The bad news… I still have not figured out the best way to do my own hair.
The good news… it only took us six months to figure out the best way to do Happy’s hair. At least a lifetime of trial and error with these curls…
has taught me how to know when something is working on (or not working on) these curls…
So, probably the most common question I am asked these days is how do we do Happy’s hair. Since we finally have a strategy that works well, I am happy to share it for anyone else looking for some hair solutions for their curly-doed little one. That said, hair texture, thirst, weight, etc vary so these solutions are not one size fits all. My sister and I have totally different curls and can’t style our hair the same way. A little trial and error testing goes a long way. The products we use are sold at the mall and so we tried the final product on Happy at the counter and then walked around a bit to see how it affected Happy’s hair over time before making a purchase. If that’s an option for you, try it. If not, buy small quantities until you have your formula/ approach worked out.
Step One: Shampoo and Condition. We don’t shampoo Happy’s hair every night. It gets a once a week scrub with Johnson and Johnson’s original shampoo (yep, the goldenrod yellow no tears stuff that our parents probably used on us. Happy has eczema and that’s the only shampoo his skin can tolerate). Every night, however, it gets conditioned with Carol’s Daughter’s Dream Big Conditioner. While it’s conditioning, we gently pick out the curls (which come down to Happy’s shoulders when wet).
Step Two: Hair Milk. Out of the bath, we saturate Happy’s hair with Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk. Love this stuff. Will try it on my own hair soon. Anyway, Happy goes to bed with his hair drenched in Hair Milk.
Step Three: Detangler. In the morning, there are some frizzies where Happy laid his head so we “start over” in those spots by spraying them with Carol’s Daughter Detangler.
Step Four: Hair Butter. Finally, we scoop up some Carol’s Daughter Hair Butter and put it on the spots that need some extra TLC. In an effort for full disclosure, this step is not my strength. I am all about the hair product and have WAY too heavy a hand with the butter. So BF handles the butter application as often as possible so that baby’s hair doesn’t dry looking like it has powdered sugar in it (we learned the hard way that the excess butter dries white and powdery).
So that is what we do for now. It could change as his hair gets longer and, who knows, we might even loc it one day but we love the curls and they so suit our boy’s personality.