There is not a day that goes by that someone does not comment on how beautiful Lucy’s curls are. I agree. In adopting a daughter from Ethiopia, I was terrified about the hair. And I feel like I won the lottery with this one! (In many ways…not JUST the hair.) I have gotten a few requests to share how we get her corkscrew curls, so here’s my best effort to explain it.
Disclaimer #1: I am not a hair professional. I do not know anything about hair. I didn’t know much about my own hair, and knew absolutely nothing about African-American hair until about a year ago. What you will see here is the result of lots of trial and error. If you want some helpful advice, tips, or styles, I strongly encourage you to visit Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care. She knows a lot more than me and is WAAAAAY better at braiding.
Disclaimer #2: I don’t think this hairstyle will work on most African babies. Lucy’s hair, while curly, is very fine (not course) and absorbs water very well. Although her hair is drier than mine, it is not brittle and doesn’t break (much). Sorry, but I can’t guarantee results on any other hair type.
Here is what we use:
Here’s what we do:
- Wash with Shea Moisture shampoo on Saturdays.
- Co-wash (wash only using conditioner) with Shea Moisture conditioner every night.
- Apply Shea Moisture Smoothie after conditioning every night and comb through the tangles. (Yes, we comb out every night. Only takes a few minutes. See disclaimer #2.)
- Sleep with a sleep cap. (Visit Africa Sleeps – you’ll see Lucy modeling her cap on the home page!)
And here’s how we get those gorgeous curls:
This process takes about 5-10 minutes in the morning, depending on how squirmy she is. I consider that within the acceptable time frame of what I’m willing to spend on her hair. As her hair gets longer, it may take longer, which may be a deal breaker for me.
Like I said, this routine is currently working for us, but it took a lot of trail and error to get to this point. That’s where the giveaway comes in. I have the following items in my “tried it and didn’t work for us” cabinet, which I will give away to one lucky 2 plus 2 reader.
All of these are at least half full, some were only used a few times. To win, leave a comment about why you’d love to have all these products to try. Leave your comment by Wednesday, April 10 at midnight. Winner will be randomly selected on April 11. This is a great way to get some really expensive products and not have to worry about whether you are wasting your money.