I really hope someone responds, I NEED HELP FOR MY DAUGHTER!!!
My 14 year-old, bless her little heart, has decided she wants to go natural. She has been getting relaxers since she was 5. Her hair is EXTREMELY thick. She hasn't had a relaxer since Easter 2012 and since I just had Thanksgiving leftovers, I reckon it's been a little over seven months. During the transition, we've been doing keratin straighteners and braids to keep her hair under control. (Freshman year is tough when you live in a small town (18,000+ people) that is 60% white, 30% Mexican and 10% shared between everyone else.)
I don't know what her curl pattern number or letter is. I know that it is coiled like an old skool phone cord and the diameter is about 1/2 to 1 centimeter.
Her hair is extremely dry and thirsty. I can't seem to keep it moisturized. When it's not in braids, it gets washed with Ion Keratin shampoo and conditioner, a blow dry and a "quick" low heat hot comb (we're talking sections that are 1"-2" thick). When it's blow dried out, her hair goes down to the base of her neck, but when it's wet, she has a TWA.
I'm worried about sending her to school with a TWA. But I'm extremely proud of her boldness to embrace her natural in the land-o-straight and silky. I'm not brave enough to ditch the creamy crack just yet. I've tried. I'm chicken. We're both sick of braids.
What do we do for her moisture?
How much time do we have to devote to her hair care during the week?
How do we begin to stretch her curl pattern out a little?
I keep reading about V05 - would that really work for her hair as thick as it is?