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Princess Tia Wimyums & Carol’s Daughter

Hi ladies! I’m back from my parents-sponsored Disney World trip (thank you Mommy and Daddy) and Lina Lina Bobina had the TIME OF HER LIFE. My 3-year old daughter is obsessed with princesses (her alias, bee tee dub, is Princess Tia Wimyums. She can’t pronounce “Williams”). Jasmine, Cinderella and Tiana are her rock stars. She actually bit off a fingernail while chatting with the real live Sleeping Beauty, and handed me the nibbled-off nail afterwards. I’m the grossest because I kept it to put her in her memory book.

I’m that mother.

But the most fun was had at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Salon, where little girls are treated to their own princess makeovers. Rocking their favorite princess dress, the girls get sparkly eyeshadow and identical, slicked-to-the-gods buns. I’d spotted post-makeover tots with their ultra-sleek little ‘dos all over Magic Kingdom, and was concerned about how the Bibbidi Bobbidi stylists would deal with Bobina’s curls. I had reason to worry, because when the visibly stricken stylist saw her hair, she drawled “I don’t know how to do curls!” and asked me for help.

Why are you grinning, Inept Stylist?

Come on, Disney. Such a fail. Does the Bibbidi Bobbidi Salon think that white girls with straight hair are the only ones that want those slicked up little buns? The stylist actually attempted to tease my baby’s ringlets to create the topknot. Who backcombs curly hair? What are they teaching in Orlando beauty schools? You know me and my mom were through. But with my gentle direction (through clenched teeth), Princess Tia Wimyums’ makeover was a success!

Et voila! A bit Toddlers & Tiaras, but oh who cares, we're just playing dress up. Princesses rule!

Aaand speaking of hard to manage hair…let’s discuss mine. It was like 90 degrees, girls — hotel pool time! Heaven. But alas, I was worried about getting my crazy transitioning hair wet. I’d gotten a blowout before we left NYC, and didn’t want to deal with washing and styling my two warring hair textures. So, I spent the first hour with my my head waayyy above the water line, instructing Bobina and my extra-splashy parents (first time grandparents get extra delirious in the pool) not to get Mommy’s hair wet. But my hair was soon soaked, of course. The great news? I’d gotten an early sample of Carol’s Daughter’s new Transitioning 1-2-3 Hair Kit (available May 16th), and I’d had the good sense to pack it!

Carol's Daughter 1-2-3 Transitioning Kit

The set comes with a Purifying Low-Poo Cleanser, which is loaded with coconut oil detanglers; Renewing Scalp Spray, which exfoliates and invigorates the scalp, promoting cellular turnover and hair growth; and the Restoring Anti-Breakage Treatment, a creamy deep conditioner that targets the broken, weak hair at the line of demarcation (where the new growth meets the relaxed hair).  First of all, let me just say that Carol’s Daughter is GENIUS for debuting a line for transitioning hair, which has it’s own set of needs and issues, totally separate from fully relaxed or fully natural hair. Second of all, these products made my shedding, fragile hair feel softer and stronger than it has in ages. It’s like the CD scientists whipped up these products specifically for my hair! If you’re transitioning, you must try it — and check out Carol’s Daughter’s new site TransitioningMovement.com, for everything you ever wanted to know about growing out your relaxer.

I shampooed, sprayed and conditioned with the Transitioning products...and then slicked it all back in a topknot and called it a day. Healthy hair via Carol's Daughter!

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  1. May 9, 2012 5:12 pm 

    Thanks for sharing! I am currently transitioning (6 months in) and just recently discovered the CD Transitioning Movement website. I didn’t know they had a kit! I’m definitely buying one on May 16!

  2. May 9, 2012 5:45 pm 

    Really enjoyed your perspective on this fairy tale vacation. Interesting. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. Nikia
    May 9, 2012 6:02 pm 

    That poor stylist. She obviously didn’t know how thin that ice was lol. Lina’s killing the Disney princesses though!

    And I think that CD transitioning kit may lure my mom back to natural hair. She can’t resist a new beauty product, so maybe I’ll wave it in front of her face and see if she bites. Hehe…

  4. Alexis Minix
    May 9, 2012 10:58 pm 

    OMG I can’t wait to buy it. Thanks for the information!

  5. May 9, 2012 11:36 pm 

    “I don’t know how to do curls”???

    How the hell did she get that job?

    I love seeing the little princess come out of the Disney salon, your daughter is adorable!

  6. May 10, 2012 12:36 am 

    Lina looks sooo cute! That stylist told you she does not know how to do curls? Come on! Even little white girls have curls and/or waves (in fact a lot of them).
    Disney caters to a international clientele? Maybe you should write Disney a letter about the makeover salon and offer your consultant services? For a price of course. 🙂

  7. El Jay
    May 10, 2012 12:44 am 

    I am really over Disney and their lack of attention to Brown princesses. I JUST came back from the Magic Kingdom and had to laugh when i saw your “Off to Disney” post. I also got sucked into the princess breakfast, a beautiful Princess Tiana dress but did not make it to the Bibbidi Bobbidi salon (she’s only 2). Not once did we see Tiana, and both her and Jasmine were MIA at the breakfast!
    Somebody might start an FB page in protest….
    btw – Lina was absolutely precious

  8. May 10, 2012 3:36 am 

    This sounds amazing. I’m so afraid to transition but you a really making it sound doable. And you little girl is such a beauty!

  9. Angelica Golden
    May 10, 2012 6:15 am 

    You two are adorable (despite any hair issues you may have been experiencing)!

  10. Johanna
    May 10, 2012 4:10 pm 

    I hope everyone knew Disney barred ALL black people not that long ago. Also I think it was really rude of you Tina to post that lady’s picture. I have been to Disney many times and if you don’t like something or not 100% happy they will fix it. That would have been the adult thing to do rather than post her picture on your site. Yes it is your site and you can do what you please. But answer this, did you tell the woman you were not satisfied? Thanks for listening !

    • twilliams
      May 10, 2012 5:46 pm 

      Yep, I expressed my dissatisfaction. And my name’s Tia, darling. Big kiss!

  11. May 10, 2012 5:21 pm 

    Still so glad to have SYB back – always a great read!! Your daughter is BEYOND adorable!