Thursday, August 5, 2010

Free Hair Daily Regimen

When I'm not flat ironing my daughter's hair or putting it into a hairstyle, I leave her hair free. This is the daily regimen for her hair.

Wash hair once a week, using Tui Herbal Shampoo and follow with Tui Hair Smoothie. Use generous amount of Hair Smoothie, working it into the hair. Then set the timer for 15 minutes.

After the timer goes off, while the Hair Smoothie is STILL IN THE HAIR, use a wide tooth comb to comb through the hair. Never force the comb through the hair, and start at the ends, working your way up to the scalp. Once you have worked through the hair with a wide tooth comb, you can follow through with a more narrow tooth comb, if you like. Then thoroughly rinse hair when finished.

Gently pat the hair dry with a towel, (don't rub dry). Spray Hair with Black Vanilla or Tui Leave-in Conditioner. Comb through hair again with a wide tooth comb.

Put a dime to quarter sized amount (depending on how long the hair is) of Hair Milk on the ends of the hair, and work through with your fingers. This will leave the curls separate and silky.


On days that you don't wash the hair, this is the daily regimen:

(and I do mean DAILY regimen) There are days you'll miss combing out the hair and you (and your child) will surely pay for it the next day.

Example of a bad hair/lazy Mama day:

When your daughter wakes up in the morning, spray liberally with leave-in conditioner. Add a small amount of Healthy Hair Butter to the hair and work in, for added moisture. If you don't like that, you can use Tui Hair Oil, or even some Hair Milk (sparingly). Then comb through with a wide tooth comb, making sure there are no tangles. If you haven't already added Hair Milk, finish up with a small amount of Hair Milk, working it through the curls with your hands.

And you're done! If you find that the hair is still too dry to comb through with that method, you can add healthy hair butter to the hair before bed, and it will be well moisturized in the morning, though you may want your child to wear a sleep cap (good luck getting them to keep it on) to avoid getting the pillow greasy.

*All Products Listed are Carol's Daughter products available online or in some Sephora Stores.


2 Oranges and a Peach said...

Hi there,

I saw your post on the adoption forum, and funny that I still scan posts from there, as I didn't even end up adoption from Ethiopia, but did a domestic private adoption in Georgia. Anyway, hair care is still an issue for me, as my sweet baby girl is black and has lots of fun curls for me to play with, so thought I'd check out your blog...

I just went through the whole thing. Marlie is ADORABLE!!!! What a smile! She is so cute and you are doing such a good job with her hair. Thank you for putting pictures of your products and not just saying what they are. It was nice to see them.

My little one just turned a year in June, so I have a way to go before I can get her to sit still to do some cute styles. I'm dying to do them, but I know it's going to be a while. I do mess with her hair everyday- condition it and comb through, so that aside from it not getting messy (which it does anyway), she will be used to me doing her hair.

I am bookmarking your site and will be checking back. Thanks for sharing your secrets!


Gingersnaps said...


Congrats on your little one. I'd say the majority of my daughter's life (so far) has been just keeping it combed and moisturized and maybe putting a headband on it. We're just now getting to a point where she will sit for long periods of time (at age 4 and 1/2) and boy is it fun! (and tiring) :)

Robin said...

Your daughter's hair is beautiful! I need some tips...I have two girls from ET and one boy. Ironically, my son's hair is beautiful. The girls' hair are is very thick with very tight curls. The other has looser curls and easier to do daily, but it doesn't hold. I'm interested in how you flat ironed their hair...what products do you use? I have straight blonde hair and have no idea how to use a flat iron...sad, huh????

Gingersnaps said...

Hi Robin! I too have trouble getting my daughter's hair to hold styles unless I put them into those Sally's rubber bands first.

My instructions for Flat Ironing are on this post:

Start with clean hair and don't put ANY products in the hair, except for the heat serum listed on the post, or it can burn the hair.
And no it's not sad you didn't know how to use a flat iron. I didn't either until recently!

Meg said...

Wow, great resource! We are currently waiting for sibs with WHFC, but it can't hurt to get my learn-on a bit early =) I'm sure I will do TONS of research, stress out that I will ruin my daughter's hair thus any hope of fitting in socially...and then after all that receive a referral for two boys =) ha!

Gingersnaps said...

LOL Meg! Well if you have any questions once you do have your kids, don't hesitate to drop me an email. I'll see if I have any suggestions. Also you can join the Yahoo adoption haircare skincare group. That's how I picked up some of my stuff before my daughter came home.