Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Twin Tornados

The Twin Tornados at 22 months
There are differing opinions on whether or not boys should wear braids. Just as opinions differ on the length a boy's hair "should" be. I'm not here to discuss those opinions. My purpose is to show the fun styles that can be done with boys' hair.

There are various reasons why people choose to keep their boy's hair long or to braid it. I know that many people may be curious, so I will explain why I've chosen to do so.

First of all, I have two boys, The Twin Tornados. They are almost 2 years old and keep me on the alert at all times. There's never a dull moment at our house!

The boys have very different hair types.

The Explorer - always looking for new and exciting adventures. 

The Explorer has hair that was straight until he was 10 months old. At that point, it began to get wavy. Over the past 12 months, his hair has changed significantly. Now, his hair is very curly in the back and wavy/curly on top. I believe it is still changing and may be curly all over before it's all said and done. I do not currently braid his hair. If his hair should become more curly, braiding may be an option - if I can get him to sit still for more than 2 seconds in a row. For now, just getting him to stay still long enough to comb through his hair every few days is a struggle.

The Scholar - wanting to know how everything works.

The Scholar has had curly hair since he was less than a month old. And he's always had a lot of it! I do fun cornrow and braid styles in his hair because I can. My options for his hair are to keep it very short or to use braids and cornrows to keep it healthy and keep it from becoming one great big tangle.

I love my boys' curls and I choose not to keep their hair short for now. When they are older, they may choose to have short hair, but for now, I can choose for them and I choose to enjoy their curls. This means that braids and cornrows are necessary for Scholar's hair most days. But, besides being necessary, they are fun and attractive!


  1. blog looks great! look forward to hearing more from you!! you may want to disable word verification on blogger!

    1. Thanks!
      Yes, forgot to do that... going to disable it now. Those things annoy me!

  2. Nice job Jenn. Do you use Olive Oil (comes in a tub) on them? I love the way it gives a nice sheen when doing braids. My youngest also has a softer texture to her hair and I rub a nice amount into my hands and bring it through her hair. It brings the curls together and give it shine.

    I am looking forward to hearing more of what your trying, I will share what I have tried too!

    1. I use a combination of oils on the boys' hair, olive oil being one of them. I use the same extra virgin olive oil you would use for cooking, virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, Jamaican black castor oil and whatever other oils I want to try out. I also use a product called Babycakes Hair and Body Butter. It's available online, made by a mom who has adopted kids from Ethiopia. For braids, I use Babycakes' Honey Butter. It holds the braids so well!
      Thanks for sharing what you use! I'm always interested in learning about new ways to care for my boys' hair (and I've learned how to better care for my hair in the process).
      I will be working on a post about the products we use for hair. Stay tuned!