I wash and condition Baby O’s hair once a week and co-wash in between washings. There are days that she plays extra hard at daycare and brings home half the sandbox in her hair (even with a hat on! grrrr), so she’ll get a good wash on those days. If I’m going to style her hair then I’ll wash on Wednesday or Thursday night and then style, since she has water play on Wednesday mornings at daycare and she LOVES getting her hair wet. [BBH: BOO on waterplay days..messin’ up my Sunday styles n’stuff…K. I’m back….]
BBH: What do you find are the challenges for styling Baby O’s hair and how do you over come them? Learning how to style Baby O’s hair has been my biggest challenge. Baby O was born with peach fuzz and her hair didn’t start growing into curls until she was about 18 months. Her hair wasn’t long enough to pull into piggies (what we call puffs, because she didn’t have enough “puff” and I would finger curl what was pulled up) until she was about two years old (she’s almost three now). Baby O’s daycare providers once pulled me aside and told me that her hair was really dry and asked what I was doing and how often I was washing her hair. I told them I was washing it every day and they all about had heart attacks lol! They told me how often I should be washing her hair and what types of products to use. I’m learning basic styles now and am dead-seat on perfecting my cornrow techniques by the end of summer! [BBH: You can do it! I’m STILL perfecting..]
When Baby O wears her hair out, it’s usually just from a wash and go. I’ve read banding works great to achieve big hair, but Baby O doesn’t like things in her hair at night and will pull bands out of her hair while she’s sleeping. To get Baby O’s hair puffed out, I’ll usually use my hands on her semi-dry hair to scrunch and “pull” the hair up and out, if that makes sense. Our fav quick style is three piggies on her head–one on each side of her head on top and the bottom hair gathered into one piggie. Because her hairline is still growing in, I’ll take the hair up front and either flat rope twist or cornrow it to the side and add some beads or a barrette.
Thank you Mommy Nikki and Baby O for participating! This is one cute, lil’ BBH sweetie pie, and Mommy is off to such a great start in maintaining and styling natural hair! Look at those bantu knots, piggie puffs and curls in that lil’fro! And Baby O looks so happy, awhhhh:). You can check out some of their other styles on her blog: http://intermittentbabbling.