But in the mean time, M and I have been doing "teamwork" each week as we have hair day/wash day. Hair was a huge stress for her when she moved in, and I have been trying really hard to take care of it and help teach M that it is important to take care of her hair.
I feel like I am finally able to use all of the information I learned a few years ago, after taking an African-American hair and skin care class. Although the reason I took it was because my son, had over 9 inches of length in his hair before we were allowed to cut it. So I did get some practice doing his hair a few years ago. :) But it has been so fun to practice girl styles these last few weeks.
M has come so far in her ability to be calm while I do her hair. Here are some fun pictures and information that has helped with our experience. I am in no way a trained professional, just a adoptive mother trying to pass along helpful information.
|Our style for the week!|
|All the braids are out and her hair is wet, I would spray with water to keep it wet as we styled. I sectioned it off with clips as needed.|
|Just another view of her hair conditioned with lotion and tangle free in clips.|
|Look at these beautiful curls. Very similar to my sons hair years before, when his was long.|
|Now for our new style. I sectioned the entire head to make sure they were even and straight. |
This gave me an idea of how many sections I wanted to have.
|I added the pony tails and along with the braids. |
As I pulled each section tight I smoothed it with hair lotion.
|All done! I plan to keep M's hair in protective hair styles as she gets used to her hair care and this will also keep the moisture in. I can refresh as needed. But for the most part they lasted all week long.|
|A little bit of a side view. M as happily singing to her favorite movie, Barbie, Princess and the Popstar. :)|
|We added some super cute clips for our finishing touches.|
|My daughter Mia, asked to have her hair like M's hair. :)|
I think over all we had a super successful week one for our new hair routine! M loved the idea of not having to wash it but once a week. Which, as most of you know, the more water you add to it, the more it dries out and can cause breakage. We also got her a sleep cap but she doesn't wear it all of the time. I think a silk pillow case will be best for her.
You can check out future hairstyle adventures with the label, African-American Hair Care, at the end of this post.