Ha, ha. Like that play on words in the title. My mom will be proud. (Perhaps I should not write late at night when I’m a bit punchy.)
Now that the food challenges are mostly over (except for the fact that Beza says she doesn’t like cheese, except on pizza) my biggest struggle is hair.
Luke is easy. He’s got pretty loose curls and we keep his hair fairly short. I even cut it myself. Throw some hair goo in it and he’s good to go.
Beza’s hair. Well that has taken some getting used to for sure. First, she has got THICK hair. As in if I bunch it together in a ponytail I can barely wrap my fingers around it and hold it with one hand. It’s kinky – on the chart of hair types she would be a 4. That means it’s tightly coiled and very fragile.
It’s not the hairstyles that stump me. Although my cornrows still leave a little to be desired in tightness, I’ve got a good handle on yarn braids, two-strand twists and have even tried some bantu knots. Beza is a pretty willing participant when it comes to trying new hairstyles as long as I can show her a picture first.
The hard part comes down to two things: care & maintenance and TIME.
What I need is a hair consultant who could take one look at her hair, tell me what products to buy and when/how often to use them. The key, however, is they have to be products that DON’T break the bank. (As in you can get them at Wal-Mart, Target or Sally Beauty Supply.) I cannot begin to tell you how many half used products I have in my closet. Some work okay but I have yet to find the perfect product.
Each new hairstyle (anything designed to last more than a day or two) requires HUGE blocks of time. For example this week I spent 4 hours unbraiding and combing out Beza’s hair. Because it’s been a crazy busy week, I actually had to do it in two sessions. We found a way to make it look cute half undone so she wouldn’t go to VBS looking crazy.
My two favorite styles are either a head full of two-strand twists (faster to do and undo) or yarn braids. The head full of twists takes about 3-4 hours – a large portion of that spent on combing out. The yarn braids? Well I’ve done them as fast as 6 and as long as 8 hours. That’s an ENTIRE Saturday pretty much 🙂 The good thing about both these styles is they last. The twists will usually last 5-6 weeks and the yarn braids have gone as long as 6.
Yesterday I stumbled on a blog and found this recipe for homemade “Magic Hair Elixir“. Seems pretty easy so I’m thinking about whipping up a batch.
So any one with type 4 hair have any pointers on products – both as I’m doing styling and what I should use to keep hair moisturized while it’s in one of these styles?
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