Every mom wants her child to look good at school or at those never ending birthday parties, but it takes a great deal of dedication to get a girl’s hair perfect. Children, after all, have a much lower pain threshold than adults and the attention span of an over-excited puppy. Their hair is also far more delicate than that of an adult. Here are some tips on getting the best out of your child and her hair:
- There’s no need to wash your child’s hair every day. Once or twice a week is enough for Afro hair.
- Babies and little children generally don’t like their hair being washed. Reduce the tears when washing her hair by using baby friendly shampoos which are made specially for children and don’t sting the eyes.
- Always wash your child’s hair after swimming to get rid of the chlorine. And remember to apply a conditioner to her hair afterwards.
- Some babies’ hair grows in patches at first. Resist the temptation to put what little hair there is in bunches. This just puts stress on the child’s scalp. Let her hair grow a bit more before considering “dressing it up”.
- Always keep your child’s hair well-moisturized as Afro hair tends to be dry. However, avoid heavy creams and pomades. Use light, natural oils like coconut oil and shea butter instead.
- Never use rubber bands on your child’s hair as they make the hair snap and break off.
- Reduce the tantrums during hairdressing sessions by using only wide-toothed combs.
- It is tempting to relax a child’s hair but wait until she is about 10 years old at least. Afro hair may seem difficult but relaxers no matter how gentle they claim to be, are chemicals that work by damaging the hair. The healthiest hair is natural hair.
- When doing your child’s hair, give her a few toys to distract her so you can make the whole process faster.
- Avoid weighing down your child’s hair with too many beads and decorations. Her hair may look cute swinging around like that, but loading the hair puts stress on the hair follicles and can cause pain or even lead to the hair falling out.
- If your child gets head lice (and children are bound to at least once!), consider shaving the hair off completely which gives the lice nowhere to hide, or ask your pharmacist or doctor for a lotion that will get rid of the lice. For an older child (above 12 years old), relaxing the hair may be all that is needed to get rid of head lice. Ask around for traditional methods of dealing with head lice.
- If your child gets gum stuck in her hair, it can be removed without cutting the hair. Any type of vegetable oil can be applied to the hair to remove the gum. Completely cover the gum with vegetable oil using your fingers or a toothbrush, let it sit for a few minutes. Then remove the gum from the hair and wash the child’s hair.
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