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Vayda’s Natural Hair Regimen

When Vayda was born, I was sure she’d be a bald head small head because Zion was born with a head full of hair and I just knew that there was no way I’d have a little girl with a head full of hair too. Buuutttt she wasn’t a bald head small head she came out just as hairy as Zion if not more.

Confession: I didn’t want any girls because I don’t know how to do hair.  And although I only had one girl God saw fit that all my children would share the same blood line as Rapunzel so the jokes on me. 

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I’m often asked what is it that I do (or don’t do ) to her hair so one day while I was washing her hair I decided to do a short Facebook Live video about her hair regimen.

In addition to the video I wanted to go a little bit more in detail so I decided to write about it.

A few things you should know.

  • I don’t know how to braid/cornrow YET! 2017 Goals. So I don’t’ braid her hair.
  • I don’t know her hair type- I don’t even know my own and she ain’t special JK.
  • Vayda made 3 this past August, and this is essentially what I’ve been doing to her hair for the past two years. The first year I did not touch her hair because I was afraid I’d ruin it #truestory.
  • She didn’t go through that bald in the back phase, so I’ve never really had to “regrow” her hair in any section, and I think it’s primarily because I’ve stuck to this regimen.
  • I use the LOC method for her hair. Loc= Liquid Oil Cream
  • Also, I don’t clip her ends; there’s no need to and I ain’t ready for that yet.

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Loc Method -I use the LOC method on her hair which is a regimen of Liquid Oil and Cream. 

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How often do I wash her hair?

As stated in the video this my sound all sorts of wrong but I only wash her hair every 3-4 months if that. No, it doesn’t stink, and it’s not visually dirty. When I do her hair, I make sure to comb out any lint or build up. The reason I don’t wash her hair as often as other people is because quite frankly I don’t have the time.  All three of my kids have a head full of hair and maintaining their hair sucks up quite a bit of my time.  Another reason I don’t wash it more often is because I’ve had no issues that would warrant otherwise and I’m a very “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it kinda girl.”

Blow Drying

I’ve probably blow dried her hair maybe five times her whole life. I also believe that largely contributes to her maintaining length and health. When I do blow dry her hair, it’s usually to check for length and health, but that’s it I don’t blow dry her hair for special occasions.

Breakage/Shedding

Even when weeks have gone by and I’ve neglected to comb her hair, and there is some matting I experience little to no breakage, and I think that’s largely due to me sticking with the LOC method.

Washing and Conditioning

Vayda has eczema so I’m very selective about anything that touches her skin so I recently started washing her hair with African Black Soap– not the kind you buy from the beauty supply- this is straight from the motherland, and it is the bees knees, it doesn’t strip her hair, and it’s great for her scalp. Also after researching how great this soap is the whole family uses it for our hair and body. It has officially become a necessity in my household. For conditioner, I use Nexxus Humectress Replenishing System or Tresemme Luxurious Moisture For Dry or Damaged Hair.

The Regimen

I take her hair down and section it into four parts.vaydahairDSC_0224

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vaydahairDSC_0231Part a section of the first part and saturate it with water, get it soaking wet.

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I add a generous amount of olive oil from root to tip of the section.

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I detangle and comb through the hair with a wide-toothed comb starting from the bottom working my way up, then I repeat the process with a medium-toothed comb and lastly using a rat tail comb. It’s important that I do this because I don’t wash her hair often and this process gets all of the gunk out.

 

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After the hair is detangled and separated I add maybe a tablespoon of Cantu Leave-In conditioner to that section of hair and comb through it, you can add more if needed.

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I then take the other part of that section and repeat the process, when the entire section in detangled I rubberband that section and then braid or twist it.

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I usually part her hair in 4 maybe 6 sections but never more than that because ain’t nobody got time for that. I don’t use any gel or edge control for her hair because it wouldn’t work anyway, I just let her hair do its thing.

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This is ALL of the shedding from combing her entire head.

