By Kinky Roots | May 28, 2018
Has your toddler’s hair growth slowed down? Are you doing everything right to encourage it to grow? Managing children’s hair is quite a tricky task. Creating healthy hair habits and developing a routine that works can be even more trickier and challenging. To make things easier for you, we’ve listed the 5 things to never do to your kids’ afro hair.
All that fuss for nothing? Look at it this way. Most kids cry anyway on hair wash days because most shampoos tend to be harsh. Overexposing your kids’ hair and scalp to shampoo rips it of it’s natural oils, messes with the pH balance, makes them cranky and ultimately leaves them with dry hair. The consequences are redness and rashes on the scalp and slow hair growth. Combat these issues like a pro with a mild sulfate-free shampoo, specially designed for kids, every 7 – 10 days to gently get rid of all the build-up.
Oh, the pains of detangling! Longer hair means more knots and tangles. Since your kids’ scalp is very sensitive and still developing, pulling and tugging at their hair while detangling is definitely something you must not do. Always rinse their hair with lukewarm water and use a wide-tooth comb. Section the hair and use a detangling product. Kids Detangling Pudding is something we swear by. The lightweight, creamy, kids-only formula helps manage tangles, promotes strength and boosts shine in naturally curly, wavy, kinky-coily hair.
While you don’t want to go overboard with products for your kids’ hair, you definitely must not compromise with regular oiling. Oiling is one of the best things you can do to retain and add moisture to your kids’ afro hair. Invest in extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil or coconut oil as they work great for your toddler’s hair. They work even better when followed up with Shea butter.
We know how much you adore your little princess and those hairstyles look so darn cute on her but refrain from styling her hair daily. Over manipulation and tight hairstyles can strain their sensitive scalp, be really painful for your child and can also lead to thinning her hairline. Be gentle when styling their braids and cornrows and make sure to always loosen the braid or the ponytail.
They say, “Life gets better with change”. Well so does your kids’ hair. Maybe your routine worked for a bit and left your child with soft and shiny hair but it doesn’t work anymore. Acknowledge the effect on the mane and make the change. Consider switching her shampoo or spritz on some water before the moisturizer for added hydration. Some hair types respond better to a mix of different oils too so don’t be afraid to switch things up.
With the vacation season on its way, don’t you want your kid to sport something fun and cool? Check out Holiday Hairstyles For Kids With Natural Hair.
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