Thursday, November 10, 2016

There is strength in number/ Less Manipulation-More Length

I have not posted about little L's ( not so little anymore)hair in a while. 
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 Freshly out of Crochet Braids. Her ends clearly needs clipping.


 The truth is, my child does not want anyone's hands in her hair, including hers. I hope this is a phase but I have to commend her for the patience she exercises when her hair us being manipulated.

So when you have a child that is so tender-headed, you do what you have to do to kept styling at a minimum.

For the last six months, her hair has been in mostly mini twists which I kept for a month at a time. Styling her hair that way met the goal, however not without some setbacks... Dryness and tangles!!! Her hair was sufficiently moisturized but it got meshed together from the water spritzing and every time I took down the twists, she experienced breakage.. Her hair retained  moisture better when the strands styled together are more in number. For example , big twists, Flat Twists and Cornrows work very well for her. The only problem is those do not last and accommodate my busy schedule.



 
So last month, I tried crochet braids( half crochet braids, half cornrows in the front)
We kept that style in for a month and when we took the style down, her hair was soft and still moisturized. 
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This is the one that she wore for the last one month


 
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This was the crochet braids she wore about a year ago
So I am sticking to what works... It will not be crochet braids all the time but sometimes, styles that only take about 30 minutes to complete.. The bigger sizes plaits/ twists cornrows/ flat twists work better to maintain the health of her hair.

I am not sure if I want to wash her hair every week but I think I will play it by ear. I really do not want to over-manipulate her hair. But I know that she will get a moisturizing deep treatment every time her hair is washed. She will also get a protein treatment once a month.


Here is where we are now:
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We mostly now use Camille Rose Naturals... For this style, I used their Coconut Water Style Setter and Curls Passion Fruit Curl Paste....I have to use stylers that have a binding effect because her hair frizzes easily
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the white stuff is the styling product but will dry clear and her hair is still damp.
Not sure how long this style will last but I am hoping for two weeks. I will try to use a creamy moisturizer to pat down moisture into her hair.

But overall, her hair is doing just fine. She retains length when I don't have her hair in mini twists.  I don't care how convenient those things are, I am going to resist the urge to install them.


 

 





4 comments:

  1. Have you tried overnight prepooing the night before wash day on unraveled mini twists with moisturizing protein (high porosity) or a conditioner (low porosity) and then detangling the next day? This has worked well for me so far on small twists. Check out my blog for more detail. Livingcoily.wordpress.com

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    1. No, I haven't.. I am scared of mini twists. Her hair strands are so fine that they aggressively tangle around one another. I have the same problem too.

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  2. Very cute styles. I'm working on keeping my daughters hair in protective styles. It's hard cause toddlers do not like sitting still.

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    1. Thank you! I know.. I remember when my daughter was a toddler. I just gave her my phone to keep her occupied and it always worked.

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