Monday, April 14, 2014

My Kids’ Hair Care Regimen

I may spend hours beating my curly locks into submission by wielding a hot-as-fire blow dryer and flat iron, but I certainly don’t inflict such cruelty on my children’s hair. I take their hair health extremely seriously, and I think one of the best ways I can achieve this is by doing as little to their hair as possible; the old adage that less is more certainly applies here. In fact, Scotty hasn’t even had his hair cut professionally by a barber yet – I still cut his hair while he’s playing in the bathtub. Similarly, baby Kennedy hasn’t had anything done to her hair – save for washing, a trend that I plan to continue well into her childhood. (I haven’t quite determined when I will teach her the art of the masterful blowout, but I can tell you that I’m no rush to apply heat in any form to her hair.)

I’m all about keeping their hair moisturized and allowing their beautiful curls to just be. Here’s what I use on their hair:

Step #1: Mustela Foam Shampoo for Newborns
This shampoo is my jam. I can’t sing its praises enough. I started using this on Scotty when he was just two months old because he had a crazy case of cradle cap. (Something he no doubt inherited from yours truly, what with my eczema-prone skin.) After a few washes, it all but disappeared, but I’ve continued to use this shampoo on him because it is gentle and smells wonderful. I use this on Kennedy, too, and my method is the same for both children: wash their hair with this while they’re in the bathtub. And I love that a little goes a long way. Three pumps per wash are enough. Amazon.com, $9.90

Step #2: Skala Avocado Leave-In Styling Cream
I am so enamored with this product that I would consider buying stock in it – even though it’s not available here in the United States. Here’s the quick and dirty: I became aware of Skala while combing the aisles of my local Big Lots one afternoon when I was eight-months-pregnant with Scotty. The fact that I’m a hair product junkie + this cost only a dollar per bottle = a no-brainer sale. I get home, try it out, and fall in love. Then, much to my dismay, I learn that this product is from Brazil and is hard as hell to find. So I went back and bought all the remaining bottles. Yes, All. Of. Them. Then I stored them in a bathroom cabinet I rarely open and forgot all about my $30-worth of product. On a whim one day, I decided to try it out on Scotty and Kennedy, and, much to my delight, it works beautifully and really defines their curls, while leaving them soft and manageable. A little goes a long way, so I only apply a nickel-sized dollop after I rinse out the Mustela. For the life of me, I don’t know what I’m going to do after my stash runs out: I can’t find this product anywhere anymore – I may have to plan a trip to Brazil. Although Amazon carries an array of Skala products, sadly, my beloved avocado leave-in isn’t one of them.

Step #3: Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner & Argan Magic Intensive Hair Oil
Now, this is where Scotty and Kennedy’s regimen differs: If I need a styling aid to polish up and tame Scotty’s curls, say, first thing in the morning after his hair has air-dried overnight, I wet his hair and apply a dime-sized amount of Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner, and he’s good to go. (Although this is not designed to be a leave-in, I use it as such with wonderful results.) For Kennedy, though, whose curls are a bit looser than Scotty’s, Argan Magic Intensive Hair Oil is a far better choice. I actually apply a few drops of this right after I apply the Skala to her hair, and I’ll re-apply just the oil in the morning, if needed. It smells divine and does wonders for curl definition (but it does absolutely nothing for Scotty’s hair.) 
Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner; Target, $13.99.               
Argan Magic Intensive Hair Oil; Marshalls, $9.99

Here they both are with their new coiffures after "bathy":
While Scotty and Kennedy’s hair looks nearly identical wet (tight ringlets), their hair texture is quite different. Scotty’s hair remains tightly curled even after it has dried, while Kennedy’s curls actually relax and become larger and softer as her hair dries.

If you have further questions about my children’s hair regimen, chances are, you’re not the only one! Please type your questions in the comment section below this post, and I will post my reply there in hopes that I can help other readers, too. Thank You!

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27 comments:

  1. Darling! And I bet their little heads smell delicious! :) So, I'm curious to know - though your hair is gorgeous right now - if you've ever let yours be its naturally curly self?

