Friday, 29 July 2011

Caring for your child's natural hair : Coconut oil relaxer

There is one female left in my family who does not have a head of relaxed hair, and that is my 7 year old sister. As it happens myself and my other sisters were introduced to our first relaxers at the age of about 11, however we won't be taking that route for the youngest. The aim is to teach her that natural hair can grow and be just as beautiful as relaxed hair.

My sisters hair is in cornrows 90% of the time, however just like for most of us, her hair needs a break, so once a month she rocks her natural left out hair for a few days. The biggest struggle with her hair is that getting it super soft and detangling without waterworks! I'm sure many mothers can relate! 

Well, having done some youtube research i came across the coconut oil relaxer yet again! I tried this a while back, it worked wonders for my hair and i have used it to DC ever since! So of course i decided to do the same for the little one.

Despite the name, the coconut relaxer is a 100% natural deep conditioning treatment used to soften and nourish hair. The term relaxer is used to emphasize the soft and smooth results one experiences after using the coconut oil deep conditioning treatment. A more simple title would be intense coconut oil deep condition, but you know how it goes... the snazzier it sounds, the more appealing!

Ingredients
 Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Technique
Adults: section hair and thoroughly coat EVCO all over hair strands from root to tip. Lightly detangle to ensure full strand coverage. Once applied cover head with secure shower cap and deep condition with heat for 30-60 minutes. Without heat 2-3 hours. Final step, wash hair in sections and finish off with quick co-wash for detangling.

Children: section hair and thoroughly coat EVCO all over hair strands from root to tip. Lightly detangle to ensure full strand coverage. Once applied cover head with secure shower cap and deep condition during the course of the day. No heat needed for children. 1-2 hours whilst watching television, reading or playing is the perfect distraction! Final step, wash hair in sections and finish off with quick cowash for detangling.

Extra tip: Applying an extra coat of a thick moisturising conditioner (e.g Herbal essences smooth and soft mask) on top of EVCO, encourages easier detangling for children. 



et voila!


x edF

6 comments:

  1. Her hair is gorgeous!!

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  2. This is so cool :) I do not have natural hair nor do I have any children (I do have a sister that could benefit from this but she's not one to shell out money, but I digress...) but I love natural hair articles like this for children. I want to have a daughter in the future so this is good info to know lol!

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  3. Thank you Tay :) Im still learning with her hair, but its great fun doing it!

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  4. lovely puff !!!
    coconut oil is the best, every week i steam with it.

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  5. lovely thanks for the info. This is the first time I've seen someone with my daughters hair texture. Hers looks very similar to this in length and texture but it's a little lighter in color.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that! Many more posts for children haircare this year so hopefully they'll be helpful too!

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