It’s been a while since I’ve shared a photo of Little Afrobella, AKA my niece Dominique. And I’ve shared even fewer of her sister, my even littler niece Isabella. So here’s their official Afrobella reintroduction! Are they not ADORABLE?
As you can imagine, it takes quite a bit of patience and love to get their hair combed and ready for school every day. My sister in law Lindsay uses Dove conditioner, and still swears by Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme for her little ones. And I’m sending products by Cara B Naturally for them to try next!
Hair care for little kids can be a struggle for even those of us who grew up having our own Sunday hair rituals at home, who remember sitting at our mother’s feet with that familiar jar o’ grease at the ready. I don’t yet have children of my own so I can’t speak to how difficult it must be…but I KNOW. Because I remember. I gave my mom hell, and therefore I wound up getting my hair relaxed at an early age. And now that I write the weekly Essence.com natural hair diary I realize that my struggles aren’t at all unique. So many of us wind up getting our hair relaxed before the age of 10, because our parents couldn’t manage.
That’s why I LOVED everything about this Chicago Tribune story about Caring For Afro-Textured Hair and Skin, a how-to class for adoptive parents of black children currently being taught in Evanston, IL. I can’t tell you HOW many adoptive parents have admitted to me that haircare for little black girls and boys can be confusing and difficult. More than once I’ve heard people wish for a class like this – not just for adoptive parents who aren’t the same race as their new little one, but for parents in general who are struggling to style their kids’ afro-textured natural hair.
I tried interviewing Dominique about her hair, but somehow we wound up talking about hamsters and how interesting they are. And Isabella wound up telling me that she wanted chocolate. My efforts at getting hair care tips straight from the little ones who deal with it on a daily basis didn’t work. So my dear readers, I turn to you.
What are your best hair care tips and favorite products for your little girls (and boys)?
Thanks to my awesome brother and sister in law for letting me share photos of the girls!