One of the scariest things about becoming a mother to a baby girl is learning how to do their hair. For years I did my own hair, but trying to keep a baby’s (now a toddler) hair moisturized, conditioned and growing proved a daunting task for me. For the past 6 months I’ve been documenting my daughter’s hair growth, products that I’ve used and the lessons I’ve learned these past three years in dealing with her hair. (Check out my previous articles here and here.) Now before I tell you about how AWESOME her hair is..let me SHOW you..
If you notice within the last 4 months her hair has grown to the middle of her back! THat’s right, my baby who used to be bald on the sides and back of her hair now has “hang time” ! What did I do to get her hair to grow so quick? Am I secretly giving her hair vitamins? Am I putting weave in her hair? Heck no..I am using the same products but with a twist–a homemade leave in conditioner I make and I use aloe vera juice daily in her hair.
You heard me right… the secret to my daughter’s hair growth is
Aloe Vera Juice + a Homemade Leave In Conditioner+ Patience+ Consistency = Hair Growth
A while ago talked about my love affair with aloe vera juice and all of it’s health benefits and still nothing has changed. I use it when I conditioner her hair (add a 1/2 capful in her conditioner) and I use it in my leave in conditioner mix. I got my 96 oz of it at our local farmer’s market for under $6.00!
I also have talked about my attempts to becoming a mixtress with my homemade refreshing/detangler/ leave in conditioner I had made up to use on a daily basis. I am happy to announce that not only does it work but it keeps her hair shiny. I basically use the following ingredients:
Water (1 cup)
Glycerin (2 capfuls)
Essential Oil (I use Cocoa Oil or Coconut Oil) (3 teaspoons)
Conditioner (I use Giovanni Conditioner) (2 capfuls)
Aloe Vera Juice (1 capful)
I mix them all together in a spray bottle and there I have an excellent hair product. Now let me be “real” I don’t measure out anything..but I do notice the more Aloe Vera Juice I use the better the end result. Sometimes I also play around with the measurements, I may add a little more glycerin to add more shine and curl definition. I use this concoction as a detangler, a leave in conditioner (along with another one I use) and just to give her hair some shine all for under $10 to make. The smell is great and it brings out her curl pattern when I want her to wear her hair curlier.
Now in addition to these two products, I have some more things I’ve began to do to make sure her hair continues to grow..
1. I made sure to continue to grease her scalp (#TeamNeedGrease) and I make sure to keep her hair “up”. That may mean me putting it in a protective style or me brushing her sides on a daily basis but I try not to let a day go back without combing or brushing it (softly of course).
2.I also DO NOT allow her to sleep in rubber bands anymore..especially around her edges. I noticed her scalp red on her edges after me allowing her to sleep in her hairbands and I did not want to train her edges not to grow so I take them out nightly. Right now she’s wearing twists and when they get old, I’ll take them out and let her wear a two strand twist.
3. She still sleeps on a satin pillow–it was too much of a battle to keep her in a silk bonnet.
4. I wash her hair monthly with an apple cider vinegar rinse..It leaves her curls super moist and conditions her hair well.
So that’s my update….check back in a couple of weeks for another one!