I am in process of trying to get into a better routine so Amanda hair doesn't like so frightful all the time. It's quite possible we're dealing with a lot of breakage from the day I played with the hot iron, so there's really nothing but time that will solve that error in judgement. I've been doing some reading on Happy Girl Hair and Tightly Curly to get some new ideas. I ordered some coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter and mixed some together with a little olive oil. I mixed approximately 1 tsp cocoa butter, 1 Tbsp of shea butter, 3 Tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tbsp of olive oil.
Then I recorded our progress through the week. First I started on Friday night by saturating her hair with the moisturizer mix. It had been in a single low twist. We used this style quite often this summer because we went biking almost every day and it needed to fit under her helmet. Then a exfoliated her scalp with baking soda and rinsed her hair really well. I don't use any soap or shampoo on the girls; I just use baking soda and a wash cloth to exfoliate their dead skin cells. I've been told soap and shampoos can strip too much moisture. After the rinse, I wrapped a baby towel around her head while we put lotion on. I still use the baby Aveeno lotion. She likes to help put it on. I didn't do much detangling just enough to divided it into four braids for sleeping after coating it with more of the oil mixture.
In the morning, I undid the braids and began dividing it into small sections to put into little black rubber bands. I've read information that putting into the bands in hard on the hair but that it makes for neater styles. So this week we were going to try the bands. I only detangled enough separate the sections and I used the oil mixture to keep things slippery.
It took 30-40 minutes to get all her hair into sections. After that was done, pulled the hair back in a low bun with moisturizer to keep it from get more tangled before I could get back to it.
detangling and then comb detangling. Pulled the hair back into a pony tail again, dipped the end in water to get it to curl up and added Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera jelly to define the curls. I just put the jelly on my palms and crunched her curls up. This probably took another 30 minutes. Then we went for our photo shoot and to the park.
Organix Tea Tree Mint Conditioner and water to wet and define her curls in each section of hair. I used the process explained on Tightly Curly's website. We are almost out of the Coconut Milk Conditioner which is why we used the other kind. The conditioner worked fine in terms of hold and slipperyness. I kept a cup of water nearby to keep my hands and her hair wet while I was working.
The styling held up okay after her nap, but she had been very uncomfortable with the bands. Perhaps I got them too tight but they seemed to be hurting her and catching on her clothes and when I tried to put it into to pony tails. I had been planning to twist or braid each section for the rest of the week but I decided to cut out the bands. I used the end of my rat tail comb to pull up the band and then clipped it with baby fingernail clippers. Then I put her hair into four protective braids for bedtime.
I've been wrapping her head in a play silk and she has a silk pillow case but her hair still looks like this in the morning:
So cute but 30 minutes a day to do hair just isn't going to work for us. At bedtime, I pulled her hair into a high ponytail. I've been using big ouchless bands but I'm going to look for some of the round clips recommended by Tightly Curly that would require less pulling on the hair to get them in and out.