Tell us about your blog Chocolate Hair Sisters? What is it about and what inspired the idea?
So Chocolate Hair Sisters started off by mistake. Everyone kept commenting on my own Instagram pictures on how my girls deserve their own blog cause of their fashion sense which is basically my fashion sense since I buy their clothes lol! So I started the Chocolate Hair Sisters Instagram page and at the same time I had decided to stop taking the girls to the salon and start doing their hair by myself. Now here we are a few months down the road and I share how I do their hair and their clothes. I didn’t think it would be this much work but I love learning about natural hair and I get to bond with my girls.
You also feature your two beautiful daughters on the Chocolate Hair Sisters blog and Instagram account; tell us about their natural hair journey. Have they always been natural?
Yes I do, Miss K (6) and Nini (3). Miss K was natural for the first year of her life and then I had to cut her hair off due to cultural practices. Her hair grew back and we continued to keep it natural but that all ended with a bad salon experience which ended up with her having the big chop again at 4 years old. She has had the big chop twice and a couple of months of relaxed hair. Nini has been natural her whole life.
What is your daughters’ hair care regimen? Do you have the same hair regimen for both of them or does it differ for each one?
Our regimens are somewhat the same, we all wash our hair once a week and plait it for the week. We spritz our hair twice a day and base scalp every second day. Our products do differ though. In the beginning I thought the products I used on my own hair would work on the girls too but I found out quickly that was not true. I also believe the products don’t really matter as long as you know how to use them and follow good habits and that they don’t have any nasties in them.
Prior to her 2nd big chop, Miss K had been using Earthy SA products and her hair was responding really well to it and so I figured her hair loves Shea Butter and I make sure that’s what we use on her and olive oil.
I thought Nini’s hair loved shea butter until I stopped using it. Her hair responds well to cream based products and also to coconut oil.
Products the girls are currently using:
True Curls Kids’ Butter – http://www.truecurls.co.za/
True Curls Kids Mist – http://www.truecurls.co.za/
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Supermarket food aisle
Coconut Oil – Supermarket food aisle\health shop
Garnier Conditioner – Clicks\Dischem
Design Essentials Sulphate free Shampoo – Candi & Co. Randburg
Ladine Hair Softner – Candi & Co. Randburg
What results do you expect from a hair product when you purchase it?
Will the product do what it says it will do? I have had some bad experiences with products where they do the exact opposite even though the instructions were followed to the T.
Is it a struggle finding products that work for their hair type or are you happy with the ones you’re currently using?
You know I can’t say there is a product I love 100% and will never live without it. I have not found that one just yet. So at the moment I am trying to find our favourites, so we are trying out a few SA products and hopefully we will find something we love soon. One thing that is hard to find is cream-based products for Nini.
Which type of hairstyle(s) do your daughters like?
The girls love anything with beads, lots and lots of beads. In the beginning I did indulge them and let them choose all colours but we have started compromising and choose only 2 colours at a time. I try do quick hairstyles that are still cute. So two strand twists, pig tails with bobble ties, wool braids, box braids.
How do you keep your kids entertained on wash days or while styling their hair?
I keep the kids entertained either by letting them watch videos on YouTube or cartoons on TV.
Do you have a favourite hair salon that you take them to?
The only ‘natural hair friendly’ salon we’ve been to is Candi & Co in Randburg. There are few which have opened in the last couple of months and I am planning on visiting them to try them out.
How do you teach your daughters to love their natural hair?
I don’t think it’s something I was aware that I am even doing. They see me with my hair and to them it’s just the way it is. I download colouring in pages with afros, and I also buy books where the main characters are girls with coily and big hair. I have recently started getting them t shirts made that have fun slogans relating to natural hair.
Any hair care tips you’d like to share with the FroChic readers, especially when it comes to taking care of young children’s hair?
I think the biggest thing is, if there is tears or any discomfort, you need to stop immediately. Whether you are at the salon or at home. Painful hair styling\washing experiences will make kids hate their hair and that’s the last thing that any one wants. Keep it simple and quick. Kids get bored easily and therefore they need to be done with it very quickly so they can continue playing. Try and involve the kids as much as possible, when looking for new styles I let my girls’ google what they would like and I try recreate something similar.
Where can the FroChic readers get hold of you?
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Blog – http://chocolatehairsisters.co.za/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/chocolatehairsisters/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/chocolatehairsisters