I am childless by choice, but I do have these adorable, curly haired fur babies who came into my life in January 2016
Bo and Livvie are Shih Tzu-Maltese. The latter breed can have curly fur, and they definetely have that trait! While they do not shed hair (which is why I can own them as an allery sufferer) like short-hair dogs, their hair needs to be taken care of with great sensitivity. At first I tried to use all natural soap, but it made their hair feel dry and straw-like afterwards. I realized my obvious mistake later becaue I would never wash my own hair with soap, even the natural kind. The pH is above neutral, thus not good for natural hair.
After looking up ingredients for puppy shampoos, I noticed that most, if not all, do not include sulfates and lots of other ingredients that most natural hair wearers don't like either. Dogs have really particular skin, prone to all kinds of skin ailents. If you are a person with sensitive skin you can understand. The majority of dog shampoos on the market are comprised of coco betaine as the main surfactant (detergent). It is the one that boosts the bubbles, thickness and efficacy of other surfactants in shampoos. I made my own puppy shampoo by adding this ingredient, plus another one that is commonly used in children's products because of its mildness (also in our sensitive skin face wash!): disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, or DLS Mild.
Air-Drying Their Curls
Regular Detangling sessions
In addition to eczema, I have a lot of allergies and sensitivities, which can produce distressing results on my skin, like welts and patches of redness. I even used to be plagued with chronic urticaria and angioedema. Since lowering my gluten intake and consumption of processed foods and sugar, this condition arises less frequently.
These little creatures are the loves of my life (don't worry, my partner knows). Here's some random cuteness and you can follow Livvie and Bo on Instagram: BournBitches (Yep, I'm one of those 'moms').