Kai’s Hair Care Routine

Hair…. A very important topic especially for a child with Eczema and Food Allergies.

I am about to get kind of technical so beware. Lol

Kai more specifically as both Atopic Dermatitis and Contact Dermatitis. Contact Dermatitis means exactly what it looks like, Kai will get a mild to severe skin irritation if she comes into contact with anything her body does not agree with. I will just list a few of the things that I noticed that irritates Kai: Eggs, Olive Oil, Bleach, Vegetable Oil, Black Pepper, Vitamin E oil, Coconut Oil, White Grape Juice, etc. There are a couple of more but that’s just a brief list. There was no test done to determine this I simply observe and take note of things that I notice that bother Kai. So me knowing this I have to be very specific with her hair care products. It is very hard to find products that don’t irritate her scalp and face. And usually if I use something her skin does not agree with I will know with in minutes because she will start to rash around her hairline, ears, and neck. So if this happens I first give her Benadryl, then I immediately wash the product out of her hair. I just wanted to share this in case some of you all are going through something similar and weren’t quite sure what was happening. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Now on to the actual post, Hair Care….. (all products are linked)

 Shampoo & Conditioner.

We currently use Johnson’s No More Tangles Shampoo & Conditioner ($3.99). It is a hypo-allergenic product. Kai is African American and has a very thick & porous texture of hair. It is very kinky and curly. Lol This stuff has been the mildest formula that I have found. I have experimented with TONS of hair products and methods. This is what I have found to work best for Kai. Surprisingly it is not as drying as I assumed it would be in comparison to their regular baby bath & shampoo. I occasionally use the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Cleansing Conditioner ($12). I like this product however it is very scented so I only use it occasionally. This Cleansing Conditioner is not very moisturizing so on wash days that I use this I will use it as a replacement for shampoo then follow up with the Johnson’s No More Tangles Conditioner.hair-c

Oil.

As for oils, we have tried it ALL! Coconut, Castor, Olive, Grapeseed, you name it. Lol

What I have found to work best for my Kai is the Now Brand Avocado Oil ($4.99). I purchase it from Whole Foods. Okay this is important, IF YOUR CHILD HAS A NUT ALLERGY you have to purchase, this avocado oil that is for your hair and skin, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, purchase “Cold Pressed” Avocado Oil from the grocery section of the store. It is processed differently and most cases in the same facilities that also process Nuts. It will break your child out. I made this mistake and had to do my research.

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DO NOT purchase this Avocado Oil if your child has a Nut Allergy

 

Moisturizer.

On to Moisturizing the hair… Kai’s hair texture needs a thick creamy moisturizer in order to smooth her hair into ponytails and twists. I have found that products with a thick whipped consistency work best. We use Carol’s Daughter’s Healthy Hair Butter ($17). hair-butter-jpgThe smell of this product is a bit overwhelming as well, but in a good way. It has essential oils in it like, Lemongrass and Lavender so those smells really stand out. It is one of very few moisturizers that has not irritated her hair and scalp! 🙂 So for that reason alone it is AMAZING! I have to purchase it directly from their website.

I have attempted to make my own whipped hair butter but unfortunately it irritated Kai’s scalp. I’m not sure why but I plan on modifying that recipe then I will share it with you all!

Detangle & Styling.

I use a wide tooth comb for detangling, a spray bottle of water with about 10 drops of Avocado Oil in it that I refill weekly. To style her hair, I use bristle brush for smoothing and a rattail comb for parting. If I am combing Kai’s hair into ponytails I use regular black rubber bands. I used to use the clear rubber bands when she was younger but now that her hair is much more thick they tend to break and do not work as well. When it is time to remove the rubber bands I will either cut them out or break them with my teeth. LOL

Well that pretty much sums things up for Kai’s Hair Care. I know that a couple of these items are pricey but Carol’s Daughter almost always has a promo code out there that can save you a couple of bucks. For the Johnson’s I usually purchase it from Target with my Target Red Card which saves 5%, to mention the Cartwheel App. If you do not have either of those I definitely recommend getting them! If you have any questions or suggestions for us to try feel free to comment below or email me! Until next time….

~Sasha

Battling Eczema: Kai’s Skin Care Routine

Along with Kai’s Food Allergies came a nasty, tricky, unpredictable case of Eczema. In order to win this battle I have to keep a tight routine for Kai that I have worked on simply using trail and error. I’ll break the routine down starting with, Bath Time.

Our Routine:

Now that Kai is attending daycare baths are very necessary. It is easy for small children with eczema to get a skin infection, which requires antibiotics to cure and we do not want that. When Kai first started daycare this was a frequent issue. I bathe Kai in shallow, lukewarm water. For washing, we use Vanicream Cleansing Bar Soap or Cetaphil Cleansing Wash. I usually do not leave Kai in the water any longer than 5- 6 minutes. On days when Kai is having major flare ups I add a little Epsom Salt to her bath and I use Dial Liquid Soap as her cleanser. This combination works really well to sooth her skin and the Dial gets rid of all of the bacteria from the day. After, I take Kai out of the bath I pat her dry with a terry cloth towel leaving her slightly damp. Next, I put on her diaper so that nothing gets in her diaper area since that area is sensitive.hen, I apply prescribed Triamcinolone Ointment on her rough dry patches and rub completely in. Kai’s roughest areas are usually her knees, on her feet, and on her hands and wrists. Next, I apply Cetaphil lotion and rub it in. After, I heavily coat her in Vaseline (unscented) from head to toe. Finally, I put Kai in her 100% footed zip up PJ’s. These PJ’s are long sleeve and footed. The best brand of these I have found so far that fit her size which is 18- 24 months or 2T is Carter’s. I buy these from JcPenny, they almost always have great sales on these or coupons available. I also have these Scratch Me Not sleeves that really come in handy if Kai is having a really itchy day. I ordered them off Amazon because I have a Prime Membership but you can also order directly from the site.

 

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Kai in her Scratch Sleeves and Long Sleeve Footed PJs

 

In the morning, I simply follow all these steps again except for the bath. Kai’s teachers at daycare are so awesome and they will re-apply her Vaseline frequently throughout the day, typically at her diaper change when her clothes are off which really helps me out.

For Kai’s daytime attire I usually dress her in light sleeping onesies, ALWAYS LONG SLEEVE and stretchy cotton, legging type pants. Socks and tennis shoes because they help limit her scratching. Some people look at me crazy and have even asked why I have my daughter dressed in long sleeves & pants when it is hot outside. Some days I even have to leave her in her zip up PJs all day because they provide the best restriction on scratching.

 

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Kai at Daycare in her Scratch Sleeves

 

Back in July, Kai’s skin got pretty bad. So she has to wear long sleeves most days to keep her from breaking her skin which she’s done on several occasions and this leads to staph infection which she has also had.

But just to update, last Saturday Kai wore a short sleeve shirt for a full day which is a first in a very long time. This was a major milestone for us! I will be sure to keep you all up to date on her progress and I hope this routine helps someone! 🙂