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August 27, 2010

When we found out that Jones was going to be a boy, I admit that I was slightly relieved.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved having a daughter, but I was intimidated by African American hairstyling and upkeep!

I have enough black girlfriends to know that hair is a BIG DEAL.  And when you’re out in public – hair is the most visible thing that someone else could judge you on.  Brangelina got slammed in the news a year ago when several pictures of Zaharrah’s hair looking uncared for went up on the web. I don’t want to mess this up!

There are several great resources that I’ve used to learn and practice on Abigail’s hair.  Her hair is relatively short right now, which is a great thing for me.  It allows my ability and her hair to grow together.  I thought I would go ahead and share some of these resources for those of you considering or in process of adopting an African or African American child! great site…her youtube channel is:

And here’s a great little video on basic hair maintenance…

Honestly though, the best resources out there are patient friends who are willing to help you, even DO your girl’s hair until you get some basic techniques down.  I have a couple of friends I have on speed dial for help with product purchases, styling and upkeep.

Right now I’m keeping it in some smaller boxed twists, with just three rows in the front.  It takes me about two hours total to do, but I have to do her hair just a few boxes at a time-she gets a little impatient with me!  But the great thing is, it lasts at least a week, if not 10 days.  Pretty good payoff for a couple of hours invested while she’s distracted.

Even though this was so intimidating to me, it’s actually kind of fun now!  (more for me than her I suspect.)

Let me know if you have other great resources to share.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2010 5:29 pm

    After I wrote this, I went to pick Abigail up from school and one of her classmates passed us in the hall. Her mom said, “Jada is always talking about Abigail and her cute hair twists!” Too fun.

  2. August 27, 2010 9:02 pm

    teach charis to do them 🙂 they’ll have a BLAST together in the coming years . . . LOVE that abigail!!

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