I was 21 years old when I went natural. To say it was a struggle is an understatement. It was a crash course in things I’d never done before: Deep conditioning! Daily moisturizing! Sealing?! It took me 6 years, an additional mini-chop and lots of tears before I finally got some footing and started consistently retaining length. Now I’m a mother and my kids have the benefit of my knowledge. We do weekly deep conditions and one co-wash during the week. Hair spritzes and coconut oil scalp massages are part of our routine. My son and daughter will never have to agonize over whether their hair can/will grow. My son has hit back-length twice — and he’s about to be 4.
My story is not atypical. Many of us who entered the natural hair movement in our late teens and 20s are mothers now. And our kids benefit from our skill and knowledge. We know our way around a kink and a coil. Retaining length ain’t a thang. And this might explain a growing phenomenon — the baby length check.
Natural mamas are proud to show just how well their babies’ hair is sprouting. Check it out:
Some might call this overzealous. But as a mother I get it. No, I’ve never done a length check on my own children, but after a lifetime of hearing the questionable ‘black kids can’t grow hair unless they’re mixed’, I’m not mad at mamas for having a victorious, ‘in yo face!’ moment.
Ladies, what are your thoughts on baby length checks?