Caring for Your Child's Hair
A child's hair in it's natural
state is so beautiful. I have seen little girls with
naturally curly hair of all types who look absolutely
adorable. Children have to depend upon you (the parent)
to make the decision on what to do with their hair,
since many can not care for their own hair at an early
age. The absolute best thing you can do for your child
is to keep her hair in it's natural state for as long
as possible . Because in it's natural state, your child's
hair has elasticity and will remain healthy as long
as you help them care for it properly.
How to Style Your Child's Hair
- Part or section hair into quarters to make it easier
- Use a moisturiser and/or detangler to make the hair
easier to comb.
- Use a wide tooth comb to help eliminate the “oochies”
- Use clips and hair bands to help keep the sections
separated as you style.
- Take your time and be gentle.
Helpful Tip: Natural hair is easier to comb while wet!!!
Just be sure to use a good conditioner that will help
to detangle hair as well.
Darcy's Hair Care Routine
routine that I use on my baby's hair. I have found that
this method helps to make her hair more manageable and
easy to style. Darcy's hair texture is more of a 3a/3b
- First I wash her hair with Crème of Nature (a good
conditioning & detangling shampoo) which makes her
hair easy to detangle while wet.
- I then use a wide tooth comb to detangle her hair
while it is wet & still has the shampoo in it. I only
comb in one direction (towards the back of her head)
so I don't cause any more tangles.
- I then rinse the shampoo out of her hair and comb
her hair while the water is running through it to
make sure hair is completely detangled.
- Next I gently towel dry the excess water out of
hair in more of a “blotting” sort of motion to keep
the hair from having any tangles. I learned that just
wildly towel drying her hair in random motions just
creates more tangles.
- I separate the hair into sections and make small
1" to 2" size braids all over her head while it is
wet. If it starts to dry out before I can finish,
I spray water or a detangler on her hair to keep it
- I then style Darcy's hair in either (1) or (2)
ponytails (i.e. I treat the mini-braids like strands
of hair & use them to create various styles) using
some of her cute hair bows or ribbons.
This style is very easy
to maintain and can last for about 1 week before it
needs to be redone. Be careful not to braid or put the
hair bows in too tightly! You don't want to create any
unnecessary stress on the scalp. You can style your
child's hair in ponytails, plaits or braids. You'd be
surprised at how many various styles you too can create
on your daughter's little head.
Children look wonderful with
braids. Your choices for styles are only limited by
your imagination. Once again, you want to make sure
the braids are not too tight or too small (i.e.like
microbraids). I see many children nowadays wearing braided
extensions. Extensions can be damaging to a child's
hair if not done properly. Take the necessary precautions
to make sure they are not done too tightly or too heavily
to avoid any unnecessary stress to the scalp. And make
sure you do not keep them in too long. In my humble
opinion, they should be removed and redone every 2 weeks
(Yes, every 2 weeks). If left in too long, they can
cause major hair loss. Always try to work with your
child's natural hair before resorting to extensions.
Should I Relax My Child's Hair?
The key to keeping
a child's hair as healthy as possible is to keep it
in it's natural state as long as possible. Keep in mind
that some detangling spray, a wide tooth comb and a
good moisturizer can help you manage your child's hair
without relaxing. Unfortunately many of us have been
fooled into believing that our hair has to be straightened
in order to be manageable. The key is to use products
and styling techniques that make the hair more manageable.
Hair = Hair that is easier to comb & style
to make your little angel's hair easier to maintain.
Remember that straighter hair is not the only means
of manageability. Natural hair can also be manageable
with the proper styling techniques and products. If
you do decide to relax your child's hair, please have
it done by a professional salon stylist. Especially,
if it's their first relaxer. Relaxers can also provide
different styling options and your child's hair can
still be kept in tip-top shape with proper conditioning
Which Styles Are appropriate for
My Child's Age?
Here's a chart
I created to display the appropriate age to use various
styles. After seeing so many children with various styles,
(some appropriate & some not so appropriate for their
age in my humble opinion) it got me to thinking about
the various styling options we use on our children's
hair. Keep in mind that I am not suggesting that you
follow this like a bible. I know that as a parent the
choice of styles that you decide to use for your child
is strictly up to you. However, I could not resist the
idea of creating my own chart on age appropriate styles
based on my own personal experience and observations
as a parent. Again, the ultimate decision is your's
and your's alone. But here is the naturalblackhaircare
age chart for various styling options.
Age Appropriate Hair Styles for Children
|Birth - 5 yrs
|| Way to go Mom!
(Shame on You)
(Shame on You Again)
NO, NO, NO
Too young for heat styling.
|6 yrs - 11 yrs
||Still the way to go mom.
||No... not yet mommy.
||So not necessary.
||YES (w/adult supervision)
|12 yrs - 15 yrs
|16 yrs & Over
- Birth to 5yrs - Try to keep your child's hair in
it's natural state. This age group is a bit too young
for chemicals and heat. As for extensions, it can
be too heavy on the child's head causing tension and
- 6yrs to 11yrs - Natural is still the best way to
go because natural at this age is pretty much healthy.
Stay away from the chemicals as long as possible.
Extensions for this age group is not really needed
because by now your precious pea has enough hair to
braid without adding extensions.
- 12yrs to 15 yrs - Relaxers & braided extensions
are OK, but We highly recommend using a professional
salon stylist. Children is this age group are better
able to take care of their hair themselves. This would
definitely qualify them to make the decision as to
how they would like to wear their hair:)
- 16yrs & Over - Need I say More? (YES,YES,YES, &