African American And Bi-Racial Children Hair Styling Guide
Don't Use Negative Terms While Doing Child's HairNever use negative terms when doing hair, this will lower child’s self esteem and cause negative feelings about their hair. Which happen too many of us already.You want this to be enjoyable and remembered in a loving way.
After all, all hair is beautiful. Just misunderstood.
Making your hair session enjoyable will allow you and the child to bond, master your new skills, and grow wonderful healthy hair.With great advice of course.
How To Use Products To Soften African American Hair
Daily shampooing can cause hair to become undernourished and brittle. 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 a week or so for most African American hair to build up natural oils that take others a day.
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.
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.