Sunday, June 15, 2008

Olivia's 'Do

Last night I took Olivia to the beach by herself to get her hair braided. While I'm not too bad at "box braids" now, I cannot do cornrows. Pier 60 has nighttime entertainment and little booths that sell crafts, have Henna body art, and there are a couple hair braiders. Olivia has gone a number of times to a Jamaiccan woman here at Clearwater Beach to have her braid her hair. It always looks so good! And it lasts at least a month, well, normally. She tends to end up pulling out beads, etc but has gotten better as she's gotten older. The cost has gone up since her hair has grown quite a bit so this may be the end if she pulls them out again. The woman who does her hair hugged and kissed her when we got there. After, she took pics of Olivia to put up on her "board" and also gave me a business card so that next time we could call her and she could come to our house to do it. She said I was doing a good job taking care of her hair and keeping it in good shape, which was nice to hear. She suggested a spray for the braids to help with itching and conditioning, I just hadn't found a good one yet, and also Shea Butter for her face. Around her mouth is getting very dry this summer like it hasn't before and there are some white patches. She said the Shea Butter would work really well. She said she would go get both of those for me locally and we could come back later this week to get them. I am so excited! :) She is so nice!!! Here is the braided princess...


Julie said...

So cute- Olivia is such a beautiful girl!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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