I researched hair care and asked advice from other adoptive mom's before we went back for Embassy..I was going to be prepared! The majority said Coconut Oil was great for hair and skin! So we get back to the TH and its time for your first showers! Well Tommy loved it, Milly screamed bloody murder the whole time while I was trying to wash your hair for the first time..No it didn't go so well! So after you both got a little Coconut oil everywhere and I brushed what little hair you had with a bristle brush and added a bow to Milly! Bows make everything better right?! Wrong! It started this very day! Day 1 of you officially in my care! First it was the women staff at the guest house..The very nice ladies at the front desk. They started by feeling Milly's hair and gave a look of disapproval. This was the look I was trying to avoid! They told me her hair was dry and needed moisture..OK day 1!! I'm still learning here!! Day 2 more coconut Oil! This day it was the guard at the front gate..he patted her on the head then rubbed her hair and gave a look and then a smile. Oh I knew what he was thinking!!
This mom better figure this out quick!!! So 7 months later have I?? Well her hair feels 100 times better than it did!! When she first was home it was so coarse I felt like a failure..White mom with no clue how to care for my daughters hair!! I was really afraid that every black women was looking at me shaking their head!! Now I feel confident (except when I attempt to braid) that I am doing a good job! The Victory came the 2nd time I took her back to her black hairdresser...her words were "WOW I cant believe what a drastic change in her hair! I have never seen a quicker turn around!!" What a relief!! I can do this!!! So hundreds of dollars later and lots of help from other moms I think we have got it!! Her hair is growing and its SOFT and easy to detangle..no more tears!!! Karen Winstrom recommended the last product and with the combination of a few more we no longer have hair stress!!!
So what worked for us?? Here is a look at our favorite essential products!!
So my favorite by far is available at Walgreen's. Shea Moisture..it runs around $10 each item but if you watch you can get it on sale!! They are well used and I'm in need of refills!! But can not live without!! The other products are available at Sally's Beauty supply. Mixed Chicks..again under $10 each. We tried the whole line but only kept a few.
So here is our Daily routine:
Our weekly routine:
Every 3 weeks:
My must have accessories are:
Some products I use sparingly are:
Tommy has very sensitive skin so anything scented causes is hair to itch and his skin so I usually keep his hair short and only use the Shea Moisture Hair milk. I hope that some of you have success with this product line too. Every child is different and everyone's hair is different! For now this is working wonders and her hair is healthy and growing like crazy!! So is her box of hair accessories!! Good Luck and Happy Hair care!!!