EEEK!  Less than a week away from our Frotective Challenge beginning on National Afro Day, July 4th.   With the weekend coming up, we wanted to help you explore some options to get you on that path to BIG HAIR gloreh (mm-hey)!   We have compiled some pretty frotastic info from some of our favorite kids natural blogs. We’re talkin’ premium-quality-deluxe-like tutorials  for the layman mama (or daddy, we dont discriminate).  Don’t be intimated by BIG HAIR!!!  If we can do it, YOU can do it!! Well alrighty, lets get to it lawd!

Defined BIG HAIR aka “Free Hair”  (our personal favorite:)

This is the process of defining your curls or coils using a gel type product.  There are great “curl defining” products out there.  Kinky Curly‘s Curling Custard, Queen Helenes Curl Shaping Cream, Taliah Waajid‘s Curly Curl Cream or Curl Definer come to mind.  Some people achieve great results using more cost effective products such as Ecostyler gel from your local Sally’s or drug store.  With any gel type product you will need a good leave in conditioner to keep your hair moisturized.  The key to “defining” is either raking  (with your fingers), shingling (smoothing with hands or comb), or clumping (with a Denman style brush). Check out these frotastic posts (and fabulous BBH’s:)

 Defined Curls (Queen Helene’s Product Review) by yours truly:)

 “Freedom To Rock Natural Hair” By Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care    

Defining Short Natural Coils & Curls” By Beads, Braids and Beyond.

The following are EXCELLENT tutorials w/different curl defining application techniques you can use with any curl defining product or gel:

Kinky-Curly Application Video:

Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream Video Application:

Also, see this awesome HowTo-shingle11 chart from  Note, with the heat and all, you can practically air dry that defined BIG HAIR outside if you start early am (I send BBH off with Daddy to the playground – but be careful they may get crazy and come up with stuff like “The Bubble Park” when left unattended, LOL!).  If you must use a blow dryer (cuz we’re all parents on the go), use a diffuser on low cool air.   Anywho, once that BBH is all defined, here are a few helpful posts to “keeps it curly” for the duration of the Frotective Challenge:

Rockin’ BIG HAIR:  Protecting the Poof Update” by yours truly:)

Maintaining Free Hair” by Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care

Wash and Go BIG HAIR

Is the thought of defining kids natural hair wearing you out (cuz it is work)?!?  You can always try a “wash-n-go”, meaning you wash and condition  that BIG HAIR and go with whatcha got!  This too can yield great BIG HAIR results. Peep these great wash-n-go posts (and purdy babies may I add):

Wash-n-Go with Bee Mine Curly Butter”  by Untrained Hair Mom

“Wash-n-Go” via Miss A’s Updated Natural Hair Care Routine by Bead, Braids and Beyond.

Check out this tutorial on maintaing a “Wash-n-Go” for days by FoxyMochaCleopatra

ARE YOU PUMPED YET?!?!  Again, the key to defining curls or wash-n-go’s is a good leave-in, gel type product and technique for desired definition. See our Hair Guide for a list of great products.  Also note products mentioned within each post.  If you have a leave’in, conditioner and/or gel that is working for your BBH, use them Hon!  It’s all about the technique not the products.  Whelp, whose going with defined BIG HAIR or a “Wash-n-Go” for the Frotective Challenge?? Be sure to holla at us in the BBH Frotective Challenge FB Group and enter by this Saturday, June 30th.  Instructions are posted to the Group under “Files”.  Stay with us as we give you more BIG Hairspirations for this frotastic challenge.  Count down to National Afro Daaaaaaaaaaaay!  Until then…

Go’Head Baby!

What’s up Big Hair peeps? I hope all of the dads out there had a happy Father’s Day last weekend. Well, are y’all ready to Blast Off this week? We have a special Daddy’s Corner edition of the “Baby Big Hair Blast”, where we highlight BIG HAIR artisans and their muses.  This week we are featuring a lovable little one named Asia and Daddy Fred is handling this here Blast Q&A! So why waste more time… ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it…

Tell us a little about Baby Big Hair Asia.
Well what can I say about Baby Big Hair Asia, she is one big ball of energy! She loves to climb and swing from just about everything in the house. She is a joy to be around and gives some of the sweetest hugs and kisses known to man. [Awww man!! You gotta love that. Baby girls are great.]

Do you style her hair and/or what are your favorite styles to see on her?
As far as me styling her hair? I try, but its just so much of it, so most times its left to flow freely in the wind, or put in a ponytail [“my little pony, my little pony… ahhhhh ahhh ahh ahhh”. my fault. Guess what I’m watching?]. My favorite style would be her Afro! I love to see her hair, the way God intended…big and natural! [Yessir, afros in the houzzz!!!]


How does Asia feel about her hair?
Asia loves her hair, she loves to look in the mirror at it and brush it. Sometimes she gets plats in her head with beads on the ends, and she loves to swing her hair side to side, and let the beads rattle and shake! [music to your ears.]

