From Bald Headed to Beautiful Curls

Amina was born with a full head of hair, definitely explained the insane heartburn I had while I was pregnant with her!

Her hair was black & bone straight and I was sure it would continue to flourish just as Tori's had.

The Reality

Girl, I was so wrong! First it was beautiful and then I start to notice scales, no other way I can describe it, around her forehead hairline. Soon the doctors let me know that she had severe cradle cap and it was so crazy to watch her go from a full head of hair to almost none.

Like imagine a cute little caramel Fire Marshall Bill by the head, it was a struggle!

(if you don't know who Fire Marshall Bill is, we can't be friends)

Everyone told me not to worry. That her hair would grow. Don't put too much of anything on it. The advice was endless but it still wasn't sitting well in my spirit so I began to do my own research.

Slowly but surely after her 1st birthday I began to see her hair growing the way I had hoped.

Here are 5 tips that I believe helped with Amina's hair growth:

(Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist or hairstylist, just a determined mom)

1. Scratch the cradle cap up with coconut oil - Both her physician and dermatologist told me not to scratch her scalp that it would just fall out but what I found is that it didn't just "fall out" and it would start to cake up. So, I would add coconut oil to her scalp (a generous amount) and scratch/comb it up. I only did this on wash days (see tip #3). I'll warn you, when I did it definitely pulled out some of her hair which brings me to my next tip

2. Comb her hair daily - Hair sheds every day. If you aren't combing it daily, when you do, you will feel like your child is going to be bald by the end of the day. I know alot of people, especially stay at home parents, don't feel the need to comb their child's hair everyday if they aren't going anywhere. For me, I felt like it helped keep the cradle cap under control because it was constantly being combed through.

3. Cowash her hair with conditioner, no shampoos, at least once a week- How dirty is your baby's hair really getting? Once I stopped using baby shampoos on her hair and just cowashed, I noticed an immediate difference in the moisture in her hair as well as the added reduction of the cradle cap. (I use Honest Company Ultra Calmin Lavender conditioner and recently started using Kaleidescape Kids 2 in 1. I'll keep you posted on how I like it.)