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Today we are jumping right into it! I’m going to be sharing how I got Kali’s hair to grow back. She had lost the majority of her hair, which is probably normal for some babies, but that doesn’t mean I was happy about it. As a first time mom, I was a little upset about her hair. I wasn’t 100% sure if it was something that I did that caused her hair to take a left turn, or if it was normal. What I hated the most was that her hair was taking its sweet time to grow back.
Kali was born with so much hair, so to see the majority of it fall out was annoying honestly. Do you know all the heartburn I endured throughout my pregnancy?! I would get heartburn after drinking freaking water!! (I worked hard for her hair lol).
Kali’s hair was taking a long time to grow back. It wasn’t until my mom (a licensed cosmetologist) asked about her hair since it was barely growing back, that’s when I realized I should have been using this one product from the very beginning, that my suggested.
Y’all know I could have slapped myself right? I use Jamaican black castor oil faithfully! You hear me?! Faithfully! Not once had it occurred to me to try it on Kali’s hair. After all, it helps thicken the hair and grow it longer (in my experience). I was hesitant to use it on her hair at first since castor oil is so thick. But it helped her hair tremendously.
Here are the before pictures from February when Kali was 4 months old).
As you can see, the back was bald from her constantly laying on her back and rubbing her head on her surfaces like her bed. I expected that however, the sides were very thin and transparent.
Babies’ hair cycles are similar to ours if not the same. There’s a growth stage and a rest stage. My hair was thriving and then fell out (Postpartum hair loss) due to hormones, so it makes sense that Kali’s hair was doing the same. Only her growth stage was a little slow.
I can’t remember exactly when I began using Jamaican black castor oil but you can see a definitely difference in her hair over time.
In the beginning of March 2019 you can’t really see a major difference as far as the bald spot goes. I can see a tiny difference though.
The end of March is when the growth started. the bald spot had gotten smaller as her hair started growing around the perimeter of the spot.
At the end of April, I was very pleased with Kali’s hair growth. I’m still working on the bald spot, but her hair is doing great. Her curls are beginning to pop
What do I do
Everyday I moisturize Kali’s hair with Shea Moisture Marshmallow Root & Blueberries Kids 2-in-1 drama-free conditioner. I try to rub the bald spot and sometimes I massage it. Then I add about three drops of Jamaican black castor oil to my hands and kind of pat and scrunch her curls. I also try to rub her bald spot again. Notice I said try because Kali is becoming veryyy active lol. (This is usually the time that I clean her ear piercings too – click here to check out our experience getting Kali’s ears pierced).
I don’t wash her hair daily because it’s not necessary with our type of hair texture. I don’t want to dry or strip her hair from from continuous washing. We wash her hair about once a week since the castor oil is thick and heavy. If you want to dilute the castor oil then you can mix it with a lighter oil like extra virgin olive oil. I also pre-poo her hair with the extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). I get her in the tub and add the EVOO to her hair, then wash her while it’s sitting, then i wash her hair last.
At night Kali sleeps on one of my huge silk scarves. It’s big enough to fit over her mattress and tuck under. I miss my scarf actually; it what I usually use when I have protective styles in my hair – check out my Marley twist. When she’s not sleep I sometimes put her bonnet on but only when I’m close to her because there has been times when it slides down over her face. I do not let her sleep with the bonnet on.
Here are some of the items I suggest you use on your baby’s hair and your own hair, especially if you are trying to retain length!
- moisturizer of your choice, I like this for Kali and this for myself
- Jamaican black castor oil
- satin or silk scarf/bonnet (sheets) to protect hair
For more tips on Jamaican black castor oil check out naturally Curly’s post Jamaican Black Castor Oil for Hair Growth
*Cradle Cap Tip
Kali had cradle cap when she was about 1 month old. It got bad and I tried using coconut oil to saturate her hair and then gently comb the flakes. It got to the point where it looked horrible. That’s when I started using Head & Shoulders shampoo. It helped!
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