|My kids spent the first half of the summer with their grandparents (my parents) and I recently flew to Denver to pick them up. I was worried my parents — now in their mid-60s — wouldn’t be able to handle a 6, 4 and 2 year old, but they did really well! Well, except in one department — hair. |
They took my kids to the pool, the mountains and a variety of McDonald’s play places, but had a ‘set it and forget it’ approach to their hair. My mom put my daughter’s hair into four plaits and my baby’s hair in a bun at the start of the summer. And that was pretty much it. (And listen I don’t blame her. You gotta pick your battles, lol!)
When I arrived I knew their hair was the first thing I needed to address. It was super dry, brittle and tangled. I had about a quarter bar of black soap in my luggage (I don’t leave home without it!) and I had given my mom a 12 oz jar of The Woods Blended Butter at the start of the summer. I got to work.
The first thing I did was get my kids in the bath, wet their hair and lather it with the black soap. What I love is that the black soap cleanses hair really gently, without completely stripping the strands of its natural oils. Plus, you can use it to cleanse your scalp, alleviating dandruff, itchiness and dry scalp.
After washing my kids hair I loaded it with Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Masque. I know Shea Moisture has gotten flak for changing a lot of its formulas, but I find this deep conditioner to be one of their best. It has tons of slip and really leaves hair feeling juicy and moisturized.
With the Shea Moisture conditioner in their hair, I took a medium tooth comb and worked through their tangles. (I used to use wide tooth combs, but found I was missing too many tangles.) After using the comb, I followed up with my fingers, feeling through to find any knots and gently undo them. Because the conditioner has so much slip, this was a quick and almost pain free process.
Finally, I rinsed out the conditioner and finished with The Woods Blended Butter, raking it through my kids’ hair. Each of my children has a different texture. My daughter is 4a, my oldest son is 4c (like me) and my baby is 4b. But for all of them The Woods provides gentle and long-lasting definition, shine and tons of moisture. A little goes a long way so I was able to moisturize each head with about two generous fingertips of butter (4 for my daughter since she has more hair.)
40 minutes later I emerged from the bathroom with three heads of shiny, soft super moisturized hair. My mother was shocked. “It doesn’t have to take long if you have the right tools,” I told her. And yes, I was feeling myself when I said that…
I wrangled my kids to get some hair shots after their wash day — 40 minutes and 3 products… black soap, conditioner and The Woods Blended Butter. It’s a day later as I type this and their hair is still defined and moisturized. All I had to do this morning was spritz it with water to revive the curls.
As a single mother I don’t have time for long wash days so I focus on using effective products (mostly mine, lol!) and good technique. (I should also point out that, although I used The Woods because I love the smell, you can use any of our blended butters with mango and shea in the base.)
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