The night before washing I Pre-Poo’d (condition prior to shampooing – see great write up here) with the following mixture:

  • 1 large part conditioner of any kind (Leave-In’s not excluded). I suggest using a cheaper brand for this one;
  • 1 teaspoon or tablespoon (depending on how much conditioner you use) of your choice of oil. We use extra virgin olive oil, but I’ve heard castor, jojoba, grapeseed, coconut and sunflower oils are also great moisturizers; and
  • Baking Soda, adding to the above parts little by little until the texture changes a tad bit (or you can add more till fluffy if you are pre-pooing a few minutes before washing vs. all night). ** As a side note, there are many mixed reviews on the use of baking soda on natural hair. It works for BBH, but I suggest, go moderate on your first try, or not even at all. You may achieve great results with just the conditioner and oil mixture alone as a pre-poo. I also do not recommend for daily or weekly washings. Also, some naturals use baking soda alone as a gentle cleanser.
I work through her hair and detangle with my fingers and a wide tooth comb, if necessary. Then I part her hair in large sections (a tip from Beads, Braids and Beyond), see below pic, and cover with her satin cap. Because I Pre-Poo on dry hair, it doesn’t soak through her cap and onto her pillow, etc.
Pre-Poo’d Hair

Why Pre-Poo?? For BBH, it softens the hair (partly because of the baking soda) and DRASTICALLY minimizes tangling while washing. Also, you are loading your hair with moisture, so that you’re not completely stripping the hair when washing.


I then proceed to wash each braided section with Kinky Curly’s Come Clean Shampoo. It’s a very gentle cleanser and can be used daily. You can shampoo the hair while in the braid, but because of the baking soda, I take each braid out and shampoo individually paying close attention to massaging the scalp and rinse. Her hair just slips because of the Pre-Poo.

**At least once a month I do an Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse before applying final Leave-In Conditioner. This consist of 3 parts slightly cooled water (to lock in moisture) to about a 1/2 cup of vinegar. The smell dissipates…  And it leaves hair even more incredibly soft and shiny.


Depending on my schedule and how dry her has been, I either do the following ending in Bantu knots:

  • a) on soaking wet hair, apply a water based conditioner to her hair like Kinky Curly’s Tiny Twirls Conditioner (vs. the thick opaque stuff), detangling w/fingers and cover with shower cap. Let her do her thing for 20-30 minutes and rinse out and unto 3b; or
  • b) on soaking wet hair, apply Leave-In Conditioner, which is almost always Kinky -Curly’s Knot Today (I know, I’m a billboard for KC right?!?) and detangle with fingers. *Other Leave-In’s used in the past are Beautiful Curls Curly to Kinky and Giovanni Direct Leave-In.
The knots are great for holding the moisture and Leave-In product in while I begin styling her hair.
Leave-In Conditioned Hair


From here, we generally style her hair in twists and then switch up the style the following week (or few weeks after in more stretched styles). BBH’s hair does not do well drying over night, so we start washing pretty early so that her hair is dry by night time. BUT, there are many blogs out there that highly recommend drying the hair (over night) while stretching it by banding, threading or other methods such as braiding in plats all around the head. Here are a couple links/videos:

Whelp, that’s how we keep it Curly!! What’s your hair washing routine?

HAIRSPIRATION: A particular hairstyle that inspires you to try it yourself or create your own hairstyle(s).

We all have at least one. That OOWEE style that you can’t stop looking at. Out of hundreds of styles done by Nikki G of Beads, Braids and Beyond, this has to be my favorite. Maybe it’s the intricate pattern of the rows on the side with the contrasting cascade of twists on the other, but it ‘got’ me. I remember it like yesterday. I saved the link and would click on it every so often. Next thing I know, I started trying new things on BBH’s hair. Don’t get me wrong, there are many great styles out there and we’ll share more Hairspirations on BBH, but this one right here is special, it left a mark on our hair journey. What is your latest Hairspiration?

I love Tightly Curly’s site (TC).  It was one of the first blogs I found that really hipped me to caring for Baby Big Hair’s hair; the other being Beads, Braids, & Beyond.  Here is a link on TC’s site for caring for baby and toddler hair and defining curls.  THIS WORKS PEOPLE.  Of course no hair is as perfect as “Day One” hair, but you can let them wear hair “out” for a few days with a little bit of TLC.

Since BBH’s hair has grown much longer  and w/the dryer months, I’m more prone to twists and twist outs on BBH, but I can’t wait until it warms up so I can get back to defining and letting her hair naturally dry in the sun. Hhhhh. It’s simply devine. Here’s a pic of one of my last good defining sessions.  We call it her “curly fro”.  Go’Head Baby, Be Curly!!