Washing and styling curly hair can be a long process since curly hair is very prone to tangles and matting – but this doesn’t mean my four-year-old daughter’s weekly wash has to be difficult. We do our wash and style routine every Sunday night to get it clean, styled and looking cute.
Keep reading for some tips on getting curly hair that lasts all week long – a time saving must for busy moms!
I tend to try out many different hair products, and don’t really have any specific preferences. But – I found that the best hair products for curly hair are:
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Step One: Detangle
I start by taking her hair down from the previous hairstyle it was in. I use this ponytail elastic cutter that I bought from Amazon to cut out any disposable rubber bands. I try to be as gentle as possible, and the cutter makes taking down her hair so much easier.
As I take down her hair, I always use my fingers to try and remove any big knots as I go. Her hair has been getting a lot longer and thicker, so it takes longer to take it all down. Something that has been helping a lot recently is a prewash detangling treatment like this one from Just for Me. I put it in before washing to make it easier to finger comb through her hair and take out most of the knots.
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Step Two: Shampoo
I always wash Ziya’s hair in my shower, which is so much easier on my back since I don’t have to bend down to lean over the tub. Before putting in any shampoo, I make sure to wet her hair down completely and separate it a bit with my fingers to make sure I didn’t miss any sections.
Lately I’ve been using Just for Me Detangling shampoo which actually conditions the hair and scalp, detangles coils kinks and curls, and replenishes moisture. When starting on the shampoo I make sure to start at the top, shampoo her scalp really well, and work my way down. Always work in an up and down motion to make sure not to create more knots. Rinse out the shampoo really really well, since shampoo tends to dry out curly hair.
Step Three: Conditioner
I use a TON of this conditioner on Ziya’s hair and tend to go through conditioner more than I go through shampoo. When detangling curly hair, the more conditioner you use the better. Once again, I always put conditioner on her hair in an up and down motion – I never scrunch or bunch up her hair and do my best not cause any more knots, making the detangling process as easy as possible.
I use a wide tooth comb and a special detangling brush that is meant for textured hair while the conditioner is still in, starting at the ends and working my way up. I usually switch back and forth between different sizes of combs and brushes to make sure all the knots are out completely.
I always like to add another deep moisturizing conditioner or hair mask at this point to really amp up the moisture. Lately I’ve been using Carol’s Daughter deep moisture hair mask, focusing on her ends. I leave that in for a few mins, brush through her hair again, and rinse it off.
Step Four: Style
We do our weekly routine right before bedtime. When it’s time to style her hair, I usually have her sit in her jammies so that she’s ready for bed by the time we’re done. I let her choose a movie or show to watch to keep her entertained and comfortable while I sit behind her and style her hair.
I start with using a regular spray bottle filled with water to make her hair damp; it makes curly hair much easier to work with. Add some leave in conditioner and brush through again to make sure her hair is fully detangled. I love adding a serum or oil (like this one) no matter what hairstyle I decide to do since it’ll keep her hair healthy and moisturized for longer throughout the week.
When styling Ziya’s hair, I always try to do at least 2 braids so that it won’t be as frizzy, tangled, and matted by the next week. I use this braiding & twisting grip glaze before starting which helps it last longer throughout the week. I also put gel on edge brush to smooth down any baby hairs and polish off the hairstyle. You can touch up throughout the rest of the week by spritzing it down with water or adding a bit more product to make it last until next Sunday.
This weekly routine is the easiest way I’ve found to detangle, wash, and style her hair. If you’re looking for some styling ideas and tips for curly hair, you can find them here. More videos coming soon!
I’m always looking for DIY ideas on Pinterest to include in my home décor. I happened to find an amazing DIY magnetic chalkboard and thought we’d fill an empty space on Ziya’s playroom wall. I thought that it is a fun way to inspire creativity and be really useful for homeschooling – especially during the pandemic.
One way to create a chalkboard is to simply paint the wall with chalkboard paint, but where’s the fun in that? If you want a more stylized magnetic chalkboard, keep reading to learn how you can do it yourself.
What You’ll Need:
1 sheet of galvanized metal
4 pieces of moulding
1 can chalkboard paint
1 can trim paint
2-inch roofing nails
Most of the supplies can be purchased at your local Home Depot, but the galvanized metal sheet had to be preordered and custom made. Even though it was harder to get, it was super important to me since I really wanted Ziya to have a magnetic chalkboard wall.
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Step 1: Clear off the wall
Make sure you have a clean wall space with nothing in the way. I decided to create a 5×6 ft magnetic chalkboard and used painters’ tape to get a rough estimate of where I wanted it to go. Since Ziya is only 4 years old, I centered it on the wall but placed it low enough that she can reach the majority of the chalkboard.
