Mini-Hairscapader: Maleah’s HairStory

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Remember Tiffany from the Hairscapades GOC First Wave? Well, check out the hairstory of her mini-me ;)!!

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as told by Tiffany

What’s your child’s name and age?
This is my daughter Maleah Brook Marie, she is a 2 1/2 years old with the mouth of a 5 year old. When we go out, people often asks how old she is because the conversations she has are not normal for a 2 1/2 year old. She is very spunky and loves to read (even though she can’t just yet).

How do you care for her hair? What products do you use, how often do you wash/condition, what techniques do you use, etc.?
As much as I don’t like tackling my hair, I really hate tackling hers. I wash her hair once a week with all Shea Moisture products. Her hair is very, very curly, about a 3c on the texture chart. On Friday nights, I pre-poo with Vatika oil, olive oil, amla oil and JBCO. Her hair is usually in a braided style, so it is semi detangled. So, I use a Deman brush to loosen it.

Do the same products that work for you work for your child’s hair?
I’ve only tried a limited amount of products on her hair and Shea Moisture seems to be doing well. SO, I would have to say yes. Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo, conditioner and deep conditioner hair treatment. I occasionally use Miss Jessie’s Baby Butter Creme for her edges.

What is a typical style? Do you employ protective styles? If so, how often?
My go to styles are ponytails, because I can’t braid too well and my cornrows only last one day.

What challenges do you face with your child’s hair?
I can’t find a style to last more than a day. My husband takes her to school and he can’t do hair, so I usually do it the night before and put a stocking cap on it. She sleeps rough and her edges unravel. Her wash and gos usually dry out and don’t stay moisturized. So moisture is our problem. (My husband’s non-hair-doing self is another problem.)

Have you ever relaxed/texlaxed your daughter’s hair? Why or why not and, if you relaxed her hair, what prompted the decision to return to natural?
I won’t ever put a perm in her hair. If she wants one as she get older, I will educate her with options.

Anything else that you’d like to add?
I need a staple style that lasts more than one day and that my husband can maintain in the mornings!

In case you didn’t get enough of Miss Maleah (and how could you?), here are some more pics of this little cutie!

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11 responses »

  1. She’s so cute and what beautiful hair! How about trying flat twists into a side pony? YouTube tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Basc64Kpbw
    And perhaps try a Mesh Hair Wrap instead of a stocking cap (Glamazini did a review last week)? It won’t slide off the edges because it is held on by velcro.
    Good luck with getting your husband to do her hair! My daughter would stay in 1 ponytail if her dad did her hair!

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  2. have you tried box braids? They last for at least a week, maybe longer. They’re very easy to style solving the problem with your husband he can just throw a head band on her or put them all in a ponytail. And you can change the style up every day if you like. Depending on the size you do them may take a little longer but the low maintenance is worth it. I use a good moisturizer and a little eco styler for hold.

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  3. Thanks everyone. Her hair is a project everyday . Its even harder when she falls asleep on me while I do it. Ive tried box braids, it did well. My husband wont touch it. I have a son too and hes a piece of cake.

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  4. You are doing a wonderful job! The girl’s hair is lovely. I thought it was a woman’s hair in the tub. You should be very proud!!

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  5. What a cutie! Her hair is gorgeous. I agree with not perming her hair. I don’t think children’s hair should be permed. That should be a decision someone makes on their own, if they decide to do so.

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