Three years ago, I cut off all of my hair. It was a huge step in the right direction towards healthy hair. The thing is, kinky/curly hair is high maintenance; it takes forever to comb, it needs constant moisture and prep to keep the curls non-frizzy and popping.
This list is for all my curly girls out there. The girls with the curls that need constant love and care and manipulating. The list really just focuses on breakage prevention which, in my experience, is the number one (or at least top 3) issue when it comes to growth and bounce and shine and….pretty much everything. lol.
Cotton is the soft and wonderful and guilty culprit of dry damaged hair. That is, if you’ve already eliminated putting heat to your head. I get my hair blown out once a year for my birthday because “self-care” but, other than that, no heat touches my hair. This has made such a major difference in my hair health but all of the products below have compounded my breakage prevention routine. Satin and Silk are your friends. They love your hair. They would never soak up all the moisture and product from your hair while you’re out and about or sleeping. Cotton should not be touching your hair. Switch to the satin lined beanies, silk pillow cases and scrunchies for your pineapple hair-do. Use a good comb that is meant to give way instead of forcing through (and breaking!) your hair while you comb it!
All these things will make a difference, I promise, and the person who receives these gifts will looooove you for it– even before they start to see the difference in their hair!
In my mind, this style was going to be two really high, braided poofs (you all know, I love me some poofs). However, anyone who has a child knows that “plans” do not always, or hardly ever, go accordingly when toddlers are involved. As soon as the comb hit the hair, little miss made it very clear that she was not having it.
Mom-3, Makenzie- approx. 10,000.
I did a co-wash with Mielle Organics detangling co-wash and it is amazing. It smells so good and, while I roll my eyes when I see the word “detangling” on a bottle, this product really does live up to the name. If you are a woman who grew up as a child with curly/kinky/coily hair and had multiple, unfortunate experiences with combs breaking in your hair then you understand my disbelief of a product that claims to be a detangler. This, however, is not your average product. Even the rat tail come slid through those curls like butter. BUTTER. You know what I mean.
Side Note: I mean, look at those curls and that color!
Anyways, after I realized that little miss wasn’t going to give me the time of day, I decided to do two bantu-knots on top and two-strand twists in the back that could stay in for a few days and would then give her some pretty texture in the back after I untwisted them.
I brushed the hair up to see exactly where I wanted the knots to go….
….then I made my parts.
The entire back side of her head was twisted into two-strand twists while the front was cornrowed in small sections and twisted into a bantu-knot.
And there you have it, folks! Simple and sweet.