Hold the phone! Your kid's hair is different
25 May 2018
Throughout your life, your hair changes. That means you have different haircare needs at different ages – like when you get older. This point is something to bear in mind if you’re an African mom with young children. Because when it comes to kids’ hair, a simple “rinse and repeat” of your own regime is definitely not the way to go.
Here are the top three tips to keep your little one’s hair in good condition, and lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy-looking locks, and the practices to maintain them.
1 Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
The single biggest problem facing African women is chronically dry hair that feels rough, brittle and frizzy. And with children it’s no different. At the same time, though, their hair and scalp are far more sensitive, so you need to be aware of the ingredients in the products used during their weekly hair wash. Critically, avoid drying alcohols that can make scalp dryness and breakage worse.
From washing to conditioning, your product picks for kids should have a gentle and effective moisturising action. Mizani 25 Miracle Milk is a great all-rounder pick, whether used as a leave-in conditioner or detangling aid. It contains coconut oil, which has a natural moisturising, strengthening and softening function. With children, a light oil or other moisturising product should be applied to hair and scalp (don’t forget to nourish the skin that produces the hair in the first place!) at least once a week.
2 Style with Care
It probably depends on your personality (and how tolerant your little one is around brushes and hair bands), but there are many moms out there who get a kick out of styling their little girl’s hair. It’s like having a living doll to play with! There are plenty of black kids’ hairstyles to experiment with, from braids to cornrows.
The most important thing to remember, though, is to avoid styles that are too tight. This is because they put too much strain on the scalp and hair strands, leading to hair loss. Breakage is also caused by bare rubber hair bands and metal clips, so be careful when selecting what to use to hold hair in place.In addition, it’s always best to style after washing and conditioning,as combing dry hair frequently causes damage and pain.
3 Avoid Chemical Treatments
There’s a whole debate around relaxing children’s hair. Generally, you’re advised against doing it, especially with children under 12 years old as their scalp and hair are still developing and delicate. Also, the older they are, the better they can articulate their response to the product being used.
When in doubt about children’s haircare, it’s best to speak up and ask the experts. Visit your nearest salon and chat to a professional. They’ll be able to answer your questions and recommend the most suitable products and kid-friendly practices.
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