I love my hair!

I haven’t always loved my hair. I’m still traumatized by the bowl haircut I sported for far too many years…

Hello bowl haircut. It's okay, you can laugh.

But I have grown to love my hair and swear to never cut it short again. Lord willing, I will be an old woman with long grey hair tied up in a bun. No “mom cut” for me, please!

I want my daughters to love their hair and feel beautiful in their own skin as well. Evyn and I saw this video and thought it was adorable!  Check out this Sesame Street video about loving your hair…

Evyn’s hair has been a learning journey for both of us. I remember melting down in Walmart a few days before I went to pick up Evyn in Ethiopia. I was at a complete loss as I looked at the ethnic hair care aisle. I felt  inadequate to care for my sweet daughters hair and didn’t even know where to begin. Looking back, I can laugh at that night and those feelings, but in the moment it was valid and I did have a lot to learn! When she arrived home her hair was just a poof on top of her head. Now she has full head of the most beautiful curls. When wet, her hair is so long it reaches halfway down her back! She and I have learned a lot about how to do her hair, what products work, what products don’t, secrets to get her to sit still while I style it, etc. I still have MUCH MUCH MUCH to learn, but I really enjoy our special time each morning as I do her hair. She sits on the bathroom counter, brushes her teeth and sings with me as I brush, moisturize and style her gorgeous hair. Here are a few products I love and work great on Evyn’s Ethiopian locks…

  • CHI Silk Infusion- We use this daily…sometimes twice a day. Great moisturizer for her hair! I LOVE THIS. Makes her hair easy to work with, shiny, and healthy. It is on the pricey side, but worth it. I found it cheapest at Publix grocery store. This is my #1 pick for best product for her hair. It’s a must have!
  • Argan Oil – I find this to be a little more “oily” than the CHI, maybe a little thicker. Works great on Evyn’s hair and locks in the moisture.
  • Pantene Moisturizing Cream for women of color- I usually put this on right after I wash her hair.
  • Kinky Curly Curling Custard- Great for when I am leaving her hair down with a headband and bow. Helps tighten the curls. Makes the hair a little crunchy, but holds the curls great.
  • Kinky Curly Leave in conditioner- another option if I don’t use the Pantene
  • Twisted Sister Curl activator- I use this on the end of her pony tails and braids. Helps define those curls without getting them crunchy like the Kinky Curly does.
  • Water spray bottle- Evyn’s hair does best if I make her hair wet before using any product.
Lastly….I could not work without these 3 tools…

  • Tangle Teezer. LOVE THIS!!! I have tried a dozen brushes and this one, by far, does the best job getting the knots out without a fuss. I even use it on my hair! It cost about $6 and was worth every penny.
  • “rat tail” comb. This is the only way to get a clean part! Best $0.99 you can spend.
  • Smoothing brush. I use this brush right before I put the band in her hair, it smooths down all the frizzies and makes her hair smooth.

Look how long and beautiful her hair is!

Two simple braids...and Evyn brushing her teeth. She has the cleanest teeth in the world thanks to her habit of brushing while I style her hair! 🙂

She's adorable, isn't she? I'm so blessed to have this child in my life!

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12 thoughts on “I love my hair!

  1. Great post! I’m having so much fun with K’s hair and always enjoy learning from others about new products and techniques! I must admit, though, that I saw the first picture as a thumbnail in my reader and thought “Oh my goodness, what did Emily DO to her hair?!?!”

  2. This is Traci (went to HS with Bryson) – I emailed you a long time ago @ your daughter’s hair and just happened to check your blog out today – you’re doing an awesome job! Her hair is really really beautiful – I’m really jealous 😉 I love that you have a counter full of ethnic hair products! Keep up the great work!!!

    • Thanks Traci!! Great to hear from you. I’m encouraged you think I’m doing a good job. It really is so much fun!! Bryson says hello! 🙂

  3. I’ve been in love with your hair since 1999! I’ve even wished my girls would get your super beautiful color, although for the moment I have a true redhead and a blonde. I love that this post is about loving the hair you’ve been given. I am super impressed with how well you’ve adapted to taking care of Evyn’s hair and I know she is going to appreciate all the love you put into it as she gets older. Now if I can just get Maggie to quit asking when she can get pink hair…

  4. Oh my gosh, I think your hair is sooo pretty!! And so is Evyn’s precious head of curls. I know what you mean about the learning curve on hair. I still feel like I have such a long way to go, too. E’s hair is still pretty short, but it’s amazing how long it’s grown since we brought her home. R’s hair is super long and such a different texture; I think it’s a lot like Evyn’s!

  5. I needed this post!! Just today I was in the hair care aisle at Target thinking, “How will I ever know what to get??” Now I have a place to start! Do you use a certain type of shampoo on her hair? You are going to be getting lots of these questions from me very soon! Evyn is SO adorable! =)

    • I am so excited for you Ashley!! Definitely start with the Chi, it really is the must have for us. I use an organic olive oil shampoo. we only shampoo her hair once every week or two, but i often wet it in the tub in between shampoos to get rid of some of the product build up.

  6. I think Johnny and Evyn’s hair is really similar and someone suggested that I use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and I love it! I wash his hair one every 4 days or so with the shampoo and then leave the conditioner in his hair and brush through with the tangle teaser. I don’t have to worry much about styling, though I am often tempted, but thought I would pass on another conditioner to try as I know sometimes products stop working as well and you have to move onto something else. Happy styling!

  7. Wow, wonderful blog layout! How lengthy have you been running a
    blog for? you made running a blog look easy. The entire look of your website is
    excellent, as neatly as the content!

  8. Hello there! This post couldn’t be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him.
    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

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