Monday, October 19, 2009
Old hair care routine: once a week (or so) take down hair from whatever style it's in and either rinse it with conditioner in the tub or wash with shampoo then rinse with conditioner. While conditioner is in hair I would have her lay in the water while I underwater combed most of it (the comb used to to through fairly easily under the water). Then she'd play in the tub while I parted and combed and put her hair in sections. I'd either finish the style in the tub or do the rest while she watched a movie. During the final styling I would put a heavier leave in conditioner in her hair. Viola, fairly drama free hair (always dramatic fussing leading up to the hair doing, but usually only fussing if I pulled during the hair doing).
These days something is happening. I haven't changed products, well I have but I haven't had one solid product I've stuck with during the years. Now, I take down her style, get her in the tub and when I get it wet it almost immediately sucks up and starts matting. Tonight I tried washing it (it's been awhile) to get the products out, then conditioning it. It took a long long time to coax the mats out of her hair ... and the thing is, the hair was in pigtails and mostly combed out before we started. This is the second time this has happened. The last time, I thought it was because I had let her go a couple days with free hair. That time ended in a funky "trim", that still needs to be addressed by a professional.
Tonights episode was not as traumatic for Lucy. I got the mats combed out and used a lot of conditioner to help, it didn't pull on her too much and she stayed mostly busy playing with water. Her hair ended up really cute in 6 braids. I think it helped that I washed one section at a time after I noticed it was starting to mat up when I got it wet. Once I had the braids all in, I rinsed her hair off really well with water from the sprayer, then I put some olive oil in to condition it.
Anyone have experience with any of this ... any one??? Suggestions?