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    1. Hi, Nicole!! Oh, how I love putting my nose to their little heads after "bathy." Smells so clean and fresh! lol

      In regards to mine being curly...I have, but, RARELY. You know the saying the grass is always greener on the other side? Yeah, well, I think one of the reasons I love my hair straight is because, ironically, it is not naturally. sigh. Look at the pic of Scott and me on the About the Girl page...the one of us in his jersey. That was one of our engagement photos, and my hair is pretty close to its natural state there...

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    2. Well, the straight is beautiful. Mine is naturally wavy and I rarely know how it will be from day to day - especially when it is long. It is cut shorter now and is easier to manage. I envy my older daughter's straight hair, because if she doesn't want to do anything to it, she doesn't have to - just brush and go. All that said, your curly locks are beautiful too! That's a very pretty picture of you! At least if you ever decide you're tired of your routine, you know you can go back to something that is so nice on you too!

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    3. The thing of it is, Nicole, I HATE doing my hair. I do. But I am just so in love with the results that I just can't stop! When I'm in the shower washing my hair, and I see it in its natural state -- and I like it, I'm all, "Well, maybe after this blow-out, I can rock it curly for a while?"

      And then I cave and straighten it on the next go round.

      I'm addicted.

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  2. They are adorable and they will be so glad as they grow that they have a mom who knows how to make their hair rock! I type this as I am sitting under the dryer doing an Aphogee Keratin treatment on my hair!

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    1. Hey, Susie! You need to give me the lowdown on Keratin. I'm scared of it. You can't go will-nilly applying it to your hair -- that much I've learned because I think that was the culprit with regard to the breakage issues I had back in 2003. I didn't know what the hell I was doing.

      Have you written a blog post about that? Or plan to in the future?

      I've stayed away from Keratin since, but that's not to say I don't need it now...

      Thank you for commenting!

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    2. I haven't yet, Courtney. I have been doing this treatment once a week for about 12 years now. you wash your hair first then apply the Aphogee. No cap and sit under the dryer for 45 minutes.Your hair will be like helmet hard by the time the 45 minutes are up and that how you want it to be. I know it sounds scary but it's not. Rinse your hair and add a deep moisturizing conditioner to your hair. It's imperative to always add moisture after protein. My hair is heavily highlighted so I am always trying to treat it good in others ways. My stylist is always remarking on what great condition my hair is for being so blonde. Here is a link with some reviews. http://www.folica.com/hair-care/hair-treatments/aphogee-treatment-for-damaged-hair-four-ounce

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    3. FYI-This is the only Aphogee product I use. I use my various other products. I tried several of their other products but did not like them but loved the way the treatment keep my hair in good condition!

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    4. Thank you, Susie! (I knew you'd know. ;-) The protein product I used was L'Oreal Power Dose Repair -- it comes in a tiny glass vial; I also used a protein by Joico...

      So, switching gears, here, but last night I found something in my hair closet that I got waaaaaay back in 2004: Complexe 5 Scalp Treatment by Rene Furterer. These are also stored in tiny glass vials...is it too old to use? Is there a possibility it could F-up my hair? It appears tp be mostly oil -- and no chemicals. Hmmmmmm. You thoughts?

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    5. This is what I have...only mine is 10 years old! :-( Still sealed, however:

      http://www.amazon.com/Rene-Furterer-Complexe-Regenerating-Extract/dp/B00135P05Q

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    6. I'm thinking, Courtney that 3-5 years would be the shelf life of that plus it's your beautiful hair we are talking about here! I would toss it but if you are really curious you could try and email the company. I will not be responsible for you putting that on your lovely locks!

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    7. Sigh. I wished I had tried this out when the product was in its prime!

      But, I will totally heed your advice, as you make a VERY valid point, so thank you!

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    8. Sometimes not all the time but sometimes I am the voice of reason!

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  3. Awww look how adorable your children are! I don't do a whole lot to my daughters hair either. They use organic products that I use on my hair. When I do use heat, it's like once every few years for a trim.

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    1. Yes, constant heat is Hair Enemy #1. I use heat ONLY when I wash my hair -- and even then I think I minimize the damage because my hair is in it's natural state...

