Hair razing… blood curdling… screaming… crying… wailing….
This is what happens in my home every time Ava has her hair brushed!
Granted she has a lot of hair. A lot of exceptionally thick, curly hair. She has the kind of hair most of us would give our left arm for! But it is also the bane of her life and by extension mine.
It was, until last week, also extremely long.
I tried desperately to convince her that we should cut it off, I really thought with her curls, she’d rock this shorter style, but my 5-going-on-15 year old told me in no uncertain terms that this was not going to happen.
In fact, her reaction was this: “Well this is awkward (said in an exaggerated American accent)That’s really ugly!”
So after much begging on her part, I relented and we trimmed/cut her hair to shoulder length. It reduced the blood curdling screaming to just whimpering with each brushing session.
The thing is though, I’ve spent a small fortune on hair products and speciality brushes to try and control Ava’s pain and my anguish. And really, all that money and time spent researching exorbitantly expensive products have really not helped us one bit.
Her hair is also very dry, so we have to use paraben and sulphate free hair products. Any products that contain parabens and sulphates make her hair even drier, frizzier and more impossible to manage and brush. I have tried washing her hair only once a week, every second day and twice a week to see if we could find a happy balance. She has a huge collection of spray’s, detanglers and serum’s, none of which seem to have much of an effect at all.
The most success I’ve had in terms of hair products with her hair is MOROCCANOIL and this doesn’t come cheap. Add to that the masses of hair she has and the products don’t go far either.
Mostly I’m at my wits end. Short of shaving her head and there is no way madam is going to allow that, I really just don’t know what to do anymore! What are your go-to hair paraben & sulphate free hair products and speciality hair brushes and how do you manage your kids hair?