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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Hair Regimen: Kennedy


Writing this post has dawned on me many times but I always pushed it away because it seemed pointless.  I do so little to my daughter's hair and their Hair Regimen is so simple that I thought no one would really care.  Clearly I was wrong because you guys ask all the time!  LOL.  Well I finally read the writing on the wall (or Instagram posts) and I'm sharing all the deets behind how I care for their hair starting with Kennedy.

WASH DAY: Not Weekly.  Every 2-3 Weeks.

I don't know about your girls but Wash Day is not a favorite around my house... for myself OR my daughters.  They complain so much yet they don't even realize how much agony us Moms go through as well!  Okay, enough of my whining!  So we start Wash Day off by throwing her in a bathing suit because for some reason she's so much more compliant when she wears it.  There's really no real reason other than it's fun for her.  LOL.  Next we section her hair into (4) quadrants and saturate her hair water to prepare for detangling.  The following step may seem backwards but this is what we do because Miss Kennedy doesn't do well with detangling.  I apply a conditioner with a crazy amount of slip and begin detangling from tip to root on each quadrant.  We like to use the Felicia Leather Brush for detangling, even more than the Denman Brush actually.  I know I know, seems unbelievable.  As for our go-to Conditioners, we reach for Miss Jessie's Super Sweetback Treatment, TGIN Miracle Hair Mask or Bee Mine's Deep Conditioner.  All of these have an AMAZING amount of slip and are great for little girls with sensitive heads.  As for the prices, that's another story.  My suggestion is just buy them when they're on sale like I do!  Okay so we work the kinks out of each section first using one of these Conditioners and twist them up to keep them detangled.  THEN, we take a cleanser and massage the scalp area only.  You can leave the leave the twists in while cleansing the scalp or unravel.  Your choice.  We leave the twists in so we don't have to detangle again.  The less manipulation, the better.  Once you're done cleansing rinse the hair and apply a regular or deep conditioner of your choice.  Now this one just needs to be moisturizing and honestly you could use any of the options we previously used.  Since the hair should be soft and detangled by now, the Conditioner you use doesn't necessarily need to have a lot of slip.  Leave this Conditioner in the hair for about 20 minutes then rinse.

Favorite Deep Conditioners for Detangling

Favorite Cleansers for Kennedy's Hair Type


Kennedy's hair type resembles mostly 4B/4C and not only requires lots of moisture but also loses moisture quickly.  So, using the LOC Method is not an option... it's a necessity for her hair!  Sometimes I twist her hair up, or do ponytails, even braids occasionally.  Doesn't matter as long as it's a style that needs very little manipulation.  I know you're probably thinking ponytails aren't low manipulation!  Umm, around here they are!  LOL.  I may take the barretts out nightly and brush up the edges every morning but I do not brush or comb the length of the ponytail all week.  I twist up the ends on Wash Day and leave it twisted until the next weekend.  Below are some products we use for the LOC Method on Wash Day and throughout the week to maintain moisture.

Favorite Oils (Amla Rejuvenating Oil missing)

Favorite Stylers for Kennedy's Hair


How I maintain their hair may not be for everyone but this is what has worked for me.  Having (3) heads of hair to do is not easy and I am not a salon type chick so...  As I mentioned earlier in this post, I wash Kennedy's hair every 2-3 weeks.  To be honest it's more often every (3) than every (2) weeks.  I don't use a ton of products in their hair like I do my own so build up isn't an issue ever.  The main thing I need to keep an eye on is making sure her hair does not dry out during the week.  If I don't add moisture and seal with a light oil at least every other day then her hair starts feeling like crap.  Just dry and unruly.  So I make sure to do this either in the morning when I'm brushing up her edges or at night before bedtime.  It may come as a surprise to you but I also don't treat them as my own dolls and do their hair in all sorts of different styles just because.  Sure every now and then is cool or for a special occasion but there is no reason for me to install Perm Rods or Flexi Rods every week.  Of course, if I do then that bad boy is staying that way for AT LEAST a week!  Then we will transition into another week long style before we wash again.  I'm sure you guys know the basics: bonnet at night, minimal tension on the edges don't use barretts that snag and regular trims (at home is fine just use the right scissors).  At this point, I think we all are at least doing THAT!

For me, I have found success in doing less when it comes to their hair.  Various hairstyles per week and washing weekly just hasn't been my thing for them.  As they get older, I'm sure that will change as it's starting already with my oldest daughter, Taylor.  If there is one thing we will be working on this year, it's keeping their edges full and plentiful.  They seem to take after me in the edges category which I hate so I will be paying extra attention to keep theirs secured as long as we can!!  Hope you guys enjoyed this little Regimen Walk Thru.  If you did, let me know below in the comments and I will follow up with Taylor's Hair Regimen next!



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