Friday, December 9, 2011

Curl(s) of Great Price

As it turns out, our little guy has been blessed with a head of full, lively hair. Over the past few months, I've had a few people sheepishly ask me if it is "different" to take care of his curly locks.
The answer is - don't be sheepish - and yes, it does take a bit of an intentional hair care regime to keep his hair soft, moisturized, and somewhat organized.

And on bath days, after I've
rinsed
combed
shampooed
rinsed
combed
conditioned
combed
rinsed
dryed
reconditioned
combed
and fluffed,
Heaven help this little boy if and when he sticks his oatmeal covered fingers in his hair. Mamma tends to rage a little bit about that.

Anyway, for those of you who are curious, and perhaps needing this information for your own little curly-headed ones, here's what we do.

Once a week - or less if possible - we wash his hair with Shea Moisture Head-to-Toe baby shampoo. We follow that up by combing Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner through his hair and allowing it to "soak" for about 5 minutes before rinsing it out.

On bath days that aren't shampoo days (don't ask me how I keep track, it's often a bit of a guessing game really), we wet his hair and "wash" with just the conditioner. His hair is easiest to comb when it is wet, so I comb it before, during, and after conditioning while he is in the bath.

In between bath days, we usually just wet it down with a spray bottle and give it a light combing. The conditioner can also be used as a leave in conditioner, so on days when his hair seems a little dry, I'll comb a tiny bit of that through and it helps his curls perk right up.

We certainly haven't perfected this science, but for now it's working.

Although I have had several people recommend that I just shave his head - um...what are you saying?

Do you have any hair care tips to share?