Ever had an epiphany? Well, I had one recently. I was on the phone with someone and we began talking about black hair care. Since Princess's hair has been suddenly sprouting a bit more strands, I've been researching different hair care products that are safe for her to use. When I mentioned that I use Just For Me, I was immediately informed to avoid it like the plague.
I found out that a baby's hair will change over time and certain products can affect the texture. FYI, I am no expert when it comes to hair care. It's taken many years to learn, but I know a thing or two about my own. I have a relaxer and I have fine textured hair. I wash it once a week and I grease my scalp right afterwards. For those of you who aren't familiar with black hair, here's a quick lesson. Greasing just means adding oil or moisturizer to your scalp.
Keep in mind that not all black hair is the same. Some may wash their hair once a week, some may go weeks or months without a sprinke of water. Our black hair tends to be drier than our white counterparts, hence adding a moisturizer is necessary to prevent breakage. Naturally drier hair also means frequent washing isn't nessessary. Black hair also comes in different textures. What works for one person may not work for another. When you add bi-racial hair care to the mix, it's becomes a whole other learning process.
Some mixed race children may have thick and curly, while others may have thin and coarse hair. There are so many textures out there that I don't think it's possible to name them call. When Princess first arrived she had pin straight hair, like many black, and many white babies.
As she got older her it went from fine and straight, to fine and curly. I noticed that it would get dry, so I'd put a little A&D ointment to add shine and moisture. I later began using a tiny dab of Just for Me moisturing lotion. Even though Just For Me is a relaxer line made for kids, I didn't see the harm in using the moisturizer in my baby's hair. I was only using a teeny drop! But now I can understand why I probably shouldn't be using it. I checked the ingredients and found that there are lot of chemicals like c12-15 alkyl benzoate which is a hair thickening agent. It also contains sodium borax, which is often found in detergents. It's not to say that these are harmful products, but they can affect the look and feel of Princess's hair.
I doubt that they'll be permenent effects, but moving forward I'll certainly be more selective. If you look closely you can see that most of her curls are in the back, while the front is a bit more straight. As it continues to grow, I'm sure there'll be a lot more changes. I'd rather let nature take it course, instead of using chemical filled hair care products.
It's taken a while, but after months of sporting her boy-short-do, she's finally been able to rock this bow. Cute, huh?
In the meantime, I've decided to stick with natural products like Benjamin's Pure Olive Oil, courtesy of her grandma.
What kind of products do you use in your kids hair? Hit me up!
Weather Anchor Mama