Saturday, January 30, 2010

Mohawk Hair Share!

I would like to thank everyone for sending in their kiddos mohawk/frohawk pictures! They are all too cute. The coolest kids on the block, I bet. :)

Jennifer sent in these cute mohawks on her cutie, Aryna.



KeaShay of Little Lady & Me: A lot of Style for your Little Lady sent in these pictures of her daughter and her son KD.



LaToya submitted these pictures of her adorable 16 month old daughter, Simone, rocking the fro-hawk.

"My husband usually does a co-wash with Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle ( I think that's the name) once a week.This week I used a mixture of shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil and peppermint oil that I made and then shingled Giovanni Direct Leave in conditioner and a little of Carol's Daughter hair milk (I think I'll leave the hair milk out next time). I braided 3 cornrows on each side and did large twists (about 4-5) down the middle of her head. I did use a little Kinky Curly Curling Custard (say that 3 times fast) in the center section before twisting and put her to bed for the night. I put a satin scarf down in her crib. I'll re-do the twists tonight and later in the week my just cornrow the middle down so it lasts until next Saturday."


Michelle sent in pictures of her handsome son, Donavan.


Kenisha shared a couple of cool mohawks she did on her 5 year old, Kyndal.



Kim sent these pictures of her beautiful daughter, Kailah.


Stacey sent in these pictures of her adorable 3.5 year old daughter, S.H.


Victoria sent pictures of her beautiful daughters Zion (7 months) and Messiah. (2 years old)



Dorian sent in this picture of Alaina with her Faux Hawk.


Tasha sent us these pictures of her little cutie, this was Tashas first attempt at a braided mohawk.


Brittany shared these pictures of Jaden's mohawks.


Taryn sent in this picture of her 3.5 y/o cutie, Zaria.


If you would like to participate in next weeks hair share, just send your pictures to

Let me know what you think of the new-ish layout. I love hearing what you all think! Suggestions would be great as well. Thanks! :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Winner of Curly Q's Sample Kit

First, I have to thank everyone so much for entering the giveaway. I wish everyone could get a sample kit, but there could only be one winner so...

The winner of the Curly Q's Sample Kit Giveaway is:

Congrats! Please email me your mailing address at by February 1st along with your styler choice.

Remember, the Curly Q's Sample Kit will include 2 oz. samples of Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream, Coconut Dream Conditioner, Moist Curls Moisturizer/Detangler, and your choice of a styler! Your styler options are Curly Q Gel-les'c (pronounced Curly Q Jealousy), Curly Q Milkshake, or Curly Q Custard.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy to Be Nappy

Happy Girl Hair is currently hosting a giveaway for the book Happy to Be Nappy! How cool is that? If you would like to win this awesome prize then go enter the giveaway here! All entries must be in by 11:59 PM EST, February 4th.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cornrow Rockstar Mohawk

If your child thinks they are a rockstar (like A) then this is the perfect style for your little one!



This style can take between 1 1/2-2 hours. I split her hair down the middle (remember, your part will not be visisble so it doesn't have to be perfect) and tied one side off, then I started cornrowing. I rotated from a straight cornrow, to criss cross cornrows until I got to the top, then I started on the other side. Remember, if you do not know how to cornrow, check out this website. I learned how to cornrow from their simple instructions!

And of course, if you have rockstar hair, then you have to have a rockstar outfit and rockstar attitude! lol I took A up to this graffiti Madagascar themed wall and took a few pictures of her. It was definitely a fun day.




It's Mohawk/Frohawk week, so if you have any pictures of your kiddo rockin' a mohawk/frohawk send them in TODAY, January 23rd so I can submit them for Hair Share!

The drawing for the winner of the Curly Q's Giveaway will be soon!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Twisted Mohawk

As you know, it's mohawk/frohawk week!

This is a very easy style you can do on your little girl.



Part 2 sections of hair, so you will have 3 sections in all. Tie each section off with Ouchless Goody hair ties and two strand twist the ponytails, add beads/barrettes and you're done!

The cornrows I added to the first twisted section are optional. They kind of give the style a little more flare. Just part a couple of sections of hair going up into the ponytail on each side and cornrow them.

It's Mohawk/Frohawk week, so if you have any pictures of your kiddo rockin' a mohawk/frohawk send them in by January 23rd so I can submit them for Hair Share!

Don't forget to enter the Curly Q's Giveaway! Today is the last day to enter!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Simple Mohawks

Well, as you may know, it's mohawk/frohawk week!

These are easy mohawks you can do on your kiddo.



This first one took 5 minutes. Start with detangled hair, section off 3 parts of the hair and tie off each section with a Goody Ouchless hair tie. You may need more sections depending on how much hair your child has.


This next one took about 20 minutes. Start with detangled hair, part the hair straight down the middle, your part does not have to be perfect because the part will not be visible. Start parting medium/large sections, start cornrowing from the sides going into the middle. As you can see, my cornrows were far from perfect, I did this as fast as I could, and it still turned out pretty cool. Remember, if you do not know how to cornrow, check out this website. I learned how to cornrow from their simple instructions!

It's Mohawk/Frohawk week, so if you have any pictures of your kiddo rockin' a mohawk/frohawk send them in by January 23rd so I can submit them for Hair Share!

Don't forget to enter the Curly Q's Giveaway!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Valentine Heart Mohawk



I know it's a little early for Valentine's Day hair but I saw this heart cornrow style on Katelynylyn's youtube and decided to give it a try. I ended up cornrowing it into a mohawk instead. You can view her tutorial here. I forgot to curve the second cornrow, but I think it still came out cute. I bought some pink heart beads the other day so I added a few of those along with some regular beads. I used shea butter mixed with coconut oil and a little ORS Lock & Twist gel.

TIP: When doing styles that require a lot of moving, sit in your office/desk chair (assuming it has wheels) this makes it easy for mom to move around instead of getting up, then sitting down, and hurting your back in the process.

I have decided to turn this week into Mohawk/Frohawk week, so if you have any pictures of your kiddo rockin' a mohawk/frohawk send them in by January 23rd so I can submit them for Hair Share!

Don't forget to enter the Curly Q's Giveaway!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Notice anything different?

I deleted over 100 posts! Yes, this is due to the picture incident. I will be reposting EVERYTHING slowly but surely. As you all know, my pictures have ALWAYS had beadsbraidsbeyond across them, but I guess I'll have to take it a step further.

I thank you all for you patience and support. :)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Curly Q's Giveaway!

Curls has kindly offered one of our followers a Curly Q's Sample Kit!

You may remember my Curly Q's review, or you may have seen me raving over Curly Q's on a forum. I absolutley love their products!

"CURLS (and Curly Q's) products contain an exclusive blend of natural oils and quality ingredients, such as aloe leaf juice, panthenol, mango, shea and murmur butter. We’ve included a new, patent pending ingredient - a derivative of the primary lipid found at the hair surface. This important ingredient restores the integrity of your hair, protects the hair from environmental stress, and replenishes the protective layer bound to the hair cuticle. "

The Curly Q's Sample Kit will include 2 oz. samples of Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream, Coconut Dream Conditioner, Moist Curls Moisturizer/Detangler, and your choice of a styler! Your styler options are Curly Q Gel-les'c (pronounced Curly Q Jealousy), Curly Q Milkshake, or Curly Q Custard.

Amazing products, all natural, and smells great. What more could you ask for?

To enter the Curly Q's Sample Kit Giveaway:

Become a follower of Beads, Braids, & Beyond!

Leave a comment with your first name. If you notice you have the same name as someone else, leave your last/middle initial, or nickname. Whatever you are comfortable with.

This giveaway runs from January 15th-January 22. January 22nd is THE last day to enter! A will pull one lucky winners name out of a hat on camera on January 23rd.

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Unauthorized Pictures of My Daughter!

It was brought to my attention a few days ago that a flyer had been going around Newark, New Jersey, and that flyer had pictures of my daughter, A, all over the front and back! That flyer is promoting Kiydiah Children's Salon and Boutique. The images of my daughter were taken from this site and used without my knowledge or permission.

Although the business owner offered an apology, she would not send the unused flyers to me or prove that they have been destroyed. The business owner told me to contact Ultimate Production Studio, who created the flyer. Ultimate Production Studio denied any wrongdoing, telling me that they take almost all images from Google.

All images and words on my blog are protected by copyright. I own the rights to my words and photos and they cannot be used without my permission. Individual photographs from a Google image search clearly state that images may be subject to copyright. Generally, model releases must also be obtained if businesses want to use photos of people for commercial gain. I signed no release on behalf of my minor child. This is a clear violation of my rights and I have contacted the proper authorities in NJ.

I'm asking all of my New Jersey readers to please keep an eye on this and let me know if you see any of these flyers being passed out, or if you see any other images of my daughter used anywhere but on this site.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Valentine's Day Shopping


I went to the mall today and found some cute Valentine things for the kids for CHEAP! Everything I bought for A pictured above came up to $30, and the shirt for little man was $5.

Old Navy Valentine shirts: $5 each
Old Navy Heart shoes: $12.50 (originally $16.50 but I got a deal because there was a slight "stain" on the toe part, you can't even see it. Score!)
Children's Place Valentine bows: 2/$5 (2 per pack, so 4 all together)

For all you Hello Kitty lovers, Old Navy had several adorable Hello Kitty shirts! They also had more Valentine stuff. Children's Place had several different Valentine bows, headbands, and sunglasses, all 2/$5.

I'll take A in a week or two to pick out some Valentine cards to give to her friends at school. I need to find some jeans for her and little man as well.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, January 4, 2010

"Don't touch my hair!"

A came home today and told me someone was touching her hair. I asked her what she said. "Don't touch my hair!" Yes, with the finger shaking and all.

A don't play!! lol If anyone touches her hair they will get the same response as above. She's not very nice about it, but can you blame her? :P

We don't want random hands in the hair. Definitely don't want a scissor accident happening.



Someone on CurlyNikki posted about Ulta having a sale. She said the Giovanni was buy one, get one free. My Riteaid didn't have Giovanni Direct Leave-in (love that stuff!) So I had to go check Ulta out.

You can check out Ulta's flyer here.

The sale is from January 3rd-January 23rd

To get the Giovanni for BOGO you need the coupon in the flyer. They carry their flyer in the store, so just ask for one. They also have a coupon on the front page of the flyer $3.50 off any purchase of $10 or more. Ulta also has Herbal Essences products 2/$6, Matrix 1 liter products $13, and much more!

Oh, and did you know Ulta has DevaCurl?

Happy shopping!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Product Review: Curly Q's




I want to say thank you to Curls for allowing me to review
your products.

About Curly Q's

Looking for the right products for your curly hair kid? Not too heavy or greasy like most ethnic products found in drugstores, with the right amount of moisture and curl definition, minus the dryness found in products created for straight hair? Curly Q's is just for you!

Curly Q's, quality curly hair products are gently formulated for curly hair kids with naturally curly, kinky, wavy, and/or natural-afro hair!

Formulated with natural humectants, organic moisturizers, and curl enhancers. Your curly angel's hair will never be the same!

Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream

The Claim: This rich and creamy sulfate free cleanser gently cleanses your angel's curls, hydrates, and conditions the hair all in one step! Produces a mild, gentle lather, as it is sulfate (detergent) free. Infused with Carrot Seed oil, Horse Chestnut, Sage Leaf and Arnica Montana Flower Extract, this exceptionally formulated cleanser with cleanse, hydrate and condition her hair all in one step!

Ingredients: Purified water, Sodium Cocyl Isethionate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, cocamidopropyl Betaine, Steric Acid, Glycerine, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-7, Fragrance, Silk Amino Acids, Panthenol, Daucus Carota, Sativa (carrot) seed oil, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Aesculus Hipocastanum (Horse Chestnut) extract, Salvia Officinalis (sage) leaf extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Caramel.

Price: $12 8oz

Review: I rinsed A's hair with warm water, poured a little Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream in my hand, then gentled massaged it in circles on A's scalp. This shampoo is very moisturizing and has a nice lather. It was very easy to rinse out and smells amazing!

A's hair with Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream in.


Coconut Dream Conditioner

The Claim: Looking for a rinse off conditioner that provides MAXIMUM moisture and softness for your angel's dry curly tresses? Look no further, Coconut Dream conditioner is guaranteed to soften the kinkiest curl, moisturize the driest lock, and detangle the most unruly tresses.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Cetyl Alcohol (derived from coconut) Stearalkonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol (derived from coconut), Polysorbate 60, Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Hucifera), Panthenol, Certified Organic Arnica Flower Extract, Certified Organic Chamoile Flower Extract, Certified Organic White Tea Extract, Monoi de Tahiti, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance,Caramel.

Price: $14 16oz

Review: After rinsing out
Curlie Cutie Cleansing Cream I applied a generous amount of Coconut Dream Conditioner in sections of A's hair. This conditioner was moisturizing and had a nice slip. I finger combed her hair first, then used a wide tooth comb on each section. I let it sit for a few minutes then rinsed.

A's hair with Coconut Dream Conditioner in.


Moist Curls Moisturizer/Detangler

The Claim: Moist Curls is the daily detangling liquid moisturizer you've been looking for! This hot seller detangles, revives, protects, moisturizes and conditions your angel's curls. Give her curls a boost while protecting them from the harsh environmental elements. For best result use daily on wet or dry hair.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Bean Tree, Certified Organic White Tea Extract, Certified Organic Chamomille Extract, Certified Organic Pomegranate Seed Extract, Hydroxypropyltrimonium, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Butyrospermum Parkii Shea Butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed Oil), Cocos Nucifera Coconut Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Natural Fragrance.

Price: $14 8oz

Review: I actually sprayed a little of the Moist Curls Moisturizer in my hand, then applied it to each section of A's hair. It definitely helped me glide the Denman D3 brush through her curls very easily. A little of this product goes a very long way, so use sparingly. This stuff smells great! A said it smells like gum, watermelon, and yogurt. lol :)

Curly Q Milkshake

The Claim: Perfect leave in for your curly angel...especially for those with needy, dry curls. Derived from natural milks (coconut and sweet almond milk), this moisturizing cream will bring life back to her overworked tresses.

Ingredients: Purified water, certified organic aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cetearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, jojoba oil, cetrimonium chloride, soy protein, soyamidoprpylkonium chloride, allantoin, soy lecithin, beeswax milk, coconut milk, aloe vera milk, milk amino acids, buttermilk, arnica extract, lavender extract, certified organic chamomile extract, certified organic white tea extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, fragrance.

Price: $14 8oz

Review: I applied a little of the Curly Q Milkshake on top of Moist Curls Moisturizer. This product is light, creamy, and very moisturizing!

Curly Q Gel-les'c (pronounced Curly Q Jealousy)

The Claim: It isn’t a gel, and not quite a serum it’s Curl Gel-les’c (pronounced Curl Jealousy). This botanically based, organic curl styler imparts brilliant sheen, banishes frizz, and holds those twirls in place! Transform dry frizzy locks into the enviable curls that every girl dreams of, with Curly Q Gel-les’c!

Ingredients: Purified Water, Polyquaternium-11, Sorbitol, Certified Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polyquaternium-37, Vegetable Glycerin, Certified Organic Coconut Milk ( Cocos Nucifera Fruit Juice), Certified Organic Linden Seed Oil ( Tilia Cordata Flower Extract), Certified Organic Flaxseed Oil ( Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Certified Organic Chamoile Extract (Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract) Certified Organic Rosemary Extract (Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Price: $18 8oz

Review: Finally, I applied Curl Gel-les'c to each section of A's hair. I only needed a small drop for each section. I am absolutely in love with Curl Gel-les'c! You may remember my review I did a while back on a small sample size of this product. A has gotten some of the best frizz free, defined curls from Gel-les'c.

A's wet hair layered with Moist Curls Moisturizer, Curly Q Milkshake, & Curl Gel-les'c.


Before & Afters:

In her before pictures I had taken down 5 big "bed time" braids. If you would like to see what her hair looks like washed, detangled, with no product left in, go here




In the picture below, she was swinging her hair back and forth, you can really see how defined and frizz free her curls were.


I am definitely impressed with Curly Q's. A's hair is soft, moisturized, and frizz free. She has volume, but not "too" much volume. Just fun, bouncy curls! Everything smells absolutely amazing! I think the prices are reasonable, especially considering you don't need much of any of the above products. A little goes a long way. I can see several of the above full size products lasting several months. I really wasn't sure how much I would like Curly Q's. I thought it would be too light for A's 4A curl type but that is not the case. I am loving it. If you would like to purchase Curls, Curly Q's, or It's-a-Curl products you can visit their website.

Disclosure: The product(s) were sent to me free of charge from the company or PR agency for the purpose of this review. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by any other part.