Of late the boys have been bugging me to play with their hair. They love when I apply the oils and emollients that keep their heads feeling soft and looking shiny (haircare commercial, anyone?). They await new product as much as I do, and they like to scan the internet with me, looking at various boys' hairstyles.
I really lucked out, I know. I mean, this may not last once they become more self-conscious, so I have to take advantage of their enthusiasm, which seems to know no bounds yet.
It was the boys on this blog who really interested our boys. I don't think we're ready for dreads yet, but I was finally ready to try some twists.
Today I started on Lire. I was going to start with H, since he has been asking me about it longer, but he was sleeping this afternoon when I was brave enough to begin, and L's head is smaller and has a lot less hair.
I was able to do about 1/4 of his head with nothing to distract him but the actual tub of hair product. I finished 1/2 his head as he ate peanut butter and jelly crackers and chatted with H about what it felt like. The other half of his head was accomplished while watching a Dragon Tales dvd (thank you Lisa and Dawit's mom for the D-tales tip. The guys LOVE them).
All of us here think L looks cute, which isn't a tough feat. The guy is perennially cute, even when he's having a screaming fit. I know the twists are uneven in thickness, and a bit haphazard, but I'm proud of our first foray into alternative hairstyles. We both had a really good time, and now H says he wants me to do his.
I've been exploring hair sites and I think we'll leave these in for a couple days and see how they do with daily conditioning and refreshing the twists as needed. Then we'll "twist out" and see how that goes. Fortunately L is patient for a 3 year old and seems to be very interested in his own looks these days. Another plus I suspect is the winter hat conundrum. Both boys want their hair long. I condition, comb and fluff up their hair every morning, only to put on a winter hat which mashes it down by the time they get to school. Once at school I refluff it and by the time I pick them up, it looks like it did in the morning, for the most part. Today when L took off his hat after a walk with dad and chauncey, his twists still looked good.