Caring for your little one's natural hair requires a lot of love and patience, but once you've mastered it, you can confidently add the title of stylist to your awesome mom resume. Your child's hair is delicate and must be handled carefully.
The key to caring for children's natural hair is to never rub it vigorously, either when shampooing or hydrating. Hair is made of layers of cuticles, which when laid against each other, block moisture. Vigorous activity in the hair opens the cuticles resulting in moisture loss and ends up having dry, brittle hair.
Tips for caring for natural hair
Avoid the use of chemicals
Your child's scalp is still developing and should not be exposed to the harsh chemicals in some products, as they can burn the scalp and in some cases cause irreparable damage. If you use these products your child could have hair loss.
Keeping the scalp healthy
A healthy scalp has healthy hair, therefore it mainly uses water and a combination of hair oil and shea butter to seal in moisture.
Keep your baby's hair damp
This will be accomplished through regular treatment, spraying hair with a combination of water and conditioner without rinsing (to add moisture and nutrition),
Avoid making the braids too tight
Braiding is a protective hairstyle, where the ends of the hair are not exposed to the elementswhere the ends of the hair are not exposed to the elements to avoid excess dryness and breakage of the hair. The key with braids is that they are not overly tight and that they do not braid the edges to avoid traction alopecia (hair loss).
Opt for products specifically developed for children
Children's scalp is very sensitive as it is still developing and prone to skin conditions like eczema, so it is important not to use any products that contain parabens, sulfates, mineral oils, and sodium. If both you and your little one have natural hair, it is not recommended to use the same products, since the adult ranges can sometimes contain ingredients in amounts that are not suitable for the development of your child's scalp and skin.
Beware of natural ingredients
Products containing green tea and nourishing hair oils like coconut oil, argan oil, and grape seed oil are always the best.
How can hair grow stronger and healthier?
Never rub hair after washing, remove excess water with a microfiber towel
Seal in moisture with a combination of healthy hair oils like coconut oil and argan oil in combination with shea butter
Use your fingers to untangle the hair instead of drying and styling it, so it will break less.
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