I don't think it is any secret that I am a bit insecure about caring for baby girl's hair. I can't even fix my own hair well, and it is as straight as can be. Really, our hair couldn't be more opposite, so you can see how I might be unsure of my ability to keep her hair looking good.
So far I have just been trying to keep it moisturized. I will occasionally pick it out, but for the most part I just finger comb it, stick a bow in it, and I'm done.
I have been doing a lot of research on African American hair and natural hair care and styling. I read websites, watch you tube videos, and talk to anyone who is willing to give me advice. Let me tell you, there are multiple types of hair that require very different products and plans for care. In fact, it seems as if Karis has three different types of hair on different sections of her head. I don't know why I shared all of that.
Anyway, one thing that seems to be a consensus is that the hair will grow better and stay healthier if it is styled, and the only way to get your child to be okay with styling is to practice. So I decided to practice today.
I wanted to do something that didn't involve pulling or rubberbands. It also couldn't require long hair, so we tried coiling. Now, if you know a lot about this, you will not be able to tell what I was trying to do by the pictures, but I'm learning, so bear with me.
I sat her in her bumbo, turned on some Veggie Tales (don't judge, I needed her to be still for a while), and got to work.
Check out that bald spot! I'm ready for those little hairs to grow!
The first "row" done. She's still in good spirits...didn't last the whole time.
About 45 minutes later I was done. I think I learned a lot about her hair while I was doing it, and I kind of want to redo it because I got a lot better as it went on, but it would just be torture to make her sit still like that more than just every once in a while.
All finished. Her face tells how she felt about it.
There, the bow's better in the middle.
At the end of the day, after two naps. The curls got tighter. I was surprised. We'll see how it looks in the morning.