A generous friend stopped by with her daughter tonight to teach me about hair. My own hair regimen tends to be shampoo, condition, comb. I have never had much of a talent with braiding or blow-drying and I was looking for someone who could give me some extra insight about caring for African-American hair. I don't want to ruin Atticus or Norah's hair by doing the wrong thing or get them ostracized because of frequent bad hair days.
Our friend's four-year-old was amazingly patient as I combed, washed, conditioned, moisturized, combed, parted and braided her hair. Including instructional time and re-starting the braids, it took about an hour and a half.
My skills are far from perfect. I hope Norah's patience and attention span lengthens a little faster than her hair does because it will probably take me quite awhile to become proficient.