Tell us about Ixchel! (As told by her mommy Ishtar)
Ixchel Inanna Rojas (Ixchel is the mayan Moon Goddess, hence her nickname Luna Inanna is the Summerian goddess of love). She is 3 1/2 years old and in Pre-k. She is of Dominican, Venezuelan, and Colombian descent – Quite the mix, huh? She has 3 older brothers, one of which is 10 years old and rocks an awesome afro as well.
As a mommy of a little girl with natural hair, can you explain the hair regimen you have created for her?
Taking care of Ixchel’s hair has been a learning curve for me. This was the first time ever dealing with her texture of hair. However, Karen was sweet enough to walk me through some of the highlights. I only wash her hair once a week, unless otherwise indicated by her toddler adventures. It’s definitely a timely process. I try my best to just use my fingers when I apply conditioner, starting from the root and out. However, I have to be honest, she has a LOT of hair and sometimes a comb is necessary. I have only cut her hair once when she was about 2 years old.
I have tried out several products and wasted money in the process because oddly enough what works for one doesn’t necessarily seem to work for another. I have asked other moms whose daughters’ have natural curly hair and to the naked eye seemed to resemble my Ixchel’s, however, the same products they use successfully have dried out her hair. When it comes to shampoo and conditioner I use All’Olio D’Argan and Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercream – they both work well with her hair. Although, after the third day or so her curls get very matted. Luckily, I found the same stuff that you have recently posted on your site by Jane Carter, I haven’t used all the products but the Nourishing Cream has really been working well. It keeps a fresh look for days and doesn’t seem to get as tangled.
I still have a lot to learn and I’m trying to figure out how to keep her hair from getting tangled up at night and thinking of creative ways of doing her hair. Now that she’s in pre-K, I already had a lice scare! Thank goodness she didn’t get it like her fellow peers did!! I think I would have cried. I love rocking her fro but it’s no bueno for school anymore. It gets a little boring to do the regular ponytail daily. Her natural fro is by far my favorite and hers…
To be honest, Luna’s fro is her signature statement in the world. People of all shades always compliment her on it, some even surprise me. She gets A LOT of positive attention from it. As for myself, I am about to embark on Kundalini Yoga journey. I am very psyched to be starting the curriculum to be certified in teaching. Total spiritual head, all about higher consciousness, meditation and such. Ixchel even knows how to get in pose and recites mantras! It is the beginning of an exciting venture as I intend to use the certification along with my personal experience to create weekend retreats in the near future. My soul purpose is to plant seeds for people to awaken to their inner divinity and infinite love.
Here are some behind the scenes with Ixchel in action….
She's adorable. I wish i can convince my 13 year old to love her curls. She has beautiful curls falling under her shoulder blades. She left it curly for me the day before Christmas and i could see how uncomfortable she was. She flat irons her hair. I hope someday she comes to terms with her naturally curly hair. BTW, she is Colombian, Dominican, and Puerto Rican.
Sometimes coming to terms with what we were born with takes time especially for an adolescent. I say, be her hair cheerleader and help her along her hair journey!