Whenever I’m home for vacation, I normally do quite a few heads of family members which I never mind doing. They’ve also gotten to the point of not only expecting me to do their hair but also to be featured on the blog and/or YouTube channels and luckily they don’t mind (nor do their parents)! This braid/twist updo combination is a great natural hairstyle for kids – mainly pre-teen and early teenage girls. The cousin featured in this post is 11 years old and very active, playing basketball and softball, so I wanted a maintenance free style for her.
This was our starting point; Destiny’s natural hair texture is very soft, thick, and type 3c – completely different than her mother or I who both have coarse, type 4b hair. Her primary hair problems are fuzzy edges and hair that is too soft to hold a style – it often curls out of the braids immediately giving her style a “fuzzy” appearance. I did Destiny’s hair at her home, so we used the products she normally uses which is the Just For Me Hair Milk line.
The entire Hair Milk line contains shea butter, soy milk and honey and claims to leave naturally tight, curly or wavy textures with finger through manageability.
- Shampoo: Does contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. It has been so long since I’ve used a sulfate shampoo that I forgot just how much they lather! I shampooed Destiny’s hair twice and despite it not being that dirty to begin with, this shampoo did not leave her hair “squeaky” clean and it felt very soft.
- Conditioner: Is actually “milky” feeling, not thin but I wouldn’t describe it as thick either. This conditioner made her hair extremely soft and manageable (but Destiny’s hair is fairly tangle-free naturally anyway). I was able to finger through her hair and use a wide tooth comb extremely easily!
- Straightening Mist: Is a combination of a detangler and heat protectant. I applied this to Destiny’s hair directly after rinsing the conditioner then lightly blowdried her hair to stretch it a bit. Her hair felt soft and I did not see a need to follow up with another heavy moisturizer.
- Smoothing Edges Creme: My favorite product of the line, this edge creme is like a heavy pomade. It is a translucent white color that slicked down her edges amazingly well – and remember that is one of Destiny’s primary hair issues. I also used a tiny amount on the two strand twists in the front of her hair to combat frizz.
- Curl Smoother: I applied a bit of this product to her hair as I was braiding the sides and back to remove the “fuzzy” look she normally has and moisturize her hair a bit (although her hair didn’t feel as though it needed additional moisture). This product does not contain petroleum or mineral oil so that is great, but I don’t feel it did anything to enhance her curls and the product claims. It is really just a very lightweight moisturizer.
Check out the video tutorial below as I walk you through each step of creating this cute natural hairstyle for kids:
You know how doing little girls’ hair always seems to put them to sleep? Well by the time I finished, she was tired so when I told her to smile she gave me that goofy grin! In any event, if I had more time I would’ve made the braids a bit smaller but overall I was pleased with the results and she liked it also.
In a few days she can take the twists out and rock the front in a twistout if she wants which makes the style last longer and gives another really cute look. I’d recommend the Hair Milk line by Just for Me, I just wish they would create two separate shampoos – one clarifying with SLS and one moisturizing without. But as I said, it didn’t “seem” to strip her hair so maybe I’m just an ingredient nazi? Anyway, those are my thoughts for the moms out there – this product line is really economical and has everything you need for maintaining your daughter’s natural hair.
This review is non-sponsored.