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Puff Tutorial: plain vs gel

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  1. I think you're a wonderful mom, and your Mocha girls are beautiful. Thank you for affirming their natural gifts (which in turn affirms all of us out here with curly, nappy, fuzzy, wavy hair).

    Your videos, photos, and advice are invaluable and I am passing your link on to women I know who would benefit greatly by your experiences.
    P.S. Do I detect an accent? Hmmmmm...

  2. Thank you so much Candis--much appreciated. As for the accent Born in Haiti, raised in NYC--take your pick.

  3. I love your blog! It is SO helpful to me as my daughter is getting more and more hair. She's 2 1/2 and has gotten quite the fro. I'm always looking for ways to best take care of her hair and ways to fix it differently. Thank you for your ideas and wisdom :)

  4. OMG! I am just too excited. My son is from Haiti!!!!!!!!! He was born in Carrefour in 2004 and we brought him home in 2006. I KNEW you were special. I'll be watching your blog regularly.

  5. Love your blog. Seriously - I LOVE IT.
    Thanks!! I've already passed the link onto another adoptive mom.

  6. MG3 is so darn cute! I got a kick out of watching her facial expressions. Thanks for all the ideas - I wouldn't have thought to make such a large puff, but it's cute. I agree with your last statement though, the two puffs looked more age appropriate for her. Thanks for the video!

  7. It never fails that when I watch one of your videos, I get all excited again to be able to do Jeane's hair once it's long enough! You seriously have NO idea what a great service you are giving to us adoptive moms who REALLY need help with this! THANK YOU!

  8. Great video, gentle touch, beautiful child, very informative. Thanks!


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