Welcome to “Baby Big Hair Blast” where we highlight BIG HAIR artisans and their muses:) Up next to the BBH stage is Erin Rogers Pickering, the great artist behind Erin Go Paint and gorgeous little princess “A”. Well no wonder Erin go paints!! What a dollbaby?!?! Owee this baby got some BIG HAIR and she is the shining inspiration behind Mommy Erin’s beautiful artwork. Have you seen her Princess Series?!?! Mmhhmm. I had the opportunity to “chat down” with Mommy Erin to get the scoop on her precious muse and that BIG HAIR behind it all. Lets get to it, shall we??
BBH: What is your hair washing routine?
Our hair washing routine is 1x per week. Usually on the weekend when we have the extra time. After taking out her style, and combing out I will condition it first, then wash and condition again. 1x per month we do a hot oil treatment using olive oil. [BBH: For the life of me, no clue why I havent tried that yet!! HHmmmmm]
BBH: What do you find are the challenges for styling A’s hair and how do you over come them? Ah, the challenges of styling her hair, not sure I have enough room to answer that one! 🙂 First, I had a lot to learn about her hair – and how to work with it [BBH: Yesth]. She has 4a/b hair and it used to be very dry, and it’s about as opposite to my hair as you can get. But, I have continued to stick with it, and rely on simple styles so I can keep improving with practice – and keep us both from getting frustrated. Reading, trying, testing and experimenting have brought me a long way [BBH: *choir sings* From-a-Mighty Long Waa-aay! Thank ya lawd!!]. A also used to HATE having water on her head so washing was really a project, swimming lessons this summer helped that. Now, fast approaching 6, she knows what she likes and doesn’t like so we work together on deciding what to do. Its definitely a team effort now. [BBH: What’s gonna work? TEEEEAAAM WORK!]
BBH: How do you entertain A when styling her hair?
Not only does A have challenging hair for me to work with [BBH: 1], but she also has a difficult time sitting still [BBH: 2]. And is tender-headed [BBH: 3, aaaaand you’re OUT!!..Jus’playin, I jus’playin:)]. So, I do all I can to keep her entertained, and to keep the stress level low… She gets to watch the movie of her choice, with a variety of healthy snacks at the ready, and we change positions/seats a few times during the styling process. Sometimes getting a jumping jacks break half way through – for both of us. [BBH: Coming to a store near you, the ‘BBH – Work Out While You Work Out That BIG HAIR – Work Out’, LOL!! Shooo, while you playin…O_o]
[“A”: Soooo glad my mommy’s done with myyyyy haaaairrrrrr, ohmmmm, LOL! Supacute:)]
BBH: What are your fave products these days?
Some of my favorite products these days are the Curls Coconut Conditioner (works great and smells amazing), Curls Moisturizer (for in between styling spray), for styling/braiding I love the Namaste Labs Olive oil Replenishing Conditioner. [BBH: Sounds delightful like…]
BBH: How does A feel about their hair?
I think that A would sometimes like to have long straight hair, like some friends she has, but overall I would say she is really likes her hair – and the versatility of it… braids, twists, afro puff. And loves adding bows, flowers or headbands of her choosing! [BBH: YES!! Because it is just that, beautiful and versatile. You got this Mommy, YOU GOT THIS!!]
BBH: Tips for wearing BIG HAIR or fav “quick” styles. I LOVE her hair combed out and BIG [BBH: YES!], but it tangles terribly [BBH 🙁 ]. So our favorite easy style is a simple braiding, and I also love love her in twists. Twists down, clipped back with a barrette or flower, or in an up-do! A prefers stationary braids with nothing swinging around. [BBH: Keeping it simple, loves it!]
BBH: Last but not least, anything you would like to share about haircare in general or experiences.
Working with A’s hair is not my strong suit but I so very much want her to love what she has and who she is, so I am determined to keep learning and have it be a positive process that we do together. Since I can’t create with her hair what I would hope for – I started to draw her inspired by favorite photos [BBH: Y’all see that above post pic? Mommy’s got paint!!]. Creating her as her favorite princesses to show her that princesses and heroines need not have long flowing, yellow hair or pink skin. That she is fabulously gorgeous as she is – and with fantastic hair! (And – so that the big “D” wouldn’t be her sole source of how a princess can look.) She loves the whole collection – and is more than happy to pose for me – and give me great ideas of who I should be creating next. [BBH: OO-OO, We love it too!!]
^^^Ssstop!! CUTENESS OVERLOAD!! Thank you Mommy Erin and A for participating. Isn’t Mommy Erin just amazing with a brush?!?! And I love the legacy she is leaving that baby!! What better way to communicate the confidence and beauty she sees in her. Not hard to do with that cutie patootie, looking all precious and jazzy in these pics… GIMME DAT BABY!! I also love how Mommy is pacing herself, so she and little A are not stressed. Now that’s keeping it cool. OK BBH readers, you must check out the Erin Go Paint Etsy Store and Erin Go Paint FB Page. Tell her we sent you!! Hhhhhh…Well, I might as well spill the beans and tell you that in next week’s BBH New Year Bash Giveaway (Week 4 Spoiler here), Mommy Erin will be giving one lucky winner his/her choice of one 5X7 print. EEEK!!! BBH Go Crazah!!! Many thanks to Mommy Erin for sponsoring.