This is one of those “ever evolving” kind of things, so this post is just a snapshot of where we are currently in the hair process.
Weekly or Wash/Detangle
- If a style has been in 3 or more weeks, we rinse with a very diluted Organic Apple Cider Vinegar rinse to get the product build up out of her hair.
- We co-wash (no shampoo, just conditioner) once a week with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, and detangle section by section while she plays in the bath.
- For detangling, I use my hands mostly. At the end I also use the Tangle Teezer gently – it is great at removing shed hair. After each section is detangled, I twist it into a bantu knot to keep it out of the way.
- Sometimes (at least once a month) we condition with Nutiva Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil to hold moisture in.
- After bathing/detangling, we cover her skin in Aquaphor lotion (not hair, I know, but still important) to retain absorbed moisture. Works so, so well.
- We set up in a plastic IKEA high chair (Violet still fits) making sure she has a cushion and a foot rest. Cue: Movies and snacks for the next few hours.
- I use a pin tail (metal rat tail) comb for parting and LOVE it. Violet didn’t like the feel of me “drawing lines” on her head at first with it, but if I go very gently then she doesn’t seem to mind.
- Each section is treated with Blended Beauty’s Butter Me Up OR Jelly Cream (or some other deep moisturizer) and also Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Styling Creme if we are doing twists or braids. I use the Tangle Teezer again to run through each section to make sure product is evenly distributed.
- We spray each morning with water and a light conditioner (I still love Blended Beauty’s Curly Cake Shake) for most styles.
- If Violet is wearing her hair down (in a fro) then we might use a heavier conditioner each morning and spend some time detangling daily.
- Violet sleeps in a satin sleep hat for naps and overnight – she also uses it when she wants to play rough with the boys, wrestling/pillow fighting/etc. I have started to notice that she wants to wear it for extended awake periods when she isn’t feeling well – it’s definitely a comfort item to her.
This is the current snapshot. I have noticed Violet’s hair getting thicker at the base with lots of new, fine hair growing in, so we may very well be changing our routine soon!