Curly Kids- Kennedy

via Hairscapades

as told by Yutonya (mother)--

What’s your child’s name and age? Tell us a little about her.
Kennedy is six years old and loves, loves, loves singing. She sings in the morning, afternoon and evening. She hums in the car and has started asking for singing lessons. She loves her curly hair, but every once in a while wants to see what it would look like straightened, which it has never been. I attempted to straighten it one time with an In-Styler type tool and, ¼ way through, decided that I didn’t want to straighten it. I washed her hair and put it in a bun. I would like to say it was out of some purist ideal, but, truthfully, I think I looked at how much hair she had and saw the hours of pulling hair through that flat-iron and opted out.

How do you care for her/his hair? What products do you use, how often do you wash/condition, what techniques do you use (i.e., how do you detangle), etc.?
I co-wash her hair about once a week. I usually do this whenever we change hair styles. I shampoo about once a month. I detangle using my fingers and sometimes lightly brush the ends while there is conditioner in it if the ends get tangled. However, because she wears mostly protective styles, I find that I usually don’t have to detangle too much or use the brush. I have recently begun using olive oil overnight as a pre-poo treatment, only because she can now stand having her hair wrapped for the entire night. I use all Carol’s Daughter products on her hair. We have just started using the Monoi sulfate-free shampoo and Hair Mask from CD. Daily, we use the lite Hair Milk and the Hair Balm. The Hair Balm is a little thicker than the Hair Elixir, which is a very light liquid oil. Although heavier, we switched to the Hair Balm because the Elixir has a strong spearmint/woodsy smell and she would get so many comments in class that she smelled like tree or grass (in a good way) that I decided to switch. The two are very comparable with the same base ingredient of sweet almond oil. Lisa’s Elixir is definitely fragrant as are most of the CD products.

Do the same products that work for you work for your child’s hair?
Actually no. I have sisterlocks, which means I utilize very little products. But the question is interesting because, for the last year, my daughter has been asking me to take out the locks because she wants to see my hair. She can not recall what my hair looked like before the locks. I tell her that it basically looked the same. However, I wanted to go back to my natural hair as well. So, for the past two months I have actually been growing out my sisterlocks. As my locks are considered microlocks, I have just been growing them out and using braid outs to disguise the transition from the sisterlocks to natural. So far so good. Maybe for the next GOC I will post my pictures showing me growing out the sisterlocks. It is an interesting process.

But, back to the question, no we do not use the same products, but maybe soon. I primarily use Carol’s Daughter on Kennedy’s hair. I have managed to control my PJism and found that Carols’ Daughter’s products, although a bit costly, have all of the ingredients that I could possibly combine, mix, create or buy on my own or find in other products. I just find it easier to order online and try different products within that line. I save my adventurist side for trying new styles on her hair vs. trying new hair products. Her hair seems to respond well to CD products, so I stick with them, even when my bank account cries foul. Now, once I grow out my sisterlocks, my PJism will probably return full force, because I will personally want to try out every product under the sun on my newly free hair.



What is a typical style? Do you employ protective styles? If so, how often?
I predominantly employ protective styles. Kennedy basically only wears her hair fully out on special occasions, birthdays, etc. For school, protective styles last longer and withstand the rigor of elementary school. The two styles I always fall back on are the bun and my favorite, the single flat twist with bun. Once the bun is in place I always put a decorative bow or clip to match her outfit and also ensure that it doesn’t look so adult.

Kennedy loves wearing hair clips like her Aunt Shelli. Yes, Aunt Shelli of Hairscapades. Aunt Shelli’s October post on silk bonnets convinced her that it was okay to sleep with her pink silk bonnet to protect her head, and she does not complain when we put it on before bed. And she still asks for the two strand twists that Aunt Shelli put in her head during their sleepover. I think she has found her hair idol.


What challenges do you face with your child’s hair?
None really, because I truly like trying new hairstyles and accessories. She definitely also enjoys new hairstyles as well and has requested the Princess Leia on occasion or other hairstyles specifically. I would say the biggest issue is the distraction that the highly fragrant CD products caused her class. It was probably the combination of the hair products and the body products as we use those as well. LOL!



Have you ever relaxed/texlaxed your daughter’s hair? Why or why not and, if you relaxed her hair, what prompted the decision to return to natural?
I have never relaxed my daughter’s hair and express to her daily that she should appreciate and love the fact that she has beautiful curls. I also instill the same self-love in my son who says he loves his curls. I hope this will be enough to ensure that she does not relax her hair, but if she does, I can relate. Hair does not define all of who we are or will be and I myself have tried every hairstyle in the world from relaxed hair many years ago, braids, natural and now sisterlocks. And for the next GOC, I will go back to natural. Sometimes curiosity does not mean a lack of self-love, it is simply that, curiosity. I know many natural women who went natural simply out of curiosity and nothing more. I hear many also say they did it just because they didn’t want to go to the salon. All reasons are valid, real and worthy. So, would I prefer that she never relax her hair? Absolutely. But, if she does, I can totally understand it. I have scratched the curiosity itch many times and always came back to natural.


