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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Little Brother's Two-Strand Twists

K has a head full of two-strand twists!!
Lately Daddy D and I have been trying to decide what to do with K's hair. 
Do you remember his little mohawk?

Well, it's all grown out.

And it's long enough that it is getting very tangled, very quickly. The tangles are significant, so day after day of loose hair is becoming a less viable option. 

Another issue is that K is a bit "tender-headed".  He will tolerate finger detangling, but the only comb/brush he will tolerate is the Tangle Teezer, I think he likes the way it feels on his scalp. That being said, the jury is kind of out on the TT (for example, see this poll at The Natural Haven).

Daddy D still leans towards locs - which opens a whole other can of worms about locs on young children, and is definitely not something the extended family would embrace. In fact, as I've mentioned in previous "boy hair" posts, they have made it very clear to us that their preference is for short hair on boys. 

Sooooo, we could cut his hair.  It wouldn't be the first time. 

In fact , K had very short hair at one point:

But he has also has a pretty big 'fro:

And a long time ago...... before he could run away from me, I used to actually "style" K's hair. 

We decided to ask K his opinion. Since everyday loose hair was out, we gave him the choice of a hair cut or twists. He chose twists. 

I had no idea how this was going to work out, as he has literally not sat more than 2 minutes for any kind of hair time in the last 2 years. 

But it went very smoothly, and with a couple of TV shows, some snacks, and some breaks for jumping around I did manage to twist up his whole head. I think it must help that he sees JJ having her hair time every weekend - he actually seemed quite proud to be getting his hair done, like his big sister. 

He loves it!!!

Which means, further decision making is on hold, for this week, anyway! 

Any opinions on boy hair? On inviting young children to be involved in decision-making about their hair? On family pressures? On locs for children? I'd love to hear from you! 


  1. I love locs! I think they look great on both adults and children! I want to loc Baby O's hair so bad, but everyone is telling me "NO!!!", so I don't do it :-( So I guess I fall to peer pressure more so than family pressure--my mom just goes along with whatever I say about her hair and Daddy S is tired of me nagging at him about the locs. It's her daycare teachers that are telling me not to loc her hair.

    Baby O is very involved in hair time--I plan out two styles for our hair day and then ask her which one she would rather have. I never leave it open ended...I can't imagine what she would tell me if I let her have her say lol.

    K's twists are absolutely adorable! AND....if your set on loc'ing his hair, you could always just leave the twists in as his starter locs (just don't tell anyone your plan) lol

  2. Thanks Precious!

    @ Nikki Intermittent Babbling- thanks for all your hair thoughts!! Lol, so funny - that has totally crossed my mind about leaving the twists to loc!! We'll see what happens....

  3. OH i love them, yea some of my family friends are sooo against it, but i love it,

    and I love the twist.

  4. He is so cute I love his twists. I think boys look so cute with little fros. If I have a boy I would let him have a fro in the winter but keep it trimmed at a managable length and I would give him a fade in the summer 2 on top 1 on sides. I also think boys with cornrows starting from the hairline going straight back down look really slick and neat. I also give my daughter the choice of 2 hairstyles so she feels part of it but not too many options where she will want everthing lol

  5. Ohhhh my gosh, I love the twists!! Now I wanna do my lil guy's hair in twists! So cute...