What are your thoughts on “relaxing” or “perming” her hair?
I said when she was born that I would not perm her hair or relax it, but yet let that be her decision. She has a good grade of her, and though it may take a little bit of work to upkeep it at times, it is well worth it! [Smart man. Hair is always gonna be tough to keep up with, natural, fried, dyed, laid to the side, afro or soul glo. Believe that!]

Last but not least, anything you would like to share about haircare in general, styling and/or experiences for all the Baby Big Hair Dads out there?
To my fellow Baby Big Hair Dads, one piece of advice when it comes to haircare is this…don’t be afraid to ask questions. If your not sure about a product, then ask. For me when it comes to her hair, I’d rather go with health over style! [Great advice… y’all betta ask somebody!]

Yo, thanks Daddy Fred for sharing with us this week. You dropped some great knowledge that I’m sure will help our fellow BBH dads. Keep up the good work and hug that little precious joy for us! Until the next time, this is Daddy BBH signing off.

Bonjourno! Ya’ll alright??  Whelp, BBH has a recital coming up and costume/group pics  (and school pics, belive it or not!!).  I ultimately went with 2 different hairstyles based upon 2 hairspirations. Lets take a closer look shall we??

STYLE I – Fancy Bun by Princess Hairstyles

SUPACUTE right??  This is one of my all time fave hairspirations.   I was pumped to give it a try and to celebrate such ambition, I decided for the 1st time ever the night before to do a “sock bun” (WHY do I do this to myself?).  So I watched a few youtube vids and came up with this chunky bad boy:

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^^^?!?!  This post will be REAL QUICK. TRUST.   HHHhhhhhhhhh.  I don’t know how Mommy Rory of Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care does it, but dag’on it, she just always manages to take things to a whole.Notha.LEVEL!  OHGAAAA!  What in da wurl?  COME ON HON!  For real?  Like, for real?   All I know it’s something about parts towards the nose, needle and thread, and BAM!  Its Hellooooooo Kitty.  As for me, it would have been more like Helloooooooo Stray “K” for Kat (as in, that is wack!!), LOL!  Just playin’.  Rory has this excellent instructional tutorial that really makes it all click.  But still, I just may sit on the sidelines on this one, smh.  Oh Yes. ITS.A.WRAP.FOLKS! Please believe it. Meeeeooooooow

Go’Head Kitty:)

Baby Big Hair wants to wish all the Daddy’s out there and father-like figures  a wonderful and honorable Happy Father’s Day!  BBH loves her some Daddy, TRUST!  And it warms my heart to see them together…. Just want to shout out Daddy BBH right here real quick for holding down Daddy’s Corner on this site, being the resident photographer, videographer, design guru, handler of techy stuff that is so not my lane, and occasional spellchecker:)  I am honored to have given you such a beautiful gift in our little girl and delight in seeing your special bond grow each day.  Thanks for all you do for us!!!!   THAT’S MY MAN YA’LL!!!!

We know there are many other Daddy BBH’s out there that deserve their due and we ’bout to do just that!   Ladies and gentlemen,  we are proud to salute our Baby Big Hair Daddy’s in this special video presentation.  Please post and share wherever you can and join us in celebrating fatherhood at its greatest! Many thanks to those who responded to our “Daddy and Me Froto” call.  EEEK! Check it:

Note we are still accepting “Daddy and Me” Frotos thru the end of the month in honor of Father’s Day, so get them in to, with the Father’s name and  your special shout out, JEAH!

Go’Head Daddy!

Welcome to “Baby Big Hair Blast” where we highlight BIG HAIR artisans and their muses:)  Up next to the BBH stage is Mommy Tamica and her sweet, sweet baby Rylee… O_O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  OHGAAAAAAA!  So we family right?  Right, so I can tell you that I lost it and hunted Mommy Tamica down on FB and didn’t care if she thought I was crazy cuz she was gonna  have to GIMME DAT BABY so I could BLAST HER!?!?!?! Hhhhhhhhhhh Yes, this baby GOT’MEH and I do have time for dat *in my Sweet Brown voice*!   Whew!  Well, (after I calmed myself, lol!)  we had the opportunity to chat down with Mommy Tamica and get the low down on that BEAUTIFUL babygirl and that GORGEOUS, RIDONKULOUS head of BIG HAIR!  Oh my. LET’S DO THIS!!! Continue reading →

Last year I posted about how we maintain our defined curly fros for dayz! Well this is a simple update from that post (guide us lawd on those old post pics, smh). First and foremost, what is a defined fro?  Well, it’s part process, part product (curl definer). The process is how you apply your curl defining product. Many ‘o products are out there, even more so now that the “natural” market has exploded.  Fellow blogger Untrained Hair Mom is testing many well known curl definer type products via her “Wash-n-Go Series”.  Some of our tried and true are Kinky-Curly’s (KC) Curling Custard, Queen Helene’s Curl Shaping Creme (review here) and Taliah Waajid’s Curl Sealer. We’ve worked with KC’s the longest and our  official review is long over due  and forth coming but for the sake of giving you an idea of what KC’s Knot Today Leave In Conditioner and  Curling Custard can do, this… Continue reading →