A long long long time ago (long before meeting or even seeing my son) I toyed with the idea of locking my sons hair.. that is... if i was referred a boy) (let me rephrase that- I was dreaming and looking at the POSSIBILITIES of hair care). And then I got thinking about a little girl and got lost amongst the lotions, butters, braid patterns, equipment, treatments, masks, ........ yes I could go on.
Then I met my Son. He has this really really soft coiled hair. Very soft defined coils. You could say- it is coiley. (some of you will now commence a knowing snicker)
It is also- light in color. At least lighter than all of the kids that were at the care center that I met the week I was there. It is likely attributed to his malnourishment history, but it may just be lighter?
At one point his hair was a blondish red. Later on- after months of care and treatment- they shaved his hair and it started growing to look this
This picture from the first week home- you can see his very defined coils. (and that malnourishment is not an ongoing concern...)
Those coils are still there... and sometimes... they just "POP"- like the day of his BDay party
And yet, they are slowly getting buried. Buried by frizz .. as noticed here
They really are still there- but it's not the first thing you see. In fact- I started grabbing all those "fly away" bits and putting little finger curls in them. And that actually looks nice- but not practical for an everyday thing (FOR CRYING OUT LOUD-- I'm still not showering every day! lets not add another item to the childs grooming routine!) The once go-to daily spritz of water/jojoba/conditioner mix is no longer working it's magic of regrouping those flyaways.
I got curious. and... started go. ogling and u-tubing and well...
I bastartized all go.ogle instructions and violated all u-tube warnings and trimmed up my 3 year old sons frock o' do.
Apparently I was supposed to use a rat tail comb to section the hair (i imagine precisely) twist it and snip the ends. I'm completely paraphrasing some really long detailed instructions. So as you can imagine- it probably wasn't what I was supposed to do and I just made it all up as this research was conducted way too late in the evening.
Being that he was remarkably cooperative- i have no rat tooth comb- and precise is not a concept I've ever mastered...
You may see him wearing a collection of "hat wear".
Nah- just kidding... actually- these photos I took after combing out his hair so the coils are less 'together' but- it actually looks pretty much like it did a few weeks ago. I think I need to keep up on it- and get some professional help but ... not too bad for a first go round. Maybe a B-
What do you think? Any pointers?