Easy Braiding For Your Little's Hair | Salon Secret Africa

Make braiding your little one’s hair less of an ordeal for everyone

12 December 2018
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Some natural hairstyles, like braid hairstyles for girls, are timeless. Expert stylists will, however, tell you that braids for girls need little hacks to make them less of an ordeal for both your child and the stylist. Here’s a “cheat-sheet” to African braids for kids.


Timing is everything

While an adult can sit still until their hair styling is complete, kids just don’t work like that. One way to get around this is to make sure that your child is not tired when you start working on her braids. Rather postpone the hair styling to a day when your little one is relaxed and happy. Allowing them regular breaks to focus on something else can also help to keep their energy in check.
Here’s a “cheat-sheet” to African braids for kids.

Hanson Ndabeni Dark and Lovely National Field and Education Manager

Handle your child’s hair with care

Whether you are working on braids for kids with long hair or shorter hair, gentleness is key. It helps if you start off by detangling and releasing any knots with Dark and Lovely Beautiful Beginnings Ouchless Detangler. This aloe-enriched product is fortified with coconut oil to protect your child’s fragile scalp against hair breakage. It also helps to work in sections as you detangle the hair.


Protect your child’s hair against the elements

Kids hair braids need a little extra care to help freshen them up daily. Keep them shiny and smelling great with apricot oil-enriched Dark and Lovely Braid Spray. As an added perk, it has UV filters for extra sun damage protection.


Remember that you are working with tiny peeps who have delicate scalps. Start with simple braids for black kids that require very little nudging, pulling and twisting. Once your child is used to the pressure, you can gradually build up to the more complex braid hairstyles. By using the right products and techniques, you can disprove the adage that "beauty is pain".
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