A Black Toddler’s Hair Journey

Hey! 🙂 Thanks for joining me again this week. It’s good to see you here!

I have friends who reach out to me with questions on how I take care of my daughter’s hair. They want to know what products I have been using and what her hair routine is, in general. For those who are new here and for some reason are not familiar with me, here’s a collage I put together to show how we started, and where we are now:

Now let’s jump right into it, shall we?

First of all, I would like to say that I am not a hair expert, neither do I guarantee that what worked for my daughter, will also work for you. Like I said in my previous post, I love to share my experiences with people and I think having this written down will be great. Also, you never know if something works for you unless you try! I should also add that when I was pregnant with her, I specifically prayed for long hair…lol! Yes, as silly as that prayer request may sound, I actually did.

Like we all know or should know, prayer without work is dead! 🙂 So, I did some research on how to take care of a black kid’s hair. The best routine and products that works best for our texture. Hair textures are different and so you don’t want to be using the wrong product for your child’s kinky hair. I watched YouTube videos of black babies’ hair routine. Eventually, I figured out some of these shower gels/ baby oils (I won’t mention names) that we tend to buy when we have a new born are a no no for black kids! They contain ingredients that are not good for kinky hair. I learnt the best shampoo and conditioner that will work well for my daughter, will be the ones I was already familiar with as a loose natural at the time (my hair is now loc’d, story for another day). The only difference will be that these are specifically for kids. I started using this Sheamoisture shampoo (for kids) for my daughter since she was born. I made sure I only washed her hair once a week with this shampoo and other days when I wasn’t washing her hair, water was not going to touch her hair- washing your child’s hair everyday does not help in any way. Once a week is absolutely fine. Just oil the hair during the week. I also used this Sheamoisture conditioner (for kids) after washing with the shampoo. I continued this routine for a long time.

When she became three months old, her hair had grown to the point that I could put it in small puffs. The second picture in the collage shows the small puffs I am talking about. Those puffs were her go to hairstyles for months! I practically did not do any other hairstyle. Every week, after washing, I put it in puffs. Of course, these small bands I used for her puffs could fall off during the day or week, you can easily put them back on. Also, we know these kids put anything in their mouths, so be careful mama! I love these bands because unlike the rubber ones, they don’t cause breakage.

As her hair grew longer, I could start putting them in cornrows. The forth picture in the collage shows one of those cornrows I could do with her hair at that time. Her hair routine also changed as her hair grew longer. I started washing her hair once every two weeks. As of today, I have moved to washing her hair once every three weeks, just because Mama can be tired too …lol!

I want to believe most of us understand the struggles of detangling our kinky hair. I found this detangling comb early last year and girl, when I say this comb works like magic, I mean it! The trick about detangling is starting from the top and working your way down to the bottom. Also, you do not want to detangle when the hair is dry. Please don’t even try!!! I recommend using this detangling spray. Once you spray this on the hair, you can go ahead and start detangling. You will also realize that with that detangling comb, your child or you tend to lose smaller amount of hair.

To keep my daughter’s hair moisturized after washing her hair, I do the LOC method (for those who are not aware , LOC stands for Leave in conditioner, Oil and Cream). I did not start doing this LOC method until her hair grew longer and she got older. So I don’t recommend doing this when your baby is still an infant. I already mentioned the hair oil I use for her. That may be too heavy for some people, so you can also try this. I also use other brands. That’s why I use this for leave in conditioner and this for cream. So far, I have only used these two brands for my daughter and they have worked so well on her hair. I also recommend you have a spray bottle that contains this LOC mixture. The essence of this is to do a touch up during the week so the hair stays moisturized.

I hope you found this post helpful and it has answered some of your questions. Please feel free to leave any more questions you may have in the comment section below 🙂

Have a great week! 🙂

How did I get here?

Hey there! 🙂 Welcome to my blog! Thanks for stopping by!

I’m excited to see you here!

My name is Oyinloluwa Owosho. I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and spent most of my childhood, teenage and part of my adult life there before coming to the United States. While growing up, the area I knew as home was Mafoluku, Oshodi! That was the exact area my parents lived when they started raising a family. I would honestly say I loved it there…especially the people I got to be friends with in the process.

My first primary school was Mofolorunsho International School (a.k.a MIS). Thinking about it now I remember the anthem 🎼 MIS my training ground🎼 lol! I left at the end of primary 2 because according to my mum, I came home smelling of Izal… and that was because my classroom was close to the toilet! lmao. Anyhoo, I started attending Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria Staff School at Primary 3! None of my parents worked at the Airport though, but at the time, the school was really open to all. That was definitely “tusher” than MIS.

Yea, that izal story is true!

I left at primary 5 to write common entrance which took me to Command Day Secondary School Ikeja. I knew I didn’t want to be a science student, so I unilaterally decided to change my class to Art after I was being placed in Science in S.S 1 ( my apologies if you don’t understand some of these terms used in the Nigerian educational system- Secondary School translates to High School in the U.S).

After my secondary school education, it was now to time to pass the exam that takes you into the University. The exam in Nigeria is called U.T.M.E which stands for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. On my second attempt at writing this exam, I got into Obafemi Awolowo University to study Religious Studies. The year was 2006 and for some reason, the faculty of law was not accredited that year. This made the department of English very competitive which was what I had opted for but the score I had at the time won’t get me into English. With the encouragement of some great influence in my life, I took another shot at UTME while I was in Religious Studies. Eventually, law was accredited in 2007 and so I got in!

I really began to take my academics more seriously when I got admission into the university. After university, came law school. After law school, came facing the reality of being an adult! After working in lagos for about two years…I knew the life of spending hours in Lagos traffic was not for me. I had always wanted to do a post graduate after my undergraduate program…I just wasn’t sure when. When the frustration of working on the island and living on the mainland hit me though…I knew 2015 was the year!

2015 had to be the year darling…

I came to the U.S in August 2015 for my Masters in Law program at St.John’s University School of Law in Queens, NY. At the time, I had been able to secure almost half of the tuition in scholarship . My would-be professor at the time, connected me with my would-be classmate so we could get an apartment together. That arrangement did not work because getting a place in Queens was going to be expensive. Eventually, we settled for doing a commute from Staten Island ( her place ) to Queens ( school).

I am married and I met my husband in New York City even though we attended the same university back in Nigeria and had mutual friends but our paths never crossed at the time. God works in mysterious ways, doesn’t He? We are blessed with a daughter.

I currently work with a Financial Institution as a Fraud Analyst. I love what I do at my job. It’s one field I have always wanted to go into. Yes, I’m one of those that never saw herself arguing in court for a long while.

I also love to share my experiences with different things like taking care of my hair and my daughter’s hair; managing my acne prone skin and trying to glow at the same time, lol; share my thoughts on random issues. This is why I thought to create this platform that allows me to write away! Lol! Hopefully I’m able to elaborate more on some of the things I have highlighted above during the course of my blogging, just because I know people like gist! I hope you will also stick around and come with me on this journey 🙂

Kindly introduce yourself in the comments below, I’d love to connect with you. 🙂

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