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.
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.
Products & Supplies:
Loc Method -I use the LOC method on her hair which is a regimen of Liquid Oil and Cream.
- As I Am co-wash
- African Soap (To wash her hair)
- (L) Water
- (O) Olive Oil
- ( C) Crème- Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Cream
- Spray Bottle for water
- Applicator Bottle
- Goodie Rubber bands– My favorite I swear by them
- Wide-toothed Rake Comb
- Medium toothed comb
- Rat Tail Comb
- Soft bristle brush
- Heat protector
- Some form of entertainment usually an Ipad or a Tablet.
- Towel-It may get messy
- Wild Hair Growth. Now I don’t use this on her hair, but I do use this on my hair (edges) If I’m experiencing breakage and I’ve suggested it to some friends for their daughters, and they really like it.
- Conditioner Nexxus or Tresemme
- Emu Oil this product is great for hair growth as well
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.”
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.
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.
I take her hair down and section it into four parts.
Part a section of the first part and saturate it with water, get it soaking wet.
I add a generous amount of olive oil from root to tip of the section.
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.
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.
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.
I rubber band the ends and repeat the process for the remaining sections
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.
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!