Thanks to Lori for setting up a special Black Hair Care workshop for adoptive parents. I had done a good amount of reading online but the benefits of being in front of a stylist who can touch LT's hair and give suggestions was so helpful. LT's hair is beautifully curly curly and super duper thick and dense with a lot of red in it. So here's what I learned:
--moisturizing is essential (I was not using enough product even though I was doing twice a day, so I drench her hair now). The stylist said LT's hair was WAY TOO DRY. The good news is I did have the product already that she recommended (Organic Olive Oil products - Target).
--comb through every day (even though her hair is short)
--blow dry to get scalp dry after shampoo as water can get trapped and create mildew
--Spend time everyday pulling on her hair, rubbing it and combing it. Because her hair is pretty short right now and she absolutely hates it being touched I have to have to have to get her used to it being pulled. The curls are so tight to her head that it can be uncomfortable but the more I work with it, the easier it will get.
--Dedicate a savings account to salon visits starting at her young age. She recommended comb twists for LT until she can sit long enough for braids.
--Tears are part of the process.
I must say that I'm hoping that hair time turns from torture to bonding soon . It's pretty hard knowing she's so uncomfortable but with mentors like Althea at Spice Salon, I look forward to us sharing many great memories through beautiful curly hair.
ALSO, sending love to all the families who passed court, waiting or who will delayed this week.