Anything else that you’d like to add?
We love Aunt Shelli and Uncle Weusi!

Show and Tell- The Curly Baby Edition!

Hola Chicas,


It's that time again... a virtual play date to celebrate the beautiful, curly babies in our lives! Click on the images to enlarge them:

tjyarbrough
My 2 year old granddaughter Sarai just had her hair washed with Aloe 80 Organics Daily Shampoo by Lily of the Desert and conditioned with Aussie Moist. Hair Rules Kinky Curling Cream was applied to her wet hair. Hair Rules really defines her curls and makes them feel soft and fluffy when it dries.

Gigi
Here's a pic of my soon to be 6 month old Jaydan with his teeny weeny little head of hair :) Recently I've had to snip a few of his ends because they were matted with lint - what gives? I really didn't want to put scissors to his head prior to him turning one. But, oh well didn't have much of a choice with all those fuzzies :) His hair regimen consists of a weekly wash with Eucerin Aquaphor Gentle Wash & Shampoo followed by a good towel-blotting. His hair is then styled with a soft bristled brush and a bit of baby oil is applied for some shine and he's good to go.
In looking at this pic more closely it looks like Jaydan may be experiencing some breakage at the temple just like but we'll have to treat that at a later date :-)

Farrah
Happy Friday mama. This is my son Jaden who is all about getting into trouble. His hair has been a fan of Shea Moisture products for months. I also use EVOO to keep his curls shiny and moist.
Crystal
This is my daughter Loliah at 10th months old. Her hair was washed with Johnson's head to toe baby wash. She is now 2 years old. Will send more pics soon!
Taheira
Hi! My name is Taheira and this is my 3 year old daughter, Treasure rocking flat twists with a curly puff after dance class.
Akeena
This is my lil'man Amari Gianni coolin' at the lirr. He's almost 9 months here :-)
Delisha
Here is my 4 y.o. daughter Kalaiah. She wanted to be able to shake her hair, so I did a two-strand twist, using my whipped shea butter product that I make & sell.
She loved it and was literally singing Willow Smith's song, I wave my hair back & forth.

Abeni
My Big Girl rocking a twist out using Jamaican Mango and Lime Springing gel from their new "natural" line. Definition turned out pretty well but left her ends kind of frizzy, she got a few days of wear out of it.
Send in your favorite picture with a caption (complete with product recommendations) to [email protected] I'll post several every other Friday, in the order I receive them.

Be sure to use 'Curly Baby' as the subject line! **We need more ASAP!!!**

Show and Tell- The Curly Baby Edition

Hola Chicas,

It's that time again... a virtual play date to celebrate the beautiful, curly babies in our lives! Click on the images to enlarge them:



Tammy

Here is a pic of my 2 natural babies!

T-Kia
This is my 6 year old son Kalen (sans both front teeth!). He uses the spray bottle in the morning filled with rosewater. Then I apply a little Aloe Vera Gel. That's it!
Franchesca
Here's my 3 month old Madison after a hair wash and EVOO as a leave-in.
Terry

This is my handsome little man Michael, he's 15 months old. I usually co-wash his hair with Hello Hydration Conditioner once a week and put a little Kinky Curly Knot Today (KCNT) leave in conditioner in it for moisture. He still sleeps in the bed with me and my hubby (but that's a whole other post) and he prefers MY satin pillow!!!!!! But when his curls need a little refreshing I use a little spritz of water and a little more KCNT and he's good to go!!!! He's an active little toddler so long hair care sessions are not an option;-)
Celeste
This is my 4 year old daughter Caetlynn. She loves her hair in her puffy ponytail and asks for it everyday! I personally love when she wears a twist out! I use Organic Root Stimulators Replenishing Conditioner to co wash and I use a combination of Organic Root Stimulators Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion and their Smooth and Hold Pudding to style.


Abeni
My natural Baby Girl after a good wash and condition using Bee Mine products, the conditioner is a life saver.

Brooklyn
This is my 7 month old son wearing a two day old curly fro. I wash his hair with Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo & I use organix coconut milk conditioner or V05 as a leave in & I seal with coconut oil.

