Sorry to say this but I’ve just gotta get it out there: Emma’s got trailer park hair. That’s not me being mean. It’s just me being honest. Seriously, her hair is pretty ratchet, and I think it’s my fault. I don’t give a shit about my own hair and so I basically dropped the ball on her hair before she even had a shot. With me as a mom, she was doomed with all things hair and nails and makeup from the beginning. Oops?
A couple weeks ago RJ took Emma along when he took Madden to get his hair, and Emma ended up getting hers trimmed a bit too – only her second-ever cut/trim, actually. And she’s five. See how I failed her? Anyway, she got her hair did and the chick cutting her hair told RJ that her hair is pretty fucked up (duh). It’s breaking off all over the place, which anyone can see when they look at her and her head full of what look like fly-aways but are actually broken hairs, and that’s apparently extra bad because now that she’s five she’s getting her “adult” hair…??? What even is that? Whatever it is, the haircutter lady told RJ to braid Emma’s hair in a single braid before bed because braiding it strengthens it and will eventually make it stop breaking, which will make her hair look normal and not trailer park-ish…???
I could just Google it or search it on Pinterest, but I’d rather source some feedback from people I “know.” So. TELL ME: First of all, is there actually such a thing as “adult” hair? It sounds like BS to me but what do I know? And also, does sleeping with your hair in a single braid really strengthen it?
I’ve been braiding Emma’s hair *most* nights before bed the last two weeks and I think I notice a subtle difference, but that sudden difference only applies when I take her hair out of the braid a day later and it’s all soft and silky smooth. Because any other time, it’s a tangled, fly-away hot mess. But IDK? Should we stay with the braid or no?
Full disclosure: I cannot braid “fancy.” Emma got that French braid from our neighbor over Thanksgiving in Williamsburg. She kept it in for four days. Her hair was still a disaster after she finally took it out. I’m not sold on this “a braid a day keeps the broken hair away” theory.