bre. circa 1984

my family is into hair.  my great grandmother’s motto was “you had to suffer to be beautiful” i was privy to roller sets weekly from the age of 18 months until…i guess until i cut my hair short in 8th grade.  because of my upbringing i could never stand the torture of braids or styles where i didn’t have immediate access to combing, styling, or playing in my own hair. i NEED to do things things on a regular basis.  brownlee likes to joke that it takes me days to do the little bit of hair that i have when it comes to washing, drying, straightening, and then curling all 3-4 inches of hair on my head. SO WHAT! that’s how i roll! i get it cut on the regular, i do it on the regular, i buy stuff to put in on it on the regular. that is life.

lots and lots of people i know have made the transition from chemically straightened (permed) hair to having their hair in its natural state.  i’ve had a perm since i was about 2 and i don’t have any plans to go to the other side. and everyone told me if i had a girl that i would be in trouble because i don’t know how to comb hair.  that was a false statement cause i comb mine all the time, but i do realize that now i will have to deal with a real live curly head.

as addy’s hair grows longer and thicker and mo longer and mo thicker it is getting curlier and curlier.  it was small waves at first, but now its full blown heavy sections of curls. i can almost gather it into two ponytails! and soon the days of doing absolutely nothing to it but throwing on a headband will be over and i need to get it together.

yesterday i ordered some awesome new hair clips for her on Etsy (OneLittleMonkeyShop, how fitting) but then i got to thinking they might require more than just picking at a few strands in the front and attaching the clip. i’m not ready to  corral her in my lap and force her to slicking brushes and extensive plaits and twists (not EVER) but still.

i like the Johnson&Johnsons and Aveeno baby hair wash i’ve been using but i should probably start to only wash her hair as often as i wash mine. unless of course she gets throw up in it, which is somehow a common occurrence. and i’m going to have to try out some sort of moisturizing…something to help it out through the inbetween times.

i want easy, the total opposite of the picture up top. but also something that will help care for her hair and maybe even accentuate the curls. is that possible? i’m really looking into these Curl products for babies. they will even send some samples with the product!!! i know natural hair care can be expensive (hell, hair care in general) but i also know that as she gets bigger her hair will continue to change. mine just quit falling out the other day! so who knows when hers will get to some stable point.

anywho, does anyone have any tips on what to do? any hair care secrets of your own or advice on what to do with baby’s hair? i’m open to most suggestions, but please remember who you are talking to. don’t get too technical on me. i’m not really trying to plug any products or anything, just want to have something that actually works.