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.
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!
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!
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.