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Disclaimer: She refuses to sleep in a bonnet because she says it makes her look like my grandma-She’s mad shady. I tried to get her to sleep on a  silk or satin pillowcase, but she refuses that also so at night she just sleeps on her hair and gratefully she doesn’t have any breakage, but again I think it’s also due to her hair being strong from the LOC method and this regimen.

Let me know if you have any questions!

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  1. Girlllllll I have been preaching this for years! That’s exactly what I did when my daughter was a toddler. I didn’t know what to do with all of her hair so I did nothing and it grew like weeds. She’s 12 now and it still works. Keep doing it your way. Don’t worry about what others say. Most of them don’t know what they are talking about anyway! 😂

      1. I can testify to the do-nothing method. I keep my daughter’s hair in large braids because she is an athlete (basketball and softball) and plays these sports year round. I cowash the braids every two-three weeks when needed (only because of the all sweat and dirt from the field) and fully wash once every 2-3 months (again depends on the need). LOC method is essential for our hair and more so when working out often our playing sports. I’m not really into the curl typing and if I had to type my daughters hair using this method I would say blend of 3C-4A, dense and low porosity describes it best. She is 12 and her hair falls just below her sports bra🙂. This is after growing the back of her hair out from a hair cutting session she had when she was 9. She decided to cut all the frizzy parts of a blow out that was starting to convert from humidity. ❤️

    1. Hi lady!!!
      So i bought the cantu shea butter today for my 4 year old daughter…

      Bit we will start using it sunday… what i wantef to know was may we just apply and wash hair after aweekand thn again apply and wash after a week as a routine or does one rinse it of tje same day you apply after few hours.

      Help a girl out to have her identity of confidence through her hair. Thanks

  2. I’ve used a similar processed on my three daughters, except I’ve been using coconut oil. They are ages 4, 5 and 8. People think I’m crazy that I don’t wash their hair more often…but I don’t have time for that! It works so I don’t care what people say.

  3. I use to think I had to wash my daughter hair every 2 to 3 weeks and we both hated it but now she’s 7 she does great with getting it washed but I only wash it every couple of months now as well I didn’t and don’t tell ppl how often I wash her afraid of the judgment too but now I see I’m not alone I mean it’s works and now I have a new baby it definitely works cause I really don’t have time for that. Thanks for this post I will definitely be doing more of the loc method and see how much her hair will grow she has medium length thick coily hair what type I couldn’t tell you but it’s a nice grade of hair so hopefully I can get it to grow longer and healthier with this method

  4. I do exactly the same ,felt a but guilty but havin 4 girls was a drag on washing daig day,once a month takes up a whole day for me!

  5. I love You!!! I sound just like me. I was hoping for a boy because I can’t do hair too. Lol. I love my baby girl to the moon and back, but that was the first thing that came to mind when I found out the gender at my ultrasound….Hair!!!

    My 2017 goal is to learn to cornrow too. Trying to watch YouTube videos…but not not working. My little girl is almost 3 and I’ve been trying the LOC method. Do you do this everyday? Thank you for posting this. You’ve given me hope.

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      Lol I’m so glad you get my crazy humor. Learning I was having a girl terrified me! I kept thinking what about the hair?! I’m lacking on my 2017 goal honestly I found a really good Youtube video that my friend used to learn to cornrow so I’ll have to post it on my Facebook page to remind us both. I do the loc method to her hair once a week. That’s ideal, but I can stretch it to two or three weeks if I’m too busy. Please keep me updated on your baby girls hair I love success stories!
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  6. How frequently do you perform this LOC routine? Once a week?

  7. For anyone who uses coconut or olive oil would you mind addressing quantities used? I used olive oil on my 5 1/2 year old daughter’s hair when she was little. I’ve used coconut oil a few times more recently. Very recently, I went a bit crazy and used a ton of coconut oil as it smelled so d..n good. YIKES! A couple of days later boy that coconut oil was acrid. Any tips would be awesome! Thanks!

