A few years ago, I wrote a short post about using Jamaican or Haitian Black Castor oil on babies hair. The post was mostly about safety and what to look for if you choose to use these oils on your baby's hair. Somehow the post has been going around and I have been getting a lot of questions about my daughter's hair regimen. Before I started getting questions from my readers, I had my own question, how come I never had to do a protein treatment on her hair? Keep in mind that she is allergic to wheat, eggs, and milk. So, doing a protein treatment for her is almost impossible.
My daughter's hair journey started after her 1st birthday, right after she was diagnosed with multiple allergies. She lost all her baby hair around that time. Since Castor oil was commonly used in Haiti on babies of all ages, I decided to keep my daughter's hair regimen simple by using a simple moisturizing shampoo and a good oil to lock the moisture in after rinsing out the shampoo. No conditioner. Instead of deep conditioning her hair, I would use Extra virgin olive oil before washing the hair.
Here's what I learned from doing my daughter's hair.
- She never had a protein treatment. She never needed one. The need for a protein treatment only happens when you don't consume enough protein in your diet or when your hair is chemically treated. Her nails are always strong, which indicates that each hair strand is also strong.
- She never really had a deep conditioning treatment. She never had the patience for it. I left it alone.
- She never had split ends. Moisturizing 4c hair on a regular basis and sealing it with the right oil can prevent split ends.
- She's only had natural shedding. The castor oil that I used on her hair prevented unnecessary shedding.
- Her hair rarely breaks. Because I keep her hair in a protective style about 90% of the time, breakage rarely occurs.
Sealing: Jamaican Black Castor Oil, also used for scalp massage.
Although I don't use the same shampoo as her, my hair routine is pretty much like hers now. Sometimes I take risks and try other products, but I keep my hair regimen simple. She has been using the same shampoo for over five years. I wish I could do that. The point that I am trying to make is that less is more when it comes to fragile hair. Constantly touching the hair and adding products that the hair does not need can lead to extreme breakage. What I learned from doing my daughter's hair is that growth starts from the inside out, not the outside in. All I have to do is take proper care of what is already growing.