African American hair will break fast, become dry/dull and appear not to grow at all it neglected or not treated properly. The scalp will become dry, itchy, and finally break from neglect.
Shampooing My Child's Curly/ Kinky Dry Hair and Hair RejuvenationDaily shampooing can cause hair to become undernourished. Hair should only be shampooed once a week with shampoo for African American natural hair, two weeks at the most, even for braided styles. It takes that long for most hair to build up natural oil that take others a day.
Hair can be shampooed with braids in them. Just oil between the parts or spray well with hair moisturizer or Isoplus oil sheen. No other sheen will add the needed nutrients to the hair.A moisturized scalp will prevent an itchy dry scalp.
Shampoos I recommend are ROOT Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo, Motions Moisturizing Shampoo, or Cream of Nature for Dry Hair. In that order. These shampoos are perfect for African American
Children with kinky hair. They really help to detangle the hair.
Improper hair maintenance is why many have issues with lifeless hair, and breakage. Always remember “Dry hair breaks”.
Hair should never be allowed to be dried out. An African American Child's Hair will break if moisture is not maintained. This curly/kinky hair is naturally dry and very delicate and will restrict and become very brittle and break if not cared for properly.
This type of hair takes up to a week or more to develop proper levels of natural healthy oils from scalp. There also needs to be help from you, by adding olive oil base creams and moisturizers to hair and scalp daily or every other day to avoid dryness.
There is a product that is called “Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion by Organic
ROOT Stimulator” Their conditioner is a must. Use with plastic cap for about an hour with out a hood dryer.
“Smooth n Shine Therapy Scalp & Breakage Miracle Leave In Treatment Conditioner”
is a very good lotion when not deep conditioning.
These products are very good for every part of African American children’s hair, especially the ends that are not matured and more fragile.
Natural olive oil is great for the scalp if child has eczema and can’t use product on their scalp.
Undo African American Hairstyling Emotional PainCreate a Great Experience, Bonding Time & Softer Hair
African American children With Curly/Kinky Hair may have sensitive scalps and experience discomfort during hair care sessions because of the styling without proper technique.No worries this is soon to be in the past.
Let the child know that their hair is beautiful, misunderstood but beautiful and special.This is your special bonding time together. Make it the best it can be.(Your child will eventually tell her child this was your best time together.)
However breaks may be needed with younger children as well as snacks, toy, favorite video, and a hug may help. Make this time pleasant. I use my grandchild's favorite video when I do her hair.
Shampoo and Treatment For Softer Hair and Hair Rejuvenation
You can use “Just For Me Hair Products”or called “Hair Milk Straightening Mist” when detangling wet or dry hair with a wide vent brush starting from the bottom working your way up in four to six sections.
Always work in sections, and gently comb and detangle with wide tooth comb or wide vent wig brush after and before shampooing.Start in small section from the bottom and work your way up. You may want to spray an detangler before beginning this process.
Blow dry in sections also putting hair moisturizer generously onto each section. When hair is 95% dry, finish the process with isoplus oil sheen in blue can or liquid gloss. This will really prepare the hair for braiding, ponytails, or ceramic irons for older child.
Braids styles are a great choice because of the time consuming nature of styling the hair. Also showers, bath, and swimming will cause the hair to revert to its natural coiled shape. Braid styles will allow the child to remain flexible without worry. Medium to small braids will last longer than larger braids.
fyi: If the braids are too tight they can cause great damage to the scalp that can lead to baldness,sore scalp, and scalp sores.
Maintaining Braid Styles
Let’s Jam hair pomade regular strength is great for laying edges down when braiding hair or doing flat twist hairstyle. Apply small amounts with back side of tail comb.
Pain Free Blow Dry StepsDetangle after shampooing.
- Towel dry hair well.
- Spray hair with “Hair Milk Straightening Mist” by “Just for Me” Company. Twist hair into 4 or 6 sections as you detangle.
- Blow dry hair starting with first section. Brush first section of hair out , hold it extended as straight as you can while you blow out excess moisture.