strand twist it or twist it while its wet, more then likely i do it wet [BBH: Yes!! we AHWLWAYS twist on wet hair!!]. I don’t like to put too much heat to her hair by blowing it out.

BBH: What do you find are the challenges for styling Princess Nevaeh’s hair and how do you over come them?
The challenges with her hair is getting it to stay laid down! Her hair is soooooo curly her styles, such as pony tails, last for a few hours then i have to brush it back up into the ponytail to keep it nice throughout the day [BBH: Well that’s what I know! Sometimes BIG HAIR just won’t do right!!]. When its all out I have a challenge at times keeping it from looking dry. To over come that I just add a little more of Miss Jessie’s Quick Curl to the ends. [BBH: mmHHHmm…]

BBH: How do you entertain Princess Nevaeh when styling her hair?
She is great when getting her hair done ever since she was little! [BBH: o_O?] When it’s time to get her hair done in just a ponytail or few we just stand at the bathroom sink and she lets me do it. It’s quick and easy :-). When i wanna do corn rolls i just lay her across my lap on a pillow with her favorite cartoon on the tv and she just lays there with no problem until i’m done. 🙂 Lucky me!! lol [BBH: OK. M’am. You and your purdy baby come with me please. You are a now officially in the BBH protection program as BBH parents around the world want to steal that baby and do her hair!!]

BBH: What are your fav products these days?
My favorite products are Mixed Chicks Leave-in and Deep Conditioner, and Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding, Baby Butter Creme, Curly Meringue…well lets just say i love allllllllll Miss Jessie’s cremes :-). They all bring out my baby curls and makes her hair shine and smell sooooo good! [BBH: Ooo…products, Products, PRODUCTS!!! (battles internally) GET THEE BEHIND ME!! ]

BBH: How does Nevaeh feel about her hair??
She loves her hair!!! She asked to wear it out often [BBH: Yey!] or in two puffs which is one of her faves! I know it will be her choice when she gets older to decide what she wants to do with her hair but i doubt she will want it to be straightened. If she ever does I may she do a blow out to straighten it, not any chemicals. But it will be her choice. [BBH: Good job Mommy!]

BBH: Tips for wearing BIG HAIR or fav “quick” styles.
Our favorite quick style is two puffs. Its so easy to do and she is just the cutest when she wears it :-). Tips for BIG HAIR is to prepare it the night before by doing twist, nubian knots, or banding. Do it the night before and it will be perfect the following morning. Also, be sure to keep the BIG HAIR moisturized to make it shine 🙂 [BBH: Shi-iii–iii-ne, OH Shi-ii-ine on Me-ee-ee… I wond’ah, if yo’BIG HAIR, will Shi-iii-iiine, Oo-on..(*clap*) Meeeeee!! RrrrhondaShondaTasha!]

BBH: Last but not least, anything you would like to share about haircare in general or experiences?
Well I would tell everyone to not do so much to their child’s hair. All the rubber bands and super tiny corn rolls aren’t good, it breaks the hair. Nice size corn rolls will do. Also keep the hair moisturized and not to shampoo so much a co-wash is best 🙂 Good Luck Moms!!!!

Well said Mommy Sophia! Many thanks to you and purdy Princess Nevaeh for participating!! Can you believe this child being so still at hair time? Who does that!?! And what about these AMAZING pics (by www.thememorystudios.com and www.labellaphotos.com)?!?! Golly, the camera loves her. Keep up the good work Mommy and looking forward to seeing more features of this cutie beauty. I’m off to research some of them there mentioned products ^^^ (don’t judge me!). Until next time…

Go’Head Baby!







At LAST!! Got my BBH back in her twists. It was a journey ya’ll, trust. I washed BBH’s her via our normal hairwashing routine, but due to time constraints, I couldn’t get busy with the twists like I wanted to. So I did a few quick ponies and ‘rope-a-doped’ them with box rope twists. BBH’s twists would have to wait for the next day. Now THAT is a first. I ALWAYS twist BBH’s newly washed hair….AHWLWAYZ!!!! HHHhhhhhh. It was actually a good thing because I was severally low on my staple Kinky-Curly‘s Knot Today Leave In Conditioner so I was in no position to put my weight on some twists anyway. So the next day, I carved out late afternoon to twist her hair. AND I was eager to try the Beautiful Curls Shea Butter & Coconut Hydrating Curl Oil I got at Whole Foods (remember my post? It was free, EEK!). This oil is hot off the press as its not even listed on the Beautiful Curls site yet, though I did find this press release. Ooweee! We’re on the cusp of something new fam!!

