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Diva Spotlight: Tia

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Tell us a little about yourself & your daughter:

Hi - I’m Lyn! I was born and raised in the UK…I moved out to the USA 7 years ago to do my masters, met my husband, and never left! J I’m white (English, Irish, Spanish & French); hubby is black with a little Native American. We have two kids, Tia, who will be 3 in March, and Benjamin, who is 5 months old.

Tia’s hair is a mix of 3c and 4a. It has really started to grow a LOT in the last 6 months. I thought it would be fun for everyone to see a picture that was taken almost exactly a year ago today. I remember at the time wondering if her hair would ever be long enough to do anything other than teeny tiny puffs!

What is your daughter's hair care routine?

I only just started learning how to do actual styles (e.g. anything other than a puff or a ponytail!) a month ago, thanks to this blog and BBC! So her hair is still a work in progress and all the pictures you see are my first attempts at each style.

We wash her hair with shampoo on weekends and sometimes co-wash (with conditioner only) mid-week. I would like to leave styles in for a week but they usually start to get fuzzy after about 4 days. Tia has been begging me to do new styles all the time since I started doing her hair regularly, so we have been doing 2-3 styles a week right now. She wears a satin bonnet to bed, in the car and at naptime; if her hair is not in a style I put it in 4 chunky braids before bedtime.

What kind of products do you use on her hair?

After trying what seemed like every product imaginable, we found that the Curly Q line works great for Tia. We’ve been using the Curls products for nearly 2 years now and I love them. We wash her hair once a week with Curly Q shampoo, condition it with Curly Q conditioner, detangle with fingers, comb through with a wide tooth comb, then leave for 5-10 mins before rinsing. After washing we apply Curly Q moisturizer and custard, and let it air dry. We use both the moisturizer and custard daily to freshen her curls (if it’s not in a style). For styles I usually use Curly Q Princess Glaze on each section before I cornrow/braid it. Sometimes I also use ORS Lock and Twist gel. I’m planning on trying Curls Gel-es’c soon too.

Have you ever used chemicals on her hair?

Nope! And I won’t be!

Can we see a few of your favorite styles?

Cornrows with 3-strand twists (this was my first attempt at 3-strand twists): (on the left)

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Cornrows with a braided ponytail:

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Veil style with box braids:

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Full head cornrows (this was my first ever attempt at any type of style and so also my first time attempting cornrows (yes I was being ambitious…or foolish…I’m not sure which, lol!)

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Braided pigtails:

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Cornrows with loose curls:

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Braid-out:

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Chunky veil-style:

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They are all so cute! How did you learn to do all of this?

Pretty much exclusively from Beads Braids Beyond and all the helpful links you posted, like the cornrow instructions. I still need more practice, but since my daughter is now constantly begging for me to do her hair, I don’t think it’ll be a problem getting lots of practice in!

How does your daughter feel about her hair? Can we see her favorite style?

She loves it! She is always telling people her hair is beautiful. The other day she told me I must wish I had hair like hers, because mine is just boring and straight! Lmao! She is right!

Her favorite style is anything with beads, but she specifically asked for me to do a heart in her hair with this style (I tried!). (on the right)

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If you had to share one hair care tip, what would it be?

Satin bonnet in the car!!! I don’t know about you all, but our car seat is capable of taking a great style and turning the back of it into a hot mess by the time we have gotten to the first stop light. We have a designated bonnet that stays in the car so we don’t forget.

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I am so impressed that Lyn just started styling her daughters hair! Wow. She is going to be a pro in no time. Tia is absolutely adorable! I love how colorful and playful her styles are. I am also honored that the blog has inspired/helped Lyn! That is my goal for B,B,B- to simply help others, because I was once the mama who only knew how to do 1 or 2 puffs. Keep up the great work Lyn! You are doing a fabulous job!

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