Washing can be a very tumultuous experience for children with curly, coily or kinky textured hair. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The first thing is to decide if you really need to use shampoo every wash. Many naturals are finding their hair much easier to manage when skipping the shampoo step by substituting conditioner also known as the co-wash. Try shampooing 1-2 times for any build-up or dirt that accrues. If your little one doesn’t roll around in dirt, co-washing a couple times a month may deem helpful during the washing process.
If washing and detangling your child’s hair is a traumatic experience, try this detangling routine:
- Always detangle hair damp never on wet hair.
- Section her hair into five sections using ouchless ponytail holders or hair clips.
- Apply conditioner such as Tresseme Naturals or Hello Hydration (can be found at Walmart) to each section one at a time and comb through. Make sure that each section is tangle free before moving on to the next.
- After detangling, two-strand twist each sections (5 big twist). Wash the conditioner out while the twists are still in. This method will prevent the hair from re-tangling.
- After washing the hair remove the twist and add a leave-in conditioner before styling.
Styling your child’s hair should be a considered a great experience and not a chore. This is time where you are involved in building her self-esteem and confidence. Find styles that will work for both you and your child; styles to fit her character and most importantly convenient for you. Braids, cornrows, twist and pony puff are all great hairstyles for kids. Braids and Twist tend to last 1-3 weeks depending on the maintenance method. It’s important to put a bonnet or hair scarf on your child’s head every night to increase longevity of the hairstyle.
Your child hair is curly not dirty. Caucasian hair may need to be washed every day but ethnic hair doesn't, washing once a week is normal. Try using a co-wash instead of shampoo, see how your child hair reacts to the co-wash before adding it to a regimen.
Ethnic hair is fragile, so always use a wide tooth comb and natural hair brushes.
Moisturize! Use creamy products such as Curly Q Milkshake or Taliah Waajid Natural Herb and Shine Cream . Try to stay away from using holding gels, mousse, and hair spray.
To avoid the tears and traumatic experiences reread the section on detangling :)
Bi-Racial hair issues may seem difficult whether you are a black or white mother. Try the suggestions above and be creative! Use the hair regimen as a time to bond with your daughter. She'll enjoy the effort and attention!
Here are a few suggested products that can be found online or at your local Sally’s, Walmart, Target and/or CVS: