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Does This Put You Off Date Night Too?

Who wouldn’t love a regular date night with their partner? 

Time away from the children to reconnect and remember why you love each other… Sounds great, doesn’t it?  Yes, you’re right, there is a great big BUT coming up.

BUT… It can be such a hassle to arrange…

Finding a night you are both free, booking a sitter, dealing with the kids who don’t want you to go… and all of that is without even thinking of the cost!  Babysitter + meal out + taxi home can all easily go well over $300 and that’s just not feasible on a regular basis.

So in this blog, I’m going to give you 3 date night ideas that can all be done on a budget with minimal hassle.

Dinner and a movie… 

I know this just sounds like a normal evening when you eat dinner and then watch tv but it needn’t be.

Make it special… I’m banning you from spending hours slaving in the kitchen as that’s not what makes it special. 

Buy your favourite take-out, eat at the table with candles and music (who needs an expensive restaurant when you have it all at home).

Then relax on the sofa with a glass of wine and a movie you will both enjoy. 

Invite friends round for a games night…

Now I know you might be thinking date night should be all about just the two of you (and it often should be) but when you were dating you socialised and saw friends together right?

There are some hilarious adult board games around like  “cards against humanity” or just Google it if you’re stuck.

Don’t let it turn into a big deal…No big tidy up or doing a dinner party. Just clear the living room of toys (your friends really don’t care about the mess) and supply a few snacks/wine. 

Talk to each other… 

You may be surprised by what you learn.

Now I know this could go either way.  Either you already talk a lot so it’s nothing new just a normal evening.  Or you have nothing to say by the end of the day and it could just be silent.

Now I’m not suggesting you just sit in silence and stare at each other so here are some ideas… 

Open some wine and play a little game of truth or dare/would you rather or spin the bottle. No real reason it’s just for kids so have some fun.

Give each other a massage… it’s a really relaxing time to chat about life. Bring up subjects you haven’t covered for a while if ever… your childhood, things you did, people you knew.  Life dreams and ambitions, the next holiday you would love to take (even if you can’t). You might think you know it all but I bet you don’t.

I hope you will give these a try, even the ones that seem a little childish or silly… there’s a reason children do childish things because it’s fun and we all need a little of that in any relationship.

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My drawer is full of brushes but these are the only 3 I use for my curly kids…

So you’ve got the brush stuck in their curls again…  not just me, surely?

They wriggle and fidget the whole time we brush their hair so it’s no wonder that with the wrong brush it can end up a disaster!

There are literally hundreds of hair brushes on the market and many will claim to be the next great thing for curly hair.

In this blog I’m going to give you the 3 brushes that I have found work best for my little ones and when it is best to use them.

Oh, by the way, I haven’t got any of these stuck in their hair, I promise!

The afro comb…

Yes, totally 80’s but you know what? It still works really well for when it’s all a bit of a mess!

They’ve been out in the sun, playing and getting mucky so the hair isn’t at it’s best.

Used with a bit of Conditioning Oil or Moisturising Rinse the comb will soon untangle those curls without too much pulling.

The wide tooth part means it untangles slowly without getting stuck.

Detangle brush

This is a fab brush to use when doing a hair wash or when it’s wet.

Again much easier when you add a little Conditioning Oil or Moisturising Rinse in to the mix or a detangling spray.

I would suggest keeping this brush on the side of the bath so it’s always on hand just when you need it, no need to dash off hoping the kids won’t drown in the 30 seconds you are gone!

Soft bristle brush

These brushes are the best for that more precise styling.

When you want a nice smooth ponytail or just to tame that frizz, this is your best choice.

It also has the advantage that you are using it when the hair isn’t hugely knotty so it’s actually quite a pleasant experience for your little one.

I love having my hair brushed but if the kids do it I think that changes to “ripped out of my head!”

Not so relaxing…

I hope these will help you and save you spending a fortune on different brushes, you should be able to find all of the above at pretty reasonable prices.

Here at Curl Care we don’t believe hair care should cost you a fortune, just find the right products and use them at the right times.   Find our products here

My Child Has Curly Hair, Should I Or Shouldn’t I?

My Child Has Curly Hair, Should I Or Shouldn’t I?

We all know curly hair is different to straight, it has a mind of it’s own and can decide to behave one day (just to trick us) and then be a bird’s nest again the next!

Well, at Curl Care, we like to help you make the best of those lovely curls.

One of the most common questions we get asked is should I trim my child’s hair or not?

We trim straight hair because it gets too long, loses shape or gets split ends…

Curly can be easy to leave because the shape is often just bouncy curls, regardless of the cut and long curls can be lovely.

But here’s the thing….

Curly hair still gets split ends!

Yes, they can stay hidden and not be as visible as they would be in straight hair but the issues are the same.  The hair splits at the end (hence the name) but the split works it’s way up the hair causing it to be rough and catch on other hairs… hence the knots.

Knotty tangled hair is no fun for anyone!   You as the parent having to try and drag a brush through it or your little one who has to deal with the pulling while you do so.

Here’s what will really help you…

Trim, even if you think it looks ok, if it’s been over 6 weeks and it’s getting knotty then book a trim.  If you are feeling brave you could even do it yourself but be warned, it’s not as easy as it looks.

Once trimmed you can start with a regular routine to keep their hair gleaming (The best weekly routine for curls) and healthy, it’s very simple I promise!

If you are worried about the length, because you don’t want them to have hair that gets shorter and shorter, well, don’t, it can actually be the opposite.

So long as you choose your hairdresser carefully, be very clear you just want the split ends removed and minimal length!

Done right it will take a little length off to start with but healthy hair with no split ends will grow so much better.  When the hair splits it breaks, stop it breaking and it will grow as long as you want it to.

To find the products that can make your life easier check out our full range here.. Curl Care

Four Healthy Lunch-Box Ideas With An Added Bonus Of Improved Hair

Four Healthy Lunch-Box Ideas With An Added Bonus Of Improved Hair

Trying to feed children a healthy diet can seem a never-ending task, I mean you just finish one meal and it’s time for the next!

Then you have to contend with what they will eat versus what is actually healthy and beneficial for them AND if it will work in a lunch box – what a nightmare!

We all know our bodies need vitamins and minerals to stay healthy but did you know that they reach your hair last? Read more

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Four Ideas To Keep The Children Busy This Weekend

I remember weekends before children, sleeping late, relaxing trips out for lunch or even a sofa day if the weather was grim.  Well as much as these things are a distant memory, there are a few things we can do to keep a bit of peace and relaxation over the weekend.

One of the main ones is keeping the children entertained and happy.  Happy children, happy parents!

Here is a list of four things to help you do just that this weekend. Read more

Four Healthy Lunch-Box Ideas With An Added Bonus Of Improved Hair Health!

Four Healthy Lunch-Box Ideas With An Added Bonus Of Improved Hair Health!

Trying to feed children a healthy diet can seem a never-ending task, I mean you just finish one meal and it’s time for the next!

Then you have to contend with what they will eat versus what is actually healthy and beneficial for them AND if it will work in a lunch box – what a nightmare!

We all know our bodies need vitamins and minerals to stay healthy but did you know that they reach your hair last? Read more