Now before I move on, let me just s’plain my relationship with Beautiful Curls (BC). I have courted BC products for a little over a year now. What I love most about the company is their strive for fine products and its community empowerment projects that are “aimed at alleviating poverty and advancing gender equality.” You can read more about it here. So you can feel good about your purchase every time, but trust, a little goes along way. I’ve worked with the same initial products I bought a year ago (uhm, shelf life is not an issue). If it were not so, I would have told you!! Now I’ve tried everything under the Curl Activating Curly to Kinky Hair line (they also have wavy to curly line for my less coily BBH’s) except the Shampoo. For the purposes of this post, I will review in detail 3 of my fav: the Shea Butter Curl Activating Cream, Shea Butter Curl Sculpting Wax and recently the Hydrating Curl Oil.

Now back to our regular scheduled program. I began to unravel the twisted ponies in BBH’s hair to detangle her hair. Looky here at this gorgeous twist out potential..

Here is her hair after further unraveling…. I love this girl’s hair MAN! OK?!?! Hhhhhhh.

Tools of choice to begin this well overdue twisting session? My triple threat combo: 1) Wide Tooth comb; 2) modified Denman brush; and 3) Spray water bottle filled with water and part Leave In conditioner (just shake!). See related detangling post. THIS time, I added a few good drops of the Beautiful Curls Shea Butter & Coconut Hydrating Curl Oil to the spray bottle mixture. Oowee, I LOVE the BC Hydrating Curl Oil. Lets take a closer look, shall we?

BC’S SHEA BUTTER & COCONUT HYDRATING CURL OIL

  • Price: Ehhh, its not cheap. $8.99 for a 4 fl oz bottle – BUT for the killer combo of the following ingredients into 1 product, you can’t beat it: Sesame Oil, Shea Leaf, Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter and Coconut oil, to name a few…
  • Smell: It’s strong folks, not even gonna lie. But if you add to your water/leave in mixture, it all but dissipates shortly after contact. It’s much stronger if you rub in your hands and directly apply to hair. I’m thinking if you have a supasensitive nose, you should definitely try it in a spray bottle.
  • Consistency: Not super light, but far from thick.
This oil worked wonders in my spray bottle mixture. I could tell I was getting good slippage from it. I used our wide toothed comb to work the mixture through her hair.

I barely put a dent in the bottle so truly a little drop will do ya. Next, I whip out my trusted BC Curl Activating Creme. “People Let Me Tell Ya’Bout my Be-e-st Friend!!” This right here is a staple product folks. Especially for twist styles. I use it by itself or in conjunction with Kinky-Curly‘s Tiny Twirls Styler for great hold and sheen (for like DAYZ). Lets go in for more detail…

BC’S CURL ACTIVATING CREME

  • Price: For what it does for us? Justifiably priced at $14.00 for an 8oz tub. PLUS, Whole Foods frequently has this product on sale. AND not to mention, a little goes well beyond a long way.
  • Smell: Light to Medium. Just kinda “hair product-ey” smelling. Not as strong or distinctive as the Hydrating Oil.
  • Consistency: A cross between yogurt and pudding. A very rich and smooth texture.
Ah yeah baby! Lets get to twistin’ up in this joint. I put a fingertip amount of the cream on each twist and blend it in with my Denman brush. Clumping is insane. This stuff is also good for defining BIG HAIR curls, but I like it for general styling the most. Anywho, I just started twisting away….
At the end of each twist, I use the Beautiful Curls Shea Butter Sculpting Wax to keep the twists from unraveling. Now this product you can use all over, but it’s a bit heavy for BBH’s hair, so I like to focus on her ends for extra protection. Lets take a closer look:
  • Price: $10.00 for a small 2oz tub (guess tub is the wrong word in this case, LOL!). Again, not cheap but as stated earlier above, Whole Foods frequently has this product on sale. AND not to mention, this too goes a long way; remember, I’ve had this for about a year. Let me also say these are Fair Trade Certified Shea products. In essence, you get what you pay for.
  • Smell: Light to Medium. Smells like Shea Butter. Again, not as strong or distinctive as the Hydrating Oil.
  • Consistency: Thick butter (real butter) like consistency, but melts away in the palm of your hand.