Tiffani
My niece Dilan dressed up on Easter Sunday.
Kelitia

This is my 4 year old daughter, Danielle Joy… She won overall most beautiful in the Little Mississippi Preliminary Pageant. She’s rocking a fierce braid out! I co-washed and used Giovanni’s Direct Leave-In along with Eco Styler Gel…
Courtney

Hello! My name is Courtney and this is little Mason. Currently I am deployed with the United States Navy and he is in the care of a very wonderful sitter and his father. Before I left, I made it a MUST that his hair was “done” and taken care of. I left his babysitter (who is Caucasian and absolutely LOVES Mason’s hair) and father with the following tips:
-wash with baby Shea moisture shampoo/body wash
-apply olive oil after washes
-light coconut oil every other day.

Send in your favorite picture with a caption (complete with product recommendations) to [email protected] I'll post several every other Friday, in the order I receive them.

Be sure to use 'Curly Baby' as the subject line! **We need more ASAP!!!**

Show and Tell- The Curly Baby Edition!

Hola Chicas,

It's that time again... a virtual play date to celebrate the beautiful, curly babies in our lives! Click on the images to enlarge them:



The Green Family
Curly Baby Ellis with his picked out fro:-)

Autumn
Here's my son Javian Alexander. We washed his hair and added a little bit of olive oil to keep it moist. He doesn't like anything in his hair!


Monique

This is a picture of my niece Amayah. She's 2 and has a head full of beautiful curls!

Samaria
My son Solomon (11 months) and daughter Skylar ( 3 years old) rocking an afro puff!

Kiara
Kai will be 4 in April...natural just like her momma ;)


Tabitha
I've been putting 100% pure olive oil in her hair since she was two months old. When her hair is wet and stretched, it is 8 1/2 inches long and she is 21 months....

Angel

Meet Morgan. She is 4 years old and this is the result of bantu knots. Washed and conditioned with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat and finished off with jojoba oil.
Kristen
My curly cuties Avianna (6 yrs old), with Beemine Lucious Moisturizer and Beemine Juicy Spritz and Ava, 2 yrs old, with Carol's Daughter Honey Mimosa and Black Vanilla Leave-in Conditioner.

Ronisha
My son Skylar with his curly top!
Erica
This is my 14 month old niece, Kennedy! She rocks her faux hawk most days and has recently starting wearing puffs!


**To submit**:
Send in your favorite picture with a caption (complete with product recommendations) to [email protected] I'll post several every other Friday, in the order I receive them.
Be sure to use 'Curly Baby' as the subject line!

Show and Tell- The Curly Baby Edition!

Hola Chicas,

Every other week, immediately following Fierce Friday, we'll have a virtual play date to celebrate the beautiful, curly babies in our lives! Click on the images to enlarge them:


Khalilah
This is my son Kahlil (aka Cabbage Patch) at 7 months old. He won't let me do ANYTHING to his hair :o(


Monica
Meet my son Kai. I'm growing out his hair after a traumatizing (for me) cut last year. He's wearing a wash and go with coconut oil and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.


Natalie
My 2 yr old son Cameron with his wash n go. I used a lil' Garnier Fructis leave-in and coconut oil.

Yolanda
My babies Romee (22 months) and Deakin (10 months) in their most "natural" state. Hair product used? WATER!!!

Tabitha
My baby girl Victoria... sleeping :)

Dayna
My curly baby!
Alexis

Bailey - 23 months old
We use SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Raw Shea Butter.

Azeb
My 22 month old daughter, Rinah in a wash-n-go.

Dana
Here is my baby, Miss Lundyn, she is 4 1/2 years old.

Daniela
Here's a picture of my beautiful daughter Angelina. She's 5 months old now and rocking them curls. Right now I use Baby Aveeno Essential Moisture Shampoo on her head.
I recently BC'ed, after transitioning for 1year and 3 months. I am so glad I did it, thank you for all the information you share. I love you!


**To submit**:
Send in your favorite picture with a caption (complete with product recommendations) to [email protected] I'll post several every other Friday, in the order I receive them.
Be sure to use 'Curly Baby' as the subject line!

Show and Tell- The Curly Baby Edition!

Hola Chicas,

Every other week, immediately following Fierce Friday, we'll have a virtual play date to celebrate the beautiful, curly babies in our lives!


Iesha
My tubby nephew Chase, after a hearty meal! As you can see, his cheeks are a lip magnet.

Tratay
This is Lorenzo (17months) he is one curly kid =)

Ashley
This is my nearly 1 year old daughter Amaya Grace.

Christina
Here is a picture of my curly son Jaden with his wash and go!! We use Kinky Curly and Almond Oil.

India
This is Casey. She usually wears a coily fro but she rocks afro PUFFS when she's feeling jazzy. Lol!


Michaelle
Baby girl MP and her first twist out!

MzBush
My son Devin just turned a year old!


Georgette
This is my nephew aka baby. He is three years old and in this picture he just got a blow out in preparation for braids.


**To submit**:
Send in your favorite picture with a caption (complete with product recommendations) to [email protected] I'll post several every other Friday.
Be sure to use 'Curly Baby' as the subject line!


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