Welcome to BABY BIG HAIR BLAST where we highlight “Big Hair” artisans and their muses:) Up next to the BBH stage is Mommy Monica and handsome Little Guy, and oowee what a cutie pie! We’re SO EXCITED about this first Boy Blast we don’t know what to do with ourselves!! HHhhh. Ok, so first let me tell you a little bit about Mommy Monica. She has a boys natural hair blog called Hair and Heart (don’t you just love that name?). Now come on, you dont come across those every day unfortunately. So I just had to “chat” down with Mommy and get the dealio on that there blog and Little “Cutie Pie” Guy! Let’s get right on with it, shall we?
BBH: What led you to blog about boys’ natural hair?
I was having a hard time finding blogs that showcased, for a better word, “masculine” hairstyles. Many of the blogs focused on children really encompass the female market. So I started my own blog to help other moms in my predicament while at the same time providing them with some alternate products as I had a lot of complaints myself of the smell of some products being too floral or perfumy. [BBH: Wow, I NEVER thought of that!!]
BBH: What is your hair washing routine?
I wash Little Guy’s hair once a week, usually on Sunday. Most of the time I keep his hair either braided or twisted up and I let them down for the weekend. The day of washing I soak his hair in some type of detangling agent and let it sit for a while. Afterwards, I wash with shampoo and deep condition and detangle while he is in the tub.
BBH: How do you keep Little Guy’s hair moisturized?
I don’t really have a problem with the moisture factor until I take the hair out of his “protective style”. I use the moisturizing sprays by Shea Moisture lightly during the week [BBH: Uhp, there’s that infamous product line again!!], topped off with a little jojoba oil to battle any dryness that may occur.
BBH: How does Little Guy feel about his hair?
Little Guy doesn’t really express any interest in his hair, lol. He just sees it as a part of himself.
BBH: Fav styling products these days?
I use several products for Little Guy’s hair because I am a product junkie. *whew, glad I got that off my chest* [BBH: Hi everyone, I’m BBH’s Mommy, and I too am a product junkie, LOL!]. I mainly stick with butters and creams for his hair as they seem to keep it supple and shiny without being greasy. I guess to narrow it down; my favorites to use on Little Guy are Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie [BBH: OK, for real. Is Shea Moisture lightweight advertising on this blog?!?], Bee Mine Curly Butter and Little Penguins Fresh Cream.
BBH: What are your thoughts on cutting his hair?
I cut Little Guy’s hair a few days after his second birthday; he is now three, mostly due to some familial pressures. It was cut to about an inch long and wouldn’t even curl up as you can see in the picture. Now his hair is at least seven inches all over. I was very upset when it was all said and done (and I definitely caught a lot of slack from other sites where I posted Little Guy’s story for my care about hair on “a boy”). In hindsight I’m glad I did it because he had “baby head” where it was a bit patchy and the cut evened it out. I don’t plan on cutting his hair any time soon, but I if he asked to have it cut in the future, I would definitely oblige his request. [BBH: Awhhh, nice Mommy]
BBH: Last but not least, anything you would like to share about haircare in general, styling and/or experiences?
I have had a hard time finding that perfect product for wash and gos. I’ve seen several boys a la Jaden Smith with those free hanging curls and I like that look for Litttle Guy. I haven’t found it yet but my motto is try and try and try again. Don’t dismiss a product because it didn’t work the first time. Try to use it in a different way or in conjunction with something else.
In terms of styling, I have been trying for the life of me to become an expert cornrower. I am failing, miserably. The braiding is getting a lot better but its still not great. [BBH: Yes, I feel your pain…hhhmmm, let’s go buy more products!!!]
Big BBH thanks to Mommy Monica and Little Guy! Isn’t he just as cute as he wants to be?? And why do boys always get those beautiful eyelashes!! Kudos to Mommy for breaking from the norm and doing her own thing. We all yield to familial pressures at times, but mommies like you inspire Big Hair for Boys!! Most ‘def on your team!! Please check out Hair and Heart for natural boy hair tips, bits, product reviews and more. Dont forget the “Like” the Hair and Heart Facebook Page. Whew! What a BLAST!! No pun intended..