I am not, nor have I ever been a hairstylist.
Because I have one thing to my advantage that most people don’t have: time to do research.
Having had relaxed hair since the age of 6, I began my own natural hair journey only a couple of years ago and became quite intrigued by natural hair and the science behind why it does the things it does.
I am quite blessed to be able to stay at home and run a blog. It affords me the time to do a LOT of studying and fact-finding. My daughter and I are still collectively on our natural hair journey’s and I am using this blog as an outlet to share what I’ve learned with others.
My daughter’s hair is a wonderful mix of a 4-a and 4-b hair type. (The majority of her hair is 4-b and she has a small patch of looser, 4-a curls in the back.)
My hair is a true “straight from the motherland” 4-c hair type (lol) with a smattering of 4-a coils right at the nape of my neck. With all of these wonderful hair types to contend with, I feel that I have a great insight into the entire type 4 hair spectrum.
Your journey with your child’s hair is just that: your journey. You’re going to have ups and you’re going to have downs. You can get consultations from stylists and advice from blogs all day, but the big (and sometimes scary) truth is that your journey with his or her hair is all going to boil down to trial and error.
There are, of course, the universal truths about taking care of natural hair. (Like, don’t handle or detangle hair dry, or use a small tooth comb other than for parting the hair for instance.) But your child’s hair is very unique – like a snowflake, if you will; and there is only going to be one formula that will work at making and keeping your child’s hair healthy and primed for growth. That formula is ultimately going to be a formula that YOU create.
In the end, with a little bit of trial, error, time, and patience, you’re going to have a child with a beautiful head of hair; and he or she will love themselves and their exquisite curls just the way they are.