I really like this wax but trust, I will DROP IT LIKE HOTCAKES if anybody comes for my BC Curl Activating Creme! Just sayin’… Here is a pic of the wax applied to the ends of the hair, it’s like bu’dah baby!

Now for the BIG reveal and making a special guest appearance……

*Gasp* Is that a…a not-so-blasted cornrow?!?!? Why yes it IS!!!!

No please, no applause please…please stop..it’s too much..really…Thank you…Eh-Thankyouverymuch!

EEK! Many thanks to Charlotte of Charlotte’s Avenue for “Head Band” hairspiration on this one. She was killin’ those on her girls awhile back. Our head band consist of 3 cornrows. One large one starting from the left ear to the right and two smaller ones starting from the right ear towards the left stopping about 1/2 way. My initial idea was to create a flower effect in the front (#FAIL). NOT so hot, so I just carried the smaller braids over to the left and secured them with a band and the large braid I secured on the right to another twist to keep it flat, like so…

I feel like Hercules on that headband (Go me, It’s my birfday, I’m gonna cornrow like it’s my birfday!!) Alright folks. To wrap it up here (thanks for staying with me). Let me once again show some MAD love for Beautiful Curls as promised and stress again the line reviewed in this post (and on my own dime) is the “Curl Activating for Curly to Kinky Hair” line. The line for looser curls is called “Curl Enhancing for Wavy to Curly Hair.” They also have a line for babies and up called “Curl Nurturing.” By the time I fell into BC products, BBH’s hair had crossed over to “BIG HAIR” so never tried it, but based on the Curly to Kinky line, I would recommend it. Quick shout out to the Curl Activating Leave’In Conditioner that I often “pre-poo” with and the Deep Conditioning Treatment for Curly to Kinky Hair I’ve used on occasion (though it is a little too thick for her hair). Oh, and the Curl Reviving Tonic (for all hairtypes). These are all fine products, as I am sure the Shampoo is too, but in a line up, the Activating Creme and Sculpting Wax and Oil will never get too low up in this piece, as long as I am a twisting fool, LOL! Perhaps I’ll review those in a separate post to bring the BC love affair full circle.

Remember, get thee to Whole Foods. They have BC products on sale frequently. They may even have a few sample packets which got me hooked in the first place. Whew! This has to be the longest post I’ve done EVER!! See, my product junky issues = your gain:) Yay! OO- Have you seen my cornrows yet; SAY WHA?!?!

Go’Head Baby!


You saw our post last week regarding the copycat style I did from Diva Locks. Supacute.  Well, here is the same style but the 3 part ponies are twisted rather than braided.  Also cute, but didn’t hold as tight as the braided style; not the same polished finish (basically, quasi #fail). Anywho, just a quick share.

I think if the ponies were sectioned smaller,  and then individually wrapped like a 3 strand twist, it could be really supacute and last a bit.  Another day perhaps..

Be Curly!


Honestly, I shouldn’t even say anything in this post. Nope. Just let the pics marinate… No heading, no caption, just BAM! – pics of this RIDONKULOUS style by Rory of Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care (CHVC). The effect this style had on me is equivalent to throwing the mic, muggin’ real mean and exiting the stage after a crazy live performance. Like, did I…did I just get served?!?! LOL! OO-oo, no I got it… OK. It’s like that scene in The Bodyguard where Whitney Houston‘s sister (in the movie) starts singing “Yes Jesus Loves Me” all quietly and angelic like and you start thinking to yourself “well alright now, sang honey!” But then Whitney steps outside and effortlessly PUTS HER WEIGHT ON IT and slaaaays it. She kills it and there it is, it’s a wrap, it’s over. That is THIS style in a nutshell folks, trust. IT’S A WRAP!!! Golly, were do I start?

