For the last three years, this blog has been about grieving over the loss of hair,
and in this family, we do everything we can to downplay hair,
so now it's time to talk about it?
Is this a joke?
Coming from the white girl who has a head full of stick-straight hair
and wouldn't know what to do with curly hair to save her life.
Plus she has a daughter with no hair at all!
What does a gal like me know about doing my black son's hair??
Not a THING, really.
Which is why I've been reading up pretty extensively on the subject, because at least to me, it feels somewhat like learning a foreign language. I'm terrified I'm gonna mess it up! I mean, the last thing the poor kid needs is for his hair to look like his white mama doesn't have a clue, right? :)
So I'm learning.
This child is doomed, if I do say so myself. I don't have girl's hair to play with or style. So sorry, bud. You're it. Your hair is gonna get played with and fussed over. It's just the way it's gonna be for you. And it's kinda fun for me.
So we're starting young.
I've read that these little finger coils are cute on little boys, and they are supposed to be protective to the hair as well. I know, I know. He barely has any hair to begin with. But I figured it wouldn't hurt him to start learning to sit and get used to the feeling of having his hair done.
And I think it's a cute change! Especially since his hair is getting so patchy in the back and sides from where he naps, this style helps it all look a little more tight to his head, so the balding spots aren't quite as noticeable when he's wearing it this way. (though right now, it only stays this way for about a day or so)
Apparently, in general, the more curly hair is, the less often you should wash it.
Straight hair like mine makes too much oil and needs daily washing.
(I couldn't imagine skipping a day without shampooing-- I'd be a grease ball!)
But curly hair like his doesn't produce oil easily,
so the challenge is keeping it moisturized and conditioned.
So we're washing his hair about once a week.
And only using conditioner. (called "co-washing"- weird, huh?)
I've learned a TON about it from this blog.
I'm still learning what types of products work best on his hair, and just when I get it "figured" out, his hair will change on me, I'm sure. The problem I'm having now is-- his hair looks good after I spray a mixture of water, detangler/leave-in conditioner, & oil in it, but then, only a few hours later, it appears dry and frizzy all over again.
Obviously, any advice you all have is more than welcome.
The second time I tried the finger coils (last week), it must have been super relaxing because in the middle of it, he fell fast asleep.
I don't blame him... wish i could do this when I get my hair done!
You can see here how the twists are more pronounced while the hair is wet...
... but they shrink down closer to his head once his hair dries.
Isn't he the sweetest little thing?
Cute little guy, no matter what his hair looks like!
Certainly HE doesn't care!
If there's one thing we say in this family, it's that you don't need hair to be beautiful.
So leave me alone, woman! :)