I could write a book on this topic. Especially now that Shantel is so into her hair! You wouldn’t believe what all she goes through every single day trying to manage her beautiful hair. I would give anything to have her hair, but she is never satisified with how it looks. Everyone we know tells her how beautiful her hair is, yet still she keeps trying new products, one after another, at her own expense, trying to achieve that perfect “look”…I say perfect “look” according to who?

When Shantel was little, I knew nothing about how to manage her thick, course, nappy hair. I would wash it every evening when I gave her a bath, and the next morning, I could hardly get a brush or comb through it because it was so dry and brittle and it even looked dusty. I didn’t know then that black people, and in her case, bi-racial people, need to apply oils and/or cream conditioners to their hair to keep it soft and smooth. So, I asked around work, and one of my friends, who is black, turned me on to a product called Pink Lotion. She told me to put that on Shantel’s hair everyday and only wash her hair twice a week. I couldn’t go with the twice a week washing so I continued to wash her hair everyday, but  I would apply the Pink Lotion every night after I washed Shantel’s hair, and every morning when I would fix her hair for school. It worked like magic to smooth out the frizz’s, and it put a beautiful shine in her hair that everyone noticed  immediately.  We never, ever, had any problems with breakage, shedding, or tangles as long as I used the Pink Lotion which I did everyday from kindergarten through sixth grade…

Then came Middle School, and beyond….and Shantel  decided she was going to take over managing her own hair. Suddenly, I didn’t have a clue about what black people and/or bi-racial people needed to manage their hair…her “friends” knew everything and they were more than willing to clue Shantel in on what she needed to do and how to do it. Ever since then, Shantel is like a chemist without a degree. She buys all kinds of products and mixes her own concoctions right in the shower. She applies at least three different products at a time on her hair everyday, which can take up to an hour in the shower for her to complete. She has of course her shampoo’s, but also has conditioners a plenty. I mean she has regular condition, leave in conditions, deep conditioners, masks conditioners ,and just today, she had me take her to Sally’s Beauty Supply, where she purchased, yes, yet another “new” product called “Beautiful Textures, tangle taming moisturizer conditioner for mixed testures”…OMG!! Our guest bathroom is being overtaken with hair products!!!

Now, my question to Shantel is always…if all these products work why do you have to keep trying new ones? To which she quickly lets me know “I just wouldn’t understand unless I had her type of hair”. Maybe, maybe not…all I can say is honestly, I don’t see any difference in how her hair looks now, than how it looked when I was taking care of it with a simple $2.00 bottle of Pink Lotion that took all of five minutes to put in her hair! But, of course, I’m only mom, what do I know??? I don’t have any hair hang ups…I shaved my head bald after all…but hey…, it’s only hair:) Right?

Next: Teenagers!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gotham Girl
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 22:16:04

    OMG, don’t get me started on products. I so understand where she’s coming from, so sorry mom! 🙂 However, she really needs to try Ouidad products. And lucky you, there’s a Ouidad salon in Scottsdale so when I’m there in July I’ll tell her all about it. Because of my natural curly hair (aka nappy!) I’ve spent some much money over the years I could probably purchase a new car. So I feel her pain. Now, what about you missy and YOUR hair?? Do we have anything new to share? I loved you bald! 🙂 Well I love you any way you want to be. xoxox MORE!!!!


    • beyondcinderella
      Jun 05, 2012 @ 01:41:39

      Well, Frissy, I shared your comments with Shantel and she can’t wait to hear all about Ouidad products when you come in July. Now as for me, and anything I want to share…yes I did it!!!, but you will have to wait till July to see for yourself that I did what I said I was thinking about doing:) MORE…GH


  2. Bill
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 23:14:12

    Any one that knows me should realize thart all this hair taqlk is over rated.


  3. Bill
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 00:24:19



  4. Lucie
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 07:43:20

    Thank you for the hair info….. it is always good stuff you make my day. I enjoy reading what’s going on over at the home front. Take care love you tons!


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