You don't need to wash a AA hair only ever week to every couple week, especially a babies because our hair takes a long time to get oily. You can make something called shealoe. It is a mixture of unrefined shea butter (its yellow, you can buy it online also), aloe and add a little coconut oil and you mix it all together so it looks whipped and just put a little in it every couple of days. Also you can visit nappturality.com and register and ask as many questions as you want because the beautiful ladies over there are very helpful. Since she is a baby you don't have to really do much. You can also moisturize her skin with the shealoe.
As to it falling out DS's never did, (although all my AA friends told me it would, so maybe his hair is unusual and your DD's will fall out), it just gradually changed. Now he's 9 and it's super thick and rich and gorgeous, the curls are much tinier than the were then, and have a tendency to matt and lock easily. The texture is a little coarser if it's got a lot of moisturizer in it (it's still pretty soft, but not quite as soft) and very coarse if it's allowed to get too dry and it gets dry very easily whereas at a baby it was almost oily.
At that age I just used baby wash on his hair, because it was pretty oily and didn't need moisturizer. By about 8 months it had changed enough that I started using Cornrows and Company products which I really liked. Then we went through a phase where we kept it super short and didn't need much product. Now, he's got it longer again and I find the Cornrows and Company products are too thick, they get caught in the curls and I can't get them rinsed out (I'm thinking shampoo and conditioner which need to be rinsed out) and so I use thinner products. Also, because his hair is sooo thick and absorbent now I find that I need products with very little scent or it becomes overpowering, the Cornrows and Co. stuff has a nice scent but it doesn't really work now.
I just wanted to say congratulations on your precious little one. She is just beautiful. Enjoy the :
As she gets older, maybe closer to a year old, and her hair is longer for barrettes and such, you might want to consider some of the oils or butters to moisturize and aid in detangling. Good job asking and being congnizant of the differences between hair types, but don't sweat it either!
Her hair reminds me totally of mine as a peanut (and I kept all my hair).
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She is five now and has highly textured, thick hair that has to be braided or twisted....."flying free" is a very temporary state for her. Her hair is long and healthy, and I do attribute a lot of that to using only natural products.
Relax for now, you are going to get an education soon enough. I started with little braids here and there when my daughter had only a little hair (she had a little mohawk for the first year or so), and that really helped me to be more comfortable as the amount and texture of her hair required a more skilled hand.
He's now 3 and I use the Alaffia shampoos and conditioners and coconut oil after a bath.
Congrats on your family!
Mixed chicks is okay but a natural shampoo is fine as long as it does not dry the hair. (Mixed chicks is kind of pricey). Baby shampoo is good but try to avoid shampoos for anyone's hair that has laural sulfates in it.
Can anyone recommend some good resources for natural hair care for our new adopted baby?
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DS 2 8/18/12!!
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