Tried and True
at this point, almost 23 months in, there are a lot of questions. will EBN really inherit her father’s cross-bite? will she take after her mama and continue to rock accessories? will THE COUNT remain her #1 true love? will she choose to tint her brows and lashes? will she continue to build towers and become an engineer? learn to count past 40 (that’s where we’re currently at) and study math? or possibly, follow in her grandma karen’s footsteps and continue to enjoy putting color to paper. a lot of questions. but one thing we know for sure – girl’s got a head of curls on her shoulders.
while i had curls pre-puberty (then it went to frizz, post-pregnancy it’s back to curls, i had nothing worth mentioning in comparison to THE BUG. ABN on the other hand (and his dad, and sister and mom and aunt) had some major coils. they disappeared at some point in middle school when he started blow dry his hair (yep, that happened. apparently, the chicago winter was too cold to walk across the street from his house to school with a wet mop on his head – excuses, excuses) and now he keeps his hair short so it’s difficult to tell.
but EBN – there’s no question. girls got some major ringlets. when i pull – they bounce. when she runs – they bounce. when she nods your head yes, or shakes her head no – they bounce. they are gorgeous and soft and wild. and they are a bitch to comb.
at almost 23 months we’ve tried basically every product other there. we’ve gone with natural ingredients, we’ve gone with expensive salon brands and we’ve gone the adult route as well. all along the knots persist, or her hair looks greasy or we’re left with an itchy scalp. i tried not combing her hair at all – which left us with our first true baby dread. yes, i went through my “boys with dreadlocks are cute” phase. but i (thankfully) got over that one and don’t care to repeat it with my little one.
and then i remembered – the cure-all for knotted curls. that unmistakable just-out-of-the-bath smell. there was only one answer to my problem – NO MORE TANGLES.
and while the packaging looks completely different (remember how it used to be a white bottle with a yellow label and a picture of a girl with STICK STRAIGHT HAIR!?!?! brushing out her tresses?) it still gets the job done like nothing else i’ve been able to find. i’ve even started using it on my own hair as well. like mother like daughter – but in reverse.
and nothing smells sweeter.