Video: My Daughter’s 3 Year Natural Hair History

I posted my daughter’s hair history here on the  website and soon after a mom wrote telling me that her daughter’s hair looked exactly like my daughter’s at a year old.  She went on to say that she has received a lot of negative comments about her daughter’s hair.  She also wanted to know what products I used to maintain growth.  This note touched me and inspired me to create a series of videos showing my daughter’s hair care routine and styles.  But first, I wanted to show a history of my daughter’s hair from when it began shedding as a baby to the amazing growth that I’ve seen over the past two years.  I hope this series of videos help to inspire other moms with baby girls whose hair has shed and are looking to better care for it.  Please stay tuned for more videos in this series.

If you have been visiting this site for a while, you may have already read about my daughter’s hair history here: Q&A Toddler Hair Growth

Q&A: Toddler Hair Growth

I received the following message in an email the other day.  I wanted to post it along with my answer, because I believe that it may be helpful to other mothers of toddler daughters.

“Hello,
I was looking thru the pics of your daugthers hair… my daugthers hair at 1 looks JUST like your little girls did… I hear so many negative comments…it makes me so sad…


Please help me : What products did you use on your little ones hair to maintain the growth? The pic at 18 mths is amazing! Thanks in advance for your help…God bless you…”

This is my daughter's hair at a year old.

My response:

My daughter's hair at around 18 months old.

Thank you for your inquiry.  First off, I want to say that I am sorry that you are getting so many negative comments. When my daughter was a year old, I made a lot of mistakes when caring for her hair.  If I had it all to do over again, I would do things differently.  Now I take better care of it.

When it comes to caring for your baby’s hair, keep these two words in mind: moisture & protection.  By protection, I mean protective styling.  This is a great way to assure length retention.  I did a lot of that when my daughter was little because she did not like for me to comb her hair (here’s a link to a protective style that I often used when my daughter was young – braid n braid style).  While your daughter’s hair is in a protective style, keep a spray bottle of distilled water mixed with either oil on hand (jojoba or olive oil would be good).  Be sure to keep her hair moist using the spray bottle.  I spray my daughter’s hair every other night, when it is in a protective style, before she goes to bed (do not make the hair wet, just slightly moist). Remember, dry hair equals broken hair

I’ve just discovered coconut oil.  I wish I knew about it when she was little.  If I had it all to do over

again, I would apply coconut oil to her hair often, especially the areas where the hair is short. I have no idea what products I used on her hair at that time, but now I use Cara B Naturally’s products.  Their mist is great to use if you want to alternate it with the spray bottle/water/oil combo that I mention above. Here’s a link to some of the products that I have used at some time on my daughter’s hair: http://cbpublish.com/myhairjourney_files/category/natural-hair/naturalness-kids/child-hair-product-reviews/ You may want to read my reviews and try some of them on your daughter’s hair, keeping in mind that hair can be so different, so what worked for my daughter may not work for yours.

With patience, care and protective styling, your daughter’s hair will grow and more importantly will be healthy!  Here are two websites that really inspired me to take better care of my daughter’s hair: Beads, Braids and Beyond and Happy Girl Hair.  They have tons of good advice and tips.

I hope you find something in this message that helps and I wish you well on your journey of caring for your baby’s hair!  Please keep me updated.  Feel free to contact me with questions at any time!

My daughter's hair at 3 years old.

These pictures were originally posted here: My Daughter’s Hair History

My 3 year-old’s Brief Hair History

I also promised to post my daughter’s hair history.  I mentioned in an earlier post that my daughter was born with a lot of hair, but began to shed it at around 4 months old.  Here’s a brief hair history:

Here she is with me at around 2 months old.  Her hair had not begun to shed yet.  I hoped that it wouldn’t, but like my hair at her age, it did.

At 4 months old, you can see that the back and sides are beginning to thin.

At 9 months old, she had hair at the top, but the back and sides are gone.

At a year old, her hair is beginning to fill in again.

Here she is at a year and a half.  By this time I was able to brush the back and sides of her hair into a ponytail.  She had amazing growth in the 6 or 7 months after her 1st birthday.

Here’s another picture taken when she was about a year and half.  This is a braid out that she wore for a family gathering.

At two years old, the back and the sides of her hair is not much shorter than the rest of her hair.  At this point, I was beginning to learn to better care for her hair.

Here she is at two and a half years old.

Here she is right before Christmas of 2010.  Here she is wearing rope twists.  Now I am more knowledgeable in caring for her hair.  Her hair is better moisturized and I use protective styling a lot more than I did in the beginning.  As a result, her hair is thriving and retaining length well.  I am happy to be on this journey to better hair care for my daughter.

Note: This post is a work in progress and will be  re-posted and added onto  from time to time as my daughter ages.

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