      Thank you for the compliment on my kids. <3 And, really, the way K's texture is turning out, I think I will just let her hair remain naturally curly for a long time -- especially since I now know what products to use to make her curls look their best.

      Thank you for commenting. :-)

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  4. So adorable! No questions just wanted to say that :)

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    1. OMG, Takei, THANK YOU. (Hey, compliments are always welcome. ;-)

      Thanks, again, for commenting.

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  5. This is a fantastic post. I needed this. My niece (10 yrs old) doesn't know what to use on her hair (it's coarse and thick) and she is always straightening (Dominican traditions!). I love her curly hair but she is losing some of the curl at the root. Do you have any advice for this?

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    1. First of all, All Hail to the Dominican tradition that is The Dominican Blow-out. Honestly? I do my own hair now, but if I do go to a salon in the future, I will never, ever go anywhere else but to a Dominican salon. That is where I learned to blow out my hair...

      Okay. Back to business. lol It's so hard to say why she's losing curl at her root -- especially since I haven't seen her in person...Is her hair long? Perhaps the weight is pulling it down? Next, I'd question the condition of her scalp. I know a wonderful scalp remedy is to put pure coconut oil on the scalp for an hour or two -- or leave it on overnight -- before washing and then resume with your regular wash routine. Coconut oil is a wonderful for clarifying the scalp. I'm thinking the condition of her scalp is the culprit. Also, I'd tell her to stop using shampoos with Sodium Lauryeth Sulfate (SLS). Those chemicals are the devil and wreck some serious havoc on hair. Perhaps her scalp is irritated?

      I hope this helps.

      Thanks so much for commenting! <3

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  6. Okay, your kids are too cute and his hair is perfect! My poor kids have an inability to grow hair, as do I - I barely have 6 hairs on my legs for pete's sake. My daughter is almost 4 and has had a few minor trims and her hair is barely below her ears. It is big waves though and dirty blonde, which makes me happy because I have stick straight almost black hair. My son has straight as can be hair that always lays perfectly with his buzz cut I give him, but both kids have baby baby baby fine hair. I use some organic baby wash stuff on them, but I have considered the Wen kids recently and stopped myself because of the price, but it would last forever with their fine hair. We'll see. Thanks for sharing and they are adorbs!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Susan! I didn't know Wen had a kids line. If you do break down, you MUST report back and tell me your thoughts...(I've heard mixed reviews on the regular Wen line, but I'm assuming that their kids' line is probably more gentle than the regular line -- which would probably work well on most adults!

      Gentler is always better in my experience...

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  7. Ok, first lemme say, your babies are adorable. Second lemme say, when Kennedy gets in middle school with that Good Hair....guuuuuuuurl.....umph LOL. I do not envy you having to do hair. My girls used to hate having their hair washed and done. I couldn't wait until they got old enough to do it themselves. Your babies have beautiful hair. Please make sure Kennedy doesn't try and experiment with relaxers when she gets older. Her hair is soooooo pretty.

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    1. LOL Thank you, Angela!!!

      "I couldn't wait until they got old enough to do it themselves."

      This. So I gave myself a blow-out late last night. It took me 3.5 hours. The entire time, I kept thinking: "Dear God, how in the hell am I going to manage when it comes time for me to do K's hair?! I'll be doing hair all damn day! I can already tell K likes hair. I bring her little swing in the bathroom with me when I style my hair every morning (I just basically part it down the middle and run my fingers through it, and you should see how K stares. Like she's mesmerized. LOL

      And there will be no experimentation with relaxers. I will put the fear of God in her and tell her that the chemicals will eat up her hair and spit it out. :-(

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  8. Great post! Thanks so much for sharing these awesome products. My son's curls are similar to Scotty's curls. It says really tight, especially after washing. But these products seem to do wonders for your kids hair, so I am definitely looking forward to trying them out myself!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

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    1. Hi, Natasha! Yes,do try these products-- well, the ones you can find anyway, because that Skala is seriously MIA. :-(

      And let me know what you think when you do!

      Thank you, as always, Natasha for being a most fabulous #TIUT host! <3

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    1. Thank you, Mari! (I totally agree. But, then, I'm biased. :-)

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