For any little girl, it feels like having your "hair done" for the first time is a rite of passage. And as an African American girl this may come a lot younger than say for me as a little girl, based simply on our different hair needs. As a white Mom, I have been working so very hard everyday to make sure I am doing Tessa's hair justice. I have researched and tried a myriad (aka. drawer full) of hair products. Our current favorite is "Carol's Daughter". I have been making sure that each day I get through the curls and get out knots with hair milk and my fingers. We deep condition regularly...conditioning seems to be key. And then the fun part that I love is putting her hair into little bows and puffs. But that is where my expertise ends.
One little brag to share: I did receive an amazing compliment from my African-American OB/GYN. It was the first time I had ever seen her last month and I had to bring Tessa with me. The first thing she said to me was "You are doing a great job with her hair". Not, how are you feeling or what brings you in today? It was "you are doing great job with her hair". Case in point- Hair is very important in the black community, white people don't know about black hair needs and don't get it until they need to.
I felt so happy that a black woman noticed and validated my efforts. It was huge for me to know I was on the right track.
O.K. So, this past weekend everyone sat in the "hair chair" weekend while my sister, Krissy, was visiting. This is where I had my own rite of passage. Krissy was able to give me a lesson on twisting Tessa's hair into adorable twists!
Here, Krissy looks a little "twisted" herself as she is getting through Tessa's hair.
Tessa's hair in full fro state. Notice the tear stained cheek. ahh...
Lollipops make having your hair done a much more pleasant experience. 2 lollipops are best.
I think I have the hair twist down. It is a little tricky.
Sectioning the hair off is important to make it nice and neat.
Krissy gave me a great hands on lesson.
Here Tessa sees her hair in twists for the first time.
I am loving these twists!
Thanks to my twisted sister! I love you!