Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Holy Grail of Sleep Caps

After over a year of searching for a sleep cap that isn't too loose or too tight, that has enough room for all her hair underneath it, and that stays on all night, we have finally found THE ONE. 

Check them out at Pretty AnntoiNet's Silk Lingerie for Hair online store.  They are 100% silk, and made just for girls, bonnet style.  The band is part elastic, part silk tie; you can make it as tight or loose as you need to, so it will grow with your child's head.  The elastic is covered in silk, so no  rubbing on the hairline and the silk tie is exposed and cute tied in a bow.  As a bonus, they are really gorgeous and luxurious looking.  At $18.00 each they are the most expensive sleep cap we have tried.  For us, though, the price has been worth it.  

My girl wears the cap like this with the tie in the back so the tie won't hang in her face:

But this is what it looks like with the tie in front.  Super adorable!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Darcy's Botanicals vs Kinky-Curly Take 2

Last post I mentioned a product comparison experiment I tried.  On the right side of the girl's head of hair I used Kinky-Curly Knot Today (KCKT) to condition and detangle clean wet hair, then Kinky Curly Curling Custard (KCCC) for hold.  On the left side I used Darcy's Botanicals Daily Leave-In Conditioner to condition and detangle, and Darcy's Natural Coils Curling Jelly for hold.  Then I promptly braided her hair.

If you remember, I found KCKT to be an excellent detangler, but did not like the way the hair lost its slip after applying the KCCC.

When I took down the style, the difference between products was still very noticeable.  Here's what happened:  Taking out the braids on the left side, I misted them lightly with water and was able to unbraid with my fingers only.  The hair was soft and still detangled.  I could get a wide tooth comb through it easily as I went along.
 On the right side, I misted the braids lightly with water, but needed the tail of my pin tail comb to undo the braids.  The hair did not feel as soft, and was much harder to comb.  In fact, I had to add product to it as I went along to be able to comb it without pulling.  This was the Kinky-Curly side.  And the results here completely jive with my impression the week prior of the hair losing some slip and having a different texture once the KCCC was applied.
 After the braids were removed I braided the mostly dry and stretched hair into one cornrow from forehead to nape of neck on each side of her head.  The flower at the nape was a nice touch.  We ended up taking this out the next day to wash her hair, but used the idea to come up with a similar style for the next week.  

Anyway, these results sealed the fate for the afore-mentioned products in this home.

Keepers:  Kinky-Curly Knot Today, Darcy's Botanicals Daily Leave-In Conditioner and Natural Coils Curling Jelly
So long Kinky-Curly Curling Custard.