Well, it's official. I must be crazy. I adopted four AA girls. People have been looking at me funny for awhile now, but now I am firmly convinced. Any person who voluntarily signs up for this hair care job is certifiably crazy. I am pulling my own hair out in frustration. Each child's hair is different in texture and kind, and is in a different state of disrepair. One child has hair that is so "burnt" by chemicals that it is breaking and falling out in gobs, no matter how tenderly I handle it. On top of this, we live in an area with very little racial diversity. As a result, there is very little to be found in the way of quality hair care products or cool hair toys for girls. So I broke down and broke the bank, and ordered a bunch of stuff online. I read some pretty enthusiastic reviews of products on some of the adoption blogs. I nearly choked on my hairbrush when I saw the prices. There was this really cool stuff called "Curly Pudding"...that I wanted to order just because the name was so awesome. I don't know if I could have stopped myself from tasting it. But alas...it was $38-58 a tub, plus shipping. After looking THAT up, the other stuff looked like a bargain in comparison. And if I promised to break the bank, they would give me free shipping. I also ordered a massive amount of adorable hair toys, as they also promised me a bargain if I got one of everything. So you see, this frugal soul really HAS lost it! I am hoping and praying that the right stuff will give me what it takes to whip these dried out, fuzzy heads into shape. Really...I don't think it's me. I can part and braid with the best of them. OK. Maybe with the best of the beginners. But I don't stink. I'm just a bit slow. Wish me luck!