BABY HAIR CARE
BABY MEEKA’S REGIMEN
My daughter’s regimen has changed numerous times and so has the texture of her hair since she’s been born. I currently use the same products in her hair as I do in my own hair. The main focus with her regimen is maintaining moisture since her hair get’s super dry super fast.
WASH DAY (1-2 times per month)
Step 1: prepoo with Anointed Brazilian Coconut Oil by doing the GHE
Step 2: co-wash & deep condition with Anointed 3 in 1 Conditioner
*if her hair is really dirty I’ll use the Eli’s Body Shop Black Soap Shampoo to clarify prior to Step 2
DAILY STYLING & MAINTENANCE
Step 1: moisten with distilled water or homemade Aloe Leave-in Conditioner
Step 2: apply Anointed 3 in 1 Conditioner or Anointed Brazilian Coconut Cream 3 in 1 Conditioner
(optional: I sometimes skip this step)
Step 3: butter & seal with 100% Pure Soy Butter and Anointed Satin Seal Oil
Step 4: style – I rarely leave her hair out. I usually do twists or braids
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TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR BABY’S HAIR
Caring for my baby Meeka’s hair has definitely been a challenge for me. She was born with a head full of gorgeous fine loose curls that rapidly changed into the beautiful thick yet fine tight curls she has now. Her current hair type is a 4a/3c and has always gotten really dry really fast no matter how much product I layer on. At some point between December 2012 and early 2013 we had a major set back with her hair due to my neglect, and her hair broke tremendously within only a couple of months. Because her hair had always been long and healthy, I started slacking and I actually started to listen to some suggestions from others about what I should and shouldn’t do with my child’s hair (I know…crazy looong story lol). NEVER LET SOMEONE TELL YOU WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR CHILD’S HAIR IF WHAT YOU’RE ALREADY DOING IS WORKING!!! The middle/back of her hair, which has always been the problem area and got the driest fastest, broke soo much it got too short to even stay in ponytails. Thank God it’s growing back, but as a first time mom who is an advocate for healthy hair care this was devastating for me. The regimen I’m currently using for her ensures that her hair is hydrated and soft after a full day of school & play. Here are a few tips and tricks that work for me:
1. Butter and seal. I've been using this method for a long time in both me and baby’s hair and it’s the best way to keep our hair from drying out…you can do it on damp hair (straight out the tub) or on dry hair. Do this as often as you need to even if that means doing it multiple times a day…never let her hair get dry because it will just get brittle and break off.
2. Buy some satin fabric or a satin pillowcase to lay down where she/he lays while asleep…I used to carry around a satin pillowcase and lay it down in baby’s stroller or car seat because as moist as her hair was before I left the house, between the fabric from the car seat and stroller you’d think I hadn't put anything in her hair all day because it would get soo dry soo fast. Cotton bed sheets and fabrics on car seats and strollers are killer for baby hair!
Just leave baby’s hair alone and let it grow at it’s own pace. I don’t believe there’s anything extra you can do to help a baby’s hair grow faster…but if you are anxious to try something, I would suggest a light scalp massage with a light, 100% natural, non irritating oil like jojoba oil, grapeseed oil or extra virgin coconut oil. It's been scientifically proven that scalp massages can help stimulate growth. However, I can't say how effective it would be for a baby, but a light scalp massage with a 100% natural oil isn't harmful so it won't hurt to give it a try. Hair is always growing, but you have to maintain and care for the hair that’s already present in order to see the growth. If you don’t it will break at the same pace or faster than it’s growing which will make it appear as though it’s not growing. Less is more...care for the hair they already have, DON'T PUT A BUNCH OF CONCOCTIONS ON THEIR SCALP LOL, and don't stress it, it will grow!
1. My daughter's dad was very adamant about not braiding her hair or causing any tension to avoid any breaking or receding of her hairline…so she just wore a crazy little afro till it was more than long enough to go in to a loose ponytail. If the hair is long enough to do loose braids or twists you can do that to help retain moisture longer and avoid tangles…but as far as styled cornrows I wouldn't recommend those until they get older and their hair is stronger (like 2.5-3 years old) because in order to look good there has to be some tension and pulling.
2. Try not to use clips with metal
3. Soaking cotton hair ties in a little olive oil helps lessen the friction
4. Try to always remove the clips before bed
Don't over do it. When my daughter was younger I did this:
1. Shampoo or co-wash with something mild & natural NO MORE than once a week
2. Butter & Seal the hair (not scalp) as often as needed
3. Get a satin pillowcase or satin fabric to lay down under baby’s head to avoid dryness
4. Keep the styling options very simple avoiding too much manipulation and tension
BABY’S OLD REGIMENS
ANOTHER OLD REGIMEN
Prepoo: I usually just put some evoo in her hair an hour or so before I wash it
Shampoo: I shampoo her hair once a week or every other week with african black soap (either the chunks or the liquid one I made by simply putting the chunks in a bottle and adding water to it)
Detangling: Then section by section I use a wide tooth comb to comb it out, and after that i use a fine tooth comb which helps really get out all the little knots and fuzz balls out of her hair that were left behind after shampooing *important* i always detangle from the ends of her hair and work my way up to the root ensuring that it doesn’t get even more tangled
Oiling: Then section by section I take some Eli’s Shea Hair/Scalp Butter or raw unrefined shea butter in the palm of my hand and rub it to soften it up a little then add a few drops of evoo to it and rub it together (should turn nice and a little creamy) then I apply it to her hair and braid it…i repeat this to each section which is usually anywhere between 4-8 sections