Sunday, June 6, 2010

How To Care For African American Adopted Or Foster Children Hair- A Must Read

God Bless the people who adopt and work in foster care. When dealing with African American or biracial hair can be trying if not experienced. And with assisting young African American children with new living arrangements you need to make hairstyling go as smoothly as possible.

I wrote an article about "How To Pain Free Hairstyling With African American Girls", but know that there are little boys that have hair issues also.

Gold N Hot Gh2257 Professional 1875 Watt Ionic Dryer with TourmalineHow To Maintain African American Girls Hair

Hair must first be shampooed, moisturized,detangled, and blow dried. This will take daily practice. You and your child will with time become comfortable.
Just remember no matter what African American hair has to have oil or moisturizer in it or it will break.

Contrary to what it looks like when not proper groomed this hair will fall out quicker than any other culture when neglected or allowed to get dried out.

Maintenance Tools
    Hot Tools Professional Hot Air Hair Pik * Hair Dryer Attachment * By Helen Of Troy
  • Small Vent Brush
  • Large Flat Vent Brush
  • Combs
  • Ponytail Holders
  • Barrettes
  • Blow dryer with comb attachment (buy a spare)
  • Moisturizing Hair Product (Organic Root olive oil moisturizing cream is excellent)
  • Satin Scarf/Cap
Detangling And Blow Drying Hair
When detangling this hair use a moisturizing shampoo and cream rinse/conditioner to cause hair to be soft. Put hair in sections with clamps and brush with wide tooth wig brush from the bottom up...gently. When having the proper techniques to blow drying, it can be as easy as 1,2,3!
  1. Holding hair straight and combing with your fingers add in a dime to nickle size of cream leave in conditioner to protect hair from blow dryer heat.
  2. Brush and hold hair straight with one hand while blowing extra water out with the other.
  3. Now use comb attachment on a "Gold n Hot " blow dryer to finish this section. When just about dry add "Hot Six Oil or Olive Oil Moisturizing Lotion " for smoother blow dry effect.
Bobby * Original Vent Brush * Color: BlackFYI: Hair that is more wavy than kinky will use more moisturizing lotions with less the oils.
Pony tails should not be too tight. Rubbing "Let's Jam" on the hair with the back of a tail comb before applying ponytail holders will lay down hair with incredible gloss. Hair can be twisted or braided to the ends.

If you don't know how to braid a college student or a trip to a salon where there are braid artist should be made at least every two weeks.Depending on the style of braids determines how long they stay in. Small braids can be shampooed gently and wrapped with a towel.

However hair will be alright for a few weeks if moisturizing spray and seabreeze antiseptic is applied every 3 days. This hair takes a long time to make natural oils on scalp. That is why it is not shampooed everyday.

Hair Relaxers
Relaxed hair is when you and your child can no longer deal with the kinky hair texture and want to go smooth. Tell you child there hair is beautiful but you just haven't learned how to maintain it with ease. You don't want you child to learn to dislike their hair because of maintenance issue.

A hair relaxer should alway be applied by a professional that understands what to look for while straightening hair out. You will have to commit to touch ups that can be costly every 6-8 weeks along with biweekly conditioner to prevent breakage. Hair should never be scratched or shampooed before application.

If relaxing after braids. Oil scalp for two days straight up until relaxer day to protect the scalp. Braids should not be pulled and removed gently.

Spornette DeVille 100% Boar Bristle Paddle BrushHow To Maintain African American Boys Hair

Cut Low
Wave Builder Wave Cap Black 2-packAfrican American boys hair can be maintained by having it cut down every two weeks and applying olive oil or moisturizing cream to soften and lay it down. To achieve a nice waved look , hair would have to be brushed in the direction of hair growth with a boar bristle brush with medium coarseness.

There are many hair pomades for African American men that want a waved look that can be easily shampooed out during bath time. When applying pomade it should be done on freshly shampooed or damp hair, then tied with a doo rag or stocking cap from beauty supply.

Spartan Wavebuilder Deep Wave PomadeMaintenance Tools
  • Luster's S-Curl 360 Style Wave Control PomadeBoar Bristle Brush
  • Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Hair Oil
  • Wave Pomade
  • Doo Rag/Wave Cap

Braids (see above)

Dreadlocks can be started and maintained every two weeks until it starts to lock. Then it has to be left alone for up to two months with only twisting and cleaning scalp with antiseptic to allow dreads to firmly lock. Child should be older to maintain locs themselves if you can not.

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