Today I can't wait to introduce everyone to Amber, mother of 10-year-old A, and one of our awesome readers (hi Amber *big wave*). If you walk away with just one thing from this post hopefully it will be with encouragement. See, Amber is a vanilla mama who, although has curly hair herself, had never cornrowed or otherwise cared for textured naturally curly hair prior to the arrival of her lovely daughter 10 years ago. And look what she can do now! Not only can she do awesome hairstyles for her daughter, she can even "share the hair" with her vanilla niece, D, who is also 10 years old. In fact, all the neighbourhood teens and tweens come to her to get their hair done these days! And to think that she started off in the beginning with no experience, just like the rest of us....
Hello, my name is Amber and my daughter is A. She is 10 years old and has 3C hair in the back and 4A on the sides and front. I decided to do hearts with cornrows for Valentine’s Day. I first washed her hair with Mixed Silk shampoo and conditioner (it was our first time using it). I found it at Sally’s. We shampooed her hair, then put in a deep conditioner, letting it stay on for about 5 minutes. When she got out of the shower I put the Mixed Silk Leave-In Conditioner on her hair. I very gently finger combed her hair so I would not pull or break it.
I used a rat tail comb and parted her hair from ear to ear. Then I tied the hair in the back to keep it out of the way. With the end of the rat tail comb, I then drew a heart on the left side of her hair and put it in a ponytail, pulling the rest of her hair in a pony to keep it out of the way. I used coconut oil on each braid from root to tip to keep the cornrows in longer and keep her hair moisturized. I did a cornrow to outline the heart. I did the same thing on the right side.
I just filled in small cornrows between the 2 hearts coming from the middle of her head forward. In the back I drew a heart but this time instead of doing the cornrows on the outside of the heart I did this one inside the heart. Then put the left over hair in a rubber band. Then I just did some more cornrows. With the 3 ponytails inside the heart’s, I divided the hair and made regular braids (2-3) each one. I didn’t put any rubber bands at the end at this time just lots of coconut oil and twisted it. When her hair would start to dry I used my favorite thing… a water bottle with a mixture I made with ¾ parts Suave Almond- Shea butter conditioner ¼ water to keep it makes it so easy to comb through. Love that stuff!! =)
This style took about 2.5 hours for me to do because I have never made designs like that in her hair and was still new to it. And it lasted 1.5 weeks. Every night I sprayed her hair with the water/conditioner mixture.
My vanilla girl is my niece D. She is 10 as well. I drove over 200 miles the so I could do her hair for Valentine’s Day. She has type 1 hair. It is very thick and straight (well compared to A’s hair anyways). Her hair didn’t take me nearly as long to do, about an hour. Maybe because I knew how to do all the parts by then. She washed her hair before I came so I stared with damp hair.
I actually did her hair exactly the way I did A’s hair. I also used coconut oil on her hair as well. The only difference is I finished her hair with hair spray and I didn’t do that with A’s. Then we decided we needed some beads on the bottoms for some bling. So I added them to both of the girls’ hair.
This is where I could tell the difference in the two girls' hair. D’s was harder to get in the beads because her hair was so thick, the braids didn’t want to fit. A’s hair was a lot easier to fit into the beads. So it took about 30 minutes for me to put the beads in D’s hair and only 10-15 minutes on A’s hair. D’s hair lasted a couple of days.
Once we were done I told them to be happy they don’t go to the same school cause it would like being at a party and another girl shows up wearing the same outfit u are wearing. Major bummer =)
Thank you, Amber, for showing many of us what we have to look forward to when our daughters get older! It's amazing what time, and desire, can produce when it comes to those we love. I can't imagine being the house on the block that everyone comes to get their hair done, but who knows....maybe someday!
"Share the Hair" is a regular feature of Chocolate Hair / Vanilla Care. With a nod to all of the families out there who have children with varying hair types, I will occasionally feature an awesome hairstyle for 4a/4b hair and then translate that hairstyle so it can be worn by girls with Type 1/2 hair. That way everyone in a blended household can sport fabulous hair. Because it just doesn't seem fair to hog all the cool hairstyles for just the chocolate girls; vanilla girls want to have their hair done-up pretty, too!