Step 2: Paint the metal sheet
Use the chalkboard paint to paint directly on the galvanized metal. You’ll want to use at least 3-4 coats of paint; it took about 4 coats of paint for mine to finally look consistent and opaque.
Be sure to let the paint completely dry for about 24 hours in between coats so that you can have a nice and even coating.
Step 3: Prep and paint the framing
I purchased my framing from Home Depot, and they were able to cut the pieces in the sizes I needed. But, I needed the corners of the mouldings cut at an angle so that they would fit together when framing the chalkboard, which they weren’t able to do. I had to ask my handyman to miter the corners for me.
The moulding that I purchased was already white, but I wanted to give it a fresh coat of paint since it looked a bit old and dingy.
Step 4: Prep for mounting
To prep the wall for mounting the frame you’ll need to measure where you want it to go. Use the level to make sure it is straight and draw out the frame with pencil.
If you’re using a galvanized metal sheet, use a stud finder to locate the studs and mark them off. It is super important to attach the chalkboard to the studs, and not the drywall – since the metal is surprisingly very heavy.
Mark where the studs are on the metal sheet and pre-drill holes into the metal so that it will be easier to nail it into the wall.
Step 5: Season the chalkboard
After it has been painted, let the chalkboard cure for at least 3 days. Then, to season the chalkboard, rub a piece of chalk sideways over the entire surface and erase it afterwards. This will make sure that it will erase properly when you write on it.
Step 6: Mount the board on the wall
Use the 2-inch roofing nails to mount the chalkboard into the studs. We put a few across the top and a few across the bottom to make sure it was really sturdy.
(TIP: After mounting the chalkboard and seeing it on the wall, it didn’t seem as seasoned as I would’ve liked. So, we actually quickly seasoned it again by rubbing a piece of chalk over the entire board and erasing it afterwards.)
Step 7: Add the frame
To add the frame, use the small finishing nails to nail directly through the framing. Use the level to be sure that the frame is placed on properly and looks straight.
Step 8: Caulk holes and seams
The small nails used to install the frame were quick to install, but it was easy to see the nail heads through the framing. Use a small tool to push the nails all the way through so that they are flush with the frame.
Fill in the holes from the nails and any cracks on the corners of the framing with fast-drying caulk, and wipe of any excess as you go along. Let the caulk dry for about an hour.
Step 9: Sand and repaint frame
When the caulk is dry, use sandpaper to sand it down as much as possible so that it is smooth and seamless. Use the leftover trim paint to touch up and cover any holes or cracks that were filled.
Step 9: Add your accessories
I purchased a curtain rod from Walmart and paper from Amazon so that Ziya can have a mini pull-down paper roll to use for coloring with crayons and markers. You’ll want to pre-drill holes for the curtain rod, since you won’t be able to do so once the chalkboard is installed on the wall. You can install the hardware that came with the curtain rod directly into the pre-drilled holes.
I also wanted Ziya to have a place to hold her chalk and eraser, so I purchased a small basket that happened to have a chalkboard front and mounted it to the wall. I also added some of Ziya’s magnetic numbers and letters directly onto the board.
This DIY magnetic chalkboard was a great addition to Ziya’s playroom. It is super functional, educational, and really fun – and is a great way to keep kids busy. It added a lot of function and style to her space and I can’t wait to finish decorating and accessorizing the rest of her playroom. Even though it took a long time to make, Ziya loved her chalkboard and was so excited by the time it was done.
For some more DIY tutorials including artwork, kids’ activities, and home decor click here. More home and playroom décor videos will be posted here soon, so stay tuned!
Welp. We’re still in quarantine/lockdown mode and it’s Ziya’s birthday. We’re gonna have to pull something together and just do the best we can to make sure she has a nice birthday party! I’m making a cake, getting gifts ready and planning to decorate and hopefully surprise her!
We surprised Ziya with a princess & butterfly themed birthday party at home during quarantine/lockdown! We had family join in via Zoom to sing happy birthday and watch her open her presents. I think everything turned out pretty cute despite the circumstances!
Here are my 10 easy outdoor activities to try with your kids while we’re quarantined (or any time!). You’ll only need a few supplies from around the house or from the dollar store! Some are messy, but all are super creative and will definitely keep them busy!
We were bored with the same old routine so we had a cozy backyard “camping” experience! We made hot dogs (and cocktails), lit a fire and made s’mores, tie dyed some shirts, and watched movies on the back porch. You can always dream up fun things to do during quarantine with your family if you just use your imagination!