June of last year (2013) I wrote a post about Madison's Hair Care Regimen. A lot can change in a year.
With that said, I no longer use some of the products that I used then. I've learned things about her hair. What doesn't work for her and what does...well, at least some of what does. It's a continuous journey that will change and evolve as she ages!
I've also learned to let go of any judgement associated with the way that her hair looks/appears to others and how I choose to maintain it (be it "well done" or "unkempt"), so long as I'm doing what's necessary for it to be healthy.
- Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo. - I can feel how it "hydrates" her hair as I'm lathering her up and it's crazy cheap. She loves the intense blue color of it too!
- Kinky Curly Knot Today Conditioner - This stuff is as slick as it comes and is perfect for a super curly mane like Madison's.
- Shea Moisture Kids Moisturizing Detangler - I use this in the morning to add a little wetness to her hair (that has a little more to offer than just water) just prior to moisturizing and sealing.
- Shea Moisture Kids Curling Butter Cream - Honestly, I just love how this stuff smells and I know that butters work on her hair better than anything else. Besides, sealing it in is the key to any moisturizer that I use on her.
- Coconut Oil (from GNC) - For her scalp. Sometimes to seal.
- Olive Oil - To seal in moisture.
- Eco Styler Gel (Olive Oil) - I didn't think to use this on her hair for a while because it's a gel. I was reminded that it's not like the brown, hardening, flake producing mess that was used on me back in the day. It's essential for twist outs and the like.
- Design Essentials Edge Control (from Walmart) - It's small and expensive but a little goes a long way. I've recently started doing this not to be all cute with "baby hairs", because I personally think that's ridiculous (even for a toddler), but because I've come to realize how sensitive her edges are; therefore, they need to be protected. By laying them down instead of constantly brushing them into the style I am better able to protect them from strain/damage.
Our routine consists of washing her hair every 7 - 10 days or as needed, like that time she got tomato sauce in it just a few days after it was washed! Wash day is prime time to do a twist out (I'll discuss the wash and twist out process during my next post). Daily, if the hair is not styled in a twist out, braids, etc. then I'm using the detangler, moisturizer and a sealant (i.e., oil) to style her hair. I spend no more than 10 - 15 minutes on this entire process each morning from detangler application to finished style.
At night I may oil (i.e., coconut) her scalp, if needed. Otherwise, I spend a few minutes prepping her hair for the next day's style or put in a few twists just for sleeping purposes. We still use a bonnet when I can remember to put it on and especially with twists/braids in; however, she sleeps with a satin pillowcase just to be safe.
Bonus Tip: When styling her hair, my goal is always to be done within one episode of one of her favorite TV shows (Mickey, Dora, etc.). Obviously, we sometimes go over but I try to be pretty consistent about not going over. She's a toddler and I don't want maintaining her hair to feel like a burden to her. I want her to love and embrace it in all its glory, in it's natural state ;)!
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