Sunflower Mom on a Mission

Kim is the official "Spokesmom" for Just For Me(tm) Texture Softener(tm), the brand new breakthrough in hair care for girls of mixed heritage! Her daughter, is featured on the hair care system package, and you may have even seen her on Barney! Kim's blog will contain her thoughts on being a mom in a multi-ethnic family, health and beauty and self-image and self esteem. And for fun, she will interact with other moms who have "hair care chronicles and horror stories."

Friday, February 09, 2007

Options for Natural Hair

Lot's of moms say to me " I don't want to put anything on my child's hair, I just want it to be natural"..... While in the same breath they say " her hair is so tangled and bushy in the mornings and when she comes home from school, I just don't know what to do"...

What makes hair curly
All hair takes on the shape of the follicle. ( a tube-like impression below the scalp). Each hair has it's own follicle that may or may not curve the same direction. So as the hair grows out of the follicle and through the scalp it starts to coil, gets intertwined and causes tangles.
We know the issue............... now what's the solution?

Let's Talk About Your Options
Regular daily combing and brushing will automatically cause hair to pop off. Hair with nothing on it will continue to re-tangle even after you've combed it out. Also, natural hair is very porous ( kind of like a new sponge) so it absorbs all the moisture in the air. On a humid day, it swells and expands. *clinical test show that natural breaks 80% more when it's untreated.

Temporary Treatments
You can put products on the hair that temporarily soften it and make it easier to manages. For really thick hair, curly hair you have to put twice as much for effective control and manageability plus you have to use the products daily, for best results. Because you have to use so much product it can be time-consuming and costly. For thin, fine hair with loose curls, this may be the best way to go.

Longer Lasting Treatment
The Texture Softener is for longer-lasting results. The Treated hair is softer and easier to manage on a daily basis. Hair repels water a bit more so that in humid weather it wont draw up or swell and frizz as quickly. When you shampoo the hair it's easier to comb out and style. The Sunflower Oil in the Texture Softener is great because it helps to detangle the hair BEFORE you apply and it adds an extra level of conditioning during the treatment.

Roz's Reco - For Longer Lasting manageability, choose the Texture Softener

Winter Weather Hair Care Tips

BURRR..... I just came back from Minnesota, Chicago and New York.... all really cold and dry climates. Did you know that cold weather restricts the sebaceous glands (oil glands) that are attached to the hair follicle? Often, this reduces the natural flow of oil and moisture needed to keep hair and skin soft and supple.

Notice that in the winter or in colder climates that your daughter's elbows and knees tend to be more dry? Well the hair experiences the same draught.

Roz's Reco - If you shampoo daily, try skipping a day or two. After shampooing add a moisturizing conditioner, like the Just For Me 2-in-1 Conditioning Detangler. Normally no rinsing is needed, but this time, ADD twice as much as you would normally. Place a plastic cap on your child's hair for about 10 -15 minutes. Next, lightly rinse out some of the 2-in-1 Conditioning Detangler (you want to make sure that you leave some product in the hair). This gives the hair long-lasting moisture throughout the cold winter days.

While the hair is STILL DAMP, apply the Just For Me Oil Moisturizer (start with a small amount, but for thicker hair, use it liberally). It really adds shine, control and moisture. Let your daughter's hair dry under a hooded dryer on a low temperature. Hot blow dryers deplete moisture and cause breakage. PLUS the hair is most fragile when it's wet. And lastly, NEVER let your child go to bed with wet hair.

Double Duty with twin girls

I am so excited to offer my comments about healthy, beautiful and manageable hair. When I started working on the Texture Softener concept, I would always keep an eye out for little girls (AND moms)that I thought would benefit from more manageable hair.

A very close friend of mine just had GIRL #4..... All under the age of 12. All of them with pretty, long, thick hair. The twins turned 7 in November, both with hair down the middle of their backs. Now in first grade, they wanted to get out of the big, thick pony tails and braids...... and to wear their hair a little more freely. But this was asking a bit much for mom. She would comb their hair and put it in a pony tail for 3 - 4 days at a time. I suggested the Just For Me Texture Softener on their hair ... But it was difficult convincing dad to let the girls get something on their hair..."This was too much like growing up". But after the first time he saw them, he personally called to say thanks and that they were so excited about their new look. Their hair still had a natural look, but the curls weren't so tight. Mom told me that shampooing their hair was nothing like the ordeal she had to deal with before...No crying, pulling or taking time-outs. Her time was cut in half!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Introducing Roslyn Baker, Licensed Cosmetologist and Children's Hair Care Expert


I am the Sunflower Mom Blog Moderator. I'll rarely post, but today is special. It's the day that I introduce another member of the Just For Me(tm) Texture Softener(tm) Sunflower Advisory Board, Mrs. Roslyn Baker. Did you think she was Miss America? Well, almost! She's Mrs. Richardson (TX), and she is currently vying for Mrs. Texas! Wish her well. (Isn't she pretty? And she's just as nice). "Roz" as we like to call her, is also a children's haircare expert. She is a licensed cosmetologist and has spent the last 15years developing techniques and products for children's haircare. Roz will contribute once a week with answers to your more technical hair care questions. Oh yes, one more thing...she is also a mom and was instrumental in the launch of the original Just for Me(tm) Relaxer which remains #1 Mom Trusted...a much different product than the Texture Softener--and she can tell you why. Although both are extremely gentle, there are some differences between the products as well as the way you apply them. So think of the question you've been dying to ask...and with that, I'll turn it back over to Kim, Brenna...and now, ROZ!

Oh, yes! And stay tuned to for something extremely special! Another member of the Sunflower Advisory Board, nationally renowned clinical psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere helped the board develop advice for parents of ethnic and multi-ethnic girls, because we realize that there may be some tough social issues that your child may encounter at school, with friends, with family, and yes, in the media. We realize that there is a strong link between your daughter's hair and her self-image and self esteem. We thought it be a good idea to help parents navigate these issues. Intrigued? He'll be in New York City on Tuesday to talk to the media there as part of the "Love Yourself. Love Your Hair." Campaign. We'll let you know where to tune in as it happens!

Ok... enough from me...

Happy Texture Softening!

The Moderator

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

"It's me...Again!!"

Today my mom asked me why I like to wear my hair strait. And I told her because I get sick of people playing with my hair and saying "Your hair is so beautiful,will you trade hair with me." And I get sick and tierd of it. So I just like to change my hair style every once and a while. I've also had curly hair ever since I was born and people still did that.

Another reason is that almost all my friends have strait hair and I want to be like them but they want to have my hair. Isn't that funny? But I am happy to have my hair because I can do so many diffrent things with it and I should be happy with what I got because God made me diffrent from everybody else and I am proud of it!!!
<3> Brenna Demerson

Monday, February 05, 2007

"It's Me...Sunflower Mom's Daughter"

Guess what? I can comb my hair without depending on my mom anymore. I can finally get a comb thru my hair because of the Just For Me product. I really like this stuff! It makes my hair alot easier to brush out. A couple of weeks ago I straitened my hair all by myself. That is the first time I have ever done that. I stayed at my friends house and I suprised my mom when I came home. She couldnt believe that I did it all by my self! She was happy and proud. I hope that you use the Just For Me product like me. And it may help you like it did me.

I will be writing more!! If you have any question for me...I will be happy to answer them!!