I love Naomi's fluffy hair and usually leave it as is. Once or twice a week we'll put it in braids or pigtails, just for kicks. It's getting long, though, and after a couple days of being left in a little fro it gets pretty matted in the back. Not very cute.
Lately I've been conditioning and combing it so that it's controlled ringlets and not so matted, but I have no desire to do that every day. I tried doing multiple braids on Saturday night, but I felt a little out of my element as a white mom of a "black" girl. Ok, she's not black and her hair isn't super coarse and kinky, but it's still way more curly than any other white kid we know. It seems to be the only place her black genes came shining through.
So, a couple days ago I sent an e-mail to an acquaintance who is black and asked for some tips. I was hoping for an e-mail back that would give me some ideas. Instead, I got an in-home visit today, including some tips on cleaning and styling, reassurance that I'm not totally botching Naomi's hair, and a bag filled with a bunch of hair stuff for the Nomes.
How cool is that?! I was totally blessed!!
The fringe benefit is that the hair oil smells wonderful!! I don't know if Naomi considers the fact that I've been sniffing her head all day to be a benefit, but she'll get used to it.