I wanted a little boy. Selfishly so. Just so I wouldn't have to do his hair like I would with a girl. I'm bi-racial, black and white, while my husband is black. Knowing my own struggles with my hair and my lack of knowledge concerning black hair, I was so hoping the ultrasound said boy. With a boy, the hair responsibility would fall on my husband.
God had a sense of humor and blessed us with a girl anyway.
For the first 2 years I had no idea what to do with her hair besides basic braids and I wasn't that good at it. I personally loved her natural, fro'd out but it was very dry. My husband on the other hand liked it pulled back.
Then about a year ago I did some searching on YouTube and came across two strand twists. Then, I started looking for blogs about black children's hair care. One of my favorites by far has been Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care. Their hair gallery is AMAZING and the FB fan page is more like a community, lots of women with similar hair struggles as ours.
Starting off, my daughter's hair was super dry. Baby Shampoos just didn't moisturize her hair like she needed. Hair lotions didn't do it either. Since switching to more natural products, we've noticed a significant improvement in her hair. It's much healthier, stronger, shinier and easier to manage now. She likes to look in the mirror and see all her new styles as we do them.
I've even been looking into some natural hair recipes for us. We did this moisturizing recipe together as a mommy and daughter hair treatment.
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
Mix together. Leave in for 30 minutes. Then wash hair as usual.
For clarifying treatment add 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
In a bind we used Agave nectar instead of honey and it worked fine!}