I personally had my first relaxer in 2009, when I was 17, and therefore was confident that I knew how to care for natural hair. However, the reality was that I only knew about my own hair.
My daughter’s texture is nothing like how mine was and I had to take time to learn about her hair. I would describe her hair type as 4c, as it is tightly coiled. After washing, her hair experiences alot of shrinkage and is dry and brittle without correct maintenance.
Now, I must point out that I did make a few mistakes along the way and if I were still doing them today, my daughter’s hair would have never flourished:
- I only used adult hair products on her hair
- I only washed her hair once a month
- I only used a thick pomade to grease her scalp once a month
However, none of these methods were beneficial to my daughter’s hair. So after extensive trial and error, I finally found a method her hair agreed with and it has drastically improved the health of her hair.
Her current hair routine is as follows:
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Wash day: I wash her hair every 2 weeks.
Styling: Using the LOC method (Liquid, Oil, Cream)
Section by section, I apply these products to her hair in this order: I coat her hair in Cantu Kids Leave-In-Conditioner, then apply Coconut Oil, then apply Cantu Kids Curling Cream. This method helps retains moisture in her hair and promotes hair growth.
I then style her hair which is usually in cornrows with twists at the end. I use Cantu Kids Styling Custard on the ends of her twists to stop them from unravelling.
Style maintenance: In between wash days, I oil her scalp and braids with Jamaican Black Castor Oil every 3 days. In addition, she sleeps with a satin headscarf every night.
If you too are struggling with your daughter’s hair or your own hair, I hope you find these tips are useful.
As always, thank you for reading.