FIRST, the parting detail, I-LOVE-IT!!! Rory posted on the Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care Facebook Page that she sketched it out before styling. See, that right there is just on a whole’nother level for me. SECOND, the amazing flat rope twists. They are flawless people!! What in the world? THIRD, that Halo (clears throat and channels Beyonce “Halo, Halo Halo-oo-oo”). I mean, how much glory do you want?!? The entire style just takes me outta here. It’s seamless! I do not see ‘nam rubberband in that baby’s hair. Which leads me to that precious Lil’Boo. What a style fitting for such a sweet little angel. Oh and baby’s got BIG HAIR too, check her out here. Ok, so you MUST see CHVC’s amazing tutorial on this All Around Rope Twist Style (and others). It’s a great read and easy to follow. She also has a Flat Rope Twist Tutorial posted on YouTube (which I will be wearing out, trust!!). Now wouldn’t this be awesome flower girl hair with a little baby’s breath?! Hhhhhh. Rope-a-Dope!! Let me stop typing…

Go’Head Baby!


Welcome to “Baby Big Hair Blast” where we highlight BIG HAIR artisans and their muses:) Up next to the BBH stage is Mommy Amelia and her SUPACUTE daughter Raven, and trust her big hair is alllll the rave!  Oowee,  the girl is simply stunning.  Well, we had the opportunity to “chat down” with Mommy Ameila to get the mots on that glorious head of hair.  Let’s get to it shall we?

BBH: What is your hair washing routine?
We wash a total of once a week, and I would have to say the process is pretty intricate. We start by conditioning for 30 minutes. Then we wash after we condition and quickly follow up with re-conditioning. While conditioning the second time we comb through the hair with a large tooth comb to prep the hair for the final steps, this will help decrease tangling, and work conditioner completely into the hair. After these steps I braid the hair into 4-6 braids and I let it air dry. For big Hair I always do this process the day before. After it is dry I take it out of the braids and I separate and viola beautiful hair.  [BBH:  BAM!  See there?!?!  This Mommy’s got it down folks. That braid out is something fierce!!]

BBH:  What do you find are the challenges for styling Raven’s hair and how do you over come them?The number one challenge in styling Ravens hair has to be the fact that she is extremely tender headed [BBH: gasp! oh nooo], and I must admit that I have found that a good bribe sprinkled with a few threats go a long way. [BBH: Get it Mommy:)]

BBH: How do you entertain Raven when styling her hair?
I guess you could say all the usual suspects like T.V., video games or her favorite snack. She pretty much makes up her mind what she will allow to distract her on any given day.  [BBH:  Ow! IT’s HER THANG (dunanunanah!), she do what she wanna doooo (dunanunanah!), LOL!!  Hhhhhhh, I kill myself:)]

BBH: What are your fav products these days?
The two products that we must use in our home are Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Conditioner, and Johnson’s Buddies easy-comb Detangler.  [BBH: Wha!?  Johnson and Johnson has something that will work with alllllll that  BIG HAIR?]

BBH: How does Raven feel about her hair??
If she could have it her way she would go natural all the time but, it’s not hard to tell she loves the result whenever she really does take the time to get it done up. [BBH:  I can tell by that GORGEOUS bright smile, lil’precious:)]

BBH: Tips for wearing BIG HAIR or fav “quick” styles.
My number one favorite Big Hair quick style is: The pull back afro-puff  [BBH:  WATCH OUT NOW!  Big “HUR” in daaaaaaaaaa (*clap*) Baa-aaaa–aaack!!  Woo!  Yes honey!! LOVE IT]

Last but not least, anything you would like to share about haircare in general or experiences with Raven’s hair?  The most important thing about Raven’s hair is to know that she does not have wash and go hair [BBH:  Trust, I already know, SMH]. After washing her hair it does require treatment or it will tangle and when Ravens hair gets tangled everyone suffers [BBH:  That’s so Raven!].  Raven has a big sister named Sydney 7.5 who also enjoys modeling, dancing, and acting. [BBH:  Ya’ll sho’got some purdy babies!!]

