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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