My daughter Mabel has super fine and breakable hair that is slow to grow! She has been seen by doctors and even tested for disorders such as SAS (short anagen syndrome) which is a cause of abnormally short scalp hair, but she did not test positive. I was simply told she just has very brittle hair. I wanted to share her routine as well as our experience because over the course of six months, the results have been amazing. Her hair has become thicker, stronger, and is starting to lengthen! We are so glad to see progress after a few years of simply not knowing what to do.
First, we had to stop the hair twirling; hair twirling is much like thumb sucking, it’s a difficult habit to break! Mabel has twirled her hair since she was very little, it is a self-soothing technique she uses when falling asleep. I tried every trick in the book such as getting her a necklace or rubber bands to twirl and buying her dolls to hold onto instead to help her stop! The only thing that worked was laying by her while she fell asleep and pulling her hand away each time she reached for her hair. At first I was pulling her hand down several times and reminding her I was right there with her to comfort her, but after a few nights I was only reminding her a couple times, and eventually she stopped!
Second, supplements were key! Mabel doesn’t like chewy or gummy vitamins and that is all I could find for so long; children’s vitamins almost always involve some sort of chewable tablet or gummy so I never had her consistently taking any sort of multivitamin, but then I finally found this amazing Liquid Multivitamin from MaryRuth Organics. I add 1tsp of the liquid in chocolate milk at breakfast every morning as well as half a drop of Liquid Biotin and she doesn’t even taste it! And the liquid vitamin lasts for so long because you need very little to do the trick! Biotin has been linked to improved hair health. I also try to make sure she is eating Biotin rich foods such as:
- egg yolk
- nuts, such as almonds, peanuts, and walnuts (an easy on-the-go snack)
- soybeans and other legumes
- whole grains (the bread in our whole is almost always whole wheat)
- bananas (I usually make sure she gets one 3 times a week with breakfast)
Next is hair products. I love this combination of Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner purchased on Amazon, it is a blend of Provitamin B7 that infuses into every strand and pumping collagen to add volume. The wheat proteins strengthen the hair to make it thicker and fuller. I actually only shampoo her hair once a week, and then condition every single day. To prevent breakage, I use this wide tooth comb that makes detangling easy! A lot of brushes can actually cause breakage and damage so we needed a device that was kind to her fragile locks. I also apply a Deep Treatment Masque once a week, which helps lock in the extra moisture she needs with its raw shea butter, it smells amazing and leaves her hair so soft! I use this Scalp Scrubber while applying the deep conditioning masque to help her scalp to absorb the moisture and nutrients. Fun fact…scalp massages help to stimulate the blood circulation, which in turn, channels more nutrients to the hair roots, The increased circulation creates the best starting condition for each individual hair. Plus, Mabel loves having her head massaged, who doesn’t! It is the perfect “mommy and me” time for Mabel and I to bond. Instead of letting her whole hair routine become a hassle or a chore, we have made it into something we look forward to and enjoy together!
I occasionally apply this Bathpack Hair Oil on her dry hair which just gives it extra vitamins while keeping it shiny and protected; it is pure argan oil that hydrates and repairs hair while providing UV and thermal protection from sun rays. Benefits of argan oil naturally help increase hair’s elasticity which is exactly what Mabel’s hair needs due to its brittle nature. Vitamin E is found in high quantities in argan oil so it promotes healthy hair growth as it contains antioxidants, which help boost cells and encourage them to produce healthy hair.
Lastly, I AVOID HEAT! I rarely blow dry or curl her hair to prevent breakage and damage. Letting it dry naturally and flow freely throughout the day helps to keep her locks safe! The Bathpack Oil I mentioned above is what I use as a heat protectant on the rare occasions that I do use heat tools on her hair. It smells amazing and adds a a gorgeous shine! If I know we will be out in the blazing sun for long periods of time I have Mabel wear a hat so her hair isn’t exposed to the harsh sun rays because the UVA and UVB can damage hair from the cuticle all the way to it’s inner structure, causing thinning and breaking. I used to only think about heat as far as styling tools go, but the sun can do just as much damage!
I hope that by sharing our experience and journey with Mabel’s hair can help anyone who might be having similar struggles!