GROOMING CHILDREN'S HAIR + CUTTING IN THE FIRST YEAR

Sunday, July 10, 2016



  This post took a while for me to be done with because my weekend was swamped.I literally stood the whole of Saturday from laundry to bathing the kids to cooking a large pot of soup and stew and then taking Grace to make her hair for the week.I was so drained I couldn't even turn my laptop on,I practically slept off while I was breast feeding Ella- *true story btw*
 Anyway I'm not one to take hair seriously,I have never taken mine seriously anyway but having a child makes you just want to see everything perfect and just proper.When Grace started making her hair after her first hair cut which I do not think was necessary btw-I'll come to that-I was so religious with pre-pooing,shampooing,conditioning and protective styling.Last year I became unserious with the routine because I was pregnant and I was tired half the time so her hair suffered.It became brittle,frizzy and thinner and just not what I wanted it to be.We are back on track now and for the few months I've been giving it some good TLC there's been a dramatic change.Her hair is fuller,has a healthier color and her ends are full of life.I don't do much except use some products that are so easy to find and are very affordable.Some I've run out of and thrown the containers out but the ones we use right now I will show you..

I talked about how much I love these in this post HERE and Grace's hair loves and accepts them too plus they are really cheap and do a good job of washing all that gunk from her hair while the conditioner softens so well and gives her hair a healthy bounce.

Usually I pre-poo with oils.I use shea butter (ori) and castor oil which we have run out of.Pre-pooing is a method used to prepare the hair for manipulation and also so the hair retains moisture instead of being dry afterwards.Butters or oils are used most of the time.I sometimes use olive oil.I did this a lot before I relaxed her hair and I did so because I'm not one of those mothers with the strength to deal with natural hair so I took the leap. Infact i'm sure by the time this post goes up we would have done a retouch 😜.
Shout out to mothers with children carrying nappy hair,I hail thee!!!

Once we are done shampooing and conditioning I rotate between this DAX hair pomade (because my mum used this when I was a child) and coconut oil and then I make sure damatol hair cream is used on her scalp when she wants to plait or braid her hair because it is really good for prevention of dandruff and it soothes the scalp.That is basically all we have done in the long run and it works.


 One of the major reasons for this post was to talk a little on my opinion when it comes to cutting children's hair at 1 year or even before in some cases.It's a norm for people here to completely render a child bald.I did it with Grace after her first birthday but I've been thinking people say the baby hair becomes weak and then messes up with the growth of the child's hair in the long run.
My mum making Ella's hair for the first time.She did not enjoy the position though!!

  I just thought how about if you keep trimming because new hair comes from the root innit?I know that curliness that makes us want to keep a little ones hair can affect the hair because it's not strong enough to survive tropical climates,manipulation etc but how about cutting it down at the ends constantly or at least as it grows instead of chopping it off completely?At the end of the day all you want is new growth from the root right? and that can still happen if I chop off repeatedly and will also happen when you shave off a child's hair waiting for the same new growth.If you know better please educate me.

Please let me know your thoughts on this because I do not plan on cutting Ella's hair.I'm just hoping this is not a low-key experiment *side-eye*



The circumstances surrounding your birth is not as important as the opportunity to live life.” 
― Lailah Gifty Akita

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  1. Lol @ low key experiment. I'm not sure why people cut the curly hair off, but if my daughter's hair doesn't appear damaged, I have no plans to cut it off.

    and DAX hair cream! Everyone seemed to use it growing up!

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    1. I think part of the fear is the hair might turn out damage when they are a lot older.That time it's so difficult to cut it off so they just take 'precautions'.

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  2. My brother's 1st daughter's was never cut till she got to jss2 in boarding house where she couldn't maintain the hair anymore. Her hair was very long n full n it had to be relaxed at age 6 cos it was trouble making it.u can give it a shot with baby Ella.sisi eko

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    1. Thank you Sisi eko,that gives me a lot more confidence to try it.*fingers crossed

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  3. I've never cut any of my girls' hair. Their hair looks beautiful and healthy. Many people said I had to cut it but Mr N and I were on the other side. Your girl is beautiful!

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    1. Ahh! just what I needed.I'm so leaving the hair.Thanks Precious..

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  4. I have no idea about these things loool. Maybe when I become a mother, I will. But your girl is so prettttyy and I love how simple and affordable this routine is, I might just adopt it for myself too. I will be on the look out for the shampoo and conditioner - I've never heard of the brand before.

    I just got damatol recently for my dandruff Abi flaky scalp. I don't even know again :(


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    1. Definitely note some points,you will need them in the future 😉

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  5. In my house,a girl must barb her hair as she proceeds to JS1. No matter how long n full the hair is.




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    1. Really??even if the school let's girls make their hair?

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  6. Your little girl is beautiful and her hair looks very healthy! I have two daughters, 7 and 4 and hubby and I thought about cutting their hair when they were babies after their 1st B/day but we decided against it and they both have healthy strong hair. Thanks for sharing! x

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    1. I'm glad you didn't bother cutting it.I'm going to do that for my second daughter.

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