Black Hair Biography
Black Girl with Long Hair is a website dedicated to the ever-growing community of black and bi-racial women who choose to wear their hair naturally — with no use of chemicals and minimal use of heat, weave or extensions.Leila Noelliste is a former newspaper reporter who left journalism in 2009 to blog about natural hair, beauty and culture full-time. After doing her big chop in late 2006, she realized how few sources of community and inspiration existed online. A year and a half later, Black Girl with Long Hair was born. Born in Jamaican and raised by a Haitian father and African American mother, Leila is passionate about black beauty and self-image in a post-colonial world.I decided to put together this page to answer the questions that I get the most. I am sharing with you the things I did with Brown Girls Hair from birth to now.
I am not an expert or a professional in the hair care industry. I am not in anyway saying that the things I did or do will work for whatever you are trying to achieve. I'm not saying that these are things that you should or shouldn't do. I'm just simply sharing what I did.
Good. Bad. Indifferent. Whatever you choose to do with your child's hair is totally up to you. My suggestion is to do your best to keep it healthy. That's really all that matters.
Let me first say, in the beginning, I had no idea what to do with her hair. I learned through trial and error. I learned quickly what works for someone else, may not work for me. Keep that in mind as you read this page. What worked and works for us, may not work for you.
One bit of advice that was given to me by a professional stylist to celebrity's that did work for me, She said, "You don't need to wash children's hair a lot. When you do that, you are washing the natural oils out that they need to have healthy hair." She said, "Just leave it alone, the dirtier the better."
This may sound crazy to you, because it sounded crazy to me. But that's exactly what I did. My daughters hair grew like weeds from ages 3 to 5. I can only remember washing her hair once a year from age 3 to 5, no lie.
(A couple of videos of her hair from newborn to 5 years old coming soon!)
**Side Note**PATIENCE IS KEY
During the toddler stage, she can't be still for long periods of time and please don't expect her to. Put her favorite show on TV, give her a doll to play with, etc. My point is, give her something to do that will help her get through the process easier.
Learning how to deal with hair time is a process for your child. She is not going to automatically be still, or know how to sit while getting her hair done. As a Mom, you want to make sure hair time is a pleasurable bonding time for you and your child. Your child has to learn that hair time is something that we have to do, so lets make the best of it. You having a positive attitude will help your child adjust faster to the process.