  8. How many times do you do this method

  9. Question could i put olive oil and leave. In conditioner and water in a bottle and use it like that…

  10. Hey Tata, nice detailed post you have here. It is great that you have shared what works for you and your girl. People can try it and see if this might work for their kids’ hair as well but everyone is different so maybe this may not be ideal for them. But looking at how great your daughter’s hair looks, one can only hope it works for them too.

  11. Can you only use olive oil ? Or can you use other oil products like coconut?? My daughter hair is so dry and it get matted and has a lot of breakage in the back from pulling it up in a pony tail will this help ?? How do u get the matted sections out

  12. Hey Tata nice post, I like your way of presenting post. In All post, Images play a very important role in clear our thought.

  13. Thank you. Your post has helped give me confidence about handling my biracial child’s hair. She has soft, dense, corkskrew hair like her Dad. We all have natural hair, my first goal is to put as little chemicals as possible on our hair and skin and in our bodies. My second goal is to teach my daughter to take care of her hair in its natural state. I here lies freedom. I am taking a similar approach to my daughters haircare as you have outlined by following my intuition. But I have been criticized. And I have often put self imposed pressure to measure up to society’s standard of beauty. It is a fight to fend off the constant images and advertisements we see everyday. The beauty industry wants us to be enslaved to their products, to wear our hair in such a way that we need to spend money on their products. This is a strategy for all races in America. (I do not have enough experience abroad to say what other nations have this problem). I refuse to measure up to a for profit industry’s standard of beauty. And should we feel guilty that we do not want to spend 1 hour (or more) a day prepping and primping. We have more important things to do. Sure we should be neat and clean. Sure we have creative abilities that when time permits we can make wonderful hair styles. But we need to be free from this yoke of beauty that is placed about the neck of so many women. So thanks again for creating this post to further us along in that journey.

  14. I have a 5 year daughter which I hated to wash her hair!! We finally got a routine down and I do not wash her hair very often either. I think she goes about 2-3 months as well between washes and her hair is really long and think. I use a similar method as yours. I just don’t use the olive oil because she sweats from her head when shes tired and while she sleeps and I’ve worried it might smell..lol. but other than that she has really healthy hair. Oh I braid her ends cause my twists are terrible! Lol

    On my now 3 yr old once i started doing the same thing and stopped washing her hair so frequently it started growing out of control! And both girls have very different hair textures…

  15. Your hair looks great! Coconut oil is the multitasking product. Thanks for sharing some of your hair tips.

  16. hi .. thanks so much for this post!! do you think this with work with kids swimming.. my daughter swims weekly and wondering if the non wash routine would damage her hair more?? what do u think?

  17. your hair looks great! Coconut oil is the multitasking product. Thanks for sharing some your hair tips.

  18. I love this method. I have four kids all with hair. My boys have dreads but I still use the LOC on they hair. My other two are girls 7 years old and 9 months with a lot of hair. I cut off all my hair it was alot of work with 4 kids with hair to the middle of they back and they father with dreads to his needs. 😞😞

  19. Do you apply the oil to the scalp too? Does she wear a shower cap to prevent the hair from getting wet while bathing? I’m thinking about trying this for by 18 mo old.

    1. I do apply it to her scalp as well. Sometimes I’ll put a shower cap on her but most of the time I forget.

  20. Im so excited to try out this method. How would I got about using the hair growth when following the layer method?

  21. Wow ! I love Short Hairstyles .. So Cute ! i will try it soon. Thank You soo much this ideas and tips for hair..

  22. Please do you repeat your procedures every week

  23. I use this same method on my daughter’s hair but I also incorporate grease into the regimen/routine because her hair is dry and high porosity. The grease does an awesome job at sealing her hair. I shampoo her hair once a month but I rarely use conditioner. I just layer her hair with using the l.o.c.g(grease) method after shampooing and we have no problems

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