Shing-a-ling-a-ling: Adding Moisture to My Toddler's Natural Hair

Shing-a-ling-a-ling: Adding Moisture to My Toddler's Natural Hair

Fun fact...

For some odd reason, neither of my munchkins came out of the womb with hair. I mean, they had some hair, but it definitely wasn't much. It could have been because they were premies. Maybe they didn't spend enough time in the oven to really get those hair-growing-juices flowin'. Whatever the case, they didn't grow a full head of hair for a while. Not until they were about one.

But let me tell ya, THE SHRINKAGE IS REALLLLLLL.

Seeing that, and watching them grow their hair, actually inspired me to chop off my hair and start fresh, so I could re-learn how to properly care for natural hair.

Side note: Should I do a natural hair journey post? I've still got a longggg way until I'm where I want to be, but definitely have experienced some hair victories in the past year and a half of being natural.

Any who, while trying to grow my hair and watching the girls' grow theirs, I've found that their textures are very different from each others, but very similar to mine in different ways. Lay's hair has a looser curl pattern with thinner strands and is softer to the touch - somewhat like my hair (on a good day!) - while Jay's hair has a tighter, coarser curl pattern much thicker than even my hair, which is pretty thick! 

But, for the both of them, it's ridiculously hard to keep their hair moisturized! Countless mornings I've been late to work because their hair was looking dry as a bone and I just couldn't bare them going to daycare with a head full of brittle-y locks.

I've tried to cut down on our morning hair routine, because honestly, I ain't got time for that! I'm not a morning person in the first place, so adding 2 munchkins to my AM to-do list didn't really work too well. We now do our mommie-does-my-hair time on Sundays - one girl in the afternoon and the other in the evening. Time management at it's finest!

It starts with dry hair and a munchkin who obviously doesn't want to be bothered with me (or my camera)! Hah!

To get must needed moisture, I spritz the hair with a mixture of water and leave in conditioner until it is very well saturated. Then I add some coconut oil and shea butter for a detangler. I use a denman brush or a wide-toothed comb to get out all the kinks, and voila! Moisturized and shiny curls!!

If I wanted to leave it like this, she'd have a bomb A wash n' go!! But that wouldn't last us past a day, so I add some ponytails and use the shingling method to preserve her curls.

Shingling method? Yes, but we call it shing-a-ling-a-ling.

The shing-a-ling-a-ling method takes much less time to do than to say, or type rather... It's literally just taking a small section on hair, coating it in a curling custard, butter, or cream, then taking individual strands or clumps of hair and smoothing it between two fingers. (sounds complicated, but it's really not). Running your thumb and index finger over individual strands of hair helps to create even curls, and the fact that you finger shing-a-ling each clump creates a more defined look. Super cute in some mini ponies if you ask me.

Into a satin bonnet overnight she'll go - which usually doesn't last long, but hey! I tried! Then on Monday morning, I won't have to do anything! Tuesday I'll add a spritz of water for moisture and maybe some coconut oil, and same goes for Wednesday. If I'm lucky, I'll do their hair again that evening and we will make it through to the weekend.

*Praying hands emoji*

I added a pink barrette, and finally someone was ready to acknowledge the camera!

Do you have little ones? What do you do to keep their hair tamed throughout the week. This by all means is not the best regimen, but it's working for us right now! If you got something better, help a sister out! Smooches!!

xo Chels

P.S. This is not a sponsored post, but wanted to share with you the products we use. I swear by the Shea Moisture brand, and have great results on my hair as well as Jay and Lay's.

Leave In Conditioner | Shea Butter Detangler | Curling Smoothie