Here is a quick run down of how I care for my baby girls hair. She is just shy of 2 yrs old but my regimen for her has stayed consistent.
First part of her hair care regimen is sleeping on a sating crib sheet (all of my children during their crib-sleeping lives sleep on a satin crib sheet (check Ebay).
Second is co-washing every 2 weeks. I have used and absolutely love Honey Chile Hair Love Sweet Ambrosia Conditioner. I also finger detangle while this conditioner is in her hair (pic below).
Next, I add the Honey Chile Hair Love Leave-In Conditioner and finger it through as well.
Last I add a moisturizer. I am currently loving the Avocado Truffle Milk by Honey Chile Hair Love.
Then I put a scarf or my loc soc on her head while it air dries. It is required that she has a “hair break” which means she runs around and plays while her hair air dries. She is not going for getting her hair washed and then straight to styling. No ma’am!
For styling I mainly use just one product, sometimes two. The Lush Curl Custard is awesome for my hair and for hers for braids and twists.
For ponytails and puffs use just a dab of Ampro Pro Styl Olive Oil Gel to smooth her edges and to clump her curls for afro puffs.
Now for styling! With her sitting on a bean bag chair between my legs I get to work. I alternate between cornrow styles that last for 2 weeks or ponytail styles that I re-do each morning.
Here I did individual braids all over and put them into ponytails. I am always sure not to pull too tight and to leave her edges (all the way around) loose.
This is cornrows in the back and 2-strand twists on the top. This style lasts 2 weeks w/o having to re-do it.
Here are some simple ponytails where I braided the loose hair. At night I remove the ponytail holder (I do not un-braid the loose hair) and in the morning I spritz with a little lavender water, smooth the edges with a very soft brush, and reapply the ponytail holder (no metal pieces and no rubber-bands!)
For maintenance every 4-5 days or so I will spritz with a little lavender water if I think her hair needs more moisture and that’s it! I do alternate between a braided or twisted style for 2 weeks and ponytails for the next 2 weeks. I do this so I am not constantly doing her hair (which she is not having anyway). Hope this helps someone!