Thank you Mommy Amelia and little Raven for participating!!  What an absolute DOLLBABY!!!  Lawd I could just pinch those cheeks, MMHH!  And big sis is just looking at me all “Baby Big Hair” like just asking for a Blast of her own… I hear you Sister Big Hair!!  Tell  your Mommy to cawl me lawd!!  Arent these pics just awesome?  Raven is also a Cute Kid and her profile can be found here: http://vip.thecutekid.com/talentjada.  For bookings please contact Marla Dell Talent, Agent (marla@marladell.com).  Best of luck to these cuties. Until next time…

Go’Head Baby!


I’m thrilled to be a part of Hair Carnival, a great hair share opportunity.  I’ve missed a couple already (bad mommy), but I’ll be dag’on I’m not on the Hair Carnival train this month!  So for this month’s Hair Carnival I was to pick a style from the awesome blog Diva Locks to copy on BBH’s hair.  1st off, Love me some  Diva Locks.  Her styles are always supacute AND mommy’s got crafts for dayz.  Seriously.  Check out her Hair Accessories tab.  Anywho, sooooo many cute styles to choose from.  One of my favs is her Zig Zag Parts with Three Strand Twist Style.  I was all set to do it, but life happened and I was pressed for time. So I went for option B, the 3 Strand Twist & Braided Pony.  I LOVE THIS! Its so simple and easy, but so not ordinary.  Plus, its a great way to stretch the hair or extend hairwashing by a day or two.  Steps are:

      • Simply section hair for desired ponies and band
      • Separate each pony into  3 small smaller sections
      • braid 1 section and twist the other two sections separately so that you have 1 braid and 2 twists
      • Braid these three small sections into 1 large braid
Results are…SUPACUTE, check it out.  First the Hairspiration pic from Diva Locks:
Here is our “Copycat” version.   Note, this is supaquick and easy when your running a little behind (what mommy doesn’t from time to time!!)…

Notice the middle sections were extra chunkay!  No time to further part, had to go!
Be sure to check out all the other wonderful copy cat styles by clicking the “Hair Carnival” link button below. Until next time…
Go’Head Baby!




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Ok so, every BBH demands a Baby Big Hair Lifestyle. Yes, this Mommy’s got crafts but I’m also a BIG fan of all things fashion and decor. So from time to time, we will feature such things that reflect the BBH Lifestyle. Fun, cute and fierce!

Today’s feature is BBH’s own nursery, which I miss something AWFUL (golly)! This room right here kicked off my quasi-obsession for nurseries and kids rooms. I call this style “Modern-Ethnic-Chic” (sounds official right? LOL!). Now I am not a pink or pastel kinda chick, so I knew I didn’t want fru fru, but I still wanted a room fit for a princess:) These pics show just the bones of the room. Somewhere on some disc or back up mechanism I have photos of the room after BBH was born with that “lived-in” look when you can just literally smell the baby-powder upon sight. But for now it is a sweet, sweet memory. Trust, it was supacute though. HHHHhhhhh.

A little information on what you see here: The “Roxanne” crib and changer and bedding were Walmart online purchases. DO NOT SLEEP ON WALLY – OK?!?!? They have amazing designer – type styles for a fraction of the cost and products that last. The fur rug was a great buy via JCPenny online (drapes also JCP). The large diaper pin can still be found at All Modern Baby; though I paid 1/2 that from somewhere else (sorry can’t remember). The rocking chair (my one splurge) was purchased at Zac and Zoe online store. The teddybear light/fan pulls and pink & cream organizers were from Lowes, and lastly the mobile was a West Elm clearance find and its in her current room today. Everything else I pulled from around the house. The wall color was “Malted Milk Ball” (told you, couldn’t do pink!) that I found at Lowes. Her nursery was a den in our small condo at the time so it was important that it flowed with the rest of the house. Plus, I have a very low tolerance for the ordinary and didn’t want the expected “nursery look”. I loved how you could keep the door open to the living room and it wasn’t apparent it was a nursery. Anywho. Hope you like and thanks for joining us for a look into the BBH Lifestyle (*queue HGTV type music*)!


[look at my baby patting that BIG HAIR…yummy girl!!]

Go’Head Baby!