Kids Natural Hair Care: Washing Regimen

My daughter was born with a head full of hair and then cradle cap took it all out. After some good nurturing her hair has grown and now our challenges are much different.

Nori @ 2 months pre-cradle cap. No baby was harmed in the taking of this picture.

At 1 years old Nori only had length in the top of her head. I would give her two braids or two little ponytails. This is what cradle cap left us with.

At age 2.5 Nori has grown all of her hair back and more but now has a few different textures going on. The top is very thick, soft and curly, the back is kinkier and less soft and the sides are very fine. She can thank her Dad for the top texture and Mi for the back. Teamwork right. lol

This is Nori’s hair before her wash. I took her braids out a few days ago then she wore puffs for a few days. I wash hair once a week, usually on Sunday.

I’ve been mostly natural for 10+ years and I know what works for me. My hair is thick and kinky, very 4b/c type of hair so our hair needs are different.

I’m not the product junky type and I’m not reading book after book after book only to feel as overwhelmed and confused as I was when I started my journey in 2005.

Nori has eczema so I know that is a factor I must consider. Here is what I’ve settled out on.

I use Shea Moisture products on my hair so I decided to give them a try on her hair. My formula thus far is Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo and ORS Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner.

Post wash I comb her hair out again, let it air dry then rub Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style milk to moisturize/detangle her hair and B&B hair grease for her scalp, I was using Coconut oil but it wasn’t doing the trick. The Curl & Style milk makes it so soft and easy to comb and did I mention how amazing all of these products smell. Nori says they smell like fruit.
To make it easy on the both of us I put Nori on the counter to wash her hair. I put a towel down so it’s comfy and her head is in the sink.
We chit chat during her hair wash and she plays with the comb every chance she gets.
With conditioner still in her hair I comb it out again, it’s nice and soft at this stage. Her shrinkage is serious which is why I let it air dry before styling. It also gives her a chance to run around and fight with her brother. She is 2 and doesn’t like to just sit so its helpful to give her a break between our regimen.
I braid her up, I try to go for styles that will last 4 days. Nori’s hair is fine around the edges and they frizz up quickly. Individual box braids last longer than her cornrow styles. She sleeps in a wig cap at night to help preserve her styles. {This was a trial and error process} This picture is the next morning after she took off her cap.

Navigating our natural hair takes trial, error and time. If you are in the DMV {DC, Maryland, Virginia} area or willing to come to the DMV The Naturalista Hair Show is taking place on August 2nd & 3rd.  They will have seminars, workshops, hands-on classes and vendors. This two day event is a great source of information for the big or little natural in your life. Buy your tickets HERE! The event is being held at the Double Tree on Colesville Road in Silver Spring, MD. #iAmN I WILL BE THERE TOO!

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I would love to hear your natural hair care experience. Share it here in the comments below or on FB.

8 Comments on Kids Natural Hair Care: Washing Regimen

  1. Mom of Two
    July 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm (3 months ago)

    I used olive oil on my son’s head when he was a baby for cradle cap too. Works well.

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    • Mimicutelips
      July 22, 2014 at 12:06 pm (3 months ago)

      Yes, I love olive oil. It is great to cook with and does wonders for the skin and hair. lol Can’t beat that.

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  2. Brandy Toenges
    July 22, 2014 at 8:10 am (3 months ago)

    I LOVE SHEA MOISTURE products! I have blonde hair and let me tell you, its some amazing stuff!! You kids are precious. I love the caption -No baby was harmed taking this photo…that was cute!!

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    • Mimicutelips
      July 22, 2014 at 12:07 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Brandy, I love a product that is good on a variety of hair types and textures. That means its really good. lol

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  3. Richmondmom.com
    July 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm (3 months ago)

    Shea Moisture is the best. (Their baby line smells amazing!)

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    • Mimicutelips
      July 25, 2014 at 12:25 am (3 months ago)

      They really are, all of their products smell amazing.

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  4. Rattles Heels
    August 30, 2014 at 11:42 pm (2 months ago)

    Awww Nori is too adorable! I use SheaMoisture in my daughter’s hair as well. I love their products and how well they’re priced.

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    • Mimicutelips
      August 31, 2014 at 8:04 am (2 months ago)

      I totally agree, I’m glad to have great hair care options for our littles. I stress over her hair more than I do my own.

      Reply

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